In 1776, Mision San Francisco de Asis was founded under the jurisdiction of Father Junipero Serra. Now recognized as a California Historical Landmark, it’s the oldest building in San Francisco as well as the oldest original mission in California. The trendy Mission District has since cropped up around it, defined by a slew of historic buildings and colorful murals on streets like Clarion Alley. Today, the Mission District is a lively, hip neighborhood buoyed by a strong Latinx community, a shared artistic sensibility, and an ever-evolving culinary and cocktail scene.
Distinguished as one of the most popular neighborhoods in San Francisco, the Mission District shows off Italianate, Edwardian, Craftsman, and Mission homes (a precursor to Spanish Colonials). Modern condos and townhomes also make up the real estate inventory. The median home value in the district is $1.435 million, and families, millennials, tech entrepreneurs, and blue-collar workers all reside in the trendy neighborhood.
Routinely regarded by locals as one of the best places for eating and drinking, the Mission District features mom-and-pop taquerias, dive bars, gourmet ice cream shops, and ambitious new restaurants from up-and-coming chefs. In short, there’s something for every kind of foodie here.
For a special dining experience, head to state-of-the-art Argentinean steakhouse Lolinda
to sample a fusion of Latin American and California flavors (think steaks cooked over a woodfire grill, pork chops, ceviche, and wines from both Argentina and California). If Italian food is more your speed, head to trendy eatery Beretta
for thin-crust pizzas, risottos, salads, and cocktails. Housed in a converted warehouse, Trick Dog
serves up craft cocktails and small plates such as flautas, fries, and fried chicken wings—it’s the perfect place to celebrate an anniversary or work promotion. For a night out with friends, head to Latin American Club
, a quirky watering hole known for its margaritas, live music, and funky vibe. (Where else can you find piñata art floating over your head as you sip your drink?)
Located near the original mission, Dolores Park
is the largest park in the neighborhood. Locals can often be found heading to the grassy grounds to enjoy a picnic lunch, play with their pooches, or take in the skyline views of San Francisco. Afterward, head to Dog Eared Books
to pick up some new reading material or to Afterlife Boutique
or Wallflower to peruse vintage clothes. Pulsing with energy and innovation, the Mission District is ideal for anyone who wants to be in the heart of the action.