Spanish Colonialism, Latin American immigration, future-forward/backward hipsters, innovative humanitarianism (
)... the Mission rides fearlessly along the cutting edge.
joined a little later and enjoys similar popularity) and the neighborhood is one of the SF's largest - adjoining with the
.Around Mission District...
If you have a funny bone, hook or patch, visit one of the city's hidden gems!
Sweet dreams are made of these...
Mothballed for 3 decades, in 2006 this 200,000 square foot Moorish Revival
castle in the Mission
was purchased for Kink.com, the world's largest producer of S&M pornography!
Another one bakes the cake...
With an openly fragrant kitchen (the "bar") and the freshest smelling bathroom in SF - BT starts with the nose and moves inward.
Just say yes!
Catty corner to Dolores Park
and as-of-yet untouched by the DEA
, this Mission
"homemade ice cream" hot-spot often sports a line out the door. There are no reports of un-delicious►
ice creams, but it's advisable to sample a few flavors before ordering... just to be safe :)
Blondie's Bar & No Grill
Everything but the grill
Pool tables, double-wide drinks, dj's, live music, outdoor patio - Blondie's Bar and No Grill is no classier (or hipper
) than its name suggests, but hosts a reliably lively party!
Breakfast of hipsters
Boogaloos transforms an old school drugstore into a old school breakfast cafe - one of the few in San Francisco!
One stop party
Live music, dancing, alcohol and food in the Mission
- what more do you need?
Working from work is so last millenia...
A modern split-level space with great natural light, a great menu
/food/alcohol), and long hours make for a lively during-the-day spot on the Potrero Hill
side of the Mission
Sunny center of outdoor activitiy
Covering two city blocks on the Castro
side of the Mission
district, Dolores Park has more visitors per square foot than any park in the city. Tennis and basketball courts, pickup soccer, a children's playground (currently under re-construction), dogs aplenty, and expansive skyline views combine for a magically relaxing afternoon. It is delightful (and relatively safe) after dark as well. Bike polo
is on (at least temporary) hiatus
pending a political battle with the tennis players.
Offering a collection of gourmet donuts around the signature (and daily) "Maple Glazed Bacon Apple" - DD takes donuts to new horizons. Ordering is handled out front, with good seating inside and a patio through the back (with bike parking).
Tasty after-hours burritos
This "little lighthouse" in the Mission
cranks out some big juicy burritos... until 4am on the weekends!
This Outer Mission
domestic space turned jack-of-all-fun venue hosts live bands, djs, comedy shows, salsa dancing, margaritas, drag queens, backyard patio, pool table, barbecue, oysters, etc - best check the schedule
, cash only!
Prohibition-era bar rocks on
With a bar downstairs and a stage on top (with dance floor) the Elbo Room hosts lively and diverse music within close proximity to other Mission
night life. Check the calendar
for upcoming shows.
Four Barrel Coffee
Coffee, Donuts and... Boar Heads
The new kid on the roast-it-yourself cafe circuit, FB augments coffee and pastries (including Dynamo Donuts
) with eclectic decor - most notably four stuffed boars heads overseeing the (sparse) coffee condiments. It's harder and harder to get noticed in the Mission
- what will be next? :)
Golden Fire Hydrant
The little fire hydrant that could
When all the other hydrants were broken or dry, this celebrity valve spared the western half of the city from the raging fire of 1906
. For the effort it is ceremoniously rewarded with a fresh coat of gold paint every year on April 18th.
For those who like sex
Friendly and helpful staff augment a high quality selection of books, videos and sex toys in this clean well lit sex positive male/female/trans-friendly shop. Founded in 1977, there are now two locations in San Francisco, one in Berkeley
and another in Massachusetts.
What do milk, sugar, cream, cornflakes and bourbon make?
Latin American Club
Not your mother's margarita
Serious drinks and a warm vibe snuggle up together at this Mission
hotspot - often crowded on the weekends and sometimes on weekdays too, the nearby Make-Out Room
and Revolution Cafe
offer alcohol at slightly lower voltages.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Dyke Bar :)
SF's best (and only!) full-time dyke bar, "The Lex" vibes warm and home-y, has a great jukebox, and a pool table :)
Moon or bust
Desserts and drinks - especially scotch - put the sparkle on a solid menu. Walking in can work, but reservations
are advisable for this Mission
destination. It's hard to go wrong ordering and the staff are extremely helpful.
A room for making out
No guarantees on "making out", but this Mission
classic hosts a reliably good time with a strong calendar
of live shows and djs.
Mission Beach Café
Play on the edge!
The original missionary position
Wild and free
The Mission Murals are an oft-overlooked artistic treasure of San Francisco. The Mission
's regularly warm weather can combine for a great afternoon of mural appreciation.
Sweet, savory, or one of each (!)
An urban offshoot of Pie Ranch
, Mission Pie's commitment to sustainability, local produce and community involvement roots in SF's social entrepreneurship camp.
Monks gone thirsty!
Offering a hearty selection of delectable brews and a kitchen that's open until 1am (limited menu after 11:30) - the Kettle
is a low risk stop for anyone vibing pub in the Mission
Pancho Villa Taqueria
If Pancho could see us now...
Assembly-line burrito construction, harsh lighting, formica tabletops and an overall cafeteria vibe only heighten the lively atmosphere of Mission
denizens tanking up for a hard days night!
From the ground up... the way pizza was meant to be :)
Fresh dough, grow-it-in-themselves vegetables, thin crusts (!?)... and a can't-miss wine list put Pauline's in it's own category.
One cup at a time...
The most inventive, down-homey and apparently successful (?) of SF's coffee
-obsessed businesses - Philz serves up a menu of previously unimagined (unless your name is Phil Jaber►
) beany beverages... each individually filtered to-order (including an optional mint sprig) on-the-spot, albeit sometimes after a wait :)
What the people want...
With a mission statement of "give the people what they want", Public Works defies self-identity :)
Introducing little Margaret...
Viva la Mocha
Tasty food, liquor license, art, sunlit patio - check!
Ritual de lo Habitual
Promoting the rise of the cafetariat►
with in-house-roasted beans and free wifi
(but no power outlets), Ritual has become a staple of Mission
life. That is to say, it gets crowded and loud :)
A pretty good worst case option, Sparky's provides alcohol-absorbing diner food at all hours! Seated between the Mission
and the Castro
- the after hours scene varies and is often crowded.
Our Lady of Tamale
Climbers, drinkers, clubbers and other belly-minded junkies pack themselves into this little Mission
joint for an authentic taste of... Cancun?
Preferred by 9 out of 10 Mission hipsters
(and tasty!) pastries with a line out the door frequently make for gastrological dissonance at this Mission
hot spot. Good things await those who wait.
A zeitgeist of bikes, beers and burgers