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Best Things to Do in Mission District

Summer at Dolores Park

Dolores Park is one of Mission District’s most popular attractions

Mission District has some of the most attractive houses for rent in San Francisco CA and has plenty to offer guests in need of rest and relaxation. Whether you’re here on a day trip or a weekend getaway, here are some activities you’ll enjoy.

  1. Chill out at Mission Dolores Park
    Residents and tourists alike flock to this urban oasis in the summer months to admire the scenery and go people-watching. It’s a great place to relax, play badminton, walk your dog, and soak the rays. Those who come here will often find street performers and food trucks that liven up the place.

    The addition of the Helen Diller Playground makes it a great spot for families with kids – small children will enjoy the slides and one-of-a-kind play structures on the site.

    The part of the park between Church and 20th also offers stunning views of San Francisco’s skyline.

  2. Go on a tour of the Mission Dolores Basilica
    Take a trip to the Mission Dolores Basilica, the oldest surviving building of its kind in the city. Built in 1776, this historic structure is the oldest intact mission in all of California, and its unique architecture is a remarkable sight for those who are interested in SF’s history.

    Guests can tour the place daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. then visit the nearby cafés and restaurants along Dolores Street.

  3. Have a burrito
    Take a bite into the famous Mission burrito. Also known as the SF burrito, this tasty snack is said to have originated in Mission District in 1961 when El Faro, a popular taqueria, served the burrito to its customers. What sets it apart from other burritos is its outrageous size. The inclusion of beans, rice, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, salsa, and various vegetables makes it a satisfying meal.

    Not in the mood for a burrito? You won’t run out of dining options in Mission District. You’ll find dozens of restaurants serving Asian, Italian, Mexican, and American dishes within blocks of your hotel.

  4. Snack on some French pastries
    You’ll also find numerous bakeries that sell European pastries in addition to coffee, salads, soups, sandwiches, and breakfast plates. Tartine Bakery makes use of a wood-fired brick oven to produce rustic pastries, including croissants and morning buns. Dandelion Chocolate serves hot chocolate, espresso-based drinks, and an assortment of pastries that will make your mouth water.

  5. Admire the Mission District Murals
    Take a look at the buildings, structures, and fences, the facades of which have been adorned with massive mural art rendered with impressive detail. You’ll find as many as 1,000 art murals all over SF, and the majority of these can be seen in Mission District.

    Your tour begins at Balmy Alley, right between 24th and 25th Streets, and Treat and Harrison Streets. Click here for an exhaustive guide on art murals in Mission District.

  6. Enjoy the nightlife
    The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down – paint the town red by hitting the clubs and bars in Mission District. El Rio is an LGBT-friendly neighborhood bar that serves great margaritas. There is a pool table and a shuffleboard that guests can enjoy. Listen to live music at Elbo Room, where musicians like Sun Araw, Lil Debbie, and Trans Van Santos are known to perform.

  7. Go thrifting
    Check out the thrift shops along Valencia and Mission Streets. Popular stores include Afterlife Boutique which sells vintage bags and t-shirts, and no. which sells old records. Shop for unique finds and browse the extensive collection of clothing, records, and memorabilia on display.

If you’re looking for Mission District San Francisco apartments, work with a leasing agent who knows the local market.