The Mission district of San Francisco is known for its lively bar scene, beautiful street art and a variety of popular restaurants. You will also find a number of shops on Valencia Street with vintage boutiques and galleries that specialize in local art and clothing. My favorite thrift shops are on Mission and 17th. Treasures galore!
If you are in the mood to go bowling you can check out Mission Bowl but beware–it is a hipster bowling alley with just six lanes, but they do have killer cocktails and delicious fries. You can also check out the newly opened Alamo Drafthouse Cinema where you can order cocktails and food while watching a new or classic film.
Many locals hang out in Mission Dolores Park. It’s great for people watching or letting your food digest after gorging on all the yummy food in the area. Below are a few favorite places in the Mission, but there is a lot more to explore.
The Armory Club– With its leather and lace vibe, beautiful people, dim lighting and sumptuous cocktails this is a fitting place to be frisky, or just get a drink after work . Also the home of kink.com, but that is another story…..for another blog.
Blondie’s Bar – They’ve got martinis, martinis and did I mention, they’ve got martinis. And they are all served in 16 oz glasses so watch yourself. Whether it’s “The ‘G’ Spot” or “The Almond Mocha”, I’m sure you’ll find your favorite, but I don’t want to see you barfing in the alley and promise me you’ll get an Uber home. 🙂
Cha Cha Cha’s – Spanish tapas at its best. I do like the one on Haight Street just a bit more but this is a nice space with delicious small plates. My favorites are the chicken paillard, steamed mussels and their tasty empanadas.
Dolores Park Café – A staple of denizens in the Mission. Fun decor and delicious organic and local food cafe.
El Farolito – Mexican comfort food (aka best burrito in town) open late and cash only. They are so good, they don’t have a website. The Mission is the land of good burritos and theirs is on the top of the list–good and cheap. They are at 2779 Mission Street at 24th so easy to get there by BART.
Etcetera Wine Bar– Go for the charcuterie plates and stay for the banana bread pudding and Chilean win
Foreign Cinema – In my opinion, one of the best brunches in The City. Sticky buns and organic Pop Tarts…Champagne Omelet, Duck Liver Pate, do I need to go on?
Hog & Rocks – Three words….cocktails and pork.
Humphrey Slocombe – I scream, you scream, we all scream for uniquely flavored ice creams such as Chocolate Smoked Sea Salt, Bacon or Cucumber. Raise your hand if you want Foie ice cream–fyi, my hand is firmly down, but whatever works for you.
La Palma Mexicatessen – Chicharrones, Pupusas and Tamales, oh my.
L’Emigrante Wine Bar & Bistro – Leave the kids at home and don’t worry, there won’t be a TV blaring while you sip your Turkish wine–you heard me–wine from Turkey. Or do you prefer some Hungarian bubbly? Well you can have both here. What a treat!!
Limon – It doesn’t get much better than free-range chicken slow roasted over an open flame–pair that with a queso empanade and you’ve got some Peruvian goodness.
Mission Minis– They are known for their mini cupcakes with flavors like Swiss Almond Coconut, Cinnamon Horchata and Meyer Lemon Creme. They also have adult sized and gluten-free cupcakes.
Mission Pie – Sweet and savory pies made with locally sourced ingredients.
The Monk’s Kettle -“Our aim is to have a beer for every palate” they say. Fun and casual atmosphere.
Pig & Pie – The diet is out the door at this place with buttermilk, poutine and homemade pies on the menu, you can skip entering any of this on your My fitness pal app and do an extra four hours of cardio, it will do you good.
Revolution Café – Cool café vibe with beer, wine, small bites and music.
The Sycamore – Here I go, telling people what to do again, but you MUST try the pork belly doughnuts with Maker’s Mark glaze–if you’re into that stuff. And they are pretty heavy handed with the bottomless mimosas, bonus!!
Tartine Bakery & Cafe – You’re in San Francisco, land of tasty food and orgasmic, errrr organic desserts. Their sandwiches aren’t bad either.
The Tradesman – It’s a bit out there in Mission Creek but worth the trek to this great neighborhood beer and wine bar.
Trick Dog – I’ve heard this is a hip, happenin’ place. They specialize in craft cocktails and trendy bites. Recommendation from friends– must try the thrice-cooked fries.
I will warn you that is gets a bit crusty at times with homelessness people and the like, so always be aware of your surroundings, but don’t be scared, just be smart. Enjoy!!