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Mission District Food, Art, and Shopping

Cutting-edge art, colorful murals, vibrant restaurants, boutiques and a roof-top view

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.2 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Known for its vibrant Latino culture, colorful murals and hip, artistic spirit, the Mission is experiencing a second coming with a new... more »

Tips:  - Better to take MUNI or a cab than drive and try to find parking.

- The Mission is a flat neighborhood, so no worries about San... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Southern Exposure

This showcase for local, cutting-edge artists relocated in fall 2009 to a soaring 4,000-square-foot gallery.

Founded in 1974, this is an artist-run organization that features incrediby diverse art and reaches an equally diverse audience.
3030 20th St.
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6pm

2. 'Carnaval' Mural

Almost a block long is a mural called "Carnaval," a painting that depicts the annual Carnaval celebration with roots in Latin America and the Caribbean. Visitors can find this impressive work on Harrison Street at 19th. The mural was created in 1994 by Joshua Sarantitis, Emmanuel Montoya, Carlos Loarca and other unnamed artists.

3. Afterlife Boutique

Siblings Danielle and Luke Teller helm the well-edited Afterlife Boutique, which carries reconstructed antique jewelry by the shop's Adoura Demode line and collectible rock-concert T-shirts priced from $45 to $1,000.
988 Valencia St.
Hours: Daily 12pm - 8pm

4. Gravel & Gold

The light-filled Gravel & Gold is a treasure hunter's dream, filled with everything from Japanese paper goods to wool blankets made on Prince Edward Island.
3266 21st St.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 12pm - 7pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm

The izakaya Nombe (dinner for two $50)--its name translates, roughly, to "drunkard"--serves haute Japanese pub food (grilled shishito peppers with bottarga; grilled skewers of chicken thigh with ume and shiso) accompanied by a great sake list. Added bonus: the kitchen is open until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, an anomaly in the city.
2491... More

Chef-owner Matt Straus turns out simple, yet delicious, seasonal dishes at the intimate Heirloom Café (dinner for two $80). But for a real treat, ask for the off-menu burger with Époisses cheese.
2500 Folsom St.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 6pm - 10pm

Set in an 1872 mansion, the 21-room Inn San Francisco (doubles from $175) brims with authentic Victorian details--ornate woodwork, marble fireplaces, featherbeds--minus the chintz (not a weathered doily in sight). Don't miss the rooftop deck with 360-degree views of the city.
943 S. Van Ness Ave.