THREE THINGS NOT TO MISS IN THE MISSION DISTRICT
The Mission. Great culture, amazing food, so much to see. Really – you’re just bragging now San Francisco. Granted, not in a Taylor Swift on Independence Day kinda way – more like a Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her natural state kind of way, because you can’t help it if you’re amazing and we get that. And we love you. And we love Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Here’s our top 3 things not to miss in The Mission.
1 – The Murals
The architecture of San Fran is gorgeous, period. Even in the late afternoon light it’s stunning.
The murals in The Mission bring an additional hit of life and colour. They make the streets sing. It’s like Melbourne’s Hosier Lane on steroids, if Hosier Lane (admittedly, home to our beloved Movida) was jam packed with super cool, authentic Mexican eateries.
Here’s the incredible MaestraPeace Mural –
Featured on the outside of The Women’s Building, at 3543 18th Street, it showcases images of courageous women throughout history and from all over the world.
Painted in 1994 by seven of San Francisco’s most famous female artists (Juana Alicia, Miranda Bergman, Edythe Boone, Susan Kelk Cervantes, Meera Desai, Yvonne Littleton and Irene Perez), this mural is a must see.
You can really spend a great day walking around discovering the stunning murals of The Mission. Here’s a fantastic site which catalogues San Fran murals by neighbourhood – listing an amazing 476 right here in The Mission.
2 – Bi-Rite Market & Ice-Creamery
Founded in 1940, the Bi-Rite Market is a San Francisco institution and is our kind of grocery store.
The inside is just as beautiful and abundant as the outside. It really does feel like you have died and gone to deli heaven.
The Market also happens to stock baked goods from one of our favourite places on Earth, Big Sur, thanks to The Big Sur Bakery.
For the fruitcake aficionados they also stock beautiful Robert Lambert cakes.
Say hello to the 2014 dark fruit-cake vintage –
Survey says? Because there’s always time for a subtle Cher Horowitz reference/nod to San Fran’s very own Queen of our 1995 hearts, Alicia Silverstone. Super delicious.
Oh, you don’t like fruit cake? Respectfully, Get. Out. Now.
And you simply CANNOT MISS the incredible ice-cream at their sister store the Bi-Rite Creamery, just a bit further down the road (props to Miss A for this amazing find).
We tried the lavender, the salted caramel and the cookies & cream.
Our conclusion? Lavender and salted caramel = an unexpected and totally wonderful combo. And in a world full of over-hyped (and not always worth-the-hype ice-creams) this ice-cream is definitely worth the hype.
Bi-Rite also makes for the perfect place to pick up the most divine picnic supplies for a Dolores Park picnic – right across the street. Get down there and get to it!
3 – Delicious Mexican
So you spent the day walking the neighbourhood, taking in the beautiful streetscapes and locking down the top three contenders for your new apartment building.
You must be starving.
Well no worries, you only need to take a few steps in any direction and you’ll most likely stumble across a legit Mexican cantina that will blow your mind.
If that plan doesn’t work, either FOLLOW THE LOCALS or try these two spots we absolutely loved.
Option 1 – Tacolicious. Perfect if you’re feeling like dressing up a little and having an excellent night out. Part very cool Mexican eatery/part bar, this is an excellent choice if you’re feeling like more of an upscale, modern take on Mexican.
To kick the night off right start at Mosto, the little bar right beside Tacolicious, for some tequila cocktails and starters.
Then head next door to Tacolicious where it’s time for some sangria.
And yes, we would love to order more tacos.
Our second pic for Mission Mexican, is comfort Mexican at it’s finest – Taqueria El Farolito.
We were taken here by a friend of Miss E – a San Fran local who said he would take us where the locals ate.
He was right. It was amazing. And amazing value.
Slightly psychic, it seems I intuitively knew, even as I got dressed that morning, that we would find this spot and devour this enchilada, before it even got a chance to say hello.
Ideally, I would leave work every day, click my fingers and find myself transported to The Mission, just in time for dinner.
You can work that out for me universe, surely.
- You’ll find Tacolicious at 741 Valencia Street.
- Taqueria El Farolito is at 2779 Mission Street.
- The Bi-rite Market and Creamery can be found at 3692 18th St, San Francisco (head to Dolores Park and you can’t miss it).