The Mission is a colorful, youthful district filled with good cheap eats, locavore restaurants, legendary coffee roasters and more than 400 murals. The neighborhood gets its name from the Spanish outpost Mission Dolores, around which the original town of San Francisco grew. Today the neighborhood is ethnically and economically diverse, with hipsters and techies putting down roots alongside working-class families. On sunny days Dolores Park becomes packed with suntanners, Frisbee-tossers, protesters and picnickers. Two of the best ice cream shops in the city are also in the Mission: Bi-Rite Creamery and Humphry Slocombe. Some parts of the area are sketchy, particularly around the 16th Street and 24th Street BART stations at night.
Getting Around San Francisco
The best way to get around San Francisco is by walking, taxi and public transit. Parking can be expensive ($20-$40 depending on location). Street parking can be difficult to find and is often limited to two hours or less. San Francisco's MUNI operates trolleys, cable cars, and buses throughout the city. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) serves as a major artery of San Francisco as well as several surrounding cities.
Nearby Airports
  • San Francisco International Airport-SFO
  • Oakland International Airport-OAK
  • Mineta San Jose International Airport-SJC
Airport Taxis
  • From SFO-$37
  • From OAK-$50
  • From SJC-$145
Things to Do and See Near Mission