Mission

People swarm to Dolores Park on Sunny San Francisco Days

People swarm to Dolores Park on Sunny San Francisco Days

Centrally located between urban thorough fares and mellow hillside dwellings, the Mission District stretches along Mission Street form Cesar Chavez to Market Street, bordered by Dolores Street to the West, and Potrero Street to the East.  It’s busy streets are lined with book stores, thrift shops and produce stands.  The Mission is foodie ground zero- from the cheap and numerous burrito joints to Vietnamese restaurants, greasy diners, Spanish taps bars, trendy new cafes and upscale California eateries.  In the neighborhood bars and sidewalk cafes, you’re as likely to be entertained by a wandering mariachi band as a jukebox, while you rub shoulders with feminists, freelancers, techies, nerds, and confused foreign backpackers.  Not surprisingly, suits, ties and evening gowns are not often spotted in the vicinity; you’re more likely to see adventurers heading to Mission Cliffs for a little indoor rock climbing, or artistes and wannabes flocking to Southern Exposure, the Marsh, and the Elbo Room for experimental theater, poetry readings, photography exhibits, and jazz and rock gigs.  Perhaps the wildest time to visit the Mission is on Hispanic holidays when this neighborhood shows its true colors, such as Day of the Dead, Cinco de Mayo, and especially, Carnival.

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