Market Street at 4th Street, near Stockton Street
From Union Square, go south on Stockton Street to Market Street. (Facing Neiman Marcus, you would go right.) At Market Street, cross to the other side and go left (east).
Market Street at the entrance to Yerba Buena Lane
From Market Street between 4th Street and 3rd Street, go right on to Yerba Buena Lane. It's not marked, but is a walkway to the opposite side of the block.
Yerba Buena Lane between Market and Mission Streets
Walk through Yerba Buena Lane toward Mission Street.
Crossing Mission Street from Yerba Buena Lane
From Yerba Buena Lane, cross Mission Street to the entrance to Yerba Buena Gardens.
Entrance to Yerba Buena Garden, from Mission Street
Enter Yerba Buena Gardens and follow the paths around the lawns to explore the park.
Yerba Buena Lane, at the north side of Market Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets
Head toward the wall and fountain opposite from where you entered the park, and climb the stairs to the Upper Terrace area.
Walkway in the upper section of Yerba Buena Plaza
Follow the walkway along the Upper Terrace.
Samovar Tea Lounge, in the upper section of Yerba Buena Plaza
Samovar serves organic artisan teas and a selection of brunch items.
Samovar Tea Lounge is located in the Upper Terrace at Yerba Buena Gardens. Phone: 415-227-9400. Website: www.samovarlife.com.
Outside the Zeum Carousel at Yerba Buena Gardens
Cross the walkway over Howard Street to reach the Zeum Carousel. This carousel operated at San Francisco's Playland at the Beach from 1913 to 1972. It was restored and opened in this location in 1998. Website: www.zeum.org/visitor/zeumCarousel.html.
Zeum Carousel, originally built in 1906 by Charles Looff and installed at Playland at the Beach from 1913 to 1972
The carousel horses are the original ones constructed by Charles Loof in 1906.
The Metreon building, at the northwest corner of Yerba Buena Gardens
Head back through Yerba Buena Gardens to enter the Metreon building.
Inside the Metreon building
Pass through the Metreon building to the entrance at Mission Street near where you entered Yerba Buena Gardens.
The Metreon Center, at 4th Street and Mission Street
Exit the Metreon at the main entrance at Mission Street and 4th Street.
14-Mission bus on Mission Street at 4th Street, in front of the Metreon
From the corner of Mission Street and 4th Street (the same side of the street as the Metreon), catch the 14-Mission (or 14-L) bus inbound toward the Ferry Plaza.
Steuart Street at Mission Street, where the 14-Mission bus stops
The bus will travel down Mission Street, turn left on to Market Street, and then right again on Steuart Street. It will come to its final stop on Steuart Street at Mission Street. Exit here.
Mission Street between Steuart Street and Embarcadero
From Steuart Street, go left (east) on Mission Street toward the Embarcadero. Go right (south) at the Embarcadero (passing the restaurant Boulevard on the corner).
The Embarcadero at Folsom Street
Follow Embarcadero south, crossing Howard Street, to reach Folsom Street.
Folsom Street Muni Station on the Embarcadero
Cross Folsom Street and then cross to the Muni train station on Embarcadero at Folsom Street.
T-Sunnydale Muni train on Embarcadero at Folsom Street
Wait here to catch the outbound T-Sunnydale train. This train will be coming the same direction that you were walking on Embarcadero (on the right side of the platform, facing the Bay Bridge.)
View of the Bay Bridge from the back window of the T-Sunnydale Muni train
This train will take you all the way around the Embarcadero, past the Bay Bridge, and turn on to King Street, passing the Ballpark.
Inside the T-Sunnydale Muni train, on King Street
Stay on the train as it turns from King Street on to 3rd Street at Mission Bay.
T-Muni Train on Third Street
Exit the train at 20th Street (right after the stop at Mariposa) and cross from the platform to the right side of 3rd Street.
3rd Street looking south toward 22nd Street in Dogpatch
Continue up 3rd Street to 22nd Street, passing Yield Wine Bar directly on your right.
Just For You Cafe on 22nd Street near 3rd
A generous menu of all home-made brunch and lunch selections are served at this southern-flavored cafe, including fresh beignets.
Just For You Cafe is at 732 22nd Street between 3rd Street and Tennessee Street. Phone: 415-647-3033. Website: www.justforyoucafe.com.
Piccino, pizza and coffee bar in Dogpatch
Thin crust pizzas with seasonal ingredients, salads, soups, and wines are offered here. A coffee bar is located 3 doors down.
Piccino is at 801 22nd Street between Tennessee and Minnesota Streets. Phone: 415-824-4224. Website: www.piccinocafe.com.
Minnesota Street between 22nd Street and 20th Street in Dogpatch
From 22nd Street, go right on to Minnesota Street (two blocks from where you entered at 3rd Street) and follow Minnesota one block to Esprit Park.
Esprit Park in Dogpatch at Minnesota Street and 20th Street
Turn right on 20th Street, away from Esprit Park, and go up one block to the terminal point for the 22-Fillmore bus line.
Starting point for the 22-Fillmore Muni Bus line, at 20th Street between 3rd Street and Tennessee
The 22-Fillmore buses queue at 20th Street between 3rd and Tennessee Streets. You should be able to board the next one about to depart.
22-Fillmore bus on 18th Street at Texas Street in Potrero Hill
The bus will turn right and then left on to 18th Street. On your right side, you can catch a view of the downtown skyline as the bus crosses over toward Texas Street.
18th Street at Texas Street in Potrero Hill
Exit the bus on 18th Street at Texas Street in Potrero Hill. Begin walking west on 18th Street (the same direction the bus was traveling).
Farley's Coffee Shop, on 18th Street at Texas Street
A welcoming neighborhood spot, Farley's has magazines and board games available.
Farley's Coffee Shop is at 1315 18th Street at Texas Street. Phone: 415-648-1545. Website: www.farleyscoffee.com.
Shops on 18th Street near Missouri Street
Shops on 18th Street in Potrero Hill offer baked and gourmet foods, clothing, and vintage items.
Goat Hill Pizza, on Connecticut Street at 18th Street
This corner location features "sourdough crust and city views".
Goat Hill Pizza is at 300 Connecticut Street at the corner of 18th Street. Phone: 415-641-1440. Website: www.goathill.com.
Sunflower Vietnamese Restaurant, on Connecticut Street at 18th Street
A new addition to the Potrero neighborhood, this restaurant imports its Vietnamese style from its well established Mission location.
Sunflower is at 288 Connecticut Street at 18th Street. Phone: 415-861-2336. Website: www.sunflowersf.com.
22-Fillmore bus on 18th Street in Potrero Hill
The 22-Fillmore bus travels along 18th Street between Texas and Connecticut Streets. Board the bus going the same direction as the one you exited from earlier (west).
The 22-Fillmore bus on 16th Street at Mission Street
The 22-Fillmore bus will turn right at Connecticut Street, left on 17th, then jog over to travel several blocks on 16th Street. Exit the bus on 16th Street at the corner of Mission Street.
Mission Street at 16th Street
From 16th Street, go right on Mission, crossing to the right side of Mission Street. Just after crossing 17th Street, you'll reach the entrance to Clarion Alley on your right.
Clarion Alley at Mission Street
From Mission Street, turn right into Clarion Alley.
Murals in Clarion Alley
You may never see the same murals twice here, as they change often. Take your time viewing this block-long tapestry.
End of Clarion Alley at Valencia Street
Clarion Alley ends at Valencia Street. Go left on Valencia Street.
Valencia Street at 18th Street
On Valencia Street, cross 18th Street and then go right, crossing Valencia Street and continuing west on 18th Street.
Women's Building, on 18th Street between Valencia and Guerrero Streets
Continue on 18th Street from Valencia toward Guerrero Street. You will pass the Women's Building on your left. This is a community center dedicated to helping women and girls achieve full and equal participation in society.
The Women's Building is at 3543 18th Street between Lapidge and Linda Streets. Phone: 415-431-1180. Website: womensbuilding.org.
18th Street at Guerrero Street
Continue on 18th Street and cross Guerrero Street.
Tartine Bakery, on Guerrero at 18th Street
Upon crossing Guerrero, Tartine Bakery will be on the corner to your left. This is an incredibly popular neighborhood bakery offering house-baked rustic breads, open face sandwiches, desserts, pastries, and cookies.
Tartine is at 600 Guerrero Street at the corner of 18th Street. Phone: 415-487-2600. Website: www.tartinebakery.com.
Delfina and Pizzeria Delfina on 18th Street between Guerrero and Dolores
Just past Tartine, Pizzeria Delfina serves acclaimed thin-crust pizza and small Italian plates. The pizzeria is open for lunch (except Monday), while the main restaurant is open only for dinner.
Pizzeria Delfina is at 3611 18th Street between Guerrero and Dolores Streets. Phone: 415-437-6800. Website: www.pizzeriadelfina.com.
Bi-Rite Market, on 18th Street between Dolores and Guerrero Streets
This beloved market has become an institution of the Mission area, and offers sandwiches, soups, and other deli items prepared from local and organic ingredients.
Bi Rite Market is at 3639 18th Street between Guerrero and Dolores Streets. Phone: 415-241-9760. Website: www.biritemarket.com.
Bi Rite Creamery, on the opposite side of 18th Street from the grocery
The ice cream parlor extension of the market, this creamery sells hand-made flavors in cups, cones, or packages, including the favorite Salted Caramel.
Bi Rite Creamery is at 3692 18th Street at Dolores Street. Phone: 415-626-5600. Website: www.biritecreamery.com.
Dolores Park Cafe, on Dolores Street at 18th
This hangout spot serves sandwiches, coffees, juices, and desserts from their prime corner location.
Dolores Park Cafe is at 501 Dolores Street at the corner of 18th Street. Phone: 415-621-2936. Website: www.doloresparkcafe.org.
Dolores Street between 19th and 18th Street
From 18th Street, go left on to Dolores Street up to 19th Street.
Dolores Street at 19th Street, facing Dolores Park
At 19th Street, cross Dolores Street and enter Dolores Park.
Dolores Park, from Dolores Street at the bottom of the park
Follow the path from the entrance of Dolores Park up to the top of the park, and go left, climbing to the top southwest corner of the park.
Bench at the top of Dolores Park, at 20th Street and Church
From this corner, you get a full view from the downtown skyline to the east bay.
Path down the west edge of Dolores Park
From this top corner of the park, follow the sidewalk between the edge of the park and the Muni train tracks down toward the bottom of the park and the tennis courts.
18th Street at Church Street
At the bottom of the park, turn right on to 18th Street with the tennis courts on your right.
18th Street, bordering Dolores Park at the tennis courts
Following 18th Street with the tennis courts to your right, head toward Dolores Street.
Dolores Street at 18th Street
At Dolores Street, go left and follow Dolores toward 17th Street.
Dolores Street at 17th Street
Continue on Dolores Street, crossing 17th Street.
Mission Dolores and Basilica
Near the corner of 16th Street, you'll reach the Mission Dolores and Basilica on your left.
Entrance to the Mission Dolores
This building, constructed from redwood and adobe, was completed in 1791 and is the oldest intact structure in San Francisco. The Mission and ground are open to visitors.
Mission Dolores is at the corner of Dolores Street and 16th Street. Phone: 415-621-8203. Website: www.missiondolores.org.
Original redwood beams across the ceiling inside Mission Dolores
You can view the interior of the Mission building itself, and small historical exhibits in the corridors and back area.
Cemetary adjacent to the Mission Dolores
The adjacent cemetary contains the graves of some of the city's earliest settlers. Some of the inscriptions have almost completely worn away from the headstones.
Dolores Street at 16th Street, in front of the Mission Dolores Basilica
From Dolores Street, turn right on to 16th Street.
Needles and Pens on 16th Street between Guerrero and Dolores
Shirts, craft jewelry, and zines are some of the indie items for sale at this shop.
Needles and Pens is at 3253 16th Street between Guerrero and Dolores Streets. Phone: 415-255-1534. Website: www.needles-pens.com.
Creativity Explored Art Gallery and Art School, on 16th Street between Guerrero and Dolores Streets
This kaleidoscopic gallery and workshop features amazing artwork created by adults with disabilities.
Creativity Explored is at 3245 16th Street between Guerrero and Dolores Streets. Phone: 415-863-2108. Website: www.creativityexplored.org.
Artist XChange on 16th Street between Guerrero and Valencia
The works of emerging local artists are showcased here and sold on consignment.
Artist XChange is at 3169 16th Street between Valencia and Guerrero Streets. Phone: 415-864-1490. Website: www.artist-xchange.com.
Bell Jar on 16th Street at Guerrero Street
An eclectic selection of clothing, housewares, and decorative items are on display in this shop.
Bell Jar is at 3187 16th Street between Valencia and Guerrero Streets. Phone: 415-626-1749. Website: www.belljarsf.com.
Monk's Kettle Restaurant and Bar on 16th Street between Valencia and Guerrero
A vast and intimidating selection of beers, with complimentary dishes including burgers, salads, and surprising vegetarian options are available from the kitchen.
Monk's Kettle is at 33141 16th Street between Valencia and Guerrero Streets. Phone: 415-865-9523. Website: www.monkskettle.com.
Roxie Cinema on 16th Street at Valencia
This century-old movie house screens independent and thought-provoking films, and hosts some of the city's best film festivals.
Roxie Cinema is at 3117 16th Street at Valencia Street. Phone: 415-863-1087. Website: www.roxie.com.
Valencia Street at 16th Street
From 16th Street, turn right on to Valencia Street.
Construction on Valencia Street between 15th and 19th Streets is scheduled to continue until Summer 2010
The sidewalks are being reconstructed and widened along Valencia Street. This is scheduled to continue through summer 2010, so you'll have to squeeze past the construction areas until then.
Frjtz - fries and crepes, on Valencia at 17th Street
Crepes, sandwiches, salads, and Belgian fries with a selection of dipping sauces are served at this location.
Frjtz is at 590 Valencia Street at 17th Street. Phone: 415-863-8272. Website: www.frjtzfries.com.
Valencia Street at 17th Street
Continue on Valencia Street, crossing 17th and 18th Streets.
826 Valencia Street, near 19th Street
This is a tutoring center, helping school age kids improve their writing skills and getting them involved in workshops and events.
826 Valencia Street is between 19th and 20th Streets. Phone: 415-642-5905. Website: www.826valencia.org.
Pirate Store, inside 826 Valencia
The Pirate Store is located inside 826 Valencia. Smart pirates who know their business shop here exclusively.
The Pirate Shop is inside 826 Valencia Street between 19th and 20th Streets. Phone: 415-642-5905. Website: www.826valencia.org.
City Art Cooperative Gallery, on Valencia near 19th Street
This cooperative gallery presents work created by its members - you're guaranteed to see a mix of styles and items you won't see anywhere else.
City Art is at 828 Valencia Street at 19th Street. Phone: 415-970-9900. Website: www.cityartgallery.org.
Dog Eared Books on Valencia at 20th Street
Within a couple of blocks, you'll pass three of Valencia Street's independent and specialized locations for book shopping.
Dosa on Valencia, near 21st Street
The focus at this popular eatery is on crepe-style Indian wraps, with spicy sauces and inventive accompanying dishes.
Dosa is at 995 Valencia Street at 21st Street. Phone: 415-642-3672. Website: www.dosasf.com.
Valencia, between 21st and 22nd Streets
Continue on Valencia Street to 22nd Street.
Beretta, Italian Dining and Bar, on Valencia at 23rd Street
Another Valencia Street dining option is a block further down at 23rd Street. Thin crust pizzas, contemporary Italian dishes, and cocktails are served at this vegetarian-friendly venue.
Beretta is at 1199 Valencia Street at 23rd Street. Phone: 415-695-1199. Website: www.berettasf.com.
22nd Street at Valencia Street
From Valencia Street, go left (east) on 22nd Street toward Mission Street.
22nd Street at Bartlett Street
Continue on 22nd Street, crossing Bartlett Street.
The Make-Out Room, on 22nd Street near Mission Street
On your right, you'll see the Make Out Room. This venue hosts music performances and playful literary events.
The Make Out Room is at 3225 22nd Street between Valencia and Mission Streets. Phone: 415-647-2888. Website: www.makeoutroom.com.
Mission Street at 22nd Street
From 22nd Street, turn left on to Mission Street.
Mission Street between 21st and 20th Streets
Continue on Mission Street, crossing 21st and 20th Streets.
Charanga on Mission Street between 19th and 20th Streets
Spanish tapas and sangrias are the deal at this spot between 20th and 19th Streets.
Charanga is at 2351 Mission Street between 19th and 20th Streets. Phone: 415-282-1813. Website: www.charangasf.com.
Mission Thrift, on Mission Street between 19th and 18th Streets
Not your average thrift shop, this store offers an impressive collection of vintage items at friendly Mission prices.
Mission Thrift is at 2330 Mission Street between 19th and 20th Streets. Phone: 415-821-9560.
Mission Street between 19th and 18th Streets
Continue on Mission Street, crossing 19th Street.
Taqueria Cancun on Mission Street between 18th and 19th Streets
Just past 19th Street, Taqueria Cancun is a popular standout among the many Mission area taquerias.
Taqueria Cancun is at 2288 Mission Street between 19th and 18th Streets. Phone: 415-252-9560.
Weird Fish on Mission Street at 18th Street
A unique combination of seafood and vegetarian items, including vegan tacos, dominate the menu at this pleasantly strange venue. It gets crowded quickly.
Weird Fish is at 2193 Mission Street at 18th Street. Phone: 415-863-4744. Website: www.weirdfishsf.com.
Cafe Prague on Mission Street near Clarion Alley
Czech dishes are featured here, plus soups, sandwiches, and desserts like apple struedel.
Cafe Prague is at 2140 Mission Street between Clarion Alley and Sycamore Street. Phone: 415-627-7464.
BART Station entrance at 16th and Mission
Continue on Mission Street to past 17th Street to 16th Street. Enter the BART Station at 16th and Mission to take a train directly back to the downtown stations.