Mission Street (North)

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Now: Rougher and far more Latino than neighboring Valencia Street, this section of Mission caters to the residents with its shops and to visitors in many of the newer trendy eateries and bars. Victorian homes around neighboring streets are absolutely beautiful, and rarely seen by casual visitors to San Francisco.

Then: Mission Street was the commercial center during most of this area's history, since the first families from Mexico began settling here during and after World War II. Many of the clothing and jewelry shops, bakeries and groceries look as though they haven't been remodeled or updated or re-stocked since then. It gives much of the street a frozen-in-time quality.

How To Get There: Take BART to 16th/Mission and walk south, or 24th/Mission, and walk north. The 49 Muni bus also comes down here from Van Ness, but this is a much slower trip. If you are driving and can't find a parking space, there is a garage on 21st Street between Mission and Valencia.


  • Mission Street at 25th Street

  • Mission Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets

  • Mission Street at 22nd Street

  • Foreign Cinema, on Mission Street near 21st Street

  • Medjool Mediterranean Restaurant and Lounge on Mission Street at 21st Street

  • Mission Thrift, on Mission Street between 19th and 18th Streets

  • El Capitan Hotel, on Mission Street between 19th and 20th Streets

  • Mission Street between 19th and 18th Streets

  • Taqueria Cancun on Mission Street between 18th and 19th Streets

  • Guatemalan Food Truck, parked variously around Mission Street

  • Mission Street between 21st and 20th Streets

  • Dragon City Bakery on Mission Street

  • Mission Giant Value

  • Bay Craft on Mission Street

  • Display window at bakery on Mission Street

  • Charanga on Mission Street

  • Cha Cha Cha - Tapas and Sangria on Mission Street near 19th Street

  • Bissap Baobab - African cuisine on Mission Street near 19th Street

  • Cafe Prague on Mission Street near Clarion Alley

  • The edge of Clarion Alley, at Mission Street

  • Weird Fish on Mission Street at 18th Street

  • Jim's Restaurant, on Mission Street near 20th Street

  • Colored doorway on Mission Street

  • Cafe Gratitude, on Harrison Street at 20th Street

  • Flour + Water on Harrison Street and 20th

  • Atlas Cafe on 20th Street at Florida Street

  • House at 21st Street, off Mission

  • Whiz Burgers, on South Van Ness Avenue at 18th Street

  • Houses on South Van Ness Avenue, between 19th and 21st Streets

  • Porches on South Van Ness Avenue

  • Houses on South Van Ness Avenue

  • Houses on South Van Ness Avenue

  • Houses on South Van Ness Avenue

  • Houses on South Van Ness Avenue

  • Houses on South Van Ness Avenue

  • Houses on South Van Ness Avenue