by Fernanda DeSouza
posted on February 17, 2019
Latino roots and hipster haunts are the core of this eclectic neighborhood, making it not only the biggest melting pot in SF but also a treat for visitors. Old school meets new school, from restaurants to historical landmarks as old as the city itself. Your mission starts in 3...2...1...
It's no secret that this famous bakery-café produces mind-blowing baked goods. But that's not the only reason for the steady line. A range of supremely executed sandwiches and a fine wine and beer list invite you to pause at the communal table.
Checkout: The Country Loaf is famous (and hard to get) and the croissants are buttery and flaky as they should be. For a change, try the pecorino and almond sandwich.
Photo courtesy: jccaramillo
Mission Dolores Park is a true San Francisco cultural hub. Palm trees border the expansive lawn, where many picnic and relax on weekends or hang out during the frequent festivals and performances. Plus, the park has a great view of the skyline.
Photo courtesy: jess_shoe
An offshoot of SF classic Delfina, this solid pizza place serves Neapolitan pies, antipasti, and even a short Italian wine list. The menu changes a lot, but you can always count on the panna pizza with added sausage, known as "the magic pie."
Checkout: Carbonara pizza (if available), panna pizza, prosciutto pizza
Photo courtesy: pizzeriadelfina
Find solitude at this architectural marvel - one of the oldest buildings in SF (founded in 1776!). Come for Catholic mass to appreciate the Mission's outstanding acoustics for choir performances and services, and explore the cemetery afterward.
Photo courtesy: deomenecha
This bustling gastropub caters to staunch beer connoisseurs everywhere. Embracing seasonal produce and making everything in-house, The Monk's Kettle serves organic and artisanal fare alongside hundreds of beers to a happening hipster crowd.
Checkout: 36-Hour Porchetta, Monk's Macaroni & Cheese, Bourbon Sour Porter 2013
Photo courtesy: missionmerchantsassociation
In the mood for high-end cocktails and signature snacks? Then check out this intimate retreat for complex highballs and eats like fried cauliflower or tartine toast. Not into mixology? Don't worry - there's a great selection of beer and wine too.
Checkout: Baker's Highball, Tarragon Collins, Pink Flamingo, fried cauliflower
Photo courtesy: crono9987
Chocoholics unite: This bean-to-bar factory crafts small-batch confections like Almond Crack, caramels, and dark chocolate bars. Looking to chill? Find a seat and enjoy one of their Cacao Spritzers while inhaling the factory's heavenly smells.
Photo courtesy: wyamazak
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