A hip AF guide to the coolest neighborhood in San Francisco, aka the Mission

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No doubt about it, the Mission is the coolest place in SF.  People who have been here a while will complain that the techies have ruined it and it isn't as cool as it once was, and while that's probably true, there's still a ton of fun to be had in this iconic neighborhood. 

Eat

Alba Ray's

Cajun style food done with California quality, plus a happening bar scene.  You'll want to take a trip to NOLA stat.

Bi-Rite

This family owned community grocery store is basically the epicenter of the SF culinary world. Jammed with homemade products and sustainably sourced produce, it's the perfect place to pick up artisanal eats, flowers, or snacks for an afternoon in Dolores Park. 

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Craftsmen and Wolves

A contemporary patisserie known for unique combinations like Thai Green Curry scones, haute dogs, and the Rebel Within (an egg inside a sausage cheese onion muffin). 

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Dandelion Chocolate

A "bean to bar" chocolate factory offering homemade bars and candies as well as tours and workshops. 

El Gallo Giro

If there is one thing the Mission is known for, its tacos and no one does them better than this food truck on 23rd & Treat St. The carnitas are the most popular item but the vegetarian items are great too.

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Farmhouse Kitchen 

Authentic Thai flavors in a lively space, one of the best eats in SF.

Revolution Cafe

European style cafe with free Wi-Fi, great for working during the day but even better for meeting up with the friends in the evening as they have live music from local musicians 7 days a week.

Do

Clarion Alley Mural Project

Take a walk through Clarion Alley to see murals by talented local artists with a social mission, one of my favorite spots in the city.

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Dog-Eared Books

A new and used bookstore specializing in beat, off beat, small press and local literature.  Check their events calendar as they regularly host interesting speakers.

Dolores Park

Grab a blanket, your beverage of choice, and your favorite people to spend an afternoon lounging in the park catching up and people watching.

Yoga to the People

Take a class at this "pay what you can" yoga studio that aims to redirect the focus away from expensive athleisure wear and back to the essence of yoga, as a physical and spiritual practice for everyone regardless of income or ability.

Shop

Paxton Gate

Ethically sourced taxidermy, framed butterflies, natural wonders and other odd objects from around the world.

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Reformation

One of the first Brick and Mortar locations for the eco friendly fashion brand, the automated closet is an experience worth having.

Thread Lounge

A beautiful collection of homewares and clothing the owner sources on her travels. Think Anthropologie meets ABC Home.