Mission, San Francisco Places

Part of our San Francisco travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Mission, including Foreign Cinema, DNA Lounge and LGBT Community Center.
  • The best place in Mission San Francisco: Foreign Cinema

    Foreign Cinema

    2534 Mission St
    M-F 6PM-2AM, Sa-Su 11AM-2AM. Dinner and a movie. The Laszlo Bar. A little splurgy and quite fine. Reservations recommended.
  • DNA Lounge

    DNA Lounge

    375 11th St
    There is usually a cover between $3 and $25 (for the bands). The DNA Lounge is a 2-story club which often caters to the geekier "digerati" crowd. One of the founders is Jamie Zawinski, a former Netscape superstar and Internet nabob. Events feature themed electronica dance nights (Industrial, Techno, Trance, etc.) and live bands.
  • LGBT Community Center

    LGBT Community Center

    1800 Market Street
    M-Th noon-10PM, F noon-6PM, Sa 9AM-6PM. The Center houses the offices of various community organizations, and has space for public events and meetings. The ground floor features a cafe space, and on the third floor there is a cyber center which offers an hour of free computer time.
    Mission restaurants nearby
  • Philz Coffee

    Philz Coffee

    3101 24th St
    The place for serious coffee drinkers. Choose from a wide variety of beans from all over the world, light, medium or dark roast.
  • Intersection for the Arts

    Intersection for the Arts

    446 Valencia Street
    San Francisco's oldest alternative art space, This tiny space has premiered works by noted authors such as Dave Eggers and world-class playwrights such as Denis Johnson. The resident theater group, Campo Santo, is very good. The space also has an upstairs art gallery.
    Mission eat nearby
  • The Marsh

    The Marsh

    1062 Valencia St
    A breeding ground for new performance, playwriting workshops, performances, a youth program, and classes. Some excellent one-person shows have been hatched out in the Marsh.
    Mission restaurants nearby
  • Monk's Kettle

    Monk's Kettle

    3141 16th St
    Daily Noon-2AM. A small tavern with good pub food that specializes in craft beer.
  • Aldea Niños

    Aldea Niños

    1017 Valencia Street
    A design-minded shop that caters to all of your baby needs, with stylish clothing, hand-picked toys, and unique, modern furnishings.
  • Bi-Rite Grocery

    Bi-Rite Grocery

    3639 18th Street
    How do they get that much good produce and that incredible deli counter into that storefront? Essential neighborhood and picnic-in-the-park resource. Dolores Park is handily enough a block away, and you're likely to find festivals, rallies, or the SF Mime Troupe at the start and close of their summer touring season there along with kids, dogs and tennis players.
  • Luna Park

    Luna Park

    694 Valencia Street
    M-Th 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-10:30PM, F 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-11:30PM, Sa 11:30AM-11:30PM, Su 11:30AM-10PM. Upscale American comfort food menu. Small, slightly swanky. Always packed, with the accompanying noise level. Decent grub. And their signature drink is the mojito.
  • Beauty Bar

    Beauty Bar

    2299 Mission St.
    One the few real dance clubs in the Mission, Beauty Bar used to be popular with hipsters but is now mainly populated with a more ghetto crowd.
  • Tartine Bakery

    Tartine Bakery

    600 Guerrero St
    M 8AM-7PM, Tu-W 7:30AM-7PM, Th-F 7:30AM-8PM, Sa 8AM-8PM, Su 9AM-8PM. One of the Bay Area's best bakeries; rich, decadent, and pricey.
  • Bissap Baobab

    Bissap Baobab

    2323 Mission Street
    A Senegalese restaurant with roots in West African Senegalese culture.
  • Phoenix


    811 Valencia Street
    M-F 11AM-2AM, Sa-Su 9:30AM-2AM. Generic Irish pub with surprisingly good food.
  • Jay's Cheesesteak

    Jay's Cheesesteak

    3285 21st Street
    Niman Ranch beef, or seitan veggie/vegan sandwich options. Great garlic fries!
  • Delfina


    3621 18th St
    Delfina is a bustling, James Beard Award-winning neighborhood trattoria in San Francisco’s Mission District, owned by Anne and Craig Stoll.
  • Blowfish Sushi To Die For

    Blowfish Sushi To Die For

    2170 Bryant St
    THE best place to get RAW in the South Bay!
  • Aldea Home

    3338 17th Street
    M-Sa 11AM-7PM, Su 11AM-6PM. A wide array of lifestyle accessories, bed and bath products and dining accouterments.
  • Artists Television Access

    Artists Television Access

    992 Valencia St
    A nonprofit educational group and screening venue for independent film and video. This center often shows genuinely strange art films and videos, particularly during their frequent "open screenings" (you bring it, they'll show it). Don't miss the intriguing window displays.
    Mission food nearby
  • J+K Fitness Studio

    1947 Mission Street
    A fitness studio fully equipped with the latest machines, colorful exercise balls, and shiny free weights. Full service trainers encourage customers to achieve their goals and genuinely care about their clients' fitness and nutrition.
    Mission eat nearby
  • Galeria de la Raza

    Galeria de la Raza

    2857 24th St.
    Tu 1PM-7PM, W-Sa Noon-6PM. Opened in 1970, the non-profit gallery specializes in Chicano/Latino art.
    Mission restaurants nearby
  • Opening Day on the Bay

    Fisherman's Wharf Waterfront
    An annual boat parade, held on the last Sunday in April, that signals the start of the Northern Californian sailing season. Up to 200 vessels, decked out in full regalia, participate each year and sail from the Golden Gate Bridge to Pier 39. Impartial judges are on hand to award prizes in several esteemed categories. The event is organized by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association.
    Mission food nearby
  • Aquarius Records

    1055 Valencia Street
    Su-W 10AM-9PM, Th-Sa 10AM-10PM. An eclectic music store specializing in the best of many obscure genres, including drone, prog, psychedelic, indie rock, experimental, electronic, noise, black metal as well as many other international/cultural styles. While it has been a San Francisco icon since 1970 and has been located in different neighborhoods in the past, it is truly a Mission mainstay, and the staff is very knowledgeable and passionate about what they stock.
  • Roxie Theater

    Roxie Theater

    3117 16th St
    An independent art-film theatre, with some of the best features shown in the country. If it's showing here, it's usually worth seeing.
    Mission restaurants nearby
  • Dog Eared Books

    900 Valencia St.
    A great selection of used books and readings by authors.
  • SOMArts


    934 Brannan St
    Tu-F 12-7PM, Sat Noon–5PM. Free. An locally focused contemporary art venue and public garden. Rotating monthly exhibits, performances, and film screenings.
    Mission eat nearby
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