Video shot on iPhone, Canon point-and-shoot; edited on Final Cut Pro
Every time I get asked where I see myself in 5 years, my answer is inevitably “hopefully not outside of the Bay Area.” I love this place like I love home. Even after four years here, I lose my heart to SFO every so often because there is just an abundance of subcultures to indulge in. Not too long ago, this I-cannot-believe-my-eyes situation happened at the eclectic Mission Street. Here’s my camera roll of Mission highlights in the form of a DIY itinerary to help you cover the historic #BaeArea neighborhood by foot, complete with Yelp, Instagram, Google Maps and website links.
*Take the BART to 16th Street Mission.
Murals: The Mission is home to the largest amount of street art in the world, and these are some truly poignant, powerful, and poetic pieces of work. Dated between the 70s and 90s, these murals show how San Francisco’s art evolved. Visit Clarion Alley, Lilac Alley, and 19th & Mission for the Carlos Santana mural. Refer to this SF street art guide for more amazing street art.
Mexican Food: This one is a no-brainer. The Mission is a hub for the best Mexican restaurants in the Bay Area. La Taqueria (in my video, 2889 Mission Street), Taqueria El Farolito (2779 Mission Street) and Taqueria El Castillito (2092 Mission Street) are three mainstream albeit crowd-favorite establishments. Did some extra digging to find these underground ones: Yucatasia (strongly recommended for avocado lovers; 2164 Mission Street) and Chava’s Restaurant (for tortillas, tacos, and an assortment of beers; 2839 Mission Street)
Vintage Clothes, Souvenirs, Cards/ Gifts: Frida Kahlo aficionados, head straight to Luz De Luna (in my video)! The kitschy, quirky Serendipity (803 Valencia Street) lives up to its name - you’ll love every card, journal, candle, and gag gift you see. As a proponent of the sustainability movement, I’d really like to recommend these vintage/ consignment stores: The Painted Bird (1360 Valencia Street) and Schauplatz Vintage (791 Valencia Street.)
Dolores Park: Is it even a Mission District list withoutDolores Park ? I won’t say much, but this is the place to be for doing just about anything while soaking in terrific SF downtown views. Also, just Google Michael The Coconut Guy.
Bookstores: While Borderlands (in my video, 866 Valencia Street) is the perfect way to wind down the walking tour; they also have an extensive zine collection (coffee makes this a winner for me)Christopher’s Books (1400 18th Street) has an old-fashioned, cozy vibe, whereas Dog Eared Books (900 Valencia Street) is thoroughly inviting and inclusive of genres, therefore pretty packed. They opened a new store in the Castro, btw.
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Miraya originated as a concept magazine for a Publishing class, but much of it now exists online and has been adapted for this blog. The core remains intact, and that is to explore the changing landscape of contemporary Indian fashion through the international lens, engaging readers in a creative juxtaposition between tradition and modernity. Spearheaded by Founder and Creative Director, Namrata Loka.
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