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Top 10 things to do in the Mission District

Inn San Francisco is located in the Mission District neighborhood, one of the sunniest parts of the city! We love our neighborhood and want you to explore it fully so we outlined the top 10 things to do or see in the Mission District!

1. Check out Dolores Park

If you’re fortunate to have a sunny day in the city, head to Dolores Park immediately for sunbathing, a picnic, or simply to relax and soak up the incredible views of the San Francisco skyline.

Mission Dolores

2. Visit Mission Dolores

Though the original structure burned down, the adobe version that was built in 1791 is the one that’s still standing and holds the honor of being the oldest building in San Francisco. Less than 10 blocks from the Inn, you can visit this historical mission and see the only cemetery in the city limits and the beautiful gardens. The suggested donation for your visit is $7.

3. Dine out

It’s impossible to go hungry in the Mission District as we guess there are about 140 restaurants within 10 blocks of our inn! From Asian cuisine to lively taquerias, you’ll find something for everyone in your travel party. With a large Latin American influence in this neighborhood’s history, you’ll easily find plenty of Mexican, Central American, and South American restaurants and quick bites so you can join in on the debate of where the best burrito in the Mission District is. Did we mention that there are tons of restaurants within walking distance of us? And that all of them are amazing and you’ll just need to stay with us for another week or two to try even half of them?

Bartender mixing cocktails at the bar

4. Take part in happy hour

Grab a cocktail or your favorite libation at one of the many bars and restaurants offering happy hour. Doc’s Clock is a local’s favorite (though it’s important to know they are a cash only establishment), or you can check out the menus at Dalva, Trick Dog, ABV, or if you’re in the mood for great beer then you’ll want to visit Shotwell’s.

5. Have a classic date night

Reserve a table at Foreign Cinema for a fantastic date night of dinner and a movie! Indulge in delicious appetizer and dinner creations and then when the sun sets, turn your eyes to the far wall to watch the film (with subtitles). You can always request your waiter bring a set of speakers to the table if you want to listen in.

6. Urban Putt

Try your chance at a hole-in-one at this indoor steampunk miniature golf course. Built inside a Victorian mortuary, you’ll play your way through the city and even putt your ball over the 1906 earthquake on this 14-hole course. It’s less than a five-minute walk from the Inn!

7. View the murals

Walk your way through art as you explore the Mission District with the neighborhood’s wonderful collection of vibrant and moving murals.

Pirate treasure

8. Pick up some treasure

San Francisco already has an eclectic vibe and culture but if you’re looking for a unique adventure in the realm of shopping, be sure to stop by 826 Valencia St. to visit San Francisco’s only independent pirate supply store. Whether you’re in the market for an eye patch or captain’s quills, you’ll find it in the shop. The shop is also the non-profit organization 826 Valencia which supports under-resourced students, aged 6 – 18, with its writing-tutoring center to inspire and empower students with their writing skills.

9. See Galeria de la Raza

Since 1970, the gallery has celebrated the Chicano/Latino culture and hosted their works with bi-monthly exhibitions. The gallery is run by a non-profit arts organization and they also support young Latino artists.

10. See a film at the Roxie Theater

As the “second-oldest continual run cinema in the world,” the Roxie Theater is a 234-seat landmark in San Francisco. Since 1909, the theater has “pursued dreams over profit to strive to keep the weird and wonderful alive in our little corner of San Francisco” and is a non-profit organization that focuses on the independent film community. Next door is the more intimate 49-seat Little Roxie that also screens one-of-a-kind films. 

Of course, the best part about visiting the Mission District is staying in the Mission District at Inn San Francisco! Find the perfect room for your Bay Area getaway at our Victorian beauty. 

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