Guidebook for San Francisco

Owen
Guidebook for San Francisco

Food Scene

Named best burrito in the US by Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight web site. The food is a bit better than most, but if the line is out the door and there's a long wait, there are plenty of other excellent fine alternatives up and down Mission or 24th Streets.
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La Taqueria
2889 Mission St
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Named best burrito in the US by Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight web site. The food is a bit better than most, but if the line is out the door and there's a long wait, there are plenty of other excellent fine alternatives up and down Mission or 24th Streets.
Farmers' market open Thursday from 4-8PM. Great treats to eat from local farmers, bakeries, etc.
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Mission Community Market
84 Bartlett St
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Farmers' market open Thursday from 4-8PM. Great treats to eat from local farmers, bakeries, etc.
Fantastic Mex-inspired sit-down restaurant with many delicious small plates you won't find anywhere else. Best to make reservations as this place is popular.
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Loló
974 Valencia St
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Fantastic Mex-inspired sit-down restaurant with many delicious small plates you won't find anywhere else. Best to make reservations as this place is popular.
Enter the oldest soda fountain in SF and step back in time. Great for breakfast in the retro booths.
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St. Francis Fountain
2801 24th St
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Enter the oldest soda fountain in SF and step back in time. Great for breakfast in the retro booths.
This place is literally right around the corner, and is a great option for breakfast with a Latin flair, morning coffee, inventive dinners, and afternoon happy hour (3-6PM). Tell bartenders Steve and Guillermo that Owen sent you.
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Cafe La Taza
2475 Mission Street
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This place is literally right around the corner, and is a great option for breakfast with a Latin flair, morning coffee, inventive dinners, and afternoon happy hour (3-6PM). Tell bartenders Steve and Guillermo that Owen sent you.
This new sit-down taco place is a step above the rest, with some interesting items that will satisfy your cravings for carne.
Tacos El Patron
1500 S Van Ness Ave
This new sit-down taco place is a step above the rest, with some interesting items that will satisfy your cravings for carne.

Essentials

This small market has many different Hispanic food items as well as the basics. Plus the back entrance is literally right across the street.
Evergreen Market
2539 Mission Street
This small market has many different Hispanic food items as well as the basics. Plus the back entrance is literally right across the street.
This is the closest supermarket with a large selection of name brand and off-brand items at great prices.
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Grocery Outlet Bargain Market
1245 S Van Ness Ave
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This is the closest supermarket with a large selection of name brand and off-brand items at great prices.
This drugstore has all the basics you may have forgotten to pack.
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Walgreens
2690 Mission Street
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This drugstore has all the basics you may have forgotten to pack.
If you need to do a load of laundry, this is the nicest place in the neighborhood. The adjoining coffee-shop on Mission Street recently closed, but the laundromat entrance is open around the corner.
Laundré
2401 Mission St
If you need to do a load of laundry, this is the nicest place in the neighborhood. The adjoining coffee-shop on Mission Street recently closed, but the laundromat entrance is open around the corner.

Entertainment & Activities

Assigned seating with table service for food and drinks in an classic old theater with great retro neon sign out front. Currently closed due to COVID, but is sole survivor of corporate bankruptcy, so hopefully reopening soon.
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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
2550 Mission St
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Assigned seating with table service for food and drinks in an classic old theater with great retro neon sign out front. Currently closed due to COVID, but is sole survivor of corporate bankruptcy, so hopefully reopening soon.
Play mini-golf inside an old mortuary. All the holes on the course are SF inspired and have very entertaining, inventive mechanical components. Currently closed due to COVID, but hopefully reopening soon.
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Urban Putt
1096 South Van Ness Avenue
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Play mini-golf inside an old mortuary. All the holes on the course are SF inspired and have very entertaining, inventive mechanical components. Currently closed due to COVID, but hopefully reopening soon.

Drinks & Nightlife

The closest place to the city where you can play live poker and other casino games. They never close. During COVID times, they've set up a giant tent in their rear parking lot, so wear something warm and play behind plexiglass dividers if you want to gamble.
Lucky Chances
1700 Hillside Boulevard
The closest place to the city where you can play live poker and other casino games. They never close. During COVID times, they've set up a giant tent in their rear parking lot, so wear something warm and play behind plexiglass dividers if you want to gamble.

Getting Around

This is the closest BART station, good for getting downtown, or SFO and OAK airports. Be sure to keep your ticket or transfer for proof of payment. Also the site of free rapid COVID tests almost every day.
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24th St Mission
2800 Mission Street
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This is the closest BART station, good for getting downtown, or SFO and OAK airports. Be sure to keep your ticket or transfer for proof of payment. Also the site of free rapid COVID tests almost every day.

Sightseeing

If you want to take the most scenic cable car route, this is the place to start. But prepare to wait in long line to board. There may be marked cable car stops elsewhere, but there's almost never free space to just hop on board along the route.
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Powell & Market Cable Car Turntable
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If you want to take the most scenic cable car route, this is the place to start. But prepare to wait in long line to board. There may be marked cable car stops elsewhere, but there's almost never free space to just hop on board along the route.
The Mission is full of great public art, and this side alley has some of the best colorful, political, and humorous murals. Explore on your own, or sign up for a guided tour at Precita Eyes on 24th St.
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Balmy Alley
50 Balmy St
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The Mission is full of great public art, and this side alley has some of the best colorful, political, and humorous murals. Explore on your own, or sign up for a guided tour at Precita Eyes on 24th St.

Parks & Nature

When it's hot and sunny in the Mission, this is the park to see and be seen, with stunning views of the downtown skyline and lots of open space for pets and people.
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Mission Dolores Park
Dolores Street
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When it's hot and sunny in the Mission, this is the park to see and be seen, with stunning views of the downtown skyline and lots of open space for pets and people.
Offering 360-degree views of the entire city, including Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and downtown, this park is a 20-minute walk away from our house, with grassland wildlife habitat & walking trails popular with dog walkers and joggers. Don't miss the best tree swing in SF!
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Bernal Heights Park
3400-3416 Folsom St
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Offering 360-degree views of the entire city, including Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and downtown, this park is a 20-minute walk away from our house, with grassland wildlife habitat & walking trails popular with dog walkers and joggers. Don't miss the best tree swing in SF!