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Mission District

Free admission
Mission District, San Francisco, CA

The Basics

The Mission typically offers the sunniest, warmest weather in San Francisco, so if you’re looking for a break from the fog and cooler temps, head to the neighborhood for a food tour, bike tour, or walking tour of the district’s colorful murals. You’ll definitely want to make a stop at Dolores Park, where you can admire a view of the San Francisco skyline while picnicking on the grass with locals. The best way to explore the neighborhood is to simply walk it, admiring the architecture and trendy shops.

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Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option
Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option
star-4.5
$84.53 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Thank you Mark!!
I don't think I can say enough good things about this tour. I really enjoyed how long it was and how much history Mark had to offer. It was nice to have choices at most of the places we stopped at and I enjoyed Mark's recommendations of what to get. Do this tour!
rebecca_h, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

star-5
Can’t miss tour.
Kim_P, Oct 2021
Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option
This tour went above and beyond my expectations. Mark is a fourth generation San Franciscan who intimately knows both the neighborhood and cuisines. The tour involved an in-depth tour and history of murals in the Mission district in addition to culinary culture and samples. You will have left overs bring a bag
star-5
Mark knows what he is talking about
Ken_D, Oct 2021
Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option
Mark was knowledgeable warm and friendly. He knew the neighborhood and the food he was teaching us about.
star-5
Your was very informative...
Richard_C, Oct 2021
Castro to the Mission Small-Group Tour in San Francisco
Your was very informative and we covered a solid amount of both areas in the timeslot. Guide (I think his name was Kevin) was very friendly and knowledgeable!
star-5
Lots of history, art, walking, but no FOOD!
Michelle_O, Jul 2021
Mission District Street Art Walking Tour
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and explained a lot of history of San Francisco, the meanings behind the murals and the Mission neighborhood. We felt the title of the tour a bit misleading as it states “Mission District Art & FOOD walking Tour”. We saw the Mission District, did plenty of walking and a few restaurants were pointed out along the way, but we were expecting some type of food sampling’s. Nothing huge, but maybe a taquito from one of the several Taquerias we passed, a quarter of a cookie sample from a bakery or a piece of chocolate. If you don’t want to coordinate with a couple of the restaurants then you should remove the FOOD from the tour title. Simply state “Mission District History & Art Walking Tour” that way it won’t be misleading. Our tour guide Elliot was fantastic! He earned the 5 star rating.
star-4
Eclectic and eccentric
Christine_W, May 2021
Mission District Street Art Walking Tour
Enjoyed the Basilica and Church of San Francisco de Asis. Also liked browsing some of the eclectic shops in the area. And, of course, the plethora of intriguing, beautiful, and/or disturbing murals! I liked the alleys, and the residential areas a great deal.
star-5
Best San Francisco tour!
Darcy_V, Aug 2021
Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option
Mark was so energetic and knowledgeable. He was so personable and had wonderful stories to share. The food experiences were unique and the historical and artistic narrative was amazing. This was a great way to learn about the vibrant Mission District. Mark was the best tour guide you could ever want!
star-5
Open up to the Mission District Experience
Brian_N, Oct 2021
Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option
Mark brought a wealth of information to the tour as a member of a long-time San Franciscan family. Interesting facts and history at every turn. …and then, the food! Delicious variety enriched with Mark’s experience in the culinary arts. After years of being in and out of San Francisco, I have a whole new level of appreciation for the culture, history, diversity…and flavors.
star-4
Tamale lady story is awesome
Dale_H, Aug 2021
Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option
All the stories about the mural and what it represents. Eye opening for me on the history of SF. Burrito is good. Wish the tour guide would honor the alcohol as it says on the ticket.
star-5
On a mission for food
Robyn_B, Feb 2020
Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option
Julie was a wonderful guide, the Mission District was so interesting. Thanks Secret food tours. The history and the food was a delight.
star-5
Food tour heaven
Natalie_R, Jun 2019
Secret Food Tour of San Francisco's Mission District w/ Private Tour Option
This was THE best experience and our tour guide rocked!! I bought tickets for my friends birthday and the two of us could not have had a better time, it was epic!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Mission Street and Valencia Street are the main thoroughfares, running north-south from Duboce Avenue to Cesar Chavez.

  • Bars and restaurants are mostly concentrated between 16th and 22nd streets.

  • There is a lot of metered and free street parking available, but pay attention to posted signs about prohibited parking during street cleaning or other times.

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How to Get There

The neighborhood offers two BART stations—16th Street Mission and 24th Street Mission. The J-Church light rail runs along the western side of the neighborhood, while bus route 33 stops along 18th Street.

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When to Get There

The Mission District is lively at night, when locals gather at some of the city’s best bars and restaurants. If you’d rather browse the shops or enjoy a more relaxed dining atmosphere, explore during the afternoon. For people-watching, head to Dolores Park on a sunny weekend. Carnaval San Francisco is a 2-day multicultural festival that takes place over Memorial Day weekend.

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Mission San Francisco de Asís

Founded in 1776 and the oldest structure in San Francisco, Mission Dolores is often overlooked by visitors who go to the Mission District to frequent the shops, bars, restaurants, and park. But it’s worth a stop to see the historic architecture and learn about a piece of California history.

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