The Mission is a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood that has quickly made its way to the top of many people's lists as one of the most interesting and worthwhile districts to visit in the city. While recent gentrification has given rise to a proliferation of pricey boutiques, progressive restaurants, and dare we say "hipster" hangouts, we want Trabblrs to explore The Mission for its original draws - culturally relevant murals and gargantuan burritos.
The Mission has one of the highest concentrations of community art in the city and to walk its streets is like visiting an open gallery. Two of the best places to view a lot of the murals at once are Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley. While Balmy is one of the original locations for artistic expression, Clarion is a more recent destination. Click here for a good overview of the different mural locations. If you happen to be in San Francisco on a weekend, we highly recommend taking a tour with Precita Eyes Muralists. Tickets can be bought at the door so it's a super convenient and an easy way for the group to meet.
With your appetite for art satiated, it's now time to quell your hunger for food. Everybody has their favorite Mission burrito joint and ours is Taqueria Cancun (19th and Mission), a bright yellow-walled restaurant that serves the famous burrito mojado. Choose your meat (or veggies), wait a few minutes, and then head to the counter to pick up your cabeza-sized stuffed tortilla swimming in enchilada sauce and melted cheese. It's amazing how something so big can fit so perfectly in your stomach. Oh, biology.
Meeting point: Precita Eyes Muralists. This is where The Classic Mission Mural Walk starts every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30pm. Even if you choose not to take the tour, this is a good place to start exploring on your own!
Leaders, please mention whether you plan on taking a tour with Precita Eyes in the Comments section below. If you are, it might make sense to have lunch at Taqueria Cancun beforehand!