City Guide: San Francisco Mission District

by Denitza Leon


From exotic places to hidden gems, travel enthusiast StaceyAnnLoves ventured into the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District to create a guide of her favorite places close to home. See how she walks us through this colorful neighborhood in the vibrant New Balance Luau.  

Guest Blogger:

Stacey Ann Loves

Once a working-class neighborhood, now San Francisco’s hipster's haven. You walk the streets and at every corner you’ll spot an abundance of bearded men, flannel button ups, artisan cafes, street fixies, and overpriced coffee. I love this neighborhood.

FIRST STOP: Grab a cup! Here in San Francisco, green smoothies are rare and that’s because we drink intense coffee. Philz Coffee is a local favorite and the Mission is where it all started. You must try the “Mint Mojito Iced Coffee”.

Get inspired by Clarion Alley. A strip of murals created by the local art community.

Aggregate Supply is my favorite boutique store to find gorgeous Moroccan rugs and items from all over the world. 

Yamo! A super yummy Burmese restaurant that’s so tiny it only fits about 10 people inside, but the food is so fresh and bursting with flavor. You have to order the Tea Leaf Salad, House Noodles, and a Mohinga which is Burma's national dish of Catfish Chowder.

Wallflower Boutique is a cute vintage consignment shop where you can grab your girls for a fun dress up day in the fitting room lounge area.

MUST TRY Bi-Rite Creamery ice cream on 18th and Dolores, then enjoy your treat in the popular and social grassy hill of Dolores Park. 

For a date night out I always find Foreign Cinema enchanting. You instantly feel like you're in a 1920s set and you can dine while watching an old classic black and white film.

Where is your next venture to? Let us know with a comment below!