Why couples should visit Mission District San Francisco
Outside of the hustle and bustle of North Beach and the Financial District, you find one of San Francisco’s most fun, cultural, and picturesque districts: The Mission District. With a distinct Latin flair, and undeniable charm, this lively and lovely area of the city is the perfect place to stay in San Francisco for any couple who wants a city escape in a walkable district. This area is also very LGBT-friendly!
Visit the ornate Spanish-style mission from the 1700s, walk around the pretty flower gardens, and learn some history in the heart of the city.
Where to Stay when visiting Mission District
Click here to see our recommendation for an affordable Mission District Airbnb. It’s hosted by two of the coolest dudes in SF who provide fresh flowers for every guest with a private bedroom and private living room that boasts a sunny view of the street for just $149 a night (a deal for SF). We had access to a private garden designed by the hosts so we picked up a bottle of wine at the locally sourced Bi-Rite Market across the street, and settled in for a romantic night of lush greenery, cottage-style furniture, and twinkling lights.
Things to do in the Mission District of San Francisco
- Visit Mission Dolores Park – Locals gather at this park that provides a beautiful view of the Mission District. My boyfriend and I sat and watched the sunset together, and for a future visit I’d like to pack a picnic too.
- Are you and your partner lovers of street art? Making our way around the neighborhood to see the colorful murals and street art of the area was one of our favorite parts of our trip. Balmy Alley, Clarion Alley, and the Women’s Building are just some of the most popular paintings in the district, but wander around to see more.
Where to Eat when Visiting Mission District with Your Partner
- Bi-Rite Creamery – This was a delicious and fresh ice cream spot close to our Airbnb. Everyone was very friendly. We loved and recommend trying their Salted Caramel or Roasted Banana flavor.
- Delfina Restaurant – Treat yourself to a savory and decadent Italian meal in an eclectic environment, or go next door to Pizzeria Delfina for casual and delicious pizza.
- Tartine Bakery – Although busy, we found this cafe to be definitely worth the wait. Don’t forget to try their bread pudding!
- El Techo Restaurant and Bar – This was our last spot on our trip, and it really was the perfect ending. We came for happy hour, and enjoyed a pitcher of delicious sangria, and a few Mexican appetizers while we enjoyed the stunning views from the roof patio. Everything we tasted was so good but I’d especially recommend the guacamole and chips, and sweet plantains.
Whether you’re making the Mission District your base for a longer SF trip or an overnight getaway, it’s a wonderful area to spend time with your loved one.
Have a great trip!
Hello! I’m Natalie- a California girl working as a copywriter in Berlin. You can visit my travel blog at natalieetc.com for more about my favorite spots in Berlin, along with my travel tales, knowledge, and top tips.
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