Mission at 24th Street

Officially known as El Corazon de la Misione, or ‘the heart of the Mission’, this green street is both a neighborhood within a neighborhood and a distinct neighborhood in its own right. The long stretch of 24th Street that runs from Mission Street to Potrero Street is packed with top-notch stores and great dining. It also serves as a public art gallery as it is home to San Francisco’s largest collection of outdoor murals.

Where it’s At

The heart of the Mission is best reached via the BART, taking the train to the 24th and Mission station. If you are driving, be warned that finding parking is challenging, at best.

What to See

The Brava Theater Center is an all-female owned and operated theater company that seats 300 within a lovely Art Deco space (2781 24th St.). If you are in the area for the world-famous murals, start your trek at the Precita Eyes Mural Arts and Visitors Center. Here you can join a weekend tour of the neighborhood’s murals that includes fascinating insight into the political and social meanings behind the public art. If you’re exploring on your own, be sure not to miss Balmy Alley, which features over 30 murals. The alley runs between 24th and 25th streets, with the visitor’s center located at 2981 24th St.).

The neighborhood is also famous for its carnivals and parades. Three times a year the area is taken over by New Orleans styled parades. The annual Dia de los Muertos candlelight procession is also not to be missed.

Where to Eat

On a sunny day, head to the outdoor patio at Casa Sanchez for homemade tortilla chips and classic Mexican dishes – including slow-roasted pork tacos (2778 24th St.). Other neighborhood classics include Good Frikin’ Chicken (GFC), which serves grilled and rotisserie chicken with a Middle Eastern twist (10 29th St.), and Joe’s Cable Car, which proudly proclaims ‘Joe grinds his own fresh chuck daily’ – the burgers are top notch.

For a little bit of nostalgia, St. Francis Fountain & Candy Store is an old fashioned soda fountain that serves up ice cream Sundays and other light snacks (2801 24th St.).