Mission District Tours

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Mission District
The home to San Francisco’s hipster scene and the hub of the city’s Latin community, the Mission District is one of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods. It’s known for its outstanding and diverse food scene, buzzing nightlife hot spots, and a scenic park that’s a popular weekend hangout for locals.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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. 
 
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.
 
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.

Address: Mission District, San Francisco, CA, USA
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Secret Food Tours San Francisco - Mission District

The Mission district in San Francisco has famously inspired its own style of burrito, but leave room for more than rice and beans on this 3-hour culinary walking tour. Sample six classic dishes from bakery-style cookies to San Francisco clam chowder, and learn about the neighborhood with your guide between bites.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Flavors and Murals of the Mission District of San Francisco

Discover a variety of delicious foods along with vibrant street art on a 2.5-hour food and art tour in San Francisco’s Mission District. Your guide introduces you to the history and culture of the neighborhood as you take in eye-popping murals along Balmy Avenue and Clarion Alley, and taste the specialties at five favorite local eateries. Expect to try gourmet donuts, Mexican pastries, agua fresca (fruit drink), sweet or savory pie, and stop at a famous taqueria before finishing up at Dolores Park and the Mission Dolores.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Mission District Culinary Experience with Cocktail Pairing

Taste an array of culinary offerings in San Francisco's Mission district during this 4-course progressive dining experience. Follow a foodie guide through the historically Latino neighborhood packed with bars and restaurants. Stop at four different restaurants for a prix-fixe menu starting with 2 appetizer stops followed by an entree and concluding with dessert. Along the way you'll hear the stories of restaurant owners and chefs, who will give a behind-the-scenes perspective of the area, while enjoying food tastings. The mission is to help guests experience the world differently through storytelling and food, so you might try a unique dish or experience an old favorite in a new way. So bring a sense of adventure during this fascinating insider tour that's rated five stars on Yelp.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Mission 18th Street San Francisco Food Tour

Get a taste of San Francisco’s Mission District on this 3-hour food tour. Led by a local guide, you'll treat your taste buds to a diverse range of cuisine, from traditional Latin recipes to modern spins on local dishes. Bring an appetite for authentic tacos and Mexican delicacies, house-cured pastrami sandwiches, horchata-flavored cupcakes and more. This tour is offered along Mission in the evening along 18th Street.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Mini Majestic Electric Bike Tour

San Francisco is famous for its skyline views, rich cultural landscape, and iconic architecture. While the city’s steep streets and thick traffic can make foot and car travel difficult, this guided electric bike tour allows you to cruise up hills with the assistance of a battery-powered bicycle, avoid traffic, and see some of the city’s best-known neighborhoods, parks, and attractions up close.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Francisco Love Tour

Hop on a ‘70s-era VW bus and get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today. Starting and ending at Fisherman’s Wharf, this 2-hour sightseeing tour takes you around the city, including Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So settle into a neon-blue seat and dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this 30-minute tour. Fly over some of the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

Explore San Francisco on a small-group full-day tour that covers top attractions including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Get great views of the San Francisco Bay Area during the short ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you then take a self-guided audio tour of the infamous prison. Return to shore for your bus tour of destinations such as Nob Hill, the Haight-Ashbury, the Castro, the Mission, and Golden Gate Park. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in San Francisco.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Painted Ladies San Francisco City Tour

Take a journey around San Francisco's top sights in a retro way with this "painted ladies" tour by vintage Volkswagen bus decorated with long gorgeous eyelashes so you can't miss your tour vehicle. You'll pass by neighborhoods like Chinatown, Union Square, Pacific Heights, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Marina, and the Castro, plus see the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, and more.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Love Night Tour

Get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today aboard a colorful 1970s-era Volkswagen bus. Enjoy the illuminated city during this 2-hour night tour that takes you to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. Check out the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet and shake some beaded curtains. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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San Francisco Private Love Tour

If you’re going to do a sightseeing tour of San Francisco by bus, make it a memorable one. Book a 1970s-era Volkswagen bus for your private party of six and wind through the city’s top attractions with a personalized guide on a 4-hour tour. Travel into streets that larger vehicles cannot pass through as you explore Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. Hotel transport included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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The Essential San Francisco Bike Tour

Pedal the streets of San Francisco during this 5-hour cycling adventure covering some of the city’s top parks, landmarks and scenic neighborhoods. Get out your car and onto two wheels as you explore this bike-friendly paradise, checking out iconic Bay Area sights including the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Baker Beach,  famous neighborhoods like the Presidio, Mission District, Haight-Ashbury, and much more. You’ll cycle a laid-back 15 miles during your ride. A guide, bike and helmet, water and snacks are also included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco

This small-group beer and bike tour of San Francisco introduces you to a variety of unique neighborhoods, with stops at three local bars or breweries along the way. Enjoy craft brews (first pint included) and discover the cultural history of each characteristic area, including SOMA, SF's Arts District and the quirky Mission District. Numbers are limited to 12 people for a more personalized experience with your informative guide on this leisurely ride.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Food Tour: Mission Food and Drink

Eat your way through the Valencia Corridor, located in San Francisco’s historic Mission District. This 3-hour food-and-drink tour centers on global cuisine found at famed eateries in this eclectic neighborhood teeming with restaurants and bars. Savor tasty bites and hear tales of the Mission’s revival while strolling down 16th Street, and upgrade to include fresh cocktails, wine, and beer tastings, too.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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The New Classic San Francisco Bike Tour

See San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods during this biking tour that avoids the big hills and moves at a leisurely pace. A guide tells you all about the city and its most intriguing stories as you pedal through the Mission, Castro, Haight-Ashbury, and Alamo Square. Plus, your bike and helmet rental are included for a stress-free experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

Explore the streets of San Francisco on two wheels. This easy guided bike tour takes you to many of the city’s most notable neighborhoods and attractions. Pedal past the Transamerica Pyramid and through bustling North Beach; peruse the Mission and Castro districts and the Haight-Asbury, home of 1960s hippie counterculture; and visit popular sites such as Fisherman’s Wharf and AT&T Park. Your guide will provide information and history on local landmarks en route, and there’s also a stop for lunch (added cost). At the end of the tour there’s even time to do your own exploring.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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San Francisco Vegetarian Food Tour

San Francisco remains a beacon of avant-garde experience and nowhere is this more evident than its culinary scene. Yet one aspect of foodie culture that's often overlooked is the vibrant vegetarian scene. If you're a veggie in town searching for a culinary and gourmet tour, treat yourself to not just the finest vegetarian restaurants, but a sampling of the finest veggie-and-vegan-inspired options from omni-friendly establishments as well.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco Mission Sweets Food Tour

Discover the irresistible desserts of the Mission District on this foodie walking tour. Stroll down Valencia Street and admire the parks and murals of this scenic area. Enjoy five tastings of treats like artisanal chocolates, ice cream, and European drinking chocolate. Savor a new twist on traditional donuts, pies, and cupcakes, and learn about local history and culture from your food-loving guide.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
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San Francisco Food Safari

Find the best bites in North Beach or the Mission on a 2.75-hour food and walking tour with an informative chef-guide. Taste a variety of neighborhood favorites and shop for culinary treasures to bring home during a leisurely stroll around either North Beach — known for Italian restaurants and cafes, or the Mission — known for its cornucopia of San Francisco burritos but also home to an amazing array of other delicious items. You’ll find plenty to tantalize your tastebuds; a shopping bag and cash are recommended for your purchases.
  • Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
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Mission 24th Street San Francisco Food Tour

If you believe in getting to know a city through its food, you don't want to miss San Francisco's Mission District, where this 3-hour walking tour introduces you to a variety of dishes and cuisines. Accompanied by a guide, you'll explore the neighborhood—a San Francisco favorite—on foot, stopping to taste tacos, house-cured pastrami, cupcakes, and more. All food tastings are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Explore The Mission District with Optional Lunch

If you asked 10 San Francisco locals about what to do in the Mission District, you would get 10 different responses. Art, food, diversity, beautiful Victorians, gentrification, open space, night-life... the ingredients that make up the face of the Mission are constantly evolving, and it's a view that is best explored on foot. On this tour, you get the scoop from a local guide on the best lunch, the historic byways, urban renewal and more.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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