With so many eateries, parks and historic sites to discover, the mission district of San Francisco is a perfect place for the solo traveler. Chinatsu Anzawa, concierge at Palace Hotel, San Francisco offers her recommendations for enjoying the Mission District when traveling alone.
San Francisco is a great choice for those traveling solo.
Worth the Wait
“BART will take you to 16th Street and Mission Street, then walk about 10 minutes to Tartine Bakery & Cafe to grab one of the best Morning Buns. There may be a little wait, but the line moves fairly quick and it is worth waiting.” (600 Guerrero St.; 415-487-2600)
“After getting delicious Morning Buns and coffee, walk one block to [Mission] Dolores Park. Dolores Park is one of the most cherished parks by many locals. You’ll find green lawns shaded by tall palm trees, a soccer field, many tennis courts, basketball courts, … playgrounds and [a] play area for dogs. On sunny afternoons people gather at the park to play, picnic, lounge [and] walk their dogs. Be sure to go up to the hill for spectacular views of the city’s skyline and beyond.” (19th Street and Dolores Street)
On a Mission
“[Within a] two-block walk from Dolores Park is the Mission San Francisco de Asis—Mission Dolores was founded in 1776 and is the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco. This mission survived [the historic] 1906 earthquake and fire. There is a self-guided tour you can take, and the tour includes the mission, the basilica and one of the only cemeteries within the city of SF.” (3321 16th St.; 415-621-8203)
“Less than [a] 10-minute walk from Mission Dolores, Clarion Alley will show you really cool murals. The murals in this alley range from political events to pieces about the changes happening in this neighborhood. After checking out murals on Clarion Alley, walk along on Valencia Street, which is filled with local boutiques, lively restaurants and cafes. Four Barrel [Coffee] and Ritual Coffee [Roasters] … [are a couple] of [the] best places to grab some artisan coffee.” (Four Barrel Coffee: 375 Valencia St.; 415-896-4289; fourbarrelcoffee.com) (Ritual Coffee Roasters: 1026 Valencia St.; 415-641-1011)
A Variety of Eats
“Finishing up your day, the Mission District can offer you exciting dining experiences ranging from great Mexican food to upscale, trendy restaurants. … El Techo is a rooftop bar located on the top floor of Argentinian steakhouse, Lolinda. It offers amazing night views of SF… [and] is the best place to end exploring the Mission.” (2516 Mission St.; 415-550-6970)
– Briana Verdugo