The Mission district is known as one of San Francisco’s most colorful and happening neighborhoods. Also called Inner Mission, it is recognized as one of the most influential centers of Latino culture since the 1950s, with its innumerable murals and a culinary legacy that includes the 1960s’ invention of the now ubiquitous burrito. Mission Street, its main thoroughfare with a diversity of retail and restaurants, has both BART trains and Muni buses. The more intimate 24th Street corridor is a designated Latino Cultural District.
In recent decades, the Mission’s popularity with tech startups has brought in a new set of residents, such as the generation-defining hipsters. The Valencia and 20th Street corridors are now home to some of the trendiest restaurants and bars, as well as pop-ups and other experimental spaces. The Mission’s flatter grounds, sunnier weather, and transit options mean that it will likely stay a favorite stomping ground for the less car-dependent young professionals of today.