Exploring San Francisco's Mission District
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Exploring San Francisco's Mission District

Steve Kepple
Exploring San Francisco's Mission District
Steve Kepple
Known for its vibrant Latino culture, colorful murals, and hip, artistic spirit, the Mission is now experiencing a second coming with a new crop of restaurants, boutiques, and more.


Set in an 1872 mansion, the 21-room Inn San Francisco (doubles from $175) brims with authentic Victorian details—ornate woodwork; marble fireplaces; featherbeds—minus the chintz (not a weathered doily in sight). Don’t miss the rooftop deck with 360-degree views of the city.


The izakaya Nombe (dinner for two $50)—its name translates, roughly, to “drunkard”—serves haute Japanese pub food (grilled shishito peppers with bottarga; grilled skewers of chicken thigh with ume and shiso) accompanied by a great sake list. Added bonus: the kitchen is open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, an anomaly in the city. Chef-owner Matt Straus turns out simple, yet delicious, seasonal dishes at the intimate Heirloom Café (dinner for two $80). But for a real treat, ask for the off-menu burger with Époisses cheese.


Siblings Danielle and Luke Teller helm the well-edited Afterlife Boutique, which carries reconstructed antique jewelry by the shop’s Adoura Demode line and collectible rock-concert T-shirts priced from $45 to $1,000.

The light-filled Gravel & Gold is a treasure hunter’s dream, filled with everything from Japanese paper goods to wool blankets made on Prince Edward Island.


A showcase for local, cutting-edge artists, Southern Exposure relocated last fall to a soaring 4,000-square-foot gallery.

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