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Best things to do in Mission Dolores, San Francisco

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“When the weather is nice, you can barely see the grass due to the throngs of people lounging around. Luckily, the park was recently renovated and is big enough that you're bound to find a spot you like. The southwest corner is good for a panoramic view of the city skyline (and usually far enough away from the folks enjoying their herbal refreshments on the northern slope). There's also a nice kid's playground, although it's geared more towards older kids.”
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“Millennials love to stand in lines. Go mid-morning on weekdays to avoid long lines. But, the food is well worth it! Riches beyond your wildest dreams: butter-golden pains au chocolat, cappuccinos with ferns drawn in dense foam and croque monsieurs turbo-loaded with ham, two kinds of cheese and béchamel. Don't be dismayed by the inevitable line out the door – it moves fast – but be aware that lolling in Dolores Park is the only possible post-Tartine activity.”
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Ice Cream Shop
“One of the best local food market to go to takeouts, famous ice creams, and yogurt shop. One of the best ice cream shops with lines out the door.”
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Pizza Place
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Coffee Shop
“Another excellent coffee shop. The home coffee brewing class ($35) is interesting and fun.”
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Beer Garden
“Less than a five-minute walk, you will stumble into this casual beer garden, on the corner of Valencia/Duboce, that is always lively and has a large selection of beers and drinks.”
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Gift Shop
“The Mission has everything you need for dinner, drinks, and nightlife. 15 minute walk, 5 minute Uber or Lyft. ”
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Taco Place
““Not your typical Mexican fare”, the “inventive” tacos and other “tasty” small plates at these “high-energy” taquerias are “full of surprises”; expect a “constant party” in the “hip” surrounds, which all have outdoor tables, and if there’s a “wait” (they’re no-reservations), bartenders mixing “mean cocktails” help pass the time.”
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New American Restaurant
“Great for quiet evening dinners. Very popular for Brunch on Saturdays & Sundays (Arrive early)”
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Peruvian Restaurant
“I love the fresh ceviche here and the cocktails too! The restaurant is casual and usually doesn't require a reservation but sometimes there a little wait. Eat at the bar if you are a solo traveler and meet some new friends.”
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“A “Bible-thick beer list”, including an “encyclopedic selection” of Belgian varieties, has “everything” brew buffs “could ask for” at this “cozy” Mission gastropub with an “obscenely knowledgeable” staff (“Did these people all go to beer school?”); the kitchen puts a “high-class spin on traditional pub fare” and the crowd is “lively and fun”, but “get here early” “if you want a seat” (even with renovations that added new interior and sidewalk seats), and prepare for the tab to “set you back a few paychecks.””
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Dessert Shop
“Local San Francisco chocolate maker. Fun place to visit and taste chocolate and/or see how its made. Book way ahead to do a tasting or a tour, but you can just stop by the store if you want to just grab a bar to go.”
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Gift Shop
“Funky shop for nature lovers selling items such as taxidermy animals, plants & gardening supplies.”
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“Great playground in a very fun San Francsico park, adjacent to the Mission, a reliably sunny and fun neighborhood with great cafes, shopping and dining.”
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Music Venue
“Great place to see up & coming bands or classics. Great sound & easy to get to.”
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Italian Restaurant
“This is actually a delightful restaurant, but snag a seat at the bar if you're looking for a classy, upscale cocktail. The old fashioned flight is especially memorable.”
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