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Interesting Facts about San Francisco’s Mission District

July 25, 2014

CISL San Francisco hosts free walking tours through many of the city’s neighborhoods, including the vibrant Mission District. Before visiting this incredible SF region, learn a little about this cultural hub: the area is full of history, art, culture, and great food!

Interesting Facts about San Francisco’s Mission District

  • The Mission gets its name from the Alta California Mission (the sixth church built in California, and the oldest building in San Francisco). Misison2
  • It is considered the cultural center for many Latin American and Central American people living in San Francisco.
  • The Mission is home to Dolores Park, one of the most famous parks in San Francisco (and a great place to picnic!)
  • Since The Mission is a short walk to Downtown San Francisco, many residents do not own a car.
  • The Mission burrito was invented here, and it is delicious! Click here to learn all about the burrito culture of San Francisco.
  • In addition to the delicious Mexican and Latino foods served in the Mission, the area is home to a famous two-start Michelin restaurant, Saison.
  • The Mission is home to the Roxie, the oldest movie theater in San Francisco. Click here for some information on other great theaters in SF!Mission3
  • Famous musician Carlos Santana spent his teenage years in the Mission.
  • The neighborhood hosts many festivals, including Carnavale, Day of the Dead, the San Francisco Food Fair, and First Friday: a food and art crawl with participants riding in low-rider cars. Middion5

Click here to find out when the next organized CISL walking tour is scheduled!

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