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!