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Valencia Street/Mission District

Pros: Vintage clothing, tremendous variety of ethnic food joints, some swanky, some funky
Cons: Sometimes a little too funky
Best For: Finding something special in a second-hand clothing store

Valencia Street is the vibrant, eclectic heart of the Mission District, lined with shops and cafes. There's so much good food here, packed into a small geographic area, from authentic Indian, to killer burritos. Like all the SF neighborhoods, the Mission District has a distinct personality, worth exploring. Soak up the flavors on Valencia Street.

Chow Down on Valencia Street between 16th and 22nd Streets:
Taqueria, Limon, Luna Park, Parea, Beretta, Ali Baba, Phoenix Irish Pub, Xanath Ice Cream, Udupi Palace, Esperento, Lucca, Osha Thai, Ti Couz, Bar Tartine

Top Shops:
After Life, Shoe Biz, Dog Eared Books, Harrington's Furniture

Noteworthy: The sun shines more in the Mission District because it is protected by Twin Peaks to the West and Pacific Heights to the North. Valencia Street runs through this warm valley, loved by the Native Indians who lived alongside the gentle creeks, quite peaceably, until the Spanish missionaries changed things up in the late 1700's.
Valencia Street, San Francisco
Valencia Street Hotel (700 Block) After Earthquake in 1906