Travel Diaries: An Afternoon in San Francisco's Mission District

With perfect sunny weather sweeping through San Francisco, there’s no better way to get to know the neighborhood than setting out on an afternoon stroll in the Mission District.

We spent an afternoon exploring the Mission’s bevy of tasty eats, chic coffee spots, and cool shops (sustainable clothing, handmade ceramics and artisan-made goods!). Scroll through to see for yourself!

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With a few locations in the city, Sightglass coffee is a local favorite. This serene sunlit spot is tucked away on one of the most beautiful streets in the Mission on 20th street. Sightglass roasts their coffee in-house and practices mindful, quality-focused small production methods. Stop in to enjoy a single origin espresso or a smooth pour over in their warm, inviting space.

Just a few blocks away is Reformation’s brand new storefront right in the heart of the Mission on Valencia Street. The chic store carries a small selection of their newest items in their space. Reformation is known for their commitment to sustainability and their modern-bohemian style. Think flowy dresses with peekaboo cutouts and plunging necklines.  In case you can’t find something you came for, Reformation installed convenient touch screens with all their inventory in the store so you can select your size and have it waiting for you in the fitting room.

Down the street is a San Francisco staple: store, factory and gathering space Heath Ceramics. Since 1948, Heath has been known for their simple, functional and thoughtfully designed tableware and tile made responsibly in Sausalito. Heath values craftsmanship in their handmade goods, and features furniture, jewelry, and leather goods by local independent makers in their beautiful space on 18th street.

Heath’s pop-up space “the Boiler Room” on Alabama Street is currently showcasing the brand Playmountain, known for their unique collections of modern home accessories mostly created by Japanese artisans. The collection features simple, beautifully hand-crafted objects from children’s toys to furniture.

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For brunch, treat yourself to the Mission’s best fried chicken sandwich at New Orleans-inspired Rhea’s Café. Try the Chicken Katsu Sandwich-spicy with fresh and tangy cole slaw or the classic Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with a cold Anchor Steam beer-brewed in SF!