It’s home to the city’s oldest building and cemetery-one of few still in city limits; but today’s Mission Dolores is far from stale, attracting individuals who thrive in this vibrant, ever changing community. On weekends, expect to meet San Franciscans from all walks of life in Dolores Park, where frequent sunny days lure picnicking families, flirtatious sunbathers, athletes, dog lovers and a smattering of hipsters recovering from the night before. A variety of homes — from multi-unit buildings to Edwardians to freshly built condos, and warm weather make Mission Dolores attractive to home buyers. Workweek transit is easy, whether you utilize the 16th and Mission BART or a Muni line, take to the bike friendly streets or drive to the 80, 280 or 101. Make a splash at the city’s only public outdoor pool and sunbathe beneath the building’s mural by Susan Cervantes, Raul Martinez, and Juana Alicia. A new wave of unique street food vendors make dinner an adventure. And you can’t miss 826 Valencia, a free writing workshop for kids cleverly fronted by a pirate supply store.
Dining, Retail & Entertainment Destinations
This tight-knit neighborhood is a favorite for shoppers, foodies and night owls. It is bounded on one side by Valencia Street, offering music venues for many tastes, fashionable boutiques and an array of ethnic dining options to satisfy even the pickiest diners. The block of 18th Street between Dolores and Guerrero is a dining destination, with renowned restaurants Delfina and Tartine on one block. For a quick bite, there’s the popular Bi-Rite Market and Dolores Park Cafe. You could easily have breakfast, lunch, and dinner right here!