If hip urban living, cultural diversity, and great weather are what you’re seeking in a neighborhood, look no further than the Inner Mission. People of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities call this area their home, and they all get to enjoy the sunshine that appears here even when other parts of the city are blanketed in fog. Single-family homes from the Victorian era through the 1940s are in abundance in the Mission, as are multi-unit buildings, condos, and spacious lofts. Mission Street and the surrounding side streets boast a vibrant café culture, great nightlife, and shopping and dining options for every budget and taste. 

On 24th Street between Potrero Avenue and Mission Street is a vibrant retail area with Latino bakeries and restaurants, coffee shops and cafes, and mom-and-pop stores peddling everything from hardware to kitchen supplies. Also nearby is the Valencia Corridor, known for its innovative restaurants, hip nightlife, and trendy shops. People come from all over the city to enjoy the neighborhood’s live-music venues and independent theaters. They also come to explore the numerous artistic and culture institutions that are housed here; many of these galleries, theaters, and community centers were founded during the social and cultural renaissance of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Located near the center of the city, the Inner Mission is an easy place to bike and walk, but it also boasts great public transportation, including two BART stations and bus lines, as well as convenient freeway access. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

Mission Dolores is both the oldest original intact mission in California and the oldest building in San Francisco.

Mission Dolores is both the oldest original intact mission in California and the oldest building in San Francisco.

Franklin Square is a bustling urban park that boasts a lighted turf soccer field, large modern playground and picnic areas.

Franklin Square is a bustling urban park that boasts a lighted turf soccer field, large modern playground and picnic areas.

Held in late May and inspired by the festival in Rio de Janeiro, the Carnaval San Francisco festival and parade is the largest multicultural celebration on the West Coast.

Held in late May and inspired by the festival in Rio de Janeiro, the Carnaval San Francisco festival and parade is the largest multicultural celebration on the West Coast.

Flour + Water dishes out handcrafted Italian food in a casual, rustic space.

Flour + Water dishes out handcrafted Italian food in a casual, rustic space.

Housed in a sleek, modern setting, Coffee Bar on Bryant Street serves light bites and coffee made from locally roasted beans.

Housed in a sleek, modern setting, Coffee Bar on Bryant Street serves light bites and coffee made from locally roasted beans.

The Valencia Corridor is known for its innovative restaurants and eclectic shops.

The Valencia Corridor is known for its innovative restaurants and eclectic shops.

The Mission Cultural Center for the Latino Arts was founded in 1976 by Latino artists and activists.

The Mission Cultural Center for the Latino Arts was founded in 1976 by Latino artists and activists.

24th Street is lined with ethnically diverse restaurants, grocery stores, bakery and specialty shops.

24th Street is lined with ethnically diverse restaurants, grocery stores, bakery and specialty shops.

The Mission’s Galería de la Raza is a nationally recognized arts organization founded in 1971 during the Mission’s cultural and social renaissance. 

The Mission’s Galería de la Raza is a nationally recognized arts organization founded in 1971 during the Mission’s cultural and social renaissance. 

Heirloom Café is a popular Californian-Mediterranean bistro with a standout wine list.

Heirloom Café is a popular Californian-Mediterranean bistro with a standout wine list.

Built in 1908, the Victoria Theatre is a San Francisco landmark and former vaudeville house that stages plays, shows films and hosts lectures and readings.

Built in 1908, the Victoria Theatre is a San Francisco landmark and former vaudeville house that stages plays, shows films and hosts lectures and readings.

Dance Mission Theater is a nonprofit, multicultural performance venue and dance school. 

Dance Mission Theater is a nonprofit, multicultural performance venue and dance school. 

The landmark Roxie Theater is a non-profit cinema that screens obscure indie movies and hosts film-related special events.

The landmark Roxie Theater is a non-profit cinema that screens obscure indie movies and hosts film-related special events.