Latinland USA: The Mission, San Francisco

The Mission in San Francisco

The Mission, San Francisco


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I never tire of playing tourist guide for my beautiful city of San Francisco. It’s hard to believe that S.F. is only 7 x 7 miles because there is so very much to see and enjoy.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I thought I would take you on a little walking tour (yes, we’re walking…parking here is terrible, trust me you’ll thank me) of The Mission.

Even through gentrification, The Mission has managed to remain a hub of Latino culture and community. It is also the birthplace of the “Mission”-style burrito, which is basically a burrito about the length of your forearm and the circumference of your thigh, but I will leave you to find a burrito on your own.

Mission Dolores

Instead I’d like to start our walking tour at Mission Dolores, the oldest standing building in San Francisco.

Mission Dolores
Here we can take a tour of the cemetery and gardens. Many notables in history are buried here and even if you haven’t a clue of who they are, the place is beautiful and interesting.

Clarion Alley

After that we can walk over to Clarion Alley to take a look at some of the coolest murals you will ever see.

Clarion Alley, San Francisco, The Mission

The art in the alley is amazing, the scents in the alley not so much. Don’t worry, I’ve got just the thing to make you forget.
Just a hop, skip and not even a jump from Clarion Alley is one of my favorite places to eat in The Mission.

Puerto Alegre, the Mission, San Francisco

A Comer: Puerto Alegre

I say I like to eat at Puerto Alegre, but really I like to have some food while I drink their awesome margaritas. I’ve been going to Puerto Alegre for about 15 years and I’ve never once had a bad time. Sure there have been times when the service was slow or I couldn’t get my check, but the margaritas made me not care.

I’ll have to remind you to leave room for desert because once we have our margarita buzz going (aren’t you glad I made you walk, instead of drive), well be heading to a bakery to get some pan dulce.

Sweets: Jocelyn Bakery

Jocelyn Bakery, San Francisco, The Mission

Once we get to Jocelyn Bakery I will recommend you get the bread pudding or tres leches cake, but you get whatever you want. Just don’t ask me to share any of mine because I’m a mean drunk.

After that, I’m going to head home and take a siesta. All that walking, drinking, and eating tires me out, but I recommend you stay because the nightlife in The Mission is great. You’ll have to get another tour guide for that portion of your visit though, ‘cause I have little kids and they don’t want Mami to be out partying all night.

Thanks for letting me share a bit of my favorite city with you!

Do you have a favorite spot in The Mission you’d like to share?

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Unknown Mami is the most interesting woman in the world. Her cleavage alone has experienced more than a lesser woman’s entire body. You can find her blogging at, a site with an often humorous take on life and mamihood. You can see more of San Francisco through Unknown Mami’s camera lens in her weekly feature, Sundays in My City, which links up to cities all over the world.


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By Contributor on September 25, 2011 · Posted in the habla habla

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mimbles says:

Now I want margaritas and possibly a burrito. It’s a shame there’s an enormous ocean in the way between here and your neck of the woods.
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Posted on September 25th, 2011

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Posted on September 25th, 2011

Tara R. says:

Your beautiful photos make me want to visit Dolores Mission. Such wonderful color and character. The street art of Clarion Alley is amazing.

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Mama Zen says:

Fabulous tour, Mami!

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Vidya Sury, Freelance Writer & Blogger says:

Sigh.I so want to go on a walk with you, Unknown Mami. I want to visit. :-) Maybe I will.

I loved the easy way you presented one of your favorite spots in your city. The murals look fabulous and am guessing the Mission must make a great visit.

Thanks for the “trip”

Latinas seriously rock, and you, most of all.

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Vidya Sury, Freelance Writer & Blogger says:

I just posted a comment. I can’t see it though. :-) Happy Hispanic Heritage Month.

I’d so love to go on that walk you just described – makes me think of wonderfully sunny days of sight seeing, eating, drinking and just being merry.

Your post is beautiful and I very much look forward to your SIMC pix.

Thank you very much, Unknown Mami!

Posted on September 25th, 2011

sheila says:

WONDERFUL tour! I was in San Fran very briefly a couple years ago and saw none of those things! Now I’m thinking I need to go back!

Posted on September 25th, 2011

TechnoBabe says:

Hi Mami! You show us a rockin’ tour of Mission area of San Francisco. Thanks for the pictures and for being the guide.

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Mrs4444 says:

I don’t have a favorite part of the mission, but I do have a favorite tour guide! :)

Next time I’m in town, I’d love to take you out for dinner. My mouth is watering now…

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Laurie says:

Nice tour. I was with you at each step. And every sip of the margarita.

Posted on September 25th, 2011

del says:

Thanks for the tour, it sounds like an amazing way to spend a day. Perhaps burritos for breakfast and margaritas for lunch? Or I could just go to work instead and dream of amazing far off places… The murals in that lane way are fantastic.

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Tracy says:

The Mission Dolores is a gorgeous building and that looks like a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. If I ever make it out that way, I’ll definitely take your advice and visit these places. Great post!

Posted on September 25th, 2011

vianney/sweet life says:

Awesome tour, loved the art and of course the food (margaritas). thank you for sharing
vianney/sweet life´s last [fabulousness] ..Homesick Texan~Ruby Red Sweet Rolls

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Rene W. says:

Fantastic tour – next time I’m in town, I will check out those great margaritas!! {I mean food} :)

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Unknown Mami says:

Don’t you just hate how that ocean gets in the way?

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Unknown Mami says:

I’d love to see you photograph any part of SF.

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Unknown Mami says:

“My” city is pretty easy to present; it’s full of wonderful places and people.

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Unknown Mami says:

I’d love to go to dinner with you. It’s a date!

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Unknown Mami says:

Dang, you know I would gladly drink one of your margaritas anywhere.

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Lisa Quinones-Fontanez says:

Loved it! The photos are beautiful too. The Mission is on my must see list. One day I’ll get to your coast.

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Tiffany says:

I think I would feel right at home in “The Mission”. Love every bit of it!

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Mona AlvaradoFrazier says:

U.M: I always look forward to your Sunday’s in my City. Even though I’ve been to SF six times, it’s still not enough visits to see your fascinating city. Love your photography and food stops.

Did our walk count towards my daily 10,000 steps?

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Unknown Mami says:

It only counted towards your 10,000 virtual steps.

Posted on September 25th, 2011

Betty Manousos says:

thanks for this amazing tour!

i absolutely enjoyed it. the mission sounds and looks great!

betty xx

Posted on September 26th, 2011

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