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Latinland USA: The Mission, San Francisco

Submitted by on September 25, 2011 – 1:00 am25 Comments

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 UnknownMami.com, 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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