San Francisco is full of great places to find inspiration and challenge yourself. Whether there's a little store in your neighborhood that you keep coming back to, or a coffee shop with the perfect latte, or even a little hidden park with some grass and cute dogs, inspiration is everywhere.
One of my favorite ways to find inspiration is just by taking a walk, exploring a new neighborhood or being mindful and open to really seeing what's there. Even though I walk the same path to work every single day, everyday the walk is different. Everyday I notice something new. On the weekends I love exploring new streets, alleys and neighborhoods. I love wandering through new places and seeking out hidden gems. In The City, street art is one of the best, free sources for inspiration.
Street art expresses a variety of emotions, can act as social commentary on current events, depicts struggles and hope, honors loved ones or community activists, and can even just be beautiful. Many of the murals don't last long, so take notice while they're there.
The Mission and 24th Street are obvious choices if you're seeking out some world-class street art. Walk down almost any of the alleys, or look up at almost any building and you'll be overwhelmed by color and feeling. The Tenderloin has a diverse range of murals, and even some old painted advertisements dating back decades. In North Beach, street art is more pop art influenced and commercialized. Hayes Valley, Upper and Lower Haight, and even busy intersections have art to offer up. Be observant. Look up. Look down. Some of the most fun pieces are stenciled onto the sidewalk. Explore!