Lately I've been wandering around The Mission way more than normal. Not the busy hipster mecca that Valencia has become, but over around Alabama and 20th Street. It's a super cute residential neighborhood with an awesome assortment of little restaurants, great weather, adorable pre-1906 houses and little shops.
There's an amazing grocery store called Gus's Community Market at Harrison and 17th that has a great assortment of local produce, flowers, pre-made food and meat. I love having lunch at Salumeria at 20th and Florida (and picking up yummy cheese here!) because they have a mixture of outdoor tables and atrium seating. At night, Salumeria closes and the dining atrium becomes Central Kitchen. Around the corner is a beautiful Sightglass Coffee outpost that's the perfect blend of trendy + Scandinavian design. I like grabbing a coffee to go and strolling the neighborhood. The houses are amazing. Everything is so damn colorful and charming.
The newly opened Tartine Manufactory is just up the street on 18th and is adjacent to the Heath Ceramics store. Both are amazing to browse and the space itself is beautiful. The building is also home to several smaller maker's spaces that I highly suggest checking out if their doors are open.
This part of The Mission is flat and sunny and I really recommend walking around. Southern Pacific Brewing is a great spot to hang out with a large group. Flour + Water is perfect for an intimate dinner. There's cool street art and good coffee. The trees and gardens are old and charming and have that special mysterious feeling that can only be found in the oldest SF neighborhoods. I'd live her in a heartbeat. That's how good it is! Cheers to the weekend!