Flavours and Murals of the Mission - Small Group Tour
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Get to know the uber-cool locals of the Mission!
The Mission might be San Francisco’s oldest neighbourhood, but like a fine wine it has aged to perfection. This district has turned into one of the trendiest parts of SF, and is an area every visitor should experience. Walk among the coolest locals in town on this San Francisco food tour that combines artisan food with some of the most beautiful murals and legendary street art in the city.
Our guide to Flavours and Murals of the Mission - Small Group Tour
This Mission food tour will kick off at 9am the best way possible – with coffee and doughnuts! But these aren’t just any doughnuts. These are artisan hoops of heaven! They’re locally-sourced, made with organic, sustainable ingredients to create an eclectic selection ranging from bacon maple apple, to chocolate rose or even lemon and thyme. Enjoy a doughnuts and a cup o’Joe with your local guides as they introduce you to the neighbourhood and its legendary food scene.
Your next stop on this SF food tour is a local panaderia, a Mexican bakery that captures the Latino culture and charm that is everywhere in the Mission district. Here you can choose from a selection of pan dulce, or Mexican sweet bread, made daily in the bakery. To wash that all down, you can also try an agua fresca, a blended fruit drink that is sure to refresh.
Fully stocked up on energy after your breakfast, you’ll continue the tour towards the murals along Balmy Avenue. This area’s artistic roots date back over 30 years, giving you plenty to chat about. Your guide will give you the scoop on the murals you’ll find there and what they mean to this neighbourhood. Whether they’re describing the plight of migrant workers from Latin America, oppression in Nicaragua, or the gentrification of the mission District itself, the multitude of murals along Balmy Avenue each have a special story to share and your local guide will make time for you to soak in all the beautiful artwork.
Next up, pie time! Whether you’re up for some strawberry rhubarb, or perhaps you fancy a roasted cauliflower and black olive quiche made with free range eggs, organic milk, and cream, you’re sure to find your slice of happiness in the local spot we take you to. Having tasted these delights, you’ll hop on a bus to travel a few minutes down the heart of Mission Street itself and make your way to one of the oldest and most beloved taquerias in the neighbourhood. There you can sample a carne asada, al pastor, or another of this spot’s famous tacos – a must-try in the Mission!
Continue to tour SF onwards to Clarion Alley, where you’ll find the second largest collection of murals in the Mission. It might be more contemporary than Balmy Avenue, but Clarion Alley shares the same vibrant stories and is lined with lots of colourful graffiti. We dare you to try and pick your favourite – it’ll be difficult!
The final section of the tour will take you to the centre of the hipster scene, where you’ll check out the Mission’s best thrift stores, grab a last snack at one of the trendiest bakeries in San Francisco, and then head to Dolores Park, finishing up at the Mission Dolores church itself. The food tour concludes there, the perfect spot for you to continue to spend as much time as you like learning about the history and stories that built San Francisco.
Daily, year round.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for Flavours and Murals of the Mission - Small Group Tour
- *CANCELLATION POLICY: Free cancellations for bookings canceled with the operator up to 72 hours before your chosen activity date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.
- This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour for the price indicated above. Children younger than 6 are permitted at no extra cost, but please make sure you inform us before you take the tour.
Frequently Asked Questions for Flavours and Murals of the Mission - Small Group Tour
What is the Flavours and Murals of the Mission tour?
Flavours and Murals of the Mission is a guided walking tour in San Francisco's Mission District that combines the best of two worlds – the vibrant street art scene and delicious culinary delights. You'll explore stunning murals and taste a variety of mouthwatering dishes from local eateries.
What can I expect to see on the mural portion of the tour?
You'll get to admire an array of colourful and meaningful murals that decorate the Mission District's streets. These murals tell the stories of the neighbourhood's rich history, culture, and activism, and are created by talented local artists.
Do I need to be a foodie or an art enthusiast to enjoy this tour?
Not at all! This tour is designed for everyone, whether you're an art aficionado, a food lover, or just looking for a unique and enriching cultural experience. It's a fantastic way to explore the Mission District's vibrant atmosphere.
Are there any age restrictions for the tour?
The tour is family-friendly and suitable for all ages. However, please be aware that some culinary samples may include spicy ingredients, so be sure to let your guide know if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences.
What's included in the ticket price?
Your ticket covers the guided tour, mural exploration, and food tastings at select local restaurants. It's an all-inclusive experience, so you can enjoy the day without any additional costs.
Food & Drink
Can you tell me more about the culinary aspect of the tour?
Of course! During the tour, you'll have the opportunity to savour a selection of delicious foods from the diverse culinary scene in the Mission District. You might try tacos, burritos, pupusas, and more – all prepared with care and authentic flavours.
Clothing & Accessories
What should I bring with me for the tour?
We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and dressing in layers, as San Francisco weather can vary. Don't forget your camera or smartphone to capture the amazing street art!
Is this tour wheelchair-accessible?
We aim to make our tours as accessible as possible. Please contact us in advance to discuss any specific mobility needs, and we will do our best to accommodate you.