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Mission District Small Group Mural Art and Food Tour

On this San Francisco walking tour, your small group will explore Mission District murals, handicrafts, and some of the best cuisine in San Francisco. Gain a new appreciation for what makes the Mission one of the most intriguing neighborhoods in San Francisco. Tour Length - 3 hours approximately

Local insider guide (English)
Multiple stops to photograph and explore
Food and beverage samples at three Mission District locations
Guide gratuity: recommended

Highlights of the Mission District Street Art and Food Walking Tour

  • Walking tour of San Francisco’s Mission District
  • Sample locally crafted street tacos, chocolate and ice cream
  • Explore  SF Mission District street art and the Clarion Alley murals
  • Friendly, small group walking tour
  • Food and beverage samples included in the tour price

Tour Details

Meet your guide in front of the Misión San Francisco de Asís. Established in 1776, the Mission has been a witness to all of San Francisco's history including the California Gold Rush and the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Truly historic!

Next, take time to contemplate the Clarion Alley Mural Project, established by a volunteer collective of resident artists using public art as a force for marginalized communities and social justice causes. The project has produced over 700 murals by artists of all ethnicities, ages, and levels of experience.

The tour has an answer to any growing hunger pangs, the home of the Mission-style burrito–Taqueria La Cumbre. Sit down to a sampler plate of their tacos and virgin margaritas, both highly praised by locals (and Anthony Bourdain!). Fun fact: Classic Latin-Rock Santana once worked at La Cumbre!

Next up is Dandelion Chocolate, a bean-to-bar chocolate maker based in the Mission District. Learn how their chocolate artists roast, crack, sort, winnow, grind, conch, and temper small batches, then mold bars by hand. Before leaving, enjoy a Brownie Bite Flight featuring different chocolates.

Prepare yourself for The Women’s Building, a Mission District of San Francisco institution. It has helped thousands of women gain access to social services, workshops, wellness classes, and community connections. The building’s exterior features the MaestraPeace mural, a testament to the courageous contributions of women through time.

Ready for some hand-made happiness?  We’ll take a short walk to Bi-Rite Creamery, famous for intensely flavored, organic and sustainable ice creams. No matter what flavor you choose, it features locally-sourced ingredients, seasonal fruits and handmade inclusions.

After taking in this remarkable place, your guide will lead you to nearby Dolores Park to enjoy your frozen treat.  The tour ends here, but you can linger as long as you like taking in the city view and relaxing with locals on the grassy lawn.

Tour Itinerary

10:30 – 11:30 AM

  • Meet your guide at the Misión San Francisco de Asís
  • Learn the history of the oldest building in San Francisco
  • Study and reflect on the Clarion Alley murals

11:30 – 12:30 PM

  • Explore the Mission scene on Valencia Street
  • Enjoy taco and beverage sampler at Taqueria La Cumbre
  • Try gourmet Dandelion Chocolate

12:30 – 1:30 PM

  • View the Women’s Building murals
  • Sample local hand-crafted ice cream
  • Relax in Mission Dolores Park

Why choose us:

San Francisco is Extranomical Tours’ only home. Our local guides are storytellers, artists, historians, even residents of the Mission District. The San Francisco’s Mission is a rich tapestry of attractions within a living neighborhood—let our experts guide you to its sometimes-hidden secrets.

Things to know:

Your guide will be mindful about the content of foods sampled on the tour, but we are unable to make accommodations for guests requiring gluten-, dairy-, or allergen-free foods.

This tour involves a 1.5 mile, mostly flat, walk through the streets of San Francisco. If that seems too physically demanding, then this may not be the best tour option for you.

As part of our commitment to a sustainable environment, Extranomical Tours supports NatureBridge, whose proven in-the-field programs at national parks inspire self-discovery and environmental stewardship in young learners.  Help us by donating at checkout.

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Important Information
How long is the tour?

It's approximately 3 hours in total.

How much walking does this tour involve?

This tour involves about 1.5 miles of walking on mostly flat pavement. We will be making stops on the way and take breaks while discovering local hidden jams.

Does this tour operate every day?

The Mission Street Art and Food Walking Tour does not operate every day. Please refer to the calendar to see the dates available.

Is admission to Misión San Francisco de Asís included?

No. You will not have time to tour the Mission on the tour. However, you can visit this landmark after the tour ends.

Is this a guided tour?

Yes, the tour is guided by an English-speaking guide.

What should I bring?

Comfortable shoes for walking
Extra spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs etc
A light jacket (easily removable) in case of wind
Water bottle
Hat and sunscreen (during the summer months)
Sturdy umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain)

Are meals included?

The food and snacks at three stops are covered in the price of the tour.

What should I wear?

Temperatures vary depending on the season and time of day in the San Francisco, so we recommend that you wear layered clothing. We do not recommend wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts in the winter. For footwear, we recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads. In the summer months, hiking sandals can be worn on the tour, but high heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.

What happens if it rains?

Light rain in the winter season is common in San Francisco. We will normally run the tour in these conditions. However, if the forecast is for a severe storm or thunder, we will cancel and tour and offer to reschedule or refund your tour.

Do I need to call to reconfirm my tour?

Yes, we request that you reach out to us at least a day in advance to confirm your tour details. You can contact us via our live chat function or by calling our office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or +1-415-789-3428 (internationally) during office hours. You can call us from your hotel’s phone if you do not have a working mobile phone while you are in the area.

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