MISSION DISTRICT MURALS
I went to the Mission District for a burrito.
It’s no secret I have an obsession with pretty much all things Mexican, including the food. So of course, I had to have a burrito in the birthplace of the burrito!! (well the mission style burrito was born there…but you know what I mean!)
So we asked around and were told we had to go to La Taqueria for the most authentic and best burrito. It’s a small, no frills, cash only restaurant with a line out the door and family style seating. There’s not a lot on the menu, but that was ok…we were only there for one thing. Burrito time!!! And it was fantastic! I loved it! (Side Note- you should definitely try the agua fresca!! It was outstanding!! All four of us were fighting over it!)
Anyhow, after we finished lunch, I mentioned wanting to check out some street art to my husband before making our way up to the Painted Ladies. I hadn’t done a lot of research on the Mission District street art, I just knew I didn’t want to miss out while we were in the area.
I didn’t really have a plan…just a street name:
We walked a couple blocks from the restaurant and murals were everywhere! Every street, alley, and building had some sort of mural. I’m not a huge art museum person. I go to art museums because I can appreciate the history, the stories, and the artists. But I don’t typically spend hours upon hours looking and studying each piece. I’ll admit, I just don’t get a lot of it.
But these wall murals were something totally different to me. I could’ve spent hours wandering those streets looking at them all. In hindsight, I should’ve done a tour…I’ll definitely look that up for next time!
My children were also in awe. Where they might complain and really just humor us in an art museum, they were totally engrossed in the streets lined with art! We heard more of , “Mom/ Dad, Look at this one!” and “Oh, I think this is my favorite! No this one!” or “Take my picture with this one!”
And that, my friends, is when I fell in love with street art.
The Mission District murals are one of the world’s largest collections of street art..it’s practically a free public museum! Some of the murals are political, others historical, and some are just fun! Topics from immigrant history, human rights, gentrification, to the environment are on display.
If you are on the street art hunt in San Francisco, some specific streets/areas to see street art are 24th St, Clarion Alley (between Valencia Ave and Mission St), Coit Tower, and of course Balmy Alley.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF OUR FAVORITES:
Have you seen the Mission District murals in San Francisco? I wrote all about the rest of our San Francisco fun HERE if you want more tips on exploring the city with kids.
I’ve started keeping a running list of cities that are supposed to have amazing street art. I’ve been told that Melbourne Australia, Bogota Columbia, Toronto Canada, and Austin Texas are tops in the street art game. What other cities would you add to that list? Let me know what y’all think!
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