San Francisco’s Mission District

2013 in San Francisco’s Mission District
A colleague and friend of mine who is an urban planner graciously gave me her tour of favorite places in the Mission. Here are the highlights.
We took BART to the 24th Street station and returned downtown from the 18th Street BART station.
First stop: lunch at:
 La Corneta Taqueria (local and long established)
2731 Mission Street – one block from the 24th Street BART station.
We then went on to:
600 Guerrero Street
Best to preorder bread which is in huge demand.
3639 18th Street just west of Guerrero
See Bi-Rite’s books here. Renowned market.
746 Valencia Street at 18th Street
Stunning. Note the architecture – building interior as well as that of the pastries themselves.
806 Valencia Street
well curated selection of clothing and other goods. Definitely worth a look. Loved the mix of merchandise and the feel of the space.
824 Valencia between 19th and 20th Street
Paxton Gate has been in the neighborhood for years – eclectic and fascinating goods –and does great business. Sidebar: the nephew of a Chicago friend of mine is founder and CEO.
900 Valencia Street at 20th
well worth the visit.  Loved their carefully selection of books which includes new as well as used.
1026 Valencia Street
Ritual Coffee has a parklet  (SF’s Pavement to Parks program) in front- and you’ll see others as well as you traverse the Mission.
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And I who love fabric can never visit SF without a visit to Britex Fabrics, 146 Geary Street. And now I have another favorite San Francisco fabric store, Fabrix, which among its overruns are some that seem to be from Babette. Both stores are not to be missed.