Blog: An Overview of the Mission District – August 25, 2011

In honor of our upcoming Mission District Walking Tours this Saturday and Sunday, we thought we’d share a sneak-peak at the history of the Mission. 

If you are looking for a new neighborhood to explore in San Francisco, the Mission is a great neighborhood to learn about the Latin culture as well as have new experiences. With its many restaurants, murals, and people, you will have a good time. Take a stroll through Mission Park and walk to the top right hand corner where you can have a wonderful view of the city. Though the Mission is known as a Latin community, the Mission was not always known as a Spanish-speaking zone. The Yelamu Indians were the first residents of the Mission. During the 19th and 20th century Irish and Germans moved into the neighborhood as Europeans moved into the city. It wasn’t until the 1940’s and 60’s that people from Latin America migrated into the area. There was even a time where there was a punk scene. Now the neighborhood includes a younger set of people living the hipster lifestyle. This caused many of its original immigrant residents to move into the Outer Mission because of higher rents.

Now you can find a trendy restaurant down the block from a taqueria. Walk down the streets at night and hear the different sounds; Spanish music coming from one location and hip-hop beats from another. Explore the boutiques and enjoy some ice cream from the paletero. Do you have any spots that you enjoy in the Mission? For an more in-depth history, join us this weekend as we dine, shop, and explore!