San Francisco’s The Mission – still where it’s happening

San Francisco is one of my personal favorites when it comes to travel destinations. In fact I would not mind living there permanently.

The city by the bay is one of the most expensive in all of continental US to live in, but I find it surprisingly affordable to visit. Sure, hotels come at a price, but if you’re up for it, Airbnb provides fantastic opportunities in the housing department. Also eating out is inexpensive as long as you stay clear of the shi-shi places around Pacific Heights, The Marina and Hayes Valley. The abundance of choice will throw off even the most focused. This is especially true in the happening part of town called The Mission. The Mission is a formerly seedy and sketchy part of San Fran that nobody would venture into alone – especially after dark. Nowadays, it is buzzing with activity 24/7. The absence of chain restaurants and Starbucks has made room for plenty of independent restaurateurs, craft coffee places and cool bars. I especially recommend visitors to meander all the way up to 24th street. Plenty of ambiance, authenticity, small eateries that have been family owned and run “for ever”. “La Palma Mexicatessen” on 24th and Florida is a must for a true Mission eating experience. If you want the all-in experience go on Sundays after church…