Murals and Street Art in San Francisco

Murals and Street Art in San Francisco

One unique aspect of San Francisco is that it's home to a significant number of public murals and other street art installations. The Mission District is the most popular spot to tour all of these murals, but they also exist in other neighborhoods, too. For example, Chinatown, the Tenderloin, and other sections of town have plenty of interesting wall murals that you can see as well. Here's a list of some of the best areas in SF to see the street art.
Haight-Ashbury
Haight-Ashbury
This neighborhood is etched into the minds of everyone who remembers the infamous "Summer of Love". The intersection of Haight and Ashbury is at the heart of San Francisco's counterculture movement, and while the 60s and 70s are long gone, it's easy to see the remnants of this time in the neighborhood today. It's still possible to locate the former homes of people such as Jimi Hendrix, Joan Jet, and the Grateful Dead.

The neighborhood still has a Bohemian vibe with a number of great shops that sell second hand goods and vintage items.
San Francisco, CA
Chinatown
Chinatown
Chinatown is a must-see neighborhood for anyone visiting San Francisco. It's one of the most visited neighborhoods in the city and it offers a unique cultural experience, that is surprisingly authentic, particularly if you wander down Stockton Street, which is lined with local seafood and vegetable markets. For the more touristy stretch with souvenir shops, head to Grant Street. San Francisco's Chinatown has a long history, and it is home to the largest Chinese population outside of China.

For anyone interested in trying local Chinese food, there are a number of good restaurants. There are also many small shops with souvenirs and trinkets.
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The Mission
The Mission District is an authentic neighborhood that is away from the well beaten tourist path of San Francisco. The neighborhood has a large Hispanic population and many great local restaurants where you can try some of the best tacos and burritos around. This neighborhood is also famous for its colorful street art and murals. To see these beautiful works, head to Balmy Alley (between 24th and 25th streets, and Treat and Harrison streets) and Clarion Alley (between 17th and 18th streets, and Mission and Valencia streets). There are also a number of other famous murals in the area.
San Francisco, CA
Clarion Alley
Clarion Alley is a unique street in San Francisco that is famous for its murals, which were painted by the Clarion Alley Mural Project. The street is located between Mission and Valencia Streets and 17th and 18th Streets.
Clarion Alley, Mission District, SF, California, 94110
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