I have to admit, I am starting this post based on a lie. One does not simply experience all of the Mission District in one day. Bad LOTR jokes aside, I’m being serious. The Mission District is huge and there are so many fantastic places to explore! We decided to do a highlight list of our favorite places in the Mission!
1. Tartine Bakery
Rated among the top ten bakeries in the United States. Tartine is no joke. The lines go around the corner and seating is near impossible to get, but it is well worth it. Many times, we have waited in line for upwards of 45 minutes to get a table and enjoy baked goods. I recommend the morning bun, almond croissant (Lynn swears that this croissant is heavenly, though I can't eat it with my nut allergy), cocoa nibs, and Four Barrel Coffee.
Clockwise: Four Barrel Coffee, Morning Bun, Chocolate Croissant, Cocoa Nibs, Plain Croissant
2. Paxton Gate
An apothecary shop that specializes in crystals, rocks, and succulents. This place is best for small accents on DIY projects. Also known for their taxidermy, so be wary if you are squeamish. The staff is extremely helpful and is quick to share tips about projects you are working on! Easy to lose yourself in here, thinking through all of the possibilities.
3. Paxton Curiosity for Kids
The good people behind Paxton Gate understand that not all kids love dead animals. their solution is Paxton Curiosity for Kids. Even though we are adults, we love this store! In the very front of the store, they rotate a display. This time, it was a cabin full of succulents in various planters - from a driftwood to a squash to a tea kettle. You can see below the display they had previously - a tent with an interactive exhibit on writing wishes on a jar. The creators always are making new projects and setting up play stations for kids to come and try new things. We are always entertained by the new toys and games that are being created for kids. Worth a quick trip.
4. Little Paper Planes
A small jewelry and hipster decor store on Valencia (one of many). Though we can't say we have a favorite, we featured this one simply because we bought something here (many of this hipster stores are beautiful to look at, but over our budget. Scroll down for a few more of our favorite stores.) We normally love this kind of store for the decor but this store in particular carries our favorite chocolates from Portland! Freckled Woodblock chocolate cocoa nibs for her, and dark chocolate with Coava coffee bean bits for me! A little slice of Portland, here in SF.
5. Bi-Rite Creamery
The best ice cream you can get outside of Oregon. Snickerdoodle and Earl Gray are our flavors of choice here. Lines can go out the door as well, because everyone wants a late night scoop! Be prepared to wait, but trust me, it’s worth it.
6. Thrift Town
The best local thrift shop with daily discounts, you are sure to find something in this treasure trove. Lynn always looks through the random sections upstairs for things that might be useful. Most recently, we found a brand new picnic basket! For $15! Huzzah! Another thrift store we've bought from is the Community Thrift Store. With its large variety of objects, we found a $2 tall cork bottle that currently sits as a storage container for our coffee beans on our coffee cart.
7. Thread Lounge
Comprised of all imports from around the world, the owners travel multiple times a year, handpicking goods and bringing them back. The softest cashmere blanket you have ever felt. Also has a birdcage, with two birds. One was derping pretty hard and sitting in his food bowl. It was pretty great.
8. Aldea Home
I get to pretend that I am an adult with a home who can afford furniture! Aldea Home is so upscale that even the baby cribs are felt and hipster and come in cool designs. I enjoy looking at different styles, planning out my future home.
9. Aggregate Supply
Beware of guard dog, he is extremely fluffy and adorable, and will ask to be pet! More of a “man” style store. Cool clothes, beautiful Komono watches (one of which I have!), Pendleton blankets, and all sorts of drinking accessories make this a popular destination for your average hipster.
10. La Taqueria
Five Thirty Eight’s statistically proven best burrito in America. This establishment will not disappoint you. Best eaten fresh, the burritos here are loaded with juicy meat and pico, as well as guac, beans, and sour cream. Really a fantastic burrito, check it out if you are in the area.
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