SF Bay Area Trip Highlights
From its humble beginnings as a Spanish fort to its
evolution into a gold rush town to its present day
status as a tech hub, San Francisco has always been an
As the city continues to feel the pressure of growth,
displacing old tenants and finding new areas for
businesses to expand, the traditional boundaries of San
Francisco's districts find themselves moving.
As the landscape of the city evolves, real estate
agents turn to new names to entice renters to move into
The area on Polk Street, nestled between the Tenderloin
and Nob hill, now bustling with hip new bars &
restaurants, is no longer the Tenderloin but the
Tendernob. A small section of SOMA, with its abundance
of new high rises, has become Yerba Buena. And Western
Addition, traditionally a name for the projects, has
been monikered Nopa.
While the argument over whether it's productive or
harmful to rename districts is still being fought, one
thing remains clear, the growth of new business in
these areas is here to stay.
One of newest areas of business growth in the city is
the area where the Mission meets Potrero Hill, a place
realtors and craiglist renters are calling Mission
Gulch. The gulch spans roughly from Harrison to
Potrero. Between it lies an abundance of new bars,
restaurants, art galleries and shops.
Here is our guide to one of our up-and-coming
districts. We'll call it Mission Gulch for the moment,
at least until time, gentrification and realtors decide
to change it.
Your guide to not-Mission and not-Potrero, Mission
2301 Bryant St.
A quaint hole in the wall, Progressive Grounds was one
of the first coffee shops to establish themselves on
the Mission/Potrero Hill border. Simpler and less
pretentious then its newer competition yet still unique
enough to be an excellent neighborhood cafe,
Progressive Grounds remains the place to grab a bagel
and coffee on a rainy day.
3049 20th Street
Atlas Cafe remains a popular and bustling gem. With
delicious food, ample seating for laptops and a
beautiful patio area, one can see why Atlas is able to
hold its own against stiff competition. Be sure to
check out their free live music on thursday nights.
Blue Bottle @ Heath Ceramics
2900 18th St.
A San Francisco staple, Blue Bottle Coffee finds itself
another home in Mission Gulch. Located in the cute
Heath Ceramics Factory, one the best perks about this
location is its short wait time for excellent drinks.
We're thankful we don't have to wait in the 30 person
line at the Ferry Building to get our New Orleans Iced
1890 Bryant St.
The best place in town to get shit done, Coffee Bar is
an excellent place to set up your laptop and bunker
down with a latte and Cuban sandwich. With free wifi,
plenty of outlets and an abundance of awesome fare,
it's no surprise that Coffee Bar is a hit with young
3014 20th Street
The newest coffee shop to hit the area, Sightglass is
home to some of the best coffee in the city. Poised
just across the street from Atlas Cafe, Sightglass'
excellent selection of coffee and pastries make it
welcome even in an area over-saturated with coffee
shops. Its vibe is even a bit more hipstery than its
competition (if one can even say that) but it's hard to
claim that the atmosphere isn't cool and inviting. Be
sure to try their iced vanilla toddy (no alcohol
involved) and their blueberry jam croissant.
2727 Mariposa St.
Yes there really is a Starbucks in this neighborhood.
Aren't we in America? There's always a Starbucks in our
neighborhood. While the drink line up is all too
familiar, this particular location sets itself apart
with its ample tables to work at and couches to lie
3010 20th Street
Recently named by Thrillist as one of the top 33 bars
in America, Trick Dog is time and again one of our
favorite cocktail bars in the city. Get here early and
enjoy a seat up in the balcony for their excellent
dinner menu. The only downside about a bar like this is
perhaps its popularity. One should get here early
before the bouncers stop letting people in the door.
We'd like to mention that we liked this place before it
was cool. Wait, did we just say that? We did. Haters
Southern Pacific Brewing
Situated within a cavernous warehouse, Southern Pacific
boasts a great selection of 21 beers on tap. Their
food is to die for as well. Their new take on
traditional pub food has lead to creations such Coconut
Fried Chicken Wings and Pale Ale Pork Sausage Pizza. Is
there anything better than a giant building filled with
beer and good food?
Flour + Water
2401 Harrison St.
Once upon a time a man named Steve Jobs was turned away
from Flour + Water because he didn't have a
reservation. From that moment on a reputation was born
that pushed Flour + Water into the exclusive cool kids
club. Unlike other places that are all hype, Flour +
Water has an excellent selection of food that
solidifies its place in SF foodie lore.
3000 20th St.
House-made charcuterie and delicious sandwiches filled
with meat on top of meat. This high end deli
establishment turns out the finest Salami in the
3000 20th St.
From the dudes who brought you Flour + Water and
Salumeria comes Central Kitchen. These guys basically
rule the two block radius their establishments sit on.
Come here on a night you're craving good food and a
bougie atmosphere or when Flour + Water denies you a
Southern Exposure Art Gallery
3030 20th St.
Just around the corner from the hippest block in town
is Southern Exposure Gallery. Open Tuesday through
Saturday, the non profit provides visual artists with
the tools and space to expose their work to new
audiences. Best of all, it's also home to a one on one
mentorship for San Francisco's youth artists.