2900 18th St., Mission
The team at Heath, one of our long-time favorite SF and LA destinations for gorgeous mid-century-inspired minimal tableware, has nailed the aspect of creating a true community by opening a neighborhood newsstand.
595 Alabama St., The Mission
Opened a year ago, Tartine's light-filled, warehouse-like offshoot is a foodie paradise with lines out the door to prove it. There are the same amazing breakfast and lunch options you can find at the original location, but here you'll also find beer and wine, a soft-serve machine, and (blessedly) a full-on dinner menu. There's a separate, and semi-secret, line for people who are just buying bread and jam, but if you want to wait for something from the full breakfast menu, or a gem from their pastry case, there's a Blue Bottle next door offering sustenance and caffeine in the meantime.
1069 York St., The Mission
Reiki and spiritual healing are definitely not for everyone, but if it's not your first alternative therapy rodeo, Tanya Corona is kind of a one-stop-shop. She's trained in Reiki, chakra clearing, and crystal and sound healing, and her healing activation sessions combine a little bit of everything.
Yoga to the People
2973 16th St., The Mission
YTTP's mission is to make yoga available to everyone—meaning their classes are donation-based, and you only contribute the suggested $10 (or other dollar amount of your choice) if you can. Their particular yoga brand is power vinyasa flow. The YTTP studio has a changing room, bathroom, spot for your belongings, but no showers. There's also a location in Berkeley.
Small Trade Company
550 Florida St., The Mission
Founder and designer Matt Dick has roots in traditional Japanese design, and it shows: Whether it’s the heavy canvas aprons, linen smocks, or wool blankets, everything has a distinct utilitarian simplicity to it that makes for the best kind of workwear (clients include Mast Brothers and Blue Bottle coffee). The Small Trade Co. space above Heath Ceramics (also a client) serves as both workshop and showroom.
Veer & Wander Apothecary
6 Brady St., The Mission
The specialty at Veer & Wander is beauty products from niche and exclusive brands like Cake, Verso, and Bellmondo, and for balance, owner Connie McGrath mixes in luxe vanity-table standbys like Ellis Faas, and Balmain haircare, and most recently, goop's own organic line of skincare. The full-service salon next door is the place to go for trend-driven cuts and color—think: perfect blunt bobs and mermaid hair.
El Techo de Lolinda
2518 Mission St., The Mission
This is a local favorite for great margaritas (which should arguably be ordered only by the pitcher) and big sweeping views of the city. The vibe is cozy, and while there are ample heat lamps to keep you warm as the sun goes down, this place is really best for day drinking—get there early enough put in a brunch order.
3560 18th St., Mission
The gentrification of the Mission hasn't included a ton of new architecture, so Farina's neon sign and sleek modern build makes it stick out a little on the street—all the better, because their famous Neopolitan pizzas (cooked in a specially made oven) are not to be missed. The best seat in the house is the back patio, which is super lush, and benefits from the Mission's warmer microclimate (it's usually about 10 degrees warmer here than in the rest of the city). The entire patio can be rented out for private events, and the restaurant provides heat lamps that make it a good option year-round.
1199 Valencia St., Mission
The first thing you'll notice about Beretta is the elegant décor—industrial chandeliers dangle from the high ceilings and glass light fixtures dot the bar. One of the first spots that brought the Mission to culinary fame, they're best known for great Italian comfort food (don’t miss the thin crust pizzas and classic pastas) and an insanely good brunch (how can you not order the carbonara brunch pizza?). The upstairs event space is perfect for an event that feels sophisticated but with a little bit of cool factor.
3086 24th St., Mission
Haus is the minimalist studier's paradise—it's light-filled and simply decorated with a pine wood bar and beams, white walls, and concrete floors. Plus, they have a lovely patio if it's warm enough to sit outside. There's plenty of seating, which means you can camp out for the afternoon without feeling guilty about taking up so much space.
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