10 Great Neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area
In the San Francisco Bay Area, home sweet home can range from an urban loft to a refuge in the hills. Discover 10 diverse Bay Area neighborhoods to find the one that's best for you.
1. THE MISSION
This traditionally Latino community is also a hipster haven with a lively nightlife. Mission Street, the community's main drag, runs the gamut from chi-chi restaurants such as Foreign Cinema (where patrons can watch a film projected onto the wall as they dine) to modest family-run gems providing, say, Chinese-Peruvian fare or the greatest burrito you've had since that one on the last block. Valencia, one block parallel, features art galleries, bookstores, and quirky shopping. Its proximity to downtown and easy access to public transit make it one of the more sought-after areas.
The Neighbors: A diverse mix of families, young professionals and blue-collar workers
Also Consider: Bernal Heights, Glen Park
Further from downtown, on the outer edge of the city, Bernal Heights feels like a little piece of country in the middle of the city. It's quiet, tree-lined and family-oriented, and its main drag, Cortland Street, has its share of pleasant restaurants, workout studios, bars, and the artisan food court at 331 Cortland.