San Francisco Street Art

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San Francisco is an artsy town. It’s got great museums, sculptures, architecture, and their street art is nothing to sneeze at either. It’s Monday. Put some color in your life! Of course, you’ll encounter graffiti all around the city from China Town to North Beach, Presidio to the Financial District, it’s just everywhere in various forms and artistic expressions. My favorite work, however, was found in the Mission district. If you’re limited on time and street art is your thing, head to Clarion Alley for a real feast for the eyes. While soaking in the culture of this vibrant sector you can enjoy some truly authentic ethnic food at a good taqueria, and explore the Mission San Francisco de Asís where it all started back in the 18th century.

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San Francisco Street Art

San Francisco Street Art

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 Practical Information

To get to the Mission district, you can take the BART to the 16th and Mission station and then head south on Mission Street a block and a half to Clarion Alley. Walk west up the alley enjoying the murals adorning the walls of the buildings on both sides. Then continue walking west and north heading for Dolores and 16th to visit the mission. Or you can take the 22 bus, always a much more exciting mode of transportation, and get off at the corner of Dolores and 16th and do the walk in reverse ending on Mission street.

Don’t you just love walking around and seeing all the great street art?  Which one of these is your favorite?  Have you been to San Franciso lately?

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  1. You captured some great moments in San Francisco! We lived in San Jose – 45 minutes south of San Francisco – for 33 years and we’ve spent many a fun day exploring the city.

  2. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the entire world. 🙂 For several years I lived only 2 hours away, and would drive over at least once a month to go exploring. Swoon. 🙂 Your pictures made me happy today. 🙂

  3. Lovely photos! Being from San Francisco, I have a special place in my heart for the street art in the Mission. We have some great street art in east London, too, but it’s not quite the same as the art back home!

  4. Oh, hell yes. I was just in SF yesterday. To this day, after countless cities visited, it is still undoubtedly my favorite. And its street art? Brilliant. Vibrant. Bold. Political. Historical. Thought-provoking. Perfectly urban. Out of these photos, my favorite is the one taken off of Columbus that is near City Lights. Other than that, there’s always some bad-ass art in the Mission. All over the place. Thank you for honoring my city and its beauty!

  5. What fabulous street art. I love the first two pieces. I wonder how often the art changes. I go back to Hosier Lane in Melbourne quite often as the art there changes quite often. Some are not around for too long whilst others have been there for years!

  6. I used to mooch off my sister who lived on Union Street in San Francisco. But that was quite a while ago! When were these photos taken. It’s great to see how the Mission District has evolved over the decades.

  7. This is definitely my favorite spot to visit in San Francisco and Clarion always changes so I love to visit the Mission district every time I go back to SFO, great pics!

  8. Gosh Corinne you found some beauties here. I think my favourite 2 are the man feeding the birds and the lovely blue building with the piano player et all.

  9. The second painting is so detailed – it is my favourite. Sanfrancisco seems like an appealing place. I see quite a few house-sits there and hope to get one eventually. 🙂

  10. Awesome! I recognize some of your Chinatown pictures from my visits to the city. This posts makes me want to visit again and discover more.

  11. Laurence and I were just in SF as a week or so ago for Chinese New Year and I go regularly (I live in the Bay area), but it is funny that I recognize only one of these street art paintings. I don’t walk around the Mission that often so I guess that is why and they change so much over time – I clearly need to spend more time on foot in that area:) Love the dragon one.

  12. I always love street art – I wonder why these talented people don’t make a living from turning these designs into bags, tops, paintings – just wow.

  13. I have been to San Francisco many times but never made it to see this part of the Mission District. Wow..these are great! I love street art and this has a wonderful variety. I can’t even pick a favorite! Thanks for the information. We’ll try to head there when we visit. It’s a wonderful way to walk off all that delicious Mexican food here 🙂

  14. Hi Corrine! How stunning! Difficult to pick a favorite, but I really love the first two. Thanks for linking up this week. #TPThursday

  15. I was just about to post an article on the same thing! Maybe I’ll wait a little while 🙂 I love that first mural of the Starwatcher. I think that is my favourite of all the ones I saw in the Mission District.

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