To a lot of SFers, Mission Bay is a neighborhood that… doesn’t have much going on accept fancy new apartment and medical-techy buildings. And perhaps AT&T park.

But they are wrong! Mission Bay is actually a beautiful and very up and coming part of San Francisco! This I discovered as I spent a week in Mission Bay cat-sitting the cutest (fattest) cat in all the land. (Which you’d have seen on my IG story: @TheVioletFog)

ANYWAY.

While they do have a shit ton of construction going on (beautiful buildings, actually)….

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

….there are a handful of hidden gems about Mission Bay that make it worth the visit.

Think dog parks, sport parks, cleaner air, cool restaurants, a stretch of land sans-hills, waterfronts….

So Mission Bay is located on the Eastside, just outside of downtown. It borders the Dogpatch area.

Let’s say you don’t live in Mission Bay but you want to visit for a day- just to explore a different part of the city. There’s multiple things you can do!

Here’s some ideas for ya:

1. Grab some food at The Hall and plan a picnic at Mission Creek

Firstly, The Hall is one of those super markets that’s almost too perfect.

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

The Market Hall: 1101 4th St

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

Are they expensive? Ummmm yes. Sure. Why lie to you? But you can get a couple great deli items and fresh juices or desserts for and you’ll know that they’ll be enjoyable. (So fresh!)

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

So before exploring Mission Bay… I actually had no clue there were people in SF who lived ON the bay (besides boat people.) And you can find them in Mission Creek! They’re such cute little homes. And the bike path behind them on the water front is so pretty and provides all these picnic tables to sit down at and enjoy the day.

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

2. You can always catch Cirque De Soleil, which comes to the city every year. Just gotta time it.

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

3. Attend a baseball game at AT&T park and visit THE YARD! (Or just visit The Yard on game day!)

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide
Love that view of the Bay Bridge behind the stadium.

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide
This is THE YARD at Mission Rock. Riiiiiight outside the Giants stadium- a perfect place to gather outside and hang with the gang and community! It’s a space of old shipping containers that house local businesses and it’s so cute! It opens back up in March.

Located at 100 Terry A Francois Blvd

4. Have a coffee date (or work day) at one of the most charming coffee shops in SF: Cafe Reveille Mission Bay. (And enjoy GREAT parking. Something that’s a rarity in SF!)

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide
From the pink and grey theme, to the cute outdoor tables, to the delicious food, open space, attention to detail… there is a reason why so many SF creatives love to park it here while they work on their laptop.

Located at 610 Long Bridge Street

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

They have a semi open concept kitchen too.

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

Oh and it smells SO GOOD in there because they are constantly roasting fresh coffee beans! Ambiance people, ambience.

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide
Marble counter tops, eye-catching coasters… it’s all in the details. (And their coffee is really, really good- most important part right?)

5. Have yourself a grand ole’ time at the adult fun park- SPARK Social!

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide
I think what could possibly be the most fun attraction in Mission Bay would be SPARK SOCIAL. Like holy cow San Francisco could use a place like this! This fire pits, adult games like giant Jenga and giant chess, corn hole, a soccer field…. pair this with bomb ass food trucks, swing sets, and cool places to just perch up with a beer and enjoy the day! This place looks AWESOME and I can’t wait to go on a beautiful day. I’ve only heard good things and had a blast touring it!

Located at 601 Mission Bay Blvd at 4th St.

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

Mission Bay San Francisco Guide

What’s your favorite thing about Mission Bay? Comment below so fellow VFers can get other ideas! 🙂

+ + + Check out our guides to FISHERMAN’S WHARF, THE MISSION (GUIDES ONE & TWO), and THE TENDERLOIN.

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Written by your home girls at The Violet Fog

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