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)
While they do have a shit ton of construction going on (beautiful buildings, actually)….
….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.
The Market Hall: 1101 4th St
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!)
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.
2. You can always catch Cirque De Soleil, which comes to the city every year. Just gotta time it.
3. Attend a baseball game at AT&T park and visit THE YARD! (Or just visit The Yard on game day!)
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!)
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
They have a semi open concept kitchen too.
Oh and it smells SO GOOD in there because they are constantly roasting fresh coffee beans! Ambiance people, ambience.
5. Have yourself a grand ole’ time at the adult fun park- SPARK Social!
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.
What’s your favorite thing about Mission Bay? Comment below so fellow VFers can get other ideas! 🙂
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Written by your home girls at The Violet Fog