Best Things to See and to Do in The Excelsior District of San Francisco
What’s on your mind when thinking about San Francisco? The first thing you think about is food and sights. So did you know there are both in the Excelsior Outer Mission?
Check out some of these spots and there's more
Midnight Snacks at Taqueria Guadalajara Hungry at midnight and want great Mexican food? Head to Taqueria Guadalajara for authentic Mexican food. Every order comes with a basket of chips, along with orange juice and salsas. They deliver too. Bonus: On Fridays and Saturdays they stay open 'till 3 am. Find Taqueria Guadalajaraat 4798 Mission Street and Onondaga.
Early Morning at Good Orchard Bakery Got to 'hit the road' early? Start your day at Good Orchard Bakery with a cup of coffee or tea coupled with traditional raisin bread. Other favorites are the shu mai and soon after 6:30 am when their doors open, get a piece of their famous sponge cake before it sells out. The price is affordable, and the service is guaranteed fast. Good Orchard Bakery is at 4675 Mission Street at Persia. Try one of SF's Best Wraps at Stop N' Wrap Head down Geneva Avenue at Naples at breakfast or lunch time to Stop N' Wrap and try one of several generous breakfast and lunch wraps, croissants and muffins. Add a fresh-squeezed orange juice and a latte and you're ready to go. Rated one of the 10 best Wraps Shops, do stop and get yourself a wrap. They deliver too. Stop N' Wrap is at 1217 Geneva Avenue.
Healthy and Tasty from Gloria at The Salad Place & Rotisserie Order in, order out or deliver one of the many large, tasty and healthy sandwiches, salads or plates. Add a latte, a juice or a smoothie and you're set. The Salad Place & Rotisserie is at 5392 Mission Street
The neighborhood offers several great places to wet your whistle. Take time to regularly try them all!
Some suggestions: Bottoms Up/Sippin', Broken Record, Gentilly, Henry's Hunan, Rock's Den, just to name a few.
Salute the Sun at Excelsior Yoga where you can learn balance and flexibility. Excelsior Yoga is at 4831 Mission Street at Russia Avenue.
Walking in Our Parks John McLaren Park Our back yards include the second largest park in town, John McLaren Park, a beautiful hidden jewel of San Francisco. This is an ideal park for picnics, hiking or a walk. Part of the Cross-town Trail, there are play facilities for children, a BMX track, five tennis and two basketball courts, suitable for playing and exercising. The iconic Blue Water Tower lives here, a reservoir and redwood grove planted by John McLaren is nearby. A 700-seat outdoor amphitheater offers live performances and nearby McNab Lake offers splendid beauty to spoil your eyes. One of 3 worldwide paths, McLaren Park offers the meditative Philosopher's Walk. In the northeast of the park, there is Yosemite Marsh, which is considered a natural resource area in the city. Stunning landscapes and natural gardens are perfect for making documentation. Oh, and did we mention there's Gleneagles Golf Club?
Crocker Amazon Playground At Geneva and Moscow lies the 55-acre sports complex for all types of activities. From Bocce Ball, Baseball, Soccer, to Football, LaCross, Pickleball and Basketball, everyone's sport can be found here. Plus, for others there's an off-leash dog area, community gardens and a clubhouse offering community programs. For the little ones there are 2 playgrounds, including the "Purple Playground" decorated with mosaic benches that tell the story of the area.
Balboa Park Near the Balboa BART Station and Ingleside Police Station is the place to enjoy Indoor Swimming, Tennis, Soccer, Skateboard Park and a Children's Playground. There plenty of green space and a small dog park too!
Excelsior Playground The Excelsior District's first park, this 120-year old greenspace is located on Madrid between Persia and Russia. The park offers Baseball, Tennis, Basketball and a Children's Playground, along with murals.