Clarion Alley

The alley has had over 700 murals painted on it in its century spent exclusively devoted to supporting street artists, and receives over 200,000 visitors annually.

Nearby Attractions

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Mission Dolores
San Francisco's oldest surviving building, Mission Dolores withstood the earthquake of 1906 and remains an active Catholic mission today.
Dearborn Community Garden
Covering less than a quarter of a block and easily missed, the Dearborn community garden is so popular that the seven year waiting list has been closed entirely.
Valencia Street
Home to hipster eateries, lined with street art and bars filled with the newest craft cocktail, Valencia Street is the main drag for foodies and people looking for a local experience.
Mission Dolores Park
One of the most popular city parks, Mission Dolores Park offers great panoramic views of the city.
Empanadas and Pupusas
Time for a freshly made Latin-American empanada at Venga Empanadas or Salvadoran pupusa at Panchitas.
Women's Building
An institution in the Mission District, the Women's Building proudly features the MaestraPeace, one of San Francisco's largest and best known murals.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of The Castro and Mission District
San Francisco’s pioneering activists and counter-cultural forces have powered societal change for over five decades, shaping the modern city. Today San Francisco (“SF”) is a byword for direct action from the anti-war protests of 1967 and Harvey Milk’s mid-1970s gay civil rights campaign to the modern fight against gentrification in one of the most attractive and exciting cities in the United States. 

On your private guided tour of The Castro and Mission District, you will:

  • See Harvey Milk Plaza and the LGBTQ protest grounds.
  • Enjoy sweeping downtown views from leafy Dolores Park.
  • Stroll the hottest destination eateries, cafés and food joints in Valencia Street.
  • See Dearborn Garden, the city’s rooftop urban community allotment.
  • Admire the boldly-hued political murals and urban artworks in Clarion Alley.
  • See the Old Spanish Mission, the Bay Area’s most historic building.
The Private Tour of Castro and Mission will introduce you to the city’s hippest neighbourhoods, notable for their LGBTQ community and cool, artsy vibe.  In The Castro,  learn about the extraordinary accomplishments of SF residents in halting demolition, stopping four-lane freeways and affecting positive change in feminism, peace, and LGBTQ rights. The neighbourhood’s many spirited LGBTQ bars range from brewpubs and bustling dives to ritzy drag shows.  

You will hear how, today, America has elected more than 500 LGBTQ politicians into public office - from city council members, mayors and members of Congress to state legislators and governors - yet, 40 years ago, the tally was just a handful of gay men and lesbians, of which Harvey Milk was one. On the Private Tour of Castro and Mission, explore Milk’s Ground Zero and immerse yourself in the legacy of California’s first openly gay elected official - and the role Castro played.  

In the Mission District, you will venture down Clarion Alley’s brightly-hued urban graffiti and satirical political street art and stroll in the footsteps of feminists, Latinos, artists and activists who continue to fight for the soul of San Francisco. Pop into the Mission Dolores to see the oldest building in San Francisco, along with shrubbery and a garden reflective of the mission in the early 1790s. 

With a buzzing cultural mix and sizzling street food, Mission is famous for its galleries, neon-lit clubs and basement bars and is blessed with the leafy greenery of picturesque Dolores Park. 
Private Walking Food Tour of the Mission District
Known today for its Latin culture and trendy lifestyle, the Mission District is where San Francisco began in the 18th century. On your private walking food tour of the neighbourhood, you will:

  • Begin in Mission Dolores Park, popular with locals, and learn about the origins of the city.
  • See the Mission Saint Francis of Assisi, which is the oldest intact building in the city, dating back to the Spanish era. 
  • Enjoy a piping hot empanada or a Salvadoran pupusa as your first indulgent bite of the tour. 
  • Walk around the Clarion Alley Mural Project - a public space dedicated to socially-engaged and  innovative art, founded by a collective of resident artists.
  • See one of San Francisco's largest and most well-known street art installations, MaestraPeace at the Women's Building. 
  • Visit artisanal Dandelion Chocolate, where you will indulge in delectable brownie bites, made with single origin cacao beans. 
  • Rest your legs at a seated tasting at a taquería, where you will enjoy bites hand-picked by your local guide to give you the best exposure to local culinary delights. 
  • Your tour finishes at a local panadería, where you will learn about Mexican sweet breads and other bakery goods which keep the people of the Mission District satiated and happy. 
Whether this is your first trip to San Francisco or you've lived in the city your whole life, this walking food tour has something for you to learn and enjoy. You will learn about the first peoples who were living in the area for two thousand years prior to Spanish colonization, and the way the 1906 earthquake literally shook the landscape of people who made their home in the Mission District. For the last century, the neighbourhood has continued to evolve, and you will see the evidence of it in the architecture and street art - both of which continue to attract travellers and locals to it. Between four different tastings and the rich heritage of the Mission District, your knowledge of the neighbourhood's history and local foodie hot spots will have you ready to relocate at the next possible chance. 


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