One of the central districts of San Francisco, CA. It is the city's Latino district. It is famous for its historic buildings, its Mission burritos (the best in Northern California), and its murals.
Rich people who tour San Francisco for a limited time think that the Mission is the ghetto. That's kind of true, but the disdain some of these people take with them is unfortunate. The Mission district is large and complex, with variying socioeconomic areas, clusters of mini-communities, and several specialty stores found nowhere else. Native San Franciscans know it as one of the "cool" districts.
SF Person 1: My cousins from San Mateo are going to visit the city this weekend; I'm gonna take them to The Mission!
SF Person 2: Ah, The Mission! I want to go to The Mission, too!
SF Person 1: Come with us!
Cousins from San Mateo: Ooh... is that graffiti on that tree? Oh no, are we going to be mugged? Why is that corner store selling guavas?