The Neighborhood

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What's in the neighborhood around 2169 Mission?



Noisebridge is of course located in the birthplace of the Mission burrito, with many excellent Mexican places in the area, but there are several different restaurants within walking distance of the space.

The Sycamore

Really nice gastropub with yummy sliders (mini-burgers), roast beef sandwiches and pork belly donuts. Does takeout!

  • 2140 Mission (between 17th & 18th)
  • Open daily from 11:30-Midnight.
  • Kitchen hours: 11:30-10pm M-Th., 11:30-Midnight F-Sat
  • Happy Hour: 4pm - 7pm - dollar off drafts
  • free wifi (password: 4152527704 )
  • Yelp


A tiny place, maybe six or eight seats at the counter, that's it. Almost as many Burmese grandmothers working behind the counter. Some of the food is great. Rubin's favorite: #10, Mango Chicken, $5.25 (and maybe a coconut for $2.50).

  • 3406 18th St (between Mission St & San Carlos St) Map
  • (415) 553-8911
  • Mon-Thu. 10:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Fri-Sat. 10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Menu
  • Yelp!


On South Van Ness and 18th, good burgers and fries.


Organic Japanese, is across the street on Mission street. Vegan friendly.

Weird Fish

Almost directly below 2169 on the corner of 18th and Mission Street. Vegan friendly.

El Herradero

Good cheap mexican, on Mission just south of 18th.

El Castillito

Another taquería, excellent Mission-style burritos.

Vegan Food

Vegan food nearby.


A few doors to the north of Noisebridge, at 2141 Mission:

Valhalla Books

  • 2nd floor, Ste. 202
  • "Mostly hardbound fiction," sf + fantasy section, but also some interesting non-, a few cool older books about computing (i.e. not manuals), philosophy, history etc.

Bolerium Books

  • 3rd floor, Ste. 300
  • American social movements, etc.

Libros Latinos

  • 3rd floor, Ste. 301
  • Libros de México, Centro- y Sudamérica y el Caribe
  • Books from Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean
  • Art, literature, photography, environment, immigration, history, religion, archaeology, sexuality
  • Ephemera, rare, new, used, antiquarian
  • We take requests.

On 16th between Mission and Valencia:

Adobe Books

  • 3166 16th St.
  • (415) 864-3936
  • Used books

Forest Books

  • 3080 16th St.
  • (415) 863-2755
  • Used books

And on Valencia between 16th and 17th:

Dog Eared Books

  • 900 Valencia St.
  • (415) 282-1901
  • Used books

Borderland Books

  • 866 Valencia St.
  • (415) 824-8203
  • Science fiction and fantasy


  • 766 Valencia St.
  • Sat-Sun, noon-5 p.m.
  • Zines, literary ephemera

Most of this info is courtesy of Joe from Valhalla.

Hardware and Related

  • Lasts Paints Not a good range of supplies, but two doors away.
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