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You are standing in the Noisebridge 18th and Mission neighborhood intersection.

You see restaurants & bars nearby: Supreme Pizza at 18th & Capp, Yamo Noodles at 18th & Mission, Sycamore Bar at 18th & Mission, Uptown Bar at 17th & Capp.

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What's in the neighborhood around 2169 Mission?[edit]


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

Street Food[edit]

Several vendors are available, particularly on the weekend evenings. Bacon wrapped hot dogs are the staple, these can generally be found within a block by walking up mission street towards 19th, or across the street towards 17th in the front of the mexican restaurant next to mission grocery & liquor.


Indian Palace Restaurant[edit]

Located directly across the street from 2169 Mission, has Vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunch combo specials.

Taqueria Cancún[edit]

YUMMY burritos and stuff. People love it. CASH ONLY! They have an ATM, but who really uses those ripoff ATMs...

  • 2288 Mission St

The Sycamore[edit]

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

  • 2140 Mission St. (between 17th & 18th)
  • Open daily from 11:30 a.m. - midnight
  • Kitchen hours: 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon-Thu, 11:30-midnight Fri-Sat
  • Happy Hour: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - dollar off drafts
  • Free wifi ("Sycamore Public", password "1ipaplease")
  • Yelp


Yamo is the quintessential Blade Runner hole-in-the-wall from heaven noodle bar with a constant line of people waiting for delicious noodles.

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. Since 1955.

These burgers are both better, cheaper and humbler than the similarly named WesBurger on Mission. Do not be fooled

The veggie burgers are kind of bad but still edible. The garlic fries are amazing.

El Castillito[edit]

Another taquería, excellent Mission-style burritos (order the vegetarian or a "Super"). Across the street, just past 17th.

  • 2092 Mission St.

Grand Mission Donuts & Bakery(美新餅家)[edit]

I know this isn't a restaurant, not really, although it does have tables and chairs... but it is doughnuts, and you can't not have doughnuts! They're not even really great doughnuts, but mediocre doughnuts are still doughnuts, and it's less than half a block away. Surprisingly decent apple fritter, however, and at a buck twenty-five one of the cheapest you'll ever find. Also a modest selection of Chinese pastries.

  • 2195 Mission St.

Their operating hours are discernable to no man or beast. (They are open 7:45 AM to 7:30 PM most days)

Southpaw BBQ and Southern Cooking[edit]

Great barbecue restaurant which features a selection of shared plates (e.g. chicken wings, salad, natchez), entrees (e.g. smoked brisket, jackfruit, chicken), sides (e.g. fried pickles, cheese grits, mac & cheese), and sandwiches (e.g. pulled pork, pulled chicken, smoked seitan).

  • 2170 Mission St. (right across the street!)
  • HOURS:
    • Sunday 3:00 – 10:30 PM
    • Monday 5:00 – 10:30 PM
    • Tuesday Closed
    • Wednesday 5:00 – 10:30 PM
    • Thursday 5:00 – 10:30 PM
    • Friday 5:00 – 11:30 PM
    • Saturday 3:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Happy Hour: Weekdays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Yelp

Vegan food (that's really good for everyone!)[edit]

Incredibly good Vegan food nearby (that really is good for everyone).


Mi Ranchito[edit]

Confusingly, arrow is pointing at entrance to old 2169 Noisebridge, away from entrance to Mi Ranchito

Mi Ranchito Produce & Carnicería is located directly below Noisebridge, or, rather, Noisebridge is located directly above it. It is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 7 days a week.
As its name indicates, in addition to a reasonable selection of produce and albarrotes, there is a butcher counter in the back. For a cheap snack you can get pan dulce, 3 for a buck - Mexican pastries, cookies, rolls and småkaker. They also, among their produce and Hispanic groceries, have a decent supply of typical snack/junk food, as well as an impressive selection of Latin American soda pop, including the world's best apple soda, Pepsi's entry into the market, Manzanita Sol, and now Toronja ("Grapefruit") Sol, a competitor to another soft drink popular in Mexico, Squirt.

Mission Grocery[edit]

There's a liquor store across the street, just past Sycamore, at 2128-2130 Mission. I'm pretty sure they're open 24 hours; if not they're open later than pretty much everyone else. They accept credit cards but charge a dollar per transaction, even though that contravenes the Merchant Agreement every vendor must sign with Visa and MasterCard. Despite the sign out front don't expect to find any actual groceries here. Lots of heavily processed junk food and delicious cheap alcohol. A dangerous place to find myself when I've got the munchies.

Rainbow Grocery[edit]

Rainbow is is a co-op grocery store run on many of the same principles as Noisebridge. It's, like, three blocks down and a couple blocks over. They have lots of sustainable foodie type stuff, bulk food, health supplements, natural body care products, etc.

  • 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • 1745 Folsom St.

Drug stores[edit]

There's a Walgreens right next to 16th & Mission BART, which is nice because you can get cash back from debit/ATM card purchases without having to pay a fee.


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

Valhalla Books[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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

Libros Latinos[edit]

  • 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 Valencia between 16th and 17th:

Dog Eared Books[edit]

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

Borderland Books[edit]

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


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

On 24th between Folsom & Shotwell:

Adobe Books[edit]

  • 3130 24th St
  • (415) 864-3936
  • Used books

A former neighbor that's moved to Japantown:

Forest Books[edit]

  • 1748 Buchanan St
  • (415) 863-2755
  • Used books

Most of this info is courtesy of Joe from Valhalla.

Hardware and Related[edit]

(Hardware hardware, not computer hardware)

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


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