24th Street in San Francisco (not to be confused with 24th Avenue!) is one of my favorite walks in the city.
Hop off BART at the 24th Street - Mission station, and walk the 1-mile length of the street to see what cultural commentators mean when they say things like "this is a neighborhood in transition."
Sizzling aromas flow out the door from La Palma Mexicatessen (stop in for a tamale or a dozen) and Taqueria Guadalajara, while grocery stalls line the streets stocked with papayas so ripe they look like they're about to burst.
These storefronts knock up against vintage clothiers like Minxy, highly experimental ice cream flavors at Humphrey Slocombe, and farm-to-table sausage at Pig & Pie, an eatery that inhabits the former space of record store Discolandia.
Old institutions and newcomers alike are painted over with the Mission's characteristic murals. If you want more information on the works you're seeing, you're in luck, because Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center - also located on 24th St! - can hook you up with a tour.