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What's in the neighborhood around 2169 Mission?



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Mi Ranchito

Mi Ranchito Produce & Carnecería 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 implies, 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.


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.

The Sycamore

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

  • 2140 Mission (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 (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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