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The Mission district is comprised of three distinct areas:  The Inner Mission (SE), The Valencia Corridor (NW) and La Lengua (SW). 

The Inner Mission, or El Corazòn, is the heart and soul of the Mission.  El Corazòn is centered on 24th St between Mission and Potrero, and has been designated by the city as the South Mission Historic District because of it’s unique architectural significance.  The Inner Mission is a lively, action packed area full of taquerias, family businesses, murals, galleries, cafès and nightspots, and is surrounded by tree lined neighborhoods and parks.

The Valencia Corridor has blossomed in recent years into a stretch of boutiques, restaurants and bars, and has garnered an international reputation.  It parallels Mission Street, which also is home to a bewildering variety of shops, restaurants, taquerias, thrift stores and street merchants.  The 22nd Street corridor links up the Inner Mission with Valencia, and has also blossomed into it's own center of new activity, as has the 18th Street corridor.

La Lengua, who’s tongue-like shape gives it it’s name, is the area below Cesar Chavez on Mission Street.  This area of the Mission has a flavor all it's own, and while it is squeezed between Noe Valley on the west and Bernal Heights on the east, it has some fantastic restaurants, night spots and shopping.