Street Walker: Where To Eat, Shop, And Play On 22nd Street!

[Update: This story was originally published on September 30, 2011.]
With awe-inspiring temperatures sweeping San Francisco, there’s no better way to see the city than setting out on an epic stroll. One action-packed strip you must hit? None other than 22nd Street, which is filled with a bevy of cool, new shops (Press: Works On Paper, Mira Mira, Pot + Pantry), salons (Pretty Pretty Collective), places to dine (Beast and the Hare, Loló), drink (Latin Social Club), dance (Make-Out Room), and much more! Plus, if you’ve got a car handy, you can continue your single-street exploration over in the Dogpatch, where the micro-hood’s own 22nd Street strip is getting cooler by the day. Put on your walking shoes (we’ve got some great flats options here!), we’ll see you on the drag.
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Beast and the Hare
Founded in late 2010 by two former Hog Island chefs, this bustling resto holds down the corner of 22nd Street and Guerrero. Aside from its tasty small plates- and charcuterie-focused menu, it's also known for its vast booze selection and dimly lit ambiance.

Beast and the Hare, 1001 Guerrero Street (at 22nd Street); 415-821-1001.

Photo: Courtesy of Beast and the Hare
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Pretty Pretty Collective
Just one block over is this equally romantic salon, which makes a bold statement in its pint-sized space with hanging mirrors that can glide across the room and the colorful and artfully tattooed babes that work there.

Pretty Pretty Collective, 3290 22nd Street (between Valencia and Mission streets); 415-282-2002.

Photographed by Klassy Goldberg
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Mission Minis
Two-bite-sized cupcakes in flavors like Meyer Lemon Creme, Cinnamon Horchata, Vegan Banana Maple, Aztec Chocolate, and the uber-popular Ruby Red Velvet. Plus, De La Paz brew and an extra-cute setting. Need we say more?

Mission Minis, 3168 22nd Street (at Mission Street); 415-817-1540.

Photographed by Klassy Goldberg
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Lucca Delicatessen
If you're more in the mood for something savory, Lucca Deli on the corner of Valencia and 22nd has you covered. The old-school Italian deli is revered for its fresh ravioli, cheeses, cold cuts, pizza dough, and everything else you need to create a superb Italian-style feast at home.

Lucca Delicatessen, 1100 Valencia Street (at 22nd Street); 415-647-5581.

Photographed by Klassy Goldberg
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Press: Works On Paper
Another shop giving a little nod to the past is this new kid on the block book and stationery store. The light-soaked space, run by a husband-and-wife team, focuses on books printed by small presses, as well as vintage and hard-to-find editions. In addition to a section entirely devoted to rare fashion books, there are also art prints, graphic wrapping papers, cards, old-school staplers, typewriters, and everything else that celebrates the print tradition.

Press: Works on Paper, 3492 22nd Street (at Guerrero Street); 415-913-7156.

Photographed by Klassy Goldberg
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Pot + Pantry
Vintage kitchenware freaks, this one's for you! New-ish shop Pot + Pantry buys, sells, and trades a wide selection of gently used kitchenwear straight from its customers. Expect to find darling aprons from the '50s, throw-back bowls and pans, the odd pig-shaped wooden cutting board, and more. Adorable shop owner Donna (pictured) is also known to host DIY classes like tea-blending and foodie-themed art openings.

Pot + Pantry, 3412 22nd Street (at Guerrero Street); 415-206-1134.

Photographed by Klassy Goldberg
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Mira Mira
One of our favorite new clothing stores in the city, this less-than-a-year-old shop packs a major sartorial punch in a small, but swoon-worthy space. Gear by Mink Pink, To Be Adored, My Pet Square, Something Else, Funktional, and others line the racks, while trendy nail polish shades and cool-girl baubles by indie designers are at the ready for those final touches.

Mira Mira, 3292 22nd Street (at Valencia Street); 415-648-6513.

Photographed by Klassy Goldberg
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The Revolution Cafe
No matter what variety of drink you want–from coffee to booze–this open-air cafe/bar is there for you. Open every day from 9 a.m. to midnight (and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday), it's a great place to do some Mission-style people-watching, especially with the new parklet stationed right outside.

The Revolution Cafe, 3248 22nd Street (at Bartlett Street); 415-642-0474.

Photographed by Klassy Goldberg
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This eatery next door is similarly packed thanks to its expertly crafted high-end Mexican dishes and over-the-top fun atmosphere and decor. Must-eats: The to-die-for guac, the tuna tacon featuring seared tuna, shellfish aioli, avocado, and roasted tomatillo sauce, and pretty much everything else. br />
Loló, 3230 & 3234 22nd Street (between Bartlett and Mission streets), 415-643-5656.

Photo: Courtesy of Beast and the Hare
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Make-Out Room and Latin American Club
The two go-to spots for partying on 22nd Street, Make-Out Room is ideal for those who want to work up a sweat on the dance floor and catch live bands, while the pinata-studded Latin American Club across the street is ground zero for deceptively strong–and cheap!–margaritas. We smell trouble...

Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd Street (between Bartlett and Mission streets); 415-647-2888.
Latin American Club, 3286 22nd Street (between Valencia and Bartlett streets); 415-647-2732.

Photo: Courtesy of Make-Out Room/Debra A. Zeller
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The Yellow Building
And, once you skip over to the Dogpatch side of 22nd Street, the shiny jewel on the strip is the hard-to-miss Yellow Building, which just opened in spring 2011 and is a collective of the following businesses.

Photographed by Klassy Goldberg
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MAC Modern Appealing Clothing
MAC's second location in the city (the first is in Hayes Valley), not only sells high-end wares by Margiela and Dries, it also hawks spices and culinary products by Boulette's Larder, dog beds and toys from George pet store, apothecary products from local brands like Heliotrope, and much more.

MAC Modern Appealing Clothing, 1003 Minnesota Street (at 22nd Street); 415-863-3011.

Photographed by Klassy Goldberg
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Dig Wine
Conveniently connected to MAC through a secret back-door entrance, this self-described "old-school merchant" is all about French and Italian wines that pair well with food. The knowledgeable folks behind the counter can even help you track down a rare bottle.

Dig Wine, 1005 Minnesota Street (at 22nd Street); 415-648-6133.

Photographed by Klassy Goldberg
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Now several times as big as its former digs, this Dogpatch classic serves up simple and beautiful food, of which seasonal pizzas reign supreme, alongside house-made pastas, soups, and salads.

Piccino, 1001 Minnesota Street (at 22nd Street); 415-824-4224.

Photo: Courtesy of Piccino
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Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous
The menu above says it all! One of S.F.'s premiere artisan ice cream shops, this gorgeous sweet-things den features an array of delectable gelato flavors, some of them on the boundary-pushing side (summer squash ice cream, anyone?).

Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, 699 22nd Street (at 3rd Street); 415-970-0750.

Photographed by Klassy Goldberg