Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Grab tamales and coffee at Café de Olla in the Mission. Photo courtesy of Café de Olla.
 
Join BARTable in honoring local Hispanic and Latino communities from Sept 15 to Oct 15 as we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month. Across the Bay Area, generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans have positively influenced and enriched our region with a certain magic! This month is the perfect time to seek out the art, shops and restaurants and support our Hispanic and Latino neighbors. We’ve pulled together a sampling of ways you can experience, show support, learn more, and join the celebration.
 
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Take a tour to visit the murals in the Mission District. Photo courtesy of Fotos by Flee.

Things to do

Mission Mural Tour | 16th St Mission or 24th St Mission
 
San Francisco has a long history with public art, and the city’s Mission District offers a spectacular array of street art to view, contemplate and discuss. The murals of the Mission are a mash up of early 20th-century Mexican muralists, 1930s-era Works Projects Administration art and the uprising of graffiti artists who were influenced by the emerging graphic comics genre, among others. Follow the SF Travel guide and stroll over to the Mission District for an up-close mural and district experience. Take BART to 16th or 24th St and follow the guide.
 
 
Considered the greatest Mexican painter of the twentieth century, Diego Rivera’s "Pan American Unity" is currently on display at SFMOMA, in the museum’s free-to-the-public Roberts Family Gallery on Floor 1. The mural depicts in colorful detail a past, present, and future that the artist believed were shared across North America, calling for cultural solidarity and exchange during a time of global conflict. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk three minutes to the museum entrance at 151 3rd St.
 
There are a number of amazing places to shop and show your support at the Fruitvale Public Market. Photo courtesy of the Unity Council.

Markets to shop

 
This indoor-outdoor market supports eleven small Latinx and multicultural owned businesses that add a colorful array of goods and services to the Fruitvale community and East Bay. Showcasing Latin-American flavors and colors through representative arts, crafts, and ethnic foods in the heart of Oakland’s Latino District, it is considered one of the best-kept secrets in the East Bay! Take BART to Fruitvale and walk seven minutes to 3340 E. 12th St.
 
El Rancho Supermercado | Castro Valley
 
A full service Latino Market located in Castro Valley, El Rancho Supermercado specializes in Mexican and Central American products. They offer a butcher shop, produce department, taqueria and grocery section with the mission to serve the community with the best possible products made of the highest quality. Family owned and dedicated to serving the needs of the community, stop by and experience the difference. Take BART to Castro Valley and walk 12 minutes to 22291 Redwood Rd.
 
There are wonderful options across the region to discover good food and drink. Photos courtesy of Yelp.

Good eats to discover

El Nuevo Frutilandia | 24th St. Mission
 
Located on 24th St in the Mission, this small family-owned restaurant has been serving delicious home-style Cuban and Puerto Rican tropical comfort food for 55 years - let them transport you to the islands that split the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea. ¡Buen Provecho! Take BART to 24th St Mission and walk seven minutes to 3077 24th St.
 
Agave | 19th Street
 
With an authentic Oaxacan-style menu from a Oaxaca native and chef-owner, this kitchen kicks out endless orders of chips and salsa, ceviche, enchiladas, tacos, and empanadas, as well as less common house specialties like the tlayuda (a Oaxacan pizza topped with black beans, cabbage, quesillo cheese, and avocado) and molotes (tiny fried triangles of masa stuffed with chorizo and potato and served in cabbage leaves along with queso fresco and black bean paste). With original cocktails and more than 30 types of mezcal divided into nearly a dozen categories, this is a must go! Mezcal and mole. Oaxaca and Oakland. Find them all at Agave. Take BART to 19th St and walk seven minutes to 2135 Franklin St.
 
Café de Olla | 24th St Mission
 
Café de Olla was born in 2019 when two friends decided to unite their passion for food with the love of their home country of Mexico. Specializing in Oaxacan dishes passed down from family recipes, they strive to bring an authentic, yet affordable, dining experience to the Mission community where you can also find both tamales and coffee beans to go! Take BART to 24th St Mission and walk ten minutes to 2301 Mission St.
 
 
There’s not a lot of fanfare for this hidden gem but once you find it, you’ll most certainly want to return. With a wide array of menu options from the chile relleno burrito to street tacos and more, owner-operated Carmelita’s Taqueria is sure to please! Take BART to Union City and walk seven minutes to 34704 Alvarado-Niles Rd.
 
Loló | 16th St Mission
 
Loló is a family-owned restaurant that offers non-traditional and uniquely inspired Mexican food, utilizing local ingredients creating Jaliscan-Californian inspired cuisine. Through the use of color, music and great food, coupled with the vision of one of Mexico’s most creative designers, Loló invites people to experience Mexican culture and cuisine, reimagined. Take BART to 16th St and walk 13 minutes to 974 Valencia St.
 
Casa Latina Bakery | North Berkeley
 
Casa Latina Bakery is known for not just their carne asada burritos but also their bakery. Order ahead to pick up or drop in to grab their colorful and delicious pan dulce. They also offer pupusas, a thick griddle cake or flatbread from El Salvador or Honduras, that are paired with plantains and beans. Take BART to North Berkeley and walk 13 minutes to 1805 San Pablo Ave.

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