Instagram Worthy San Francisco Photo Spot #2 – Umbrella Alley

#2 of 25 – Murals in Umbrella Alley (Fishermans Wharf)

San Francisco has lots of areas with murals. And, here’s another Instagrammable spot full of gorgeous ones. This one is across town in Fisherman’s Wharf, which is a highly touristy area of San Francisco. During the Covid pandemic, local businesses and restaurants suffered greatly (and are still recovering); so Umbrella Alley was created to celebrate and promote the hard-hit travel and hospitality industry and the murals were painted during the 14 month shutdown. So this just fully opened recently in May/June 2021.

Currently (as of July 2021), there are about 7 completed murals and 4 more under construction. The murals here are selected to reflect San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf, and California, and are painted in bright colors to encourage joy, fun and laughter. And since the purpose is to support artists in San Francisco who had a difficult time during the lockdown, there is a suggested donation of $5 to support and help hire more artists.

Current murals include a giant “Greetings From San Francisco” postcard by Maxfield Bala , “I left My Heart In San Francisco” mural & “See the World” mural by 3nolam. New murals include Fnnch Fisherman’s Wharf Honey Bear, GATS mask, Yonmeister Beach Street Gang & a Kate Tova heart. The “Summer of Love Monarch butterfly” by Maxfield Bala joins a butterfly migration by Jeremy Novy.”

Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10am till sunset.

Location: 757 Beach Street in Fisherman’s Wharf, near Ghirardelli Square and Aquatic Park. Or better yet, you can take Beeba and your driver drop you off to take your Instagram photos before you move on to the next spot!

Pro tip: They’ve just installed a balloon ceiling, so try to come when the alley is blanketed in balloons – it makes for an even better photo! And watch out for the Segway tours that come through this alley during certain times of the day. We wouldn’t want you to get run over.

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Instagram Worthy San Francisco Photo Spot #1 – Balmy Alley

We’re going to start a series of some very instagrammable-worthy photo spots in San Francisco – 25 in all! Some more known and popular, some lesser known. Being that San Francisco is one of the most photogenic cities in the world, there’s quite a bit to choose from. So, if I left some off that are favorites, please leave them in the comments.

These are some of my personal favorites:

#1 of 25 – Mission Murals in Balmy Alley

Balmy Alley is a one-block long alley that one of the best places to see the amazing murals in the Mission District. The fact that they are all concentrated in one block makes it easy to view it and take pictures in a short period of time and then move on to your next instagrammable spot. (Just keep in mind that the murals are considered copyrighted works of art, and should be used for your personable enjoyment only.)

The murals started surfacing in the mid 1980’s as an expression of the artists’ outrage over human rights and political abuses happening in Central America during this period. Today, there are murals that cover a wide range of social issues ranging from local gentrification (a big issue the alley contains murals on a myriad of styles and subjects from race to local gentrification. What’s cool is that the murals are changing all the time, so come see it again, even if you’ve seen it before. You might see something new!

Location: Balmy Alley between 24th and 25th Streets in the Mission District. You can take public transportation (Muni or Bart) and walk a block or two. Or better yet, you can take Beeba and your driver drop you off to take your Instagram photos before you move on to the next spot!

Pro tip: Come during Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) on Nov 2. There is a parade every year that ends in Balmy Alley. And people get dressed up in costume and make elaborate altars in the park to honor recently deceased friends and family members.

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