ScholarMatch Visitor Information
We are excited to welcome visitors to the ScholarMatch office & student center!
ScholarMatch is located at 849 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (between 19th & 20th Streets). Our tips below will help you find a good cup of coffee or a place to park your car during your visit.
Parking & Public Transportation
Metered street parking is available on Valencia Street and surrounding side streets and is most available earlier in the day. Parking meters accept credit cards/debit cards and coins and are enforced from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The rate varies throughout the day and can be as high as $4.75/hour. Please note: parking enforcement is extremely strict so it’s best to put in a bit more time than anticipated, otherwise, you will likely receive a citation.
The nearest public parking garage is the Mission Barlett Garage, located at 3255 21st Street (between Valencia and Bartlett Streets).
Click here for a San Francisco Transit Map.
The closest BART station (the Bay Area’s partial subterranean subway) is the 16th Street/Mission station. After coming above ground, walk west on 16th Street towards Valencia Street for about two blocks. Turn left on Valencia Street and walk three blocks past 19th Street. ScholarMatch will be on the left side of the street between 19th and 20th.
For MUNI (San Francisco’s bus transportation system), the closest bus lines are the: 14-Mission; 14R-Mission; 22-Fillmore; 33-Ashbury/18th; 48-Quintara; 49-Van Ness, and the J-Church Line.
Coffee & Tea Cafés
Borderlands, 870 Valencia Street (between 19th & 20th)
Our closest coffee shop (right across the street) and neighborhood favorite, but note that they only accept cash. Borderlands is a great place to go for a quiet conversation or to get some work done, with wi-fi available from 9am to 5pm.
Craftsman and Wolves, 746 Valencia Street (between 18th & 19th St.)
Pleasant coffee shop with an upbeat vibe and enticing pastries and desserts. Trust us, you’ll want to take a picture of the food.
Linea Coffee, 3417 18th Street (at San Carlos)
A European style grab-and-go coffee shop, with limited seating.
Rhea’s Deli and Market, 800 Valencia Street (at 19th St.)
Enormous (and delicious), deli-style sandwiches made to order and named after San Francisco neighborhoods. Basic groceries and sundries also available in the market.
Tartine Bakery, 600 Guerrero Street (at 18th St.)
Famous for their freshly-baked bread, house-made pastries and hot-pressed sandwiches. Prepare for a line out the door, but it moves quickly.
Arizmendi Bakery, 1268 Valencia Street (at 24th St.)
This popular, co-op neighborhood bakery serves one vegetarian pizza flavor of the day and has an array of house-made baked goods. (Note: they’re closed on Tuesdays.)
El Toro Taquería, 598 Valencia Street (at 17th Street)
Do not leave San Francisco without visiting a local taqueria! This casual Mexican restaurant features a vast salsa bar and will satisfy your taco craving.
Bi-Rite Market & Creamery, 3639 18th Street (between Guerrero & Oakwood)
A nice market with a deli that specializes in local, organic produce and groceries. Visit their popular creamery just across the street (3692 18th Street) that features unique flavors of homemade ice cream like honey-lavender and balsamic strawberry.
Bank & ATM Locations
Chase: across the street from our office
Wells Fargo: 22nd and Mission Street
US Bank: on 22nd and Mission Streets
Bank of America: on 23rd and Mission Street
Credit Union ATM located inside Walgreens: on 23rd and Mission Street
Sights & Sounds of the Mission District
826 Valencia: visit our sister non-profit organization and their cool pirate-supply shop.
The Women’s Building: see the incredible murals on this building, which holds several non-profit agencies to support low-income families. Located on 18th streets between Valencia and Guerrero.
Mission Dolores Church: where part of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was filmed, considered the oldest free standing building in San Francisco.
Dolores Park: a large park on a hill with open green space and nice kids’ playground.
Balmy Alley Murals: visit this colorful street filled with murals painted on garage doors, located between Treat and Harrison Streets on 24th Street.
Clarion Alley Murals: another colorful street filled with murals.
(Please note: these recommendations are not an endorsement or representation of ScholarMatch’s views or opinions, merely a sample of interesting sights in our neighborhood. ScholarMatch is not responsible for the content on the websites linked above.)