If you really like to feel the latino vibes. U must take a tour into the heart of Mission District. Not only that neighbourhood is totaly different then the North side of San francisco, it does really feel like you are in South-America. So different then in Belgium where you have also neighbourhoods with immigrants but they still look Western with a exotic touch. There the architecture, the noise, the people, the stores really look like you're on the South of the Americas. But most important when you take the bus over there is to have a walk (guided is possible) along the great murals that speak of the indigeneous people that are oppresed by the European discovery missions. I will let the pictures speak for itself.
I didn't have time or oocasion to taste some of the latino food alas.
Definitely take your time to discover Chinatown. You can take the bus and cable car straight into it. Or just have a nice work out by walking. Don't forget your sunscreen, your sunglasses and a jacket because of the chilly wind. At first sight it might be just a busy nieghbourhood full of little asians and stores and tourist stores and grocery stores and noise and people and more people pushing you in the masses on the crowed jammed sidewalk. But hey, there are a few things we discoverd. A weird temple on the top floor of a warehouse. And yes that's aactually all we discoverd. Murals again. And we ate some veggie, no sorry, VEGAN chinese. Very very cheap but not always that good. At the time we ate it and we liked it.
We're budget travellers, but if you want to spent your moeny on food: chances enough. We did it the very local way in very local joints.
When you don't like crowed places: get there in the morning. When you wander off the sides of Chinatown, where no tourist are: you prolly get swarmed by the lcoals doing their shopping and goign out for dinner in the local joints. And they don't mind you. It's a stram and if you don't go with it: you get pushed. your own fault. keep walking. Quite Amusing. Watch your stuff and pockets. Not beause of they do pickpocket you, but because elsewhere in the world you'd be pickpocket in that situation.
views from the secret temple