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The best graffiti in San Francisco
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The coolest, Instagram-worthy murals in San Francisco

Look around! There’s lots of impressive street art and murals in San Francisco you’ve probably been missing.

By Matt Charnock
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Did you know San Francisco ranks in the top three cities in the country for murals, just behind Los Angeles and Chicago? Between Baker Beach and Pier 39, SF is home to literally thousands of street art installations spanning all manner of artistic disciplines (the Mission alone has almost 500 murals and the Color Factory created eight new ones last year.) So, lace-up your sneakers, grab a coffee and hit the streets to see these colorful sights IRL—Instagramming all along the way, of course.

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Pretty feathers on Leavenworth, graffiti in San Francisco
Pretty feathers on Leavenworth, graffiti in San Francisco
Photograph: Virginia Rollinson

16. Pretty feathers on Leavenworth

Bird watchers, head over to the corner of Leavenworth just before Geary. This is the home of San Francisco’s oversized angry peacock; a work of art with giant green feathers and a red-eye glaring from a brilliant blue head by artist Satyr. 

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Busy bees on Taraval Street, graffiti in San Francisco
Busy bees on Taraval Street, graffiti in San Francisco
Photograph: Virginia Rollinson

17. Busy bees on Taraval Street

On the corner of 17th Avenue and Taraval in the Sunset is a breathtaking mural under the Parkside Cleaners sign depicting large yellow honeycombs against of sea of blue sky.

Geometric frogs in Upper Haight, graffiti in San Francisco
Geometric frogs in Upper Haight, graffiti in San Francisco
Photograph: Chris Christian/Flickr

18. Geometric frogs in Upper Haight

1301 Haight Street is home to several, colorful pixelated-looking frogs. Known as Bosque de los Alebrijes, which translates to “forest of fantastical creations,” the frog mural was created by artist Jet Martinez, who was inspired by the alebrijes of Oaxaca, Mexico. 

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Masked ladies in Lower Haight, graffiti in San Francisco
Masked ladies in Lower Haight, graffiti in San Francisco
Photograph: Jay Galvin/Flickr

19. Masked ladies in Lower Haight

Down in the lower Haight on Steiner Street is an intricate mural of two delicate-looking ladies in dark masks, teal wigs and yellow clothing. The piece is filled with little details, like the girls’ red nails and lips, and you’ll need a bit of time to take it all in. The piece was created by Barcelona-based Miss Van and Brazilian Ciro Schu in 2013. 

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