The Excelsior as seen from Bernal Heights. (2007)

The Excelsior District is defined by the area east of Mission Street starting at I-280 to the north and ending at Geneva Avenue to the south. Freeway 101 marks its northern border, separating it from Bernal Heights. It is quiet, as it is almost entirely residential, and most businesses are laundromats and dry cleaners, except for the numerous restaurants on Mission Street and San Bruno Avenue. The Excelsior is also home to McLaren Park and not a whole lot else.

This mildly hilly neighborhood offers nice views of the bay to the east, the park to the south, Bernal Heights to the north, and Diamond Heights to the west.