Discover San Diego’s Urban Heart: City Heights

A few miles removed from the beach, City Heights has yet to make its way to most visitors itineraries, but that is about to change. With vibrant art, colorful neighborhood culture and lots of under-the-radar restaurants, the diversity of City Heights means visitors from all walks of life will find something to love in this urban area of San Diego.

Discover the Art and Culture of City Heights

A Blossoming Arts District

The Azalea Park community in City Heights is quickly growing into a destination for arts lovers.

  • At the Azalea Community Park, local artists have created a unique oasis with the Water Conservation Garden, collection of succulent plants and creative sculpture.
  • Keep on the lookout for many colorful murals around the neighborhood.
  • Head to Poplar Street to check out the studio of Vicki Leon, a local glass artist, sculptor and jewelry maker.
Artwork in City Heights

A bull made out of car parts? It’s just one of the unique artworks you’ll find at the Water Conservation Garden

Ethnic Eats at their Best

The vast diversity of City Height’s residents means that local restaurants offer authentic cuisines from a variety of cultures.

  • Little Saigon is home to many Vietnamese restaurants, so finding a top spot for pho is a snap. Try Pho King, a local favorite for Vietnamese soups.
  • Super Cocina is a beloved San Diego institution for authentic, homestyle Mexican cuisine.
  • Sample authentic Salvadorian pupusas and fried plantains at El Salvador Restaurant on University Avenue.

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Candice

About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!).
What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?
Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah.
What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?
Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter.
Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?
Let’s get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger.
Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…
I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately.
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