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Exploring San Diego’s Hottest ‘Hoods: Cedros Avenue Design District

Cedros Avenue Design District

Just a stone’s throw from the coast in Solana Beach and running parallel with Highway 101, this North Coastal shopping district features more than 85 stores. It’s known as the epicenter for renowned architects and interior design firms. From breakfast to late-night music venues, art, furniture, cute cafes, and stylish hair salons, Cedros Avenue Design District is the perfect destination for a day of ocean-adjacent strolling, shopping, and relaxing. And, the Coaster station in Solana Beach is a block away, so getting there is half the fun!

Belly Up Tavern

Where: 143 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Thanks to this live music venue, Cedros Avenue is rocking well after dark with talent from near and far. The adjoined Wild Note Café, serving a full-menu including lobster dumplings, truffle fries, and Dijon-herb crusted salmon, will make sure you’re fortified to dance the night away.

Bixby and Ball

Where: 214 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Natural coastal tones and fabrics characterize the aesthetic of this coastal chic home décor and gift store, housed in a cottage dating to the 1920s—the very first one built on the avenue. Visit to stock up on trendy pillows, bedding, rugs, furniture, and accessories.

Culture Brewing

Where: 111 S Cedros Ave Suite 200, Solana Beach, CA 92075
No San Diego neighborhood would be complete without a brewery and tasting room, and to that end Cedros Avenue has Culture Brewing, an indoor-outdoor brew house that pairs with local food trucks to bring craft pizza, tacos, poke, and other eats to you.

Lockwood Table Café

Where: 346-B South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Whether you’re in need of a fresh-squeezed juice, coffee, sandwich, salad, or salmon plate, this café can fuel your outing on Cedros Avenue. Many a shopper has powered up on the housemade walnut butter or lavender iced latte at this cute, breakfast-oriented cafe.

Temecula Olive Oil Company

Where: 342 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Do you know where your olive oil comes from? You will if you get it from Temecula Olive Oil’s family-owned ranch in San Diego County. At the shop and complimentary tasting room on Cedros Avenue, you can sample cold-pressed, extra-virgin oils, and balsamic vinegar, plus peruse other items like olive-based soap, cookbooks, and olive wood gifts.

Solana Beach Certified Farmer’s Market

Where: 444 S Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Every Sunday, Cedros Avenue plays host to one of North County’s biggest farmers’ markets, packed with stalls from organic and locally certified farmers, plus crafts, and an open-air food court chock full of fruits, vegetables, meat, bread, pastries, and more to fill your belly and shopping bags.

Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery

Where: 415 S Cedros Ave #110, Solana Beach, CA 92075
World renowned surf photographer Aaron Chang captures the essence of San Diego in ocean-themed large format photographic prints and surfboards. A former senior photographer at Surfer magazine for two-and-a-half decades, Chang has more recently taken up sculpture, an interest reflected in oversized eco-friendly surfboards and other projects evoking the ocean.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 22-28, 2018

USS Midway - Memorial Day Weekend - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those who gave all in service of our country. The weekend is also the quintessential signal for the start of summer. Make your travel plans now and spend the long weekend honoring our heroes and kicking off summer in California’s Beach City. Continue reading

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A World of Cuisines: San Diego’s Top International Food

Masala Street - San Diego's International Cuisine

Eat your way around the world—and San Diego—one meal at a time. From Abyssinian to Vietnamese, there is no shortage of international cuisine in the region. Here are just 13 to get you started. Follow your taste buds to get an idea of the incredible variety and deliciousness of San Diego’s diverse food landscape, no airfare required. Continue reading

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4 Young, Contemporary Art Galleries to Explore in San Diego

Sparks Gallery - San Diego's Art Scene

Beaches and breweries aren’t the only sceneries well worth your time in San Diego. The city is also home to a vibrant clutch of local artists working in every medium imaginable. Recent years have seen startup galleries and spaces burst onto the scene dedicated to featuring this homegrown talent. Here are some of the best stops around town to keep your finger on the art world’s pulse. Continue reading

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 15-20, 2018

Navy's Bay Bridge Run Walk - Top Things to Do

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including these top things to do. Continue reading

Brent Bernasconi

Top Gun Filming Sites in San Diego You Can Visit

Top Gun at Kansas City BBQ

Feel the need for speed at these San Diego Top Gun filming locations according to IMDB. whether it’s Top Gun Day, May 13, or just any other “slow” day. Continue reading

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 8-13, 2018

Mother's Day - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including Mother’s Day and these top things to do. Continue reading

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Coffee and Kombucha: San Diego’s Other Delicious Craft Brews

Revolution Coffee Roasters

Think that craft beer is the only thing San Diego brews up in delicious quantities? Don’t overlook the area’s estimable coffee roasters. Or its very own makers of kombucha, that tangy bubbly beverage that is so good you’ll forget it’s made from fermented tea. Here are some of the finest hot and cold (non-beer) craft brews to check out. Continue reading

Jennifer Davies

Best of Balboa Park: An Insider’s View on What to Do in May in the Park

When it comes to things to do in May, Balboa Park is not fooling around. From Cinco de Mayo to crafty cocktails, there is plenty to see and do all throughout the park. Continue reading

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – May 1-6, 2018

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including Cinco de MayoRhythm & Brews Music and Craft Beer Festival and these top things to do. Continue reading