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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.

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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

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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

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Exploring Convoy: San Diego’s Asian Restaurant Row

San Diego’s Convoy Street runs through the central neighborhood of Kearny Mesa. Strip malls packed with restaurants whose signs—in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and other Asian languages—bear the names of some of the best eateries in town. Popular favorites among locals include Shabu Shabu, Tofu House, and dim sum at Emerald restaurant. But excellent ramen, poke, bulgogi, dumplings, pastries, and desserts aren’t the only reasons to come to Convoy—there’s also karaoke, arcade games, and bliss-out sessions at Korean spas. Continue reading

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4 Pop-Up Dinner Series to Check Out in San Diego

Pop-up dinners are—you guessed it—popping up just about everywhere. These foodie events range from educational to esoteric. Whatever their focus, they put out some seriously delicious eats. Continue reading

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Like Cats and Dogs: Meet the San Diego Zoo’s Most Unlikely Pairs

Forget what you might have heard about cats and dogs being natural enemies—at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park they’re getting along famously. Just look at the friendship between Ruuxa, a male cheetah, and Raina, a domestic dog. Continue reading

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Exploring San Diego’s Hottest ‘Hoods: East Village

Downtown’s East Village neighborhood is home to 130 blocks of restaurants, bars, boutiques, hotels, the city’s main library, a baseball stadium, and countless other notable sights. With so much packed into one of the most urban parts of town, it can be tough to choose. Let us help you find a few things to do, see, eat, and drink to get started. Continue reading

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Train to Table: Digging into San Diego’s Food Scene by Rail

Whether rolling along the beach on the Coaster or around the city on the trolley system, riding San Diego’s rails is a great way to get to know the city. And no matter where you stop off, you’ve got immediate access to the region’s world famous culinary and craft beer scene. Pick a stop, any stop. Continue reading

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7 Go-To Spots for a Tiki Cocktail in San Diego

Tiki culture is all about escapism—the food, the drinks, and the decor are all attempts to re-create some fantastical tropical island that never actually existed. This is also why tiki cocktails are so potent, designed to help ease you to into a festive state of mind. San Diego is embracing the tiki culture with a new generation of bartenders celebrating that rich tradition. Here’s a roundup of San Diego’s hot tiki bars and other spots where you can find a perfectly tropical cocktail. Continue reading