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San Diego’s Hottest Blocks: Park Boulevard

Hundred Proof on Park Boulevard

Just north of the San Diego Zoo on Park Boulevard, it blazes a foodie trail up to the quaint, Craftsman-packed neighborhood of University Heights. Though there are some worthwhile outliers (Trust, for example) most of the area’s restaurants line a two-block stretch of Park Boulevard where they’re all in arm’s reach.

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Escondido

Escondido in San Diego California

Just a stone’s throw from everywhere in coastal San Diego, Escondido is a nature lover’s dream. But it doesn’t end there. This hilly city—“hidden,” as its name means in Spanish—is waiting to reveal a world of arts, delicious eats, and one of the crown jewels of San Diego’s craft beer scene.

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Torrey Pines Mesa

Salk Institute atop the Torrey Pines Mesa

This two-mile stretch of North Torrey Pines Road (just north of La Jolla) has attracted many of the brightest minds in life sciences, biotech, and engineering. But you don’t have to be chasing a Nobel Prize – or winning them, as denizens of this neighborhood can claim – to enjoy it. While others here labor on futuristic projects, you can bask in exquisite hotels, fine arts, legendary golf courses, and cuisine, all of which are worthy of their own Nobels.

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Del Mar & Carmel Valley

Torrey Pines - Hot Hoods Del Mar & Carmel Valley

20 minutes’ drive north of San Diego’s core, the coastal city of Del Mar—population 4,500—and its inland neighbor, Carmel Valley, beckon. Boutiques and fine restaurants line streets that exude a European flavor. Not to mention that they’re within trotting distance of the Del Mar Racetrack and some of the dreamiest coastline in San Diego.

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San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: City Heights/Little Saigon

Little Saigon Mural

As the name Little Saigon suggests, this corridor along El Cajon Boulevard and University Avenue in City Heights is a Vietnamese enclave. But it’s so much more than a destination for delicious spring rolls and bahn mi. For starters, Little Saigon is home to many people of Southeast Asian origin. And—if that weren’t enough of its own identity—it’s also home to Little Mogadishu, the U.S.’s second biggest community of Somali-Americans. And did we mention that it’s becoming a full-fledged arts district in its own right, too? Continue reading

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Exploring San Diego’s Hottest ‘Hoods: Goldfinch

The Patio on Goldfinch

The Goldfinch and Washington Street intersection in Mission Hills packs a lot into just a few short blocks. Here you’ll find a bevy of farm-to-table and neighborhood restaurants, along with shopping and entertainment, set in a fashionable urban community. Continue reading

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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! 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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Exploring San Diego’s Hottest ‘Hoods: East Village

You and Yours Distillery - East Village San Diego

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.

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Exploring San Diego’s Hottest ‘Hoods: Bird Rock/La Jolla Blvd

Bird Rock

Nestled along San Diego’s Pacific Coast is Bird Rock, a quirky but laid-back neighborhood known for beautiful ocean views, independent boutiques, and cozy cafes. Visitors and locals can easily stroll from one end of La Jolla Boulevard (Bird Rock’s main drag) to the other, making it the perfect destination for out-of-towners to explore unique mom-and-pop shops. No matter when you decide to visit Bird Rock, its casual culture mixed with upscale atmosphere means you should pack both your swim trunks and a sport coat or heels. Continue reading