San Diego Magazine

San Diego’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Little Italy

Nolita Hall in San Diego's Historic Little Italy

Making a strong case for being San Diego hottest foodie neighborhood, Little Italy is home to a number of celebrity chefs, including Brian Malarkey and Richard Blais, as well as rising stars equally deserving of recognition for both classic and inventive dishes. Once home to legions of Italian tuna fishermen, this historical neighborhood walks the line perfectly between honoring its history and basking in change. If you’re looking for handmade pasta or other delicacies of authentic Italian heritage, look no further. But if you’re looking for creative suds from a Danish brewer, ultra-hip coffee shops, fashion boutiques, and ice cream that’s developed a cult following, well, you’ve also come to the right place.

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Jennifer Davies

An Insider’s View on What to Do in May in Balboa Park

Food Truck Fridays in Balboa Park

May is a month filled with promise. Nestled between spring and summer, May is blooming with possibilities and nowhere are those possibilities more enticing than in Balboa Park. There are cultural celebrations chock a block with activities, garden parties, food truck Fridays and so much more.

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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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Jennifer Davies

An Insider’s View on What to Do in April in Balboa Park

Botanical Building in Balboa Park

What’s that saying?! April showers bring May flowers? Well, regardless of what the weather will bring this month, there is one thing we can guarantee—no one will be raining on your parade when it comes to things to do in Balboa Park. The options are endless at Balboa Park this month: classic tales coming to life on stage, photography workshops, wine history, bloom bashes, craft brew tastings coupled with arts projects and more!

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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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Jennifer Davies

An Insider’s View on What to Do in March in Balboa Park

Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park

Spring is a time of renewal and reinvention. And that is especially so in the ever changing, always amazing, Balboa Park. From blooms blossoming to small, but eye-opening exhibits to an iconic show of cars, there’s no shortage of newness to explore. You simply must march on over to Balboa Park to take it all in.

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Jennifer Davies

5 Romantic Date Ideas in Balboa Park

Couple walking in Balboa Park's Alcazar Garden

Romance shouldn’t be relegated to one night or even one month a year. The good news is that there is no shortage of unique romantic outings for you and your partner in Balboa Park all year round. Whether its learning how to cha-cha-cha, hiking off the beaten path or picnicking at your pleasure, Balboa Park is where the city’s cultural heart takes flight.

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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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Emily Paddock

An Insider’s View on What to Do in February in Balboa Park

Balboa Park Aerial

Valentine’s Day no longer claims sole custody of the month of February. Whether you are flying solo this cupid season or are happily coupled, Balboa Park has a plethora of happenings this month that are bound to spark some sort of connection. From advocating for human rights to plays to the lost art of letter writing to the father of Japanese street art to cocktails and culture, there is something to L-O-V-E for everyone.

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