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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

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – July 10-15, 2018

San Diego Pride - Top Things to Do in San Diego

Spend the upcoming weekend in San Diego enjoying everything California’s Beach City has to offer including Pride, Over the Line and these top things to do. 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

Jennifer Davies

Picnic Perfection in Balboa Park

One of the best ways to soak in the splendor of Balboa Park is with a leisurely picnic. The good news is there are picnic spots for every age and desired experience. Continue reading

Jennifer Davies

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

When it comes to things to do in April, Balboa Park is not fooling around. From secrets to star gazing to sonnets in celebration of Shakespeare, there is plenty to see and do all throughout the park. 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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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.

Eating & Drinking

No visit to Bird Rock is complete without a pilgrimage to Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, one of the most highly acclaimed roasters in the country. Grab a pastry and pour over before snagging a spot on one of the open window benches—there isn’t a better spot to people watch. For lunch, try Cafe Vahik, Seaside Surf Cafe, Don Bravo Grill & Cantina, or Wheat & Water for a wood-fired pizza and pint of local craft beer.

For something a little stronger, head to Beaumont’s. This eclectic eatery serves food all day, but it’s the live music and craft cocktails that attract the crowds. Nearby Pacific Beach caters to those who seek a late-night social scene, as most of Bird Rock beds down by midnight. Ocean views are best atop the new Waterbar restaurant, but tiki cocktail fans will go gaga for The Grass Skirt.

Outdoor Activities

Biking is a popular Bird Rock pastime. Hop on the local bike path for an easy ride through the heart of the ‘hood. For a challenge, surfing at Windansea Beach is a picturesque but advanced surf spot. Use caution – the offshore reefs make for good waves, but bad wipeouts. When in doubt, just bring a camera to document the gorgeous scenery.

Another nearby Instagram gem is La Jolla Cove. This protected nook is home to herds of seals, pelicans, and other sea life. Get a closer look at the local marine life in a kayak or paddleboard (rentals are available).

La Jolla Culture

Cute shops line the length of La Jolla Boulevard. Mimi & Red, a local boutique specializing in millennial women’s fashion, is one of the most popular stops in Bird Rock. Just down the street, Bird Rock Surf Shop caters to the surfing crowd. There are also plenty of art galleries featuring the work of local and national artists. After you’ve had your fill of shopping, take a load off at one of La Jolla’s numerous spas like The Bird Rock Massage Studio, Birdie Day Spa, Lucky Ocean Spa, or Decorum Lash Bar & Spa. From facials to full body massages, there’s something relaxing for everyone.

Brent Bernasconi

Top Things to Do in San Diego – February 6-11, 2018

La Jolla - Top Things to Do in San Diego

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

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Exploring San Diego’s Hottest ‘Hoods: Adams Avenue

Stretching three miles from east to west, Adams Avenue spans at least four neighborhoods and crosses two major freeways in a central part of San Diego. Lined with historic Craftsman houses and populated by young families and the artsy millennial crowd, it offers an impressive lineup of hip eateries, boutiques, and bars. Start in the middle or work your way from one end to the other – you can’t really go wrong in this hipster-friendly ‘hood.

Food & Drink

Soda & Swine / Polite Provisions

Customize your own meatball meal via sub, slider, or spaghetti, and rinse it down with a creative craft cocktail from the next door speakeasy.

Where: 2943 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
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Tajima

San Diego is experiencing a ramen boom, and Tajima is leading the charge. The Normal Heights location offers bowls for all different tastes and diets, like a delicious vegan ramen with spinach noodles.

Where: 3015 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
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Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

Dark Horse has taken the local craft coffee scene to the next level with its Hawaiian-inspired small-batch roasts and cold brew growlers.

Where: 3260 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Dark Horse Coddee Roasters

Sycamore Den

This is where you’ll find San Diego’s top bartenders drinking on their day off. The 70s-inspired bar has a menu of artisanal cocktails and liquors, plus occasional live bands.

Where: 3391 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
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Blind Lady Alehouse

Get your craft beer with a side of pizza at this casual, vegan-friendly brewpub. Also worth a visit? BLAH’s sister restaurants Tiger!Tiger! in North Park and Panama 66 in Balboa Park.

Where: 3416 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
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Little Miss Brewing Company

Still a relative newcomer on the San Diego beer scene, this female-owned brewery is outfitted with a World War II theme and offers a varied lineup of house-made beers.

Where: 3514 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Little Miss Brewing Company

Cucina Sorella

Take your pasta-eating experiences to new heights at the latest addition to Urban Kitchen Group’s already-impressive roster of Italian eateries.

Where: 4055 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
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Kensington Brewing Company

This small neighborhood brewery didn’t actually have a tasting room in Kensington until fairly recently when it moved into a former video store. For a real flavor bomb, try the Apricot Wheat.

Where: 4067 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
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Clem’s Tap House

Kensington’s original family-owned brewpub keeps plenty of beers on tap and boasts actor Will Ferrell’s seal of approval. For a beer to go, Clem’s Bottle House next door offers a wide selection of bottles.

Where: 4108 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
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Shopping

Maven

Stocked with chic indie brands such as Laura Lombardi jewelry and Charlotte Stone shoes, Maven features carefully curated lifestyle products perfect for souveniers and gift giving.

Where: 2946 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Maven

Kiko & Sven

Formerly known as Niche, this Kensington shop combines Japanese and Swedish-inspired design, unique gifts, and even a monthly subscription box program.

Where: 3723 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Kiko & Sven

Live Music

Lestat’s West

Located next door to always-open coffee shop Lestat’s in the heart of Normal Heights, this music venue hosts regular shows, open mic events, and comedy nights.

Where: 3343 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Lestat’s West

Kensington Club

This neighborhood dive bar and venue has two parts: a bar area with seating and a pool table, and a separate room for concerts. Check it out for eclectic local San Diego bands, karaoke, and cheap drinks.

Where: 4079 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about the Kensington Club

Art

Art FORM San Diego

This Normal Heights nonprofit promotes creative re-use by hosting art education workshops where discarded items are transformed into art.

Where: 3316 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Art FORM San Diego

Back from Tomboctou Gallery & Imports

Browse a colorful collection of folk art and handmade gifts from around the globe, or attend one of the shop’s many DIY workshops.

Where: 3564 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116
> Find out more about Back from Tomboctou Gallery & Imports

Events

Adams Avenue Street Fair
Southern California’s largest free two-day music festival has been taking over Adams Avenue for a weekend in September for the past 36 years.

When: September
> Find out more about the Adams Avenue Street Fair

Adams Avenue Unplugged

This free musical walkabout features live music staged at different locations throughout a two-mile stretch of Adams Avenue during the last weekend of April each year.

When: April
> Find out more about Adams Avenue Unplugged

Taste of Adams Avenue

Wear loose-fitting pants to this annual tasting event featuring bites from over 40 of the area’s hottest eateries, cafés, breweries, and bars.

When: June
> Find out more about Taste of Adams Avenue