City Guide: San Diego

Golden Hill / South Park: 

Dark Horse Coffee 811 25th St  Hands down the best coffee in San Diego - they have four locations but this one is our favorite, and closest to the studio

The Rose Wine Bar 2219 30th St  Lovely natural wines by the glass or bottle. Stop by this spot on the weekend and brunch with the locals

The Book Catapult 3010 Juniper St  Well curated independent bookstore in the heart of the charming South Park neighborhood. 

East Village: 

Lola 55 1290 F St  Beautiful setting with a really creative menu, Lola is at the top of our list for tacos in town. Affordable and friendly

Petco Park 100 Park Blvd  If you're here during baseball season, we'd highly recommend trying to see a game at Petco Park. Sit in the "Park at the Park" (a big green space past the outfield) and enjoy a local beer. 

Central Library 330 Park Blvd  Grand space, designed by local architect Rob Quigley. Take the elevator up to the top floor to see the rooftop terrace and reading room.  

Little Italy: 

Bottlecraft 2252 India St  One of the best bottle shops in town, with an impressive tap list. There are a few locations around town (this is our favorite)

Mikkeller Tap Room 2021 India St  This Danish brewer has made a home in San Diego, and this cozy tap room is at the top of our date night list.  

Vino Carta 2161 India St  Quiet, beautifully minimal space for wine by the glass or bottle. 

Starlite 3175 India St  This restaurant is a hidden gem. Known for their cocktails, but their menu is equally impressive. Don't miss the ice cream sandwiches. 

Home Ec Store 2355 India Street One of the best new shops in San Diego, with the 

Waterfront Park 1600 Pacific Hwy  A lovely place to walk, picnic, or people watch. 

Little Italy Mercato Date St  The best farmer's market in San Diego - awesome vendors, festive atmosphere. 

Bankers Hill / Balboa Park: 

Refill 3752 Park Blvd  We love this local coffee shop, and they have (arguably) the best avocado toast in town. 

Zoo 2920 Zoo Dr  The zoo is a San Diego must. It's a truly wonderful place to spend the day. Don't miss the suspended gondola ride for beautiful views of the park and skyline. 

Seven Bridge Walk  One of our favorite walks, this urban hike will take you through Balboa Park and some of San Diego's most charming neighborhoods. 

Bankers Hill Bar and Restaurant 2202 Fourth Ave A longstanding favorite. Good food, fun ambiance. 

Heartwork Coffee 3993 Goldfinch St  The loveliest little spot for coffee in Mission Hills. Grab a coffee and walk around the historic neighborhood north of Washington Street.  

North Park:

Shop Good 3030 North Park Way  One of the best resources for clean beauty and wellness products in the city. Friendly, knowledgable staff. 

Leo Nail Bar 3104 University Ave 

Tribute Pizza 3077 North Park Way  Housed in the old North Park post office building. The BEST pizza, and we love their seasonal salads. Don't miss the house made sea salt focaccia with balsamic and olive oil. 

Modern Times 3000 Upas St  Local brewery setup shop in the happening North Park neighborhood. Good beer, whimsical design. 

Fall Brewing 4542 30th St  San Diego boasts a lot of craft beer, but this is some of the best. Visit their brewery on 30th Street for a truly local experience. 

Verbatim 3793 30th St  A really lovely used book shop in the heart of North Park, with a unique selection of titles.

Normal Heights: 

Hawthorn 3019 Adams Ave  Friendly neighborhood coffee shop with a delicious toast menu. We're big fans of their creative seasonal espresso drinks. 

Cotton & Flax 3180 Adams Ave  This tiny shop is helmed by local textile designer Erin Dollar. She's curated a beautiful selection of handmade home goods. 

Tajima 3015 Adams Ave  We love ramen, and Tajima is our favorite place to get our fix. Don't miss the spicy sesame ramen. 

Jayne's Gastropub 4677 30th St  Our go-to spot for pretty much every special occasion, this small, locally owned restaurant is a gem. Reserve a spot on the intimate back patio. 

Point Loma/Ocean Beach: 

Sunset Cliffs  A really beautiful walk along the cliffs in Point Loma

Cabrillo National Monument  Scenic views of the city, native plants, tidepools and some lovely hiking. 

Little Lion 1424 Sunset Cliffs Blvd  Tiny, eclectic cafe a block from the beach. Go for brunch and then walk along the cliffs. 

Pizza Port 1956 Bacon St  A San Diego fixture, this local pizza joint serves good pizza and brews their own beer in funky Ocean Beach. 

Paru Tea Bar 3034 Cañon St

Claro Coffee 5334 Banks St 

Liberty Station  The historic naval training center has been reimagined as a food, art, and culture destination. Catch a movie at The Lot. 


Viewpoint Brewing 2201 San Dieguito Dr  Family-owned brewery with an impressive menu in one of the most scenic locations in San Diego

Torrey Pines State Beach  Beautiful beach and cliffs with a network of hiking trails. 

Campfire 2725 State St  One of our very favorite places for dinner. Amazing, chef-driven menu and the cocktails are some of the best in San Diego. A true dining experience. 

Wayfarer Bread 5525 La Jolla Blvd  The loveliest bakery in charming Bird Rock. Try their breakfast sandwich and cinnamon roll.