Guidebook for San Diego

Karin

Guidebook for San Diego

Food Scene
Martiza has amazing local Mexican food - it's inexpensive but she only accepts cash and is closed on Sundays.
Maritza's Mexican Food Restaurant
3582 Mt Acadia Blvd
Martiza has amazing local Mexican food - it's inexpensive but she only accepts cash and is closed on Sundays.
Amazing French food, great cocktail menu and very good French wines - you must get the souffle if you go.
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Et Voilà! French Bistro
3015 Adams Ave
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Amazing French food, great cocktail menu and very good French wines - you must get the souffle if you go.
Ototo has a great menu and a very good happy hour. You can find our local Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin for $5 during happy hour - I recommend the garlic edamame, the kamakazi fries and all of their rolls.
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Ototo Sushi Co.
5651 Balboa Avenue
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Ototo has a great menu and a very good happy hour. You can find our local Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin for $5 during happy hour - I recommend the garlic edamame, the kamakazi fries and all of their rolls.
Caroline's has one of the best patios for enjoying the surf along with amazing breakfast and lunch entrees. There is inside seating if it's cold outside but I'd suggest bundling up and enjoying the salty air. Don't let the line stop you from going - it moves rather fast.
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Caroline's Seaside Cafe
8610 Kennel Way
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Caroline's has one of the best patios for enjoying the surf along with amazing breakfast and lunch entrees. There is inside seating if it's cold outside but I'd suggest bundling up and enjoying the salty air. Don't let the line stop you from going - it moves rather fast.
Piatti is a great Italian restaurant that has been in La Jolla for over 25 years. They have a wide variety of items on the menu including a grilled romaine salad, fritto misto, and usually very good specials. Great cocktails and wine selection. If you can, sit on the patio and enjoy the beauty of their incredible ficus tree. I'd take a walk after dinner at La Jolla Shores, it's right down the street.
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Piatti
2182 Avenida De La Playa
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Piatti is a great Italian restaurant that has been in La Jolla for over 25 years. They have a wide variety of items on the menu including a grilled romaine salad, fritto misto, and usually very good specials. Great cocktails and wine selection. If you can, sit on the patio and enjoy the beauty of their incredible ficus tree. I'd take a walk after dinner at La Jolla Shores, it's right down the street.
Bistro du Marche is a very high end French restaurant. It's rather expensive but if you are wanting to splurge it's well worth the money. You must try the mushroom ravioli!
Bistro du Marché by Tapenade
7437 Girard Ave
Bistro du Marche is a very high end French restaurant. It's rather expensive but if you are wanting to splurge it's well worth the money. You must try the mushroom ravioli!
Luce is close to us and never disappointing. A wide range of selections along with a large bar. Their brunch is also very good. It can get crowded.
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Luce Bar & Kitchen
1959 Morena Blvd
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Luce is close to us and never disappointing. A wide range of selections along with a large bar. Their brunch is also very good. It can get crowded.
The Pearl is located inside a motel conversion in Pt. Loma. They host a happy hour during the week and the food is great. Bring a jacket because seating is outside by the pool.
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Pearl Hotel
1410 Rosecrans Street
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The Pearl is located inside a motel conversion in Pt. Loma. They host a happy hour during the week and the food is great. Bring a jacket because seating is outside by the pool.
Lucha Libre is a Southern California twist on Mexican food and it's very filling. Great for late night dining, it's inexpensive and the atmosphere will entertain you.
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Lucha Libre Taco Shop
1810 West Washington Street
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Lucha Libre is a Southern California twist on Mexican food and it's very filling. Great for late night dining, it's inexpensive and the atmosphere will entertain you.
The Great Maple offers a wide variety of menu choices and doesn't disappoint.
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Great Maple
1451 Washington Street
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The Great Maple offers a wide variety of menu choices and doesn't disappoint.
Common Theory is not far from the airbnb and serves a huge selection of micro brews and food to compliment your beer selection.
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Common Theory
4805 Convoy Street
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Common Theory is not far from the airbnb and serves a huge selection of micro brews and food to compliment your beer selection.
Liberty Public Market is a great place to go if you can't decide what you want to eat! There's something for everyone. Cool shops in most directions and Stone Brewing if you need something cold to drink.
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Liberty Public Market
2820 Historic Decatur Rd
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Liberty Public Market is a great place to go if you can't decide what you want to eat! There's something for everyone. Cool shops in most directions and Stone Brewing if you need something cold to drink.
Clairemont Coffee is close by and has great Acai bowls. Give em a try.
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Clairemont Coffee
3095 Clairemont Drive
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Clairemont Coffee is close by and has great Acai bowls. Give em a try.
The Forum has great coffee and even better "Avocado Toast" - words can't describe what you need to taste for yourself.
The Forum Coffee House
4340 Genesee Ave
The Forum has great coffee and even better "Avocado Toast" - words can't describe what you need to taste for yourself.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, we’ve incorporated innovative spins on time-tested, family recipes that dig down into our Sicilian roots. We’ve even imported a Stefano Ferrara pizza oven directly from Napoli, to demonstrate our commitment to authentic cooking methods and flavors. Along with a slate of wood-fired pizzas and flat breads. Farmer’s Table offers specialties such as organic eggs, and local seasonal vegetables to satisfy every hungry guest.
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Farmer's Table Bay Park
3057 Clairemont Dr
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Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, we’ve incorporated innovative spins on time-tested, family recipes that dig down into our Sicilian roots. We’ve even imported a Stefano Ferrara pizza oven directly from Napoli, to demonstrate our commitment to authentic cooking methods and flavors. Along with a slate of wood-fired pizzas and flat breads. Farmer’s Table offers specialties such as organic eggs, and local seasonal vegetables to satisfy every hungry guest.
Sightseeing
The views from Sunset Cliffs are amazing over the Pacific Ocean. Great place to watch a sunset.
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Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
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The views from Sunset Cliffs are amazing over the Pacific Ocean. Great place to watch a sunset.
Torrey Pines is a great place to go for a hike and look out at the Pacific Ocean. If you take the right trail you can walk down to the beach and make your way back up on an asphalt path.
Torrey Pines Park Road
Torrey Pines is a great place to go for a hike and look out at the Pacific Ocean. If you take the right trail you can walk down to the beach and make your way back up on an asphalt path.
La Jolla Cove is a wonderful place to go for an early morning or late afternoon walk. It gets rather crowded during the day, especially in the summer. From the cove you can walk over to the Children's Pool to see where the California Sea Lions have made their home. You can swim and snorkel at the LJ Cove but it's not advisable at the Children's Pool because of all the seals. Once your done with your walk, you can wander up to Prospect Street to "shop" in La Jolla or enjoy a drink / food at Duke's.
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La Jolla Cove
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La Jolla Cove is a wonderful place to go for an early morning or late afternoon walk. It gets rather crowded during the day, especially in the summer. From the cove you can walk over to the Children's Pool to see where the California Sea Lions have made their home. You can swim and snorkel at the LJ Cove but it's not advisable at the Children's Pool because of all the seals. Once your done with your walk, you can wander up to Prospect Street to "shop" in La Jolla or enjoy a drink / food at Duke's.
With children, Law St (North Pacific Beach) is one of my favorite beaches. The waves are mellow (most of the time) and you can boogie board and surf (be mindful of the checkered flags - ask the lifeguards if you aren't sure). Take some sand toys, an umbrella and of course sun screen. It can get very crowded in the summer so head down before 10 - street parking is free.
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Law Street Beach
671 Ocean Blvd
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With children, Law St (North Pacific Beach) is one of my favorite beaches. The waves are mellow (most of the time) and you can boogie board and surf (be mindful of the checkered flags - ask the lifeguards if you aren't sure). Take some sand toys, an umbrella and of course sun screen. It can get very crowded in the summer so head down before 10 - street parking is free.
When my children were young we spent one day a week at SeaWorld. It's close enough that you could take the family early, come home for an afternoon nap and head back for Summer Nights (only open at night during (Memorial Day-Labor Day). Who doesn't love Shamu?
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SeaWorld San Diego
500 Sea World Dr
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When my children were young we spent one day a week at SeaWorld. It's close enough that you could take the family early, come home for an afternoon nap and head back for Summer Nights (only open at night during (Memorial Day-Labor Day). Who doesn't love Shamu?
Coronado is beautiful. Amazing homes, long beaches and the famous Hotel Del Coronado can be found here. You can either drive over the Coronado Bridge or take a ferry from downtown. Either way you won't be disappointed. There are lots of good eateries and of course, Coronado Brewing Company.
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Coronado
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Coronado is beautiful. Amazing homes, long beaches and the famous Hotel Del Coronado can be found here. You can either drive over the Coronado Bridge or take a ferry from downtown. Either way you won't be disappointed. There are lots of good eateries and of course, Coronado Brewing Company.
There is a reason that we are called the World Famous San Diego Zoo. Our zoo occupies beautiful canyons and flat land next to Balboa Park (just north of downtown). Wear comfortable shoes because there is a lot of walking to do if you'd like to see all the exhibits. The sister park to the San Diego Zoo is the Safari Park in Escondido (about 30 minutes north).
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San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
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There is a reason that we are called the World Famous San Diego Zoo. Our zoo occupies beautiful canyons and flat land next to Balboa Park (just north of downtown). Wear comfortable shoes because there is a lot of walking to do if you'd like to see all the exhibits. The sister park to the San Diego Zoo is the Safari Park in Escondido (about 30 minutes north).
Arts & Culture
Balboa Park hosts so many wonderful museums, amazing architecture, and beautiful gardens. There are theaters, grass areas to have a picnic and you are right next to the World Famous San Diego Zoo.
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Balboa Park
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Balboa Park hosts so many wonderful museums, amazing architecture, and beautiful gardens. There are theaters, grass areas to have a picnic and you are right next to the World Famous San Diego Zoo.
Parks & Nature
Just up the street from the airbnb is a large hiking trail that will take you through Tecolote Canyon. I've seen coyotes, foxes, raccoons, skunks, rattlesnakes and all sorts of lizards. You can make this hike as easy or difficult as you like, just ask me how.
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Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center
5180 Tecolote Road
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Just up the street from the airbnb is a large hiking trail that will take you through Tecolote Canyon. I've seen coyotes, foxes, raccoons, skunks, rattlesnakes and all sorts of lizards. You can make this hike as easy or difficult as you like, just ask me how.
So we are just 2 miles away from Mission Bay. Mission Bay offers large sidewalks for walking, running and even rollerblading. There a parks every 1/2 mile along with bathrooms. Early morning is less crowded.
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Mission Bay
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So we are just 2 miles away from Mission Bay. Mission Bay offers large sidewalks for walking, running and even rollerblading. There a parks every 1/2 mile along with bathrooms. Early morning is less crowded.
Potato Chip Rock is a great hike. I like to start at Poway Lake and work my way up and back. You'll never be sorry to have taken one of the famous jumping photos from the rock!
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Potato Chip Rock
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Potato Chip Rock is a great hike. I like to start at Poway Lake and work my way up and back. You'll never be sorry to have taken one of the famous jumping photos from the rock!
Shopping
Well, if you came to San Diego to shop then you can't miss Fashion Valley Mall. From Nordstrom to Neimans, Bloomingdales to Coach, Gucci to Lululemon - everything that you need you'll find here. Plus a large selection of restaurants and food to keep your shopping energy high. If you're looking for local items, check out the farmers market in Little Italy on Saturdays.
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Fashion Valley
7007 Friars Road
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Well, if you came to San Diego to shop then you can't miss Fashion Valley Mall. From Nordstrom to Neimans, Bloomingdales to Coach, Gucci to Lululemon - everything that you need you'll find here. Plus a large selection of restaurants and food to keep your shopping energy high. If you're looking for local items, check out the farmers market in Little Italy on Saturdays.
In operation since 1976, Clairemont Surf Shop (CSS), is a great place to shop for local t-shirts, surf trunks, flip flops, skate boards and even souvenir beach towels. The staff are always friendly and helpful which isn't always the case at surf shops.
Clairemont Surf Shop
6393 Balboa Avenue
In operation since 1976, Clairemont Surf Shop (CSS), is a great place to shop for local t-shirts, surf trunks, flip flops, skate boards and even souvenir beach towels. The staff are always friendly and helpful which isn't always the case at surf shops.
Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach (OB) offers a variety of antique shops with unique local items. Stop by Hodad's for a burger or try some pho at OB Noodle house after shopping.
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Newport Avenue
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Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach (OB) offers a variety of antique shops with unique local items. Stop by Hodad's for a burger or try some pho at OB Noodle house after shopping.
Essentials
Local large grocery story 1 mile away from the airbnb.
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Vons
5555 Balboa Avenue
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Local large grocery story 1 mile away from the airbnb.
Sprouts offers more natural and organic selections than Vons. It's a mile from the airbnb.
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Sprouts Farmers Market
3015 Clairemont Dr
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Sprouts offers more natural and organic selections than Vons. It's a mile from the airbnb.
Trader Joe's offers organic food items and you can grab an already made sandwich or salad to take to the beach with you.
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Trader Joe's
1640 Garnet Avenue
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Trader Joe's offers organic food items and you can grab an already made sandwich or salad to take to the beach with you.
Everything Else
Both North Park and South Park are up and coming neighborhoods of San Diego. You can find boutique shops, great food and local brews. It's worth the cruise around if you have the time.
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North Park
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Both North Park and South Park are up and coming neighborhoods of San Diego. You can find boutique shops, great food and local brews. It's worth the cruise around if you have the time.
Local Farmers' Markets help you to get a feel for a community. The Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market is a great way to see what some of San Diego has to offer. Open on Saturday mornings, you can eat close by after shopping but you may want to Uber/Lyft down, parking can be difficult.
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Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market
600 West Cedar Street
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Local Farmers' Markets help you to get a feel for a community. The Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market is a great way to see what some of San Diego has to offer. Open on Saturday mornings, you can eat close by after shopping but you may want to Uber/Lyft down, parking can be difficult.