CONVOY Central San Diego
Just off the beaten path, central San Diego is home to an eclectic assortment
of entertainment, shopping and dining. From craft cocktails to one-of-a-kind
boutiques, there is always something new and fun to do.
The Convoy District represents
the heart of San Diego’s
Asian community, filled
with diverse restaurants,
boutiques and markets.
Find Northern Chinese eats
like xiao long bao—steamed
dumplings filled with
pork and hot soup—at
this recently remodeled
4625 Convoy St.
Happy Buddha Foot
Enjoy a relaxing foot massage
at an affordable price.
4619 Convoy St.
The Face Shop
Beauty aficionados will love
the Korean makeup and
skin care products at this
7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
Locals flock to this sleek
eatery with several styles of
ramen, Japanese appetizers
and even their own take on
the trendy ramen burger.
4646 Convoy St.
THE LAFAYETTE HOTEL,
SWIM CLUB & BUNGALOWS
The landmark hotel packed with old
Hollywood glamour just celebrated its
70th anniversary. Have brunch or cocktails
poolside at Hope 46 or dinner at The Red Fox
Steakhouse and Piano Bar, where the interior
was salvaged from a Tudor-era inn in England.
2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park
It’s easy to spend an afternoon making your own
terrarium or browsing the elegant kitchenware,
jewelry and gifts at this modern home and
garden boutique. Don’t miss the living wall of
potted succulents on the side of the building—
it’s become a de facto Instagram wall.
3801 30th St., North Park
Savor house-made pastas, like saffron
bucatini with rock shrimp and pappardelle
and roasted lamb, in this design-savvy bistro.
Want the pillows with butterfly print for your
home? All the decor in the restaurant, from
the glassware to the tables, is for sale.
4055 Adams Ave., Kensington
VILLAGE VINO WINE BAR
Locals adore this tasting room with an impressive selection of wines sourced from small,
family-owned wineries around the world.
4095 Adams Ave., Kensington
BAR BY RED DOOR
Most of the produce served at The Red Door
restaurant is grown at the owner’s home on
Mount Helix, and this new adjacent bar follows
the same concept, with “farm-to-glass” cocktails
and small plates using only what’s in season.
741 W. Washington St., Mission Hills
HARPER’S TOPIARY GARDEN
A resident affectionately called “Edna
Scissorhands” turned her front yard hill into an
attraction with shrubs shaped into 50 different
kinds of animals. Feel free to take photos, but
remember this is a private property.
Union and Vine streets, Mission Hills
This promenade runs through the heart of the
“gayborhood” in Hillcrest all the way to 30th
Avenue, aka North Park’s “Beer Street.” You’ll
find vintage clothing stores, gastropubs, tacos,
craft beer tasting rooms and more along the way.
The hallways of the Lafayette
Hotel are lined with historic
photos of the celebrities who
stayed there, like Bob Hope,
Ava Gardner and Cary Grant.