& South Park
THESE TRENDY NEIGHBORHOODS NEAR BALBOA PARK OFFER AN
IMPRESSIVE RANGE OF DINING, SHOPPING AND NIGHTLIFE LOVED BY
VISITORS AND LOCALS ALIKE
This hip hood has an abundance of
restaurants, coffee shops, bars, boutiques
and breweries. It’s also home to a growing
international food scene. Olympic Cafe
offers traditional Greek food, while
Pardon My French serves bistro fare.
Order up a bowl of ramen at Tajima or an
Italian pasta dish at Il Postino. Shank &
Bone specializes in Vietnamese recipes and
Soi 30th is the latest Thai spot to hit the
scene. Mexican restaurants are plentiful in
San Diego, and North Park’s no exception.
Try El Comal, Tamarindo or Lucha Libre.
And if you venture just a block outside
the neighborhood, you’ll run into Flavors
of East Africa and Pomegranate Russian-Georgian. North Park is a mecca for craft
beer aficionados, too. See what’s on tap
at Toronado, North Park Beer Company,
or Rip Current, or try an ice cream beer
float at Belching Beaver. Shoppers will
appreciate all the goodies at chic boutiques
Artelexia, Simply Local and Pigment.
Hit the Streets
Artists, musicians and vendors set
up shop on Ray Street in North
Park on the second Saturday of
every month for Ray at Night, the
city’s longest-running monthly art
walk. The quarterly South Park
Walkabout is a great way to try
area restaurants and get a taste
of what the neighborhood
is all about.
South Park has its fair share of dining, drinking and shopping options, too.
Stop by ultra-popular Buona Forchetta for an authentic Neapolitan pizza
or head across the street to Kindred for vegan fare and creative cocktails.
Family-owned corner café Mazara Trattoria serves traditional Italian, or get
something from south of the border at Del Sur Mexican Cantina. Piacere Mio
is great for a romantic date night, and you can satisfy your sweet tooth at
Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro. Locals love the laid-back vibe at Hamiltons
Tavern and its neighbor, South Park Brewing Company. The South Park
shopping scene is diverse, ranging from emerging designers’ fashions at
Graffiti Beach to healing crystals at Sonic Arts Gallery and retro-inspired
fireplaces at Warshaw’s Provisions. Vinyl Junkies Record Shack draws in
music lovers, while The Book Catapult caters to bibliophiles.
HOTEL, SWIM CLUB
This historic North Park
hotel combines Old
Hollywood glamour with
modern amenities. Start
your day with San Diego
sunshine and poolside
brunch at Hope 46, then
take a stroll down the
hallways to see the stars
who’ve stayed there,
including Bob Hope, Ava
Gardner and Cary Grant.