Tuck into a cabana or enjoy a romantic repast by the fire pits at L’Auberge
Del Mar’s stylish signature restaurant
where Executive Chef Brandon Fortune
dazzles with modern American cuisine
with Southern twists.
1540 Camino del Mar, Del Mar
BELLY UP TAVERN
Music fans gravitate to this intimate
yet hopping spot for its stellar lineups like John Hiatt, Macy Gray and
143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach
Jet Ski, kayak, stand-up paddle board
or wakeboard on the calm waters of
this water sports paradise.
4215 Harrison St., Carlsbad
GREEN DRAGON TAVERN
Modeled after the Boston Tavern
where our forefathers planned the
Boston Tea Party and Revolution,
this East Coast-style eatery offers craft
beers, surf ’n’ turf and American history lessons in their colonial museum.
6115 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad
GEM INSTITUTE OF AMERICA
Rotating exhibits and eye candy galore
at the GIA Headquarters, which has
1,000 pieces on view and educational
displays on minerals and gems. Call
ahead for free admission.
5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad
Enjoy handmade empanadas, quinoa
salads and the area’s best ceviche at
this casual Peruvian café.
1140 Camino del Mar, Del Mar
PACIFIC COAST GRILL
At this beachfront eatery, sunset calls
for blackberry margaritas, sushi rolls
or sliders, and watching dolphins
frolic while the local surfers catch the
last rides of the day.
2526 S. Coast Hwy. 101,
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The seaside communities of North County all have distinct personalities—from the
quaint village of Del Mar to the savvy design district of Solana Beach—but also
share commonalities like glorious beaches and small-town charm.
STROLLING CEDROS AVENUE
Head to the Aaron Chang Ocean
Gallery (415 S. Cedros Ave.)
to see the stellar work of surf
and nature photographer Aaron
Chang. Across the street at
Wade Koniakowsky Ocean Art
Gallery (312 S. Cedros Ave.),
you’ll find gorgeous seascapes
and hand-painted surfboards.
Leaping Lotus (240 S. Cedros
Ave.) is a colorful bazaar
tucked in a massive multi-merchants space for clothing,
jewelry, housewares and pop-culture kitsch. Design-forward
SOLO (309 S. Cedros Ave.)
specializes in oversized art
books, letterpress stationery,
mid-century modern pieces
Tasty stouts, IPAs and
lagers spill from the taps at
Culture Brewing Co.
(111 S. Cedros Ave.).
Scallops at Pacific
Green Dragon Tavern
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