From a quick, budget-friendly bite to a full-blown fine-dining experience, the
diverse downtown dining scene has your cravings covered. Some new spots to try
include Kamikaze 7 Sushi Joint (411 Market Street), a sushi bar with attitude (and
ten custom sake bombs); Fogo de Chão (668 Sixth Avenue), an all-you-can-eat feast
of meat; and Lucky Liu’s (332 J Street), a laid-back eatery with Chinese
comfort food. ACME (901 E Street) offers Southern hospitality and good eats
such as fried chicken biscuits, shrimp ’n’ grits and homemade peach cobbler.
Shop for fresh threads at Westfield Horton Plaza (324 Horton Plaza), or visit
hip, indie boutiques in the East Village like 5&A Dime (701 Eighth Avenue)
for hats, shirts and accessories, plus Rosewood (877 Market Street) and Blends
(719 Eighth Avenue) for limited edition, designer athletic shoes.
Grab the family and head to downtown’s stunning,
open-air ballpark for a Padres game. Upscale
concessions like the Ballast Point Beer Garden,
Phil’s BBQ and Nothing Bundt Cakes are additional
homeruns. 19 Tony Gwynn Drive
Imbibing on a budget is a cinch in the Gaslamp Quarter,
where restaurants and bars offer discounts on drinks and
bites as early as 3 p.m. A few standouts include half-price
frozen mojitos, margaritas and appetizers at La Puerta
(560 Fourth Avenue, 3 to 7 p.m., daily); tapas and goblets of
house-made sangria at Café 21 (750 Fifth Avenue, 3 to 6 p.m.,
daily); and mules, draft beer and house wine at Bailiwick
(756 Fifth Avenue, Tue-Fri, 4 to 8 p.m.).
Dress up and get down at FLUXX (500 Fourth Avenue), Side Bar
(536 Market Street) and Rooftop 600, the swanky open-air lounge
on top of the Andaz Hotel (600 F Street). Looking for a more
relaxed place to party? BASIC (410 10th Avenue) has a fun vibe,
great tunes and killer pizza.
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SHOP & DINE
Vibrant hotels, unique shopping, cultural destinations and international
restaurants enliven downtown. By day, it’s family-friendly. Later, the
nightlife scene wakes up, drawing revelers to clubs and bars.
Between downtown San Diego
and the waterfront lies The
Headquarters, an open-air
shopping, dining and snacking
wonderland. Formerly the HQ
of the San Diego police
department, many original
details of this circa-1939
building have been preserved,
including a cellblock near the
public restrooms, where a wall
of mug shots is displayed.
Top Dining Destinations
Enjoy thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pizzas at Pizzeria Mozza,
Mexican street food and
innovative cocktails at Puesto
and grilled “Veninis” at
Venissimo, a cheese boutique.
Head to Kitson, a pop culture
boutique, and Simply Local,
which stocks the wares of 57
local artisans and merchants.
Aaron Chang Ocean Art
Gallery features stunning surf
shots from the world-renowned
789 W. Harbor Drive