Central San Diego
Just off the beaten path, central San Diego is home to an eclectic assortment
of entertainment, shopping and dining. From late brunches to exploring public
art, there is always something fun to do. Pigment It’s easy to spend an
afternoon making your own
terrarium or browsing the
elegant housewares, organic
beauty products and gifts at
this chic boutique.
3801 30th St.
Red Fox Room
and Piano Bar
The interior of this historic
treasure, inside the Lafayette Hotel, came from a
centuries-old inn in England, and the steakhouse
menu and lounge recall
2223 El Cajon Blvd.
Sample tasty food and
drinks from the neighborhood’s top restaurants at
this monthly market, held
every third Friday evening.
2800 El Cajon Blvd.
Enjoy Sunday brunch with a
live bluegrass band at Urban
Solace (3823 30th St.), nosh
on high-quality late-night
eats like house-made sausages and huge salads at
Encontro (3001 University
Ave.), and don’t miss the
craft beer selection and communal dining at Tiger! Tiger!
tavern. (3025 El Cajon Blvd.).
TRACTOR ROOM AND
HASH HOUSE A GO GO
These sister restaurants serve “twisted farm
food,” and draw lively brunch crowds. Portions
are unapologetically large (think pancakes the
size of a small tire), and the spicy Bloody Marys
are some of the best in town. Try the sage fried
chicken served atop a tower of smoked bacon
waffles and speared with a whole rosemary sprig.
3687 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest; 3628 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest
THE “BEFORE I DIE…” WALL
This fill-in-the-blank art installation invites pass-ersby to share their dreams and aspirations with
the world. The chalkboard takes up an entire exterior wall of the Alibi bar and is wiped off every
morning, so get there early to score a space.
1403 University Ave., Hillcrest
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, chic
boutiques, gastropubs, tacos, craft beer
tasting rooms and more.
Grab a table on the tree-covered patio of this
charming bistro and enjoy authentic pizzas
baked in a gold-tiled, handmade clay oven.
3001 Beech St., South Park
Death metal meets vegan cuisine at this new
hipster lounge in South Park. Craft cocktails,
creative plant-based fare, kombucha on tap, striking design and a killer brunch makes this place
popular, even with carnivores.
1503 30th St., South Park
WEST GROVE COLLECTIVE
Like-minded vendors fill this collective, where
you’ll find an exclusive inventory of clever
kitchen gadgets, vintage music, jewelry, home
accessories, art, retro Crosley turntables and
toys for kids.
3010 Juniper St., South Park