Neighborhood Treasures of San Diego
Collected by Rajam Roose , AFAR Local Expert
Each San Diego neighborhood has its own flavor and flair. An enjoyable activity for me is to pick a neighborhood, park my car, and just walk—it's the best way to see architecture and find unique shops, restaurants, and galleries.
Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA, USA
Pacific Beach is a great place for swimming, surfing, and bodyboarding. There are a good number of bars, restaurants, and places to stay. Check out the yearly Pacific Beach festival: http://www.pacificbeachfest.org/pbfest/index.htm Or, the largest...
San Diego, CA, USA
Ocean Beach, or OB, has the laid-back feel associated with the California hippie vibe that was once so popular many years ago. And, OB is one of the oldest beach towns in San Diego. The OB pier, pictured here, was built in 1966 and at 1971 ft, is...
Little Italy, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Little Italy is a great neighborhood with restaurants, gourmet grocers and boutiques- well worth a check out on any day of the week. But if you're in San Diego on a Saturday morning from 8am to 2pm, you have to walk over to the Little Italy...
North Park, San Diego, CA, USA
North Park is a vibrant and busy neighborhood where you can find great shops, good restaurants, neighborhood bars and a variety of other businesses. Come see a show at the historic Birch Park Theatre- built in 1928 and home to the Lyric Opera -...
City Heights, San Diego, CA, USA
City Heights is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in San Diego, with many residents from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Recently, City Heights was designated "Little Saigon," as many people from Vietnam live here. People who love to eat...
La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
La Jolla, or "Jewel City," takes up about seven miles of coastline in San Diego. It is an affluent neighborhood with a lot to explore. The famous Children's Pool is where you can now find dozens of seals basking in the sun. The nation's largest...
Hillcrest, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
Hillcrest is a quirky and vibrant neighborhood filled with boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, artists, bookstores, thrift stores and more. One of San Diego's oldest neighborhoods, Hillcrest borders the northern tip of Balboa Park, Park Blvd to...
Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The Gaslamp Quarter, located in the heart of downtown San Diego, has come a long way since its start in 1867. It is home to some of the finest restaurants in San Diego, and is an ideal place to spend an entertaining weekend. Go shopping at The...
South Park, San Diego, CA, USA
The South Park neighborhood in San Diego is quickly becoming the hip place to hang out, eat and/or do some shopping. Check out the activity at the Whistle Stop bar- http://www.whistlestopbar.com/ or chill out with the locals at the AC Lounge-...
University Heights, San Diego, CA, USA
University Heights is a hip neighborhood filled with young professionals. There is an abundance of nightlife on a small strip in University Heights on Park Blvd and is one of San Diego's oldest neighborhoods. One of my favorite places to eat...
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