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Display Name: JCS1
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I lived in San Diego for 5 years...downtown and then in North Park. North Park is a fantastic neighborhood -- near Balboa Park, great old craftsman homes, and some great shops and restaurants along 30th and along University. My wife and I found the city of San Diego to not be a great city per se (coming from SF), and all the stuff about infrastructure and support for arts and culture is true. However, we realized after a bit that the thing to do is get outside. In whatever way you can. Take up a hobby that requires you to be outside (kayaking, swimming, diving, cycling, even walking) and enjoy what San Diego does have, which is amazing weather and a beautiful coastline. Also, the Hillcrest farmer's market is the best in the region...

And you have to get to other neighborhoods more (explore North Park, South Park, Hillcrest, Ocean Beach, Kensington, etc). And check out the sleepy beach communities in North County.

But some of our favorite spots downtown/Little Italy:

Restaurants: Cafe Chloe, Bread on Market, Indigo Grill, The Mission

Shops: Pannikin (great coffee, gifts, and folk art)
Opium Gallery (interesting furniture)
Walk around East Village for some smaller shops that are interesting


Dustin & Whitney's Guide to the Gaslamp Quarter
San Diego, California

9/16/10 01:57 PM