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Neighborhood Guide: South Park

Where to eat, drink, and play in the quaint Balboa Park-adjacent enclave


Communal Coffee | Photo: Hale Production Studios

South Park This Month

Holiday Walkabout, Kalmia and 30th streets to Beech Street, December 1

Permanent Vacation Tiki Night, Kindred, Thursdays

Communal Coffee

This completely alfresco offshoot of the North Park café serves coffee from a revamped vintage trailer and hosts a kids’ singalong every other Saturday. 




This Indian spot from the team behind Spice Lounge in Pacific Beach is turning out tandoori chicken, veggie curries, mango lassi drinks, and more in a colorful space with Bollywood flicks on loop. 




Gold Leaf

There’s something for everyone at this boutique, from design-minded kitchen tools and beauty products to coffee table books, jewelry, and a section of men’s goods. 


Gold Leaf



Industry vets Christian Siglin (Bracero, Cutwater Spirits) and Shane Gerde (UnderBelly) have transformed the former South Park Abbey space into a welcoming neighborhood bar with style, alongside spirit-forward drinks, sandwiches, wings, and cheese boards.



Enoteca Buona Forchetta

The city’s preeminent pizza slingers have debuted an Italian-style bistro slash bottega near their original restaurant on Beech Street. Look for charcuterie boards, pizza dough to go, and olive oil from owner Matteo Cattaneo’s family brand via Umbria, Italy. The sit-down menu features cheese plates, Roman-style pizza, and more.


Enoteca Buona Forchetta


The Book Catapult

Walk around this family-run shop for new releases, classic fiction, cookbooks, and giftables for your bookworm. They also host a monthly book club. 


The Book Catapult


Seven Seas Roasting Co.

What started as a farmers’ market stand by two Navy veterans has turned into a café set to open this month. They work directly with farmers, like an all-women coffee collective in Vietnam, to source beans. 


Seven Seas Roasting Co.


On a Still Day

The owner of South Park’s Junc Life boutique has opened this new space dedicated to minimalist clothing, gourmet food items, and more.


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