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Neighborhood Guide: Cardiff-by-the-Sea

The beach town is all about casual dining, a.m. exercise, and ocean views.


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San Elijo State Beach

It doesn’t get more summery in San Diego than beach camping, and at San Elijo, both tents and RVs are welcome on the bluff—if you booked a reservation six months ago, that is!
2500 South Coast Highway 101

The Besta-wan Pizza House

The casual, often packed, locals-only pizzeria also covers salads, pasta, hot dogs, and sandwiches. Kids and fur kids are welcome on the patio.
148 Aberdeen Drive

BEsta-Wan Pizza HOuse

Pipes Café

Love huge portions? Hit up this breakfast-all-day spot, where the burritos and bacon scrambler rule.
121 Liverpool Drive

Zumbar Coffee & Tea

The satellite location of the Sorrento Valley-based roaster keeps it simple with a short menu of drinks, which also includes bottled cold brews, and a cozy space steps from the water.
111 Chesterfield Drive

Seaside Market 

Seaside Market

The family-owned market offers produce, meats, and wines as well as prepared foods. Locals order the Burgundy tri-trip, or “Cardiff crack,” a tender tri-tip trimmed, marinated, and infused with a unique Burgundy pepper marinade.
2087 San Elijo Avenue

V.G. Donut and Bakery

This classic, no-frills bakery is known for its buttermilk blueberry bar, a fluffy, oblong donut, but V.G. also makes cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. Go early to beat the rush.
106 Aberdeen Drive

Bull Taco

Perched above San Elijo State Beach, the self-dubbed “inauthentic Mexican” eatery serves tacos, burritos, tortas, and more in a laid-back spot filled with picnic tables and ocean views.
2050 South Coast Highway 101

Confessional Tasting Room

Confessional Tasting Room

The Lost Abbey brings a tasting room to the coastal set, with 24 different Lost Abbey and Port Brewing beers available in various sizes, including a 64-ounce growler.
2007 San Elijo Avenue

Sambazon Acai Cafe

Sambazon Acai Cafe

In addition to the traditional acai bowl, Sambazon offers spin-offs like a chocolate, peanut butter, and banana version, along with smoothies, coffee, and organic chocolate. 
2031 San Elijo Avenue

Cardiff This Month

First Sundays of the Month
Family Fun Days
San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center

July 13, July 27
Karaoke Night
The Kraken

 

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