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San Diego Neighborhood Guide: Bankers Hill

Where to eat, drink, and play in the leafy neighborhood by Balboa Park


Donna Jean

Bankers Hill This Month:

New Moon Manifesting Circle, Sojourn Healing Collective, March 15

Energy Balancing 101, Thread & Seed, March 22

Sojourn Healing Collective

Hardcore yogis say your studio shouldn’t matter, but it doesn’t hurt that Sojourn is plenty pretty, from the exposed brick wall and lush plants in the yoga room to a bright boutique selling essential oils, palo santo sticks, and tarot cards. They also run guided meditations and workshops on chakra balancing. sojournsandiego


Extraordinary Desserts

Karen Krasne’s sweets emporium has been a staple of the neighborhood since 1989. This fall she’ll move the operation to The Louie condominium building on Fourth Avenue. Hers will be a LEED space with indoor-outdoor seating and a more modern vibe that’s in line with her Little Italy location.extraordinary_desserts


Orangetheory Fitness

An area full of good dining ought to have a serious gym. Thankfully, OTF brings heart-rate-monitored training via treadmill workouts, free weights, and rowing machines. otfbankershill


Donna Jean

Chef Roy Elam honed his chops at LA’s SunCafe before opening this vegan spot last year in honor of his late mother. Highlights include roasted carrots with lentils and vegan pizzas. donnajeansd


WestBean Coffee Roasters

This local roaster’s third location debuted in December with coffee and an expanded food menu. Snack on egg sandwiches, pastries, soups, and salads. thewestbean


Hachi Ramen

This counterservice restaurant from the Azuki Sushi team is known for classic tonkotsu pork ramen featuring the highend artisanal brand Sun Noodle, as well as more newfangled takes, like a Baja Birria ramen. hachiramen


Brooklyn Bicycles

The beloved Normal Heights shop expanded to a second location last summer. With it comes options for commuters, mountain bikers, and more; plus racks, lights, and other tools. brooklyn.sd


Photo by Becca Batista

Thread & Seed

This beauty and home decor boutique opened last fall with ecofriendly skin care products, mod planters, and stylish pet accessories. Extra perk? It’s located next to the newest James Coffee shop.threadandseed

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