Neighborhood Guide: City Heights
This central urban nabe lays claim to authentic international eats, along with live music venues, craft beer, coffee, and outdoor fun.
This bar specializes in theme nights, from Trivia & Tacos every Wednesday to karaoke nights and, coming soon, Bingo & Burgers on Tuesdays.
3519 El Cajon Boulevard
Copley-Price Family YMCA
The shiny new rec center is a sprawling space for fitness and extracurriculars, including a 7,500-square-foot gym, demonstration kitchen, soccer field, and two pools.
4300 El Cajon Boulevard
For homestyle Mexican grub, try Super Cocina’s soups and stews. And don’t be shy—the friendly staff is more than happy to oblige with plenty of samples.
3627 University Avenue
Don’t let the exterior fool you; inside this hole-in-the-wall you’ll find authentic Chinese-Vietnamese cuisine, including noodle soups and the much-loved roasted duck.
4644 El Cajon Boulevard
For the ultimate post-workout reward, this popular fish taco truck, located near the YMCA, also slings seafood tostadas, burritos, and quesadillas.
El Cajon Boulevard between Fairmount Avenue and 44th Street
Started by two local activists, this farmers market stand sells coffee from the likes of Coffee & Tea Collective and Dark Horse Coffee Roasters alongside Donut Panic donuts.
Wightman Street between 43rd Street and Fairmount Avenue
City Farmers Nursery
Stroll the peaceful grounds of this organic mom-and-pop garden center, take in the variety of plants, or visit the animals. They also offer free cooking and gardening classes.
4832 Home Avenue
The cozy, gritty music venue draws indie artists and accommodates every way to rock out, from standing areas and room for dancing to seating in retro padded booths.
3615 El Cajon Boulevard
Canada Steak Burger
Despite its moniker, this legendary fast-food eatery, which also has a Chula Vista location, also makes Philly cheesesteaks, gyros, patty melts, and more.
3604 University Avenue
Nate’s Garden Grill
Located within the City Farmers Nursery, this casual lunch and dinner spot also serves craft beer, hosts live music, and boasts a dog-friendly patio.
3120 Euclid Avenue
City Heights This Month
Beekeeping 101 class
City Farmers Nursery