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11 San Diego Neighborhoods to Add to Your Must-Visit List

From areas that are celebrating a milestone birthday to up-and-coming nabes, here’s a roundup of where to eat, play, and explore around San Diego


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1. Core-Columbia

From the bayside Carnitas’ Snack Shack to the Museum of Contemporary Art, this petite ‘hood has plenty to see, do, and eat, without all the parking mayhem of nearby Little Italy.

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2. Ocean Beach

Hippie, bohemian neighborhood? Yes. Creative enclave of indie restaurants, boutiques, and more? Also yes.

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3. Hillcrest

The heart of San Diego’s LGBTQ culture is alive and well, alongside multicultural menus, coffee shops, and more.

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4. Ramona

Rolling hills and bucolic scenery are just the start. This rural town east of Escondido has plenty of farm-to-table eats, craft beer, and antique shopping set on its quaint Main Street.

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5. Point Loma

Acai bowls, sushi, yoga, and more—this community embraces its seaside location.

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6. East Village

Amid the slick high-rises of this downtown neighborhood are spacious restaurants, craft beer hubs, intimate bistros, and cool boutiques.

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7. Coronado

The “island” destination has more to offer than just the Hotel Del and dog beach. Orange Avenue is lined with pretty boutiques, charming breakfast spots, and a sleek, sexy steakhouse.

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8. Carlsbad

From gourmet donuts to sustainable seafood, the cool, coastal city is getting buzzier.

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9. Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp turned the big 1-5-0 this past year. To fete the historic ‘hood, check out its lineup of new and revamped spots.

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10. La Jolla-UTC

Sure, there are residential complexes and office parks ad infinitum, but look further and you’ll find excellent fast-casual eateries, hiking trails, and more.

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11. La Mesa

It’s where San Diego’s creative scene is fleeing to—and thriving. Look for Third Wave coffee, a new project from City Tacos, and a slate of soon-to-open bars and restaurants. 

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