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Neighborhood Guide: Del Mar

This coastal city has a small-town feel with big-name chefs, shopping, and views



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This Month in Del Mar

Racing season runs Wednesdays through Sundays, with events like the chili cook-off on August 3 and Pacific Classic on August 25. Pacifica Del Mar and Prepkitchen Del Mar will throw Del Mar Plaza’s first dinner under the stars, August 29.

 

NEW: Sublime Tavern

Open since July, the menu by exec chef Josh Richard—fresh from Roppongi—specializes in gourmet comfort food and offers 55 craft beers on tap, plus 27 wines by the glass. 3790 Via de la Valle

NEW: El Agave

This #1 king-of-the-hill spot formerly occupied by Epazote, then Flavor Del Mar, will be El Agave in September, with 1,000-plus tequilas available for tasting. 1555 Camino Del Mar

NEW: Secret Pantry

The Peruvian market from Café Secret specializes in gourmet fare like vegan tamales and Peruvian tamales, plus foods from all over South America. 1416 Camino Del Mar

Whole Foods at Flower Hill Promenade
Whole Foods at Flower Hill Promenade

NEW: Flower Hill Promenade

This strip mall is getting a major foodie upgrade with Cucina Urbana spinoff Cucina Enoteca, Matt Gordon’s Sea & Smoke, the new Whole Foods in-store bar Trifecta Tavern serving 24 craft beers on tap, and cheese paradise Venissimo now offering wine. 2720 Via De La Valle

Armstrong Garden Centers  

For tonight’s dinner party, pick up a $15 color bowl that includes various flowers like the pink and white vincas, at their peak right now. 2840 Via de la Valle

Rusty Del Mar Surf Shop

This native SD brand has its own surf classic. Pick up a hat or tee on your way to the beach. 20115th Street

Powerhouse Park
Powerhouse Park

Powerhouse and Seagrove Parks

These adjacent greens are popular for birthday parties and also host a twilight concerts series (August 13, September 8). Pre-order a ready-made picnic dinner from Pacifica. Coast Boulevard

Spa L’Auberge
Spa L’Auberge
Sbicca cocktail
Sbicca

Spa L’Auberge

This month’s special is the 80-minute Moor Mud Wrap for aching muscles ($165; regularly $185); next month’s is a couple’s treatment that involves Chardonnay and an al fresco bubble bath ($360 per person). 1540 Camino Del Mar

Sbicca

Everyone from Wine Spectator to Trip Advisor has bestowed awards on this humble classic specializing in California cuisine. 215 15th Street

Gerhard

In the Plaza, this is one of the only boutiques in SD that carries high-end designer names like Nina Ricci, Lanvin, L’wren Scott, and Sonia Rykiel. 1555 Camino Del Mar

Board & Brew
Board & Brew

Board & Brew

Local favorites at this beloved neighborhood sandwich place include the Turkado and Tom’s Choice. 1212 Camino Del Mar

Crêpes and Corks

The Swiss-Italian owner presents sweet, savory, and gluten-free crêpes for low-key Euro-style sidewalk dining. 1328 Camino Del Mar

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