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Neighborhood Guide: Vista

The low-key Northern nabe is a surprisingly diverse gem of classic eats, new brews, and growing arts and culture scene.


Moonlight Amphitheatre

Vista This Month

December 5
Winterfest & Tree Lighting
5 p.m.

December 6
Argentine Tango Night at Art Beat on Main Street
7 p.m.


Moonlight Amphitheatre

One of the best ways to enjoy this sprawling outdoor venue, which hosts four professional musicals a season, is to snag a spot on the lawn with a picnic. 1200 Vale Terrace Drive

Lush Coffee & Tea

The lounge-like café is all about organic and fair-trade drinks, and even hands out coffee ground compost if you BYOB (Bring Your Own Bucket). Check out live music on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. 324 Main Street

Fifty Barrels Urban Winery & Tasting Room

Using grapes from Paso Robles, Fifty Barrels makes its wine in-house and offers tasting flights, wine and paint nights, and even grape juice tasting for kids. 230 Main Street

Pepper Tree Frosty

Pepper Tree Frosty

Opened in 1953, this delightfully retro roadside staple serves cheap fast food and a full spectrum of soft-serve treats, like the Boston-style milkshake. 270 South Santa Fe Avenue

Wavelength Brewing Co. (Coming soon)

Karl Strauss Brewing vet James Petti brings the new, three-barrel nanobrewery to Vista’s main drag. 236 Main Street

Art Beat on Main Street

This funky co-op art gallery, lounge, and workshop hosts art shows as well as classes in painting, jewelry design, and more. Stop by the recently added lounge, which serves beer, wine, and light fare, for ladies’ night Wednesdays and $3 beer Thursdays. 330 Main Street

Feliccia’s Italian Deli & Restaurant

Calzones, pastas, sub sandwiches, cannoli—the fare at this Vista classic feels straight out of an Italian grandma’s kitchen. 1011 South Santa Fe Avenue

Yellow Deli

Yellow Deli

Started by members of the Twelve Tribes, a farming and woodworking community, this organic-focused chain eatery—open all day and night Monday through Friday—is housed in a beautiful Victorian that the founders themselves built. 315 East Broadway

Allen’s Alley

This cozy, family-owned diner specializes in friendly service, big breakfast portions, and the famous biscuits and gravy. 124 Hanes Place


A spinoff of downtown’s Basic, Urbn is known for its coal-fired, New Haven-style crust and customizable pies with unique toppings like mashed potatoes and Littleneck clams. 203 Main Street

Metaphor Boutique | Photo by Orange Turtle Photography

Metaphor Boutique 

Hannah Le’s charming and eclectic shop has become the neighborhood’s go-to for stylish clothing, accessories, and gifts. 222 East Broadway

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