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San Diego Neighborhood Guide: Mission Hills

Where to eat, drink, and play in the historic hood turned shopping and dining destination


Fort Oak

Mission Hills This Month

First week in May
Cinema Under the Stars summer season

Farmers’ Market, 3–6 p.m.

Fort Oak

After receiving acclaim for Trust in Hillcrest, chef Brad Wise hauled a 7,000-pound grill into this former Ford dealership for his third restaurant. Expect more of his signature wood-fired dishes, like duroc pork chop and whole branzino, along with elegant seafood towers and inventive cocktails. fortoaksd


Copper Top Coffee & Donuts

Josh McCorkle and Brian Iwakiri transformed the shuttered Wienerschnitzel on Washington Street into a walk-up coffee and dessert shop. Get the Campfire donut topped with homemade marshmallow, chocolate, and graham crackers. If you’re not in a hurry, there’s a patio on the side to stay awhile. coppertopcoffee


Moon & Sun Studio

Moon & Sun Studio

This adorable children’s boutique hosts story time and art classes for toddlers, and photography and calligraphy classes for older kids. There are gifts for grown-ups too, like handcrafted jewelry, lotions, and perfume. moonandsunsandiego


Grab & Go Hot Sandwiches

The local sandwich chain, founded in 1973 in Little Italy, opened its eighth location serving wraps, salads, and a classic Italian sub.


Harper’s Topiary Garden | Photo: Robert Benson

Harper’s Topiary Garden

Edna Harper has lovingly sculpted the shrubs on the hill fronting her home into over 50 living statues. Also called the “Edna Scissorhands” garden, it’s become a local attraction.
3549 Union Street


Izakaya Masa

We’d be remiss not to include this classic late-night spot. It’s a favorite of local chefs and residents who come for the casual Japanese bar fare, like takoyaki (fried octopus fritters), sushi, and ramen.


Knox Library | Photo: Brady Architectural Photography

Knox Library

The new-and-improved library opened its doors in January and is three times the size of the old branch, complete with an underground parking garage, children’s area, succulent garden, and a special collection of LGBTQ books. sdpubliclibrary


Thorn St. Brewery

Mission Hills is getting its very own craft beer spot when Thorn St. Brewery opens a new tasting room this summer. Bottoms up! thornbeer

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