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Neighborhood Guide: Carlsbad Village

Nestled between Carlsbad’s sandy beaches and low-key ’burbs is a walkable downtown.


Cafe Panini

The Land and Water Co.

Housed in a Victorian mansion, LWC champions sustainable, local seafood on a constantly rotating menu, which focuses heavily on sushi.
2978 Carlsbad Boulevard

Carlsbad Danish BakeryCarlsbad Danish Bakery

Carlsbad Danish Bakery

Since 1984, this bakery has been whipping up cakes, quiches, fruit tarts, and of course, a smorgasbord of Danishes with many varieties.
2805 Roosevelt Street

Café Panini

By day the auto body shop-turned-eatery serves salads and sandwiches. By night, the laid-back space turns into a live music venue with beer, fire pits, and open-mic stylings on
505 Oak Avenue

The Den

This unisex clothing boutique blends free-spirited bohemian looks with tailored sophistication. Stop by Fridays and Saturdays for wine happy hours.
2744 Carlsbad Boulevard

The CompassThe Compass

The Compass

At this gastropub, it’s all about craft beer, craft cocktails, and hearty cuisine ranging from the artisanal (roasted bone marrow) to the unapologetically indulgent (bacon-wrapped corn dogs).
300 Carlsbad Village Drive

Choice SuperfoodChoice Superfood Bar & Juicery

Choice Superfood Bar & Juicery

Hip, healthy, and organic! Choice offers a dairy-free, plant-based, and gluten-free menu of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads, quinoa sushi, house-made sprouted almond milk, and pastries.
430 Carlsbad Village Drive

Café Topes

Trendy meets mom-and-pop shop at this family-owned breakfast and lunch spot with a dog-friendly patio, live succulent wall, and the uber-popular cinnamon rolls (co-owner Jacqui Barille’s own recipe).
3091 Roosevelt Street

Board & Brew

Gargantuan-size sammies and a long beer list are on tap at this SD chain. Don’t forget the signature sweet and sour sauce!
201 Oak Avenue



This chic surf shop sells well-known brands like Patagonia alongside collector’s items in a beautiful space adorned with a chandelier and WWII-era newspapers as wallpaper.
2988 State Street

Coyote Bar & Grill

Its bustling patio has live music every night and karaoke twice a week. Happy hours and late-night specials abound.
300 Carlsbad Village Drive


Carlsbad This Month

Through Sept. 7
The Full Monty, New Village Arts Theatre

Sept. 10
The Village Table, a communal dining event
6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Take the Coaster!

The train drops you off right on State Street. One-way adult fares start at $4.


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