Whether you’re from San Diego or not, there is no shortage of things to do on any given day, especially if you visit North Park. If you’re a foodie, beer connoisseur, coffee addict, art enthusiast, shopaholic, beauty fanatic, music lover, or appreciate all things local this is the place for you.
You may think of “hipster” when you hear North Park but don’t let that fool you, North Park is not just for hipsters. Yes it is trendy but that’s a good thing especially when it comes to food, a place after my own heart. There are a number of places in North Park so narrowing down a list is pretty hard but here are my top favorite places to eat: Tamarindo for traditional Mexican food, Pete’s Seafood for authentic east coast sandwiches (try the lobster roll) and beer on tap, West Coast Tavern for strong drinks, American fare and a great happy hour, and City Taco’s for authentic street tacos with a twist.
Now that we have food covered, where should you go for the best drinks? Let me tell you!! If whiskey is your drink of choice, you will love Seven Grand. With its dark wood-lined paneling, live music, and pool table this makes for a great evening out. For a stylish and open bar feel, Polite Provisions offers microbrews and craft cocktails served at the marble countertop bar and underneath a beautiful atrium room. If coffee is more your style, Holsem Coffee offers a unique take with quality and pure ingredients for that perfect cup of coffee every time. The ambiance is inviting and encourages you relax and spend time catching up with friends or working on your laptop.
Nightlife in North Park can range from a theatrical performance, musical or concert at the historic Observatory which opened in 1929 to playing old school arcade games at Coin Op. There really is something for everyone in North Park.
When it comes to shopping, I’ve got you covered. Whether you’re trying to find the perfect Christmas gift for your significant other, a holiday dress for an upcoming party, or shopping for holiday décor these stores have everything you need. Mimi and Red is a women’s boutique offering a variety of clothing and accessories that appeal to a wide range of styles and tastes with a SoCal vibe. Another boutique in North Park that offers a wide array of clothing, accessories, and novelty items is Rae Boutique. Whether you’re looking for a date night dress, outfit for work, or a chic of the moment bomber jacket you won’t leave empty handed. If you’re looking for items for your home, gifts, plants, art, or furniture Pigment has you covered on every front. You’ll most likely be drawn into this store by its Instagram worthy pink wall covered in succulents but stay for the beautifully curated collection of goods.
Written By: Vanessa Balli
Photographed By: Julie Pinto and Lindsey Marie Photography