Hey friends! As most of you know, I go to a college in San Diego, California. I have grown up in Orange County, but San Diego has become my second home. This city is absolutely gorgeous, and there are tons (and I mean tons) of things to do even in the winter months! Cold days are very rare here, so you can usually expect sun and warmth! When I’m not studying or working on designs for classes, there’s a whole list of places I love to go to in a day. If you’re going on an adventure in San Diego, Eventbrite is a great way to plan out events and even invite all your friends! If I was planning to do anything around town, I think it’d be a great way to stay organized! You can even find events that are going on locally wherever you are. Here’s exactly what I would do and where I would go in San Diego!
So the very first stop we would make is the Little Italy Farmer’s Market. This goes on every Saturday, even if it’s raining, from 8 AM to 2 PM. It is held on W. Cedar St. from Kettner Boulevard to Front Street. Here you can walk around and sample food and other products from small businesses around San Diego. You can even buy flowers, fresh fruits, art, and listen to the band that is usually playing on one of the street corners! Every time I visit the farmer’s market here, it is always jam packed with people buying the freshest produce and most amazing items from jewelry to art pieces. You can park on the street or in one of the public lots (the public lots aren’t expensive). My favorite food that I always stop to sample is the Bitchin’ Sauce stand. This stuff is absolutely to die for. It’s a bit like hummus, but not as thick. It goes great with tortilla or corn chips; I’d love to try it on pita bread as well! I’d also like to mention a company called Juice Crafters, which is down one of the streets by the farmer’s market. I always stop here for a healthy smoothie or juice while I’m shopping around the market. Definitely check out the Little Italy Farmer’s Market if you love that quaint, small business feel! It’s so fun to get up early and head down there to check out what they have to offer!
The next place I would think of to go is Balboa Park. Here there are so many art museums and it’s even near the San Diego Zoo! As a Graphic Design major, I absolutely love exploring art museums and seeing ancient pieces. Balboa Park is very calm place to hangout and the architecture is stunning! There is also a Botanical Garden that is so fun to walk around in! You are surrounded by the most gorgeous plants and flowers. This place is 100% family friendly and an excellent place for kids!
After a full day at Balboa Park and exploring museums, I would take whoever was with me to Gaslamp Quarter. The night life in Gaslamp is always super exciting and it’s very busy on the weekends or Friday nights. There are restaurants, bars, and clubs. It’s honestly just fun to just walk around with friends there even. My favorite restaurant there is called Café 21. The interior design there is so put together and pretty much flawless! You can get tapas between lunch and dinner there (which I highly recommend). There are not too many gluten free options, so I don’t recommend it if you have a gluten allergy. Besides that, I really love going there, the food is always delicious and not super pricey! There are so many places to explore there, so if you want an exciting night in the heart of San Diego, head to Gaslamp!
If there was a day where I wasn’t in the mood for the busy crowds at Gaslamp, I would probably go to The Living Room, a small café in Point Loma that sells food, pastries, and coffee! I love the atmosphere at this place. The Living Room was created out of an old house, so there are couches and a homey feel everywhere! I have an entire post about it here, since I think it is so unique and like no other café I’ve been to before! I’d stop here for coffee before making the very last trip to another location. Another great place to get coffee is Better Buzz. I also have an entire post about this place here, since it’s somewhere I go quite often. This is another company who has clearly spent a lot of time on aesthetics and interior design. That’s something I really appreciate in a company! Their coffee is some of the best I’ve ever had and I highly recommend trying it out if you’re in the San Diego area!
And the very last place I would take someone after a long day traveling around San Diego, is Ocean Beach or better yet, Sunset Cliffs. Ocean Beach has plenty of places to shop and eat. It’s an awesome place for surfers and if you want to lay out and get a tan! There is also a dog beach, if you’d like to take your pets to run in the waves and sand. However, since is the end of the day, I would go to Ocean Beach for the sunset. An even better place to watch the sun sink into the ocean is Sunset Cliffs. Sunset Cliffs is basically my backyard, and you’ve seen plenty photos of it if you follow me on Instagram! Every night the sunsets are filled with shades of lilac and orange. It’s probably some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen!
These are exactly the kinds of things I love to do in San Diego and I love showing people around this gorgeous city! It is my home away from home and I fall more and more in love with it every day. I never thought I would enjoy it as much as I have, but it has definitely stolen my heart! Again, make sure to check out Eventbrite with all of your planning and organization for events! Thanks guys! //