Go to a pub, grab some Italian, or visit the zoo. Central San Diego will satisfy your craving for diverse culture and fun local events. Tropical trees and beautiful structures are a part of most neighborhoods. Tourists, business people, and locals alike enjoy the wide range of attractions in Central San Diego.
Downtown features colorful skyscrapers, smaller businesses, and a constant flow of people and cars. It seems like each person in this busy area is there for a purpose. Go shop, explore the Gaslamp Quarter where modern and historic buildings stand side by side, or make a day of it watching a Padres game at Petco Park. Club crawls and festivals take place throughout the year. As a result, parking is a challenge on the best of days but there are a number of affordable paid lots you can walk from to your destination.
When you hear “Little Italy”, you can’t help but picture beautiful scenery and delicious food. Italian restaurants and charming bistros line this neighborhood. Find out why San Diego’s Little Italy ranks highest of all the Little Italy’s in the nation. Making a name first dominating the tuna market, the area is now a well balanced mix of residential homes, wineries, and small businesses. Make it your date night destination or read a book outside on a sunny afternoon!
Always abuzz with activity, vibrant bars, coffee houses, and restaurants line the Hillcrest area. Center to San Diego’s LGBT scene, the annual Pride Parade is an experience you certainly do not want to miss. Fabulous night clubs and cozy retreats, catch up with your closest group of friends northwest of Balboa Park.
At a whopping 1,200 acres, this cultural oasis is home to 17 museums, a variety of peaceful gardens complete with walking paths, several performing art venues, and the world-renown San Diego Zoo. Drink in the amazing architecture rich with history well balanced with modern and live art. Treat yourself to path-side musicians. Discover the painted moving artists. Go for a sight-filled run. Even more, you’re only a few blocks away from downtown, central to all.
Just west of the beaches, if you are looking for an urban setting away from tourist crowds but still a short car ride away, this is the place for you. There is no shortage of restaurants, coffee shops, stores, and parks. Single family residential homes primarily make up the Clairemont area. Drive through striking canyon views on your way home.
Full of vibrant colors on each corner, Old Town is home to history, a huge assortment of Mexican cuisine, boutique shops, and parks. Homes and businesses reveal what San Diego colonial life was like in the mid 1800’s. The trolley station is just a few blocks away and orange green double level sight-seeing buses drive through Old Town hourly. Aromas of fresh tortilla lure you in to check out each eatery. Hike up Presidio Park and treat yourself to full views of Pacific Beach on one side and Mission Valley on the other. Finally, if you want to see a truly fantastic sight, drop in on the Day of the Dead. Costumed skeletons dance in the street at night and people wander through the cemetery to pay their respects or take part in the haunted ghost tour.
Overlooking Old Town, Mission Hills is well known for its architectural integrity. Homes are carefully restored and maintain their historical charm. Hundreds have received designated historic home recognition. Stroll through Pioneer Park and spot the occasional head stone dating back to San Diego’s pioneers. Many residents occupy professional fields as executives or managers who also appreciate a multi-faceted cultural scene.
East of I-5, you will find a great combination of condos and older remodeled homes with a few prize locations even offering an overlook ocean view. Local stores and delis are sprinkled throughout the area. Traffic and crowds are much less prevalent. However, if you’re looking for an activity spot it’s just a quick shot up West Morena Blvd to explore a variety of pubs, lounges and restaurants.