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San Diego Neighborhood Guide : North Park

Updated: Apr 27

North Park is a trendy neighborhood located within a few minutes of San Diego's popular attractions. It is home to several delicious restaurants and unique coffee shops.


Where to Eat:


North Park has a delicious food scene with many options from delicious brunch to local taco shops to ice cream shops.


  • URBN: Serving up craft cocktails and coal-fired thin-crust pizza. They have a variety of pizzas to choose from including vegetarian options.


  • The Taco Stand: One of the best local taco chains in the city. Whenever we have guests come to town, we always take them to the Taco Stand for some authentic Tijuana-style tacos!

Tacos at The Taco Stand

  • Louisiana Purchase: One of the few places in the city to eat Southern food! This place can be a bit pricy so be prepared for that!

  • Black Market Bakery: A local bakery serving delicious breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and coffee.

  • Hammond's Gourmet Ice Cream: After lunch or dinner stop by Hammond's Ice Cream, a local shop specializing in Hawaiian-style ice cream.



Local and Unique Coffee Shops to Visit:

  • Communal Coffee: Communal Coffee is a charming coffee shop that is also a flower shop. The motto is "Coffee + Flowers" and the combination of aromatic coffee and beautiful blooms creates a delightful atmosphere.

Match Latte at Communal Coffee

  • Saigon Coffee: Saigon specializes in authentic iced Vietnamese brewed coffee with ancient Phin filters and the entire process takes 4 hrs. Their mom created the original recipe and it is still used in their shop.

Famous Egg Drop Coffee

Things to Do:


  • Pigment: a local retail store that features plants and home decor.

  • Verbatim Books: San Diego's largest independent and used bookstore.

decorative wall of books at Verbatim
Verbatim Books
  • Artelexia: Local retail store featuring Mexican arts and gifts.

Inside the store at Artelexia
Artelexia

  • Casa y Cocina: Owned by the same company as Artelexia, this store features kitchen decor and spices.

Casa y Cocina


  • North Park Thursday Market: Held every Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. you can find fresh produce, baked goods, and crafts from San Diego locals.



Events:


  • Taste of North Park: This annual event (usually held in October) is a celebration of North Park culinary delights and provides an opportunity to sample food from these local restaurants. (click on the link for updated information on this years event).


Conclusion:


North Park is one of the most popular neighborhoods to visit in San Diego for locals and tourists. From shops to restaurants, there is something for everyone to enjoy! I hope this guide is helpful as you plan your visit!


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