After years spent lusting over sunny California, I was finally able to take a little trip out to San Diego with my mom last month. Immediately after booking my flight, I started scouring the internet for travel guides, recommendations, etc. I always do a lot of research before I go anywhere.
Of course, not everything went as expected, because that’s life, but we had a great time and found amazing spots. While I don’t claim to be a “foodie”, this vacation was filled with so many delicious meals, so I figured I’d include some of those in here.
As expected, my first venture out to the West Coast was wonderful (and sunny). Here are some of the highlights for you all.
Pacific Beach was the charming spot where we spent my first full day. Even with overcast skies, California shines.
Later that day the sun made it’s brief appearance.
Where to eat & drink: If you’re up for a short walk (about 15 minutes inland), I highly recommend stopping by SD Tap Room for dinner and drinks. Their truffle fries were the out-of-this-world kind of good and they have so many delicious beers from local breweries to choose from.
Unfortunately we were unable to stop by The Baked Bear and build our own mega ice cream sandwiches, but if you do have the chance, send pics.
I’m told that La Jolla is a crazy expensive area of San Diego, and it was pretty obvious as soon as we stepped out of our uber. Everything! Is! Gorgeous!
We snapped a few pics, but the best part was obviously watching the sea lions sleeping and playing on the rocks. Sadly, a lot of tourists don’t respect their space, and try to get close or mess around with them. If you do go down to watch, I advise keeping a respectable distance. The sea lions will get annoyed, you’ll jump, and you’ll probably only get a mediocre photo out of it anyway.
Liberty Station is a very built up area, with a lot of built up restaurants and then a public market. Our experience finding something we both wanted to eat was stressful at first, but then I yelped that sh*t like a professional and found something amazing.
Officine Buona Forchetta serves up traditional style Neapolitan pizzas, handmade pastas, and some bomb sangria. I highly recommend this spot.
I swear I’m not a food blogger, but this vacation was filled with so much food, how could I possibly not share it, you know?
One of the most talked about spots in San Diego, but for good reason I think! Balboa Park is huge and there are so many different things to do, you can really be there all day if you want to.
We hit up the Spanish Art Village first, and I’m super happy we did because it ended up being one of my favorite spots in the park. Just walking into the area, you feel good. It’s colorful, creative, and filled with good vibes.
We also happened to be at the park on a day they were having a food truck festival, and I ended up with the most delicious short rib sandwich from Monster Crafts Food Truck. Clearly I was sticking to a strict diet while I was on this trip.
Our day at Ocean Beach was one of my favorite days of the week, easily. We had beautiful weather the whole day, and what’s not to love about a beach in December?
We decided to have an early brunch at OB Surf Lodge, which ended up being the best decision of the day. I mean, you really can’t go wrong with a mimosa flight. Also, this may have been my first time ordering an avo toast at a restaurant, and it was well worth it.
Downtown San Diego
The streets in the Gaslamp District are truly a spectacle. Mostly lined with bars and restaurants, you will find the occasional shop as well. But I’d say this area is the nightlife hub in San Diego, and I really would love to bar hop here if I come back to the area.
Where to eat: For some flavor-packed street tacos and delicious margaritas, I recommend La Puerta located in the Gaslamp Quarter. It is on the pricey side, but their carnitas tacos are so worth it (my mouth is watering just thinking about them).
For great coffee and light fare, check out Copa Vida. The avocado toast I had there beat every other avocado toast I’ve ever had to nothing.
Enjoy a few more photos taken at the Seaport Village/Embarcadero area downtown. This was where I spent most of my time on my last day in San Diego on my own, doing a lot of personal reflection for the new year.
As always, thank you for reading. If you got any inspiration for your next trip, let me know in the comments below.
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