San Diego’s Metro Area comprises most of the centrally located parts of San Diego. The epicenter of North Park is the bar-hopping intersection of University Avenue and 30th Street, which holds claim to being “the best beer neighborhood in the nation”. The neighborhood pulses with great restaurants, shops, entertainment and art blocks, such as Ray Street, which boasts dozens of galleries, live theater, and musical shows. South Park is a haven for indie shops, progressive galleries, and restaurants that give top priority to seasonal organics and sustainable meats and seafood with cuisine ranging from contemporary and healthy to rustic and downright sinful. Local art, fashions, and one-of-a-kind treasures, that can’t be found at any mall, make shopping in South Park a true treat. Events like the quarterly Walkabout, with local shops and restaurants, open late and offering special deals and bites, highlight the neighborhoods’ diversity and pride in the local arts, crafts, and culture.
University Avenue leads into the neighborhood’s “village” area designated by the historic, neon “Hillcrest” sign. On intersecting Fifth Avenue, you’ll find a concentration of new and established restaurants, as well as a few dessert-centric eateries. Thrown into the mixes are vintage clothing shops, book outlets and the multiplex Landmark Cinemas for taking in independent and foreign films.
Just minutes away from the San Diego International Airport and within easy reach of all that San Diego has to offer, Mission Valley and Old Town are a great place to call home base. Cultural attractions in the area include the Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first of 21 missions established in California, and Old Town State Park with 12 acres of Mexican lore and historical sites. Quaint boutiques, mouth-watering restaurants, colorful art galleries and festive theatres also populate Old Town, making it a not-to-be-missed
stop. Mexican cuisine is the specialty in Old Town. Here you’ll find authentic delectable fare at any of the many cantinas. Just follow the aroma of freshly made tortillas and take a seat outside on the patio.
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