University Avenue is lined with restaurants serving global cuisines like Vietnamese, Himalayan and Thai, while the mix of cafes, brunch spots and second-hand clothes shops on Fifth Avenue make it a popular weekend destination. The weekly Hillcrest Farmers Market sells produce, flowers and cooked food. Hillcrest is the center of San Diego’s LGBT scene, with buzzing gay bars and the city’s massive annual Pride parade.
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Hipsters, young professionals and students hang out in trendy North Park, where coffee shops, craft-beer bars and indie boutiques line University Avenue. The restaurant scene is heavy on brunch spots, upscale pubs, taquerias and sushi lounges, and nightlife often revolves around the Observatory North Park, a 1929 theater that hosts rap, rock and electronica. The North Park Thursday Market also features live music.
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Normal Heights is a lively residential area with many hip cafes, gastropubs, craft beer bars and diverse restaurants, especially along Adams Avenue. The neighborhood is also known for concerts in grassy Trolley Barn Park as well as outdoor movie screenings at Ward Canyon Park, which also has play areas and walking paths. The nearby University Heights area offers Asian, Mexican and Ethiopian eateries.
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Little Italy is a chic, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, packed with trendy cocktail bars, brewpubs and restaurants with bustling patios. Upscale clothing boutiques, indie music venues and quaint piazzas dot the area, while the weekly Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market draws crowds to its mix of produce, gourmet food and craft stalls. The green lawns of Waterfront Park have fountains, and offer views of the bay.
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University Heights is located between Hillcrest and North Park. It has its own personality with a mix of Craftsman bungalows and apartments and laid-back eateries and hip bars for food. Its stylish retail and business district is at the intersection of Park Boulevard and Adams Avenue and has the best in town -- coffee houses, restaurants, bars and convenience stores. There's also nearby Trolley Park, which serves as the neighborhood hangout for laying in the sun, concerts and movies in the park and playground for families. The Diversionary Theatre puts on local productions at its location on Park Boulevard. View our University Heights Bungalows
The Gaslamp Quarter is known for its 16-block historic district, Victorian architecture, and feel because of its signature Gas Lamp street lights. It offers a wide selection of restaurants, dive bars, clubs, and cocktail lounges for the young crowd. The Balboa theaters provide different programs to enjoy from music, comedy, and drama. Enjoy the grassy lawns of Horton Plaza and experience minimalist living in the heart of the city.