Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans the question:
If you only had 24 hours to show a friend the best that urban San Diego has to offer, where would you take them?
Live: Serra Mesa
Work: Normal Heights
How Long: 3 years
First stop would be James Coffee in Little Italy for an almond milk latte. They have an awesome set up and I love the collaborative vibe with all of the local businesses under one roof. Walter & George is one of my favorite local brands and there is also a great little flower shop in the back with gorgeous blooms. If it’s a Saturday we might cruise the Farmer’s Market or head over to the Waterfront Park. I always take people to Liberty Station for a great day of strolling around. If it’s early enough I love to get croissants and coffee from Le Parfait Paris at Liberty Public Market. I used to live in St. Tropez and their bakery brings me back there. Outside, there are lots of lounge chairs for the mamas to relax while the twins play.
For lunch I love to head over to Station Tavern in South Park! They have a fantastic kids area to play in. We usually bring sand toys and trucks so they can just go nuts while we indulge in some burgers, fries and maybe a day drink. If we are up north for lunch instead, you can’t go wrong at Flower Hill Promenade. I think Mini Market has the best kids clothes, lots of local brands, and a play area out back before popping in to Flower Child for a healthy lunch for both the kids and me. Everything is plant based, but I’m a fan of the summer salad with butternut squash.
For dinner we love to head back over to Little Italy to Davanti Enoteca for a shared-style polenta board and the heavenly focaccia bread with ricotta and honey. If it’s a special occasion we might drive to La Jolla and grab some ceviche at George’s by the Cove while we sip cocktails and watch the sunset, followed by dinner at Brockton Villa. It’s so quaint and quintessential San Diego overlooking the water with the best steak and mussels.