The Best Things To Do in San Diego

One of my most frequently asked questions is “What are our favorite things to do in San Diego?” We’ve been all over this beautiful city and there’s still so much to see. In our opinion its one of the most fun and family friendly city in the US! Here is a guide to all our favorite places, beaches, eateries, sites to see and things to do in San Diego.

The Best Things To Do in San Diego

Coffee shops/Juice Bars/Ice Cream:

South Park/ North Park

  • Communal Coffee: This coffee shop shares a space with floral design shop and area for the kids to play. If that weren’t enough to visit there’s a very “instagramable” wall out front.
  • Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream: With locations in Pacific Beach, North Park and Point Loma Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream offers over 300 flavors with the original Hammond’s Flights and Flight of 32 Flavors.
  • Dark Horse Coffee: Grab a cup of coffee from here and head over to one of my favorite stores ever Pigment.

Oceanside/Carlsbad

  • Captains Grounds: Best iced chai latte around plus you can shop for new and vintage clothes and check out the other local artisans in Rais Case and All Ye Citizens across the street.
  • Revolution Roasters: Super hip, great decor and really good outdoor seating, try their chia pudding it’s delish.
  • Baba Coffee: Head here for coffee and or a can of beer! If you’re sans kiddos we recommend lingering over a card game or two and then walking through the Carlsbad Antique Shops right across the street.
  • Succulent Cafe: Good coffee, tea and plants! You can’t go wrong here. Try the Lavender latte it is divine.
  • Choice Juicery: We love their smoothies, vegan banana bread, and salads! Plus there’s lots of room for kids to play outside and draw all over their chalkboard walls.

Encintas/Leucadia

  • Philz Coffee: This place serves only pour over coffee with the best coffee drinks around…try the mint mojito its incredible. They also have an app for those who can’t leave their car, you can order online and in 15 minutes they will bring it to you curbside. Oh and they also serve up the best toasts! There is a La Jolla location as well.
  • Lofty Coffee: Don’t let the line fool you…it’s worth the wait and they have great gluten free goodies. We highly recommend taking your coffee to our favorite park at the bottom of the hill Moonlight Beach Park. On the way you’ll find a really great instagramable pink house with a VW bus out front….aint no shame in a quick garage door gram shot.
  • Good On Ya: Super organic and healthy but very yummy. Grab some good to eat here and then walk to the newly Medidation Gardens and or Swami’s beach.
  • French Corner: I love this tiny cafe in Leucadia. It’s very authentic to the French Culture and the coffee and croque monsieur are perfection…plus they have toys in the back to keep the little ones busy.
  • Zumbar: Good coffee, quick bites and minutes from Cardiff reef and really kid friendly beach.
  • Handals Ice Cream: You might see a line outside but it’s worth it! This chain scoops ice cream & frozen yogurt (including fat-free options) in a variety of flavors.
  • Jo Jo’s Creamery: Cookies and Ice Cream need I say more?

The Best Things To Do in San Diego

The Best Things To Do in San Diego

Donuts:

  • Leucadia Donut Shoppe: Cash only but so good and so iconic right off the 101.
  • VG Donuts in Cardiff: We had our wedding cake made here and there wasn’t a piece left over!
  • The Goods: This hip new donut shop in Carlsbad has amazing decor and gourmet donuts to break any diet for…and they have really good coffee so this place is a must.
  • Super Donuts in Carlsbad: If you’re in a rush and new a quick sugar fix this is your place because this place has a drive through but be careful because it’s a tight turn (I learned the hard way and busted a taillight here #expensivedonut).
  • The Donut Bar: This donut bar just might change your life… with flavors like creme brûlée, maple bacon, blood orange, and chocolate euphoria you’ll be dreaming of donuts for a solid month.

Family Friendly Restaurants: 

Little Italy:

NorthPark:

  • Waypoint Public (Voted best family-friendly restaurant in all of San Diego and we agree!)

Oceanside:

Carlsbad:

Leucadia:

Encinitas:

Del Mar/La Jolla: 

Point Loma:

Favorite Date Night Restaurants:

The Best Things To Do in San Diego

Shopping: 

North Park/Little Italy/Downtown Area:

Oceanside:

Carlsbad:

Leucadia/Encinitas/Cardiff:

Del Mar/La Jolla:

The Best Things To Do in San Diego

Beaches

  • La Jolla Shores
  • Mission Beach
  • Swamis – Encinitas
  • Tamarack – Carlsbad
  • Cardiff Reef – Cardiff
  • Oceanside Pier
  • Coronado
  • Moonlight Beach in Encinitas
  • 15th Street in Del Mar
  • Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach

The Best Things To Do in San Diego

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The Best Things To Do in San Diego

The Best Things To Do in San Diego

The Best Things To Do in San Diego

The Best Things To Do in San Diego

The Best Things To Do in San Diego

The Best Things To Do in San Diego

The Best Things To Do in San Diego

We hope you enjoy San Diego as much as we do!

xo,

Chrissy

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