THE ULTIMATE SAN DIEGO GUIDE

Hi everyone! I hope you’re staying cool and healthy. I recently went to San Diego to visit my boyfriend for his birthday and I vacationed in the area with my family this past week. I’ve realized that I really missed SD! So, this is my ultimate San Diego guide full of the best places to visit and activities to do.

Most of these places are open at the moment, but if not, I hope you’ll be able to go in the future! Also, I didn’t include bars and clubs in this list due to COVID, but when things get better, I’ll add them!

I spent four years attending the University of San Diego, and I met so many incredible people, learned a lot of valuable information, and ate some yummy food. Therefore, San Diego is one of my favorite places in the world, and I love to go back and visit! 

If there is an *asterisk* next to the name, it was recommended by YOU via Instagram! Thanks for sending in your suggestions everyone! 

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THE ULTIMATE SAN DIEGO GUIDE


EATS & DRINKS

MEXICAN FOOD

THE TACO STAND

Some of the best tacos and burritos I’ve ever had! I’m obsessed with their California Burrito. My dad has to go to this place every time we’re in San Diego, so you know its THAT good.

MIGUEL’S COCINA

Located in Old Town, Miguel’s is a favorite for margaritas and queso! Furthermore, they have tons of outdoor seating so bring the whole family and drink up.

TACOS EL GORDO

Okay, Tacos El Gordo arguably has the best tacos ever. However, you honestly can’t go wrong with Mexican food in San Diego.

COFFEE & TEA

MONIKER GENERAL* 

Cutest place to drink some coffee and get your work done. Moniker General is located in Liberty Station!

BETTER BUZZ

There are a few Better Buzz locations in the area and they’re all aesthetically pleasing! They have some yummy and unique drinks.

PHILZ COFFEE

Their Iced Mint Mojito is their most popular drink and for good reason. Coffee lovers, you’ll love Philz!

SWEET TREATS

MNGO CAFE

If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with mangoes and sticky rice. It’s probably my favorite dessert! MNGO Cafe offers their unique mango and sticky rice creations, like their “MNGO SAGO” which has “sago balls, fresh mango, mango pudding, sweet coconut milk, and mango ice cream.” I usually pick the “O-M-G!” (the OH-MAN-GO), which has colored sticky rice, mango pudding, mango, and your choice of ice cream. šŸ™‚ 

Photo of Mngo's brown sugar boba tea and the OMG.

MAD BEET

You, me, and acai. All of the acai bowls are named after artists here! Get the “BEYONCAI” and add Nutella and blueberries. You will not be disappointed. 

Picture of an acai bowl from Mad Beet.

ASIAN CUISINE

POKE CHOP

Fresh poke is the best after a long day at the beach. In Pacific Beach, it’s a perfect place to stop and customize your own poke bowl.

NISHIKI RAMEN

This is my all-time favorite ramen place. Get the Smoke Bomb Black! The restaurant is quite small, so get there early to snag a table.

DUKE’S*

Delicious Hawaiian food with a stunning view of La Jolla.

PHUONG TRANG*

Recommendations include their Pho Xe Lua and their garlic wings! 😋

SHRIMP HEADS*

OMG, if you like seafood, go to Shrimp Heads! My mouth is literally watering thinking about this place. Bonus: there’s even a vegan boil option!

HARUMAMA NOODLES & BUNS*

Kinda pricey but worth it if you want adorable pictures of their buns! They offer buns with animal faces on them; they’re almost too cute to eat!

SANDWICH SHOPS

HODAD’S

A San Diego staple! Their burgers and fries are to die for. Try it out for yourself!

BOARD & BREW

Such a big fan of the Chicken Club and I get very beachy vibes from this place.


FASHION & HOME DECOR

PANGAEA OUTPOST

This place has it all! Pangaea Outpost has super cute home decor, gifts, clothes, and more. I like to visit when I go to Pacific Beach!

PIGMENT*

Dang, if you like plants, this is the store for you. Adorable gift ideas and plants + pots to liven up your home.

OB DREAMGIRLS

I bought a cream-colored bucket hat with butterflies all over it from this lovely little boutique in Ocean Beach. Also, peep Yoda covered in the sand and living his best life! 🐶

Christina, wearing a cream-colored bucket hat with butterflies next to Yoda, buried underneath the sand.

ACTIVITIES

VISIT CORONADO BEACH

Coronado Beach is famous for its Hotel del Coronado, and it’s my favorite place to visit during Christmastime! They install an ice rink and decorate the hotel with gorgeous decorations and picture-perfect spots.

PADDLEBOARDING IN MISSION BAY

Water activities are always fun to do while you’re in San Diego, especially paddleboarding. Since it’s done in the bay, the water is calm and you’re able to easily paddle around.

WALK AROUND SEAPORT VILLAGE

My first date with my boyfriend was at Seaport Village. There are little shops to look at and restaurants to eat at while you’re right next to the water. It’s a great area to visit and it’ll always hold a special place in my heart.

DOG BEACH

When I think of my “happy place,” I think of a dog beach. Located in Ocean Beach, I visited this one with Yoda, but don’t worry, you can always attend this beach without a pup and watch all of the dogs run around!

Yoda, sitting on a beach chair at the dog beach.

LITTLE ITALY FARMERS’ MARKET

Check out the Little Italy farmers’ market every Saturday! Support local farmers and stop and smell the flowers. 😊 🌺

SAN DIEGO ZOO + SAFARI PARK

Even with COVID happening, the San Diego Zoo is open! It’s a pretty big place so you’ll be able to safely social distance and walk around to see all of the animals.

GASLAMP QUARTER

Such a fun area for drinks with friends! Gaslamp is known for its nightlife, but there are also many options for restaurants and bars (pre-COVID).

BALBOA PARK

One of the best places to go during Christmastime! Balboa Park hosts December Nights (held for only two days) where you’re able to see the holiday lights, drink hot cocoa, and watch impressive ballet and musical performances. Balboa Park is awesome for walking around the gardens and exploring various museums.

MOUNT SOLEDAD MEMORIAL

As a historical landmark, Mount Soledad in La Jolla honors veterans both living and dead. Plus, the views are amazing.


THE ULTIMATE SAN DIEGO GUIDE

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There’s honestly so much to do in San Diego, and I still haven’t done it all. I’m always looking for new restaurants to try or places to visit, so please leave your recommendations down below! I hope you’ve enjoyed the ultimate San Diego guide. 😊

If you missed my last blog post, I wrote about my favorite long dresses to wear during the summer + links to dresses that you can buy! You can find it here.

Additionally, I recently gave up fast fashion, and I left some tips on how to start here.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a great day!

love, christina
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6 Comments

  1. August 20, 2020 / 9:49 pm

    Omg love this! I’ve been to San Diego before but haven’t tried these places. Will definitely save this for next time!

    • queen
      Author
      August 20, 2020 / 10:01 pm

      Awesome! I hope you can go sometime soon šŸ™‚

  2. Diana
    August 22, 2020 / 5:54 am

    MNGO SAGO has my mouth watering!! Iā€™m so excited to try these places next time I visit San Diego šŸ¤©

    • queen
      Author
      August 22, 2020 / 9:43 pm

      Yes, you’ll definitely have to try them!šŸ˜Š

  3. August 27, 2020 / 6:15 pm

    I love San Diego (I live in L.A.)! I have yet to go to the dog beach. Next time for sure!

    • queen
      Author
      August 30, 2020 / 4:01 am

      Yes, you definitely have to visit the dog beach! It’s too cute šŸ™‚

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