Near the Studio Guidebook

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Near the Studio Guidebook

Coffee Shop

Great neighborhood coffee shop, walking distance with delicious coffee. Eco-friendly, serve everything in ceramic or takeaway glasses - no plastic.
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James Coffee Co.
2355 India St
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Great neighborhood coffee shop, walking distance with delicious coffee. Eco-friendly, serve everything in ceramic or takeaway glasses - no plastic.
Great locally owned coffee shop, outdoor seating. Perfect for working or stopping by to refuel. They make their own baked goods in-house + make their own almond milk.
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Lofty Coffee Little Italy Cafe and Bakery
444 W Cedar St
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Great locally owned coffee shop, outdoor seating. Perfect for working or stopping by to refuel. They make their own baked goods in-house + make their own almond milk.
Cute coffee shop!
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Communal Coffee
2335 University Ave
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Cute coffee shop!
Great coffee! Multiple locations
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Dark Horse Coffee Roasters
3794 30th Street
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Great coffee! Multiple locations
Nice coffee shop to work remote
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Moniker Coffee Co
2860 Sims Rd
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Nice coffee shop to work remote
Some of the best local coffee - multiple locations.
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Better Buzz Coffee Roasters
801 University Ave
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Some of the best local coffee - multiple locations.

Food scene

Trendy restaurant with great food, styled to share. Outdoor rooftop w/ cabanas + music at night.
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Kettner Exchange
2001 Kettner Boulevard
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Trendy restaurant with great food, styled to share. Outdoor rooftop w/ cabanas + music at night.
Hipster-like bar with delicious craft cocktails. Speakeasy called false idol in the back. Great food too!
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Craft & Commerce
675 West Beech Street
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Hipster-like bar with delicious craft cocktails. Speakeasy called false idol in the back. Great food too!
Upscale restaurant in Little Italy w/ celebrity chef, Brian Malarkey. Cool atmosphere and good for dinner or Sunday brunch if they're open.
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Herb & Wood
2210 Kettner Blvd
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Upscale restaurant in Little Italy w/ celebrity chef, Brian Malarkey. Cool atmosphere and good for dinner or Sunday brunch if they're open.
Swanky upscale steakhouse with rooftop and cool decor. A little pricey, but they have a great happy hour Monday-Friday from 3-6PM.
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Born and Raised
1909 India St
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Swanky upscale steakhouse with rooftop and cool decor. A little pricey, but they have a great happy hour Monday-Friday from 3-6PM.
A local favorite sushi spot near Balboa Park. Unique rolls + great quality sushi. You can choose family style platters, omakase (chef's selection) or rolls on your own. Every one I take here, loves it!
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Azuki Sushi Lounge
2321 Fifth Avenue
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A local favorite sushi spot near Balboa Park. Unique rolls + great quality sushi. You can choose family style platters, omakase (chef's selection) or rolls on your own. Every one I take here, loves it!
Upscale asian fusion owned by celebrity chef, Brian Malarkey
Animae
969 Pacific Hwy
Upscale asian fusion owned by celebrity chef, Brian Malarkey
The best fried chicken, fun atmosphere with all outdoor seating. Owner, Richard Blais was runner up on Top Chef.
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The Crack Shack - Little Italy
2266 Kettner Blvd
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The best fried chicken, fun atmosphere with all outdoor seating. Owner, Richard Blais was runner up on Top Chef.
Upscale foodie restaurant owned by Top Chef runner up Richard Blais.
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Juniper & Ivy
2228 Kettner Boulevard
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Upscale foodie restaurant owned by Top Chef runner up Richard Blais.
Trendy Instagram friendly brunch spot with fun decor. Delicious soufflé pancakes! There's usually a line, but you put your phone number in and get a text so you can walk around to kill time.
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Morning Glory
550 W Date St
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Trendy Instagram friendly brunch spot with fun decor. Delicious soufflé pancakes! There's usually a line, but you put your phone number in and get a text so you can walk around to kill time.
Upscale restaurant with great food!
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Fort Oak
1011 Fort Stockton Dr
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Upscale restaurant with great food!
Cute place with great craft cocktails and Mediterranean inspired food. Great for drinks, dinner or brunch!
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Madison
4622 Park Blvd
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Cute place with great craft cocktails and Mediterranean inspired food. Great for drinks, dinner or brunch!
Great Asian fusion restaurant. Try their peanut butter shot! Great wings and lettuce cups too!
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OB Noodle House Bar 1502
4993 Niagara Avenue
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Great Asian fusion restaurant. Try their peanut butter shot! Great wings and lettuce cups too!
Great italian, shared style plates. Nice decor, reserve in advance.
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CUCINA urbana
505 Laurel St
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Great italian, shared style plates. Nice decor, reserve in advance.
Good vegan spot!
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Cafe Gratitude San Diego
1980 Kettner Blvd
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Good vegan spot!
Great vegan pizza..when I first heard it I thought no way to vegan pizza but tried it and it was soo good!
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Donna Jean
2949 Fifth Ave
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Great vegan pizza..when I first heard it I thought no way to vegan pizza but tried it and it was soo good!
Great craft cocktails, cool decor + good vegan food
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KINDRED
1503 30th St
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Great craft cocktails, cool decor + good vegan food
Good ramen! I like the belly of the beast!
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Underbelly
750 West Fir Street
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Good ramen! I like the belly of the beast!
Delicious fish tacos!
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Pacific Beach Fish Shop
1775 Garnet Avenue
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Delicious fish tacos!
The best tacos! Gourmet street tacos with fried cheese (veggie and vegan options too) . Ask about the secret tacos off menu, the hero is my favorite (steak and lobser).
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Puesto At The Headquarters
789 West Harbor Drive
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The best tacos! Gourmet street tacos with fried cheese (veggie and vegan options too) . Ask about the secret tacos off menu, the hero is my favorite (steak and lobser).
Great ramen! They have multiple locations.
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Tajima Ramen Bar Hillcrest
3739 Sixth Avenue
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Great ramen! They have multiple locations.
Good coffee, they make their own almond milk. Nice healthy breakfast and lunch options but they are pricey.
Parakeet Cafe
1680 India Street
Good coffee, they make their own almond milk. Nice healthy breakfast and lunch options but they are pricey.
Tiki bar speakeasy behind Craft & Commerce. Reserve in advance.
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False Idol
675 W Beech St
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Tiki bar speakeasy behind Craft & Commerce. Reserve in advance.
Great food for dinner or brunch
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Trust
3752 Park Blvd
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Great food for dinner or brunch
Best steakhouse - in Gaslamp
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Cowboy Star
640 Tenth Avenue
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Best steakhouse - in Gaslamp
One of my favorite new restaurants! Upscale Mediterranean food recently recognized by Michelin. They tend to book up far in advance so make reservations if you can otherwise you can try your luck at the bar.
Callie
1195 Island Avenue
One of my favorite new restaurants! Upscale Mediterranean food recently recognized by Michelin. They tend to book up far in advance so make reservations if you can otherwise you can try your luck at the bar.
Upscale mexican food on the harbor with pretty views of downtown. Great atmosphere.
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Coasterra
880 Harbor Island Drive
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Upscale mexican food on the harbor with pretty views of downtown. Great atmosphere.
Great views of the water and downtown, near the airport. Their neighbor restaurant is called Island Prime and is a little fancier. They have a nice happy hour.
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C Level Lounge
880 Harbor Island Drive
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Great views of the water and downtown, near the airport. Their neighbor restaurant is called Island Prime and is a little fancier. They have a nice happy hour.
Nice place to grab a drink, pretty views of the harbor and right on the water. Food is ok but atmosphere is great!
TopSail
1360 North Harbor Drive
Nice place to grab a drink, pretty views of the harbor and right on the water. Food is ok but atmosphere is great!

Sightseeing

One of the best Farmers' Markets in San Diego, every Saturday. Walking distance, great food, drinks + artsy boutiques. Live music, but can get crowded.
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Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market
600 West Cedar Street
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One of the best Farmers' Markets in San Diego, every Saturday. Walking distance, great food, drinks + artsy boutiques. Live music, but can get crowded.
Tour the navy ship and see how they lived. If you're into history, this is a nice stop.
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USS Midway Museum
910 North Harbor Drive
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Tour the navy ship and see how they lived. If you're into history, this is a nice stop.

Bars

Trendy bar with great cocktail and decent food. Fun atmosphere, this is the hangout in the evenings for cocktails. Big TVs if you want to catch a game.
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Nolita Hall
2305 India St
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Trendy bar with great cocktail and decent food. Fun atmosphere, this is the hangout in the evenings for cocktails. Big TVs if you want to catch a game.
Fun dive bar with arcade games + pool
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Aero Club Bar
3365 India Street
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Fun dive bar with arcade games + pool
Small dive bar with the best burgers
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The Balboa
1863 Fifth Avenue
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Small dive bar with the best burgers
Karaoke dive bar
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The Lamplighter
817 West Washington Street
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Karaoke dive bar
Great dive bar, gets crowded on weekend nights. Delicious sliders!
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Waterfront Bar & Grill
2044 Kettner Boulevard
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Great dive bar, gets crowded on weekend nights. Delicious sliders!
Riviera Maya & Tulum-inspired restaurant with dancing at night on the weekends.
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Camino Riviera
2400 India St
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Riviera Maya & Tulum-inspired restaurant with dancing at night on the weekends.
Fun, cute carousel bar with good cocktails.
Wolfie's Carousel Bar
2401 Kettner Boulevard
Fun, cute carousel bar with good cocktails.
Fun bar, sometimes have live music
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Park & Rec
4612 Park Blvd
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Fun bar, sometimes have live music
Rooftop bar in Gaslamp
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The Nolen
453 Sixth Ave
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Rooftop bar in Gaslamp
Rooftop tiki bar if you're near Petco Park - overlooking the park.
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Fairweather Rooftop Bar
793 J St
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Rooftop tiki bar if you're near Petco Park - overlooking the park.
Rooftop bar in Gaslamp with views of Petco Park. Drinks are ok, more for the views.
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Altitude Sky Lounge
660 K Street
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Rooftop bar in Gaslamp with views of Petco Park. Drinks are ok, more for the views.
Cute distillery but not in the best neighborhood of downtown
You & Yours Distilling Co.
1495 G St
Cute distillery but not in the best neighborhood of downtown
Fun bar, vintage record decor vibes. Great cocktails, good bar food, two speakeasies in the back.
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Neighborhood
777 G Street
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Fun bar, vintage record decor vibes. Great cocktails, good bar food, two speakeasies in the back.

Outdoors

A fun stop with a suspension bridge and pretty views
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Spruce Street Suspension Bridge
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A fun stop with a suspension bridge and pretty views
A nice little morning walk near the house.
Maple Canyon Trail
A nice little morning walk near the house.
Pretty park up the street with tons of museums, places to picnic, and nice scenery to walk or bike around
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Μπαλμπόα Παρκ
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Pretty park up the street with tons of museums, places to picnic, and nice scenery to walk or bike around

Music Venues

Small three story music venue, check out their events calendar to see if it's worth visiting during your stay
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Music Box
1337 India St
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Small three story music venue, check out their events calendar to see if it's worth visiting during your stay
Rock music venue walking distance from the studio.
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The Casbah
2501 Kettner Boulevard
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Rock music venue walking distance from the studio.
Music venue downtown
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House of Blues San Diego
1055 5th Ave
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Music venue downtown
Brand new outdoor music venue at on the water at the Embarcadero. Check out their calendar online.
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The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park
200 Marina Park Way
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Brand new outdoor music venue at on the water at the Embarcadero. Check out their calendar online.
Fun music venue in North Park
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The Observatory North Park
2891 University Avenue
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Fun music venue in North Park

Speakeasies

Pre-fixed cocktail menu, speakeasy.
Young Blood
777 G Street
Pre-fixed cocktail menu, speakeasy.
Tiki bar speakeasy, reserve in advance.
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False Idol
675 W Beech St
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Tiki bar speakeasy, reserve in advance.
Small speakeasy, reserve in advance. No menu, servers ask what you like and come up with something.
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Noble Experiment
777 G Street
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Small speakeasy, reserve in advance. No menu, servers ask what you like and come up with something.
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Prohibition Lounge
548 Fifth Avenue
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Asian fusion restaurant, kind of a speakeasy entrance. Tiki bar drinks.
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The Grass Skirt
910 Grand Ave
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Asian fusion restaurant, kind of a speakeasy entrance. Tiki bar drinks.