Whether you’re new in town or a San Diego native, chances are you have a list of your favorite go-to spots. And while we’re all for staying loyal to our time-honored haunts, we know that you’re deep down longing to find that new spot to eat, drink, or chill in sunny San Diego. Here at Covet, we are inspired by people, brands, and places that are authentic, cutting-edge, and fun, so we went ahead and added some new spots, along with the classic ones, to our San Diego bucket list.
They don’t call it America’s Finest City for nothing, as San Diego is home to some of the best breweries and micro distilleries in the nation. And while we may be proud of our local San Diego beers, we will spare you the boredom, and instead, let you in on San Diego’s newest spot to sip on cocktails with friends. Grab some of your gals and head to You&Yours, which can be found in the diverse and eclectic East Village neighborhood. Home to premium curated cocktails, You&Yours is San Diego’s first urban distillery. As both an event space and tasting room, You&Yours brings people together through their Insta-worthy bright and airy space and world-class cocktail program that pays homage to classic American spirits with a modern and fun twist.
Probably the buzziest place Downtown, The Pendry is San Diego’s solution to a much-needed spot to gather, eat, drink, and stay. While our neighbor to the north, which will remain unnamed, may have endless amounts of pop-ups and rooftop bars, the Pendry is giving any of those spots a run for their money. This boutique hotel has something for everyone, from their six unique restaurants boasting some of the best cuisines to a picturesque pool deck and nightclub, the Pendry truly has it all. We recommend hanging by the pool and ordering a green juice because nothing is more “San Diego,” than that.
Confident about your favorite dessert spot? Think again. Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream is an ice cream lover’s paradise filled with all of the sights, smells, and sounds of a classic ice cream parlor. And while the smell of freshly baked waffle cones might draw you into the store, the ice cream flavors will keep you coming back for more. Say goodbye to boring Baskin Robbin flavors and hello to flavors like Tahitian Vanilla, Mexican Chocolate, and more. Be sure to try the Hammond’s flight, a sample of six different flavors in cute little waffle cones. Our new favorite is the Strawberry Margarita Sorbet, a sweet and tangy combo that will please vegans everywhere. Hammond’s has three locations: North Park, Pacific Beach, and Point Loma, so be sure to try them all this summer!
With Mexico only a short drive away, San Diego is home to some of the best traditional Mexican cuisine in California. And if you know anything about us, we love our Mexican fare. We definitely recommend heading over to Old Town San Diego for the most authentic offerings north of the border. Once there, you’ll find a charming neighborhood with historic buildings, cultural sites, and plenty of authentic and delicious food. Cafe Coyote is the perfect spot to bring your family and friends, over a few tacos, handmade tortillas, and margaritas.
We don’t know about you, but quite possibly one of our favorite spots in all of San Diego is Balboa Park. The quaint village of historic museums, parks, and gardens is located just a quick drive from Downtown, yet feels tucked away from the madness. Featuring the world famous San Diego Zoo and the Museum of Man, it’s a peaceful spot to grab a cup of coffee and take an afternoon walk with friends or even stroll on a romantic date with your significant other.
Head over to Refill in Hillcrest for some of the best-baked goods, brunch, and cold brew from San Diego’s own Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. While the atmosphere and decor are killer, the crepes are this cafe’s mainstay. From sweet to savory, Refill will trick your taste buds into thinking they’ve landed in Paris, jet lag not included.