Best things to do in San Diego

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favourite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. Balboa Park
897local recommendations
Gina
Gina says “As one traveler put it: "This is the green and leafy heart of the city where a multitude of activiti...” ·
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2. Torrey Pines State Reserve
12600 N Torrey Pines Rd
289local recommendations
Manny
Manny says “Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is located within San Diego city limits and yet remains one of th...” ·
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3. San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Dr
734local recommendations
Gina
Gina says “The roar of a lion from the Panama-California International Exposition in 1915 inspired Dr. Harry We...” ·
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4. La Jolla Cove
319local recommendations
Nicole
Nicole says “La Jolla Cove is an unforgettable beach in San Diego ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking an...” ·
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5. Oscar’s Mexican Seafood
703 Turquoise St
114local recommendations
Tammy
Tammy says ““Oscar's is a little hole in the wall taco stand. Their specialty is fish tacos, shrimp tacos, and c...” ·
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6. Carnitas' Snack Shack - North Park
2632 University Ave
109local recommendations
Tammy
Tammy says ““Famous, enormous meat sandwiches. Get "The Nate" (off-menu) which is a BLT with pork belly and a fr...” ·
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7. Buona Forchetta - South Park
3001 Beech St
113local recommendations
Tammy
Tammy says ““Wonderful Italian restaurant serving pizza from a traditional wood fired oven. Great outdoor patio....” ·
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8. South Beach Bar & Grille
5059 Newport Ave
112local recommendations
Drew, Neal, And Aimee
Drew, Neal, And Aimee says “Lively eatery offering ocean views, seafood-focused Mexican fare & a huge selection of microbrews. W...” ·
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9. Wonderland Ocean Pub
5083 Santa Monica Ave
96local recommendations
Chuck & Helen
Chuck & Helen says “Best ocean view in OB! Belly up to the window seat along the perimeter of restaurant and order a c...” ·
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10. Urban Solace
3823 30th St
95local recommendations
Tammy
Tammy says ““Upscale American comfort food, with such offerings as a lamb and fig meatloaf and a duck confit mac...” ·
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11. Polite Provisions
4696 30th St
95local recommendations
Carmen
Carmen says “Cocktails, cocktails, cocktails! Great vibe, does get busy, especially on weekends. Food available f...” ·
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12. USS Midway Museum
910 N Harbor Dr
188local recommendations
Alexis & Lamine
Alexis & Lamine says “This floating retired aircraft carrier in San Diego Bay is a must see while visiting San Diego. The...” ·
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13. Hodad's
5010 Newport Ave
101local recommendations
Tammy
Tammy says ““Iconic San Diego Burger Joint which was featured on Diners Drive ins and Dives TV show. Always a li...” ·
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14. Hamilton's Tavern
1521 30th St
96local recommendations
Matthew
Matthew says “Best beer bar in the city. Try a IIPA if you want an assault on your senses. The Palate Wrecker IIIP...” ·
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15. SeaWorld San Diego
500 Sea World Dr
469local recommendations
Mia
Mia says “SeaWorld San Diego is an animal theme park, oceanarium, outside aquarium, and marine mammal park, lo...” ·
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16. Blind Lady Ale House
3416 Adams Ave
84local recommendations
Thomas
Thomas says “This is a fun beer house, pizza parlor. Also the area is nice for walking and exploring other bars, ...” ·
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17. Fashion Valley
7007 Friars Rd
229local recommendations
Theodore
Theodore says “Fashion valley mall is located walking distance from the property and houses San Diego's most high e...” ·
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18. Station Tavern
2204 Fern St
90local recommendations
Matthew
Matthew says “Wanna drink, good food, and a kiddie play area? This excellent neighborhood restaurant is usually pa...” ·
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19. OB Noodle House & Sake Bar
2218 Cable St
89local recommendations
Chuck & Helen
Chuck & Helen says “Good Vietnamese-fusion. Good vibes. Good beer selection. Filming completed on 4/21/13 for Guy Fie...” ·
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20. World Famous
711 Pacific Beach Dr
73local recommendations
Tammy
Tammy says ““Nice for weekend brunch or breakfasts. Locals spot during the week in the bar area for the happy ho...” ·
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21. Gaslamp Quarter
332local recommendations
Gina
Gina says “The Heart of San Diego's Nightlife Rising from the 16 square-blocks are Victorian-era buildings and...” ·
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22. Kono's Cafe
704 Garnet Ave
70local recommendations
Craig
Craig says “Kono's is somewhat of a local institution, mainly a breakfast spot, but also some good lunch. Simpl...” ·
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23. Petco Park
100 Park Blvd
258local recommendations
Nico
Nico says “Petco Park is an open-air ballpark in downtown San Diego, California, USA. It opened in 2004, replac...” ·
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24. Hash House A Go Go
3628 Fifth Ave
68local recommendations
Peter & Rosario
Peter & Rosario says “This is a 100% breakfast place. The line here is long, also worth the wait. You might consider sha...” ·
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25. George's at the Cove
1250 Prospect St
76local recommendations
Genevieve
Genevieve says “Our favorite restaurant for the quality of the food and the ocean view! Executive chef Trey Foshee ...” ·
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26. Rocky's Crown Pub
3786 Ingraham St
85local recommendations
Tammy
Tammy says ““Arguably one of the best hamburgers in San Diego can be found at this local bar. Can be a wait for ...” ·
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27. Snooze an A.M. Eatery
3940 Fifth Ave
66local recommendations
Theodore
Theodore says “Are you a breakfast connoisseur? Then this is the spot for you. Snooze is everything you could want ...” ·
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28. Turf Supper Club
1116 25th St
70local recommendations
Sara
Sara says “This dinner spot harkens back to the 50s. Dimly lit, small place. Order the huge and strong Mai Ta...” ·
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29. CUCINA enoteca Newport Beach
951 Newport Center Dr
68local recommendations
Kelly
Kelly says “This is hands down the best Italian food in San Diego! We have been coming here since 2011 and have ...” ·
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30. Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
5627 La Jolla Blvd
70local recommendations
Memuna
Memuna says “Nice coffee shop with guitar on Sundays. It's a really nice coffee shop on par with Panikan's. I lo...” ·