Born and raised in San Diego, this place is very sentimental for me. Perhaps you’re visiting for a Bachelorette party or perhaps you’re here for an event with friends or coworkers! Either way, I’m really excited to share my most favorite things to do while visiting San Diego this weekend. Here’s to exploring a beautiful piece of Southern California, full of Spanish charm and the prettiest beaches!
Little Italy Farmers’ Market on Saturday
This is undeniably one of the best weekend farmers markets in San Diego. With over 200 tents to explore, you can experience a variety of things: sample fresh nectarines and peaches, take home a sweet bouquet with the prettiest local florals, or choose from one of the many food choices (like artisan vegan tamales or tasty smoothies). My favorite plant vendor in all of San Diego has a tent here (at the veeeeery bottom of the market) and I just can’t visit without coming home with a new plant (peep this beautiful calathea jungle velvet).
Afterwards, visit San Diego’s Morning Glory for a fun weekend brunch. Morning Glory is all the rage in San Diego right now and it’s a really cool, fun brunch restaurant to experience! The wait to get in is super long so if you end up here, put your name on the list and walk through the farmers market!
Visit one of San Diego’s beautiful beaches
Generally, San Diego has such wonderful weather year-round and it’s always a nice time to visit the beach or do some beautiful sight-seeing hikes. Here are some of my top favorite places to visit for a coastal San Diego experience:
- Ocean Beach: Fun, eclectic “Venice Beach” vibes. Visit the shop, “The Black,” for some quirky trinkets and good belly laughs. You can walk the pier, grab a lemonade or hot chocolate at the cafe there, and take in all the views of surfers and cliffs. People watching here is A+. Afterwards, grab some tacos from Nicos on Newport and head to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park for a beautiful sunset!
- WindanSea Beach: A beautiful, quaint beach with the prettiest, smoothest rocks jutting out of the sand. This one is great for taking photos, or enjoying a more local kind of beach. Make sure to go at low tide for the best kind of experience!
- Torrey Pines State Park: Torrey Pines is the most beautiful hike in San Diego. There are beautiful, towering cliffs you can hike up and through to the beach. The coast is covered in smooth black rocks you can skip and the water is so pretty and clear!
Grab a drink at a cool 70s themed bar in one of San Diego’s hip neighborhoods
I could not love Sycamore Den more. Their interior space is so fun and literally transports you into a different era. I swear the people who visit here also look like they’re from the 70s, with sherpa and high waisted bell bottoms always in sight. I love it. My favorite cocktail to get here: “Crime of Passion” or ask for the “Den After Dark” punch bowl that’s served in a lamp. That’s right, the lamp turns on and four straws are available to share with your friends! While you’re here, make sure to play some ski ball, get your fortune told the old school way (via a coin operated arcade machine), or play some tiki toss.
Other bar ideas:
- Whistle Stop: for a fun upbeat, themed dancing kind of night. Make sure to peep their calendar and check out who is playing that night.
- Seven Grand: for a whiskey bar that will make you feel like the most hipster kind of hipster you could ever hipster. Play pool here, listen to some live music on certain nights, and jump in their photo booth with friends.
- Carruth Cellars: for a more relaxed, wine kind of night. Grab a wine flight here and split a charcuterie board with friends! Their cheeses are so good and their wine is made locally, plus you get to sit outside and enjoy a sweet outdoor courtyard!
Grab an oat milk latte at one of San Diego’s best coffee shops + shop at cute boutiques!
There are so many sweet coffee shops and hip boutiques in San Diego with such a fun variety of specialty drinks and home goods. Here are some great places to visit and grab some treats:
- Communal Coffee: There are two locations for this sweet local chain. There is the famous “Coffee & Flowers” shop in North Park and the adorable outdoor Vintage Shasta Trailer in South Park. Both are such sweet places to visit! I love their great selection of specialty toasts to choose from (ie: Nutella Strawberry Hazelnut toast). Also, I particularly love their Lavender Latte with oat milk! They are constantly having events so make sure to check their calendar for something fun!
- Moniker Coffee: This is a hip, very modern shop to visit if you’re headed to Liberty Station in Point Loma. They have sweet little home goods and a retail section now. Plus, you can walk around the neighboring shops and go get dinner afterwards at the Public Market.
- Pigment: Pigment is right near Moniker, so it’s a great shop to hit up afterwards for some gifts or fun trinkets to take home. It’s pretty hard to walk in and not want to convert your whole house to a jungle with a million plants.
Hope you enjoy my top things to do while visiting San Diego this weekend!