With more than 100 distinct neighborhoods, San Diego has plenty of places to explore. From historic districts to chic, upscale vibes, the city has a little of something for everyone. Discover some of San Diego’s top neighborhoods when you’re planning your visit.

Balboa Park’s Water Fountain in San Diego.

Morning: Walk Around University Heights

If you’re going to explore San Diego all day, you might as well fuel up and start slow in University Heights. Located along the city’s far northern edge, University Heights is a creative, quirky neighborhood that’s a terrific sample of everything the city has to offer. The streets here are lined with both historic and modern homes that are nice, yet simplistic. In between these rows of homes are hip little shops and eateries.

Before you explore, head to the legendary Parkhouse Eatery, which serves American comfort food and breakfast with a Mexican spin. Enjoy a cowboy benedict or the chilaquiles inside this cozy, converted home.

Noon: Antiquing in Normal Heights

Loaded with hipsters, coffee houses, and art galleries, Normal Heights is anything but normal. While the younger crowd has definitely added a youthful element to the neighborhood, the real gems are the antique stores. Filled with original and refurbished treasures, places such as Zac’s Attic and Artful Ruins are ideal for buying gifts or additions to your home.

Afternoon: Diversity in Barrio Logan

Home to Mexican immigrants in the early 20th century, Barrio Logan stays true to its Hispanic roots. Today, the younger generations inject art, food, and liveliness into the neighborhood. Hunt for wall murals, or grab a cup of coffee at Cafe Virtuoso.

Gaslamp Quarter at night.

Evening: Dinner and a Night on the Town in the Gaslamp Quarter

In the 1800s, the Gaslamp Quater was home to San Diego’s red light and gambling district. It is now the lively center of the city’s bustling dining and nightlife scene. To get the full experience, combine dinner with a visit to one of the area’s cocktail lounges, nightclubs, or dive bars.

For an upscale dinner, hop over to Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine. Located on the first floor of the uber-hip Pendry Hotel, Lionfish specializes in tapas-style plates, serving up insanely fresh and tasty seafood. Share the crispy rock shrimp, or order a fresh catch entree such as swordfish. Afterward, grab a craft beer or cocktail at the low-key Tipsy Crow.

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