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The Draagonfly Guidebook to San Diego

Trayce

The Draagonfly Guidebook to San Diego

Food scene
LeStat's is an all-night coffee shop with fantastic beverages, and some light sandwich fare. They also have LeStat's West Music Venue next door to the coffee shop, where you can often see great local musical talent. Once in a while they also have comedians on stage. I've seen Gregory Page play here, and I think back in the day, Jason Mraz may have performed here, too. It's down in the Normal Heights area of the city, pretty far from my house, but the overall feel of it makes it a great place to spend some time after an exciting day in San Diego. The best part is, no matter when your day ends, they're always open!
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Lestat's West Music Venue
3341 Adams Ave
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LeStat's is an all-night coffee shop with fantastic beverages, and some light sandwich fare. They also have LeStat's West Music Venue next door to the coffee shop, where you can often see great local musical talent. Once in a while they also have comedians on stage. I've seen Gregory Page play here, and I think back in the day, Jason Mraz may have performed here, too. It's down in the Normal Heights area of the city, pretty far from my house, but the overall feel of it makes it a great place to spend some time after an exciting day in San Diego. The best part is, no matter when your day ends, they're always open!
Vigilucci's is an upscale Italian restaurant and bar in Carlsbad, literally across the street from the ocean. A bit pricey, but worth the money for great food, a great view of the ocean, and also fun to watch the people walk by around sunset. They offer indoor and outdoor seating, and a full bar.
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Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
3878 Carlsbad Boulevard
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Vigilucci's is an upscale Italian restaurant and bar in Carlsbad, literally across the street from the ocean. A bit pricey, but worth the money for great food, a great view of the ocean, and also fun to watch the people walk by around sunset. They offer indoor and outdoor seating, and a full bar.
I can't say enough good things about Curbside Cafe. The owner, Joe, is from the East Coast, and really knows his diner food. The good part is it's not greasy like New Jersey, which makes it even better! The pancakes are light and fluffy and come with real maple syrup. He even has potato pancakes! Their enormous cinnamon rolls are enough for 3 to 4 people, and have been voted best of San Diego multiple years, I believe. The coffee is sublime, the bacon is always done to perfection... what's not to love? They close around 2pm tho, so get there early for breakfast or brunch!
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Curbside Cafe
307 Main Street
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I can't say enough good things about Curbside Cafe. The owner, Joe, is from the East Coast, and really knows his diner food. The good part is it's not greasy like New Jersey, which makes it even better! The pancakes are light and fluffy and come with real maple syrup. He even has potato pancakes! Their enormous cinnamon rolls are enough for 3 to 4 people, and have been voted best of San Diego multiple years, I believe. The coffee is sublime, the bacon is always done to perfection... what's not to love? They close around 2pm tho, so get there early for breakfast or brunch!
Sightseeing
If you like the calm serenity of meditation gardens, SRF in Encinitas should definitely be on your list of places to go. Check the hours online, as they change with the seasons, but if you can fit it in, the energy is divine. Featuring many exotic plants and flowers, this is a garden that Yogananda originally cultivated decades ago. The koi pond has some of the largest fish I've ever seen, the empty swimming pool provides a bit of an eerie touch, and the views of the ocean can't be beat. Plenty of benches and quiet spots to meditate, this garden is just a joy to be in for a simple walk-through, or a meditative afternoon. Free to the public, but there are collection boxes among the trees to support maintenance of the gardens. Well worth any cash you feel like contributing. Not really a place for children because you must be quiet while walking through, and if you're not, the guards are not afraid to tap you on the shoulder and ask you to bring it down a level.
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Self-Realization Fellowship Encinitas Temple
1105 2nd Street
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If you like the calm serenity of meditation gardens, SRF in Encinitas should definitely be on your list of places to go. Check the hours online, as they change with the seasons, but if you can fit it in, the energy is divine. Featuring many exotic plants and flowers, this is a garden that Yogananda originally cultivated decades ago. The koi pond has some of the largest fish I've ever seen, the empty swimming pool provides a bit of an eerie touch, and the views of the ocean can't be beat. Plenty of benches and quiet spots to meditate, this garden is just a joy to be in for a simple walk-through, or a meditative afternoon. Free to the public, but there are collection boxes among the trees to support maintenance of the gardens. Well worth any cash you feel like contributing. Not really a place for children because you must be quiet while walking through, and if you're not, the guards are not afraid to tap you on the shoulder and ask you to bring it down a level.
Normal Heights is a great place for a shopping trip. Close to downtown, this historic neighborhood features many mom-and-pop stores for food, clothes, and interesting local items, many of them handmade!
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Normal Heights
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Normal Heights is a great place for a shopping trip. Close to downtown, this historic neighborhood features many mom-and-pop stores for food, clothes, and interesting local items, many of them handmade!
The Cabrillo Monument is way down south - almost to the border. In fact, you will likely get message on your phone about picking up a signal from Mexico's cell towers while you're there. As a historic point of interest, there's a lighthouse and a museum, and also cliffs that overlook the ocean where you can get some really amazing photos. Worth the drive down, especially if you're traveling internationally!
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Cabrillo National Monument
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
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The Cabrillo Monument is way down south - almost to the border. In fact, you will likely get message on your phone about picking up a signal from Mexico's cell towers while you're there. As a historic point of interest, there's a lighthouse and a museum, and also cliffs that overlook the ocean where you can get some really amazing photos. Worth the drive down, especially if you're traveling internationally!
The town of Fallbrook is just north of Bonsall. It has a quaint main street with shops, restaurants, and a local theater. Fallbrook, being the avocado capital of the world, hosts the Avocado Festival once a year, and an annual Gem and Mineral show. The Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens is not only a popular wedding venue, their gardens are open year-round and they offer upscale dining at The Veranda on weekends.
Fallbrook
The town of Fallbrook is just north of Bonsall. It has a quaint main street with shops, restaurants, and a local theater. Fallbrook, being the avocado capital of the world, hosts the Avocado Festival once a year, and an annual Gem and Mineral show. The Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens is not only a popular wedding venue, their gardens are open year-round and they offer upscale dining at The Veranda on weekends.
Neighborhoods
Encinitas is my most favorite place along the coast. The main street offers such a variety of interesting shops, the beaches are clean and classic California, and Self Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens is a must-see. So many great reasons to spend an afternoon walking in downtown, with a quick trip over to Swami's beach to watch the surfers (or participate!), and enjoy a lovely dinner or evening cocktail at one of the many restaurants.
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Encinitas
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Encinitas is my most favorite place along the coast. The main street offers such a variety of interesting shops, the beaches are clean and classic California, and Self Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens is a must-see. So many great reasons to spend an afternoon walking in downtown, with a quick trip over to Swami's beach to watch the surfers (or participate!), and enjoy a lovely dinner or evening cocktail at one of the many restaurants.
Vista is just south of Bonsall, and has spent quite a bit of their budget in recent years gentrifying the downtown area. Home to Mother Earth and Belching Beaver microbreweries, and the fantastic Vista Village Pub (an Irish pub) where you can my second-most favorite version of Bangers and Mash, Vista may be small, but it has an active nightlife. For the morning after, there is Curbside Cafe, with some of the best diner-style breakfast choices outside of New Jersey. Maybe because it's owned by Joe, who I'm pretty sure is from the NY/NJ area!
Vista
Vista is just south of Bonsall, and has spent quite a bit of their budget in recent years gentrifying the downtown area. Home to Mother Earth and Belching Beaver microbreweries, and the fantastic Vista Village Pub (an Irish pub) where you can my second-most favorite version of Bangers and Mash, Vista may be small, but it has an active nightlife. For the morning after, there is Curbside Cafe, with some of the best diner-style breakfast choices outside of New Jersey. Maybe because it's owned by Joe, who I'm pretty sure is from the NY/NJ area!
Oceanside is still busy refurbishing its main street, but it's fast becoming a better place to hang out. Close to Camp Pendleton, there are many "boots" that hang out at the bars, but the addition of a couple more hotels in recent years has the tourist trade booming over there. Alas, these hotels are very tall and have blocked all the good views from rooftop hangouts of the past, but the beach is still nice, and sometimes there is even an event in the bandshell. Every Thursday Oceanside hosts a farmers market, which is more like a street fair. In the earlier part of the day it's mostly produce and food; they take a break in the middle of the day, then set up at night more like a street fair. The nighttime version has food as well, but it's more along the lines of street food for dinner. There are a ton of booths selling locally made wares, and in summer it's usually pretty crowded. Dogs are welcome and prevalent at the street fair, but please check the laws about how close they can be to any food booths. Usually you have to keep them back a bit.
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Oceanside
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Oceanside is still busy refurbishing its main street, but it's fast becoming a better place to hang out. Close to Camp Pendleton, there are many "boots" that hang out at the bars, but the addition of a couple more hotels in recent years has the tourist trade booming over there. Alas, these hotels are very tall and have blocked all the good views from rooftop hangouts of the past, but the beach is still nice, and sometimes there is even an event in the bandshell. Every Thursday Oceanside hosts a farmers market, which is more like a street fair. In the earlier part of the day it's mostly produce and food; they take a break in the middle of the day, then set up at night more like a street fair. The nighttime version has food as well, but it's more along the lines of street food for dinner. There are a ton of booths selling locally made wares, and in summer it's usually pretty crowded. Dogs are welcome and prevalent at the street fair, but please check the laws about how close they can be to any food booths. Usually you have to keep them back a bit.

城市觀光建議

周邊交通資訊
Public transportation in SD is only convenient in some areas
San Diego is a very large county, and getting around solely by public transportation can be a challenge. There are local trains called the Sprinter, which travels inland, and the Coaster, which travels along the coast, but the train stations are few and far between. I believe you'd have to take Amtrak to get to the LA area, and the stations there are also not always convenient. The buses are a bit easier, especially within the City of San Diego, but getting to one of those from my house is a mile walk, and we are so far north, you could spend half your exploring time sitting on a bus.
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Highways are referred to as "The" plus the number
Where the East Coast usually refers to their highways by the proper names such as I-95 or I-40 or I-20, for some reason, the West Coast refers to their major roadways as "The 15" or "The 5" or "The 76," regardless of whether it's an interstate, highway, or a more local freeway.
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Farmers Markets
There are so many farmers markets in San Diego! Some of the larger ones are: Hillcrest Farmers Market on Sundays in the Hillcrest area of University and 10th; Little Italy Farmers Market on Saturdays in Little Italy near the airport; Vista Farmers Market on Saturdays in the courthouse parking lot; and the Oceanside Farmers Market on Thursdays both afternoon and evening, in downtown Oceanside.