Background to this story: My friend and I took a week long trip to California. During this trip we tried to do and see as much of California as we could in one week. During this week Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego were explored.
These are the Gems found and explored in San Diego in one day on a Saturday. If you know me, you know that I absolutely love COFFEE! In order to start my day I desperately needed some delicious caffeine to help me keep up with all the adventures the day had in store!
1st Gem that was found:
Better Buzz Coffee in Hillcrest
Lets talk about Better Buzz.This coffee shop was busy and we had to wait in line but the line was fast moving line and worth the wait. Again, we did visit on a Saturday morning. Trying to find a spot to take was a little difficult but they did have plenty of seating options.They had a patio and two floors with tables and seating options.The decor was absolutely beautiful. I loved the elements of hexagons and how they incorporated black metal elements. In my mind it was very modern rustic.
Another awesome part was their baristas, they there were very friendly. One barista even suggested visiting another coffee shop that we thought I would greatly enjoy. But, let me tell you about their drinks though! They had a delicious orange matcha which my friend ordered. I have had a lot of matcha during my life time but this matcha was out of this world! The addition of the citrus elevated the drink to another level. Since I needed caffeine I ordered the Iced Horchata Latte with oat milk. YUMMM! It was delicious. I highly recommend it! I highly encourage you to explore around this neighborhood and discover the abundance of thrift shops you can go into and find some hidden gems.
2nd Gem Found:
This was my second time at Balboa park and my experience was as amazing at the first time. First thing about Balboa Park is that it’s FREE!! Balboa park is home to museums, performing art venues, beautiful gardens, timeless architecture, and recreational spaces. You can find vendors selling refreshments, snacks to keep you cool, or souvenirs.
- Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden: has so many different colored roses I didn’t know it was possible to see so many of them at once.
- Spanish Village Art Center: Colorful center with an abundance of artist selling their beautiful art.
- Botanical building and Lily Pond: Garden Goals right here! It is also very peaceful and relaxing eating the koi fish swim around the lily pond.
3rd Gem Found:
Little Italy is there perfect place to be if you are looking for Italian food. Who would have thought. It is filled with Italian influence and close to the ocean giving you great views of the bay area.
- Barbusa is an Italian restaurant in little neighborhood. My friend and I shared the Capelacci which was cheese stuffed pasta, pistacchio pesto, and sun-dried tomatoes and a margherita pizza. Let me tell you, the food was out of this world! The mozzarella on the pizza was very fresh and absolutely delicious. It gave me a food coma.I wish I could eat here every day. It is definitely a must Try!
4th Gem Found June shine
I had never tried boozie Kombucha so this was a first for me and June shine did not disappoint. They had a small and cozy tap room with plenty of options which were super refreshing. Their bartenders were also very friendly and nice! Even though they do not offer food there, they do have complementary popcorn. Who doesn’t love free popcorn!?!
5th Gem Found
Another memorable Coffee shop was Modern Times Coffee.
Modern times coffee is located inside The modern Times Beer Fermentorium. The unique aspect of this coffee shop is their dinosaur theme. Behind the bar is a giant dinosaur greeting you as they take your order. I wish I could remember what kind of dinosaur it was in order to be more specific. They also have a mural on a wall of a dinosaur but it is all composed of sticky notes! Sticky notes! Like how cool is that? My friend and I both tried their frozen horchata cold brew and it was the perfect drink for a summer day in San Diego.
If you’re ever in the San Diego area I highly recommend checking these places out!