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San Diego Spots

The List O’ Spots

Kate Sessions Park, Pacific Beach
Wonderful views of Mission Bay and a great make-out or picnic spot
Mr. Frosty, Pacific Beach
Dipped cones and other great stuff. Perfect stop after bodysurfing
Giant Dipper, Mission Beach
For my entire childhood, this rollercoaster was a burnt out hulk. Now, you can enjoy a classic wood rollercoaster
The Tidepools near La Jolla Cove
The Black, Ocean Beach
Classic 1960’s style Head Shop
Dog Beach, Ocean Beach
Unique beach where you can, yes, bring your dog
Blue Meanie Records, El Cajon
Great selection of vinyl, a record store with actual character
Chicken Pie Shop, North Park
Cheap, great food. The original was in Hillcrest, but they’ve moved the whole works to this spot on El Cajon Blvd
Paras Newsstand, North Park
Near corner of University and 30th Avenue
Ranchos Mexican Restaurant
Great, healthy Mexican Food on 30th Street in North Park
Parking Lot @ Mary Magdalene Church, Clairemont
Excellent view overlooking Mission Bay
Lou’s Records, Encinitas
Excellent record store, lots of character, and great selection

– Joe (born San Diego, grew up everywhere else)

Cabrillo Monument, Point Loma
Little Chef, Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach Pier, Ocean Beach
Sunset Cliffs at sunset, Ocean Beach/Point Loma
Sports Arena Tower Records
It’s at its most crowded and commercial point, but it’s still is pretty cool
Rudford’s, North Park
Murray Ridge Park, Serra Mesa
a park that has a pretty good view of the city from a different angle
Wahrenbrock’s Bookstore, on Broadway, Downtown
one of the last bookstores in the downtown area where you can browse almost all day.
Music Trader on 4th, Downtown
(across from Horton Plaza)
Ken Theatre, Kensington
Kensington Video, Kensington
Off The Record, Hillcrest
on 5th (between University and Robinson)
The Self Realization Center in Encinitas
(a quiet spot)

– Erin (lifetime San Diegan)

John Cole’s Bookstore, La Jolla
John Cole’s Bookstore: mom and pop bookstore in la jolla. has good selection and was previously someone’s home but now it’s a bookstore! cool!
El Zarape, University Heights
really really good, healthy mexican food on Park Blvd. Great carne asada anything.
Twigg’s, University Heights
yummy coffee. good place to people watch
Java Joes, Ocean Beach
great place to see local groups play.

– Jennifer (transplant, moved here in 1999)

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