Photo Courtesy: Grain & Grit Collective
Photo Courtesy: Grain & Grit Collective

7 Reasons to be Excited About Downtown San Diego in 2018

Keep These Newbies on Your Radar in Downtown SD

Written By: Jordan Ligons

Can You Hear That Buzzing?

Your favorite coffee shop just opened a new location in Hillcrest and the buzz will last all of 2018 and beyond. This extravagant location marks the eighth spot in SD and locals can’t get enough. With its two-story, hipster-haven decor, neon ‘Coffee First’ sign and Insta-worthy tile floor, the real questions is, can I live here?

801 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

Downtown SD

Honey, I’m Home

A post shared by Shift Apts (@shiftapts) on

Give yourself a major upgrade and move into the iconic SHIFT in East Village. These urban high-rise apartment homes come equipped with state-of-the-art appliances, automatic Lutron shades, Kitchen islands and is within walking distance from the area’s best bites. Plus, residents will be able to work from their exclusive STLT co-working offices fully equipped with free Wi-Fi and all the technology to keep you productive. Stay in shape in SHIFTs fitness and yoga room and keep your BFF happy with a dedicate pet play area. There’s no place like home and we think we just found your new one.

1501 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


Welcome to Little (Lit)aly

Coming this summer, you and your besties will be able to go the Little Italy Food Hall. A social dining hub for foodie fans in the highly anticipated Piazza della Famigli, this will be the spot to be. It will have six tenants, including Not Not Tacos by Sam the Cooking Guy; the Bar at Little Italy Food Hall featuring craft cocktails, local beer and wine; pizzeria Ambrogio15; Roast Meat & Sandwich Shop; Wicked Maine Lobster and two yet-to-be announced vendors.

You Make Me Melt

This new Little Italy hotspot already has a line wrapped around the block for their one-of-a-kind flavors. Salt & Straw is known around the ‘Gram for their crazy concoctions (hey, Peanut Butter Stout with Chocolate Chicharrón) and prime opportunity to hold your ice cream cone against a bright-colored mural.

1670 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

\(Almost) Too Cute to Eat

A post shared by Harumama (@harumamasd) on

Harumama is a new project by local restaurateurs Jenny and James Pyo, (Love Boat Sushi, Blue Ocean Robata and Sushi Bar and Pokewan) comes a ridiculously character-bun-and-ramen spot that is a must visit in 2018. Share these with your friends, or don’t; we won’t judge.

1901 Columbia St
San Diego, CA 92101


Pick Up Your Dry Cleaning…and Gelato?

An’s Dry Cleaning is a gelato spot coming this spring to Adams Avenue and we couldn’t be more excited to try. Per their Instagram, they’re working on an exclusive avocado gelato—um yes, please! The name is a nod to the historical establishment that occupied the building before them, and we’re here for all of it. Can’t wait!

3017 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

Do Yoga With Your Dog

Dreams do come true!  Good Dog Pet Outfitters will be starting their “Doga” series at their Point Loma pet boutique on Feb. 24. Every fourth Saturday of the month starting at 9 a.m., local yoga teacher and animal lover, Laura McIntire, leads a walk around the park and yoga poses that both you and your pooch can enjoy. End the morning with a trip back to the boutique to enjoy treats and 10 percent off the entire store.

3034 Canon St
San Diego, CA 92106

Website | + posts


12 Waterfront Restaurants in Orange County With Unforgettable Views
Make a Splash at the 16 Coolest Pools in Greater Palm Springs
Bare It All: Here Are 8 of the Best Nude Resorts in California
Poolside or Ocean Views? 8 Sunny Spots to Sip Cocktails This Summer



Related Content

Join our mailing list.Be the first to know about the best eats, shops, sights and escapes of Southern California.
Skip to content