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5 Reasons Why Barrio Logan Is Our Favorite Neighborhood in San Diego Right Now

Culture, Art and Comfort Food Abound in This Historic San Diego Neighborhood!

If you love art, Mexican-American traditions and eating the best Chicano food on the West Coast, you’ll love spending time in San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood. Known for its murals depicting the Mexican-American struggle, this neighborhood is full of cultural expression and charm. Spend time checking out local vendors at the neighborhood’s weekly Walk the Block event or snag a beer at one of the local breweries. Here are our top five reasons to visit Barrio Logan! Barrio Logan Itinerary


Art Is Everywhere! 

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Barrio Logan is known primarily for its Latinx history. So much so that Chicano Park houses the largest collection of Chicano murals not just in California, but in the world. Special pieces of art flood the neighborhood—pieces like the Mercado del Barrio mural. This mosaic piece was created by artist Betsy K. Schulz and elementary school students in 2012. It was crafted from clay pieces and found objects, depicting the community’s past and its hope for the future. The Mercado del Barrio mural was created to symbolize family and community -as well as honoring those who have been in the neighborhood for generations.

Barrio Logan Itinerary

Best Chicano Comfort Food

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When in the neighborhood, you’ll want to get a taste of Barrio Dogg. This Chicano comfort food joint serves Baja-style hot dogs out of a lowrider! Created as a champion for the Barrio Logan community, this local spot exists to provide soul-feeding comfort food to its customers. Another local favorite is Las Cuatro Milpas. Known for its homemade tortillas and picnic-style decor—and their yummy tamales—Las Cuatro Milpas offers a familiar Chicano taste with a family feel. Last up is ¡Salud!—a must-try taco spot serving up authentic Mexican street food. From its tattoo-inspired murals to its pinstriped car hoods on the walls, this local hotspot is the pinnacle of Southern California Mexican-American culture.

Local Insight: ¡Salud! recently opened an event hall right next to the restaurant called Corazon Del Barrio. Stay up to date with the latest events—and drop in to get some street tacos while you’re at it. 


Proximity to Downtown San Diego

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Barrio Logan sits right on the cusp of the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego at the bottom of the Coronado Bridge. This neighborhood allows easy access to other San Diego enclaves like Seaport Village and Little Italy—not to mention popular hotels, restaurants and shops. You can hit the beach, enjoy the nightlife and experience the buzzing culture of downtown San Diego with ease. You can even pop over to Coronado Island for a day of fun in the sun!

Barrio Logan Itinerary

Breweries Galore

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Who doesn’t love an ice-cold beer? Barrio Logan is home to several local breweries, where you can sip and savor a pint or two. First up: Mujeres Brew House. With a mission to educate and empower those who love craft beer, Mujeres is a family- and pet-friendly spot with craft beer and a michelada bar. Be sure to check out their seasonal favorites! Next up: Border X Brewing. This local taphouse stands for community, culture and local craft beer. Not to mention, they bring in a rotating roster of local food trucks. Every Tuesday, Border X has Loteria night at 7 p.m.! Bring your family for food, drinks and prizes! And lastly, Thorn Brewing Co. has three local taprooms around San Diego, but the Barrio Logan location is the original. It features a 30-barrel brewhouse, canning line and tasting room. With seasonal favorites, beer on tap and a variety of canned options, Thorn is the place to go to knock one back. 

A Celebration of Chicano Culture

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At the heart of Barrio Logan is Chicano Park. This park was formed in 1971 after a protest in 1970 to stop the construction of a highway patrol station. Since then, this park has been the pillar of the Barrio Logan community and houses over 80 murals. This beautiful neighborhood celebrates traditional Mexican cultural holidays, such as Dia de los Muertos, and is home to tons of local shops that celebrate and honor Chicano culture. This community stands for its history, generational residents and the fight for political and social justice. More than anything, Barrio Logan is a place of community.

Barrio Logan Itinerary

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