This East Village Executive Knows Where to Eat, Sip and Stay

Photography Provided By: Steve Cooper, OneMediaSD East Village San Diego

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Name: Diane Peabody Straw

Job Title: Executive Director, East Village Association
Resident of: San Diego
Local Living: 30 years


3 Must-Do Activities When in East Village: East Village San Diego

-Check out the murals! Tip: there is a map on our website
-Visit the Central Library—the views from the dome are magical.
-Enjoy beer or cocktails! East Village has over a dozen local breweries and distilleries.


What’s Quackin’?

Duck Foot Brewing Co. in East Village is an award-winning craft brewery; I love them because they have great gluten-free food and beer! Also, they just reopened with a new chef and a whole new menu, which is super exciting! They also offer dine-in, takeout and beer to go, so you can sip and snack at home.


Sky High Staycation

Hotel Indigo is one of my favorite spots for a San Diego staycation. Level 9 Rooftop Bar has incredible views of Petco Park and the gorgeous San Diego skyline. The property is also in walking distance to pretty much everything, so you can shop, eat and explore all that the surrounding neighborhood has to offer.

Egg-celent Eats East Village San Diego

The Mission in East Village is a cozy urban bistro with a cottage-like feel, making it the perfect spot for an al fresco brunch. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu! My favorite savory option is the soy chorizo and eggs, and my favorite sweet option is the cinnamon raisin French toast. Both dishes are artfully prepared and totally worth the splurge!


Something to Sing About

Café de L’Opera is simply amazing! The owners bake their own pastries fresh daily, including their delicious croissants. There are few spots that compare to what you find abroad, and this is one of them. It is definitely worth stopping in for breakfast or lunch—or even ordering a box to go to treat family or coworkers.


Knotty or Nice? East Village San Diego

Knotty Barrel is one of my favorite places to watch the Padres play. Their industrial-style back patio has plenty of TVs and is complete with games, fire pits, a full bar and plenty of seating. And you can never go wrong with one of their deliciously stacked burgers.


East Village Association
1041 Market St
San Diego, CA 92101

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