24 Perfect Hours in San Diego’s East Village

Eat, Sip and Play the Day Away

East Village is Downtown San Diego’s local hotspot—a large and thriving neighborhood that stretches from Seventh Ave to 17th St. Best known as the home of Padres baseball, East Village offers incredible restaurants and cafes, charming boutiques and community parks, as well as the beautiful San Diego Central Library. With over 130 blocks, you could spend weeks exploring all East Village has to offer, but if you only have one day, check out these can’t-miss destinations. East Village Hot Spots


7 a.m. East Village Hot Spots

Jump-Start Your Morning

Get your caffeine fix at Young Hickory, a local coffee shop built into the IDEA1 community. Try their cinnamon toast latte and grab a bag of their locally roasted beans to bring home with you. 

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8 a.m. East Village Hot Spots

Break a Sweat

Even if you’re not ready to step into the ring, The Boxing Club offers classes ranging from yoga and spin to jiu-jitsu and muay Thai. This martial arts and fitness gym even offers one-on-one personal training and access to locker rooms and saunas. Hang out or get work done at the Wi-Fi bar in the members’ lounge!


9:30 a.m. East Village Hot Spots

Grab a Bite

After your workout, enjoy a San Diego obsession: the breakfast burrito. Family-owned El Puerto by the Park combines California fresh produce with Mexican recipes for a hearty burrito that will fuel your day.


10:30 a.m. East Village Hot Spots

Get Groomed

Stop by Tailored Hair for a trim or shave and see why men from all over the region come to this specialty barbershop. Each service is customized to the client, so you know you’re getting a truly tailored barber experience.

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Noon East Village Hot Spots

Run the Dog (or the Kids!)

Head to Quartyard and soak up the sun in the vibrant outdoor community space that is home to a beer garden, coffee shop and off-leash dog run. Check out what activities are happening that day and stumble upon events like roller skating, street markets and concerts.  


2:00 p.m.

Enjoy a Leisurely Lunch

Sit down on one of the expansive patios at Social Tap for a scratch-made lunch. The menu offers something for everyone with sandwiches, salads, tacos and other community favorites.

4:00 p.m.

Put on Your Bowling Shoes

Bowling gets an upgrade at East Village Tavern+Bowl, with 12 bowling lanes, local craft beers and a party vibe. Put your game face on and get read to have a ball!


6 p.m.

Head to the Night Market

Spanning from F St to Island Ave, the East Village Night Market provides the downtown San Diego community with access to a diverse selection of fresh and prepared food, local artisans and makers. This 13th St event will run from 5-9 p.m. on the following dates: May 6 and 20, June 10 and 24, July 1 and 15, August 5 and 19 and September 2 and 16. Don’t miss out on this chance to shop local in the heart of East Village!


7:00 p.m.

Explore the Pasta-bilities

Getting hungry? Head to Monzu Fresh Pasta for authentic Italian cuisine. Try the beautifully presented Cestino al Tartufo—spaghetti with cheese and truffle sauce served in a personal parmesan crisp bowl. 


9:00 p.m.

Go Gin Tasting

You & Yours Distilling Co. specializes in handcrafted gin, which you can sample in a tasting flight or in one of their craft cocktails. Visit their oh-so-Insta-worthy tasting room and experience their world-class cocktail program.


East Village Association
1041 Market St
San Diego, CA 92101

About the author

Michelle Stansbury is a San Diego-based freelance writer who writes about travel, food, cocktails, and events. Misuse of the word ""literally"" drives her figuratively insane.


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