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How to Spend 24 Splendid Hours in South Park

This Hip Urban Enclave is Bustling With Things to Do

Enjoy a weekend adventuring through one of San Diego‘s charming urban neighborhoods that’s home to over 70 small businesses, good views, good times and good food. Despite being over 100 years old, the tree-lined neighborhood of South Park feels fresh and hip—complete with vibrant street art. Spend the day snacking on tasty eats, sipping craft drinks and popping into a variety of unique independent shops. Here’s a nine-stop itinerary for a “daycay” in one of San Diego’s hippest enclaves. South Park Itinerary


9 a.m.

Whole Latte Love

Start your morning with a cold brew or one of Communal Coffee’s specialty lattes. This adorable coffee shop serves bites and beverages out of a restored vintage trailer. It’s the perfect place to get your caffeine kick and take lots of cute photos. 


10 a.m. 

Flower Power

Native Poppy’s wild and whimsical garden-style design and friendly florists make it the ideal spot to pick up some beautiful blooms. Pick from the daily flower menu or choose between arranged bouquets and wearables like flower hair combs and boutonnieres. 

South Park Itinerary

11 a.m

Brunch o’Clock

Get your grub on with Kindred’s plant-based menu that is meant to dazzle your eyes and taste buds simultaneously. Don’t leave brunch without trying their Crusties, which are made with bánh mì French toast sticks, banana custard, powdered sugar and mint.

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1 p.m.

Walk It Out

Aid your after-brunch digestion with a leisurely nature walk. Juniper Canyon’s trails provide plenty of walking space to stretch your legs and soak in that California sunshine. Keep an eye out for the native San Diego plants and fauna. There’s ample parking, and you can bring your pup too!

South Park Itinerary

2 p.m.

Gold Mine

Don’t leave South Park empty-handed. The curated selection of goodies and gifts from Gold Leaf make it a must-stop shop. They truly have a bit of everything—from trendy doormats and intention bracelets to brass bookmarks and apothecary items.

3 p.m. 

Let’s Go Cocoa 

Eclipse Chocolate Bar, Bistro & Bodega is a family business that crafts Fairtrade-certified couverture chocolate. Try the build-a-bar option and create your own chocolatey masterpiece from their selection of 30 botanicals, fruits, nuts, spices and salts from around the globe.

South Park Itinerary

4:30 p.m.

Girl, Put Your Records On

From funk to punk, you’ll find all that jazz at Vinyl Junkies Record Shack. It’s a must-visit for music lovers! They carry everything from records and cassette tapes to turntables, stereo gear and memorabilia from every genre.


6 p.m.

Ciao Down

For an authentic taste of Italy, dine at Buona Forchetta in the heart of Liberty Station. Feast on Neapolitan-style pies, homemade pasta and northern Italian entrees. If you’re feeling adventurous, ask your server about the special of the day.

South Park Itinerary

8 p.m.

Stop and Smell the Rosé

The Rose Wine Bar is dedicated to serving natural wines made with organically grown and native grapes with minimal additives. Join their wine club or bring a bottle home with you by purchasing from their bottle shop.


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Carmen Varner is a North County San Diego-based writer and social media manager. She writes about food, beverage, lifestyle, and travel. You can find her tending to her patio garden, sipping on Earl Grey tea, or looking up a fun place to visit.




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