Here’s Where to Dine, Stay and Play in Carlsbad

Written By: Kaylin Waizinger, Tanya Sawhney, and Keri Bridgwater What to Do Carlsbad

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North County has some of San Diego’s most picturesque corners and also some of its coolest. The gorgeous Pacific coastline speaks for itself, but the charm of the laid-back beach town of Carlsbad doesn’t end with sandy shores and surf cred. This nook of North County is packed with quaint shops, buzzy restaurants, hoppin’ bars and community events, including a weekly farmers market. Ride the Coaster up from downtown and hop off in the heart of it all—here’s how to spend an ideal weekend in Carlsbad!

 

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Stay at: The Cassara Carlsbad

If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or an affordable coastal staycation within proximity to the city’s most desirable destinations, check in to The Cassara Carlsbad! This picturesque hotel boasts breathtaking ocean views, tasty California cuisine and dreamy, Mediterranean-style decor. Nestled on the rugged coast, the architecture and design of this laid-back resort eloquently displays quintessential California vibes.

 

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at: The Goods

Cure your cravings with a selection of artisan doughnuts made from scratch! The Goods offers a yummy selection of fresh-baked goods, including doughnuts like the chocolate ganache, Tahitian vanilla, brown butter, s’mores, strawberry cheesecake and more. Our favorite? The Salted Crunch—a yeast-raised doughnut in a chocolate ganache topped with a chip + pretzel chocolate brittle. Oh yeah, and all of “the goods” are oh so ‘Grammable.

 

Noon What to Do Carlsbad

Visit: The Flower Fields

Add to your Insta feed at the iconic Flower Fields! This famous destination features nearly 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers—one of the most spectacular displays of natural color and beauty in the world. The flowers are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year, from early March through early May, so plan your visit accordingly!

 

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Stop for Lunch at: Casero Taqueria

Located in Bressi Ranch, Casero Taqueria offers diners a taste of authentic Baja cuisine. With a delectable selection of braised, grilled and wood-fired tacos (served on housemade tortillas), fresh salads, sharable starters and an assortment of soups, burritos and tortas, this local spot is a great place for a marg and a bite. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio and enjoy the balmy SoCal weather!

 

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Shop at: Wysh San Diego

From home decor and stationery to graphic tees and boho jumpsuits, Wysh San Diego is packed with uber cool interior finds, adorable gifts and on-trend apparel. The store also stocks a number of handmade items from local makers, so you can shop and support small businesses.

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Get Crafty at: Handled Pottery Studio

Get behind the wheel and make something beautiful (memories included) with a private pottery lesson at this artist-run ceramic studio. This workshop space also holds a Coffee & Clay intro class every Saturday and Sunday morning and a springtime Kids Clay Camp for the little ones.

 

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Dine at: Jeune et Jolie

Coral-colored banquettes, globe lanterns and brassy art deco accents make this fledgling French bistro a trip-to-Paris come true. Curated by award-winning interior design studio Bells + Whistles, Jeune et Jolie is sophisticated, elegant and everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Feast on French dishes like the Côte de Boeuf (American Wagyu, sweetbreads, mirepoix, yogurt, streusel) and the Crevette (blue prawn, baby vegetables, peanut, shellfish consommé). Oh and don’t forget to take pics—these entrees are almost too pretty to eat.

 

8 p.m.

Grab Drinks at: Park 101

A solid menu and sweet views make Park 101’s Tamarack View Deck rooftop lounge a bomb spot for after-dinner drinks. Gaze out over the Carlsbad neighborhood sign while digging into some tri-tip tacos and a craft cocktails. This bi-level, plaza-style complex features an abundance of outdoor seating with a spacious lawn and communal picnic tables.

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