We first checked out the neighborhood of South Park when our friends who used to be our neighbors in North Park moved there. North Park is for the young, while South Park is where you settle down. It’s a great spot to go to hang out with locals and get a glimpse of life in San Diego.
We’re way overdue for a visit, but in the meantime, check out some of our friend’s favorite spots.
About South Park San Diego Neighborhood
It’s a more family-friendly neighborhood than North Park and is a great place to settle down. Some compare it to Portland Oregon. The area is mostly residential, but more restaurants and shops have been popping up.
Things to Do in South Park San Diego
- Balboa Park – is one of the most popular spots in San Diego with tons of attractions and trails to explore
- South Park Walkabout – they are canceled for 2021 but may come back for 2022
- Gold Leaf Boutique – home accessories and gifts
- Juniper Canyon – another great spot to get outdoors without the foot traffic of Balboa
- Make Good – a shop that specializes in locally made goods from San Diego and Tijuana
- Native Poppy – local flower shop
- Thread + Seed (previously Graffiti Beach) – another local shop with accessories and home decor
- Vinly Junkies Record Shack – shop for records
South Park San Diego Restaurants
- Buona Forchetta ($$, Pizza)
- Cafe Madeleine ($$, Creperies, French) – also in North Park
- Communal Coffee ($, Coffee) – also in North Park
- Kindred ($$, Cocktails, American, Vegan)
- The Rose Wine Bar ($$, Wine, Brunch)
- Shawarma Guys ($$, Halal) – named number one in Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the US 2020. I don’t think it’s number one good, but it’s good enough and a good grab-and-go option.
Unfortunately, the Hamiltons Tavern, Monkey Paw Brewing, and South Park Brewing Company in South Park are permanently closed. Also, be sure to check out our brewery bucket list!
Any other things to do in South Park San Diego that we missed?