San Diego’s East Village, just east of the Gaslamp Quarter, is a diverse and ever-changing blend of high-end high-rises, industrial warehouses, Victorian-era homes, restaurants, bars and boutiques. Check out this baker’s dozen of hot hangouts in San Diego’s largest downtown neighborhood.
Show off your team spirit at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres. Even in the off-season, the stadium hosts big-name bands and other fun events. Another East Village anchor is the nine-story Central Library, recognizable by its steel-ribbed dome. The arts are also a prominent part of this up-and-coming neighborhood, with colorful murals like those at the brand-new I.D.E.A. District and artist work spaces peppered throughout. New to the neighborhood, Quartyard is an urban city park, constructed from repurposed shipping containers offering event and art space, coffee shop and craft beer garden.
The culinary offerings in the East Village are as diverse as the neighborhood itself. Café Chloe serves up French bistro classics, while its sister eatery Minou Creperie evokes European charm. For a different kind of noodles try Tajima Ramen. Harvest by the Patio focuses on healthy fare, and The Mission features “Chino-Latino” brunch dishes. The East Village is also home to a booming brewery scene. Sip a vodka or gin cocktail in the tasting room at new downtown distillery You & Yours, which also happens to be Southern California’s first female owned distillery. Grab a pint of craft beer at Half Door Brewing Co., where they set up shop in an early 1900s house. Monkey Paw, a no-frills boutique brewery, has about a dozen house-made brews on tap. And Mission Brewery near the ballpark offers tours of its more than a century old workspace.