Home to golden beaches, contemporary art galleries and oceanfront hotels, San Diego is a haven for tourists looking to soak up some culture and some rays. Here’s a few ideas to get you started when planning your adventures in America’s Finest City.
The aroma of fresh seafood spills from the doors of The Fishery, carried on the ocean breeze through the streets of Pacific Beach. Heading inside, you’ll soon discover the source: an open kitchen where market-fresh, wild-caught ingredients are prepared. The interior has elements of a fishing hut – think museum-like collections of fish sculptures, exposed beams and wooden furnishings – but the food is the star of the show here. Locals love the pacific swordfish with housemade ricotta gnocchi, and the macadamia-crusted Alaska halibut is also a big hit.
The only thing that might distract you from the delicious farm-to-table fare served in CUCINA enoteca Del Mar is the whimsical rustic decor. Found on Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade, this Italian-meets-Southern-California restaurant features a cascading model horse art installation, dangling vintage globes and antler light fixtures – a haunting sight for fans of Hannibal. From hot honey and fig pizzas to creamy house-made pastas and juicy burgers with parmesan fries, the hard part is deciding what to eat.