There are so many fun things to do in East Village– Downtown San Diego’s largest neighborhood with 130 blocks of condos, rooftop bars, restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, galleries, live music venues, and luxury hotels. Whether you’re new to Downtown San Diego, or a long-time resident, there’s always something to discover in San Diego’s East Village. Check out our top 9 things to do in East Village San Diego.
PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres, is not only one of East Village’s greatest attractions, it also played a major role in fueling the revitalization of the neighborhood when it opened in April 2004. When there are no baseball games, the stadium is still a local hotspot. The Park at the Park is nearly three-acres of open park, with trees, a picnic area, and a mini baseball diamond where kids can emulate their favorite baseball players. PETCO Park also hosts major events including concerts and festivals. Past performances at PETCO Park include legends like the Rolling Stones, Madonna, and Paul McCartney. You can view the full list of events at PETCO Park here.
Embarcadero Marina Park South:
Located by the San Diego Convention Center, this gorgeous bayside park boasts views of the famous Coronado Bridge and the San Diego Bay, and has a fishing pier, basketball courts, and gazebos. On any given day, you can find East Village residents basking in the San Diego sun on the grass, or playing a game of frisbee. During the summer, Embarcadero Marina Park South is home to Bayside Summer Nights, outdoor concerts from the San Diego Symphony and special guest artists.
Coffee Shops in East Village San Diego:
We know it’s hard to make it through the day without one (or four) cups of coffee. Luckily, East Village has several great coffee shops, including Bean Bar, Copa Vida, Coffee & Art, Halcyon East Village, Coffee & Tea Collective, and many more. Check out Yelp’s list of the 10 best coffee and tea spots in East Village for more info.
Restaurants East Village San Diego:
With all the fun things to do in East Village, you’ll definitely work up an appetite. There are tons of tasty restaurants in East Village San Diego, and more seem to pop up every month. Our favorite spots for a bite to eat include Bottega Americano, Neighborhood, Cowboy Star, Harvest by the Patio, and The Mission. You can view more places to eat in East Village on Yelp.
Nightlife in East Village:
With Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter just a few blocks away, the nightlife near East Village is some of San Diego’s best. How about a speakeasy? Noble Experiment is a bar hidden behind a secret door inside Neighborhood bar. For a night out with the girls, we love Omnia Nightclub with it’s rooftop cabanas and chic modern lounge and dance floor; The Oxford Social Club, an avant-garde nightclub located at the new Pendry hotel; PARQ on 6th and Broadway in the Gaslamp District; Bootlegger with it’s 1920’s speakeasy feel; and Rustic Root’s rooftop bar for craft cocktails.
If you’re a book lover, The Central Library should be added to your agenda. It’s steel lattice dome top can’t be missed. Opened in 2013, this nine-story San Diego Public Library includes a huge auditorium, a three-story domed reading room, a 9,100-square-foot children’s room, a teen center, and a technology center. You can view the Central LIbrary’s hours and other important visitor info here.
Opening soon at it’s new location at 13th and Market, The Quartyard is an outdoor food and drink venues constructed from repurposed shipping containers. This urban park includes large beer-garden-style tables, food trucks, a stage for live music, and a dog park. Open 7 days a week, Quartyard hosts a variety of events, from farmers markets to outdoor concerts and film festivals. Learn more about the Quartyard here.
Okay, so Balboa Park isn’t right in the heart of East Village, but it’s one of our favorite places near Downtown San Diego and is less than two miles away. Balboa Park is a National Historic Landmark with 1,200 acres of lush gardens, walking paths, museums, Spanish architecture, recreational facilities, gift shops, and restaurants. To learn more, visit https://www.balboapark.org/.
Flirt Urban Salon:
If you’re looking for the best hair salon near Downtown San Diego, come see us at Flirt Urban Salon on 10th street. We’ve been in East Village for over ten years and love this amazing, vibrant neighborhood. We’re also an exclusive Bumble and bumble salon selling the full range of Bb products for purchase. If you’d like to schedule a free consultation, give us a call at (619) 501-6890.Contact Us