Wednesday, July 28, 2010

San Diego's Hillcrest

Whenever I think of good eclectic foods in San Diego, Hillcrest always come to mind. Whether it be Vietnamese, Japanese, Indian, Persian, Mid-Eastern, American, Italian, Mexican and what else my wandering mind can think of, Hillcrest has them all.
Real Good Mexican Food at Ortega in Hillcrest
Hillcrest is a bustling San Diego neighborhood of ethnic restaurants and coffee shops, the atmosphere is fun-loving, and where locals and tourists go to people watch, party, enjoy the night life and/or simply enjoy walking around its stylish thrift stores and artsy bungalows. 

Hillcrest is well known as San Diego's gay and lesbian Mecca. Here, one will experience a very friendly community of tolerance. Here, whether they may be gay or straight, local or tourist, diverse group of people simply welcome each other, spend their night and weekend for some clean and lively fun. 

Every July, Hillcrest hosts the annual San Diego LGBT Parade, which is the 5th largest in US and attracts 150,000 cheering spectators.  After the parade, it is followed by a two day festival at Balboa Park. Balboa Park is right next to Hillcrest, and is the nation's largest urban cultural park. 
Reflecting Pond, Balboa Park
Balboa Park is home to 15 major museums, performing arts venues, beautiful and lush gardens, and of course, of the world famous San Diego Zoo.
Nursing Panda at The San Diego Zoo
 Being close to downtown San Diego, and part of the heart of San Diego, finding nice places to stay or hotels at Hillcrest is not a problem. There are many hotels close by so that one just just stroll in this lively and friendly San Diego neighborhood. 
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  1. Oh, we LOVE to eat in the Hillcrest area! There is a Mediterranean restaurant, a crepes place...ahhhh...a bread store! What fun!

  2. First, oh my how adorable - the pandas. I wish we had them here at our zoo. Oh, I'd love to see one in person. I've never been to San Diego, would love to go sometime. Mexican food is my favorite food. I can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and never get tired of it. Cool post, betchai.

  3. I know why i am always hungry when i leave this place. That plate looks really good!