Exploring South Park

Located South of 30th street, you’ll find a small town community crafted with heart and soul.  One of the first suburbs of Downtown San Diego, this community is abundant of many small independently owned businesses, where you can be assured to find everything you need within steps.  Additionally, this pet friendly community has an open door policy, allowing pets to live as equally among all.  If walkability is at the top of your list, South Park may be the place for you!

*Just moved to South Park and looking for furnishings? Find out how in my article “Furnish Your New Home for Less” 

Things to Do, See, and Taste

Well known for it’s tasty burgers and outdoor friendly environment, Station Tavern & Burgers is the place to be in South Park.  With a variety of sauces and dressings to choose from, your burger is customizable with endless combinations paired with their crispy signature tater tots.  Your taste buds are sure to be in for a treat! *Most Popular – Spicy Black Bean Burger

Expecting out of town visitors, a quiet place to study or just looking to meet the neighbors? Rebecca’s Cafe is full of positive vibes, with many options to choose from coffee to tea, sandwiches to pastries, and her highly acclaimed homemade scones (A South Park favorite!) which will have you coming back for more on a daily basis. *New flavors daily

Making room for new wardrobe is always a challenge, especially if shopping is just a few steps away.  In South Park, you’ll find many vintage boutiques, ranging from a mix of eclectic furniture, fashion, accessories, home goods, and more…. Stores like Make Good, are 100% locally sourced handmade arts, jewelry, clothing, and gifts by artisans in San Diego and Tijuana.  And lets not forget the children, if they’ve been good, rewarding them has never been so easy and convenient.  So Childish is a small unique boutique suited for all ages and interests.  Nevertheless, if you still can’t find what you need, there’s a Target Express around the corner located off of Fern and Grape Street.

We all have our own specialty grocery of choice, but no need to set your travels around San Diego.  You can find all your high quality produce and meat at either the Food Bowl Market or Grant’s Marketplace, which offers a full Deli, and a speciality grocery selection including general groceries, pastries, craft beers, fine cheeses, wines and much more…. For full blown organic produce, Sacred Juice is filled with the most delicious local fruits, veggies, grass-red organic meats and eggs.  Every single item is 100% organic!

Last but not least, lets not forget about the pets.  Our pet friendly environment wouldn’t exist without having a place for them to wind down and relax.  If your pet is in need of grooming or a wash, South Bark Dog Wash provides a vibrant and educational place where their service compliments quality over quantity.

Community Events

South Park has a special way of bringing the community together.  Once a year historic South Park holds a street fair with exhibitors, artist and vendors called the Old House Fair, which happens around June.  Explore South Park’s historic side by touring a few homes including some that are 100 years old, as experts share the secrets behind restoring and preserving these one of a kind craftsman style homes from the exterior, interior, and landscaping.  Likewise, experience this historic neighborhood by trolley!

For all of you foodies out there, Taste of South Park is a must for the month of September.  Trademarked by an eclectic band of restaurants, bars and pubs, coffee houses and family dining spots, your craving’s needs can all be found in one place in one full day, where you’ll find many restaurants like The Big Kitchen Cafe, Buona Forcetta, South Park Brewing Co, Del Sur, The Daily Scoop, and many more showcasing their very best.

And as if the year couldn’t end on a better note, celebrate your holiday season with South Park’s very own season of lights called Luminaria (Kick-off to Luminaria is the Community Tree Lighting, Nov. 30th starting 6pm)!  From mid-November to the New Year, sparkling tree lined streets are illuminated with holiday lights throughout the business district, encouraging business owners with decorated storefronts, and a custom-made holiday tree for everyone to enjoy through New Year’s Day.  A special way to celebrate your holiday season with family, friends and your pets, making it an unforgettable one in the books!

*For more foodie recommendations in the area, check out my article “Exploring North Park – Foodie Edition”

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