Nick and I spent a few days in San Diego last week and while he spent his days working hard at a conference for work, I relaxed and shopped my through one of my most favorite cities in California.
This trip came at a really beautiful time during this season of growing and changing and settling. With Nick gone at the conference, I had two whole days all to myself. I am learning how to be alone. I am learning how to explore and relax and adventure on my own and this was the perfect place to do just that. We had such a lovely time in San Diego and I wanted to share some of our favorite little spots. Enjoy!
Where to Eat:
Communal Coffee - The sweetest coffee shop with the sweetest people and the sweetest flowers. And the most delicious coffee. Definitely make a stop here if you are in the North Park area!
Modern Times Brewery - This place is crazy hip. Make sure to stop here for a great beer and a fun place to hang out.
The Roosevelt - Nick and I had our rehearsal dinner here and we try to make a stop every time we are in town. Located in Carlsbad Village, this sweet restaurant has some of the best pizza we have ever had. When you go, order their house pizza - the Roosevelt. It is made with sauce, cream, ribbons of parmesan, and basil. Need I say more?
Pummaro - Another pizza place we found while we were in downtown San Diego. Not only was the pizza incredible, they had the most insane artichoke we have ever eaten.
Bull Taco - A classic. We would get breakfast burritos here every time we camped at San Elijo State Beach. I made sure to grab one for myself when I got to the beach on Thursday morning and it was, of course, delightful.
Liberty Public Market- Nick and I have been here twice now and we still have food stalls on our list that we want to try. During this stop we ate at Cecilia's Tacos, Cane Patch Kitchen, Roma Express, and Mastiff Sausage. I am still thinking about the fried chicken po'boy we got from Cane Patch. So GOOD.
Revolution Roasters - Nick and I were too stuffed from our little food tour at Liberty Public Market to stop into this sweet coffee shop, but it is on my list for our next trip. This place was so cute and located next to the hippest little shops. Be sure to check it out if you are in Oceanside!
Lola's - Last but not least... Lola's. I am not exaggerating one bit when I say this restaurant made our entire trip. By recommendation of the hotel concierge, we stopped by Lola's for a breakfast burrito on our way back home. I don't think I will be able to express how beautiful this experience was, but here we go. Family owned and operated - a small restaurant and market sits on the corner of a residential street. We walked in and were greeted with more compassion and hospitality than we knew what to do with. We drank coffee from ceramic mugs and ate the best burritos of our lives all while feeling as if we have been a part of this family all along. And yeah, I know I have been making everything really personal lately, but I want to love people like this. In a world of togo cups and irritated baristas, I want to serve people coffee in ceramic mugs. I want to welcome them without hesitation as if they have been there all along.
Where to Shop:
All Ye Citizens - I have been an admirer of this shop on Insta for awhile now, so I made it a priority to stop here while we were in Carlsbad. It is the sweetest curated shop of handmade goods and I picked up some of the sweetest goodies from here. Make sure to check it out while you are in Oceanside. You will not be disappointed.
Moniker General - Located across the street from Liberty Public Market, this sweet little shop has all you could need. Home goods, clothes, and cocktail bar in the back. YES.
Wild Habit - The sweetest collection of goods from local makers. I found the most beautiful leather wallet here and the best smelling candle. Heaven.
Madewell - Do I really need to convince you to go here?