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Hillcrest

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Address: San Diego, CA
Activities: Dining, Shopping, Nightlife

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Hillcrest is a great neighborhood to just park your car somewhere and explore. There are dozens of unique shops offering eclectic merchandise, really a "hipster" dreamland. After... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Hillcrest is a great neighborhood to just park your car somewhere and explore. There are dozens of unique shops offering eclectic merchandise, really a "hipster" dreamland. After all your browsing check out one of the many local restaurants and bars. The night life here is also amazing. Hillcrest is also widely considered San Diego's "Gayborhood", which was a plus for... More 

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fullerton
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The Hillcrest District of San Diego has lots of resturant choices and eclectic shopping like candy stores, vintage clothes, used bookstores (which stay open late) 5th Avenue Books is very large and has a great selection. walk around and shop or eat eat have fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Interesting, bohemian neighborhood in San Diego! Known by locals as an interesting place with funky shops and interesting restaurants ... worth a try if you are into the hip scene!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

this is a cute little neighborhood in sd. There are loads of sweet houses and some good breakfast places. It's not a party scene just a mellow hood.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

Hillcrest is a great place to hang out. The vibe is relaxed, yet full of energy. There are plant of cute shops in which to browse, quaint cafes, a few galleries, and a very diverse crowd for people-watching.

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Oakland, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

If you like walking around and checking out shops with character Hillcrest is worth the trip. Be sure to stop in Babette Schwartz and Chocolat. There are a lot of bars and I imagine it comes to life once the sun sets. Not as large of a neighborhood as I expected when compared to the Castro or a Hayes Valley... More 

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Paris, France
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96 reviews 96 reviews
32 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Very eccentric and quaint.. Hillcrest is really the hub of San Diego's gay community. It's colorful, filled with ethnic restaurants, cute and unique shops and boutiques, and lots of coffee shops! Check out Peet's Coffee Shop when you're here.. Also, Bread & Cie has great breakfasts! There's a great Thai and great Indian restaurant here, too.. Also, 24 hour fitness... More 

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Byron, Georgia
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37 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Wife and I drove through a couple of times, and decided to park our car and walk around one night. The town center is nicely illuminated, and there are several places to eat, drink, and socialize. It's such an enjoyable atmosphere, and not so crowded that traffic ruins the fun. If you have a sweet tooth, don't miss Baby Cakes,... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Happy Sunday everyone! As usual, I take my umbrella cockatoo around the neighborhood on Sundays. The problem with having a pet and specifically a Cockatoo is finding a pet friendly place. Therefore, I wanted to take a moment and briefly critique two of my hangouts; Fiesta Cantina and Brass Rails. I took Chancho (my bird) to Fiesta Cantina which by... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I lived around the corner from Hillcrest. There is a great park where I could walk my dog and he could run around the track with me. There are a couple of neat parks in the area. And you might see something crazy there. Like this dog wearing dog goggle or 'doggles' as we call them. Additionally, there are a... More 

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