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Hillcrest

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Address: , San Diego, CA
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Hillcrest is probably best known as the gay district of San Diego. It is very noticeably gay, but there's a lot more to it than that. It has some of the best restaurants, dance... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Hillcrest is probably best known as the gay district of San Diego. It is very noticeably gay, but there's a lot more to it than that. It has some of the best restaurants, dance bars, hair salons, grocery shopping, and on and on. As a district, it's certainly the most dynamic district in San Diego. I do lots of shopping... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

When I first moved to San Diego, Hillcrest was pretty much a dumpy looking area. Flashforward, the City Fathers decided to revitalize Hillcrest. It now has a lovely park and great looking gaslamps. A street fair is typically held there yearly with lots of stages a free performances. The best part of Hillcrest, however, is all the great ethnic restaurants... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Hillcrest has such a great vibe. I love walking 4th and 5th ave. Lots of excellent restaurants and shops.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Most restaurants in Hillcrest are great. Food is delicious everywhere you go. Hillcrest is knows for It being a Gay Community but I love going where there's good food.

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Newbury Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We were recently in Hillcrest and my daughters and I loved the area. Great restaurants and shops and my girls were thrilled to see how diverse and open the people were. It's one of my favorite spots in SD

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I would not recommend going to this area.. Unless you want to go to the gay pride parade... Best thing to do is to stay out of the area, heavy congestion and I can't find much worth seeing/doing here

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

My daughter just moved to San Diego next to Hillcrest. I went there today several times to shop and take out dinner, it is a vibrant and diverse area near downtown San Diego.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is one of my favorite places, there are so many things to do here, great people, gay friendly too and lots of restaurants and bars. Everything is walking distance and people there just seem to have tons of fun all the time.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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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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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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