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San Diego, CA (Downtown)
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Ranked #55 of 220 attractions in San Diego
Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Shopping, Nightlife
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San Diego, California
1 review
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
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Illinois US
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106 reviews 106 reviews
21 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Hillcrest reminds me of Boystown and Lakeview neighborhoods in Chicago, a little smaller with much much better winter weather. Diverse people, lots of shops and restaurants. Not far from downtown and just far enough from burbs. An easy 15 minute drive from most parts of inner San Diego. North park is very near, as are Mission Hills and Balboa park.... More

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Canton, Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Hillcrest was about 5 blocks from my bed and breakfast. Nice area to check out. Not a lot of shopping there and what was was on the expensive side. But there were tons of restaurants featuring any type of food you might want. A Taste of Italy was exceptional. I had lunch there and got a cup of soup and... More

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Dallas, Texas
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79 reviews 79 reviews
12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We took the trolley from our Chula Vista hotel and then the #3 bus here because we heard parking was hard to come by here, which is certainly true. The # 11 also stops around the area of University and 5th Street. They had all kinds of restaurants, Indian, Asian, and some more upscale dining. We went into a bookstore... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

My wife and I went to Hillcrest the night of our marriage, we are a lesbian couple. Hillcrest is the place the go as there were a variety of things to do, shops, clubs, you name it. We ended up at Urban Mo's and had the time of our lives there. Not particularly a gay bar, but it was a... More

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Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
44 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Hillbrest has great shops and restaurants. Nice area for an extended visit and is minutes from so many San Diego attractions. Stayed at the Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast - fabulous!!

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San Diego, California, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

I live in Hillcrest and grew up in San Diego. I went to schools here. It's my home town. What I love about Hillcrest is that there is a bit of something for everyone. That is the down side too because the place gets awfully crowded and it's hard to get a table at some of the more popular local... More

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San Diego, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

This is quaint, yet exxciting uptown San Diego. From furniture to fashion, you can buy just about anything here. Fewer corporate companies occupy this area, making it a unique shopping experience. Some of the best and most diverse dining can be had here. There is a true sense of community in Hillcrest and neighboring Mission Hills. It is also very... More

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Seattle, Washington
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

A nice neighborhood 10 minutes away from Downtown, full of little nice restaurants and caffees. It is famous for supporting LGBT community, so most of the night clubs are for the members and friends of LGBT. The neighborhood has also many interesting stores and shops, like thrift stores and comic book stores. It is also a walking distance from Balboa... More

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