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San Diego, CA (Downtown)
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Ranked #55 of 236 Attractions in San Diego
Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Shopping, Nightlife
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Phoenix, Arizona
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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75 reviews 75 reviews
26 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
5 helpful votes 5 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
28 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
12 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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