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Hillcrest

San Diego, CA (Downtown)
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Ranked #49 of 192 Attractions in San Diego
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Dining, Shopping, Nightlife
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Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: Dining, Shopping, Nightlife

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fullerton
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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602 reviews 602 reviews
317 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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1,552 reviews 1,552 reviews
1,020 attraction reviews
397 helpful votes 397 helpful votes
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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82 reviews 82 reviews
26 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
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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121 reviews 121 reviews
29 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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