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Address: San Diego, CA

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The Gayborhood

I guess one normally finds what he is looking for and while Hillcrest has a lot to offer, I'm sure, I was only interested in the gay aspect. I went on my own on a Wednesday night... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I guess one normally finds what he is looking for and while Hillcrest has a lot to offer, I'm sure, I was only interested in the gay aspect. I went on my own on a Wednesday night (I was in San Diego for a conference that didn't include a weekend). I read good things about Urban Mo's restaurant and bar... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hillcrest is also known as the Bohemian neighborhood of SD and known for its tolerance and acceptance for GLBTQ and its gender diversity. It's worth to pay a visit to this eclectic and diverse neighborhood. There are restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs, trendy thrift-stores, and other independent specialty stores along 5th avenue. It is also within walking distance from Balboa Park,... More 

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Studio City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

The past 2 trips my family have taken to San Diego has taken us back to the Hillcrest area each time. It seems as though this is a thriving, re-vitalized area which is currently thriving with a mix of great lalces to eat,shop and drink. The mix of people was also great. The only downside was this continues to be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

A great place to explore while visiting San Diego. It has all kinds of little shops, restaurants and coffee shops, not to mention Balboa Park. Had a fun time exploring Bluestocking Books, parking myself at Peet's coffee to read and watching the hundreds of gay men stream in and out of Mo's for Sunday brunch, Donna Summer blaring away in... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

Every Sunday morning we go to the Hillcrest Farmer's Market. Reasonable prices for fresh, organic produce and you can enjoy different types of food in that section.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Hill crest is a fun, colorful area. We ate at Sushi Co which was very good. Book and Record stores! There is parking and a lot of fun shops and various restaurants. It's not a pretentious area too good vibes

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

There are lots of great places to eat in Hillcrest. I really love all the coffee shops, too. Great bookstores! Hillcrest is also great for people watching. If you need to get some gluten free food, there is a Whole Foods in the center of Hillcrest.

2 Thank ProfAragon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

the perfect place to visit with friends and enjoy a good weekend, features a variety of cafés, restaurants, bars and places of entertainment where you spend hours in the best place. a place to visit.

Thank Lorenzo T
Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We spent the afternoon walking this neighborhood, stopping to have lunch. Very friendly residents, nearly perfect year round weather

Thank Cynthia A
Genoa, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I really like this area of SD, full of thrifts stores, record stores and vintage ones there's also a lot of nice place to eat and very convenient for Balboa park very laid back vibes

Thank faber18

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