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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2015
schimmelgirl
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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
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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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1 Thank schimmelgirl
Victoria, Canada
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236 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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.

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Thank ProfAragon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 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.

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Mesa, Arizona
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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

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Genoa, Italy
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37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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

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Ulsteinvik, Norway
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Just walking around here is really nice, there's a lot of stores, and nice places to eat!! You're close to Gaslamp, and you can really spend an entire day exploring Downtown!

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San Diego, California
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571 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 369 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Businesses and residents are gender diverse with a high population density. Numerous locally owned businesses are here including restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, trendy thrift-stores and independent specialty stores. You will find a large and active lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

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San Diego, California
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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San Diego, California
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377 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
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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San Diego, California
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121 reviews
66 attraction reviews
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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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