Take 5: Top Things To Do in North Park

Often referred to as one of San Diego’s up-and-coming neighborhoods, North Park is a culturally diverse area with an assortment of galleries, lifestyle boutiques, coffee shops, trendy bars and innovative restaurants. The hipster neighborhood is home to one of San Diego’s best art and culture districts, and an eclectic population that’s leading the progressive scene in the city. Wander amongst the craftsman-style homes and craft breweries that line the streets of this community northeast of Balboa Park, and you’ll find plenty of things to do in North Park.  

When staying at our resort near North Park, take 5 for these top things to do in North Park:  

Eat Here: One of the tastiest things to do in North Park is visit Carnitas’ Snack Shack, which quickly became a local favorite after opening in 2011. A pork-focused menu, reasonable prices and an expansive outdoor seating area keep a constant line of customers outside this North Park restaurant on University Avenue.  

Drink Here: San Diego’s Seven Grand Whiskey Bar consists of an impressive wall of international whiskeys surrounded by wood walls, plaid carpet and a taxidermy collection à la hunting lodge. Each whiskey concoction is carefully crafted using freshly squeezed juice and house-made syrups for a fresh twist on the Old Fashioned and other vintage cocktails.

Play Here: For a low-key thing to do in North Park, listen to some of the best DJs in San Diego at West Coast Tavern, housed in a historic building. Grab a seat next to an outdoor fire pit and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere as dance tunes play in the background.

Shop Here:  Step into Positive Space, a studio that promotes hand-made products in San Diego. Engage with San Diego artists in the midst of the creative process plus shop for finished jewelry, sculptures, wall décor, and even handmade maps and signs of San Diego.

Snap Here: Take a photo next to one of the most colorful landmarks in San Diego, found on the side wall of Wang’s Restaurant on Ray Street. The humorous dinosaur mural was painted and donated to the city by renowned street artist Madsteez to encourage the creation of unique art in the North Park community.

For a resort near North Park, stay at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, located just 15 minutes away on Mission Bay. 

The “Take 5” blog series introduces visitors to San Diego’s unique neighborhoods through recommendations from experts on the area: hotel employees who live there.  Check back every month to learn about a new section of the city, always within 10 miles of our centrally located San Diego resort.


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