Filippi's Pizza Grotto is one of the most beloved Italian restaurants in San Diego. Its pizza has been highly acclaimed since first being served more than 50 years ago. The front of the restaurant is an Italian shop selling dried pasta, wines, candy, canned goods and olives, and a deli selling Italian sausages and cheese. After passing through this aromatic area, one is led to the restaurant itself. The chefs here dish up all the classics including lasagne, spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli and more. Imported and domestic wine and beer is available.
Take a leisurely walk from the Gaslamp Quarter or Horton Plaza and escape the madness of the city for awhile. Stroll down miles of cobblestone paths taking in the greenery, ponds and fountains as you make your way around 54 one-of-a-kind shops, 13 casual dining eateries and four fine-dining restaurants. Unsurpassed views of the bay, its ships and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge surround the park. Complete with a carousel dating from the 1890s, this is a great place to visit for the day. A monthly calender features live blues, jazz, country and swing bands.
Bazaar del Mundo is one of the happiest and most colorful of all marketplaces in San Diego to shop. Part of historic Old Town, where the city's first inhabitants set up the original city, this shopping area is a true delight. Colorful parrots screech, color blooms everywhere, mariachis stroll the grounds, sparkling fountains babble and delicious Mexican dishes permeate the air and tempt the palate. Five restaurants, 15 international specialty shops and plenty of historic sites in adjacent Old Town provide much to explore.
If sun, sand, and surf are your thing, then head to Clairemont Surf Shop for some quality merchandise. This surf shop has been a San Diego fixture since 1976, making it quite the expert for people's surfing needs and wants. They offer surfboards, apparel, wetsuits, and even some snowboarding equipment. If you really love the store, you can become a member for a reasonable fee and receive discounts on store merchandise for a year.
Solo's 4,000 square foot space is located in Solana Beach, California. They offer beautiful vintage furniture and home decor items, as well as coffee table books, stationery, and enchanting toys for kids. Whether you're looking to decorate your home or find a great gift for someone, you'll love what Solo has to offer!
Within a block of the Pacific Ocean, you can tour these shops and restaurants occupying the small community of Ocean Beach. Eclectic by nature, as the residents claim, Ocean Beach is an attitude, not an address. Along the main street of Newport Avenue, collectors will find more than 15 separate antique shops carrying merchandise from dozens of dealers. For collectors, the antique shops are the main draw, but this unique seaside community has something for everyone, from surf to food to fine antiques.
Located inside of the Super JR Market in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, in the Market Deli and Catering, the Best Damn Beer Shop offers beer, wine, spirits, cheese, prepared foods, and more. Among their beer list, of which many beers they offer are made at San Diego breweries, are Alpine Pure Hopiness, Green Flash Barleywine, Karl Strauss Pintail Pale Ale, Stone Smoked Porter, Anchorage Love Buzz Saison, Chimay White, and many more. Throughout the year, the Best Damn Beer Shop hosts various events, such as the Best Damn Sour Fest, which includes a tasting of a secret keg. And for those who want to enjoy more of the Best Damn Beer Shop, they offer the Best Damn Home Brew Shop for home brewing. - Erick Pettersen
If you know and love wine, this is the shop for you. A brilliant collection of worldwide wines packs two floors, where a bottle of Chaucer's Mead is found in a corner of a room holding a 1982 Chateau Lynch Bages imperial (5-liter bottle) of Bordeaux. At the Wine Bank, separate rooms are devoted to the output of specific nations or, in some cases, to a particular type of wine, allowing easy comparisons. Regular wine tastings are scheduled. So swirl your glass and sip on to the finest of varieties!
The life-size statue of a gruff pirate greeting you at the door gives you a fair idea of what's on offer. Whether you're an avid follower of pirate legends or simply love nautical stuff, Captain's Cove is gold-mine of sea-themed memorabilia. From interesting pirate-themed objects to spruce up your home to wacky gifts like replica weapons and maritime instruments, the collection at the store is extensive. Many of the store's offerings are unique, and unlikely to be found anywhere else. Keep your eyes peeled; you just might chance upon a lost treasure.
Established in 1994 because of the owners' deep love and concern for all animals, this 2,000-square-foot gift store is devoted to celebrating the beauty of all animals great and small. It is definitely worth a trip over to the island. Dr. Doolittle would love to shop here. You will find paintings, sculptures, prints, cards, clothing and fine gifts all with animal designs and photographs. Worldwide shipping is available.