A Girl's Getaway Guide to San Diego
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There is nowhere in the United States as reliable for warm, sunny weather and beautiful beaches as San Diego. It's the perfect destination for a bachelorette party, a relaxing spa weekend, shopping, a culinary tour or all of the above. As a food critic, I firmly believe that San Diego has one of the most underrated culinary scenes in the country and it's a little easier to get reservations than in Los Angeles or San Francisco.
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Where to stay in San Diego
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Delightful space offering an award-winning golf course, spa, four heated pools, tennis, pickleball, outdoor & indoor fitness centers, hiking trails and unique dining experiences including the Michelin-starred Addison.
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InterContinental San Diego
A centrally-located, modern waterfront stay combining comfort and modern sophistication.
La Valencia Hotel
A longtime La Jolla favorite, unmissable in bright pink, with an Old Hollywood vibe and oceanfront pool made for lounging.
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Things to do in San Diego
One Paseo: This outdoor shopping destination in Del Mar has a well-curated collection of local brands that is so unique from a typical luxury mall.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar Spa: Even if you aren't staying on property, it's worth the pilgrimage for a Forbes five star spa day, with excellent massages and facials, and all the trappings (whirlpools, wet and dry saunas, relaxation pools) for a proper spa day. Give yourself plenty of time to soak it all in.
Shop Good: This clean beauty emporium is my favorite place to stock up on skincare. Founder Leah Kirpalani carefully tests and vets every product and everyone working here is knowledge, friendly, and as radiant as an angel. There are also a couple of secret rooms in the back for the best plant-powered facial of your life so you can get that same angelic glow.
Saffron & Sage: Acupuncture, fire cupping, energy therapy, breathwork and meditation, sound therapy and yoga are just some of the holistic healing therapies offered here. Group classes are regularly offered but you can book private sessions too.
Trilogy Aerial Yoga: If you've ever wanted to try aerial yoga, this is the spot to do it. The yoga studio is just a few blocks from the ocean in La Jolla with indoor and outdoor yoga spaces. Classes are customized so beginners feel comfortable, but more advanced students can really fly with intricate poses too. The stretching and spinal decompression you're able to experience with aerial yoga is unreal. Don't eat too much beforehand because you'll be upside down at some point!
Go Paragliding: The Torrey Pines Gliderport is one of the best and most beautiful places in the country to try a tandem paraglide. You'll be with a professional guide, so all ages and athletic abilities can try it. It might sound scary at first, especially if you have a fear of heights, but once you're soaring in the air, it's surprisingly serene and an unforgettable experience. This activity is very weather dependent, so based on wind conditions, you might need to wait around a bit before you can take off
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve: This 2,000-acre coastal state park is one of the wildest stretches on the SoCal coast with easy to moderate hiking trails and stunning views. Wildflower season between mid-March through June is my favorite time of year.
Haven: This chic concept shop and co-working space in North Park is the perfect place to knock out a few hours of remote work with free-flowing coffee, kombucha and wine. Plus, they host fun wine tasting, wreath making and cookie decorating classes too.
Places to eat & drink in San Diego
Breakfast & Lunch
Parakeet Cafe: This colorful, healthy all-day cafe has locations in Little Italy, La Jolla and Del Mar, with fresh pressed juices and smoothies, toasts, breakfast bowls, salads and more. It's a great pick for vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian diets, and everything is equally nutritious and delicious.
Morning Glory: For a more decadent breakfast of brioche French toast, Japanese soufflé pancakes, shakshuka and khachapuri, this pink-hued Littly Italy hotspot is everything. The coffee cocktails (and all the other cocktails) are excellent and breakfast is served all day.
Kinme Omakase: This hot new kaiseki restaurant has just 10 seats and serves a 10-course menu that includes a colorful selection of appetizers, nimono simmered course and yakimono grilled course along with sashimi and very generous portions of edomae-style nigiri sushi. There's Japanese seafood flown in from Toyosu fish market in Tokyo along with regional California seafood and Japanese A5 wagyu. With three chefs preparing every dish right before your eyes, the meal is super interactive, and you'll be salivating as each course is set in front of you.
Animae: This Filipino-inspired wagyu steakhouse is opulent and sexy, led by executive chef Tara Monsod (I wrote about her in Thrillist here). Everything is meant to be shared, so try it all: Japanese A5 wagyu served with banchan sides, tuna kinilaw and chicken inasal.
Marisi: With chic, feminine decor and the best upscale Italian food in town, Marisi is an elegant choice for dinner. Line-caught fish from local fishermen and housemade pastas are highlights. A cute chef shaved fresh truffles tableside over our porcini cappelletti on a recent visit. The drinks are excellent here too – from grower champagne to espresso martinis.
Part Time Lover: Half record store, half hi-fidelity listening lounge, this is a place where music connoisseurs and cocktail connoisseurs collide. Sip a Japanese highball as you peruse the vinyl albums and marvel at the customized analog sound system.
An's Gelato: Each gelato flavor at An's Dry Cleaning in North Park and An's Hatmakers in Del Mar is named after a fabric or type of hat. Super cute vibe and excellent authentic Italian gelato. If the line isn't too long, they will happily sample you through every flavor too.
Stella Jean's Ice Cream: This small-batch artisan ice cream shop has fun new flavors every month, including plenty of great plant-based options like Thai tea and mango sticky rice, inspired by co-founder Gan Suebsarakham's Thai heritage.
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