Last week Richie & I took a trip to my hometown to have a mini vacation for our anniversary. I’ve spent most of my life growing up and roaming the streets of San Diego so, it’s about damn time I do a blog post about it. I wanted to recap our trip and stay at The Guild Hotel, while also sharing a bunch of recommendations. Given everything happening with COVID (& wed were traveling during election week) thankfully we were able to enjoy some of these recommendations, however, some of the places listed in today’s are place you guys recommended to me too.

As you may know, San Diego is HUGE! It’s be impossible to round up all the best places to eat & see in just one blog post, so for this one I’m just focusing on Downtown San Diego recommendations.

Our stay at The Guild was nothing less then amazing! The decor was too die for & the location was perfect. We were in between a few hotels in the downtown area, but ultimately chose to stay at The Guild because it was more affordable and had a central location, right in the middle of GasLamp and Little Italy – which were two places we really wanted to explore.

Overall the service was great & we were so impressed with our stay. Unfortunately, the restaurant and bar were closed, but we were able to enjoy drinks of our own on the outdoor patio. Also, something to note is that the rooms are much smaller then you’d expect, but that didn’t bother use much – especially since it was half the price compared to other hotels in the area.

Site Seeing

In terms of things to do and places to see, exploring downtown San Diego is always so much fun! If you stay in the right spot, everything is so walkable and easy to explore, here is just a general list of my favorite places to walk around in Downtown San Diego:

+ Seaport Village

+ Little Italy

+ The Gaslamp Quarter

Of course, there is much more to explore outside of Downtown too! But, we’ll save that for another post.

San Diego is definitely not short on places to grab a craft cup of coffee or pint of beer. Here are some of our top recommendations (the ones in bold are one’s we’ve been to & love!)

+ Ketch Brewery: Goregous sunset views of the bay, light bites + good beer

+ James Coffee Co: Easily the most recommended coffee spot!

+ Copa Vida: SO DELICIOUS!

+ Modern Times Coffee Co: It’s run by Modern Time Brewery, not sure how a brewery ends up making a coffee spot, but I’m here for it honestly.

+ Fifth & Rose

+ Altitude Sky Lounge

When I say thousands of you came through with some amazing food recommendations, I’m not kidding! Some of these places were recommended to us by the hundreds and they certainly did not disappoint (again, the ones in bold are one’s we’ve been to & love!)

+ Ironside: A delicious oyster bar with a cool atmosphere in Little Italy

+ Morning Glory: A popular brunch spot in Little Italy & worth the wait. A little bit on the heavier side, but perfect for that Sunday hangover. If you get anything on the menu it HAS to be the soufflé pancakes!

+ Lionfish: A seafood restaurant right in the Gaslamp, this was our personal favorite spot! Lots of delicious seafood options & the service was amazing.

+ Puesto: Delicious and unique tacos, a must during happy hour (otherwise you’ll spend a lot of $$ for small tacos)

+ Born and Raised: The most recommended spot to eat for dinner, we didn’t make it this time. But, rest-assured we will be back to try this place

+ Barbusa: Everyone raved about this Italian spot in Little Italy

+ Buonaforchetta

+ Top of the Market

+ Extraordinary Deserts



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