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SAN DIEGO

SAN DIEGO

The first time I went to California, in May 2016, my friend Marianna and I also had the chance to check out San Diego. After 5 days in Los Angeles, a little road trip to SD was a breath of fresh hair.

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

We left very early in the morning from Downtown L.A. to avoid traffic, and along the way we stopped by Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach might not be a very touristy area of California, but since we’ve been fans of The O.C. since we were little, we decided to stop by the Redondo Beach Pier and the Diner, to see some of the locations where they filmed the show! The place looks exactly the way it did back in the day, and there are some pictures signed by the actors hanging on the wall.

The OC Diner

The OC Diner

A few hours later we arrived in San Diego, and since so many people suggested we go to The Great Maple for lunch, we did… and it did not disappoint! We had a simple salad and a sandwich with bacon (obviously!), but do you want to know the best part? Their maple-bacon doughnuts! These were probably the best doughnuts I ever had. Warm, crispy, soft... words can't even begin to describe how heavenly these tasted! If anything, this might be the biggest reason I've been dreaming of another visit to SD!

The Great Maple

The Great Maple

The Great Maple

The Great Maple

The Maple-bacon doughnuts

The Maple-bacon doughnuts

San Diego is a much smaller town compared to LA, but it still offers so much to do and see. 

For a light breakfast I suggest you go to Coffee & Tea Collective; it’s a cute airy cafe with very minimal design. The food selection isn't amazing, but I had a delicious cortado + bread with jam and butter. Mostly, I really loved the relaxing vibe of the place, especially because it was almost empty so it was really quiet. 

Coffe & Tea Collective

Coffe & Tea Collective

Coffe & Tea Collective

Coffe & Tea Collective

Coffee & Tea Collective

Coffee & Tea Collective

After fueling up on coffee, we drove to La Jolla, and when we arrived there I could see for myself why they call it that (it means The Jewel in Spanish); it is, in my opinion and many others', the nicest part of San Diego, with so many beautiful villas overlooking the sea. It was so relaxing, peaceful and overall really tranquil to walk around there.
By the way, we were lucky enough to see the seals on the beach, there were so many!

La Jolla

La Jolla

By the way, we were lucky enough to see the seals on the beach, there were so many!

Seals at La Jolla

Seals at La Jolla

La Jolla

La Jolla

On our drive back, we stopped by James Coffee Co. for more coffee (waking up every day at 6am to explore new places is exhausting, so coffee’s the only way to cope with that!). 

James Coffee Co.

James Coffee Co.

For lunch we decided to go to Little Italy (and for dinner as well!), and among all of the options we decided to dine at Ironside Fish & Oyster.

Little Italy, San Diego

Little Italy, San Diego

San Diego

San Diego

One of the places I wanted to visit in San Diego was Ironside Fish & Oyster. I’d seen photos from this place on IG forever, but I have to say I liked it even better in person. The interiors are amazing, perfectly curated in every little detail, from the bar counter to the stools and the tables! We had oysters to start, and then I had the best fish & chips. This place definitely lived up to our expectations!

Ironside Fish & Oyster

Ironside Fish & Oyster

Ironside Fish & Oyster

Ironside Fish & Oyster

A few other tips from San Diego are:

  • Juniper & Ivy; we had dinner here on our first night in town. Everything was really good, from the place to the food.
  • Coronado; just lay on the sand and relax for a while (even if the drive to get there kind of scared me, ha!)
  • The Old Town; so characteristic and also fun to see something like this in person!
  • Walk around! In LA, you have to drive everywhere… here, you can just walk and it’s really nice, since the city isn’t that spread out.
LOS ANGELES - where we stayed

LOS ANGELES - where we stayed