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Come alive on the trendy streets of coastal Hillcrest, San Diego

Welcome to Hillcrest


Come alive on the trendy streets of coastal Hillcrest, San Diego
With its Mediterranean climate, the residents of Hillcrest cannot help but be warm and friendly. Hillcrest provides locals with a relaxed atmosphere anyone could find themselves thriving in. The community is primarily middle-aged couples looking for a quiet place to live, close enough to the city that they’ll never get bored. Though, in Hillcrest, everyone is welcome. 
Residents shop locally for groceries at Trader Joe’s and the Hillcrest Farmers Market, the chief farmer’s market in San Diego. Then, when the occasion arises, they take advantage of Hillcrest's diverse dining options, from five-star restaurants to indie cafés. Three minutes from the neighborhood, you will find the vast cultural oasis of Balboa Park with sixteen museums. The performing arts productions range from traditional ballet and Shakespeare under the stars to contemporary concerts with the world’s largest pipe organ and puppet shows. The famous San Diego Zoo is also just a few minutes away from Hillcrest.

What to Love


  • Easy parking and walkable attractions
  • Unique dining options
  • Monthly art walk and sidewalk flag program
  • Variety of bars and clubs  


Local Lifestyle

Hillcrest is an urban and active community. With its chic thrift stores, thriving small businesses, and the annual CityFest, living in Hillcrest will make you feel alive. Hillcrest is also the perfect hub to explore the wilder streets of San Diego. Just seven minutes from the city, Hillcrest Bed and Breakfast allows its occupants to wind down while keeping everything interesting within arm’s reach. It has an ideal location in the heart of Cape Cod.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Good food is never hard to find in Hillcrest. Start your day with powdered sugar-covered pancakes at Snooze, the popular morning eatery. Wine and dine your next date with authentic fine Italian at Arrivederci. They have classics like fettuccine primavera and specialties like jumbo shrimp with artichokes served in a tomato sauce.
You can spend a laid-back Sunday, munching on the guilt-free organic burgers at Cali”O” Burgers. If you order one of their fresh-cut salads, like the Baja Caesar with house-made dressing, you can splurge on a classic root beer float or an ice cream shake. 
The Monkey Bar is a fantastic place to hone your palate with their Crispy Duck Leg or the Chickpea-Crusted Shrimp with a chipotle citrus sauce. Locals swear their fruity cocktails taste like a tropical paradise. Residents find a good time at Hillcrest Brewing Co Bar + Pizzeria. Their brunch features breakfast calzones and pizza that pair perfectly with a Beer-Mosa, a craft beer mixed with orange juice.

Things to Do

While Hillcrest is laid back, its attractions are anything but! At the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge you can hover over the seventy-foot Session’s Canyon. You’ll be sure to receive a rush of adrenaline if you dare look down. Then you can look back up at the big screen of Cinema Under the Stars. Presenting zero-gravity chairs and a diverse movie list, Cinema Under the Stars is a fabulous place for both a family night or to top off a night out on the town. 
You can also stroll through Harper’s Topiary Garden, a place that will redefine your idea of what landscaping can be. The annual CityFest festival attracts a crowd of 150,000 people to the nine-blocks of art and craft vendors and live performances.


The San Diego Unified School District serves the students in the Hillcrest community. 

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