North Park

The hipster capital of San Diego

Welcome to North Park


The hipster capital of San Diego
Forbes magazine called North Park one of the best hipster neighborhoods in the country and it continues to attract trendsetters and hipsters. Craftsman cottages and Spanish-style homes make up most of the architecture in this haven for young professionals. A mix of young professionals, young families, and college students make up the large population of North Park. True to its hipster status, there are a lot of trendy cafes like Caffeé Calabria, craft brewpubs like the Belching Beaver, and swanky spots like the Seven Grand whiskey lounge. Alternatively, the North Park Community Park is great for outdoor activities and North Park borders the sprawling Balboa Park.

What to Love

  • Trendy, hipster vibe
  • Lots of nice cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, and bars
  • Walking, biking, and dog friendly

Local Lifestyle

True to its hipster reputation, you’ll likely see a lot of young urbanites walking and biking around North Park. They might be on their way to one of the local coffee shops, going to enjoy a craft beer, or heading to the park. Walking the streets of North Park, you’ll see a lot of great street art, adding charm and character to the neighborhood. It is also likely to see a lot of dog walkers in the laid-back and artsy neighborhood of North Park.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

In the heart of North Park, 30th Street and University Avenue, you will have plenty to do down either street. North Park is a coffee shop and craft beer mecca. In addition to Caffeé Calabria, Subterranean Coffee Boutique is a popular spot for coffee and conversation. There are more than a dozen craft breweries and tasting rooms in just a mile and a half vicinity. Some of the local favorites are the Belching Beaver, Fall Brewing Company, and Modern Times. For something stiffer, the Seven Grand whisky lounge is the town’s finest bar and often has live music.
There are a variety of restaurants in North Park. Alexander’s on 30th serves gourmet Italian. In every bite of their Cherry Bombe pizza or the Baked Vodka Bolognese, you can taste their attention to detail and fine ingredients. The Breakfast Republic is a favorite location for brunch, and City Tacos is a popular casual spot.
Boutique shops line 30th Street. Some of the most famous are Pigment where they sell stationery and home accents, Art on 30th is also an art school and gallery, and Home & Hound has a great combination of products for your home and your pet.

Things to Do

In addition to doing boutique shopping or a craft beer pub crawl, residents in North Park can catch concerts at the Observatory North Park. For a unique activity, they head to AxeVentures for drinks and ax throwing. 
North Park Community Park is just a couple of blocks from the heart of North Park and has a playground, walking paths, a baseball field, and tennis courts. The Morley Field Sport Complex and Disc Golf Course are close by, and North Park has easy access to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo.
There are a number of fun annual events in North Park. The North Park Festival of Beers is held every Spring. The Taste of North Park offers a sampling of the neighborhood’s finest food and drink every Spring and Fall. Every Thursday, local treats and goods are sold at the North Park Thursday Market.


The San Diego Unified School District serves North Park. Below are some schools of note in the community:

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