Hillcrest Travel Guide

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Hillcrest Things to Do

  • Hillcrest Cinema

    Normally I wouldn't suggest going to the movies while on vacation, but since I am also telling about the various neighborhoods in San Diego, a mention of the Hillcrest Cinema would be appropriate. Built in 1991, it has taken the place of an older neighborhood theater, The Crest. During the 1960's The Crest changed it's focus from local neighborhood...

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  • "Village Hillcrest" and Beyond

    Village Hillcrest, the "art-deco" style shopping center, is dressed up for Christmas. Though it can seem a peaceful place, it is more than a thriving, yet intimate center for the tourist. The Hillcrest Cinema is the big draw, but there are various shops, like "The Candy Depot," which even sells "sugarless" candy especially for diabetics, coffee...

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  • A Chance Encounter

    A motorcycle totaled my car. Not only did the bank lend me enough to get another, they had a Rep from Auto Loan there to consult with and within minutes of my arrival I had a new-to-me car! The nice young lady who helped me find and secure the car also gave me 4 coupons for free slices of pizza at East Coast Pizza in Hillcrest. I like pizza and one...

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  • Sushi, Sushi Everywhere...!

    Driving through Hillcrest you'll see lots of sushi bars to choose from. What makes this one stand out is the fact that there is underground parking in the complex it is located. Parking in Hillcrest is at a premium. The owner, Mr. Kazumi Yokoyama has been a Master chef for thirty nine years and the food and prices are great. They seem to have...

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  • A Bistro in Paris

    In a review of The Wine Lover, the author said, "...it could easily be mistaken for a smart bistro on Paris' Boulevard Saint-Germain." Maybe because the size of it is so small and the interior could be considered "intimate" or because the owners were inspired by "The City of Lights" and have done all they can to make their place look it's best....

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  • Coastal Italian Cuisine

    It is not unusual for restaurants to fail and it seems that the restaruant shown in this photo has closed. So, if you are looking for Trattoria Positano in Hillcrest, it is now, Chrisma you'll find in it's spot. However I say give it a try here.It seems to be a bit more casual and the prices are quite reasonable, but could be more expensive if you...

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  • Eating On A Budget!

    Rubios is a chain restaurant, not really "my" favorite, but very popular, especially for their fish tacos.Here you'll see a sign offering lobster tacos on sale, for $1.99! If your budget prohibits a lavish meal at some of the nicest restaurants in town, there are plenty "fast food" places to choose from.Update:Seems Rubio's is no longer at this...

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  • A Local Favorite

    A landmark of the Hillcrest area, The City Delicatessen has survived the many changes to Hillcrest and is a popular "Jewish-style delicatessen." They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a bar and are open from 7:00 am to 12:00 or 2:00 in the morning. There is outdoor seating and you can dress casually.The City Delicatessen & Bakery is...

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Hillcrest Nightlife

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    Can't Name Just One: Sidewalk Cafes are Popular at Night too!

    by lmkluque Updated Oct 10, 2012

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    There are quite a few choices for evening activities here in Hillcrest.

    Wine Bars, Dance Clubs, Lounges, Hoopkah Bars, Karaoke, Sports Bars, Dive Bars, Adult Entertainment, and Sushi Bars just to name a few. In fact Hillcrest is full of stuff going on at night.

    I'm not much of a nightlife person so can't recommend a specific place, I'm more of a sidewalk cafe type of person.

    Dress Code: Dress as you like. Hillcrest is a pretty casual place, so you'll probably see styles favored by students, professors, or those liking the newest trends and beyond.

    Most places are small with interesting designs
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    Cyber-Cafe Locations in Hillcrest

    by lmkluque Updated Oct 10, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The problem with Cyber-Cafes is that they don't often last.

    While updating this tip I found quite a few which have Closed over the years. I'll still give you specific names and addresses, but check before getting here that the one that might be interesting to you is still open. The good news is that once one cyber-cafe closes another opens up in it's spot. So, you'll most likely be able to surf the net anyway and have a drink or get a bite to eat.

    Hillcrest:

    Cafe Libertalia
    3834 5th Ave
    Hillcrest 92103
    (619) 299-9360

    Babycakes
    3766 Fifth Avenue
    Hillcrest 92103
    (619) 296-4173

    These are only a couple of the many places you'll find in Hillcrest to send out messages to family and friends while touring the San Diego area.

    One of those that has fallen due to hard times.
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