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Top Choice Zoo in San Diego

San Diego Zoo

This justifiably famous zoo is one of SoCal’s biggest attractions, showing more than 3000 animals representing more than 650 species in a beautifully landscaped setting, typically in enclosures that replicate their …
Top Choice Beach in La Jolla

Children's Pool

Built in the 1930s, La Jolla’s Children’s Pool was created as a family beach space, but since then it's been descended on by herds of seals and sea lions. Despite their particularly pungent odor, tourists come in dr…
Top Choice Museum in San Diego

New Children’s Museum

This interactive children’s museum offers interactive art meant for kids. Installations are designed by artists, so tykes can learn principles of movement and physics while simultaneously being exposed to art and wo…
Top Choice Cafe in San Diego

Fig Tree Cafe

You'll queue at the weekends for this laid-back outdoor cafe housed in an old cottage. Eat breakfast, brunch and lunch in the leafy garden area or patio, with heaters for cooler months. Our favorites are the stacked…
Top Choice Bar in San Diego

Bang Bang

Beneath lantern light, the Gaslamp's hottest new spot brings in local and world-renowned DJs and serves sushi and Asian small plates like dumplings and panko-crusted shrimp to nurse the imaginative cocktails (some i…
Top Choice Mexican in San Diego

Old Town Mexican Café

Other restaurants come and go, but this place has been in this busy adobe with hardwood booths since the 1970s. While you wait to be seated, watch the staff turn out tortillas. Then enjoy machacas (shredded pork wit…
Top Choice Market in San Diego

Liberty Public Market

What the Ferry Building Marketplace is to San Francisco, the newly opened Liberty Public Market is to San Diego. Inside this converted old Navy building are more than 30 hip artisan vendors such as Baker & Olive…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in San Diego

Polite Provisions

With a French bistro feel and plenty of old-world charm, hip clientele here sip cocktails at the marble bar, under a glass ceiling, and in a beautifully designed space, complete with vintage cash register, wood-pane…
Top Choice Californian in San Diego

Juniper & Ivy

The menu changes daily at chef Richard Blais' highly rated San Diego restaurant, opened in 2014. The molecular gastronomy includes dishes in the vein of lobster congee, Hawaiian snapper with Valencia Pride mango, ah…
Top Choice Seafood in San Diego

Pacific Beach Fish Shop

You can't miss this fishy-themed joint with its enormous swordfish hanging outside. Inside, it's a casual, communal bench affair. Choose from more than 10 types of fresh fish at the counter, from ahi to red snapper,…