Called “one of the most walkable neighborhoods in San Diego,” Normal Heights was founded in 1906. Today, this neighborhood is full of unique book and antique stores, restaurants, and coffee shops covering about a dozen blocks on each side of the restored business district on Adams Avenue. If you’re going to head to this funky neighborhood, be sure to include the San Diego Marina Inn’s top 6 hotspots on your list.
1. Mariposa Ice Cream
An old-school ice cream shop, Mariposa specializes in unique flavors, such as cappuccino almond fudge. With Will Ferrell and Kristen Bell among its fans, the ice cream here is famed by celebrities and locals alike.
2. Dark Horse Coffee Roasters
Daniel Charlson, the Kauai-born owner of Dark Horse Coffee Roasters, brings years of coffee-roasting experience from the Hawaiian island with his small-batch roasts. If you go, be sure to try their French-pressed coffee paired with a delicious vegan donut.
3. Hanna’s Gourmet
Served family-style, the dinners at Hanna’s are highly recommended by foodies and picky-eaters. Each month, Hanna’s Gourmet serves up culturally varied menus, ranging from South African bobotie to Moroccan tagine.
4. Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming
With a huge selection of comic books and gaming merchandise, this shop has endless fun and feeds the inner nerd in anyone. If you have an hour to kill, stop by to play a round of Dungeons and Dragons or a variety of other tabletop games.
5. Blind Lady Ale House
This yummy pizza joint kicks the traditional pizza and beer dinner up a notch with gourmet toppings and craft brews. The long wood tables make it an ideal spot to meet up with a large group or to meet some new friends.
6. Soda and Swine
This small restaurant offers a huge variety of meatballs, including pork, beef, chicken, or quinoa bases that can be served on a sub, slider, spaghetti, or alone. Eat it there or take it next door to the speakeasy-style bar, Polite Provisions, and enjoy with the hipster bar’s signature punchbowl.
Coming to San Diego for your next vacation? Give the Marina Inn & Suites a call. Our comfortable accommodations in downtown San Diego are a prime location for travelers looking to explore the major attractions in the city or smaller, funky neighborhoods, like Normal Heights. Reach out to a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 or reserve your stay online. We look forward to greeting you!