From the terracotta tiles and 16th-century ceiling pattern in the foyer to the ruby red Moorish lamps and maroon leather benches, The Prado at Balboa Park oozes otherworldly comfort. The menu spans various cuisines but seafood-based plates like blue crab, shrimp, and cod "sea cakes" and lobster saffron broth paella stand out. However, you'd be remiss not to try the wafer-thin seared American Kobe Beef sushi roll -- seriously, how do they get that meat so thin?
Formerly a Naval Training Center, Point Loma’s Liberty Station has recently undergone a full civilian makeover, becoming a top local destination for those partial to eating and drinking high-quality things. Liberty Station is also home to Liberty Public Market, a food emporium with dozens of stalls featuring local San Diego artisans, restaurants, and bars. With great shopping, acres of grassy fields for revelry, tons of booze, and plenty of food, Liberty Station is worth an afternoon of exploring.
WestBean Cafe at Liberty Public Market is the Point Loma outpost for WestBean's locally roasted, micro-batched coffee. WestBean Cafe uses its handcrafted roasts to create a vast array of coffee drinks beyond just pour-overs and espresso-bases; try one of the signature cold brew creations like the mint-infused Kryptonite or a flavored latte. Enjoy your coffee or tea with a doughnut from Mary's Donuts as you stroll through the Public Market's grounds, or soak up the San Diego sun on WestBean's custom patio.
With numerous locations across San Diego, Venissimo Cheese at Liberty Public Market in Point Loma is the fifth outpost of the artisanal cheese shop. The specialty grocery store sells cheese from across the globe, offering trays and individual cheeses to go, jams, crackers, chocolates, and other accoutrements, as well as dine-in options like sandwiches and the signature veninis (grilled paninis), cheese and charcuterie boards, and cheesecakes, all best enjoyed around the vast greenery at Liberty Station.
San Diego’s signature slab of urban nature is 40 percent bigger than New York’s Central Park and about 100 percent more wild. Balboa Park is home to a wide range of entertainment options, like the San Diego Zoo (which is exponentially better than the Central Park Zoo), a pavilion with free live pipe organ concerts during warmer months, the Old Globe Theater, museums like the Museum of Photographic Arts and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, and the world’s first IMAX dome theater.