The epitome of the city’s hippie culture serves up copious craft brews.
Just north of Downtown is San Diego's home for all things hippie. Ocean Beach is the classic, old-school California beach neighborhood: Much of the architecture hasn't been updated since the '70s, VW vans dot the sidewalks, stores selling crystals line the main drag of Newport Ave, barefoot surfers troll the streets looking for the next best wave, and there's always a rogue guitarist -- or five -- setting up shop along the beachfront. "OB," as it's known to locals, is also home to some of the city’s best beers, burgers, and acai bowls.
Where to eat/drink: The neighborhood has recently stepped up its craft beer offerings, now proudly boasting several San Diego craft brewery tasting rooms: Pizza Port, Mike Hess Brewing, OB Brewery, Belching Beaver, Helm's, and Culture. If you'd like some food to go with all that beer, legendary Hodad's is always a sure bet for burgers, but locals favor Raglan Public House for its robust burger and beer menus, as well as nice outdoor seating. Oceanfront Wonderland Ocean Pub has a Hawaiian-inspired menu, craft brew-stocked bar, and sprawling, open-air ocean views.
Those looking for more refreshing, healthier options won't have to venture far: The best acai bowls in San Diego are served at Lazy Hummingbird, as well its sister location, The Nest, which is located in an organic home goods store called Teeter, just off the OB Pier.