I’m so excited to introduce a new series I’ll be doing on the blog called the San Diego Spotlight. It’s going to be all things San Diego: restaurant reviews, must see attractions, hiking recommendations, upcoming events…etc! Even if you don’t live in San Diego…tuck some of these ideas away if you ever come visit.
To kick things off, the spotlight is on Liberty Station!
Fun fact…Liberty Station use to be a naval training center! But in recent years this historic part of Point Loma has been transformed into a hot spot for delicious food, craft beer, arts, music, events, history and breathtaking views of downtown San Diego.
There are about 10 million things to do down at Liberty Station and they don’t have to be done all at once but here’s my recommendation for how to spend a day at Liberty Station.
Start at the Liberty Public Market…
Confession, I had never actually gone to the Liberty Public Market until a couple weeks ago.
It’s a 7-day a week market that showcases some of the best local food, beer, wine, desserts, arts, crafts…etc San Diego has to offer. But seriously EVERYTHING…sushi, macarons, fresh flowers, coffee, tamales, cheese, flavored olive oil, jewelry, wine tasting, stuffed burgers…etc.
Spend a couple hours browsing around and be sure to pick something to eat for lunch here.
Get a buzz at Stone Brewery…
Stone Brewery is right across from the Public Market and is the perfect place to chill out and regroup after all the craziness of the market.
Don’t bother eating at Stone Brewery even though their ribs are some of my favorite things on earth. Just grab a couple of drinks to get your buzz on before exploring more of Liberty Station.
Walk along the water…
You can see the water from the Public Market and Stone Brewery so these trails are not hard to find.
Once you’ve got your buzz on and a full stomach head down to the water and take a long walk. You can walk all the way downtown San Diego along the harbor if you really wanted to but I’d probably just do a mile or two taking in the views.
I see you San Diego skyline.
This is also a really great place to run! Very safe, has bathrooms, water…yep that’s really all a runner needs to be happy haha.
Stop and appreciate the history…
It’s easy to forget that Liberty Station is an old Naval base so keep your eyes open for memorials.
Tickets to the gun show anyone? haha
Along with the memorials there are a ton of interesting museums, art galleries and just really cool old buildings to explore.
Take a movie break…
Walking around all day can be exhausting so why not relax and see a movie at The Lot?
This place is crazy expensive but you get what you pay for. It’s a complete luxury theater and is brand new. Yes please!
I personally haven’t eaten at their restaurant but I’ve heard it’s overpriced and not that great. Just go for the movie and maybe sneak in some dessert you got at the Public Market.
Con Pane has the best bread in all of San Diego.
Every single time I go to Liberty Station I stop here and buy a loaf of their Rosemary & Olive Oil bread.
They also have amazing sandwiches, pastries and coffee…but that’s a trip for another day.
Just as a tip I’d avoid this place on Sunday mornings. It’s located right next to The Rock Church which is a very popular church in San Diego. So, Con Pane gets CRAZY after their morning service.
Eat dinner at Soda & Swine…
Soda & Swine is one of Bryce’s favorite restaurants in all of San Diego. Their origional location is up in North Park and no joke the line wraps around the block so I’m so excited they finally opened this second location in Liberty Station.
Stay with me on this one… but the entire theme for this restaurant is meatball based. You choose your meatball style (they have vegan options too) then how you’d like it served: as a slider, in a sub, in a skillet or over spaghetti.
They also have incredible sides! I highly recommend the dirty fries and brussel sprouts and don’t skip dessert. The pie is to die for!
Then go home in a food coma…THE END!
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What’s your favorite thing to do in Liberty Station?
Have you been to the Public Market before?
Are you coming to visit San Diego anytime soon?