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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Brewery
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“They have a great beer tour. Beautiful gardens to sit back relax and enjoy a cold one.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Park
“The Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve has something for everyone. You can hike the trails starting from the Reserve entrance, or you can join the trails at various locations off of Harmony Grove Road and Elfin Forest Road. The roads run adjacent to a stream where an abundant array of wildlife, especially birds can be found. Additionally, it is an excellent representation of tree and plant life native to San Diego and California. On the weekends, guided tours and workshops are offered by the Nature Center found at the end of one of the more leisure hikes into the hills. Go to their website for weekend activities. Be there early as parking and events fill up fast on the weekends.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Warehouse Store
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  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“A very high point to enjoy sunset with a view of the ocean from San Marcos. During the day you can hike to there from Discovery lake. it's like 2.5 miles going up not for everyone but the path is even and easy to walk if don't mind the hills”
  • 15 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Something for everybody, Restaurant Row has an array of options for any foodie. Be sure to stop by Sublime Ale House during happy hour.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Cinema
“If you want to catch a movie, Edwards is nearby and has nice stadium seating. They also have a food court across the parking lot to grab a quick bite.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank converted an old bank building into an upscale craft brewhouse and restaurant. The former vault of the bank is now home to 101 Proof, a classic speakeasy with a hidden side entrance, and authentic decor reminiscent of the Prohibition era. The bar menu boasts a number of craft cocktails, like the flaming Boom Tiki Tiki made with ten ingredients, 40% alcohol and house-made grenadine. There are also single-barrel whiskeys and 10 types of Old Fashioned cocktails on the menu. 2002 South Coast Hwy.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Compact brewery & taproom with an industrial feel producing a rotating selection of beers. Popular with locals.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Food
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“This is my favorite brewery. Really great variety and a fun tap room. They usually have a food truck lined up so if you’re planning on eating call ahead to see what’s there.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Check out their Sunday brunch which includes a boat ride around Lake San Marcos. Great for kids & adults too!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“If you're lucky enough to be here on a Tuesday, you have to go to Booze Brothers. You'll probably see us there because of the famous Mexican Cuisine Food Truck. Order their King Tacos and Ol' Grandaddy's IIPA”
  • 6 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“The bellows : is very nice either with a group friends or for romantic dinner. Not a chain ! Foodie restaurant with a nice warm industrial decor)”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Only open for breakfast but its the best breakfast in town. Be prepared to wait otherwise make reservations this place gets busy!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Food
“One of the newer breweries, Bear Roots instantly made a name for themselves with their unique beers and dedication to the craft. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“They have a great beer tour. Beautiful gardens to sit back relax and enjoy a cold one.”
  • 80 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Something for everybody, Restaurant Row has an array of options for any foodie. Be sure to stop by Sublime Ale House during happy hour.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank converted an old bank building into an upscale craft brewhouse and restaurant. The former vault of the bank is now home to 101 Proof, a classic speakeasy with a hidden side entrance, and authentic decor reminiscent of the Prohibition era. The bar menu boasts a number of craft cocktails, like the flaming Boom Tiki Tiki made with ten ingredients, 40% alcohol and house-made grenadine. There are also single-barrel whiskeys and 10 types of Old Fashioned cocktails on the menu. 2002 South Coast Hwy.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Check out their Sunday brunch which includes a boat ride around Lake San Marcos. Great for kids & adults too!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“If you're lucky enough to be here on a Tuesday, you have to go to Booze Brothers. You'll probably see us there because of the famous Mexican Cuisine Food Truck. Order their King Tacos and Ol' Grandaddy's IIPA”
  • 6 locals recommend
Gastropub
“The bellows : is very nice either with a group friends or for romantic dinner. Not a chain ! Foodie restaurant with a nice warm industrial decor)”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Only open for breakfast but its the best breakfast in town. Be prepared to wait otherwise make reservations this place gets busy!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
“Close by - end of street. Local hang out and great breakfast or lunch. Closed for dinner.”
  • 3 locals recommend

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