Things To Do In San Diego

3 Day Itinerary

March 30, 2021

We recently spent 3 amazing days in San Diego and I loved every moment of it. So I decided to pile all of our favorite spots we visited and what we ate in a little guide. Enjoy 3 days in San Diego!

It’s been a year since we have traveled due to covid I missed it so much. My favorite thing to do is travel. Being from Las Vegas we have so many amazing vacation spots close to us. San Diego is my favorite. It’s 4 ½ hours away and the most relaxing, beautiful city I’ve been to so you never get bored. There are always hidden spots to find and explore.

Now I haven’t been to San Diego since becoming vegan. It’s one of the best vegan cities. I was excited to try all the vegan foods and let me tell you we ate and ate and ate…

 

WHERE TO STAY IN SAN DIEGO?

We stayed right in the center of it all, Gaslamp. It’s my favorite spot. Its walking distance to all the yummy eats and bars. So if you don’t plan to rent a car this is the perfect location for you. This is where it all happens. You have Petco Park, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo and all the tourist locations you can imagine.

We chose Hotel Indigo, the price was decent and the hotel was clean and staff was friendly. It’s located right next to Petco Park. Most hotels charge for overnight parking but we were lucky to park on the street and skip that hefty $50 a night parking. Little tip for you in case you are driving.

We got in late Tuesday night so dinner it was; we were starving and couldn’t wait to try all the amazing vegan food San Diego has to offer.

DAY/NIGHT 1

We headed straight to Kindred. This place came highly recommended more for their unique cocktails but they also had some yummy vegan food. This restaurant is 100% vegan so don’t worry you can’t be fooled into choosing something not vegan.

We ordered fried pickles. They were amazing, the chicken nuggets (secret menu item) were just ok… the Grilled cheese was very good and the Little Gem Caesar salad- it was so flavorful! It’s hard to find a good Caesar dressing and they nailed it.
Cocktails-Joe had the Mordecai and I had the spinal tap. It was delish so refreshing and light. I also tried the place of certainty. It was a little different as far as taste, but it was still good.

DAY 2 (Sunset Cliffs, Gaslamp, Restaurants)

Day 2 started with breakfast by heading to Breakfast Republic. They had a huge menu and a huge plus was they had their own little vegan menu. It was delicious!

I had the Vegan Jammin’ Bennie with a michelada and Joe had the Vegan Harvest Omelet with a bloody mary. Both were very good. If you had to choose one though go with the Jammin’ Bennie very flavorful and the jelly OH EM GEE!!

We headed to Sunset Cliffs for an amazing view. Pack a blanket and a bottle of wine and enjoy the waves crashing in with your loved one or even solo. It was so breathtaking, to say the least.

We needed a mid-day pick-me-up, so we went to grab a coffee over at The Espresso Lab. (If you’re wanting pics for the gram this is the place to go).

After driving around enjoying the city back to the hotel we went to freshen up and head to dinner at Donna Jeans OMG the most amazing vegan restaurant. The pizza was to die for! I could not even tell it was vegan. They make their own vegan cheese in-house I was told and wow, so impressed.

We started out with the Nashville Shrooms and two pies:

Four horsemen (gouda, mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan, smoked tomato, pesto, oregano (nuts/soy)

The Thunder kiss ‘65. (white wine garlic cream, mozzarella, ricotta, spinach, red onion, pistachios, preserved lemon vinegar (nuts/soy)

We had to try several. We love our food. Donna Jeans was 5 stars. I highly recommend going there. If you have one spot to choose let this be it!! The staff was very friendly, Patio seating is adorable and amazing food. You can’t go wrong.

We headed down to Gaslamp for the night- a perfect place for the cool crowd to hang out for that nightlife vibe, and we were invited into a speakeasy by the bouncer right off the street! We love these underground chill bars it just gives me all the vibes!

It’s called Prohibition and they had LIVE music yes, LIVE music! I was so happy-it’s been a whole year of no concerts, no live music. It was awesome! Definitely check them out and support them. The cocktails were refreshing and it was such a great way to end our night.

DAY 3 (Torrey Pines, Suspension Bridge, Little Italy)

We heard about this all-vegan bakery Hazel & Jade so you know we had to get there early to get all the fresh pastries we could. Well Joe did I should say he came back with homemade cinnamon rolls, coffee cake, and more. They were all really good. So if you have a sweet tooth, definitely go there.  

We headed right to Torrey Pines and we strolled the beach the whole morning. Wow, what a beautiful secluded beach just hearing the waves of the ocean and the fresh air really made me thankful to be in this moment. There were only a handful of people out there walking the beach. We acted like kids again. We found some unique seashells and Joe even built a sandcastle 😉  you’re never too old.

We decided to stop by the Grossmont Center where they have 3 vegan restaurants right by each other. I know, we thought that shopping malls weren’t where you find good food… But we were hungry and wanted to try all the spots. Ha! So we got a little bit of everything… Marisco NoMar for Baja Ceviche and Veganitos sopes and carnitas tacos. OMG, this is the best Mexican food I’ve ever had!! Get the Sopas- like go right now! Mid-bite I was like I have to get a pic of this. Sorry we ate in the car it was rainy and you know it always tastes better fresh.

 

 

 

 

After heading back to the hotel it started to rain but that didn’t stop us! After all, it was our last day here!

Spruce Street Suspension Bridge- This bridge was built in 1912 its a hidden suspension bridge that has views of the valley.

It was so gorgeous and scary! Two people ahead were shaking it and I’m not going to lie I was a little scared- but it turned out really great! You must check it out! Such a hidden gem.

We headed down to Little Italy and wandered the streets looking at all the cool restaurants and shops.

We decided on sushi and ramen over at The Yasai by Rakiraki. It was a chilly rainy day so the soup sounded good. Wow, the bowls of ramen were huge and filling! I recommend sharing one and some rolls. The sushi roll was delicious. We had tried Stressed Out and for ramen, Joe got the Curry and I tried the Tantanmen. The ramen was ok. Joe wasn’t a fan of the curry. So if you aren’t a ramen person stick with the rolls. It was a cute little place but I don’t think it should be on your go-to list unless you’re craving vegan sushi.

Back to the hotel to pack and get ready to head home. I was so stuffed and just not comfortable so Mama needed to lay down and breathe! Are you an over-eater like me? I just want it all I can’t miss out!

That's A Wrap, S.D.

I hope you have fun in Sunny San Diego and as always please tag me on Instagram or comment below if you visit any of these places.