A Local's Guide to San Diego

Hey I’m Linh and I’m part of the boba blogging duo, @bobabitchess. I spent the last four years in San Diego, studying at San Diego State University, and am so excited to team up with Cardiff by the Sea Lodge to take you on a tour of my favorite city.

Photo Credit:  Balboa Park

Photo Credit: Balboa Park

Balboa Park is easily one of the most famous spots in San Diego and for good reason – it’s so aesthetic! You can easily get a cute Insta here. There’s so much to see here like museums, parks, and even a theater styled after Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. Additionally, this park is great for all ages!

Photo Credit:  Little Italy San Diego

Little Italy is one of my favorite places to spend the afternoon, shopping and of course eating! If you feel like treating yourself, there’s even nail salons and spas. When I go with my friends, we usually hit up one of the specialty grocers to grab authentic Italian food, get dinner together, and maybe hit up a bar.

Photo Credit:  Mollie Rivera

Photo Credit: Mollie Rivera

The San Diego Zoo is one of the most famous zoos in the world and one of only four zoos in the US to have giant pandas! If you’re planning to visit San Diego, come quickly so that you can watch the baby panda grow up. If you want to be overwhelmed with cuteness, stop by the penguins, koalas, and red pandas.

Photo Credit:  @urbaneatssd

Photo Credit: @urbaneatssd

No trip to San Diego is complete without some amazing Mexican food! Although there are tons of restaurants offering up authentic Mexican food, my favorite place to grab a bit is Tacos El Gordo, which serves up authentic Tijuana tacos. What sets them apart is that everything is made fresh in house daily and their guacamole is some of the best I’ve had.

Photo Credit:  @bobabitchess

Photo Credit: @bobabitchess

When it comes to boba, San Diego has a pretty poppin’ boba scene and some of my favorites include: Kung Fu Tea, Snoice, and Camellia Rd Tea Bar. If you’re into Filipino style desserts, Snoice is a must for their halo halo! As for Camellia Rd Tea Bar, I’ve liked everything I’ve gotten from there so far and their agua frescas are so refreshing.

Andrew Heisler