The Cedros Design District is one of the few San Diego neighborhoods that predominately features DIY designers and artists in a modest sunny landscape. Adjacent to the 101 and across from Solana Beach’s train station, the humble three blocks surface a creative haven for any design appetite. Hidden amongst Cedros District favorites like the Belly Up and Leaping Lotus are precious gems that make morning to noon to night an genuine dive.
Formerly a working woman myself amongst the greeny knolls of Cedros’ fine district, no morning was complete without an organic Joe from Zinc – pairing organics with local finds, Zinc’s three locations around southern California makes it a classic favorite; their outdoor seating perched between wind swept vines and molding brick walls is a hidden oasis steps from the street.
Indulging is the afternoons is to find the latest addition of Cedros – Lockwood Table Cafe. This historically significant home features local produce that might not scare even the most skeptical of clients, with sandwiches filled to the brim with roast beef, turkey and ham. Very atypical, though, meat entrees are paired with fresh fruit, gourmet cheeses and freshly baked bread like pumpernickel or marble. With the neighborhood’s fairly moderate climate, an afternoon on the wooden benches is seriously ideal.
No night would truly be complete without something to cure everyone’s sweet tooth – and in true, trendy form, Solana Beach offers its own version to the tart yogurt craze. Twisted Tart offers some of the same flavors and combos you might find in any respectable yogurt place in and around the city, but what makes it unique is other satiable options (like coffee, paninis and quiche) and a friendly staff.