isn't just for the glamorous - while its small streets are lined with chic stores and expensive art galleries, there is a local touch that makes this small cove one of San Diego's greatest treasures. Many of the restaurants and store shops overlook the Children's Pool,
filled with sprawling sea lions basking in the sunlight. Apart from housing some of the area's finest homes, it's main street (Girard) is filled with mainstream shops and local boutiques that offer the shopper a retreat in itself; while parking can be a hassle - it's the most crowded on weekends - walking into the center is often delightful thanks to the area's typically sheltered weather.
- or UTC as the locals deem it - is often bunched together with La Jolla. Just up the hill from the small resort town, this bustling neighborhood is home to the University of California, San Diego and the area's shopping center, University Town Center
(hence the nickname). Much more commercialized that it's counterpart, UTC is often the place where things get done; movie theaters, a plethora of shopping centers and one of the few Whole Foods in the area is located here. Though not quiet a college town, as families are immersed between the off-campus housing, the area is filled with businesses and great on-the-spot dining.
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