This hidden neighborhood sandwiched between downtown and Pacific Beach houses local favorites and indie shops with bargain buys. Apart from the celebrated Hodad's, a surfer destination for the perfect hamburger and French fries, this small beach city epitomizes the wide variety of San Diego with funky restaurants - like the OB Noodle House - and patrons, who often inhabit the area's strip of bars (like Sunshine) as well as its Wednesday night Farmer's Market. Perhaps most well known for the area's miscreants, Ocean Beach is a hidden gem that doesn't just offer the typical chic city goers with a beach city but instead a local specialty. Though it is small, Ocean Beach packs a lot – beaches are filled to the brim during the summer months with volleyball amateurs and veterans alike, while Nick's at the Pier offers sweet mimosa deals overlooking the shimmering ocean. Try to avoid some of the touristy spots located on Newport that feature San Diego printed tees and shell souvenirs, the real stuff isn't anywhere on the block.