City + Culture
San Diego’s Uptown neighborhood is a vibrant and diverse community offering world renowned museums, celebrated restaurants, and is just steps from Balboa Park. In Uptown and throughout the rest of the San Diego area, you’ll find independent theatres, small music halls and jazz clubs, galleries, gourmet markets, craft fairs, maker spaces, and many other spots that are off the beaten path. Epic on Fifth residences are surrounded by exceptional dining and the vast expanses of Balboa Park. Go out for brunch. Catch live jazz. Walk to the theater. Go to a farmer’s market. Or go take a hike along the 65 miles of trails in Balboa Park. LIFE IS EPIC.
Dining needn’t be expensive to be fine. Uptown and its surrounding districts boast some of the best Mexican, Italian, Californian, French, and American food in San Diego. If you looking for a panoramic view of San Diego, there’s no better one that at Mr A’s right down the street from Epic on 5th.
Here are a few fine dining favorites in Uptown
Mr A’s www.asrestaurant.com
The Prado www.cohnrestaurants.com/theprado
PARC Bistro-Brasserie www.parcbb.com
Cucina Urbana www.urbankitchengroup.com/cucina-urbana-bankers-hill/
Extraordinary Desserts www.extraordinarydesserts.com
THE Park and MUSEUMS
Within the 1,200-acre Balboa Park is not only open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and restaurants within the boundaries of the park. Placed in reserve in 1835, the park's site is one of the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreational use.
Named for the Spanish maritime explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa, the park hosted the 1915–16 Panama–California Exposition and 1935–36 California Pacific International Exposition, both of which left architectural landmarks. The park and its historic Exposition buildings were declared a National Historic Landmark and National Historic Landmark District in 1977, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Hillcrest is the center of San Diego’s LGBT scene, with buzzing gay bars and the city’s massive annual Pride parade. University Avenue is lined with restaurants serving global cuisines like Vietnamese, Himalayan and Thai, while the mix of cafes, brunch spots and second-hand clothes shops on Fifth Avenue make it a popular weekend destination. The weekly Hillcrest Farmers Market sells produce, flowers and cooked food.
Walk down to a number of neighborhood eateries for breakfast and brunch, lunch and happy hour.
Jimmy Carters Mexican Cafe www.jimmycartersmexicancafe.com
Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant www.bankershillsd.com
Mia Trattoria www.miatrattoriasd.com
Hane Sushi http://www.hane-sushi.net
The Balboa www.thebalboabarandgrill.com
The Corner Drafthouse www.thecornerdrafthouse.com
Hachi Ramen www.hachiramen.com