Name: Christian Batani
City: San Diego
How long have you lived there?
I’ve lived here for about 4 years now.
Best places to eat? Good cheap eats as well as expensive.
There’s an amazing taco truck called KIKOS that has the best fish tacos for $1.25.
Personal favorite is Soda and Swine. It’s a hip eatery with an open roof which offers meatballs, soft-serve ice cream & a large selection of sodas. It is located right next to Polite Provisions, my favorite bar.
Best attractions to visit?
San Diego ZOO
What is overrated?
Best free things to do?
San Diego has the best hiking trails throughout the city with incredible views. My personal favorite is 3 sisters waterfall! It only makes sense that San Diego is rife with gorgeous beaches for playing, surfing, sunbathing and swimming, it’s the best free thing to do!! You have endless beaches to choose from like Mission beach, La Jolla Cove, Pacific Beach, OB Dog Beach, etc….
Watching a beautiful sunset at Sunset Cliffs, you won’t regret it!
A MUST: you need to visit the island of Coronado! Its beauty is breathtaking.
Do you have a metro system?
We do we have a trolley and a bus system (I don’t know how either of them work…..)
Best places for nightlife?
Depending on what you’re looking for clubs are mostly in Downtown Gaslamp. My personal favorites are Oxford and Bang Bang/ If you’re looking for hipster bars, North Park is your best option. My personal favorites are Bar Pink and Seven Grand. University Heights has great bars like Madison, Park & Rec and Small Bar. These are great vintage bars if you want a nice cocktail or a beer. Pacific beach, better known as PB is where you can party right on the beach! I recommend firehouse. You’ll always have a good time!
Fashion Valley is an upscale open air shopping mall.
Advice for someone visiting?
San Diego has the best weather in the nation, possibly the world! People don’t even argue about this, they just complain about it if they don’t live here. This fact partly explains why we’re better than mostly everyone else. Did I mention we have the best craft beer? San Diego is home of Ballast Point Brewery. I know you’ve tried their IPA or their Orange Witt, personal favorite btw! When visiting California, remember west coast is the best coast! We are also right next to the border. You can always visit MEXICO and explore all the wonderful things it has to offer. It’s absolutely amazing to be able to cross over to another country in just 5 minutes.