Next time you visit North County, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to check out the Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach. This charming little section of Solana Beach covers just two and a half blocks, yet is home to over 85 unique businesses, shops, restaurants, galleries, and more! Cedros Avenue in the 1950s was a very different scene than it is today. Cedros used to be the home of defense contractor Bill Jack who built several quonset huts that can still be seen here today. Today these structures are the location of retail shops. The area had transformed over the past few decades to be a lively community full of culture, art, and character. From shoes and clothes, to home décor, antiques, art, specialty gift shops, restaurants, and even a brewery and winery, Cedros Avenue has it all! Check out the video below for a sneak peak of Cedros Avenue Design District.
Here are some of our top picks for shopping, dining, and fun along Cedros Avenue:
Cedros Soles: This store not only has an amazing selection of shoes, but they also have clothing and accessories to go with anything! http://cedrossoles.com
Amba Gallery: This unique store has teamed up with skilled craftspeople and artisans from India to bring some traditional Indian style right to San Diego. The best part is profits assist in the wages of these craftspeople. Look and feel good at the same time! http://www.ambagallery.com
Leaping Lotus: What is there not to like about a store that brings together over 120 merchants under one roof? From furniture, to gifts, to artwork, Leaping Lotus features both local and international merchandise. http://www.leapinglotus.com
Drinking and Dining-
Lockwood Table Café: This café features a delicious menu serving breakfast and lunches that are to die for. Think fine cheese and savory one-of-a-kind sandwich, salad, and entrée creations. Top it all off with some organic coffee or fresh squeezed juices. http://www.lockwoodtable.com
Carruth Cellars: This urban winery brings grapes from Northern and Central California and crafts their fine wines here in Solana Beach. Stop by to do a little wine tasting and see for yourself what makes this place one of our top picks! http://carruthcellars.com
Culture Brewing Co.: This local brewery focuses on classic styles of beers from IPA’s, to a blonde, to a Hefeweizen brewed at a high quality. The atmosphere is the perfect compliment to the brews served at this spot! http://www.culturebrewingco.com
Belly Up Tavern: The Belly Up is an iconic part of Cedros Avenue and Solana Beach. This live music venue has been around since 1974 and features many different kinds of music located conveniently alongside a bar and restaurant. If you haven’t already checked out a show at this venue, we suggest you do so now! http://www.bellyup.com
Cedros Gardens: This beautiful garden features all organic plants and methods and is definitely something you will want to see. Whether you are stopping by for a quick peek, an event, or to buy plants for your very own garden this place is a must see on Cedros! http://cedrosgardens.com
There is so much to see and do along Cedros Avenue that you will probably need to come back a few times to get it all in. Don’t forget that every Sunday is the Cedros Avenue farmers Market from 1 to 5! For more information on Cedros Avenue click here.