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18 things to do

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Kensington

Centered along Adams Avenue east of CA-15, is a small community with much charm. Instead of going here for excitement, you should go to to relax. Take some time to walk around the neighborhood and see all of the old houses and their well kept gardens. Get a cup of coffee at '''Kensington Cafe''' and then enjoy it at the park that surrounds the local library. Around dinner take the time to eat at the local restaurants and then either have a few drinks at the '''Club Kensington''' or see an indie or foreign film at the theater or rent one from '''Kensington Video'''.

DO   —  Map

Zia Gourmet Pizza

Zias is home to some of the most unique and tastiest pizzas in all San Diego. You can order by the slice or a whole pie. The types of pizza range from the traditional cheese (three types) to the most famous, eggplant (cranberries, walnuts, yogurt, and eggplant). All food served is kosher and halal and there are vegan options as well. The owner and head chef constantly walks around and asks how everything tastes.



Adams Avenue Book Store

This is one of the few remaining book stores on Adams Avenue. The easy to recognize green tarp welcomes you to a large two-story store stocked with everything from literature to theology. Soothing classical music plays and the two friendly house cats never fail to brush up against you. Look out for the old kitchen on the second floor stocked with recipe books and the large children's section in the back.


San Diego State University Aztecs

College basketball enthusiasts will recognize a familiar face coaching this team, National Champion Steve Fisher. They play their home games at the '''Viejas Arena''' (formerly Cox Arena) in the SDSU campus. The Aztecs college baseball team plays at '''Tony Gwynn Stadium''' (also on the SDSU campus) and the college football team plays at Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley.

DO   —  SDSU campus


Lestat's Coffee House

Lestat's never closes, ever. Aside from the specialty coffee drinks and the local pastries, the walls are covered with art for sale, and the next door stage has nightly shows and open mics. Free wifi attracts all sorts of local characters and the back is always packed with people. They have a sister location in University Heights along Park Avenue.

DRINK   —  +1 619 282-0437 —  3343 Adams Ave

The Big Kitchen

This restaurant is so named because the kitchen is bigger than the rest of the restaurant. "Judy The Beauty (on Duty)" is usually there serving up great food (mainly breakfast, but also lunch), with a cheerful attitude. Take time to appreciate the bumper stickers and celebrity posters on the walls - Whoopi Goldberg once worked here.

EAT   —  +1 619 234-5789 —  3003 Grape St


Blind Lady Ale House

With a pub vibe and aesthetic, BLAH's a fantastic place to drink a wide selection of local craft brew and munch on some pizza. During the week it's not nearly as crowded--you'll be able to find a spot on the long wooden tables. If you ride your bike there, you can get a 10% discount when you show your helmet at the bar.

DRINK   —  +1 619 255-2491 —  3416 Adams Ave

Ponces Mexican Restaurant

Ponces has been recently renovated, offering a new bar and better seating but it still offers some of the best American Mexican food in San Diego. Not authentic Mexican food, but good American Mexican food. Get there with enough time to wait and if you don't want dine in call for take out.



Ken Cinema

Watch an independent or classic film in this old style theater here. They play one movie per week, with the occasional one-time screenings and premiers. The only single screen movie theater in the city. This also the home to the LGBT FilmOut festival, which runs in mid April.


The Adams Avenue Street Fair

Held over the last weekend in late September, showcases local business and organizations, various food and tchotchke vendors, and six stages of live music across the three blocks of this main drag in '''Normal Heights'''.

DO   —  +1 619 282-7329 —  Adams Ave

Bleu Boheme

Charming, rustic neighborhood French brasserie in the heart of Kensington. They feature a prix fixe Bohemian menu every night from 5-6PM, all night on Tuesdays. Try the moules frites in Roquefort sauce.


Kensington Video

If you want to rent or need a rare video that the chain stores do not carry this is the place to go. If they do not have it they will find it for you. A definite stop for the movie buff.


Living Room Coffeehouse

A regular neighborhood coffee spot that's a popular study space for many college students given its proximity to SDSU.


Kensington Cafe

This coffee shop, loved by the locals, serves coffee, tea, food and even spumoni.

DRINK   —  +1 619 640-0494 —  4141 Adams Ave

Discount Fabrics

Well-known fabric store converted from a former theater.


Club Kensington

A quaint hipster bar that offers music on the weekends.

DRINK   —  +1 619 284-2848 —  4079 Adams Ave


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