My family has been going to San Diego since I was 5 years old. Since we were desert dwellers in Las Vegas, we needed to escape the heat and landed on the cute town of Del Mar. Del Mar is a small coastal town in San Diego. I am going to list all my favorite spots as it’s a place that’s like my second home.
L’Auberge Del Mar is a proper hotel that sits right at the corner of 15th street and the main drag for Del Mar. The hotel has a rooftop area that’s great for events and a pool (the patio area is also great for brunch or a sunset cocktail). Plus, the spa is a 10/10. It’s super small but offers killer massages and facials.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a larger property with multiple pool but it’s a kids paradise. On 4th of July, they do fireworks and have tons of activities for kids.
Hotel Indigo is a small boutique hotel within in walking distance to the beach, restaurants, and shopping. It’s modern, clean, and simple but with that SoCal beach vibe.
Fish Market is a great off-the-beaten track place to eat the freshest fish. Aside from the freshest fish around, the piping hot sourdough bread is the reason I keep coming back.
The Butchery is a full service butcher and gourmet grocery. It’s a one stop shop for all things for your BBQ beach dinner.
Pizza Port has been my fave pizza place since I was 5 years old. The pies have a delish thick crust and go so well with their in-house brewed beer.
Pamplemousse Grille is by far the most gourmet restaurant in Del Mar. Located across from the Del Mar race track, it has traditional American fare combined with a French flair. Save room because the desserts are incredible.
Jimmy O’s is your classic sports bar but on the weekends they have Karaoke and I’m a sucker for a little tune.
Tucci is hands down my fave multi-brand store in Del Mar. It has all the best lines and the team there goes above and beyond to help you find just the right pieces. They have 2 amazing locations to explore.
Annmarie D’Erocle has a selection of curated jewelry that is one of my go-tos for gifts for friends and myself. It has a range of prices and styles to suit.
Rusty Del Mar is your true “locals-only” surf shop. It offers every brand of wetsuit, board, and everything in between to make your day at the beach a smashing success.
Sand Castle Tales this is the cutest shop full of children books, activities, and gift items for kids of all ages. It’s located inside the Del Mar Plaza on the upper level.