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Spend a day in East Village

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East Village has a slew of art, restaurants and bars nestled between the urban brick buildings. 

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With the many places and activities in San Diego, it can be hard to make plans; to ease the process, PACIFIC planned a day in one of its urban districts.

East Village harbors an urban community of artists in various crafts. Since the opening of Petco Park in 2004, the downtown neighborhood has transformed from a forgotten place into a home for eclectic creatives. 

Have a crêpe day 

Brunch at Cafe Chloe’s newest culinary venture. After celebrating 14 years, Cafe Chloe revamped the Parisian cafe and opened Minou, Crêperie Pâtisserie one block west. Nibble on the array of crêpes, baguette sandwiches and drinks any day as this establishment is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

721 Eighth Ave., 619.934.7261, minoucreperie.com

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Minou, a Parisian-style creperie opened in October in the East Village. (Photo by K.C. Alfred/ San Diego Union -Tribune)
K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune

10 Barrel Brewery

“Brew beer. Drink beer. Have fun.” That’s the motto 10 Barrel Brewery’s founders live by, so it seems fitting they chose a place like San Diego for a brewpub location. Feeling something light? There’s salads, hummus with pita and smoked corn on the cob. For those with an appetite and a knack for spice, try the Jalapeño Popper Burger or the Serrano Chicken Burger. 

1501 E St., 619.578.2311, 10barrel.com

Gin it to win it

You & Yours Distilling Co. is a full production distillery, event space and tasting room known for its gin and vodka, which helped land its owner on Forbes’ 30 under 30. The drinks have fresh ingredients, which make for crisp cocktails and shareable punch bowls. Order Little Bunny Foo Foo for some carrot action or Do You Want That Spicy? for a cucumber refresher. Can’t decide? There’s flights to try the different spirits. 

1495 G St., 619.955.8755, youandyours.com

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Robbin Watson

Play ball! Or, maybe just watch

An East Village trip could not be complete without a stop at Petco Park. The home stadium for the Padres is more than just a place to watch baseball, it hosts some of the best stadium food in America, highlighting several local restaurants. Start off with some snacks from Jack & Craft, then dig into the famous Phil’s BBQ baby back ribs on the rooftop of the Western Metal Supply building. Finish off the meal with a beer from Ballast Point or a cocktail from the Cutwater Spirits Rum Bar. For a full list of vendors, click here. Check the 2018 season schedule for home games. 

100 Park Blvd., 619.795.5555, mlb.com/padres/ballpark

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Petco Park (thekeystosandiego.com)

“Eatertainment” time

This brand new spot it large enough to host an entire day’s worth of activities, filling a 23,500 square foot two-story complex. Punch Bowl Social is a fast-growing business with several locations across the country. Choose anything from karaoke to bowling, arcade games to cocktails and “Mex-Tex” food in the San Diego location. 

1485 E St., 619.452.3352, punchbowlsocial.com

Punch Bowl Social San Diego

Interiors of the new Punch Bowl Social which includes a dining room, 360 bar, breakout areas with popular games and bowling alley on both levels of the new place. The Punch Bowl is scheduled to open June 9 in the East Village of downtown, San Diego.

Nelvin C. Cepeda / San Diego Union-Tribune

Need a place to crash?

Don’t settle for a hotel with a mini-fridge and an old TV, Stay Alfred on G Street offers travelers a modern apartment packed with in-unit and building amenities. Choose between a two-bedroom or a three-bedroom apartment that can accommodate up to seven guests.

655 15th St., 866.232.3864, stayalfred.com

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