Things to Do in Solana Beach

This week’s guest is Angelic Ingram who lives in Solana Beach.

Vibe of Solana Beach

Solana Beach is a very small beach community in North San Diego County. Not only is it very safe, but it is great for relaxing, shopping, and going to beach. It is not too touristy as it is not as well known. In this very quiet, walkable community, you can take the train and be right downtown. You’ll find it to be very upscale and artsy. You’ll find a lot of upscale shopping in the design district.

Transportation in Solana Beach

Solana Beach is a very walkable town. Parking is not too difficult unless it is during the San Diego Fair (during June and up to July 4) or the Horse Races (July-September).

If you can take the Coaster train to downtown Solana Beach as it makes it so easy. It is only a few blocks from the Design District on Cedros.

Hotels in Solana Beach

Solana Beach is very small. You won’t find a lot of hotels. You will find a lot of airbnb and you can easily stay in a neighboring city like Del Mar, Encinitas or Carlsbad.

Marriott Courtyard – The Marriott Courtyard in Solana Beach was just renovated. Angelic says she has had friends stay there and it is very nice.

Holiday Inn Express is a budget hotel near the 5 Freeway.

Shopping

Wax and Whimsy – 665 San Rodolfo. Wax and Whimsy was a boutique that used to be on Cedros Avenue but has since has moved, Angelic thinks it needs a shoutout or you might not find it. Cute store and great for gifts, candles and clothes.

Mabels –  136 S Cedros Ave. Mabels is a affordable clothing for women and children. Been there a long time. Shoes and accessories.

Cedros Soles – lovely selection of shoes. Clothing for him and her. Upscale brands.

Bixbi and Ball – home decor, bedding, kitchen and great for candles, cookbooks

Lotus – huge warehouse with dozens of vendors who have stalls. They all present their artisan skills. Handbags to home made crafts to jewelry and clothing.

Satori Boutique

TaDa Home Decor – 143 S. Cedros Avenue. Home décor – find frames, rugs, lighting, gifts, candles

Suzan on Cedros – 1954, 130 S Cedros Ave #130. lovely clothing line from around world, Italy, Brazil. Ponchos to tops to dresses. Lots of jewelry from Brazil.

Blu Sandz – 212 S Cedros. The gal who opened this a few years ago. Geared toward more younger gals. Cute tops and shorts. Local shirts, baseball caps. Cute shop. Next to West Elm that just opened.

Solo– 309 S Cedros. Multi-boutique emporium featuring a quirky range of new & vintage home accessories, books & cards. coffee table books, gardening, Europe- stationary jewelry candles, etc.

Restaurants

Alce 101 – Mexican resaturna with a unique, healthy vibe to it. They do a nice pozole made with elk meat. They have vegetarian stuff too. Long list of tequilas and mesqueles. Nice ambiance – good for date night.

Alfonsos – Mexican restauant. Live music. Thursday – Saturday.

Blue Note (belly up) – on Cedros – Contemporary American food.

Pizza port – casual

Tide water – great burgers, chicken wings, lots of screens for football, family oriented.

T’s café – oatmeal, scrambled eggs, fire pit inside – cozy

Sushi Station – down the road from T-s Cafe. Best sushi.

Chiefs – broncos fan – friendly

Wineries

Carruth Winery – Few other locations. Produces in Carlsbad. They have more DJ music. Bring in your own food if you like. They only have cheese trays. Mostly Red wines.

Culture Micro Brew – across from Carruth.

Bars

The Pillbox Tavern– 117 W Plaza Street. Retro modern beach bar. Angelic says that the Pillbox Tavern is a great sports bar with great bar food. She especially likes the chili fries.

The Saddle Bar – 123 W Plaza Street. The Saddle Bar is next door from Pillbox Tavern. Angelic mentions that there is DJ music on weekends as well. Fun place to hang out.

Belly Up – 143 S Cedros Avenue. Great venue for small concerts. Dancing.

18:30 – get rid of some extra stuff.

Coffee and Brunch

Lofty Cafe – 132 S Cedros Avenue. Great coffees, Turkish late with cardomom and margerom. pour over, baked goods, outdoor seating.

Barefoot Roasting Company – 439 S Cedros Avenue. from Northern California but just opened on far end of Cedros. Lovely outdoor seating with fire pit.

Solana Beach Roasting Company – 437 N Hwy 101 #501. across 101 like a kiosk house. Lattes, smoothies, pastries. espressos.

Madeline’s French Bistro – 240 S Cedros Avenue. French bistro. Latte, capuchins. Nice brunches. Nice eggs Benedict, French toast. Fresh baguettes, – people come into buy those.

Claire’s on Cedros – 246 N Cedros Avenue. grows all her own herbs on the property. Breakfast and lunch. Once in a while they will open for a special dinner. Packed on weekends so must go early. Backyard patio is cute too. Next door to house is a walking pickup coffee. She makes lovely baked goods. Shortbread is her signature thing.