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Guidebook for Carlsbad

Laurie

Guidebook for Carlsbad

Arts & Culture
Must-visit for families with small children
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LEGOLAND California Hotel
1 Legoland Drive
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Must-visit for families with small children
Fun and casual music venue to see local and famous talent--located in the Cedros “Design District” where you can browse a variety of cool shops
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Belly Up Tavern
143 South Cedros Avenue
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Fun and casual music venue to see local and famous talent--located in the Cedros “Design District” where you can browse a variety of cool shops
Interesting, hands on, worth a few hours.
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Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Drive
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Interesting, hands on, worth a few hours.
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Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way
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My favorite pastries
Stop by for drinks and appetizers on the heated patio while watching the sun set over the ocean. Happy hour prices are great.
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Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse
3878 Carlsbad Boulevard
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Stop by for drinks and appetizers on the heated patio while watching the sun set over the ocean. Happy hour prices are great.
Unique sushi with a modern vibe. One caveat, it get’s loud when crowded.
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Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi Bar
2958 Madison Street
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Unique sushi with a modern vibe. One caveat, it get’s loud when crowded.
Outdoor restaurant right on the beach--
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Harbor Fish Cafe
3179 Carlsbad Boulevard
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Outdoor restaurant right on the beach--
Crazy good food-- go! They don’t take reservations, so you might want to go early or on a week night as it gets busy.
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Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen
626 South Tremont Street
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Crazy good food-- go! They don’t take reservations, so you might want to go early or on a week night as it gets busy.
Organic/healthy and delicious fare. Courtyard dining or inside​.
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Naked Cafe
300 Carlsbad Village Drive
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Organic/healthy and delicious fare. Courtyard dining or inside​.
Our favorite for Greek--do take out ojnce a week. we always get the Greek salad with grilled chicken, and an order of the ala carte Dolmathes :)
Greek Corner
1854 Marron Rd
Our favorite for Greek--do take out ojnce a week. we always get the Greek salad with grilled chicken, and an order of the ala carte Dolmathes :)
What they lack in ambiance, they make up for with their delish thai food.
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Lotus Thai Bistro
3050 Pio Pico Drive
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What they lack in ambiance, they make up for with their delish thai food.
Don’t miss having a breakfast here- excellent fare...nice patio and cool succulent wall
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Café Topes
3091 Roosevelt Street
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Don’t miss having a breakfast here- excellent fare...nice patio and cool succulent wall
Good breakfast spot
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Daily News Cafe
3001 Carlsbad Boulevard
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Good breakfast spot
In a strip center but cute inside and oh-so-good authentic french pastries, and really, really yummy breakfasts (crepes, eggs, etc)
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Carlsbad French Pastry Cafe
1005 Carlsbad Village Drive
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In a strip center but cute inside and oh-so-good authentic french pastries, and really, really yummy breakfasts (crepes, eggs, etc)
If you love sushi-GO! The best poke bowls bar none, but go early, they open at 11:00, close at 1:00, and before that if they sell out (which they will)
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Yoshino
2913 State Street
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If you love sushi-GO! The best poke bowls bar none, but go early, they open at 11:00, close at 1:00, and before that if they sell out (which they will)
Good breakfast spot on the main drag in the village
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Swami's Cafe Carlsbad
2780 Carlsbad Boulevard
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Good breakfast spot on the main drag in the village
They have a large patio dining area with firepits, great coffee drinks and breakfast, right in the middle of the village
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Cafe Elysa
3076 Carlsbad Boulevard
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They have a large patio dining area with firepits, great coffee drinks and breakfast, right in the middle of the village
Because we always want to know where the closest one is when traveling :)
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Starbucks
2924 Carlsbad Boulevard
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Because we always want to know where the closest one is when traveling :)
Great spot if your in the mood for ...big round booths, low lighting, great salad, bread and prime rib for $15
Koko Beach
2858 Carlsbad Boulevard
Great spot if your in the mood for ...big round booths, low lighting, great salad, bread and prime rib for $15
Best breakfast.... weekend long waits (40 minutes) but worth it-- cool antique mall a block away to kill time Better on weekday mornings
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Beach Break Cafe
1802 South Coast Highway
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Best breakfast.... weekend long waits (40 minutes) but worth it-- cool antique mall a block away to kill time Better on weekday mornings
Great, well-priced fresh fish to buy to cook AND they usually have 4 types that are sashimi grade too. Also dine in option for casual fish fare, clam chowder, etc.
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Pelly's Fish Market & Cafe
7110 Avenida Encinas
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Great, well-priced fresh fish to buy to cook AND they usually have 4 types that are sashimi grade too. Also dine in option for casual fish fare, clam chowder, etc.
Great sandwiches- try the Turkado with extra secret spread!
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Board & Brew - Carlsbad Village
201 Oak Avenue
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Great sandwiches- try the Turkado with extra secret spread!
good italian fare
Jay's Gourmet Seafood & Pizza
2975 Carlsbad Boulevard
good italian fare
Not In N out, but close!
Knockout Burgers
2971 Carlsbad Boulevard
Not In N out, but close!
YUM. Consistently, YUM! A local favorite
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Local Tap House
308 South Coast Highway
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YUM. Consistently, YUM! A local favorite
Mexican street food at it's best...try the California Burrito!
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Raul's Mexican Food
490 South Coast Highway 101
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Mexican street food at it's best...try the California Burrito!
Pub fare- craft beers.
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Pour House
1903 S Coast Hwy
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Pub fare- craft beers.
Our go-to for solid sushi, friendly service at reasonable prices.
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Mikko Sushi
1025 Carlsbad Village Drive
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Our go-to for solid sushi, friendly service at reasonable prices.
Good for some beers, burritos, etc. Super chill patio out back with separate bar.
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Señor Grubby's
377 Carlsbad Village Drive
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Good for some beers, burritos, etc. Super chill patio out back with separate bar.
Stellar burgers and fries
Craft Burger
300 Carlsbad Village Dr
Stellar burgers and fries
GREAT local coffee spot for that non-Starbucks experience... seating outside overlooks the courtyard shopping below. Also have light fare.
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Vinaka Cafe
300 Carlsbad Village Drive
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GREAT local coffee spot for that non-Starbucks experience... seating outside overlooks the courtyard shopping below. Also have light fare.
Easy walk to great authentic mexican food- an "old Carlsbad" institution.
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Lola's 7 Up Market & Deli
3292 Roosevelt Street
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Easy walk to great authentic mexican food- an "old Carlsbad" institution.
Excellent italian food in Carlsbad Village
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Vigilucci's Cucina Italiana
2943 State Street
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Excellent italian food in Carlsbad Village
Not a big fan of the food, but have a Marguarita on their patio after a walk on the beach :)
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Norte Mexican Food
3003 Carlsbad Boulevard
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Not a big fan of the food, but have a Marguarita on their patio after a walk on the beach :)
WE LOVE THIS PLACE for authentic, sit-down Mexican-- food is always flavorful, they have a really nice outdoor space with fountain. There is a wait on weekends.
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Casa De Bandini
1901 Calle Barcelona
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WE LOVE THIS PLACE for authentic, sit-down Mexican-- food is always flavorful, they have a really nice outdoor space with fountain. There is a wait on weekends.
A hidden gem- don't tell anyone!! Cozy spot with amazing small plates, sandwiches, etc. Owner is super sweet and knows a bunch about wine.
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The Miller's Table
514 S Coast Hwy
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A hidden gem- don't tell anyone!! Cozy spot with amazing small plates, sandwiches, etc. Owner is super sweet and knows a bunch about wine.
Best fish place in the Village- reasonable prices.
Bluewater Grill
417 Carlsbad Village Dr
Best fish place in the Village- reasonable prices.
A must-try, everyone's favorite, "can't believe how fresh and good the burgers are for so cheap" place. Try the burger "animal style" (secret) or the animal fries (with fried onions and their secret sauce)
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In-N-Out Burger
5950 Avenida Encinas
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A must-try, everyone's favorite, "can't believe how fresh and good the burgers are for so cheap" place. Try the burger "animal style" (secret) or the animal fries (with fried onions and their secret sauce)
Local institution- great gooey pizza and craft beers.
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Pizza Port Carlsbad
571 Carlsbad Village Drive
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Local institution- great gooey pizza and craft beers.
Everyone​ loves pizza,
Knockout Pizza
2937 Carlsbad Blvd
Everyone​ loves pizza,
Great breakfast spot if you like ENDLESS MEAT. Big John breakfast comes with eggs, etc and all u can eat sausage, bratwurst, bacon, etc.
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Tip Top Meats
6118 Paseo Del Norte
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Great breakfast spot if you like ENDLESS MEAT. Big John breakfast comes with eggs, etc and all u can eat sausage, bratwurst, bacon, etc.
Get a slice of delish pizza, a beer and their​ house salad which is amazing-- apples, gorgonzola​ (or feta) candied pecans, YUM.
Best Pizza & Brew Oceanside
1639 S Coast Hwy
Get a slice of delish pizza, a beer and their​ house salad which is amazing-- apples, gorgonzola​ (or feta) candied pecans, YUM.
Cheap Mediterranean​ eats, fresh and fast.
Luna Grill - El Camino Real
2501 El Camino Real
Cheap Mediterranean​ eats, fresh and fast.
Great coffee and fresh baked breakfast fare. YUM
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Petite Madeline Bakery
223 North Coast Highway
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Great coffee and fresh baked breakfast fare. YUM
Everything Else
Ge your surf on-- just a few blocks away.
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Tamarack Surf Beach
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Ge your surf on-- just a few blocks away.
Only 45 minutes away, a scenic, relaxing day trip --beautiful beach town with many art galleries
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Laguna Beach
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Only 45 minutes away, a scenic, relaxing day trip --beautiful beach town with many art galleries
Always a fun day!
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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
2300 Expedition Way
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Always a fun day!
Great area to walk around, dine
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Oceanside Pier
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Great area to walk around, dine
Definitely go! Neighboring community with a different beachy hip vibe--Great place for shops, tons of awesome restaurants, hidden beaches-- where my kids grew up and ‘the coolest” according to them :)
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Encinitas
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Definitely go! Neighboring community with a different beachy hip vibe--Great place for shops, tons of awesome restaurants, hidden beaches-- where my kids grew up and ‘the coolest” according to them :)
Shopping
Every Wednesday from 3:00-7:00, fresh local produce and more, in the heart of Carlsbad Village
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State Street Farmers Market
2907 State Street
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Every Wednesday from 3:00-7:00, fresh local produce and more, in the heart of Carlsbad Village
Forget your toothbrush? Walk or bike to get one.
Payless ShoeSource
955 Tamarack Ave
Forget your toothbrush? Walk or bike to get one.
good produce, healthy food, gluten free selection, deli, etc.
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Sprouts Farmers Market
2618 El Camino Real
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good produce, healthy food, gluten free selection, deli, etc.
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Carlsbad Premium Outlets
5620 Paseo Del Norte
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Lots of little boutiques for clothes, home goods, food, etc.
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Carlsbad Village
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Lots of little boutiques for clothes, home goods, food, etc.
Sightseeing
world class zoo-- super fun day!
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San Diego Zoo
2920 Zoo Drive
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world class zoo-- super fun day!
A must see-- shop, eat and take in the break taking coastal views.
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La Jolla Cove
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A must see-- shop, eat and take in the break taking coastal views.
Fun for kids and adults!
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SeaWorld San Diego
500 Sea World Dr
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Fun for kids and adults!
I may be prejudiced, but this is the prettiest lagoon in San Diego-- a great walking trail to the beach!
Agua Hedionda
I may be prejudiced, but this is the prettiest lagoon in San Diego-- a great walking trail to the beach!
Beautiful coastline views, ritzy shops, great dining, seal island offshore
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La Jolla Shores Park
8300 Camino Del Oro
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Beautiful coastline views, ritzy shops, great dining, seal island offshore
Another fun place to spend the day, beautiful beach park, great shops and dining
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Del Mar
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Another fun place to spend the day, beautiful beach park, great shops and dining
shops, restaurants, beach walk​, art museum, lots to see.
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Oceanside Pier
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shops, restaurants, beach walk​, art museum, lots to see.
Essentials
Walk or take one of our bikes to the store for groceries
Vons
985 Tamarack Avenue
Walk or take one of our bikes to the store for groceries
Walkable for any drug store needs.
Rite Aid
955 Tamarack Ave
Walkable for any drug store needs.
Parks & Nature
Spectacular Spring stop! Vibrant Ranecula fields as far as the eye can see. Go on a tour or simply drive by and enjoy the view!
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The Flower Fields
5704 Paseo Del Norte
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Spectacular Spring stop! Vibrant Ranecula fields as far as the eye can see. Go on a tour or simply drive by and enjoy the view!