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Hillcrest, San Diego

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4.1/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
Hillcrest is a small and affluent neighborhood in San Diego, California northwest of Balboa Park and south of Mission Valley.Hillcrest is known for its "tolerance and acceptance," its gender diversity, and numerous locally owned businesses, including restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs, trendy thrift-stores, and other independent specialty stores. Hillcrest has a high population density compared to many other neighborhoods in San Diego, and it has a large and active lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.GeographyHillcrest is an older neighborhood which has gone through gentrification. Many streets are lined with trees. There are Craftsman homes and Mid-Century modern apartment buildings.The neighborhood is bound by Mission Hills to the northwest, Bankers Hill and Balboa Park to the south, University Heights to the north, and North Park to the east. A large ridge overlooking San Diego Bay borders the neighborhood to the west.Hillcrest is part of the Uptown community planning area, which consists of the neighborhoods of Mission Hills, Hillcrest, Bankers Hill, Park West, and University Heights.HistoryInitially, Hillcrest was a chaparral-covered mesa. Kumeyaay Indians inhabited numerous villages scattered throughout the San Diego region. Spanish colonization brought the first of twenty-nine California missions with the founding of the nearby San Diego Mission. Presidio Park in Mission Hills and Old Town just down the hill are a part of San Diego history.
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  • If u like good food, quirky shops- cool bars and coffee shops come to Hillcrest where everyone is welcome -love going to Hillcrest for window shopping and to have Sunday brunch. 
  • Hillcrest is the predominate gay area of San Diego. Do not let this deter you from visiting the area. This is an area of many eclectic restautants. Most are very good. Is also home to UCSD Medical Cen...  read more »
  • Gay area of San Diego but offers so much more. Great shops and lots to see and do. Always Serbs to be something going on in terms of festivals or events. Farmers market on a Sunday is definitely well ...  read more »
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