Shop, Dine By the Bay at Seaport Village and The Headquarters
Published by Cathy Hendrie –
By Cathy Hendrie
PassPort to San Diego
Nestled along the San Diego Bay with its coastal breezes and views of the Coronado Bridge, Seaport Village is a stunning 14-acre waterfront shopping and dining complex in downtown San Diego. It offers eclectic shops, fine and casual dining and family-friendly entertainment.
Finding a favorite flag, trying on eco-friendly clothing or appreciating exclusive art are just a few of the offerings at the 50-plus diverse shops dotting the village. Visitors can also grab a bite at more than a dozen eateries cooking up everything from Greek and Mexican food to pizza, pretzels and gourmet cupcakes.
Four bay-view restaurants offer an array of delicious choices: The Edgewater Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on an expansive outdoor patio with incredible views; Buster’s Beach House & Longboard Bar offers fare infused with the tastes of the tropics; Harbor House serves draft beer, fresh seafood and premium steaks along with plentiful city and harbor views; and the San Diego Pier Cafe is a Village mainstay delivering classics like shrimp cocktail and chowder, and specialties like fish tacos and ceviche.
Free outdoor musical entertainment, ranging from blues, jazz, country and swing, is offered year-round. Street performers and caricaturists, face-painters and balloon sculptors attract and delight crowds. Families also love the 1895 antique carousel with hand-carved animals by Charles Loof. Signature events at Seaport Village include the “Spring Busker Festival” “Easter Bunny Photos,” “Traditional Santa Photos” and the arrival of “Surfin’ Santa.”
With four miles of meandering cobblestone pathways bordered by ponds, lakes, fountains and colorful landscaping plus a quarter-mile slate boardwalk along the San Diego Bay, it’s easy to enjoy an afternoon wandering through the shops, walking the promenade and taking in the scenery.
Report to The Headquarters Too!
You also won’t want to miss The Headquarters, new to the Seaport area. Through the restoration of San Diego’s Old Police Headquarters, built in 1939, the city has reclaimed a majestic urban treasure by offering an extraordinary new experience; a delightful destination where restaurants on the order of Puesto & Eddie V’s and specialty boutiques such as San Diego Urban Beach Hous can make a lasting impression. In addition, you can explore the original 5-by-8-foot inmate jail cells, historic photos and police memorabilia on public display.
Seaport Village is at 849 W. Harbor Drive in San Diego. The complex is open daily from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Call (619) 235-4014 or visit The Headquarters at Seaport is at 789 West Harbor Drive and is open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays. Call (619) 235-4013 or visit www.VisitSeaport.com.