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Top 5 Go-To Spots in Mission Hills

The Patio on Goldfinch is the perfect post-work hangout.

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Top 5 Go-To Spots in Mission Hills

By Grace Benguerel

Photo courtesy of The Patio on Goldfinch

08.15.16

Just a few miles north of Downtown, Mission Hills is an up-and-coming neighborhood ripe for exploration—think major businesses, impressive architecture and lush landscapes. Here, our top five locales to visit the next time Mission Hills is calling.

1. Inspired by a unique food movement occurring in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Girl aims to equip Mission Hills with seasonal, house-made, and authentic local food. Truly an ode to the hip vibe of the neighborhood, the farm-to-table approach lends itself to all meals, but Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10am to 2pm is exceptional. Order the Breakfast Boulevardier ($10)—bourbon, campari, and espresso infused vermouth—to drink, and for the main event, choose the Lox and Latkes plate with a hard-boiled egg, capers, onions, and horseradish creme fraiche ($16). 4033 Goldfinch St., San Diego, 619.296.4600

2. As San Diego’s premier outdoor theatre, Cinema Under the Stars, is the perfect twist on a dinner-and-a-movie date night. On Thursdays and Fridays catch a classic movie, and on Saturdays and Sundays the cinema screens an epic film like Roman Holiday or When Harry Met Sally. Catch Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in The African Queen on August 20 and 21. Tickets from $15 for members and $16 for non members, 4040 Goldfinch St., San Diego, 619.295.4221

3. The Patio on Goldfinch also has a lineup fit for foodies. On Sunday, September 18, the eatery is taking it up a notch with a Gouda Times Beer + Cheese Flight (from $25) which includes a curated cheese menu alongside Modern Times’ brews. Every Monday it’s Industry Night from 6pm to close with $5 Bites including the caramelized onion farinata and $6 drinks that range from the specialty Goldfinch Mule to the Oaxacan Old Fashioned. And last, but not least, The Patio offers a good old-fashioned happy hour daily from 3pm to 6pm, and late night drink specials from 10pm to midnight. 4020 Goldfinch St., San Diego, 619.501.5090

4. Childhood dreams of becoming a prima-ballerina are filled at Studio Barre. This new wave exercise uses a ballet barre to work every muscle with a focus on core strength and posture improvement all with the goal of creating a toned dancer’s body. (Just ask Tenley Molzahn, a former Bachelor star, who attends the Encinitas studio at least three times a week!) What’s especially exciting is the revamped boutique at the Mission Hills location. Come in for the Alo Moto leggings ($110), a pair of motorcycle inspired leggings that make everyone look equal parts fit, badass, and fabulous—Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are big fans. Get ready to tuck and tone in style! 321 Washington St., San Diego, 619.821.2840

5. Get artsy at The Salon of Art & Antico Fine Art Gallery which hosts oil painting classes, art lessons, and workshops all taught by Australian-born artist Concetta Antico. The creative leads an especially interesting En Plein Air workshop ($550 for three weeks; $850 for five weeks) where each week students learn the fundamentals of oil painting to create masterpieces of a variety of San Diego’s stunning vista. 1920 Fort Stockton Drive, San Diego 858.344.6897