“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” -Jacques Yves Cousteau
It was a Sunday afternoon and a pregnancy craving hit. I felt like Greek food & some ice cream. So, only being San Diegans for 1 year, my husband google searched a “new” greek spot for us to check out. “Hmm” he said looking down at his phone, “There’s one not far from here in Seaport Village. Wanna check it out?” Always up for exploring new spots I replied enthusiastically, “Yeah, let’s do it!” So we threw on our shoes, jumped in the car and headed in that direction.
After we parked in a small lot and started walking in the direction the GPS had pointed us in, we saw an adorable wood carved sign declaring “SEAPORT VILLAGE.” Just beyond it was a beautiful old fashioned carousel which made my 4 year old daughter squeal with delight. “How adorable is this place!?” I said to my husband who also was looking around with an amused and satisfied bit of shock at our luck. Seaport Village was breathtaking! Here’s what I love about it:
This truly is a little village by the sea. A cluster of restaurants to satisfy ANY craving are littered about this village square; Mexican, Greek, Italian, Seafood, Burger joints, Cupcake Shops, Candied Apples, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, even fine dining over looking the water front. You name it, they have it. Trees and well groomed patches of flowers are complimented by the live music and street entertainers in the main square.
As the sun was setting the day my family and I visited Seaport Village, we walked towards the water and saw a lovely modest pier stretching into the sea. Families and couples walked hand and hand to the edge to take pictures and admire the setting sun. My tummy growled and we headed back to eat. A waft of fresh pizza suddenly changed my appetite. We ended up ordering up a fresh pepperoni pizza to share and eating outside in the courtyard at one of the many tables. What a charming place! My husband and I promised to come back with our daughter often.
After eating, we walked around and discovered many shops filled with all sorts of trinkets and souvenirs; hammocks, art, stuffed animals, sports shops, sunglass huts, hot sauce huts. We spent a few minutes on a bench near a pretty water fountain so my daughter could make wishes and throw in coins and then were surprised by a man with parrots doing tricks around another corner. As we made our way back to the main square to finish the night off with an ice cream cone from Ben & Jerry’s, a new entertainer had set up shop in the square; a man spray-painted silver who was a robot impressionist. Needless to say, kids of all ages were giggling with delight and trying to sort him out. Capping the night off with a final carousel ride, we felt not just our bellies full, but our hearts as well. We had truly stumbled upon one of San Diego’s little secrets.
This place is ideal for date nights, bringing out – of – towners, eating a casual outdoor meal, catching a sunset and just lazy window shopping. For those who haven’t been yet – you gotta make a stop at the oh-so-adorable Seaport Village! Have you been there? What is your favorite part about it? I would love to hear from you!
xoxo – Chels