Fetch San Diego is our must-attend conference of the year, not just because of the hours of CE opportunities, but because it takes place in our backyard.

With weather like this, it would be a challenge not to head outside and check out the sights of San Diego. As a San Diego based startup, we asked around the office to see what the locals like to do around America’s Finest City – so we can share those secrets with you.  

What are you looking for?

Eat + Drink

Coffee and donuts from Donut Bar, San Diego

Source: Amy C. of Yelp

Breakfast

Cafe 21
802 Fifth Avenue | Friday and Saturday  8 AM – 11PM
A popular spot in the Gaslamp (with another location in University Heights), Cafe 21 is a great place to get the sustainable, gluten-free fare. Our Director of Customer Success, Shona, personally loves the outdoor seating and their brunch menu.

Breakfast Republic
Multiple Locations | Everyday from 7 AM – 3PM
Breakfast Republic is one of the hottest brunch spots in San Diego County. While the wait is often more than 45 minutes, the brunch fare is worth it – if planned accordingly. Our recommendation? The Jurassic Pork bacon is amazingly crispy and tastes delicious on an omelet or a bloody mary. One of our Customer Success Managers, Morgan, recommends any of the egg benedicts.

Hash House A Go Go
3628 Fifth Ave | Thursday & Friday 7:30 AM – 2 PM, Saturday & Sunday 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Be prepared to arrive hungry because the portions here are HUGE! As our recruiter, Wes says, “Leftovers for DAYS.”

Donut Bar
631 B Street | Thursday & Friday from 7:00 AM – Closing (Varies), Saturday & Sunday from 8:00 AM – Closing (Varies)
Donut Bar is a treat! However, you have to get there early because they close as soon as donuts are sold out. Our team enjoys the donuts here because they’re unique, as well as tasty.

 

Coffee

A cup of coffee next to a center planter at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Source: Ellie W. from Yelp

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
2295 Kettner Blvd | Weekdays 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Saturday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is one of San Diego’s leading coffee roasters. They take pride in sourcing sustainable, fair trade beans that help provide mutually beneficial relationships in the long run. The result comes out to be some of the crispest, most delicious coffee you’ll ever taste.

Coffee & Tea Collective
631 Ninth Ave | Everyday from 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
A small location that grew its roots by selling pour-over coffee at local farmers markets, Coffee & Tea Collective focuses on creating a cup that tastes amazing, every time.

The Cat Cafe
472 Third Ave | Everyday from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
While not known for the coffee, what The Cat Cafe is known for is their feline experience. The Cat Cafe offers a unique experience where you can sit and hang out with adoptable cats and kittens while sipping your brew. A definite must try, especially for those feline practitioners.

 

Lunch + Dinner

Crack Shack Little Italy

Source: Eater San Diego

Meze Greek Fusion
345 Sixth Ave | Friday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM, Saturday 10:30 AM – 2:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM – 11:00 PM
An amazing Greek fusion spot with something that anybody would enjoy. Plus, who wouldn’t enjoy a meal that comes with flaming cheese?

Mona Lisa Italian Foods
2061 India St | Friday & Saturday, 9:00 AM – 10:30 PM, Sunday from 12:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Mona Lisa is a PetDesk favorite for lunch and for dinner. This small Italian deli focuses on family first – since the establishment is currently on the third generation of family management. Plus, it’s only a couple of blocks from our office so grabbing a sandwich is a breeze.

Crack Shack
2266 Kettner Blvd | Everyday from 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
This place lives up to its name. Our marketing intern, Daniel states that it is, “The best fried chicken and chicken sandwiches in San Diego, hands down.” If anybody ever walks in the office with a sandwich, there’s always a crowd of jealous groans that follow. Try it. You won’t regret it.

Phil’s BBQ
Multiple Locations | Everyday from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm (11:00 pm on Fri. & Sat.)
One of the more popular barbecue places in San Diego, Phil’s BBQ has gained a reputation all around San Diego County. Known for their award-winning sauces, Phil’s will definitely help you get your barbecue fix. If you ask Diego, our Sales Concierge, he will tell you it’s the best barbecue in San Diego.

Plumeria Vegetarian Restaurant
4661 Park Blvd | Weekdays 4:30 PM – 10:00 PM, Weekends 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
If you’re looking for more vegetarian-friendly options, Plumeria is one of the best Thai restaurants in all of San Diego that specializes in their mock meats. Our Director of Marketing, Carolina says, “Their mock meat (especially the duck) will easily fool anyone that refuses to eat vegetarian.”

 

Drinks

The entry way of Coin-Op San Diego in Gaslamp

Source: Eater San Diego

Coin-Op Game Room
789 Sixth Ave | Everyday from 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM
If you enjoy classic arcade games, Coin-Op Game Room is the place to go. With tons of classics, like Galaga and Donkey Kong, paired with awesome drinks, this place is a fun spot to try.

The Shout House
655 4th Ave | Everyday from 7:00 PM (Fri. & Sat. 6:00 PM) – 2:00 AM
The Shout House is a dueling piano bar in the Gaslamp area. All night, pairs of pianists play songs requested by guests all night long. It’s a ton of fun and singing is highly encouraged!

barleymash
600 Fifth Ave | Monday thru Friday 11:30 AM – 2:00 AM, Saturday & Sunday 9:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Named after two ingredients commonly found in beer and bourbon, barleymash is a restaurant and bar that will offer a large variety of drinks, no matter your preference.

San Diego Breweries

One thing that we all love about San Diego is that it is one of the largest producers of craft beer in the nation. Lucky for us, that means there are hundreds of breweries all around San Diego that are experimenting with new flavors and tastes.

Here are several of our favorites:

Activities

The PetDesk Team at Spreckles Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park

While some locals may view Mission Beach as “touristy”, this area has plenty of things to do, despite the popularity for those out of town. With fun fair food, carnival games, some beachside restaurants, and a roller coaster – it’s a challenge to have a bad time at Mission Beach.

Try going on the roller coaster during sunset. The colors in the sky in San Diego are unreal.

Hikes

If you’re more of an active individual who enjoys taking in natural views, here are a couple of our favorite hikes that we enjoy doing.

  • Torrey Pines – beautiful ocean views with easy trails
  • Cowles Mountain – quick hike with 360 views of San Diego
  • Potato Chip Rock –  A popular hiking spot with a great photo opp. Make sure to set a few hours aside to tackle this one.

Balboa Park

We’re lucky to work in Bankers Hill, which is walking distance from this gorgeous park that lies in the heart of our city. With beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, free museums, street performers, hiking spots, and small vendors all around, you can easily spend hours getting lost in this beautiful park.

Our favorites? Try out the Museum of Man and the Botanical Garden!

You can find a list of all of the offerings at Balboa Park on their website.

Lodging

Fetch San Diego will be held at the San Diego Convention Center, which is conveniently located within walking distance of several hotels and destinations. With the Gaslamp District only a few blocks away,

If you’re not a fan of staying in hotels, Airbnb and Vrbo are good options to consider. These short-term rentals give you the opportunity to have the comforts of home, such as a full kitchen and separated living and common areas, without having to break the bank. With these amenities, you may be able to save a few bucks and make a few meals on your own.

The PetDesk team will be wandering around the exhibition floor and we’ll have several team members at Booth 332 if you have any questions. Thinking about stopping by? Let us know by filling out the form down below and we’ll save you some free swag!

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