Sure, there’s surfing, but the North County nabe is also a playground for diners, drinkers, movie lovers, and more.
Bier Garden Encinitas
The dog-friendly gastropub does plenty of drink specials—from all-day happy hour on Wednesdays to $15 Champagne bottles on weekends.
641 South Coast Highway 101
Encinitas Roasting Works
Across from Lofty Coffee is the company’s sleek roasting facility that serves a more edited menu. They don’t offer to-go cups, so bring your own or enjoy a cuppa there.
97 North Coast Highway 101
La Paloma Theatre
The historic theater, built in 1928, hosts concerts as well as movies new and old, like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which screens every Friday at midnight.
470 South Coast Highway 101
The lush garden, part of the Self-Realization Fellowship, is decked out with succulents, koi ponds, secluded meditation benches, and expansive Pacific views.
939 Second Street
Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria
Thin, crispy pies with blistered bubbles and ingredients like fennel sausage and organic zucchini are the main event, but save room for the butterscotch pudding.
897 South Coast Highway 101
Encinitas Fish Shop
Sister restaurant of the wildly popular Pacific Beach seafood spot, Fish Shop boasts a charming outdoor patio and extensive taco list. Try the TKO filled with mahi mahi.
1010 South Coast Highway 101
Housed in a retro mint-and-white-splashed space, this bakery whips up cupcakes, cookies, and an indulgent lemon pie bar.
114 North El Camino Real
A taste of the East Coast in the West, this family-owned eatery overnights sustainably sourced Maine lobster for its rolls and offers other New England staples, like chowders and bisque.
765 South Coast Highway 101
The well-curated home décor store leans mod with its furniture, giftables, and garden items.
Pannikin Coffee & Tea
Sit inside in the former train station or outside on the patio to enjoy the caffeine, breakfast, and pastries.
510 North Coast Highway 101
Encinitas This Month
October 25 & 26
Cactus and succulent show and sale, SD Botanic Garden
Through November 1