BEST OF SD: Things To Do In San Diego

When Michael & I travel we LOVE asking for recommendations.

Whether it’s from all of you,, the concierge at the hotel or locals we meet while out, we usually end up at little gems. 

SO since A LOT of you come visit San Diego and ask me for recommendations I felt it was about time to share all of my favorite spots with you guys. 

It’s also a perfect time to share because we’re moving to LA. Don’t worry- we’re thinking of getting a one bedroom somewhere in SD so we can still come 20% of the time. SD is very near and dear to my heart.

Here is my MASTER LIST of the spots I love in San Diego. If you ever visit and I’m in town there’s a good chance you’ll find me at one of these. Just check my snapchat first. LOL.

FITNESS

+ Kim Kelly Fit
website | @kimkellyfit
personal trainer & studio

Kim has been my trainer forever- but first and foremost, she is one of my best friends and an amazing human. I met her when I was bartending. I have so much respect for her and I really enjoy her company because she balances me out. My life is so go-go-go and when I’m around her she just exudes this positive energy.

I recommend her to anyone who wants to train in San Diego. She also does skype sessions so email her for details: [email protected] She’ll kick your ass. We are launching the new TSC Body Guide together ( it’s coming soon ) and she opening a studio where she’ll be doing BBG classes. Her new studio will be opening this month in the Del Mar Plaza.

Listen to Kim’s workout tips & supplements recommendations on the podcast. Plus get FOUR workouts you can do anywhere, anytime.

+ Studio Barre Carmel Valley
website | @studiobarrecarmelvalley

I used to work at this barre studio. Barre classes really tone and tighten your body in this perfect way. The studio is also bright, light and really welcoming.

+ BodyRok Encinitas
website | @bodyroksd

I’ve been going here forever. Literally like 10 years. It’s owned by my friend Stephanie and Kim Kelly occasionally teaches classes here. All the instructors are really positive, and they’ll kick your ass in 40 minutes. You can expect a Pilates/spin type class and to leave covered in sweat with your energy levels boosted.

HEALTH 

+ Gynecologist
Dr. Karen Lee

I’ve been seeing Dr. Lee since I was 18. She is super cool and always makes me feel comfortable. She’s located in Solana Beach, she’s efficient and they also offer great b12 shots. Dawn at the front desk is a real gem too.

Please get your annual exams. they’re SUPER important for prevention. 

+ IV Drip & Vitamin Shots
Spark Health | @sparkhealth

Spark Health is awesome if you’re hungover. Get the Hangover IV. They do vitamin shots and I love the head doctor there. She is very knowledgable. I got my blood tested there and had all my levels checked and found out that I had high cortisol. They’re whole thing is that they have a truly personal and customizable approach.

+ Cryotherapy
Chilltonic |@chiltonic_sd
Cryotherapy is AMAZING for fighting inflammation & workout recovery. There are so many benefits so you should really try it. Also, I love Matthew who works there. Tell him I say hi.

+ Botox
Dr. Gwendolyn Henao  | @dolcevitamd

I’ve gone here for Botox for a really long time. Dr. Henao is so great and conservative so she knows how to not go overboard with Botox. My stepmom, my sister and my friends have all gone to see her and always talk about how great she is. She’s based in Rancho Santa Fe and also does micro-needling. It’s amazing for collagen and elastin production and just makes your skin look plump and healthy.

+ Laser
Dr. Wu | @cosmeticlaserdermatalogy

Dr. Wu is an amazing doctor. I’ve seen him for Botox, but his clinic is primarily based around laser treatments. Dr. Wu knows his shit, so if you’re new to getting procedures, he’s your guy.

+ Acupuncture & Cupping
Taylor Taylor | @taylor_made_acupuncture

I love acupuncture and cupping. They’re both an essential part of my self-care. Taylor Taylor is THE specialist to see for this. He has his own experience with pain so he totally gets it and provides RESULTS.

+ Chiropractor
Fix Body Group | @fixbodygroup

I love Dr. Patrick from Fix Body Group. You may have seen him more than once on my Stories and on the blog. I was in a car accident when I was 18 so I go here to help with neck pain and for adjustments. It’s located in Hillcrest and you have got to go see Patrick. He is so good at what he does and not bad to look at either.

BEAUTY & FASHION

swimsuit from Van de Vort

+ Clothing
Van de Vort | @vandevortdelmar

I really like the owner of this store, Andrea. I’ve known her forever and the store has the cutest clothes. I highly recommend going here if you need outfits for a wedding, bachelor party or a festival. Pick up a TSC book while you’re there.

+ Jewelry
@brachellejewlery

This is owned by my friend Bree. She makes custom jewellery that is just amazing. I had this idea for a ring in my head and she totally made it happen. I’ve even had my dog’s nails cast and put on a necklace for Michael. She’s so gifted and creative and can make you the ring, bracelet or necklace of your dreams.

+ Home Decor
Julie & Myles| @burlapandcrystal

Julie was just on the blog with my brother Myles. They’re such an amazing duo and can help you  style your home on a budget- or not. Check out their website and contact them if you’ve just moved to San Diego or need some help with your space.

Burlap & Crystal

+ Blowout
Shawn & Drybar| @hairbyshawnknudsen & @theDrybar

Go here and ask for Shawn. She’s awesome. Make sure you get a purple shampoo if you’re blonde. Also ask for a floater, the head massage. It’s so worth it. I like to go to the one in Del Mar or La Jolla. Make sure you stalk the podcast episode with Drybar founders, Alli & Cameron Webb.

+ Spa Services
Renee| @spakingston

This spa is run by my friend Renee. I like to go to her for results-based skin care, meaning: peels or extractions. You can expect to enjoy a boozy Kombucha cocktail or some champagne. They’re really great for couple’s massage and do a really good job of always adding an extra detail. You can also catch Renee on the podcast.

+ Facials
Mo Trezise | @heal.thygoddess

This is Mo who I go see whenever I can. She is the ying to my yang and has the most healing, feminine touch. I need her to balance out my energy. She is so good with Reiki, crystals and oils and the light in her place is great. I like to go here and return emails while I have a soothing, nourishing facial. She always does lots of facial massage on me, so I walk in bloated and walk out contoured. We’ve filmed some videos so check them out on my channel.

+ Brows & Dermaplaning
Lindsay| @browtiquespa

Lindsay has been doing my brows since I was 20 years old. Browtique is by far the best for brows EVER. I’m obsessed. I will drive down from LA just to see her. Ask for the TSC special and she’ll do a double-tint on you and make sure you leave with a youthful brow that frames the face. She also does dermaplaning- I do it all the time. Dermaplaning is extremely efficient while you’re getting your brows done. It takes all the baby hairs off your face and makes your makeup lay on the skin nicely.

+ Nails
Tippy Toes

When I get my nails done I prefer to go to holes in the wall. I don’t like hoity toity nail salons. I want to get the job done and run in and run out. This place does an amazing job. They have a great gel color selection. The gel is high quality and I always get Shellac on my hands and feet. What’s the point of a normal polish if it’s just going to chip off? I like to have them do my hands and feet at the same time so it’s as efficient as possible. If you do this, remember to tip both of your aestheticians.

+ Spray Tanning
Blush Tanning |@blushtan

If you want an organic spray tan you have to go to Blush Tanning. I highly recommend this place. It’s super Instagrammy inside and all the girls who work there are so nice. They give an awesome tan.

iTan| @itansunsprayspa

This is where I like to go when I’m running late- which is 90% of the time. I run in and out and ask for Island Kiss because it has violet tones in it. It’s great for blonde hair. I do a dark, level 3 and it takes 4 minutes. You can call right before so they’re expecting you and just run in and out.

+ Barber Shop
Lefty’s Barber Shop| @leftysbarbershop

This is the best barber shop in all of San Diego. They give badass haircuts that are very on the pulse for men. Phillip, the owner, is super cool. They have cold beers and a great spot. Definitely check it out or have your bf or husband go there for a cut.

 BUSINESS

+ Lawyer
Nico Becerra| @thenewagelawyer

Nico specializes in influencer law and happens to be my brother in law. He’s smart and understands the influencer space. He also does business law so reach out if you’re looking for a lawyer. You don’t have to be in San Diego to give him a call.

+ Blog Design
Blog-Doo| @blogdoo

blog-doo is a blog design company I founded with my best friend, Erica. Our design team is amazing and can create the site of your dreams. Check out our portfolio and get in touch if you need help designing your blog. Again, you don’t have to be in San Diego to contact us.

 DRINK & DINE

WestBean

+ Coffee
WestBean| @thewestbean

I love their blood orange iced tea and you can’t go wrong with an almond milk cappuccino, unsweetened, add cinnamon. They also make a really good arugula salad and egg salad, so you really must try it.

+ Sushi
Harni Sushi

This is probably the best sushi n San Diego. It’s always really fresh and their nigari and sashimi is awesome. They have cold Sapporo light on tap and it’s great to bring friends from out of town.

+ Burgers
In-n-Out| @innout

If you come to SD and you don’t go to In & Out you’re making a big mistake. I always get the burger wrapped in lettuce ( no bun ) with fries and a diet coke. There’s nothing better. If you’re really hungover, keep the bun.

Bankers Hill |@bankershillsd

Bankers Hill also makes an amazing burger. Again, I like to get it wrapped in lettuce and I always ask for extra RAW jalapeño and RAW onions. There’s something about their onions that are so good. I love to go here and start with a glass of Pinot Noir and their devilled eggs appetizer.

MEXICAN FOOD

Las Olas | @lasolasmex

I love this place to get a margarita, chips, salsa and guacamole. They allow dogs outside which is a huge plus.

Fidel’s

Fidel’s has the best salsa in San Diego. There’s nothing better than throwing on a hoodie, sitting at the bar with your laptop, ordering a margarita with a half rim of salt, and stuffing your face with chips and salsa.

MORE FAVORITE RESTAURANTS

Piatti | @piattilajolla

Go here for their crack sauce– it’s insane. It’s like this chili flake, olive oil, parsley, garlic sauce that is so good with bread. I put it on everything. I even get them to dress my salad with it. Their pizza is amazing, and they have Domaines Ott rosé. It’s this cute little hot spot in La Jolla- not trendy, but charming.

Home & Away |@homeandawaysd 

This is owned by my friends Lindsay and Frankie. They’ve been in the restaurant industry forever. It’s an awesome dive bar to go for a burger or a cold beer. It’s great for parties or to grab a quick, amazing meal. Make sure you tell them I say hi.

Bang Bang | @bangbangsd

Bang Bang is owned by my best friends Gillian and Mauricio- they are the nightlife king and queen. They really know how to throw a party and everything in this place is on point, from the lights to décor to the food. The drinks are good, and the energy is fab. It’s basically a sushi bar that turns into a club.

El Camino | @elcaminosd

This spot is also owned by Gillian and Mauricio. It’s definitely one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. The whole menu is good, you just can’t go wrong. The chips, salsa, guac, enchiladas, margaritas- everything is so good. The décor is next level. Gillian and Mauricio are masters of design. It’s a really fun place for dinner, then have it turn into a party.

Herb & Wood | @herbandwood

This is where I had my bridal shower. If you haven’t been here yet, RUN to it. It’s so cute and charming with delicious food. The space is just so on brand. They even have a little eatery out front of the restaurant with fresh herbs, drinks and cheeses.

Herb & Wood

Ironside |@ironsideoyster

Go to Ironside, sit at the bar, order a glass of rosé and some more bread. Trust me.

Morton’s |@mortonssteak

Morton’s is my favorite steakhouse in SD. It’s where Michael told me to bite the bullet and launch TSC 8 years ago. We were eating oysters and enjoying dirty martinis with blue cheese stuffed olives. It’s pricey, but great for celebrations.

Board & Brew | @boardandbrew

If you go to Board and Brew you have to order the Turkado. It’s my favorite. You can’t go wrong. They have this secret sauce that’s kind of like thousand island dressing. I have no idea what’s in it because they won’t say- it’s top secret. Everyone from high school was all about this secret sauce.

Jimbo’s | @jimbosnaturally

Go here and order the Fat Burner. It’s been a long time favorite drink of mine.

Sbicca | @sbiccadelmar

Head to Sbicca and say hi to my brother, Myles. This place has a bombass brunch menu. Head there on a Sunday, order a mimosa, sit outside and enjoy the beautiful view. Bring your dog too. ( Don’t forget to tell Myles what up. )

Claire’s | @clairesoncedros

This by far one of my faves. I like to go sit at the bar, order a berry iced tea with no sweetener, pull out my computer and work. I order the Claire Cakes ( get multigrain ) or eggs with their homemade tomatillo sauce. They have the best cookies on the planet and all these homemade jams that you guys have to check out. Claire’s is a total gem, and most importantly, Pixy and Boone love it too ( you can sit outside ).

Claire Cakes

Postmates |@postmates

Always, everywhere & anywhere. It’s so efficient and saves time- OBSESSED.

FUR BABIES

+ Dog Groomer
Marie | The Mobile Dog Salon

Marie is a mobile dog groomer who comes to your house. You hand her your dog and she takes them into her state of the art trailer and grooms your dog right in front of your house. It only takes an hour, then you go grab your dog. Michael’s mom recommended her to us and we couldn’t be happier. She clips their nails and has the best energy. Dogs love her and so do we.

+ Vet
Companion Pet Care | @companionpetcare

Pixy and Boone see Dr. Ted Burghardt. He has Chihuahas of his own ( he’s absolute adorable too ). He cleans their teeth, does their anal glands, and can also trim their nails. He’s a fabulous vet, I highly recommend him.

+ Water Training
AARCSD | @animalacupunctureandrehab

This is where Pixy goes for water training. She has bad knees. When she was 5, a doctor told me she needed to have major surgery to break her back legs and put them back into place. We decided against it and instead added some pumpkin, glucosamine and water training into her diet. She’s now 8 and going strong. It’s helped so much. If your dog has any kind of joint problem, this is the place to go.

STAY 

massage setup at Rancho Valencia

+ Hotels

Pendry Hotel | @pendrysandiego

If you’re looking for a place to stay in SD, I like the Pendry. It’s hip, chic and has great restaurants.

Rancho Valencia | @ranchovalencia

This place has amazing food, The Pony Room is awesome for drinks, the energy is right. It’s high-end but in the best way. It’s not snobby. It’s fab for a massage, a girl’s weekend or a date night. Also, the rooms are next level.

ENTERTAINMENT

Ottopilot | @ottopilottheband

This is my cousin’s band, based in San Diego. If you guys need anyone to play for events you have to contact them. They’ve played at a lot of TSC events and they usually have a line of girls following them around. Not to be creepy, but they’re very good-looking. DM them on Instagram to get in touch.

As you can probably tell, it would be impossible for us to leave San Diego for good. Every single one of these is a true gem. Have you been to any of these places already? Be sure to tag me on Instagram if you’re at one of my fave spots!

x, laurynTRAVEL MUST HAVES

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