6 Fun Places to Eat, Drink, and Shop in Nolita, NYC

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Hellooo, New York City! We finally made it back and we are so excited to share some of our favorite places to visit, starting with Nolita, NYC.

When we're travelling, we always like to start by finding neighborhoods that just "get" us, and then wander from there. Nolita, New York is totally our vibe, and it's definitely our home away from home in Manhattan.

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Nolita reminded us a lot of Venice in LA, but with an Italian twist. Nolita is short for "North of Little Italy," so you'll find a lot of modern Italian touches in this small, fun 'hood.

Not to mention, lots and lots of pink. Here are some of our fave Nolita restaurants, tea shops, and boutiques in NYC:

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1. Best Nolita Restaurants NYC: The Butcher's Daughter

When we said Nolita reminded us of Venice, it's mainly because of The Butcher's Daughter. One of our all-time favorite restaurants, The Butcher's Daughter is a beautiful and delicious plant-based restaurant, and they have a location on Abbott Kinney in LA too. You always feel so good after eating their food and sipping on a kombucha, and it's the kind of place that really inspires you to live your best life. 

And the Instagram-worthy aesthetic and street patio doesn't hurt either! 

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2. Cha Cha Matcha in Nolita NYC

Matcha is having a serious moment right now, and we are here for it. Cha Cha Matcha is a trendy tea place in Nolita, New York and we are obsessed with their cute decor and yummy drinks. If iced matcha tea lattes aren't your thing, try their matcha soft serve ice cream instead! This is definitely one of the places to be in NYC. 

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3. Egg Shop, Instagram's Holy Grail

One of the most recognizable Nolita shops, Egg Shop has risen in popularity thanks to Instagram foodies and fashionistas alike. The sunny little cafe focuses on all things eggs, which are organic and locally sourced. Not in Manhattan? They recently opened up an Egg Shop in Williamsburg too! 

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4. Pretty in Pink at Pietro Nolita

Pietro Nolita is a fresh take on Italian food, with a "healthy" spin on your favorite pasta dishes, paired with a side of "oh my god." It's not just pink on the outside, but the entire interior of this Nolita restaurant in NYC is covered in pink too. We didn't get a chance to eat here, but it's at the top of our list for the next trip!

Also, they have one of the coolest restaurant Instagram's we've ever seen ;)

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5. Happy Hour at Osteria Caffe

We literally stumbled into Osteria Caffe after lunch when we were in desperate need of wifi to take a work call, and we love this place! It's a chill escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, and we loved the Italian atmosphere. We sat near the patio and indulged in their amazing happy hour special: buy one wine, get one free. 

Doesn't take much to make us happy! 

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6. Bulletin, A Feminist Store for Internet Brands

Last but not least, we instantly fell in love with the store Bulletin! Like lots of things in Nolita, NYC the store was decked out in bright pink. But what really made us happy was all the empowering merch and cool gifts we could buy! 

The entire store was curated from internet brands, it's all themed around feminism, and 20% of their proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. You'll findinspiring art and goodies that you never knew you needed before, but won't be able to leave the store without! Not in NYC? Check out their online store here

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Those are just a few of our favorite places to explore in Nolita, NYC! 

You can follow more of our travel faves on our Instagram at @localwanderer  💞

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11 Cool Places to Go in North Park, San Diego

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Wondering where to go in San Diego, California? North Park is one of our favorite neighborhoods because it's laid back, easy to walk around, and it's home to some of the best casual restaurants in San Diego. Not to mention there are a ton of breweries

Here are some of the coolest places to shop, eat, and drink in North Park, San Diego:

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1. Most Instagrammable Place in North Park: Holy Matcha

Matcha is having a serious moment right now, and Holy Matcha in San Diego's North Park is the perfect place to visit to brighten up your day (and your Instagram feed). We love the matcha or rosé lemonade, which we ordered with our friend Christine from C'est Christine, but don't sleep on their vegan and gluten-free matcha donuts too! 

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2. Best Vegan Eats in North Park: Tribute Pizza

Located in the former North Park Post Office building, Tribute Pizza is a gorgeous, open, light-filled space that is perfect for enjoying a delicious pizza with your besties. Doesn't hurt that the lighting can really make your foodie brunch pizza photos pop!

During San Diego happy hour you can score a margherita pizza for only $7 from 4-6pm, half price wine on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and bottomless mimosas for brunch on the weekend. Plus, there's vegan pizzas and gluten-free dough too. 

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3. Best Shopping North Park: Pigment

Pigment is not only one of our favorite places to shop in San Diego, it's one of our all-time favorite stores anywhere! Every time we visit San Diego we have to stop by to see what's new, and they are always changing up the store with their gorgeous visual merchandising and perfect selection of curated goods for your home, office, and life. 

Be sure to check out their make-your-own-terrariums, as well as their built in selfie station. You can also bring home Ban.do with you too!

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4. Best Donuts in North Park: Dark Horse Coffee Roasters

Dark Horse Coffee Roasters have a few locations in San Diego, and we love their little outpost in North Park. This is definitely the place to stroll in and pick up some yummy vegan donuts with your iced coffee! Probably best to take it to go, because the seating is pretty limited.

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5. Live Like a Surfer at Aloha Beach Club in North Park

Aloha Beach Club is a cool surf label home to San Diego and Hawaii, and you'll find everything you need to embrace that laid-back surfer style at this shop in North Park. There's a good mix of both men's and women's items, so you can shop for yourself or take something home for your loved ones!

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6. Best Drink Specials at Encontro North Park

Whether you want bottomless mimosas, or buy one bottle of wine get the second for 10 cents (seriously), Encontro North Park is home to some seriously great drink specials. They also have a great location along University Ave, and we love their laid-back vibes and beer selection. You can check out their ever-changing (and creative) drink specials here

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7. Best Coffee in North Park: Holsem Coffee

Holsem Coffee is a great coffee shop to work out of in North Park, and their coffee is super great too. They also have a creative coffee menu, including an affogato for those sunny San Diego days, and some yummy baked goods and sandwiches too. 

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8. Best Chill Out Spot in North Park: Dunedin

Dunedin is a New Zealand–themed restaurant in North Park, and we love their quirky decor. It kind of feels like you're eating at a tropical summer camp, and the two shaded patios (and a fire pit) makes it the perfect patio spot year round in North Park, San Diego. You can even bring your pup, because it's dog friendly! Plus, you can't beat $1 mimosas on the weekends. 

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9. Best Patio in North Park: Underbelly

Underbelly is a yummy ramen spot in San Diego with two locations, one being this beautiful, big space in North Park. We love cozying up during the "cooler" months with a hot bowl of ramen around the toasty, fire pit tables on their patio. Grab a local craft beer and you can settle in all night! Plus, there's vegetarian-friendly ramen too. 

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10. Coolest Decor in North Park: Modern Times Flavordome

While there are tons and tons of breweries in North Park to choose from, Modern Times Flavordome is a classic. They have consistently good beer, including a lot of coffee-infused beers, but their quirky decor is what makes this one of the coolest places to get a beer in San Diego. From the upside down lamp shades decorating the ceiling, to the mural of Yoga made out of floppy disks, this is definitely a go-to place to visit. 

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11. Sip Lavender Lattes at Communal Coffee

Communal Coffee is the kind of place where you can work, get a delicious lavender latte, nibble on a flight of toasts, and head home with a bunch of freshly bundled flowers. Their iconic "coffee and flowers" mural should be taken literally, because this place is home to both Communal Coffee and the florists Native Poppy!

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Well, that's it for some of our favorite cool places to go in North Park, San Diego! There's lots more though, so feel free to wander down University Ave or 30th Street and discover more of what makes this 'hood so chill and fun. 

Travelling to San Diego? Check out our Airbnb/hotel picks as well as a ton of other San Diego places to visit on our page here!

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Get Tacos, Coffee, and a Cool Airbnb at One Bunk San Diego

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Looking for where to stay in San Diego? We recently stayed at One Bunk San Diego, a super rad Airbnb located in the up-and-coming area of Barrio Logan. The huge backyard, close proximity to the best tacos in town, and affordable price definitely make this one of the best Airbnb's in San Diego

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Where to Stay in San Diego: one Bunk San Diego

You know when you walk into a hotel room or AIrbnb, and smile from ear to ear because the hosts just "get it?" You'll definitely experience that at One Bunk San Diego! It's outfitted with everything a millennial could want or need, from the local craft Mexican beer in the fridge to the smart TV with Netflix and Hulu, plus a great speaker system and really good wifi. 

The Airbnb is a spacious, 500+ square foot room with both sleeping and living quarters and it was the perfect place to relax and hang out in for a couple days in San Diego. Plus, it looks super cool for your Instagram photos too.

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If you're new to Airbnb, you can get $40 off your first stay by signing up with our code here!

Even if you don't have a trip to book now, the credit will still be there when you do :) 

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One Bunk San Diego has a huge, shared backyard with the One Bunk offices. During the day you might see some people having meetings in converted shipping containers, but honestly we didn't notice anyone at all! The backyard is huge, and it was so nice to relax there at the end of the day for a little happy hour. 

Heading south of the border? One Bunk Tijuana is now open! We love going to TJ, it's pretty safe nowadays and there's a lot of great tacos and craft beer. One Bunk TJ looks super gorgeous and it's definitely on our list to visit! 

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Where to Go in Barrio Logan:

There's no need to suffer with sub-par hotel room coffee at One Bunk, because one of the best coffee shops in San Diego is right across the street! Take the provided mugs in your room to Cafe Moto for a complimentary pour, or treat yourself to a latte and yummy pastry. Getting a good coffee and then walking 10 seconds back to our room to cozy up in bed with it was one of our favorite things about staying at One Bunk. 

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San Diego is full of really, really good tacos, but Salud is arguably the best in the city. It's one of those places that has both a hip vibe, cool decor, and amazing food rolled into one. Also, the TJ street corn is the most delicious thing ever, so definitely order that too! Trust us...it's the one thing we go back for every time we visit San Diego.

Salud has gotten super popular since we first shared it, so be prepared for a line or head over there at a non-peak time!  

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This post is in partnership with our friends at One Bunk, who are genuinely some of the best in the hospitality biz! You can follow them on Instagram at @webunkyou