Checking out the local markets is a great way to get to know cities when you're travelling, and eating your way around San Diego's Liberty Station and the new Liberty Public Market is a great way to spend an afternoon. Liberty Station is a very unique place, full of local shops and restaurants that are all housed on a former naval training station. If you're not a local, it might seem pretty foreign as you drive up, but trust us: it's cool!
The first stop on our day at Liberty Station was the new Moniker General. It's both a general store full of artisanal lifestyle goods, but it's also home to a coffee shop and a craft beer taproom too! So San Diego. Grab a coffee at Moniker Coffee and sit and study in this bright, open space, or grab a tasting flight from 32 North Brewing and socialize with some friends. Either way, you can't go wrong with coffee, beer, and shopping!
Next, we headed across the street to the new Liberty Public Market, which is a hipper version of most of the public markets we've been to. First things first, we headed to Bottlecraft to grab a beer to share while we wandered the market, deciding what to eat. You can drink throughout the market and outside on the grass and patio, which we thought was pretty cool.
Where to Eat at Liberty Public Market
When it comes to eating, your best bet is to go with friends and share a bunch of things, so you can try as much as you can! You'll find everything from lobster rolls to crazy burgers at the market, or you can sit down at the bright and gorgeous "mess hall" and order a cocktail off the menu.
But the best food at Liberty Public Market are the empanadas at Panana - seriously, this makes the list for best food in all of San Diego! The pastry is so perfect and amazing, you definitely have to try one (or five) of them on the outdoor patio, it's the perfect combo.
Save some room at the market, because you shouldn't leave Liberty Station without hitting up Soda & Swine for some tasty sliders! Inbetween all that eating, we went on a little stroll around the market and enjoyed the parks and various shops strewn about to work off some of those calories. Then, it was slider time! Soda & Swine is known for their burgers, meatballs, and sliders, and they have a ton of cool concoctions like a banh mi slider or delicious pizza rolls. It's also a super family-friendly spot, with a huge foosball table for the kids to play (and eat) at!
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