What Mission Valley lacks in scenic views, it makes up for in great hotel prices. If you’re short on time or don’t want to stray far from that comfy hotel bed, don’t fret: there’s plenty to do in this area. We’re uncovering a few great options for dining and unwinding near Hotel Circle.

DINING

In-N-Out & Rubio’s

Fast food, California style. If you’ve never had In-N-Out before, grabbing an animal-style burger and fries is a must. For a quintessential San Diego fish taco, opt for Rubio’s. They’ve got the original fish taco and more seafood dishes that don’t break the bank.

Breakfast Republic

This restaurant has a whopping nine locations in San Diego, all open from 7 am to 3 pm daily. You can still get a ‘clucking good’ morning meal like pancakes or a benedict even if you’re not an early riser.

The Kebab Shop

Fact: you can’t go wrong with Mediterranean food. Create your own wrap, box or plate at this popular family-run chain, which has a number of vegetarian options on the menu.

Pho Cali

This Vietnamese restaurant is located in a small shopping plaza; a ‘blink and you miss it’ location, you might say. You definitely won’t want to miss the pho soup – there’s over 20 variations here!

True Food Kitchen

Craving vegetables? The menu changes seasonally at True Food Kitchen, and offers loads of vegan, keto, gluten-free, and paleo dishes. They’ve got a killer wine list, too.

Coming Soon: Puesto

Eating at Puesto is just plain fun. Get a taste of Mexico City with a fresh margarita, mix and match a few tacos, and guacamole to share.

UNWINDING

Fashion Valley Mall

Window shopping: sounds luxurious, but it’s not always as fun in practice. Grab a coffee from the local cult-favorite Better Buzz, stroll around this outdoor shopping center, and pick up a little something for yourself.

Ultrastar Cinemas

This movie theater has one of the best deals in town: $5 tickets on Tuesdays, and $10 tickets before 4 pm daily. They also serve beer, wine and caramel corn if you’re craving a sweet treat.

Catalyst Physical Therapy & Wellness

In need of some self-care? Opt for a massage, stretch therapy or a similar service at this friendly physical therapy clinic, where you may be able to schedule an appointment same-day.

Presidio Park

Enjoy 40 acres of green space at this historic site. Bring a picnic, check out the Junipero Serra Museum (open from 10 am to 4 pm daily), or just relish in the scenic views.

Escape Room Police

Families, friends and co-workers will get a kick out of this group activity! Find clues to escape from ‘jail’ in under an hour to win this interactive game. There’s a Wizard School escape room here, too.

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