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San Diego Neighborhood Guide: Barrio Logan

Where to eat, shop, and play in this buzzing and artistic community
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You’d expect to find a great burrito in Barrio Logan, but gourmet hot dogs and spicy lemonade? This neighborhood is stuffed with surprises. If a friend is visiting from out of town, take them here. In the words of TV personality Andrew Zimmern, “If you come to San Diego and don’t go to Barrio Logan, then you’re not really seeing San Diego.” 

Plate of food from San Diego Mexican restaurant and taco shop Los Cuatros Milpas in Barrio Logan
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Barrio Logan Restaurants and Bars

Las Cuatro Milpas

Run by the Estudillo family since the 1930s, Las Cuatro Milpas supplies the San Diego community with locally famous tortillas, tamales, and tacos. Make sure to bring cash and keep in mind that they’re closed on Sundays.

1857 Logan Avenue

Border X Brewing

Mexican craft beer for the win, and there are plenty of pours to choose from at Border X Brewing. The Horchata Golden Stout has notes of vanilla bean and cinnamon, while the Tarantula Stout is brewed with three different types of chocolate malt. Bonus: It’s a dog-friendly environment.

2181 Logan Avenue

Por Vida

There are lots of ways to quench your thirst at Por Vida, but, whatever you do, don’t walk out without a spicy lemonade or limonada made with chamoy and Tajín. Lick the rim for a blast of salt and spice, then take a swig to quell the flames.

2146 Logan Avenue

Barrio Dogg

The longtime little bro of the burger at the backyard cookout, the humble hot dog is the main act at Barrio Dogg. The franks at this joint are dialed up to 11 with a mountain of toppings: El Chihuahua, for example, comes covered in slow-braised pork, poblano and serrano peppers, and the house-made salsa verde. Get it wrapped in bacon or on top of an entire pound of fries. Your move, cheeseburger.

2234 Logan Avenue

Ryan Bros Coffee

Located right next to the sign declaring the neighborhood’s name, Ryan Bros Coffee can sweeten your morning with fluffy croissants or a sweet bear claw. Wash down a pastry with the Funky Monkey smoothie, made with chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas.

1894 Main Street

A local San Diego community at the historic Chicano Park in Barrio Logan home to various Mexican murals and culture
Courtesy of the San Diego Tourism Authority

Things to Do in Barrio Logan

Chicano Park

A U.S. National Historic Landmark, Chicano Park is the country’s largest collection of outdoor murals, with many paying tribute to the neighborhood’s Mexican heritage. Make time for a stroll, as the experience will give you a greater appreciation for the Barrio and its inhabitants. Chicano Park Day is held annually in April to celebrate the park’s takeover by the community in 1970.

1993 Logan Avenue

Bread and Salt

A 45,000-square-foot space, Bread and Salt houses multiple independent galleries. Artwork from both local and international artists can be discovered inside, and the building regularly hosts affordable concerts and food pop-ups.

1955 Julian Avenue

Barrio Art Crawl

Held every second Saturday from 12 to 8 p.m., the Barrio Art Crawl features local Chicano artists, open studios, music, and food. Stay up to date with all the happenings by following @barrioartcrawl on Instagram.

Every 2nd Saturday along Logan Avenue

Neveria Los Mochis & Logan Ave Galeria de Arte

Any toppings on your ice cream? How about a sprinkling of culture? Order a cone (for dairy-free folks, there’s a generous selection of sorbets) and slurp away as you take in a collection of local art curated by Armando Nunez at this shared shop

2168 Logan Avenue

Garage Collective

You take the subway in New York and the train in Chicago, but, in California, you drive. Garage Collective is a space dedicated to everything that goes fast on two-to-four wheels. Members of the collective’s club can take advantage of perks like track days and cars and coffee events. Those not interested in a membership can always settle for a free tour. 

1827 Main Street, Unit B

The iN Gallery

Owner Irina Negulescu hangs her colorful works on the walls of The iN Gallery. Many of the paintings incorporate her favorite colors (red, blue and green), and several pieces are set in or under the water. The gallery is open by appointment or by chance. (I was lucky enough to stumble in without making any arrangements.)

1878 Main Street, Unit D

Exterior of San Diego bookshop and boutique Libélula Books & Co. in Barrio Logan
Photo Credit: Ariana Drehsler

Barrio Logan Shopping & Boutiques


Founded in 2018 by pro skater Kellen James, arts-rec is a cool, clean space specializing in skateboards and streetwear. That includes plenty of shoes, and the store offers sneakerheads lots of Vans and Nikes to choose from. You’ll leave looking ready for the ramp—even if you have no idea how to ollie.

2161 Logan Avenue

Sew Loka

Growing up, Claudia Biezunski-Rodríguez’s father was a denim distributor. Her mother sewed clothing for all six kids. At Sew Loka, the Chicana designer honors their legacy, creating one-of-a-kind wearable masterpieces with upcycled materials and vintage fabrics. A major win for slow fashion (and your wardrobe).

2113 Logan Avenue

Beatbox Records

Arguably the kookiest shop in the Barrio, Beatbox Records is a music lover’s paradise. The small store is packed floor-to-ceiling with CDs, concert posters, figurines, and, of course, tons of records. Almost everything inside is for sale, so if you see something you like, ask about it.

2148 Logan Avenue

Libélula Books & Co.

It’s the inclusive atmosphere and wide-ranging selection of literature that make Libélula Books & Co. a special spot. There’s everything from LGBTQ reads to cookbooks, and even a section of books “hecho a mano,” or “made by hand.” Make sure to say hi to the resident polydactyl cat, Billie.

950 South 26th Street


Founded by besties Aida Soria and Syncletica Maestas, HOLA Swim vends suits designed and produced entirely in America’s Finest City. You’ll have to book an appointment to shop chic bikinis and one-pieces, plus sweatshirts and shorts perfect for tossing on after a long day chasing waves.

2159 Logan Avenue

By William Riddell

Will Riddell is an editorial intern at San Diego Magazine. He is currently studying multimedia journalism at Taylor University, and he is planning on graduating this fall. Will has served as both a staff writer and an editor at his school's newspaper, The Echo.

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