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Best of San Diego 2024: Reader’s Picks

The best things to see, do, and eat in SD as voted on by you, our readers
Best of San Diego 2024 Reader's Picks
Courtesy of Little Italy Mercado

We asked, you answered. Here are the winners of our 2024 Best of San Diego nominations. Click on the categories below to jump to your favorite lists.

Art + Retail | Beauty + Cosmetic | Education + Non-Profit | Family + Pets | Finance + Legal + Insurance | Health + Wellness + Fitness | Home + Living | Travel + Entertainment

Best of San Diego Art + Retail

Best Antique Store in San Diego

La Mesa Antique Mall

Best Art Gallery in San Diego

Walter Redondo Fine Art Collection

Best San Diego Artist: Jewelry

Jax Atelier

Best San Diego Artist: Muralist

Ethos One

Best San Diego Artist: Painter

Walter Redondo

Best San Diego Artist: Photographer

Emma Gibbs

Best Auto Dealer in San Diego

Pacific Honda San Diego

Best Auto Parts Store in San Diego

O’Reilly Auto Parts

Best Bookstore in San Diego

Verbatim Books

Best Boutique Store in San Diego


Best Camera Store in San Diego

George’s Camera

Best Cannabis Dispensary in San Diego

March and Ash

Best Engagement Rings in San Diego

David & Sons Fine Jewelers

Best Eyeglass Store in San Diego

Urban Optiks Optometry

Best Farmers Market in San Diego

Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market

Best Florist in San Diego

Breezy Day Weddings

Best Golf Store in San Diego

The Golf Mart

Best Grocery Store in San Diego

Frazier Farms Market

Best Groom & Bridal Wear in San Diego

Friar Tux

Best Jewelry Store in San Diego

Taylor Custom Rings

Best Outdoors & Bicycle Store in San Diego

Black Mountain Bicycles

Best Shopping Center in San Diego

Liberty Station

Best Surf Shop in San Diego

Mitch’s Surf Shop

Best Thrift Shop in San Diego

Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop

Best Tire Store in San Diego

Discount Tire

Best Toy Store in San Diego

Geppetto’s Toys

Best of San Diego reader's picks featuring Sunny’s Spa & Beauty Lounge at The Seabird Resort in Oceanside
Courtesy of the Seabird Resort

Best of San Diego Beauty + Cosmetic

Best Barber in San Diego

Dino’s Barbershop

Best Beauty Services in San Diego

Lana Van, Skyn Alchemy

Best Cosmetic Dentist in San Diego


Best Cosmetic Dermatology in San Diego

SOM Aesthetics

Best Cosmetic Surgeon in San Diego

Dr. Sirius K. Yoo, Sky Facial Plastic Surgery

Best Cosmetic Surgery Group in San Diego

Balikian Facial Plastic Surgery & Spa (Tie)

Best Cosmetic Surgery Group in San Diego

Changes Plastic Surgery (Tie)

Best Day Spa in San Diego

Beauty Kliniek

Best Hair Removal in San Diego

Beauty By Dolly

Best Hair Salon in San Diego

Blonde Voyage Salon

Best Hair Stylist in San Diego

Paulina Murillo, Petite Blossom Salon

Best Lash & Brow Technician in San Diego

Lana Van, Skyn Alchemy

Best Makeup Artist in San Diego

Michelle Glazier, Lipstick & Luster

Best Med Spa in San Diego

Perfect Face Aesthetic Medicine

Best Nail Salon in San Diego

Sunny’s Spa & Beauty Lounge

Best Tanning Salon in San Diego

Itan Sun Spray Spa

Best Tattoo Parlor in San Diego

Buju Tattoo

Best of San Diego reader's picks featuring the Birch Aquarium
Courtesy of Birch Aquarium

Education + Non-Profit

Best Charity in San Diego

The Animal Pad

Best Charter School in San Diego

Language Academy

Best Community College in San Diego

Grossmont College

Best Nonprofit in San Diego

Scholars Forward Foundation

Best Private High School in San Diego

Maranatha Christian Schools

Best Private K–8 School in San Diego

Santa Fe Christian School

Best Private University in San Diego

University of San Diego

Best Public High School in San Diego

Canyon Crest Academy

Best Public K–8 School in San Diego

Mckinley Elementary School

Best Public University in San Diego

San Diego State University

Best Tutoring Services in San Diego

Barrio Logan College Institute

Best Vocational School in San Diego

Workshops For Warriors

Best of San Diego reader's picks featuring Plunge San Diego aquatics center and pool at Belmont Park
Courtesy of Belmont Park

Best of San Diego Family + Pets

Best Animal Welfare in San Diego

Helen Woodward Animal Center

Best Child Day Care in San Diego

Little Sprouts Academy

Best Dog Beach in San Diego

Del Mar Dog Beach

Best Doggie Day Care in San Diego

Coastal Paws

Best Family Attraction in San Diego

Balboa Park

Best Family Beach in San Diego

Coronado Beach

Best Park & Playground in San Diego

Balboa Park

Best Pet Groomer in San Diego

All Dogs Go To Hannah

Best PetStore in San Diego

Dexter’s Deli

Best Pet Trainer in San Diego

The Educated Pet

Best Picnic Spot in San Diego

Kate Sessions Memorial Park

Best Swim School in San Diego

The Plunge San Diego

Best Veterinarian in San Diego

Southpaw Vet

Best Youth Day Camps in San Diego

Girl Scouts San Diego

Best Youth Sports in San Diego

Soccer Shots

Best Youth Summer Camps in San Diego

San Diego Zoo Summer Camp

Best of San Diego reader's picks featuring Sharp HealthCare hospitals and insurance
Courtesy of Sharp HealthCare

Best Accounting Firm in San Diego

Duffy Kruspodin, LLP

Best Bankruptcy Law in San Diego

Law Office of Christine E. Baur

Best Estate Planner in San Diego

Justin Isaac – The Lawyer In Blue Jeans

Best Family Law in San Diego

Family Law San Diego, APC

Best Financial Planning in San Diego

Canter Wealth

Best Health Insurance in San Diego

Sharp Health Plan

Best Home Insurance Provider in San Diego

C3 Risk & Insurance Services – Personal Lines

Best Home Loan Provider in San Diego

SD Mortgage Couple

Best Law Firm in San Diego

Omega Law Group, PC

Best Litigation Law in San Diego

Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers

Best Loan Provider in San Diego

California Credit Union & North Island Credit Union

Best Local Bank in San Diego

US Bank

Best Local Credit Union in San Diego

Mission Federal Credit Union

Best Personal Injury Law in San Diego

Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers

Best Real Estate Law in San Diego

Lockhart Legal

Best Tax Law in San Diego


Best Tax Preparer in San Diego

Pacific Tax & Financial Group

Best Wealth Management in San Diego

D’arcy Capital

Best of San Diego reader's picks featuring The Yoga Box yoga studio
Courtesy of Yoga Box

Best of San Diego Health + Wellness + Fitness

Best 5K Run in San Diego

Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5k Run For Hope

Best Acupuncturist in San Diego

Matt Alavi, Activemed Integrative Health Center

Best Audiology Group in San Diego

Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group

Best Audiologist in San Diego

Linda Oliver, Oliver Audiology

Best Chiropractor in San Diego

New Wave Chiropractic Center

Best Dance Studio in San Diego

The Dance Academy Del Mar

Best Dental Office in San Diego

Bonita Del Rey Dental Care

Best Dermatologist in San Diego

Dr. Saami Khalifian, SOM Aesthetics

Best Fertility Center in San Diego

San Diego Fertility Center

Best Fitness Studio in San Diego

Renegade Fit

Best Gym in San Diego

Fit Athletic Club

Best Hospital in San Diego

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla

Best In-Home Medical Care in San Diego

Mission Healthcare

Best Lasik Provider/Laser Eye Care in San Diego

Nvision Eye Centers

Best Marathon in San Diego

Rock ʼn‛ Roll San Diego Marathon

Best Martial Arts Studio in San Diego

Jiu Jitsu Foundation

Best Massage in San Diego

Mellow Massage

Best Nutritionist/Dietician in San Diego

Katey Thurmes, Sharp Healthcare

Best Orthodontist in San Diego

Surf and Smiles Orthodontics

Best Pediatric Group in San Diego

Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group

Best Pediatrician in San Diego

Dr. Eric Reed, Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group

Best Personal Trainer in San Diego

Bryan Mistretta, Versatile Fitness

Best Pharmacy in San Diego

Strive Pharmacy

Best Physical Therapy Spa in San Diego

Pure Infrared Sauna Studio

Best Psychiatry Practice in San Diego

KMG Psychiatry

Best Reiki in San Diego

Taqiyya Robinson

Best Therapist in San Diego

Dr. Gina Simmons Schneider, Schneider Counseling & Consultation

Best Weight Loss Clinic in San Diego

UC San Diego Health Weight Management

Best Wellness Studio in San Diego

Activate House

Best Yoga Studio in San Diego

Yoga Box

Best of San Diego Home + Living

Best Apartment Community in San Diego

Block C

Best Appliance Store in San Diego


Best Architect in San Diego

Safdie Rabines Architects

Best Artificial Turf & Lawn in San Diego

Greenway Landscape Design & Build

Best Assisted Living Community in San Diego

Casa De Las Campana

Best Auto Repair in San Diego

Miramar Automotive & Transmission

Best Building Contractor in San Diego

KC Custom Remodeling

Best Carpet Cleaner in San Diego

Super Mario Carpet Cleaning & Floor Care

Best Carwash in San Diego

Soapy Joe’s Car Wash

Best Commercial Real Estate Company in San Diego

Pacific Coast Commercial

Best Coworking Spaces in San Diego

Evolution Room

Best Door & Window in San Diego

Kaminskiy Design & Remodeling

Best Dry Cleaning in San Diego

Veribest Cleaners

Best Escrow Company in San Diego

Case Escrow

Best Flooring & Carpet in San Diego

RH Flooring

Best Furniture Store in San Diego

Apostrophe Home

Best Garden & Nursery in San Diego

Walter Anderson Nursery

Best Heating & Air Conditioning in San Diego

Clear Heating & Air (Tie)

Best Heating & Air Conditioning in San Diego

Hamel’s Air Conditioning Heating (Tie)

Best Home Builder in San Diego

Jackson Design & Remodeling

Best Home Organizer in San Diego

Bee Organized San Diego

Best Home Remodeling in San Diego

Kaminskiy Design & Remodeling

Best Home Security in San Diego


Best Housekeeping in San Diego

Tranquil Home

Best Independent Living Community in San Diego

Silvergate Rancho Bernardo

Best Interior Designer in San Diego

San Elijo Interiors

Best Janitorial Service in San Diego


Best Kitchen & Bath in San Diego

Boyar’s Kitchen Cabinets

Best Landscaper in San Diego

Drab To Fab

Best Mattress Store in San Diego


Best Moving Company in San Diego

A Smart Move

Best Neighborhood in San Diego

North Park

Best Patio Furniture in San Diego

D3 Home Modern Furniture

Best Pest Control in San Diego

Pest Patrol

Best Plumber in San Diego

Bill Howe Family Of Companies

Best Property Management Company in San Diego

Propr Real Estate Services

Best Real Estate Agent in San Diego

Tricia Elliott, Move Up San Diego

Best Real Estate Agent Team in San Diego

Team Steele San Diego Homes

Best Real Estate Brokerage Company in San Diego

Compass Real Estate

Best Solar Power in San Diego

Baker Home Energy

Best Storage Units in San Diego

Staxup Storage

Best Tailor & Alterations in San Diego

Anna Tailors & Formal Wear

Best Upholstery & Drapery in San Diego

UFO Upholstery Fabric Outlet

Best of San Diego reader's picks featuring the newly renovated Lafayette Hotel in North Park
Photo Credit: Tomoko Matsubayashi

Best of San Diego Travel + Entertainment

Best Airline in San Diego


Best Annual Event/Festival in San Diego

Gator By The Bay

Best Boutique Hotel in San Diego

The Lafayette Hotel

Best Bowling Alley in San Diego

Draft Republic San Marcos

Best Casino in San Diego

Viejas Casino & Resort

Best Casino Pool in San Diego

Sycuan Casino Resort

Best Casino Restaurant in San Diego

Hell’s Kitchen, Harrah’s Resort Southern California

Best Comedy Club in San Diego

The Comedy Store La Jolla

Best Concert Venue in San Diego

The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

Best Country Club in San Diego

The Country Club of Rancho Bernardo

Best Evening News Broadcast in San Diego

Channel 7 NBC

Best Event Space in San Diego

Monserate Winery

Best Golf Course in San Diego

Torrey Pines Golf Course

Best Hiking Trail in San Diego

Torrey Pines State Beach

Best Karaoke Bar in San Diego

Redwing Bar & Grill

Best Library in San Diego

San Diego Central Library

Best Local Attraction/Theme Park in San Diego

San Diego Zoo

Best Mall in San Diego

Westfield UTC Mall

Best Morning News Broadcast in San Diego

Fox 5 Morning News

Best Movie Theater in San Diego

The Lot

Best Museum in San Diego

San Diego Natural History Museum

Best Music Venue in San Diego

Belly Up Tavern

Best San Diego Musician: Country in San Diego

Miranda Ramos

Best San Diego Musician: Cover/Tribute

Billy Nation, A Tribute To Billy Joel

Best San Diego Musician: DJ/Producer

DJ Legend

Best San Diego Musician: Folk

Steve Poltz

Best San Diego Musician: Hip Hop

Lil Rob

Best San Diego Musician: Indie Rock

Weather Darling

Best San Diego Musician: Jazz


Best San Diego Musician: Pop

Jason Mraz

Best San Diego Musician: R&B

Thee Sacred Souls

Best San Diego Musician: Rock/Metal


Best San Diego Musician: Singer/ Songwriter

Miranda Ramos

Best Nightclub in San Diego

Moonshine Beach

Best Radio DJ in San Diego

John & Tammy, KSON

Best Radio Drive Time Show in San Diego

Jeremy Pritchard, ALT 94.9

Best Radio Morning Show in San Diego

Geena the Latina & Frankie V Morning Show, Channel 933

Best Resort in San Diego

Town & Country Resort San Diego

Best San Diego Sports Team

San Diego Padres

Best Scenic Spot in San Diego

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Best Social Media Personality in San Diego

Jodie Alonso

Best Staycation Hotel in San Diego

Hotel Del Coronado

Best Sunset Viewing Spot in San Diego

Sunset Cliffs

Best Surf Spot in San Diego

La Jolla Shores

Best Theater Group in San Diego

The Old Globe

Best Wedding & Event Planner in San Diego

Doris Goodson, San Diego Events Company

Best Wedding Venue in San Diego

The Prado at Balboa Park

Best Weekend Road Trip in San Diego

Palm Springs

Best Winery in San Diego

Bernardo Winery

Best Yacht Club in San Diego

San Diego Yacht Club

See our complete list of the Best of San Diego here


By SDM Staff

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