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Neighborhood Guide: Linda Vista

Where to eat, shop, and play in this unassuming enclave
Justin Halbert


If you have time to visit only one place on your tour of Linda Vista, let it be K Sandwiches. The beloved shop, which got a makeover after the original structure burned down in 2015, serves up traditional bánh mì sandwiches for under $6 and grab-and-go croissants, baguettes, and freshly made spring rolls for a quick lunch. Head west down Linda Vista Road and you’ll come across other popular spots like The Original Sab-E-Lee, Da Kine’s Plate Lunches, and J&T Thai Street Food. Got a sweet tooth? Round out your visit with a stop at Rose Donuts, a mainstay for melt-in-your-mouth donuts for nearly 40 years.

Linda Vista Neighborhood Guide / Rose Donuts

Rose Donuts

Justin Halbert

To sip, check out one of the 15 flavored teas at Babe Kombucha—both alcoholic and virgin options are available—and order an in-house flight, or a can or growler to go.

Linda Vista Neighborhood Guide / Urbn Leaf

Urbn Leaf

Justin Halbert


Find new jewelry pieces, engagement rings, and professional repairs at two longtime small businesses operating out of Linda Vista Plaza, Kim My Jewelry and Kim Quang Jewelry. At nearby Urbn Leaf, explore the wide range of cannabis products, from gummies to THC-infused beer—the staff is friendly and knowledgeable and can help you find what will work best for you and your needs.

Linda Vista Neighborhood Guide / Tecolote Canyon

Tecolote Canyon

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Nature lovers searching for an urban oasis will find it in Tecolote Canyon. The park offers a 6.5-mile out-and-back trail to walk, jog, or bike. On the hike, you’ll find peaceful creeks and shady trees to stop and refuel under, along with short side trails that lead up and out of the canyon. For those who like to keep their movement to four wheels—mini-wheels, that is—Linda Vista Skatepark is a popular spot to drop in and practice ollies. Prefer a more old-school approach? While SkateWorld may be temporarily closed due to COVID-19, the roller-skating rink is a neighborhood icon worth waiting for.

Linda Vista Neighborhood Guide / Linda Vista Skatepark

Linda Vista Skatepark

Justin Halbert

By Lili Kim

Lili Kim is an editorial intern at San Diego Magazine. She plans to graduate from the University of San Diego in 2024 with a degree in Communication and serves as the Assistant News Editor at the USD Vista. A few of her goals in life include becoming a full time writer, building her travel photography portfolio, and finding the best taco in SD.

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