Mission Hills: A Historically Beautiful Neighborhood | San Diego, California

One of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods, Mission Hills overlooks downtown, Old Town, and the San Diego Bay. It was subdivided in 1908 and several renowned architects designed homes in the area, building mansions, bungalows, and craftsman houses. As a result, the neighborhood is dynamic and full of character. Stroll down the main streets and discover why it’s regarded as one of San Diego’s finest neighborhoods. Take a look at some of our favorite places in the charming Mission Hills district. 


Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel

The Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel is a charming mission-style property that’s in close proximity to Mission Hills and all of San Diego’s major attractions. It’s right in the heart of Old Town San Diego, also known as the birthplace of California. Relax in the well-appointed guest rooms and soak up the sun by the outdoor pool! Book the Girls Getaway Package for a weekend of fun! You’ll receive deluxe accommodations, and complimentary margarita, breakfast each morning, and a late checkout!



Starlite is a stylish lounge that serves up quality food and drinks in a modern atmosphere. Every aspect of the interior has been custom designed, and in 2009 the property received an award from the San Diego architectural foundation. The laid-back vibe is perfect for after-work drinks or a casual date. Starlite is known for delicious late-night dining, and their tasty dinner menu is served from 5 pm to midnight every day! 


The Patio on Goldfinch

The Patio on Goldfish is a Mission Hills icon and a favorite among San Diego locals. The beautifully designed restaurant diverse menu consists of seasonal, chef-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. The restaurant has won several awards including OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice, San Diego Magazine’s Best Restaurants, and the 2015 Orchid Award. Grab a table on their outdoor patio and enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or happy hour. Be sure to try the Spanish octopus appetizer!


Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment

Established in 2012, Acoustic Ales is a local brewery that focuses on two core values: quality and craft. Owner and brew master Tommaso Maggiore has traveled all over the world and explored different brewing systems, techniques, and styles. Their Mission Hills tasting room provides a warm and inviting atmosphere for sampling their various brews. Try their rotating selection of 13 different taps! 

Nursery_MissionHillsBlog_644x270Mission Hills Nursery

The Mission Hills Nursery, San Diego’s oldest garden center, was founded back in 1910 by Kate Sessions. It’s a hub for all things gardening! Located in the heart of Mission Hills, it’s a natural paradise in the middle of the city. He knowledgeable and friendly staff members are dedicated to making garden shopping easy, fun, and informative. Explore the natural beauty of the nursery and take some of it with you to grow at home!


With Love

With Love Gift & Paperie is an artisan gift boutique with elegant stationary, cards, accessories, home décor, and more. Browse the shop and you’ll find something for everyone! Each item is thoughtfully displayed, making window shopping an experience in itself. The family owned store is truly a neighborhood gem. 


Venissimo Cheese

Venissimo Cheese is a gourmet cheese shop that’s been in San Diego for over a decade. Since then, they’ve expanded to four locations all over San Diego. Founders Gina and Roger Freize say that their goal is to do for cheese what Starbucks did for coffee. They hope to share their passion and educate the public about the greatness of all things cheese! They have a wide selection of artisan cheeses, cheese classes, cheese baskets, and cheese accessories. Visit the shop and feel free to sample anything you see!