North Park with Pooch

North Park is one of San Diego’s first residential and commercial districts. Forbes magazine named it one of America’s best hipster neighborhoods two years ago, noting its boutiques, art district, cafes and diners, coffee shops, and microbreweries.

Fortunately for dog-lovers, many of these places are dog-friendly.

Start your trip at Balboa Park’s Morley Field on the northern end of Balboa Park near the tennis courts and the intersection of Alabama St. and Morley Field Dr. This is a large, friendly leash-free park with plenty of parking.dog fountain

From there, head north to University Avenue and you’ll pass through an area of turn-of the century Craftsman and California style bungalows on any of the charming streets.

Your first stop should be the Carnitas Snack Shack (2632 University), a fabulous, funky food stand with counter service and a large, shaded patio with lots of seating.

Lovely outdoor seating at Carnitas Snack Shack

Lovely outdoor seating at Carnitas Snack Shack

Heading east on University you’ll come upon Animal House (2726 University), a very traditional pet store where your dog can get a treat and look at the fish and hamsters on display.

Further east on University is the Original Paw Pleasers and Peticures by Tess (2818 University) and Claire de Lune (2906 University) serves coffee and lighter fare.

As you get closer to the heart of North Park, at 30th and University, there are more stores and places to explore. At True North (3815 30th), there are a few dog-friendly tables out front. Pigment (3801 30th) is a fabulous shop at the corner with items for home décor and personal use, where you will always find a few dogs nosing around. East and parallel to 30th street you will find a number of storefront art places and boutique shops for which North Park is known.

On Ray Street is another dog store and groomers, Pet Palace, as well as Oh My Dog Photography (3824 Ray). Over on Grimm is Mike Hess Brewery (3812 Grim), a favorite of ours.

Relaxing at Hess Brewery

Relaxing at Hess Brewery

Heading down 30th you can stop into 30th Street Café (3620 30th) for a bite to eat.

Another commercial junction is 30th and Upas, where you’ll find Bluefoot Lounge (3404

Having fun at Bluefoot

Having fun at Bluefoot

30th), Influx (3000 Upas) or Cardamon (2977 Upas) for coffee and a bite to eat, Modern Times Flavordome (3000 Upas), and Yuko’s (2979 Upas) grooming for an artful cut for your pooch. Underbelly is coming soon.

Looking good at Yuko's

Looking good at Yuko’s

On the other side of University, just a block north on 30th, there is a small public seating area in front of Caffe Calabria (3933 30th). Further up 30th Street, Young Hickory (4096

Take a respite along 30th

Take a respite along 30th

30th) offers coffee as well as dog treats. There are also additional drinking establishments: Belching Beaver (4223 30th) and for a full assortment of craft beers and other beverages and food Tiger! Tiger! Tavern (3025 El Cajon) and Ritual Kitchen (4095 30th) are on the north end of North Park.

Another great local brewery tasting room is Thorn Street Brewery (3176 Thorn).

Resting up at Thorn STreet Brewery

Resting up at Thorn STreet Brewery

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Please leave a comment if you visit one of the places we mention, or have another recommendation.

If you are like us and like to travel about with your pooch, check out all our articles on the dog-friendly places in SD County’s neighborhoods at: www.SDHappydogs.com.