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Nearby San Diego Attractions
The Museum of Photographic Arts
The Museum of Photographic Arts is a photography museum that lies in the historic area of Balboa Park, San Diego. First founded in 1974, The Museum of Photographic Arts is only one of three museums in the United States dedicated exclusively to the collection and preservation of photography. The museum has a written mission to inspire, educate, and engage the broadest possible audience through presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film, and video.
The San Diego Museum of Art
The main exhibits in The San Diego Museum of Art (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Diego_Museum_of_Art) are very encyclopedic in nature and range through history, from 5000 BC to 2012 AD. Spanish works are seen throughout the museum and include popular Spanish artists Murillo, Zurbaran, Cotan, Ribera, and El Greco. The museum’s first major acquisition was the 1939 purchase of Francisco Goya’s El Marques de Sofraga, which had never before been placed for public view. Enjoy this cultural center nearby your downtown San Diego rental home.
The Mingei International Museum
The Mingei International Museum conserves, collects, and exhibits folk art, craft, and design, mostly specializing in works from Japan. The Museum was first founded in 1974, and the building was opened to the public four years later. Founder Martha Longenecker used the word Mingei for the name of the museum, a term coined by Dr. Soetsu Yanagi by combining the Japanese words for all people and art, min and gei respectively.
Best Eats Near Downtown San Diego Rental Homes
Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey of TLC’s Mega Bites and Bravo’s Top Chef, opened Searsucker in the heart of San Diego’s trendy Gaslamp Quarter. His New American cuisine puts new twists on classic favorites. Specialties include buttermilk fried chicken, bone-in tomahawk ribeye, and locally sourced seafood specialties like Maine scallops. The menu changes daily to keep offerings fresh and fun. Guests pair these unpretentious dishes with local craft beer, handcrafted cocktails and a selection of one-of-a-kind wines from all over the world. If the food isn’t enough to send your senses into overdrive, the decor just might. Searsucker has a mix of distressed furniture, big comfy sofas, and modern pieces.
If you’re looking for Mexican food in the Gaslamp, La Puerta is your place. La Puerta is famous for street tacos that can only be made better by pairing them with a freshly-squeezed margarita (no mixes here). Over 100, 100% blue agave tequilas are on offer complete with tasting notes to help diners select which is right for them. Happy hour runs daily from 3:00pm-7:00pm, usually with 1/2 drinks and appetizers like the carne asada fries. After 3:00pm (and when musicians are playing) you must be 21 years and older to enter. The kitchen is open until 1:00am so stop by for late-night eats.
Oceanaire Seafood Room
Versatility and freshness set this seafood specialist apart. Combining a bountiful oyster bar with a fresh fish menu that changes daily, Oceanaire offers a changing selection that may include snapper, swordfish, grouper, mahi-mahi and blue marlin steak. Jumbo lump crab cakes and fish and chips are favorites as well. Savory sides range from sour cream and onion mashed potatoes to fried green tomatoes. 1930’s decor and an adjoining cocktail bar add to the appeal of the restaurant’s large and lively dining room. Oceanaire has received numerous awards for being one of the best seafood restaurants in all of San Diego.
Spike Africa’s is named after legendary schooner captain once known as the “President of the Pacific Ocean”. Serving fresh seafood amid nostalgic detail, the focus is really about the food though premium drinks are offered at modest price points. Craft beers and signature drinks pair well with fresh fish (choose a side and a sauce). The BBQ chips and lobster roll as well as the mustard glazed salmon are hits. Happy hour is from 3:30pm-6:30pm daily and includes $5 house wines and 1/2 price appetizers. Guests can dine outside (though it can be noisy during rush hour) and dress is casual.
Along with these wonderful cultural establishments, our San Diego Downtown rentals lie just minutes away from the beach. You can really have you cake and eat it too. Enjoy the cultural hotspot that is downtown one day, and then a short travel down the road lies the tropical escape that is Mission Beach or La Jolla. Downtown San Diego condos have a lot to offer and we hope that you think of 710 Beach Rentals for your next San Diego vacation.