Over the weekend, we decided to get out of the house and spend some time at the Liberty Public Market here in San Diego. We had been there a couple times before, but never really took the time to sit down and eat and really explore it. The Liberty Public Market is open 7 days a week and offers a variety of cute shops and restaurants all based in the San Diego area. The market has beer, wine, desserts, pastas, arts and crafts, sea food, sandwiches, produce, specialty shops, and so much more.
Being that it was a beautiful 75 degree day, the market was packed with people, but not to the point where we couldn’t easily get around. Just enough people to people watch, but still easy to get through crowds with the stroller, so it was quite perfect!
The crowd is definitely something to keep in mind if you choose to come here for lunch or a little shopping. We visited between 11am and noon and it was quite crowded when we got there. But it was also lunch time, a beautiful day, and they had just opened at 11am too. So that may have contributed to it. But larger strollers would definitely be more challenging to maneuver through the crowds. The corridors are quite narrow for the amount of traffic this place gets so do keep that in mind if you’re bringing little ones!
Aside from the slight crowd, we had a great time exploring the little shops and checking out all the delicious foods. The Liberty Public Market is heaven for those who love food and want to try a variety of foods at one time. They have everything from seafood to pasta to baked goods to fresh meats. This makes it the perfect lunch spot for groups or families because they literally have a little something for everyone in your group (including vegan and gluten free options!).
Where to Shop
Holbrook Home & Gift
Holbrook Home & Gift is a cute little home decor store. It’s a San Diego-based studio that sells stationary, towels, handmade gifts and baskets. They also sell candles that embody scents of beautiful destinations such as local San Diego scents and even distant destinations such as French Chateau.
Woodie Specs is a cute little shop that sells wooden watches and wooden sunglasses. Zack always checks out the watches whenever we pass by them. They’re so unique looking and super fashionable as well. They even do custom engravings which makes these products the perfect gift for the man in your life.
Lolli San Diego Sweets
The name says it all. Lolli San Diego Sweets is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. They offer gummy bears, locally handmade chocolates, organic cotton candy, licorice, soft sour candies, organic candies, European and international candies and so much more! If you love candy, you’ll love stopping in at Lolli San Diego Sweets.
We love Howlistic. It’s a cute little natural supply store for dogs and cats. They sell high quality pet food along with treats and pet supplies. The final photo in this post is actually a cute little dog treat we picked up while we were there. All their products are natural, eco-friendly, high-quality and made in the USA. Along with their location at Liberty Station, they also have a location in Mission Hills.
Baker & Olive
Baker & Olive sells fresh bread, tapenade, jams and locally made bone broth, premium olive oils from around the world, assorted salts and spices, wine, cheeses, specialty gifts and so much more. They also have two other locations in Encinitas, Carmel Valley and Del Mar.
Where to Eat
Crafted Baked Goods
Crafted Baked Goods (pictured below) is a delicious little bakery that allows their guests to watch the pastry artisans make their baked goods right in front of them. Their menu consists of everything from cupcakes to crème brûlée cheesecakes to whiskey walnut caramel tarts and fudge brownies. We couldn’t even walk past their stand without stopping to look at all their delicious treats. If you have a sweet tooth, this is where you’ll want to go!
The next time we go back, I’d love to check out Pasta Design. I love anything that contains pasta and/or seafood. Pasta Design makes its pasta on site and can make everything from lasagna, to fettuccine to macaroni and cheese to ravioli. They have just about everything! Not to mention all of their sauces are freshly made and you can choose which meats and veggies you want to add to it as well. They even have a vegan fettuccine option! This is a pasta lover’s dream so I hope to be able to bring you a full review of it while we’re still here in San Diego.
Mastiff Sausage Company
We will definitely be trying out the Mastiff Sausage Company the next time we visit the public market. It’s located right next to Wicked Maine Lobster and it smelled absolutely amazing. They started out as a San Diego food truck and now have two locations in San Diego (Liberty Public Market and North Park Beer Company). All their food is made in-house and from scratch and they use all natural hormone-free meat in their menu items. In addition to speciality sausage, they serve everything from pickled vegetables to hot sauces, to mustards and so much more. They even do catering if you need food for your next big event! Definitely worth checking out.
FishBone Kitchen is a raw oyster bar and it looked so yummy when we passed by it (pictured above). We’re huge fans of seafood and raw oysters so this is another place we’re going to have to come back to. Unfortunately we just didn’t have enough time or money to sample everything in the Liberty Public Market (although we definitely wanted to!). All their seafood is local and in addition to raw oysters, customers can also enjoy crab and various fish options.
Where to Grab a Drink
Bottlecraft has four locations here in Southern California in Liberty Station, Solana Beach, Little Italy, North Park, and a fifth location on the east coast in Virgina Beach. They provide consumers with the best local, domestic and international craft beers. If you’re a beer drinker, you’ll love their variety!
WestBean Coffee Roasters
Grabbing a drink doesn’t have to mean beer and wine. If coffee is more your speed, you’ll want to check out WestBean Coffee Roasters. I’m a huge coffee drinker and WestBean Coffee Roasters is a great place for a cup of coffee. They serve local, handcrafted coffee and offer so many varieties from salted caramel lattes to cappuccinos and teas. There’s something there for everyone. In addition to their location in the Liberty Public Market, they also have a location in Downtown San Diego as well as a location in Bankers Hill.
If you’re wanting a healthier alternative, Smoothie Rider is another great place to grab a drink. All their smoothies are made with organic, locally grown fruits and vegetables which allows them to make fresh and nutritious smoothies. Your smoothie is 100% handmade from the honey to the almond milk and everything in between. Even their packaging is eco-friendly! So if you’re in need of a healthy treat, this is your place!
There are so many amazing shops and restaurants in the Liberty Public Market that weren’t mentioned in this post. If you want a full rundown of what’s here, then you can check out the Liberty Public Market website for details. It’s definitely worth taking multiple trips so you can taste test everything they have to offer. So if you’re in the need of something to do on your day off, I highly recommended checking them out!
Have you been to the Liberty Public Market? What are your favorite things to do and eat there?