By Victoria Scavo
Photography By Kevin M. Connors, Coast Highway Photography


The beauty and peace of Sunset Cliffs is a huge draw for visitors to this rustic beach town and is reflected in the overall relaxed vibe of the community. Spend the day strolling around, sipping coffee or a smoothie while popping into the locally owned and operated stores and eateries—discover everything from clothing boutiques, coffee and surf shops, jewelry and vintage home décor. The palm tree-lined Newport Ave. is known to have the largest collection of antique and collectible shops in San Diego while Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, Cable and Bacon Streets offer delectable spots to enjoy some grub. Some favorite upcoming OBcean events that might pique your interest are the weekly Wednesday Farmers’ Market, Oktoberfest complete with a beer garden and live music, and the annual Christmas Parade.
Ocean Beach spots


1 Bean Me Up
2231 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.
Everybody needs a caffeine fix so get yours on the go. This drive-through gourmet coffee cart offers cappuccinos, espressos, pastries or a simple cup of Joe for the road. Located on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard, it is a great stop as you enter OB or leave this seaside town.

2 Details Hair Salon
4993 Niagara ave.
619.222.6777 detailssalonspa.com
Instead of riding some beachy waves, why not give them a try in your hair? Complete with a Blow Dry Bar, this sophisticated salon provides cutting- edge hair care, skin care and color, all using Aveda products. This hidden gem can be found on the corner of Cable and Niagara. The upstairs locale brings the sunshine and ocean views with its floor-to-ceiling windows.

3 Newport Avenue Antiques
4836 Newport Ave.
619.224.1994 newportave.antiques.blogspot.com
You may want to make this either first or last on your antiquing tour. A favorite among savvy collectors, this shop is known for specializing in all things out of the ordinary. Find some of the most impressive
and extensive collections including antique and vintage lighting; mid-century, retro and modern pieces; Asian fine art; Native American jewelry and artifacts; architectural and garden elements; and Spanish, Italian and French furniture and decorative accessories.

Ocean Beach Spots

4 Ocean Beach Antique Mall
4926 Newport Ave.
619.223.6170 antiquesinsandiego.com
Winner of many Best of San Diego awards, this antique destination has been in business for more than 30 years. Hunt through vintage and estate gold, silver and costume jewelry, sterling flatware, clocks, American artifacts, art, pottery, sports memorabilia and more.

5 Newport Antique Center
4864 Newport Ave.
619.222.8686 antiquesinsandiego.com
If fine prints and postcards are your thing, then
this is a must-stop. Showcasing one of the largest paper dealers in the country along with antiques and collectables from the 1700s to mid-century, you will find Asian antiquities, vintage and fine jewelry, furniture, 1950s memorabilia and a vast selection of shabby chic décor.

Ocean Beach spots

6 Gilmore Family Jewelers
4857 Newport Ave.
619.225.1137 gilmorefamilyjewelers.com
If you are looking for unique custom jewelry, be sure to stop in here. Since the jeweler opened its doors in 1978, its custom-crafted pieces and timeless designs have been coveted works to be worn. Family owned and operated, the Gilmores are warm and welcoming and extremely knowledgeable in all they do.

7 Vignettes
4828 Newport Ave.
619.222.9244 vignettesantiques.com
Parlez-vous français? Then you should peruse this romantic little gem for faded French grandeur. Gaze upon weathered garden urns, leather-bound books, vintage satin chaises and beaded ballroom chandeliers, all set in classic vignettes with French music setting the mood.