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Living in Hillcrest San Diego

Hillcrest is the 13th most walkable neighborhood in San Diego with 14,136 residents.

Hillcrest has good public transportation and is somewhat bikeable.

Nearby neighborhoods: University Heights, Park West, Midtown, Mission Hills, Mission Valley West, Little Italy and Harborview.

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Walk Score of Hillcrest, San Diego, CA

Hillcrest is Very Walkable

Most errands can be accomplished on foot.

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Olivetto Ristorante

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5th Av & University Av

Most errands can be accomplished on foot in Hillcrest San Diego.

Hillcrest is the 13th most walkable neighborhood in San Diego with a Walk Score of 80.

Find apartments in San Diego's most walkable neighborhoods: Horton Plaza, Little Italy and Core-Columbia.

Hillcrest San Diego Apartments for Rent

Hillcrest Neighborhood Ranking

Compare Hillcrest to other San Diego neighborhoods.

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Population

11 Normal Heights 84 52 59 10,718
12 Park West 84 59 54 8,269
13 Hillcrest 80 54 58 14,136
14 North Park 79 51 59 37,943
15 Grant Hill 78 54 57 4,544

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Eating & Drinking

There are about 189 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in Hillcrest.

People in Hillcrest can walk to an average of 12 restaurants, bars and coffee shops in 5 minutes.

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Khyber Pass Restaurant

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Whole Foods Market 7th Avenue Pub

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thumbnail for Olivetto RistoranteLocated in Mission Hills in the newly renovated Paseo de Mission Hills , Owner Angelo Fiore’s Italian inspired Olivetto Ristorante presents modern interpretations of classic Italian cuisine with an emphasis on distinct preparations of the season’s best offerings.

Angie Good
on Olivetto Ristorante

Transit Score of Hillcrest, San Diego, CA

Hillcrest has Good Transit

Many nearby public transportation options. Find Hillcrest San Diego apartments for rent near public transit.

Public Transit Routes

Hillcrest has good public transportation and about 8 bus lines passing through it.

Transit Time

The map above shows how far you can travel in 30 minutes from Hillcrest on public transit.

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Hillcrest has about 5 car shares from RelayRides, Zipcar and Getaround.

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Hillcrest Cinema

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Khyber Pass Restaurant

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City Delicatessen & Bakery

Bike Score of Hillcrest, San Diego, CA

Hillcrest is Bikeable

Some bike infrastructure.

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Hillcrest Farmers Market

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Hillcrest Cinema

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City Delicatessen & Bakery

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Mint

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Charisma Cucina Italiana

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Brooklyn Girl

thumbnail for 5th Av & University AvThis historic street sign marks the heart of the Hillcrest neighborhood at University and Fifth. First erected in 1940, the sign was a gift to the community from female shopkeepers.

Local Native
on 5th Av & University Av

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India Palace

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Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India

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Ever Bloom Fresh Flowers

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Corner of University Avenue and 3rd Avenue

thumbnail for Hillcrest CinemaThis Landmark Theatre is the city's largest theater dedicated to independent film and foreign language cinema.

Local Native
on Hillcrest Cinema

thumbnail for Khyber Pass RestaurantThis Afghan restaurant was opened by the Nasery family 26 years ago, after moving to United States to escape the Russian invasion of their homeland.

Local Native
on Khyber Pass Restaurant

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