There’s not a ton of green space in the downtown area, which is why it was so exciting to see Fault Line Park open in the East Village late last year (the first to open in the ‘hood since 2004). The 1.3-acre space on the corner of Island Avenue and 14th Street downtown is a welcome addition to the cluster of high-rise buildings downtown. On the green you’ll find reflective 7-foot steel spheres, an art installation called Fault Whisper (similar to Cloud Gate, AKA the Chicago Bean), that practically beg you to take a selfie. The futuristic sculptures have a science-y feel to them, which jives with San Diego’s booming life sciences industry. Cool fun fact: the public park is located on an earthquake fault line (hence the name), making it a no-build zone for real estate developers, which is how it came into existence.
Overlooking the park with a cool coffee shop vibe and indoor/outdoor seating, Halcyon has tasty spiked coffee drinks and roast-your-own s’mores. My favorite is the Thai iced coffee, but you can also get fun concoctions like an iced toddy brew coffee or espresso milkshake. Order up some appetizers like the fried mozzarella bites during weekday happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m.
For an expanded menu, head next door (same building & staff) to Stella Public House to get pizza and craft beer. My favorites are the burrata & pomodorini and the Margherita pizzas. Start with the Brussels sprouts and the beet tower – you won’t be disappointed. For dessert, get the rich, chocolately budino. Check the daily specials for other chef whims.