Ways to Stay Cool in San Diego

San Diego locals know that the hottest part of the season is late summer. The sun beats down on us through October, and that sun can be unforgiving if you don’t know how to stay cool in America’s Finest City. Having lived in San Diego almost all of my life, here are a few not to miss spots.


Iced Coffee at Extraordinary Desserts

The term “shaken over ice” usually applies to cocktails—but at Extraordinary Desserts we give our Zumbar organic cold pressed coffee a shake before pouring over ice to create a much needed jolt of caffeine. It’s a great way to start the day.

Stand Up Paddle boarding in Mission Bay

A unique way to experience San Diego is to enjoy our calm mornings at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center. Begin at 8 a.m., and for only $28 you can rent a paddle board and cruise the San Diego Bay for two and a half hours. Just make sure to pack your sunscreen.


Mitch’s Seafood

San Diegans have this “thing” where we become very passionate when we recommend the best place to get fish tacos. This hidden gem in Point Loma hits the spot for me—they grill fresh, local fish and serve it on top a corn tortilla with lime crema, shredded cabbage, and salsa fresca.

Bobboi Natural Gelato – La Jolla

Enjoy a scoop of fabulous gelato against an equally fabulous view of the La Jolla Cove. They feature an ever evolving menu of inventive flavors like Pineapple Basil or Charcoal Vanilla that are sure to cool you down.

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Rose Float at Extraordinary Desserts

Pink is the perfect color of summer. We stir up rose wine with succulent scoops of our house made Roasted Strawberry Buttermilk and shaved ice topped with strawberry puree. It’s a refreshing and sweet treat with a kick of rose.


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Hike Torrey Pines

Ditch the early morning crowds and head to Torrey Pines in the afternoon once the sun has peaked for unbelievable views of the Pacific Ocean. Best to wait until the afternoon when the ocean winds keep you cool.

Margaritas at Javier’s

Enjoy the spirit(s) of San Diego at one of my favorite spots. Marvel at the décor and enjoy a great conversation with friends over unforgettable Tequila cocktails. P.S., the potato tacos are a must.


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Mai Tai’s at Bali Hai

My staff loves to congregate at this historic San Diego sunset spot because the drinks are strong and the view is incredible.

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Boards and Bubbly at Extraordinary Desserts

Grab a signature board and a bottle of bubbly at our Banker’s Hill location to round out a long day in the sun. Our boards can cater to any palate as we feature meats, artisan cheeses, and fresh organic vegetables paired with signature dips and spreads. These are best shared on our breezy, open patio with a bottle of sparkling Beau Joie champagne.

It’s easy to beat the heat if you know where to find it.

Stay Cool,


About Extraordinary Desserts

Over 20 years ago, Karen Krasne opened the first Extraordinary Desserts at 2929 5th Avenue near San Diego’s Balboa Park. Since then, Extraordinary Desserts has become one of San Diego’s most prominent dining establishments and has expanded to include a second location in San Diego’s Little Italy area at 1430 Union Street as well as a line of gourmet products and a robust online store. From the dazzling artistry and sublime taste of its award-winning sweets to the attentive customer service, Extraordinary Desserts has built a strong reputation for its decadent, gourmet dessert creations, elegant eats, and extraordinary experience. As a result, Extraordinary Desserts is consistently a top pick by critics and readers of both local and national publications. Owner and executive chef Karen Krasne studied at Paris’ best pastry schools. She uses only organic ingredients when possible, and adorns each luxurious dessert with locally-grown fresh flowers, her signature edible gold leaf, autumn leaves, and sinfully sweet sauces making her creations a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Extraordinary Desserts, Little Italy 1430 Union Street San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: (619) 294-7001 Extraordinary Desserts, Balboa Park 2929 Fifth Avenue San Diego, CA 92103 Phone: (619) 294-2132
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