Five Musts According to hotelier Michael Fuerstman
“I think most people think of San Diego as a surf-centered, beachy town, which is only half the story,” says Michael Fuerstman, co-founder and creative director of the locale’s newly minted Pendry boutique hotel (pendryhotels.com). “I like showing off the more city-centric, urban, cutting-edge parts of San Diego, too.” Perhaps this is why the young entrepreneur has firmly planted his establishment (a next-gen offshoot of his father’s Montage Hotels & Resorts) amid the culturally thriving Gaslamp Quarter. Here, his local haunts. • Cantina Mayahuel An incredible selection of tequila and mezcal—I feel like I get an education in both every time I visit. And the food is authentic, not fussy, and unbelievably good. 2934 Adams Ave., S.D. @cantinamayahuel • Kettner Exchange The rooftop is like a big outdoor Southern California living room and it pulls a great crowd. It’s a cool place to catch a sunset and have a cocktail or two and some snacks. kettnerexchange.com. • Torrey Pines Golf Course An epic golf course that’s home to an annual PGA tour and has hosted the U.S. Open. It’s open to the public, and it’s right on the Pacific. torreypinesgolfcourse.com. • Petco Park I’d put it up against any baseball stadium in the U.S.; it’s the best mix of atmosphere, weather, food, beer and location. sandiego.padres.mlb.com. • Lone Flag A great menswear store in Flower Hill—they’ve got a nice aesthetic, cool mix of fashionable and comfortable clothes and home goods, and the guys that run the shop are really good people. loneflag.co.
Edited by LINDSAY KINDELON.