|Radishes in Hillcrest, my husband helping to display spearmint in Little Italy, and a pot of edibles, also in Lil' I.|
|My greyhound, Ronan, is a big fan of the canine-friendly Ocean Beach street fair.|
|Giant proteas at the OB market. Me with my prized Thai basket-bag walking to the Hillcrest market this past Sunday.|
San Diego is blessed with open-air markets in different neighborhoods every day of the week. (To see a schedule, click here.) I haven't been to them all -- there are 35 total -- but so far, my three favorites are Hillcrest on Sunday, Little Italy on Saturday and Ocean Beach on Wednesday. Read on for my scoring guides, as well as looks from three fashion queens whose unique styles best exemplify each market's atmosphere.
Hillcrest, for the hipster who likes to garden 'n gnosh
|With her arsenal of hipster-femme looks and a good eye for vintage, Rachel Bilson definitely belongs in Hillcrest. Incidentally, you can easily recreate all these outfits with pieces from Buffalo Exchange and Flashbacks -- both found in the 92103!|
Hillcrest Market Cons: Parking can be difficult if you arrive during peak hours, and they don't allow dogs.
Little Italy, for the downtown gourmande
|Rachel Zoe's sleek, lady-about-town looks fit well in the design-obsessed streets of Little Italy. (Plus, my blondie friend Aaryn lives there, and she has a hairstyle exactly like Zoe's.)|
Little Italy Market Cons: Lacks a little of the hippy ease other markets enjoy.
Ocean Beach, for the bohemian in need of a sage fix
|With her palette of international prints and relaxed gypsy-chic vibe, Nicole Richie's boho style fits right in at the OB street fair. She may, however, want to roll around in a little patchouli before going.|
OB Market Cons: Can be a tad overwhelming what with the cramped walkways and plumes of sage smoke. After a loop around the block I suggest you retire to the boardwalk and watch the waves.