San Diego boasts a rich and storied history of both Spanish and Mexican culture, dating as far back as the early 1600’s when Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaíno first sailed into the bay of San Diego. Since that time, the Spanish and Mexican influences have remained strong throughout the city. One of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods, Barrio Logan, received an influx of Mexican refugees as a result of the Mexican Revolution and has maintained a vibrant culture. As a neighborhood steeped in authenticity, Barrio Logan is a great place to spend a day and become immersed in this vibrant culture and all that it has to offer.
Art in the Park
Barrio Logan is home to one of the largest collections of Chicano murals in the world. Located throughout the seven acres of Chicano Park, this art collection encompasses over 80 paintings as well as a myriad of other art mediums such as sculptures and earthworks. Designated as a National Historic Landmark, this park is a cultural beacon and a “must see” in the Barrio Logan area.
Eclectic Art Galleries
One of the most interesting transitions in the Barrio Logan neighborhood has been the repurposing of the industrial warehouses. Vacant for years, these buildings have been recently transformed into funky art galleries offering patrons a peek into the various styles from both local and international artists. New to the Barrio Logan art scene, basileIE is committed to exhibiting works from fledgling contemporary artists. Also worth a visit is La Bodega Gallery, a community creative space that welcomes both emerging and established artists to showcase their work.
The offbeat and adventurous vibe of the art scene in Barrio Logan has taken hold in the culinary arena as well. Here you will find everything from funky bakeries and coffee shops to authentic Mexican eateries. Stop in at Cafe Virtuoso for a meticulously brewed cup of organic coffee and homemade pastries. For heartier fare, Mish Mash serves up standard American and Mexican dishes with a twist and also delights with desserts made with a molecular gastronomy flare.
These are just a few great places to visit when you call IDEA1 your home. Please contact us to get more information on this great community.Back to all posts