Top Women-Owned Businesses in San Diego

One of San Diego’s biggest strengths has always been our diversity. Not only are we a cultural melting pot, but California’s outlook on progressive egalitarianism has always made ours an attractive state from social and business perspectives. And since we celebrate both International Women’s Day on March 8th, and Women’s History Month all month long, there’s no time like the present to shine a hard-earned and well-deserved spotlight on some of our favorite women-owned businesses in San Diego.


Azucar Bakery (2.1 miles)

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San Diego’s favorite Cuban bakery offers a seriously scrumptious menu of both year-round and seasonal favorites, including the can’t-miss guava-and-cream-cheese pastries that are the stuff of local legend. Owner and Operator Vivian Hernandez-Jackson brings a deft touch to everything from the cinnamon syrup-soaked Carrot Cake to the buttery-as-they-are-satisfying Pastelitos de Carne that has everyone lining up at lunchtime. Azucar also offers a full coffee menu to warm you up on those brisk mornings.    

4820 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107


Cucina Urbana (9.5 miles)

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The mission of this Banker’s Hill bistro is to combine traditional Italian cookery with a distinctly fresh, SoCal approach. It’s a passion project for longtime San Diego culinary titan Tracy Borkum, and she’s taken it to the level of mastery. When you go, expect eye-rollingly delectable continental dishes served fresh and family-style, in a rustic-chic setting complete with al fresco options in the Italian tradition. Cucina Urbana also has one of the best on-site wine shops of any restaurant in the city, so grab a bottle or two to go.

505 Laurel St, San Diego, CA 92101


Café 222 (10.4 miles)

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The story of Café 222 is one that could only happen in California. Founder Terryl Gavre initially funded both her move to San Diego and the opening of this beloved eatery via the proceeds from selling a screenplay — one based on a story about opening a restaurant! In the years since, her menu has proven to be just as delicious as her cinematic chops. So much so that she and her restaurant have been featured in Gourmet Magazine, and on the Food Network. When you go, make sure not to pass up the waffles. 

222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101


You & Yours Distilling (11 miles)

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Spirited spirits are the name of the game at this East Village staple. No matter what your preferred potable — gin, vodka, to-go canned cocktails — You & Yours has your back. Founder and head distiller Laura Johnson decided on her career path after touring a distillery at just 18, and began crafting her own signature beverages not long afterward. Today, she maintains a successful tasting room, retail sales operation, and supply chain for countless local bars and restaurants who are proud to serve her bottled art. 

You & Yours Distilling Co., 1495 G St, San Diego, CA 92101


Poor House Brewing (11.3 miles)

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Beer and the brewing thereof is an art with which San Diego — the “Craft Beer Capital of America” — is very familiar. But few brewhouses pour it up quite like Poor House. Founder Alanna Scheer and her star beermeisters at Poor House do it all, from light and refreshing blondes to hearty, substantial stouts and everything in between. She and her crew celebrated Poor House’s 10th anniversary last year, and they’re only picking up steam. Fans of Poor House can also find their beers flowing from drafts all over town. 

4494 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116 


Communal Coffee (13 miles)

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Communal is first and foremost an artisanal coffee shop, but aficionados know it’s so much more. Visitors can also discover fragrant, fresh-cut flowers, a light-bites café, a sophisticated co-work space, and even an on-site wine club. Founder and owner Jen Byard has always made it a point to curate an environment she’d want to frequent herself — warm, inviting, and friendly; a space for creativity and convergence. The formula was an immediate success, allowing her to expand to multiple locations.   

2335 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104


Celebrate Women in Business With Pacific Terrace

Pacific Terrace is proud to support all of San Diego’s women entrepreneurs! So it’s no coincidence that our own on-site management team is led by some fierce femme powerhouses. Women like General Manager Sandra Kauffman help us make our guest stays special each, and every day. When you’re ready to join us on your next getaway, we’d love to welcome you. Take a look at our special offers, select the San Diego travel deal that’s right for you, and we’ll see you soon!