Bookended on the west by University Heights and Kensington on the east, Normal Heights completes the Adams Avenue ‘hood trifecta along the main drag. Crowded, diverse apartment dwellings on the south side of Adams, quiet single-family homes on the north side. Normal Heights is sandwiched between Kensington to the east and University Heights to the west, and it is the funkiest of the two. Where Kensington is upper class and Uni Heights is quiet, Normal Heights is diverse, blue collar, funky, sometimes rowdy – but always interesting. Mostly, its diversity. From the single family homes along the Mission Valley ridge north of Adams Avenue, to the high-density, multi-resident lots south of Adams, Normal Heights is San Diego at its most diverse. Families and students, immigrants and natives all occupy this mid-city neighborhood. Everything of interest is along the Adams Avenue corridor. From supermarkets to small businesses, to bars and restaurants to antique stores, Normal Heights is a self-sufficient neighborhood. DeMille’s is where to go for pizza and Italian – it’s a neighborhood mainstay. A la Francaise offers bistro dining, and Cocina Sanchez is good for Mexican, as is Cantina Mayahuel-the best Tequila Bar in all of San Diego. And the San Diego Cheesecake Company is where you can pick up great cheesecake (no dining). Lots of other small eateries dot the avenue. Normal Heights is also great for neighborhood dive bars: the Triple Crown Pub, Rosie O’Grady’s are popular, but don’t miss the Ould Sod or Blind Lady Ale house- an authentic Irish pub. Lestat’s Coffee house is the hipster hangout in the neighborhood, and its adjoining performance space is where you can hear great local music almost every night.
To get to Normal Heights -From I-8: Take 15 North to the Adams Avenue exit. Turn left (West) for Normal Heights, Antique Row and University Heights From I-805: Take 805 North to the El Cajon Blvd. exit. Turn right onto El Cajon Blvd. Get into the left lane. Turn left onto 33rd Street the first light). Turn right onto Monroe. Turn left onto Felton Street (The first left you can make) Adams Avenue at Felton is about the center of Normal Heights.