Plus, our guide to 55+ top-notch SD brunch spots.
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💺 Now boarding from SAN
San Diego International Airport
Now arriving — or departing — at San Diego International Airport.|Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday
Traveling via plane is fun — but the whole navigating the airport part? Slightly less exciting, and maybe a tad stressful.

To help make your time at San Diego International Airport as smooth as possible, we’ve created a guide that covers everything from the airport’s 80+ nonstop flights to parking, New T1 construction impacts, and where to eat.

San Diego International Airport

Have time to relax before takeoff? Enjoy the light at Sunset Cove in Terminal 2.


Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

🗺️ Nonstop flights

SAN offers 84 nonstop flights — 73 domestic that go to various US regions, plus 11 international flights to five countries. Here are 20 nonstop flights you might want to hop on soon:

  • Cancun, Mexico | Alaska
  • Austin, TX | Alaska, American, Southwest
  • Boston, MA | Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue
  • Cancun, Mexico | Alaska
  • Denver, CO | Frontier, Southwest, United
  • Charlotte, NC | Alaska, American
  • Honolulu, HI | Alaska, Hawaiian, Southwest
  • Kansas City, MO | Southwest
  • Las Vegas, NV | Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit
  • Los Cabos, Mexico | Alaska
  • Nashville, TN | Southwest
  • New York City, NY | Alaska, Delta, JetBlue
  • Phoenix, AZ | Alaska, American, Frontier, Southwest
  • Portland, OR | Alaska
  • Sacramento, CA | Alaska, American, Southwest
  • San Antonio, TX | Southwest
  • San Francisco, CA | Alaska, American, Southwest, United
  • San Jose, CA | Alaska, American, Southwest, Spirit
  • Seattle, WA | Alaska, American, Delta
  • Tampa, FL | Alaska
Bonus: Get lower fares by making a free account on Going. Add SAN to your notification list (you can add up to five airports on the free plan), and you’ll get emailed when flights are 40-90% cheaper than usual.

Pro tip: Remember that flight times and schedules will often change you should rely on your respective airline for exact timing and to stay updated on any changes.

San Diego International Airport

There are local food spots aplenty at SAN — especially in Terminal 2.


Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday


These gates offer popular food and drink options, stores, and lounges nearby:
  • Gate 5, Terminal 1 (East Rotunda) | Southwest | Nearby services: Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant and one of three lactation rooms at SAN.
  • Gate 35, Terminal 2 (West Concourse) | British Airways, Delta, etc. | Nearby services: Be Relax Spa and Stone Brewing.
  • Gate 45, Terminal 2 (West Concourse) | Hawaiian, Lufthansa, United, etc. | Nearby services: Phil’s BBQ and Pannikin Coffee & Tea.
Asked: How early do you get to the airport before a flight?
A. Play it safe: 2+ hours
B. 1.5 hours is plenty
C. 1 hour is just right
D. Live dangerously: half an hour or less
Tuesday, Feb. 27
  • Meditating with Flowers: A Mindful Experience | Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Ana Galena Floral Studio, 2770 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego | $115 | Focus your mind, relax, and deepen your connection to the present while surrounded by the beauty of flowers.
  • Give Peace a Chance: The Art of John Lennon” Exhibition | Through Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 10 a.m.-9 p.m. | Exclusive Collections Gallery: Gaslamp, 621 Fifth Ave., San Diego | Free | Imagine this — explore the artwork of the Beatles icon, calling for peace and unity.
  • Chelsea Wolfe | Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 8 p.m. | The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave., San Diego | $28 | The gothic singer blends folk and metal music with guest Divide and Dissolv.
  • SDSU Aztecs vs. San Jose State Spartans Men’s Basketball | Tuesday, Feb. 27 | 8 p.m. | Viejas Arena, 5500 Canyon Crest Dr., San Diego | $29+ | Root for the Aztecs as they dunk on their NorCal rivals.
Wednesday, Feb. 28
  • Sunset Yoga & Shop Small | Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 5-8 p.m. | Orli La Jolla, 7753 Draper Ave., La Jolla | $35 | Enjoy a yoga session followed by live music by Kahil Nash and a lineup of local vendors in celebration of Black History Month.
Thursday, Feb. 29
  • Mil Spouse Fest | Thursday, Feb. 29 | 9 a.m.-8 p.m. | BRICK, 2863 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego | Free | This event for US military spouses features resources, networking, and raffles.
  • Leap Year Happy Hour with Chef Richard Blais | Thursday, Feb. 29 | 4-6 p.m. | California English, 9276 Scranton Rd., San Diego | $50 | Join the celebrity chef at his newest SD restaurant for a special happy hour that includes five themed food stations and matching beverages.
  • San Diego Mojo vs. Vegas Thrill | Thursday, Feb. 29 | 7 p.m. | Viejas Arena, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego | $15+ | Head to the SDSU venue to watch SD’s new pro women’s volleyball team serve their very best; this is their second home match, so cheer loudly.
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News Notes
  • The scattered, light rain should dissipate by this afternoon, with warmer, sunnier weather in store for tomorrow and Thursday, Feb. 29. However, another incoming storm system is expected to hit San Diego County Friday and into the weekend — so keep the umbrella handy. (National Weather Service)
  • The US Small Business Administration has opened a Business Recovery Center at Southwestern College Higher Education Center in National City to help local businesses impacted by the Jan. 22 storm and flooding. The center will offer guidance on accessing services and low-interest repair loans; it’s open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • The city will fully close the Morena Boulevard and Sherman Street intersection beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, through 5 a.m. Monday, March 4, as crews install two major pipelines for the Pure Water Program. Partial and full closures of this work zone will return throughout next month, too.
Coming Soon
  • Boba tea shop chain The Alley will debut its latest San Diego location next month at Westfield UTC — near Room & Board, Starbucks, and Cariloha. We hear the chain’s beloved Royal No. 9 milk tea will be on the menu, plus many other handcrafted beverages.
  • In San Diego, working from home is still on the rise. According to a recent SANDAG survey, 44% of local employees reported they worked from home or remotely post-pandemic. The study also found that 53% of local businesses are projecting remote work options for their employees this year. (City News Service via Times of San Diego)
  • San Diego Wave FC will unveil two new kits for their 2024 season at a special public event at Adams Avenue Theater tonight, 6-10 p.m. Fans can purchase the team’s new gear at a pop-up store inside the event — with some extras like a free NWSL Shield patch.
  • Something stellar has happened at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Researchers were able to successfully spawn and cross-fertilize gametes from a male and female Sunflower Sea Star, resulting in fertile eggs. Birch Aquarium says this is a milestone in the ongoing efforts to save the species from extinction.
Try This
  • TV’s “Tournament of Champions” stars Guy Fieri, Brian Malarkey, and Carlos Anthony will host the Tournament of Cocktails at Malarkey’s buzzy Little Italy restaurant, Herb & Wood, on Tuesday, March 5, 6:30-9 p.m. The free, 21+ event will feature SD bartenders mixing up drinks made with Fieri’s Santo Tequila brand.
  • Explore the Padres’ potential opening day rotation, plus the MLB retirement of former Padres favorite, Eric Hosmer. Go beyond the scoreboard and behind the scenes of the San Diego Padres with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
🥞 Behold: A brunch bonanza
The pink and white exterior of a French cafe in San Diego; half of the wall features pink, black, and white tiles and French words are scrolled on the windows.
Get here early for the fresh croissants — trust us.|Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday
Whether we’re hankering for those fluffy Soufflé Pancakes at Morning Glory or popping into Madi for a Sunday morning treat, the combination of breakfast and lunch is something we hold close to our hearts.

We’ve rounded up 55+ great brunch spots to try in San Diego, including:
  • Weekday WondersThe Cottage La Jolla | Daily, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | This seaside staple turned 30 years old in late 2022 and is beloved for its breakfast items like the famous Brioche French Toast. Pro tip: If you’re in North County, try The Cottage Encinitas location.
  • Pastry ParadisesPâtisserie Melanie | Tuesday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | This cute cafe offers the French experience through its incredible pastries and brunch dishes (available starting at 9:30 a.m.) like the Croque Monsieur, Croque Madame, and Quiche Lorraine. Get there early to try the fresh croissants, kouignettes, and chaussons.
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Hi, San Diego. Our SDtoday team went to the San Diego Mojo’s recent home opener at Viejas Arena and we witnessed such a special moment: the team’s first win in franchise history. The energy inside the arena was electric — I got goosebumps when the crowd began chanting, “Let’s go, Mojo.”

We’re excited to have another pro home team we can root for — the more love for SD, the better.
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