How San Diego has become the Epitome of Cali Cool

Whether you are seeking eccentric cuisine, an immersive cultural experience or a laid-back, beach escape, San Diego has so many layers to uncover. Fancy hitching a Lowrider ride and soaking up those rays? Here’s our guide to exploring the destination that has earned itself the reputation of America’s Finest City.

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The first episode of our three-part podcast series with Visit California, Claudia Rodriguez-Biezunksi, owner of San Diego based sustainable clothing brand Sew Lowka, gives us her insight into the city's buzziest neighbourhood; Barrio Logan.

A fountain of knowledge on the area and an integral part of the community, she explains why this is the epicentre of the city's Mexican-American culture and takes us on a tour of the cutting-edge art, independent shopping and innovative cuisine.

Plus, The Upgrade hosts Fleur and Amira compare notes on the must-visit places that are on their radar. From speakeasies to cultural hotspots, there is so much to savour.

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The Lowdown

This episode was recorded at Soho Works, the members-only co-working space from Soho House with locations in Los Angeles, London and New York. Visit

Keep up with our hosts travels and follow Fleur Rollet-Manus on @fleur_rm and Amira Hashish on @thedesigneditor.