This eclectic neighborhood offers a dynamic mix of coffee houses, cafes, retail shops, art galleries and the city's most up-and-coming restaurant row complemented by a dynamic local craft beer scene. On the north edge of Balboa Park (hence the name), North Park is a diverse neighborhood of single family homes, apartment complexes, businesses and arts. It has a business district that is almost a downtown unto itself -- unusual for a neighborhood. The intersection of University and 30th is a bustling central point of North Park.
Besides its diversity, North Park is special for the architecture that predominates the neighborhood. North Park is synonymous with the Craftsman cottages and bungalows that reflect California's era of suburban development. Recent years has seen a resurgence of North Park and the gentrification of its sub-neighborhoods.