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The San Diego Guide to Breaking Up in Public

1) Seaport Village

1) Seaport Village

  • 1) Seaport Village
  • 2) Gelato Vera
  • 3) FLUXX
  • 4) URBN Coal Fired Pizza
  • 5) San Diego Zoo
  • 6) Encinitas Meditation Gardens
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There’s never an easy way to break up with someone, but over text, Post-it or a social networking site is simply unacceptable. Let’s bring back common decency, San Diego! Breaking up in person is the only way to go, so here are six public places (where hopefully you can avoid a scene) to do the dirty deed:

1) Seaport Village
Okay, I know what you’re thinking; “Seaport Village?! But I love that place! It’s so pretty!” Yup. It is. But honestly, there are very few un-pretty places in San Diego and any place you break-up is going to harbor bad memories. With that said, going someplace with lots of tourists, who you’ll most likely never see again, is a definite plus. Parking is free with validation, and restaurants like the Harbor House have happy hour everyday from 3-6pm with great views of the bay to calm and put you at peace. 
849 W. Harbor Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 235-4014

2) Gelato Vero
This Mission Hills location has some of the best gelato in town; it also has an upstairs area filled with tables which allow for plenty of hefty conversation. Music plays at just the right volume, which covers awkward conversation, but not so loud that shouting is necessary. If you need a pick-me-up after your sad convo, go downstairs and a friendly attendant will scoop you up a small, medium, large or even a pint of decadent gelato to go! 
3753 India StSan Diego, CA 92103 (619) 295-9269

A noisy nightclub you say? Who breaks-up in a noisy nightclub? Well, it’s happened, just ask Stephanie Owen; a fellow San Diegan who broke-up with her boyfriend while partying there one night. “It was a great place to break-up; we yelled at each other and no one could hear us. I went back to dance with my friends, had some drinks and by the end of the night, no one even knew we had broken up…it was great!” This may not be the healthiest way to end a relationship, but if you’re looking for something quick and dirty, where better than one of the hottest nightclubs in town? 
500 4th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 232-8100

4) URBN Coal Fired Pizza
Kim Primerano, owner of Love Happens Here, a local matchmaking service, suggests this; “If you’re a guy, break-up with a girl at a large bar so she can get some sympathy drinks bought for her by other dudes.” URBN Coal Fired Pizza in North Park is just the place for girls to get their sympathy-drink on. A new cocktail menu featuring the “Georgia on My Mind” (Georgia peach liqueur, bourbon, white ale, coal fired peach, orange and lemon) will help mend many a broken-hearted girl. 
3085 University Ave. San Diego, CA 92104 (619) 255-7300

5) San Diego Zoo
"How could a person raise their voice or get really upset when you have a cute little baby panda staring at you?" So says Deanna Lorraine, The San Diego Dating Coach. Deanna is San Diego’s resident dating expert and says a place like the San Diego Zoo is a good break-up spot because of its “public, wide-open space with lots of people and animals to offer ‘moral support'." 
2920 Zoo Dr. San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 231-1515

6) Encinitas Meditation Gardens
If you’re looking for a lovelier, peaceful place with less noise and more intimacy, look no further than the Encinitas Meditation Gardens. Open daily, these gardens feature various narrow winding paths, a sprawling ocean view and plenty of benches to sit, relax and have that conversation that you both so rightly deserve. 
215 K St. Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 753-2888