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NEXT GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD: HILLCREST
This trendsetting area attracts hipsters who come for terrific used-book stores, stylish boutiques, vintage-clothing shops, intimate wine bars, coffeehouses, and restaurants. We've mapped out the best stops on the block.

1 California Fleurish 4011 Goldfinch St.; 619/291-4755. A pretty perfumery that also sells delicate silk scarves and fragile Japanese teacups.

2 Maison en Provence 820 Fort Stockton Dr.; 619/298-5318. Those red-and-white-checked Provençal ceramics you've always wanted are here, along with all things French: table linens, Orangina café trays, striped canvas market bags.

3 Parallel 33 741 W. Washington St.; 619/260-0033; dinner for two $70. Chef Amiko Gubbins creates dishes inspired by stops along the 33rd parallel, from Japan to India to Morocco.

4 El Cuervo Taco Shop 110 W. Washington St.; 619/295-9713. Hillcrest's best-kept secret: amazing tacos in an unassuming storefront.

5 Crush 530 University Ave.; 619/291-1717. A wine bar with 60 selections by the glass and Mediterranean tapas.

6 Mint 525 University Ave.; 619/291-6468. Retro-chic sneakers by Puma, Adidas, and Fornarina.

7 Wear It Again Sam 3823 Fifth Ave.; 619/299-0185. Expertly edited vintage: forties Mexican felt jackets, panama hats, collectible cowboy shirts.

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