Yoga + Brunch at New Hot Spot, Topside Terrace
Topside Terrace, Downtown, San Diego
My friend Terri, recently asked the question, “what do you do to relax?”, on her Instagram. In my response, I posted an exercise and drinking emoji! Whether it’s a walk on the beach, the gym, or getting my flow on during yoga, exercise is a great way to relax.
I'm a sucker for a great view and a stellar brunch. There’s something about taking in gorgeous views while enjoying delicious cocktails and a meal, that just puts my mind at ease. So, when I heard about a new spot downtown San Diego, Topside Terrace, at the Hotel Republic, I was eager to check it out.
When I find a place that is able to accommodate exercise, great views, and a delectable brunch, I’m totally there. Topside Terrace checks all those boxes and then some. On Saturdays, Topside offers a free yoga class for hotel guests and locals alike, before their brunch starts. So, I grabbed my yoga mat and headed downtown to get my flow on. There was something peaceful and simultaneously powerful about doing yoga on a terrace surrounded by skyscrapers. My mind and body felt strong. After yoga, each yogi received a glass of fresh squeezed strawberry lemonade. A much-appreciated gesture, since I hadn’t eaten yet.
Since this particular Saturday was a little chilly and gloomy, after yoga, I decided to grab a seat by the fire pit, with one of their blankets. I started out with the bloody mary (no surprise there). The bloody mary from Topside Terrace is classy yet sassy. I love the glass it is served in and it is garnished with a lime wedge, bacon, and habanero salt rim. The classic garnish and sleek glassware was no indication of the sassy cocktail hiding inside of the glass. The Topside bloody mary has a rich and deep smokiness that warmed my insides on that chilly day. A flavor of tang and acidity from the fresh lime juice balances out perfectly with the salty and savoriness of the tomato base and there is a subtle heat that nips at the tip of your tongue. A perfect cocktail to replenish your body after a great yoga workout. For food, my guest and I went with the chilaquiles with shrimp on top, for some added protein and my guest went with the Croque Madame; delicious.
The best part about dining out and spending your Saturday at a hotel is the above and beyond service you get. When I had first arrived for yoga I was the only person there and as I mentioned, it was quite chilly that day. A manager of the hotel brought me a hot cup of coffee up from their hotel breakfast in the lobby and turned the fire pit on to warm me while I waited, now that’s 5-star service! I also got to meet some cool people while brunching at Topside. I met some writers traveling from China for National Geographic (I want their job) and also met some awesome people from Southern California Life Magazine. Topside Terrace is definitely a hopping spot!
If you’re looking for a cozy, yet hip place to hang this summer, Topside Terrace is most certainly a recommendation. You can sit at the sleek bar, under the cabanas in the shade, or grab a cushioned wicker chair around the fire pit, all while taking in the city views. The yoga and brunch on Saturdays is a great way to re-energize and refuel and Sunday brunch with live music makes for a perfect Sunday Funday. You never know who you’ll run into at Topside Terrace and the service is 5-star!