Old seamlessly meets new in the Village

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Carlsbad is an old village that dates back to the 1880s. That’s why it is so inspiring to see that it has remained true to its quaint, village roots while also welcoming some modern additions.

Baba Coffee (2727 State St.) just opened its doors to village locals and visitors alike. With a steel garage door front that rolls up to bring the exceptional Carlsbad weather inside, the new coffee outpost, complete with Spanish tiles and open-beam ceilings, is bright, open and spacious. Yet somehow, amid the modern technology and innovation, it all feels quaint, like it has been part of the village from the very start.

The Carlsbad Farmers’ Market, like an old friend, has been an integral part of the village since 1994. For more than 20 years, fresh produce and artisan foods have been part of the village fabric. To keep it relevant, though, the market now offers specialty items fit for the times, such as kimchi, kombucha, vegan croutons, gluten-free pasta, and greenhouse-grown, hydroponic vegetables. The market now also offers a quarterly “Shop with the Chef Dinner” for the most discerning foodies who want to learn how to bring the treasures found at the market right to their dinner table.

Several new restaurants will soon be calling Carlsbad home. Barrel Republic, Campfire, Succulent Cafe and the Blue Water Grill will all be opening this fall, with Campfire possibly opening in late September. They are all meeting a niche in the village by offering innovative food and drink and creative open spaces, but they are blending into the village tapestry as if they’ve been here forever, with plans to stay a very long time. The future bodes well for the village.

From beaches and theaters to fine dining and taco shops, Carlsbad Village is worthy of being called your North County destination of choice.

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