Exploring Liberty Public Market

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Exploring Liberty Public Market

Photo by Vanessa Sanchez.

Photo by Vanessa Sanchez.

Photo by Vanessa Sanchez.

Photo by Vanessa Sanchez.

Vanessa Sanchez, Staff Writer

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As you walk into the Liberty Public Market at Liberty Station, you are immediately taken into a melting pot of local goodness.

Open daily, Liberty Public Market is reminiscent of Seattle’s Pike Place and Anaheim’s Packing District, but with that SoCal flair found only in San Diego.

Opened just three months ago, this open-air market brings together local food, brews, and artisans in one space to share their crafts with visitors. Liberty Public Market’s goal, according to its website, is to “be the central marketplace of the region where locals and visitors can immerse themselves into the work of the best local artisans.” It may seem overwhelming at first, but perusing the vendors and trying everything will soon become a must for both residents and visitors.

Bottlecraft's indoor seating area. Photo by Vanessa Sanchez.

Bottlecraft’s indoor seating area. Photo by Vanessa Sanchez.

Once inside the market, you can begin, or end, by perusing the shelves of beer lining Bottlecraft’s seating area.  A well-known local store to purchase local brews, Bottlecraft has opened a section inside Liberty Public Market where you can purchase locally renowned beer, or even try some on tap and have a seat. The seating area is expansive and includes an outdoor patio to soak up the sunshine.

If you decide to take a brew to go, the next stop would be one of the many food choices. Liberty Public Market has excelled in bringing together an eclectic array of dining choices from local restaurants. There is everything from Creole gator to freshly made sausages. The only negative is the realization that you have to choose from all these options to fill your tummy or accompany your beer.

In addition to food and beverages, Liberty Public Market is continuously working on bringing together local vendors. There is a small produce shop and a fresh fish market. A local butcher offers organic steaks for you to grill under the California sun. There are also a handful of vendors that sell jewelry, fresh flowers and even dog beer.

Former military barracks turned shopping plaza, Liberty Station as a whole is a work in progress, but the Liberty Public Market is a fantastic addition to a plaza that offers everything from wine to a movie theater. The Liberty Public Market is definitely a place to add for your next San Diego outing.