Hillcrest is a small neighborhood in San Diego, northwest of Balboa Park and south of Mission Valley. It is known for numerous locally owned businesses, including restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs, trendy thrift-stores, and other independent specialty stores. It is an older neighborhood which has gone through gentrification. Many streets are lined with trees. There are Craftsman homes and Mid-Century modern apartment buildings. Hillcrest is part of the Uptown community planning area, which consists of the neighborhoods of Mission Hills, Bankers Hill, Park West and University Heights. Scripps Mercy Hospital and the UCSD Medical Center are located here. Hillcrest is a very walkable neighborhood with cafés, restaurants, and shops near the main residential pockets.

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