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New in North City

San Marcos’ North City, a budding 200-acre mixed-use community, recently added several new restaurants to its roster. Halcyon Coffee Bar & Lounge and its sister restaurant Stella Public House will occupy the ground floor of the Block C apartment building and share a large patio in the heart of the North City neighborhood. Both storefronts open to the outdoor plaza with extended seating, creating a vibrant space of dining and interaction. Halcyon combines the comfort and convenience of a modern coffeehouse by day with a laid-back bar and lounge atmosphere by night. Stella Public House is known for its artisan wood-fired pizzas featuring local ingredients and a rotating selection of craft beer and wine. “The vision of the North City project is exciting to be part of – we are happy to be included in this new destination that will truly create a hub of everything our brands care about: community, quality design, and sustainability,” said restaurant Co-owner John Long. A grand opening event is in the works for early summer to welcome Halcyon, Stella, and other recent additions Mason Ale Works and Urge Gastropub.


North City is quickly establishing an urban neighborhood presence in San Marcos, regarded for its pioneering concept, award-winning design (it has already earned an Orchid from the San Diego Architectural Foundation), walkability, and increased community connection. A new wave of residents are settling into Block C, which is comprised of 197 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as three-bedroom townhomes. The building is also equipped with a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pool, fully outfitted community room, and one of the largest green walls in San Diego County. Discover more at