Scooter Mania: Where SD's Vespa Set Scoots Around

Beep, beep! I'm a little bit greener these days with my new red scooter. After renting one in Europe last year, my sweetie and I were convinced it would be the perfect "buzz around" vehicle for our neighborhood in South Park. Turns out, we were very late to a very large party of scooter fanatics already active in San Diego. Here's a few go-to scooter spots we've discovered so far:

Updated: July 30, 2009

San Diego Scooter Shops

Vespa Motorsports

4225 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

Neighborhood scooter shop sells the Genuine Scooter line (most known for the "Buddy" model) as well as all the baskets, jackets, helmets and accessories one could ever dream of. They also have a repair shop in the back, where they'll fix, restore or customize your ride.

South Coast Scooter

1828 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

Sleek new shop in South Oceanside sells the super affordable line of Kymco and Syn scooters, all of which come with a two-year warranty. South Coast also has a relationship with GoKarting, so they'll handle repairs for go-carts as well as any make/model of traditional scooter.

Scooter Bars, Restaurants and Meet-Up Spots

Gelato Vero Caffe

3753 India St, San Diego, CA 92103

The entire curb in front of one of the city's orginal Italian cafes is almost always lined with scooters, especially on weekends when local scooter clubs start their Sunday rides here


1602 State St, San Diego, CA 92101

With parking at a premium these days, scooting around Downtown is definitely the way to go. Little Italy's sidewalk cafe and gelato shop always has a few Vespas parked out front, marking its so-Euro vibe. Watch for beer/wine to hit their menu soo, too.

Captain Keno's Restaurant

158 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

One of the city's most active scooter enthusiast groups meets here for lunch after monthly morning rides. The food is old-fashioned, well-priced and the parking lot can accommodate at least a few dozen rides.