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Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego is a vibrant urban district with some of the top restaurants in San Diego.


Welcome to Downtown San Diego

Vibrant urban district with top San Diego restaurants.

Downtown San Diego is a vibrant urban district with some of the top restaurants in San Diego. The Downtown area includes the lively restaurant and nightlife scene of the Gaslamp Quarter and the enticing culinary scene in Little Italy. This bustling district is also home to many music venues and cultural attractions. Downtown stretches to the San Diego Bay. Housing options within the Downtown area include stylish lofts and condominiums alongside neighborhoods of classic single-family homes and stunning glass-fronted contemporary custom builds.

What to Love

  • Lots of entertainment and amenities
  • Little Italy restaurant scene
  • Baseball and concerts at Petco Park
  • Seaport Village

People & Lifestyle

Downtown San Diego is an exciting urban district packed with entertainment, amenities, and employment opportunities, making it full of activity both day and night. The area also hosts major events such as concerts at Petco Park and the San Diego Comic-Con.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Lying between Downtown and the waterfront, Little Italy was long home to Italian-American families employed in the city’s tuna fishing industry. Recent decades have seen Little Italy evolve into San Diego’s most exciting foodie destination. Kettner Boulevard in Little Italy has been called Top Chef Alley for its concentration of premier eateries. Herb & Wood is one of many standouts, serving creative wood-fired dishes and classic cocktails in a rustic-chic setting. This Michelin Guide-recommended and Zagat-rated restaurant has excellent pizzas and sophisticated entrees, such as oxtail gnocchi and venison over buttermilk polenta.

Carruth Cellars Wine Garden is an urban winery and tasting room where you can sample exquisite varietals produced with grapes from Northern and Central California. The large plant-decorated wine garden at Carruth Cellars is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely afternoon and a sunset soiree.

For a traditional Italian dining experience, head to the many authentic eateries lining Little Italy’s India Street. Highlights here include the chic Sicilian restaurant Barbusa. Here, you can dine on handmade pasta and raw seafood in a hip dining space decorated with pop art.

Over on Little Italy’s Date Street, Morning Glory is a great spot to start the day with globally influenced breakfast and brunch dishes and alcohol-infused coffees. Date Street also hosts the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning. Vendors at the farmers’ market sell fresh produce, poultry, meat, eggs, fish, bread, and olive oil.

Things to Do

Petco Park is one of the best ballparks in Major League Baseball. Home to the MLB’s San Diego Padres, Petco Park combines some of the best sightlines in baseball with dramatic views of San Diego’s skyscrapers framing the field. Petco Park also hosts a variety of other sporting events plus concerts from some of the biggest names in music. Artists to have performed at Petco Park since it opened in 2004 include The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, and Metallica.

Seaport Village is a 14-acre shopping, dining, and entertainment complex located on the San Diego waterfront. Seaport Village hosts regular performances from live music acts and street entertainers. Head there in March for Busker Fest to see some of the most impressive entertainers in California in action.

San Diego Comic-Con is a huge four-day pop culture celebration that has being attracting crowds since 1970. Comic-Con has grown larger and more diverse over the decades and is widely considered to be the largest convention of its kind in the world. Along with many representatives from the world of comic books, the convention features panel discussions, seminars, and workshops with Hollywood stars and video game companies.

Schools

Downtown San Diego is served by the San Diego Unified School District. Highlights include:

  • Washington Elementary, Public, K-5
  • Roosevelt International Middle School, Public, 6-8
  • Civic High School, Public, 9-12
  • Balboa City School, Private, K-12



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