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Gaslamp Quarter

Social center of the downtown area, with lots of bars and restaurants and a bustling nightlife. Stroll down 5th Avenue, the central vein of the Gaslamp, filled with fun bars, fabulous restaurants and quirky breweries.

Hillcrest

LGBT heart of San Diego, with lots of great brunch spots and locally owned businesses including thrift stores, restaurants, bars, cafés and clubs. Amazing farmer’s market on Sundays with live music!

University Heights/Normal Heights/North Park

The hipster trifecta of San Diego, all with cool retro neon signs greeting you upon entry. Lots of trendy bars and breweries with unique atmospheres, cute vintage boutiques and art galleries

North Park
Named one of the best hipster neighborhoods in the US by Forbes, North Park is a culturally diverse neighborhood with lots of art galleries, coffee shops and boutiques. Thursday farmer’s market!

Normal Heights
Adams Ave (between Texas St on the west & Ohio St on the east) known as Antique Row, after all the antique stores there.

University Heights
Lots of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and artists’ studios.

South Park

Family oriented and very pedestrian-friendly area, with lots of grocery stores and great restaurants; 30th street has been called the nation’s ‘craft beer boulevard’ by Men’s Journal.

Pacific Beach

Younger kids, with a boardwalk to Mission Beach. With a nightlife second only to the Gaslamp Quarter, PB is full of bars, shops, and restaurants on Garnet Avenue

Ocean Beach

Often called the “Haight-Ashbury” of San Diego, Ocean Beach has a laid back bohemian vibe. The beach is a great spot for bonfires!

La Jolla

Called the Beverley Hills of San Diego, La Jolla is a beautiful suburban area with plenty of natural beauty and opportunities for outdoorsy fun. Check out the sea lions in the Children’s Pool, sunbathe in the buff at Black’s Beach, or go kayaking or snorkeling through La Jolla’s seven caves and swim with leopard sharks.

Old Town

The oldest settled area of San Diego and first European settlement in California, Old Town is full of Wild Western/Chicano cultural heritage. It’s an absolute must if you want to experience the culture of the American Southwest, and the center of the town almost feels like you’ve crossed the border.

Mission Beach

A great spot for young families, run, bike, or skate along the boardwalk to Belmont Park, the beachfront amusement park there.

Seaport Village

A beautiful beachfront shopping area, with lots of boutiques and souvenir opportunities; there is a century old carousel still in use today.

Little Italy

Full of charming little ‘piazzas’ as well as award-winning Italian eateries. Lots of good coffee shops, boutiques, artist galleries. Lots of festivals throughout the year, a weekly farmer’s market every Saturday, “el mercato”—the market, in Italian.

As Southern California’s premier entertainment district, guests can bask in the rich Victorian architecture and history, indulge in some of the best restaurants on the West Coast, and dance the night away at the best clubs in SoCal. Tucked tightly into 16 ½ blocks, the Gaslamp Quarter is a walkable urban playground located in Downtown San Diego and adjacent to the Convention Center, Petco Park, and Horton Plaza.  Just a few blocks west of Lucky D’s, we invite you to explore the Gaslamp for yourself and find out what makes it unforgettable!

Dine

Experiencing the native cuisine of a new place is one of the most delectable aspects of traveling, and the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego is a true foodie’s paradise.  Dining in the Gaslamp is an intercontinental culinary journey, ranging from casual to upscale–whether looking for a bite post-Padres game or date night with the one you love, the Gaslamp Quarter is the perfect spot!

Check out our favorite cheap eats in the downtown area, as well as a lineup of the best brunch and coffee spots in town.

Nightclubs


Play at Parq: downtown San Diego’s hottest nightclub. Parq features a 10,000 square feet main room, the largest HD LED wall on this side of the world (30 feet by 12.5 feet), aerial dancers, the industry’s best hosts, 21 VIP tables and so much more…

Here’s a comprehensive list of the best nightclubs in downtown San Diego, all Lucky D’s approved!

Shopping

In the heart of downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp is the entry point for not only great restaurants, bars, and hotels but excellent shopping! 16 city blocks are filled with fascinating boutiques, national retailers, and professional services all within easy walking distance.  Whatever you’re looking for, you can find in downtown San Diego.

Considered the “birthplace” of California, visitors can witness the living legacy of California’s origins in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.  A short ride from Lucky D’s on the trolley, the preserved historic buildings and museums of Old Town allow you to “go back in time” and experience California’s history firsthand.

Restaurants in Old Town

Known for its authentic Mexican cuisine, Old Town’s culinary scene is lively and vibrant. For traditional flavors in an upscale atmosphere, diners head to El Agave. This second-floor hacienda-style hideaway boasts a mind-blowing tequila collection and a menu specializing in upscale dishes that celebrate indigenous Mexican ingredients. Café Coyote enchants with its, festive décor, massive margaritas, strolling mariachis and open-air atmosphere. You’ll also find authentic fare at Old Town Mexican Cafe y Cantina or any of the other local cantinas. Beyond the excellent Mexican cuisine, Harney Sushi offers creative Japanese dishes and sushi roll concoctions, such as the “Mike Check” roll featuring lobster, cilantro, garlic ponzu and wonton chips, as well as expertly prepared traditional nigiri.

Historical Buildings

The Old Town State Historical Park maintains a collection of 19th-century homes and businesses that give visitors a glimpse into colonial life in San Diego. Seek out the old adobe ranch homes, schoolhouse and graveyard spread among the occupied areas of the neighborhood.

There are also numerous rumors of ghost sightings in the area—most persistently at the old Whaley House Museum on San Diego Avenue. The Whaley House & Museum is one of only two officially designated haunted houses in California. Constructed in 1856 on a former gallows’ site, the house was once home to the Whaley family as well as San Diego’s first theater and county courthouse.

Constructed in 1825, Casa de Estudillo unveils the lifestyle of a prominent San Diego family. Standing as the the most famous of the original adobe buildings in Old Town, it’s furnished with representative items from the 16th to 20th centuries within its 13 rooms.

The Junípero Serra Museum in Old Town’s Presidio Park is one of the most familiar landmarks in San Diego, recognized as the site where California began. Neighboring Heritage Park showcases San Diego’s Victorian era with six

Shopping in Old Town

Shopping in Old Town State Historic Park reflects the history of the 1800s and captures the essence of San Diego’s colorful past. A diverse selection of stores can be found in Old Town like Cousin’s Candy for fresh homemade taffy, Toby’s Candle Shop where visitors can make their own candles, the Johnson House specializing in hat-making. and Alvarado Provisions for unique gourmet foods. Old Town Market Place, an open-air courtyard, is home to a variety of carts and shops that sell handcrafted trinkets, clothing and accessories traditional to the Mexican culture.

Nestled in the heart of Old Town State Historic Park, Bazaar Del Mundo, a San Diego shopping and dining institution, is popular for food, folklore and fun. Translated as “marketplace of the world,” Bazaar del Mundo features award-winning restaurants and international shops with a dazzling array of ethnic clothing, jewelry, pottery, furnishings and many other treasures. Countless special events also make Bazaar del Mundo an attraction year-round.