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Things to Do in Little Italy

Take in the Sights, Sounds & Tastes

Visit Little Italy — one of Downtown San Diego’s oldest business and residential communities. Since it was founded in the 1920’s, Little Italy has flourished and become a the booming urban community it is today. Within the limits of this pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, you’ll find chic clothing boutiques, trendy cocktail bars, upscale restaurants, brewpubs with outdoor patios, indie music venues, and a quaint waterfront park overlooking the bay.

Before You Go

What Kind of Shopping is There?

The streets of Little Italy are home to noteworthy, upscale shops. From art galleries and specialty retailers to unique home furnishing and florists, treat yourself to something that you won't be able to find anywhere else. There are more than just retail stores to explore when looking for things to see in Little Italy. Stroll through the weekly Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market to pick up fresh produce, artisan goods, and handmade crafts to take home with you.

What Types of Cuisine Will I Find?

With more than 70 restaurant options in the neighborhood, the Little Italy dining scene offers virtually every type of cuisine from around the globe. Those looking for organic options will love Cafe Gratitude and Farmers Table. For an upscale dining experience, indulge in a fine meal at Juniper & Ivy or Kettner Exchange. And, if you’re in the mood for fresh seafood, you won’t be disappointed with Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar.


  • Weekly Wednesday Farmers Market
  • Summer Concerts
  • Little Italy Summer Film Festival
  • Sunday Family Film Night


  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Galleries
  • Breweries
  • Entertainment
  • Waterfront Park
  • Little Italy Dog Park