Little Italy, CA

San Diego
Little Italy

In this vibrant enclave of Downtown San Diego find chic bars, boutiques and galleries, a weekly food and handicrafts market and a bayside park.

Laidback and pedestrian-friendly Little Italy is a magnificent showcase of thriving European customs and an innovative drinking and dining scene. Little Italy was once the lifeblood of San Diego’s tuna fishing industry. It attracted immigrant Italian and Portuguese families, many of whom set up business and restaurants. Today their traditions flourish around piazzas and alongside modern bars, cafés and restaurants.

At the heart of the neighborhood is the elegant Piazza della Famiglia, a square framed by pavement cafés. Sit by the piazza’s Little Italy Fountain and watch locals coming and going. Sample delicious gelatos, pizzas, Maine lobster rolls and tacos at the Little Italy Food Hall.

Stroll through the neon-lit Little Italy Landmark Sign to India Street and find authentic Italian restaurants and fast food joints. Note the artwork on the sign’s pillars, which portrays the community’s fishing and culinary heritage. Nearby Kettner Boulevard is the place to hop between brewpubs, delicatessens, wine bars and restaurants owned by celebrity chefs.

Plan your visit on a Saturday for the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market. With over 200 gourmet food, fresh produce and handicraft traders, this is San Diego County’s biggest farmers market. Chefs convene at the Little Italy Wednesday Market to stock up on fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat and fish.

For an insight into the history of the city’s fire department, browse displays of antique rescue equipment and vehicles at the Firehouse Museum. Attend a service at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, notable for its interior frescoes and stained-glass windows.

Make your way to the Waterfront Park to relax on lush lawns, have fun in interactive fountains and enjoy picnics with bay views. Here, the Maritime Museum of San Diego has historic ships and boat tours. Play bocce and attend the Little Italy Summer Film Festival at Amici Park.

Little Italy occupies the northernmost corner of Downtown San Diego. It’s just a 10-minute drive from San Diego International Airport and easy to reach by public buses and trolleys.


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Found Hotel San Diego
Found Hotel San Diego
2.5 out of 5
505 West Grape Street, San Diego, CA, 92101
The price is $100 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this hotel in San Diego. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace, and a garden. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.7/5 Good! (843 reviews)
"i liked the old antiques in rough shape, looked so cool. the bed was soft and comfy bathroom nicely done. easy check-in. the area was interesting. i didnt get to go out because of short stay but it looked great area, i went to the shake shack and that was good. anyway i loved it and if i go back ..."

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2022

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Porto Vista Hotel
Porto Vista Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1835 Columbia St, San Diego, CA, 92101
The price is $132 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in San Diego. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the comfy ...
3.4/5 Good! (947 reviews)
"The property was suitable for our needs. The room was comfortable. Only issue would be the bathroom. It would be nice if they installed a vanity to put your personal items on."

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

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La Pensione Hotel
La Pensione Hotel
3 out of 5
606 West Date Street, San Diego, CA, 92101
The price is $149 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in San Diego. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,114 reviews)
"This hotel is so cute, and in the center of everything in Little Italy. Close to the harbor walk and all things San Diego. The employees were all so nice and friendly. Brandon at the front desk went out of his way to make sure we were happy at check in. Will definitely return."

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

La Pensione Hotel
Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayside, CA
Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayside, CA
3.5 out of 5
2137 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA, 92101
The price is $178 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in San Diego. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,014 reviews)
"Great stay, reasonable price considering the time of the year"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayside, CA
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside
3.5 out of 5
2137 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA, 92101
The price is $150 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in San Diego. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (976 reviews)
"Nice courtyards. Good breakfast options. Convenient location for walking to tourist sites."

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside
DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Downtown
DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Downtown
4 out of 5
1646 Front St, San Diego, CA, 92101
The price is $175 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in San Diego. Enjoy free WiFi, a free airport shuttle, and room service. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
3.8/5 Good! (970 reviews)
"Close to everything"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Downtown
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