Welcome to Downtown SD
As the heartbeat of the city, Downtown San Diego is rich with family-friendly events, sophisticated nightlife venues, stylish eateries, and artistic coffee houses. Walk, bike, or take public transit to feel downtown San Diego’s 9 vibrant districts.
The Gaslamp Quarter, a 16-block, historical neighborhood, is known for its spirited nightlife. Live music can be heard throughout this foot-friendly area, and venues like American Junkie, Coyote Ugly, and Gaslamp Tavern make barhopping a must-do activity. Altitude Sky Lounge, a rooftop bar perched 22 stories into San Diego’s skyline, produces an all-encompassing view of downtown San Diego, including home plate of Petco Park. Modern and Victorian-style architecture blend together and can be spotted in many of the buildings that host downtown’s boutiques, pubs, and galleries.
Pedestrian-friendly districts like Little Italy bring a sense of culture to downtown’s milieu. Juniper and Ivy serve New American fare with a “West Coast edge” out of a warehouse turned modern, artsy restaurant. Ristorante Illando offers New York-style pizza plus a full Italian menu, including Ravoli Rosini, Spaghetti Carbonara, and Fusilli Chiantigiana.
Boardwalks, museums, Petco Park, and the San Diego Zoo ensure downtown San Diego has a true Southern California offering for everyone.
Ample parking, a trolley system, a grid-layout for surface streets, and access to nearby Interstate 5 ensure that taking in all the downtown districts is a stress-free activity.