Little Italy San Diego
Little Italy San Diego

Little Italy San Diego

San Diego, California, 92101

The Basics

At 48 square blocks, Little Italy San Diego is the largest in the United States and is best seen on foot. The eclectic neighborhood’s charming sidewalk cafés and one-of-a-kind specialty stores are reasons enough to head to this district, with locals and visitors alike strolling the streets to get a feel for the mom-and-pop restaurants, art galleries, and retail shops that make the northwest end of downtown San Diego so famous. On Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm, the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market draws crowds to its stalls offering fresh, California-grown produce, trendy foods, and crafts. Many visitors choose to eat and drink their way through this Old World slice of San Diego—a Little Italy food tour is a great way to explore the area.

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Taste of Little Italy in San Diego
Taste of Little Italy in San Diego
$89.00 per adult
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Great experience!
Adriana was a wonderful guide and storyteller. She has amazing knowledge of the neighborhood’s history. The neighborhood was buzzing with activity, and the food at each stop was delicious.
Greg_K, Feb 2024

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Travelers into food and fun will enjoy Little Italy’s culinary and entertainment options.

  • The heart of Little Italy is the one-way India Street, with cars able to travel only south-to-north. Most people enter Little Italy from the corner of Ash and India streets.

  • Look for the landmark Little Italy sign arched over India Street at the corner of India and Cedar streets in the heart of Little Italy.

  • Little Italy is a pedestrian-friendly area prime for walking tours.

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How to Get There

Little Italy is located on a hill in the northwest end of downtown San Diego, a few blocks away from the Embarcadero. The district’s geographic boundaries are Union Street on the east, Harbor Drive on the west, Ash Street on the south, and Laurel Street on the north. The San Diego Trolley stops two blocks from the heart of Little Italy.

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When to Get There

Little Italy is a city neighborhood, with varied opening times for the different businesses contained within it.

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Festivals in San Diego’s Little Italy

Little Italy San Diego is known for several fun festivals, including Little Italy Festa! in the fall and the Mission Federal ArtWalk every spring. Halloween time brings out the trick-or-treaters, and during the holiday season there’s a tree lighting and a Christmas village.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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