Old Town San Diego State Park is the site of the first
Spanish settlement on the U.S. West Coast, known as
the birthplace of California. You will like how a visit to
the 12-acre park, full of colorful shops, historic sites,
museums, restaurants and cultural attractions, is
entertainment and a history lesson rolled into one.
Casa de Estudillo
Get a glimpse at how a prominent local family lived
in the 1820s inside this 13-room adobe hacienda,
decorated with 16th- to 20th-century furnishings.
(4000 Mason Street)
Heritage Park and Presidio Park
For a peek into San Diego’s past, stroll through
Heritage Park, where seven Victorian homes have
been relocated and immaculately preserved.
Then take in sweeping city views from Presidio
Park, the site of the first European settlement
in 1769, and home to the Junipero Serra Museum.
Restaurant & Hotel
A $6.5 million investment by California State
Parks restored this historic property to its former
glory. Upstairs is a 10-room hotel. Downstairs,
you can dine on American and Mexican favorites,
including award-winning churros.
2660 Calhoun Street
Not in the mood for Mexican? Feast on modern
fusion fare, plus sushi and sake at this Japanese
restaurant known for its commitment to
3964 Harney Street
Catch a local production of A Christmas Carol,
styled after a live radio play (November 29–
December 22), dark comedy Maple and Vine
(January 16–February 16), or the mature-themed
musical Spring Awakening (March 6–April 27).
4040 Twiggs Street
Whaley House Museum
This classic example of Greek Revival
architecture is better known as a
haunted house. Late-night ghost
hunting tours are offered several
times per month.
2476 San Diego Avenue
Visit sandiego.org for more of Old Town’s best shops and restaurants.
shopping opportunities in Old Town
candles at Toby’s
Candles & Soap
Shop (2645 San
salt water taffy at
Cousin’s Old Town
Candy Shop (2711
San Diego Avenue),
local olive oil at
Temecula Olive Oil
Calhoun Street), tin
San Diego Avenue),
and artisan jewelry,
crafts, and home
décor at the Bazaar
Del Mundo shops
(4133 Taylor Street).
Mexican cuisine is
Old Town’s specialty.
Follow the aroma of
fresh tortillas to
Fiesta de Reyes
Street), Cafe Coyote,
(2461 San Diego
Avenue), Old Town
Mexican Cafe y
Cantina (2489 San
Diego Avenue), or
get the best