From a budget-friendly bite to a full-blown fine-dining experience, the downtown dining scene
has your cravings covered. New spots to try
include Florent (672 Fifth Ave.), a stylish brasserie
in a 19th-century building; Don Chido (527
Fifth Ave.), a modern Mexican restaurant with a
crudo bar; and Común Kitchen & Tavern (935
J St.), a neighborhood hangout with innovative
fare. Or, dine on old-world Italian dishes at
Bottega Americano, a sleek restaurant and marketplace inside the Thomas Jefferson School of
Law (1195 Island Ave.).
Refresh your wardrobe at Westfield Horton
Plaza (324 Horton Plaza), or visit hip, indie
boutiques in the East Village like 5&A Dime
(701 Eighth Ave.), Amy Rae Boutique (833 Market St.), Ma Cherie Boutique (425 10th Ave.),
Bespoke Cut and Sew (726 Market St.) and
Blends (719 Eighth Ave.).
Budget-friendly booze and bites abound in
the Gaslamp Quarter, where restaurants and
bars offer discounts as early as 3 p.m. A few
standouts include ceviche and martinis at Spike
Africa’s (411 Broadway, 3: 30 to 6: 30 p.m. and 9 to
10 p.m., daily); house-made infusions and gourmet
bar snacks at Searsucker (611 Fifth Ave.,
Monday to Friday, 5 to 6: 30 p.m.) and sangria,
cocktails and tapas at Café Sevilla (353 Fifth
Ave., Sunday to Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.).
Dress to impress and tear up the dance floor
at FLUXX (500 Fourth Ave.) and Bang Bang
(526 Market St.). Hit up Moonshine Flats (344
Seventh Ave.) for live music and line dancing or
stimulate your senses at Bassmnt (919 Fourth
Ave.), where top EDM DJs spin tunes for a
This 12-acre public park is downtown’s new
showpiece, featuring an imaginative modern
playground, picnic tables and an expansive
interactive fountain where kids can splash
under jets that arc water skyward.
1600 Pacific Highway
STROLL & ROLL
Happening hotels, eclectic shopping, public parks and a booming dining scene
infuse downtown with endless energy. By day, it’s family-friendly. Later, the area’s
many bars and clubs draw a crowd of nighttime revelers.
Little Italy 1-Mile Walk
Take in the sights of Little Italy
on this walk marked by granite
plaques that starts at Union
and W. Ash streets and ends at
the Piazza Basilone.
Embarcadero Marina Parks
North and South
Walk or ride along the bay
from The Headquarters at
Seaport District (789 W.
Harbor Drive) to the Hilton San
Diego Bayfront ( 1 Park Blvd.),
stopping at the North and
South Embarcadero Marina
Parks along the way.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Stroll along this scenic path
that spans from Market Street
to Petco Park, and see public
art dedicated to the memory of
Dr. King, a hedge maze and a
Bike up Harbor Drive towards
Harbor Island. Look for cruise
ships docked at the Broadway
Pier and stop at Harbor Island
Park to enjoy views of the
at Seaport District