This historic hub, once home
to the tuna industry, bustles
with boutiques, cafés, art
galleries, beer pubs, wine
bars and more
Old Fire Station 6, the city’s oldest, is
now home to the historic San Diego
Firehouse Museum, displaying over a
century’s worth of memorabilia and
equipment. Seek out the stunning
stained glass in Our Lady of the Rosary
Catholic Church, built in 1925. Relax in
lovely Amici Park and watch the bocce
ball players, or catch an Italian flick in
the amphitheater on summer evenings.
For a taste of Italy, take a patio seat
at Civico 1845, where the charming
Gallo brothers create a welcoming rustic
ambience and superb homemade pasta.
Tasty vegan and vegetarian fare can
be found at Café Gratitude, while the
walk-up café Herb & Eatery entices with
beet and quinoa salads, sugarcane Thai
chicken skewers, and sea salt chocolate
chip cookies sandwiching brownie ice
cream. Design your own delectable at
iDessert or try the churro bites and tres
leches cake donuts at Devil’s Dozen.
Art and Shopping
The colorful Casa Artelexia transports you
to Mexico with its textiles, folk art and
Day of the Dead sugar skulls. Architectural
Salvage has eclectic treasures, from
vintage doorknobs to stained glass and
garden art. Cute boutiques line West Fir
Street, like Rosamariposa, Vitreum
and Love & Aesthetics.
SUDS AND SIPPERS
Sip a chardonnay or pinot noir from Paso Robles on the
rooftop of Pali Wine Co. Try a flight of hard-to-find global
wines at Vino Carta, the duck nachos paired with a hoppy
Sculpin IPA at Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen
or grab a burger and beer at Bolt Brewery. Sample San
Diego’s local flavors and global suds at Bottlecraft Beer
Shop and Tasting Room. For a caffeine fix, head to Bird
Rock Coffee Roasters for farm-to-cup coffee.
LITTLE ITALY MERCATO
This farmers market has everything from fresh produce
and seafood to organic beauty products and local artwork.
Sample fresh, live sea urchin and oysters, listen to live
music and enjoy the bounty of more than 175 farmers.
Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. SANDIEGOMARKETS.COM
For an address in
the heart of Little
Italy, check into
hotel, known for
its friendly service