San Diego Spotlight: Gaslamp & Seaport Village

San Diego is home to plenty of destinations that are worth exploring, but if you only have time for a few, then the Gaslamp District and Seaport Village should certainly be on your list. These vibrant areas offer some of the best dining, drinking, shopping, and entertainment in San Diego. If you’re planning a visit, then you’ll want to read our area spotlights below to help plan your itinerary.

Gaslamp District (4.7 miles from the hotel)

History

The Gaslamp Quarter Historic District, referred to by locals as the Gaslamp District, is a colorful urban enclave in Downtown San Diego. The area began to develop in the 1860s, when people started relocating there from Old Town, near the Presidio of San Diego, in order to have easier access to shipping. Back then, the area was simply called New Town. However, when the neighborhood was redeveloped in the 1980s, gas lamps were chosen as the symbol, and the moniker was born. Ironically, arc lighting — not gas — was the primary source of lighting during the neighborhood’s early years.

Drinks & Dining

Gaslamp is home to so many spectacular bars and eateries, you really can’t go wrong. If you’re looking for a place to start here are a few of our favorites:

Werewolf | American bar fare throughout the day, plus creative cocktails and karaoke

627 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

La Puerta | Authentic Mexican cuisine, tequilas, signature drinks, and DJs after hours

560 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101


Photo credit: @lapuertasd

Extraordinary Desserts | Spectacular array cakes, desserts, and savory options

509 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Searsucker | Fresh seafood, premium steaks, craft beers, playful cocktails, and more

611 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Nobu San Diego | World-class Japanese cuisine served in a seductive lounge setting

207 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101


Photo credit: @noburestaurants

Seaport Village (4.3 miles from the hotel)

The waterfront shopping and dining complex of Seaport Village is one of San Diego’s most picturesque destinations. Located along the Embarcadero, this hot spot is packed with popular restaurants and charming boutiques. Make sure to stop by for a meal, a drink or two, and some souvenir shopping. Here are a few of our favorites: 

Drinks & Dining

C Level Lounge | Prime steaks and seafood with beautiful harbor views

880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101


Photo credit: @islandprimeclevel

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood | Elegant fine dining with live jazz

789 W Harbor Dr Suite 158, San Diego, CA 92101

Puesto | Delicious Mexican cuisine and drinks in a hip, modern setting

789 W Harbor Dr, Suite 155, San Diego, CA 92101

San Diego Pier Cafe | Delicious seafood and water views in a landmark building

885 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101


Photo credit: @postcardsandpassports

[Casual Dining]           [Bay-View Dining]

Shopping 

Hot Licks | Staggering selection of hot sauces and spices

853 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101


Photo credit: @ntamaoki

Kite Flite | Colorful kites to enjoy on your next beach or park trip

839 W Harbor Dr D, San Diego, CA 92101

Village Hat Shop | Plenty of options for beating the San Diego sun

853 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Swings n’ Things | Hammocks, chairs, swings, wind chimes, and more

859 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Seaport Village Shell Company | Unique jewelry and decor crafted from local seashells

817 W Harbor Dr D, San Diego, CA 92101


Photo credit: @seaportvillageshellcolimited

Plan Your Visit

Ready to visit these San Diego hot spots? Thankfully, both are within a 10-15 minute drive from Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside. Even better, the hotel’s exclusive special offers make sure you’ll have plenty of funds leftover to enjoy the area’s best dining, drinking, shopping, and entertainment. See you in San Diego!