San Diego’s Best Farmers Markets
There’s just nothing like a fantastic farmers market. The produce is always fresh, the people are friendly, and you know you’re getting a fair price for as much as you can carry. Plus, they’re a great way to feel good about directly supporting local growers.
Thanks to San Diego’s fantastic weather and large number of local farms, our farmers markets are among the best in the country. No matter what you’re looking for, chances are far better than fair that you’ll find it on offer at one of our local bazaars.
Not sure where to start? Check out our overview of what we feel are some of the best San Diego farmers markets.
Ocean Beach Farmers Market (2.6 miles from the hotel)
Visitors to the laid-back Ocean Beach neighborhood will find this convenient beach-adjacent weekday marketplace open and full of high-quality products every Wednesday throughout the year. Specialty ready-to-eat hot food vendors share space with purveyors of delicious fruits, just-picked vegetables, fresh-cut and potted flowers and plants, and unique home decor. Come for the live music and llama rides for the kids, and stay for the breathtaking sunsets. Bring a sense of adventure, and expect to leave with a few armloads more than you might initially plan to.
Little Italy Mercato (3.5 miles away)
Any discussion of San Diego farmers markets has to include this exceptional must-stop. The Mercato is located near us in Little Italy, which has long been praised for its excellent restaurants. The neighborhood’s reputation as a foodie playground is only enhanced by this fantastic forum. Home to more than 200 individual vendors, this outdoor market absolutely has something for everyone. Fresh-baked bread, artisanal cheeses, candies, honey, eggs, and of course produce are all available farm-direct.
Tuna Harbor Dockside Market (4.2 miles away)
While Tuna Harbor is admittedly less a traditional farmers market and more a place for local fisher-folk to offer their catches du jour, we’d be remiss in not mentioning it. Tuna Harbor is where San Diego goes for the freshest seafood available anywhere, all sustainably sold by the same crews who caught it. Local chefs head here to plan their menu specials, so you know the quality is off the charts. Expect to find jumbo shrimp, halibut, crab, lobster, and of course the eponymous tuna, all at a fraction of the price that specialty shops charge. Rumor has it you can also get some of the best fish tacos in town here.
Hillcrest Farmers Market (6.5 miles away)
As San Diego’s longest-running farmers market, Hillcrest Farmers Market occupies a special place in the heart of this vibrant neighborhood. More than 175 vendors offer their bounty here, with a special emphasis on produce, local art, crafts and crafting supplies, flowers, gifts, and even clothing. The vast majority of the folks selling goods at Hillcrest offer certified organic foods free of pesticides. Visitors will also discover weekly live entertainment and even prepared grab-and-go hot food options.
North Park Thursday Market (7.5 miles away)
The hip North Park neighborhood is home to a unique market that offers some standout items you may be hard-pressed to find at many other area bazaars. Mushrooms, nuts, and ranch-raised meats are all available. So are a wide variety of Mediterranean specialties like hummus and dolmades, plus loose-leaf teas, CBD products, vegan and gluten-free ice cream, and even a kiosk that offers “tinctures and tonics” for natural wellness. Take a step off the beaten path here!
Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers Market (8.8 miles away)
A few different factors set aside this specialty street fair. First of all, as you can guess from the name, you won’t have to sacrifice sleeping in on the weekends to visit. The market runs on Tuesday afternoons, so there’s no need to set an alarm and leap out of bed early on your day off. Second, while most farmers markets are either cash-only or cash preferred, this one lets you swipe a card upon arrival and purchase non-expiring credits in advance of shopping. To add to the appeal, the surrounding oceanside neighborhood of Pacific Beach has plenty of draw as a fun destination in its own right. The goods available here run the gamut from the expected produce, prepared food, and preserved goods to smoothies, gourmet tamales, and even on-tap kombucha.