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Things to do in Little Italy

Enjoy, Escape, & Explore

Discover Downtown San Diego’s bayside neighborhood, Little Italy, the historic business and residential community flourishing by the water since the 1920’s. Stroll through the quiet piazzas, slip into local high-end boutiques for some shopping, and enjoy the beautiful weather on the open air patios of local brewpubs. No matter how you’re looking to spend your time in Downtown San Diego, immerse yourself in the things to see, do, and taste in Little Italy.

Before You Go

Things to Do

Explore the charming piazza’s lining the neighborhood of Little Italy. Visit the weekly Wednesday Little Italy Farmers Market to pick up some fresh produce, gourmet delights, and artisan goods while enjoying the open air event. Shop at local boutiques in the neighborhood or grab a bite to eat at one of the many cafes in the area. Be sure to wander down to Waterfront Park, the public park situated next to the San Diego Bay. Grab a spot in the grass to take in the waterfront views and the calming sounds of the outdoor fountains.

Where to Eat

Little Italy is known for the gourmet dining options lining every corner of this urban neighborhood. With over 70 options ranging from high-end cuisine, organic lunch spots, cafes, and coffee shops, you are sure to find something for every craving. Nourish your body at farm-to-table favorites like Cafe Gratitude and Farmers Table, or celebrate the evening with upscale classics like Juniper & Ivy or Kettner Exchange. If you’ve come to San Diego to indulge in fresh seafood, be sure to stop at Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar.


  • Weekly Wednesday Farmers Market
  • Summer Concerts
  • Little Italy Summer Film Festival
  • Sunday Family Film Night


  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Galleries
  • Breweries
  • Entertainment
  • Waterfront Park
  • Little Italy Dog Park