Little Italy – Downtown San Diego, California

Little Italy - Downtown San Diego, California.jpgLittle Italy – Downtown San Diego, California

Unlike many of the ethnic areas in cities, Little Italy in San Diego is a stable area of businesses and residential communities which has been in existence since the 1920’s. Little Italy today represents San Diego’s oldest continuous neighborhood business district. Once there were more than 6,000 Italian families living in Little Italy and toiled to build San Diego’s tuna industry.

As with all things, when the tuna industry declined and the destruction of 35% of Little Italy due to the construction of Interstate 5, there were nearly 30 years of decline in the area. In the 1990’s the property owners and families left in the area decided to take their fate into their own hands, and for the benefit of all of us, they succeeded in rebuilding its greatness!

Little Italy is hosting a weekly event called Little Italy Mercato. This is poised to become downtown San Diego’s official “city market”. The event begins at 9 and continues until 1:30 on Date Street (between Kettner and State streets in Little Italy). This is a great break from the traditional sightseeing trips with the opportunity to buy organic produce, meats, cheese, pastas and other authentic foods and enjoy live chef demonstrations, tastings and more.

While in the area be sure to look at the fabulous murals that are throughout the area telling the history of the area.

Location: Interstate 5 heading South: Take Front St./Civic Center exit, make the first right on Cedar Street, drive two blocks west and make a right on India Street.

From Mexico on Interstate 5, heading North: Exit Hawthorn/Airport, make a left on Columbia Street then a right on Cedar Street, then a right n India Street.

From Highway 8: Take Highway 163 South to Highway 5 North, exit Hawthorn/Airport exit, make a left on Columbia Street then a right on Cedar Street, then a right on India Street.

Take a break, see something different and enjoy the fabulous shops and food in this area of San Diego!


  1. visiting the 24th of june, in town on a royal carribean cruise, i am a immigrant from villa priola sicily, what can i see in a day

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