Downtown San Diego is the heart of one of the most desirable cities in the nation. In the center of the first great city of the 21st Century, Downtown San Diego offers a breathtaking waterfront location, warm year-round temperatures and an exciting 24-hour live - work - play environment.
South of Broadway, a few blocks and yet a world away from Horton Plaza, the sixteen-block Gaslamp District, heart of frontier San Diego, is now filled with smart streets lined with classy cafes, antique stores, art galleries, and, of course, gas lamps - now powered by electricity. A tad artificial it may be, but the Gaslamp Quarter's buildings are intriguing to explore. Worth a peek is the Horton Grand, 311 Island Ave, a reconstruction of two nineteenth-century hotels originally located a few blocks away from the Gaslamp Quarter, with Old World decor and hotel staff in Victorian costumes.
San Diego's Historic Gaslamp District has become one of San Diego's most popular neighborhoods, featuring a charming blend of old and new building teeming with activity. In the 1870s Alonzo Horton built a wharf at the foot of Fifth Avenue and a development boom ensued.
Horton Plaza Shopping Mall is San Diego's major up market shopping venue, with a postmodern style that borrows heavily from Art Deco designs and motifs. Head for the open-air eating places on its top level, it’s fun to sit over a coffee and watch the parade of tourists go by. Take time on your way out to visit the 21ft-tall Jessop Clock on level one, made for the California State Fair of 1907.
The San Diego Convention Center is located on sparkling San Diego Bay in the heart of a vibrant downtown and was named one of the top three convention centers in the world. Abundant, flexible space and five-star service make the San Diego Convention Center the meeting planners first choice for hosting major conventions, trade shows, meetings and special events. With beautiful panoramic views of both the city and the bay, it is ideally situated 10 minutes from the airport. Within walking distance are a variety of unique shopping and dining experiences including Horton Plaza, Seaport Village and the Gaslamp Quarter. Downtown transportation is both convenient and stylish with horse-drawn carriages, the San Diego Trolley and the Coronado Ferry.
West of downtown, the Embarcadero pathway follows the curve of the bay, and leads to the Maritime Museum, 1306 N Harbor Drive, where the most interesting of three vintage sailing craft is the Star of India, built in 1863 and now the world's oldest still-afloat merchant ship.
Little Italy's throughout the United States have symbolized the tremendous contributions Italians have made to this country. Unfortunately, many of these historically established business districts are disappearing before our eyes. Little Italy in San Diego is different. A stable ethnic business and residential community since the 1920's, Little Italy today represents Downtown San Diego's oldest continuous neighborhood business district. At one time, more than 6,000 Italian families lived in Little Italy and toiled to build San Diego into the center of the world tuna industry.
Every city has a few famous restaurants where the tables are always booked and the chefs are superstars. The restaurants Downtown are hot for one reason; they ensure your dining experience will be unforgettable. If you're looking for great service and creative, delicious food, you're sure to find it in one of these San Diego jewels. We'll lead you to some of the best restaurants in San Diego, whether you feel like dining along some of the most beautiful beaches in the country or in the bustling heart of the city.