Visit Old Town

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Start Planning Your FUN... Enjoy Old Town SanDiego

Old Town San Diego is one of San Diego’s most popular destinations. It is conveniently located within walking distance of a major transit center that is close to most restaurants, hotels and shops in Old Town.

Old Town San Diego has  a quaint atmosphere, streets filled with the historic culture of the many traditions left behind. This historic area includes three major parks and sits next to the  State Park with 32 historic sites, shops and the Presidio, the site of the first mission. 

The Old Town San Diego Guide magazine (click to view) is available at most hotels and visitor centers. Our guide includes a fun map with a list of historic sites, reconstructed buildings, museums and more.

Old Town Cinco de Mayo

The Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo is gearing up for their very exciting, annual Festival in the streets.This year The fifth is on Friday so you can expect a 3-day long event celebration Join us May 5th, 6th and 7th from 10am-7pm each day at your favorite Old Town location.

Day of the Dead

The calavera ( “skull” in Spanish) has become one of the most recognizable cultural and artistic elements of the Day of the Dead festivities. The colorful calavera are celebratory figures as is Catrina who replaced the Woman of the dead as a more joyful face of this celebration. MORE

Taste of Old Town

After our summer has warmed and charmed the hearts of many, Old Town San Diego will have the Taste of Old Town. It is in the planning stage but September is when it cools down and allows our restaurants to show what food is all about. Watch for ticket sales in late summer.

Shopping is unique

Fiesta de Reyes , Bazaar del Mundo, Cafe Coyote, the State Park the Old Town Market and many other stores throughout Old Town are amazing places to find unique items. Keep shopping and you will find what you are looking for.

Dining in Old Town

There are over 30 amazing restaurants in Old Town serving most types of cuisine. You will find some of the best Mexican food served with giant Margaritas. But that is not where it ends, we have everything from Italian to Sushi. Old Town has something for every taste. There is always something new just around the corner. Savor the food, relax and shop in San Diego's most historic Old Town.

Historic sites

Find out more about Old Town San Diego, from its indigenous people to how San Diego became the first European settlement. Old Town has over 35 historic sites and museums with unique merchandise.

We have chosen a few restaurants just to get you started...

Editors Choices

Casa Guadalajara, the popular Old Town restaurant owned and operated by Diane Powers, features an imaginative menu with traditional and contemporary cuisine, reflecting dishes of the regional villages of Mexico. Signature offerings include award-winning seafood dishes, creative, chipotle chile-inspired entrees and sauces, and guacamole made fresh to order at the table.

Voted Best Mexican Restaurant, Cafe Coyote has been a San Diego favorite for over 30 years! Experience  friendly staff, delicious Mexican food, refreshing margaritas and a festive atmosphere, located in the Heart of Old Town San Diego’s Historic Walking District. you will want to try all our restaurants but make sure this one is on your list. Sometimes you will have to wait to enjoy but most worth waiting for.

Offering traditional Mexican fare with flare, Casa de Reyes is situated outdoors under our unique Carrizo arbor Bring the whole family to dine on traditional Mexican food and enjoy daily entertainment ranging from energetic mariachis to traditional folklorico dancing.  Sit around the fire pit and catch up with friends over a drink or just hang out  and enjoy the entertainment on our outdoor stage.

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