Visit Old Town

history • shopping • Dining

Start Planning Your Holiday's... Stay and Play in Old Town San Diego

Visit one of San Diego’s most popular destinations. Old Town is conveniently located within walking distance of a major transit center, with the trolley, bus, trains and taxis available on site. There is also plenty of free parking throughout Old Town. Old Town has over 30 restaurants, most with great outdoor dining, and a quaint atmosphere plus there are more than 75 unique places to shop. This historic area is situated next to the State Park with 32 historic sites and shops.

The Old Town San Diego Guide magazine is available at most hotels and visitor centers. It provides information about Old Town attractions, restaurants, shopping and the 10 hotels located in and over 30 more close to Old Town. Our guide includes a fun map with a list of historic sites, reconstructed buildings, museums and more. For a calendar of events see the entertainment and events page on our website.

Old Town Hours

Most Restaurants are open from 9AM to 9PM, however it is best to call. There is a list on the the bottom of the restaurants page with phone numbers. Old Town restaurants and venues are privately operated so hours will vary.

Old Town State Park

Most of the museums in the Plaza, (the grassy area with the flag) are closed but there is still much to see and do. Fiesta de Reyes is located in the north end corner of the State Park and is open with 19 shops and three restaurants.

Haunted Old Town

There are many supposed haunted sites in Old Town from The Historic State Park to the Campo Santo Cemetery and the Whaley House. Talk to the locals and the people that work there and find out first hand what is the truths behind the myths!

Stay in Old Town

With 10 Quality Hotels to choose from Old Town is not only a great place to visit but a convenient location to stay when you visit San Diego. Located in the heart of the county, close to the airport, and next to a major transit center.


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.

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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