Visit Old Town San Diego

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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.

Dining Guide for Old Town

Casa Guadalajara

Casa Guadalajara, the popular Old Town restaurant owned and operated by Diane Powers. Food: Casa Guadalajara provided a disappointing experience as my friend’s sister, who has a celery allergy, was assured by the server, Vanessa, 3 times that the poblano rice contained only spinach. However, after taking a few bites, she discovered celery pieces, resulting in a severe allergic reaction.

Cafe Coyote

The food is okay, unfortunately it’s not what it used to be. The menudo tasted as if it was from a can, and the rest of the food just felt like it was quickly put together and didn’t have the traditional flavors and presentation as it use to have. 

Casa de Reyes

Great location in the middle of the marketplace with outdoor seating. Besides the great ambiance the service was excellent – I ordered the chicken mole enchiladas from the specials section and the chicken tortilla soup to warm me up on a chilly night. The soup really hit the spot and was nice and hardy with a lot of crispy tortilla strips on top. The dish also included rice and corn which  was a full meal. 

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.

Old Town San Diego is Shopoping, Dining and History

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.

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