Little Italy, a Vibrant Cultural District | San Diego, California

Originally the home of San Diego’s tuna fishing industry, Little Italy is now a vibrant quarter that’s full of culture. Located right next to Downtown San Diego, the district is full of incredible restaurants, patio cafes, bars, shops, art galleries, and more. Stroll down India Street, the main avenue, and take in the charm and beauty the city has to offer. There’s always something new to discover in the seemingly small neighborhood!

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Porto Vista Hotel

The Porto Vista Hotel is a stylish property in the heart of San Diego’s historic Little Italy district. The family owned and operated hotel boasts 194 beautifully appointed guest rooms. Amenities include a fitness center, business center, wireless internet, deluxe suites, two-floor lofts, and harbor view balconies. You’re right in the heart of the city, just steps away from fine dining restaurants, casual eateries, and local bars. Book the Road Trip Package and receive a 15% AAA Discount, complimentary valet parking, and breakfast for two.

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Glass Door

You’ll find the Glass Door Restaurant on the fourth floor of the chic Porto Vista Hotel. It’s a casual spot with sophisticated design, featuring a striking panoramic view of the San Diego Marina. The menu showcases fresh seafood with influences from all over the globe. Their extensive drink menu offers mouth-watering cocktails as well as local San Diego micro brews. We love the Peach Juniper made with Bulleit Rye, peach puree, and fresh mint. Come with friends for happy hour or take a loved one for a romantic date night meal. Reserve your table online.

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Little Italy Mercato

The Little Italy Mercato is a weekly farmer’s market held every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8 am to 2 pm. You’ll find local farmers and vendors offering fresh, California grown produce, seafood, bread, pasta, flowers, crepes, coffee, and more! Enjoy live music as you peruse the stalls and get an authentic taste of San Diego. At the top of the market is the MercARTo, a section full of artisan goods, crafts, and unique gifts!

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Pan Bon

Step inside Pan Bon and you’ll be instantly transported to Verona, Italy, a beautiful city most known as the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The inviting restaurant is equipped with a state-of-the-art show kitchen that allows customers to get a first hand look at Italian chefs preparing authentic breads, pastries, and entrees. It’s a refreshing escape that lets you experience a bit of Italy in America’s finest city. Pan Bon serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and take-out. Try their assortment of handmade Italian desserts!

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The Music Box

Little Italy welcomes San Diego’s newest live music venue: Music Box. It’s an upscale, multi level space that delivers high quality sound paired with gourmet food and drink. Designed for functionality as well as sociability, the venue consists of lounge areas, VIP and booth seating, outdoor patios, and enough space to comfortably fit over 700 guests. Delicious food, artful cocktails, and a stylish atmosphere make the Music Box the perfect place for a weekend night out on the town. 

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Waterfront Bar

The Waterfront Bar and Grill is one of San Diego’s oldest taverns! It was established in 1933, shortly after the prohibition was repealed. The cozy, unpretentious dive bar continues to draw crowds of locals week after week. In addition to strong cocktails and local brews, they have a delicious selection of breakfast items, tacos, burgers, and other bar classics. Stop in for happy hour for a free appetizer or stick around until last call (around 1:30am) and you’ll get a free cookie!