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Little Italy in San Diego

From farmers' markets to great Italian food, with a bay view.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 0.6 miles
Duration: Unknown
Family Friendly

Overview :  Little Italy in San Diego was once waterfront. Marsh. Then the tuna fleets and military came to town (near World War I) and about a ... more »

Tips:  Come on Saturday for the market, otherwise you'll just get a quaint neighborhood with nice restaurants, a church and an incredible... more »

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Points of Interest

Or, as the leaders of the Little Italy Association want it to be called: Little Italy(TM) Mercato. By any name, it's a place that will tantalize your taste buds.

Among my favorites are: artisan cheeses, home-baked gluten-free goods, eggs from beloved chickens, and home-grown produce. You can also find woven goods.

Little Italy, as a community... More

You're going to see a lot of Italian restaurants in Little Italy. This is the best. You can believe me or you can try them all and then agree with me. Either way you're going to get some great Italian food.

The front of the restaurant is a store full of interesting smells. Those smells can be boiled down to two things: cheese and dried fish... More

3. Influx Café

Best coffee in these here parts. After a nice meal, you'll want a nice cappuccino. This is a nice little place -- nice in that it looks like they spent millions on modern architecture, fixtures and material.

Don't worry, they don't try to get it back with the prices. You'll like it and the views aren't bad either.

Open 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.... More

4. Ivan Stewart’s Electric Bike Center

Ivan Stewart is a local legend in San Diego. Ivan "Iron Man" Stewart won a ton of Baja 1000s and rode off more roads than there are in San Diego -- and that's saying something. (The Baja 1000 is a 1,000-mile trip to the tip of the Baja Penisula without roads, which is why he's called "Iron Man." Ivan recently opened an electric bike shop,... More

5. Optional trip down to the waterfront

If you decide to get a bike and motor down to the bay, you don't need me to tell you to head towards the large boats and ships. There are also a number of nice restaurants here. Anthony's Fish Grotto (their Fishette is attached to the sit-down restaurant) has great food and a walk-up window too.

6. Noel Baza Fine Arts

There are a lot of art galleries in Little Italy and I suggest you go into them all. But if you only have time for one, pick this one.

The folks who run this gallery have dozens of years of experience, great taste and loan part of their space to foundling art galleries that share their sensibilities.

The art is modern, tasteful and easy to... More

7. The Bungalow Store

OK this stuff is pricey. Cool, keen, pretty... and pricey. Especially if you like art and architecture movements like Mexicana, La Casa California, Spanish Revival and Monterrey.

If you like these things and have the money to spend you could do a lot worse than outfitting your bungalow at The Bungalow Store.

This is a place to browse but, if... More

8. Architectural Salvage of San Diego

This place is filled with old door knockers, stained glass windows, rusty hinges and other 'vintage' stuff. You'll pay a lot for stuff that was made to last. San Diego isn't that old so the oldest stuff here is probably pushing 100 but all of it comes from homes in the area.

At least stop in and see what all the fuss is. If you leave with a... More

9. Antiques on Kettner

This store is big. Really big. Like it just keeps on going. It's got everything from $1,000-per-piece mission furniture, to old signage, to toys, to art, to the kind of knickknacks your grandma and grandpa had, if your grandma and grandpa had exquisite taste, a discerning eye and lots of money.

And who wouldn't want grandparents like that? ... More