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Favorite reasons to visit Little Italy

Little Italy Sign

Little Italy is one of the most beautiful and aromatic neighborhoods in San Diego. Whether you are a foodie, artist or savvy shopper, there is a little of everything just for you.

If you are looking to move to the area or even just visit, here are my favorite reasons you should check out San Diego’s Little Italy.


According to the San Diego Magazine, restaurants in Little Italy are at the top of the list. Herb and Wood is a new restaurant that has killed it with their gorgeous interiors and creative cocktails. Monello is best known for their affordable and flavorful happy hour deals. If you’re looking for a vegan plant-based cuisine then Cafe Gratitude should be your first stop. The Japanese-Inspired Cloak and Petal restaurant has an impressive interior. A blooming cherry tree cascades over the bar where you can spend time with family and friends. The restaurant features small plates with big flavors so you can enjoy many at a time.


I really enjoy grabbing a cup of coffee and strolling down India Street appreciating the local art that surrounds us. There is a plethora of mediums used which allow a historic and timeless feel.

Farmers Market

My favorite Saturday mornings include taking a short walk to the Little Italy Mercato. If you live in Little Italy you can easily walk to the market since it spans 5 blocks. The choices are endless for your tummy and wallet: local produce, bread, pastas, cheeses, flowers, handmade jewelry, clothing and so much more. You absolutely have to see for yourself as this Mercato will be a tradition every Saturday morning.

Piazza della Famiglia

Opened in March 2018, Piazza della Famiglia is located on Date Street between India Street and Columbia Street. The Piazza is a place where visitors and residents can enjoy lunch, coffee or just conversation in the heart of Little Italy. I love coming here to clear my head, enjoy a great view of the bay and people watch throughout the day.

Waterfront Park

One of the best things about Little Italy, is that you can walk to EVERYTHING! Waterfront Park is located right along the harbor. The Star of India, USS Dolphin and the Maritime Museum of San Diego take residence across Harbor Drive from Waterfront Park. It’s a place to spend the afternoon educating yourself on some of the coolest historical ships. Not to mention, the sunsets here are also incredible and should not be missed.

Drink Good Juice

Wine is pretty much part of my daily life. I love taking my taste buds on a flavor journey with wines from all over the world. That’s why I love Vino Carta, they have a selection of organic wines and the staff knows their wines well. Pali Wine has a wonderful atmosphere with a rooftop deck and large doors that allow you to take in the scenery while enjoying a glass. The grapes come mainly from Santa Barbara with a few from right here in San Diego.

Local Breweries

Ballast Point is one of the local favorites here in Little Italy. The food menu has a variety of dishes like burgers, salads and tacos all with a suggested beer pairing, so you know what beer is best for your palate. One of my personal favorites is the Fish Tacos. Lightly crunchy with guacamole, cabbage, cilantro and lime crema on top *drool*.

Bolt Brewery is right on the corner of West Grape and India Street. A great location with a fantastic menu and they even discount the burgers, sandwiches and salads during lunch hours.

Karl Strauss, located on West B Street and Columbia has an awesome happy hour (and we LOVE happy hours)! The deal is $5 Beers, Bites and Flights which include Chili Lime Fries, Double Truffle Fries, Crispy Organic Tofu, Duck Fat Pretzel Bites, Harissa Hummus, and Boneless Buffalo Wings.

Views Views Views

Little Italy, San Diego is located right on the edge of the San Diego Bay. India and Columbia Streets have peaks of the Bay at each block. Many buildings and restaurants focus on the breathtaking views, and you honestly won’t be able to resist hanging around until the sunset.

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