Rising from the 16 square-blocks are Victorian-era buildings and modern skyscrapers that stand side by side, housing more than 100 of the city's finest restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and retails shops, as well as offices and residential/work lofts. Downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter is a veritable playground, rich with cultural offerings that include theatres, art galleries, symphony halls, concert venues and museums.
You can spend an entire day in the Gaslamp Quarter, shopping at one of the many trendy boutiques or in the multi-level outdoor mall, Horton Plaza.
Dining options are plenty with options for al fresco on the sidewalks of this dynamic and cosmopolitan district, sky high at a rooftop lounge, or in an intimate and ornately designed restaurant. Baseball fans rejoice at Petco Park, where you can enjoy the game in sophisticated style in the Western Metal Building lounges, or take in the innings from the Park ball field with your kids. Fun with the family continues as you explore the whimsical and educational exhibitions at the New Children's Museum, climb aboard the U.S.S. Midway Museum, visit the candy store in Seaport Village or catch the Trolley for a quick ride to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo.
Under the sparkling night sky on a cool California evening, the Gaslamp Quarter transforms into a sophisticated cosmopolitan playground as thousands come out in style for a night of fine dining, craft cocktails, live theatre, music and dancing. Make a reservation at any of the high-profile restaurants featuring celebrity chefs, enjoy a signature cocktail by a crafty mixologist at a rooftop bar, or groove and sizzle on the dance floor at any of the happening nightclubs.
San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter offers a wide range of diverse hotel accommodations, fit for every kind of traveler. Within the centrally located downtown district, many of the hotels are located within walking distance to shopping, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Choose from ultra-chic boutique hotels with rooftop pools, quaint inns that offer personal butlers and private lounges, iconic hotels with a rich history of style and elegance, or world-class hotel brands situated on the edge of San Diego Harbor offering breathtaking views of the bay.
With so many hotels to choose from in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, you’re sure to find a perfect place that fits your occasion, style and budget.
The Gaslamp district in San Diego is a delectable foodie’s paradise. Visitors to this unique California community can embark on culinary journeys from around the world, dining in the Gaslamp Quarter’s many restaurants. Cuisines to be savored include Afghan, Brazilian, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Persian, Spanish, Thai and more. Renowned chefs, including Top Chef finalists, create eclectic menus that will please any palate.
Gaslamp district restaurants range from casual to upscale, allowing baseball fans as well as romantic dates to find the perfect place to savor the evening. Thanks to San Diego’s perfect weather, outdoor dining can stretch from the afternoon well into the evening. Half the fun is people watching while enjoying a great meal or sipping on a cocktail.
For pizza, steak, Mexican, sushi and everything in between, explore the many Gaslamp district restaurants found on this page!
The Gaslamp Quarter with its many shops, restaurants, nightclubs and bars is a veritable playground for adults and kids alike.
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Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter sizzles nightly with exciting events and happenings throughout the year. From lively theater performances, concerts and shows taking stages throughout the district, to big annual events like the St. Patrick’s Day festival, Mardi Gras and a Halloween block party, the Gaslamp Quarter pulses with a vibrant rhythm all its own.
Check out the list below for all of the exciting events in the Gaslamp Quarter:
From the North:
While on California Interstate 5 south, take the Front Street/Civic Center exit. Continue down Front Street twelve blocks to Market Street and turn left (east). The intersection of 5th and Market marks the center of the Gaslamp Quarter.
From Highway 163, drive south through Balboa Park and the highway becomes 10th Ave. Continue south on 10th Ave for six blocks to F Street. Turn right (west) on F Street and go four blocks to enter the Gaslamp Quarter at 6th Ave at its northern end.
From the South:
From I-5 North, take the 6th Ave exit. Go left (south) on 6th Ave. In nine blocks you will cross Broadway to enter the Gaslamp Quarter at its northern end.
From the East:
Highway 94 west ends and becomes F Street in Downtown San Diego. Continue west down F Street twelve blocks to enter the Gaslamp Quarter at 6th Ave from the east.
Parking can be a bit of a challenge in the Gaslamp Quarter and Public Transportation is a great alternative. The Trolley runs from the Mexican border, South Bay, East County, Old Town and Mission Valley. Ride the Orange Line to the Gaslamp Quarter Station at the south end of 5th Avenue or get off at the 5th Avenue Station and walk one block south on C Street. Buses take a variety of routes.