EXPLORE LITTLE ITALY
Little Italy is a hidden local gem in Downtown San Diego. Hip and vibrant, Little Italy is a lively neighborhood filled with unique cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, art galleries, ice cream parlors, shops, and boutiques. A good alternative to the tourist-filled Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy is where the locals hangout. Once home to San Diego’s flourishing tuna fishing industry and generations of Italian families who made their living on the sea, Little Italy is now a thriving community located just a few blocks from the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayside and Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside. Simply exit our Hilton Bayside Campus, take a walk up Kettner Avenue and presto, you’re in Little Italy!
Places to See in Little Italy San Diego
- Bayside Kitchen – Little Italy’s newest restaurant featuring great eats and a modern touch.
- Piazza Basilone – A permanent public space dedicated to honor Sgt. John Basilone.
- Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church – Built in 1924
- Washington Elementary S.T.E.A.M. School – The oldest elementary school in Downtown San Diego.
- San Diego Firehouse Museum – Founded in 1962, the firehouse resides at First Avenue and B Street at the City Operations Building.
- One-Mile Walk – Tour around Little Italy. The One-Mile Walk was created to give visitors a workout regiment that does not cross any intersections or stop lights.
- Waterfront Bar & Grill – San Diego’s oldest tavern, established in 1933 shortly after prohibition was repealed.
- Embarcadero – Located along the harbor on the east side of San Diego Bay, the Embarcadero is home to the San Diego Cruise Ship Terminal, the USS Midway, Navy Pier, the Star of India, and the San Diego Maritime Museum.
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