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San Diego Neighborhood Guide: Little Italy

Updated: Apr 29

Little Italy is an urban neighborhood in San Diego, California dating back to the early 1900s. The neighborhood was once home to over 6,000 Italian families that migrated to the area to work in a once-thriving tuna industry. Today, Little Italy is one of San Diego’s most popular neighborhoods for locals, and tourists and boasts one of the biggest Farmers Markets in the city.

Street in Little Italy

Where to Eat:

Little Italy has a delicious food scene with many options from delicious brunch, to more Italian restaurants than I can probably count, and even a food hall.

Morning Glory: great breakfast/brunch place. I like to order the souffle pancakes. Tip: The wait to eat here can get long. I suggest arriving early or if you don’t mind waiting, the line goes pretty quick.

Soufflé pancakes at Morning Glory

Buon Appetito: One of my favorite Italian restaurants in Little Italy.

King and Queen Cantina: A great stop for Mexican food! I like their “wet” burritos and the margarita flight!

Margarita Flight at King and Queen Cantina

Salt and Straw- an ice cream chain based in Portland, Oregon serving unique flavors.

Things to Do:

One of the most popular places to shop in Little Italy is the farmers market, held every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This is one of the largest Farmers Market in the county of San Diego. There are several vendor stands where you can purchase fresh fruits and veggies.

I recommend stopping by:

  • The French Gourmet: For mouthwatering pastries

  • Maya’s cookies: for the best vegan cookies in San Diego

  • Masala Cottage: amazing Indian food and samosas

Croissant from The French Gourmet

Fruit from the Farmers Market

Outdoor Spaces and Landmarks:

Piazza della Famiglia- a 10,000 square foot European-style piazza located on W. Date Street located in the heart of Little Italy. It’s the perfect place to relax outside at one of the many seating areas or dance the night away at one of the many live music events.

Piazza della Famiglia

Piazza Pescatore- a memorial built in November 2017 to honor the Italian and Portuguese immigrants who arrived in San Diego to work during the tuna industry boom in the late 19th century.

Piazza Pescatore



Little Italy is one of the most popular neighborhoods to visit in San Diego for locals and tourists. From shops to restaurants, there is something for everyone to enjoy! I hope this guide is helpful as you plan your visit!



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