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  • Writer's pictureMarie A.

A weekend in San Diego’s vibrant Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter sign

Downtown San Diego is home to the historic Gaslamp Quarter, an area beaming with nightlife, open-air dining, and a wide variety of entertainment. With its roots as a commercial district in the 1850s, visitors can still see the Victorian-era influence and faux gas lamps that line the streets. 

Start your morning at Spill the Beans, a window-filled coffee shop on Market Street specializing in unique espresso drinks and house made bagels. Be sure to try one of their made-from-scratch cream cheeses or butters. 

Next, take a quick stroll to neighboring Seaport Village. This water-front area offers a variety of shopping and dining options in addition to incredible ocean views. Grab some ice cream, take a spin on the historic carousel, or grab a sun-filled seat on the colorful Adirondacks that line the San Diego Bay. 


Make your way back to the Gaslamp Quarter and spend the rest of your afternoon on one of the many rooftops in the area. Whether you prefer a dip in a pool or a refreshing drink with a view, there are ample opportunities to relax in style. Many hotels in the area offer day-passes to their pools, otherwise, rooftop dining is generally open to the public. I recommend Techo Beso for Latin bites, live DJs, and next-level views. 

After some time in the sun, head back to your hotel to get ready for your evening. Grab dinner at the Rustic Root for elevated Southern comfort food or LAVO for a romantic Italian experience. 

The rest of your night is up to you! See a show at the historic Balboa or Spreckels Theatres, dance the night away at one of the many clubs in the Gaslamp, or enjoy a quiet drink at a cocktail lounge or speakeasy. 

Once you’ve slept in a bit, get your morning fill at the Broken Yolk on Sixth Avenue. Offering both breakfast and lunch, the menu features a full coffee bar and Mexican-inspired dishes with portions to satisfy even the hungriest of appetites.  

Spend the rest of your day catching a game (or taking a tour) at PetCo Park, touring an aircraft carrier at the USS Midway Museum, or enjoying a scenic walk at nearby Balboa Park.  

Before you pack your suitcase, grab a quick lunch at Tacos El Gordo on F Street. This counter-service restaurant offers an authentic taste of Tijuana-style tacos. Don’t miss out on the loaded fries and mules. 


When it's time to head out, make your way to San Diego International Airport located just minutes from the Gaslamp District. Sun Country Airlines is located at Terminal 1. 


The Gaslamp is a great option for those looking to experience exciting nightlife and downtown vibes.  


Ready for a trip to America’s Finest City? Book your trip today.  






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