San Diego’s Little Italy Is A Culinary Destination Worth Visiting

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Only have one day in San Diego and want to Eat and Shop your heart out? Then you’ll have to make your way to Little Italy. This is not just my opinion, it is shared by very good friends of mine that call San Diego home. Every time I visit we always make a pilgrimage to Little Italy for lunch, dinner, and a little shopping. It is not just Italian cuisine either, there are great coffee shops, a Vegan restaurant, wine bars, and plenty of other options besides. Every Saturday Little Italy is also home to an amazing Farmer’s Market that stretches over two full city blocks. I think this may be the coolest, hippest neighborhood in San Diego. It is certainly my favorite!

Cheers to cocktails in Little Italy

Every time I visit Little Italy I start at my favorite coffee shop, Heartsleeves Coffee. A tour through Little Italy is not complete without a good espresso in my hand.

A cup of coffee in San Diego's Little Italy

It just so happens that this visit was on a Saturday so before we began our restaurant tour we checked out the Farmer’s Market. Talk about busy, the Mercado as it is called is packed! Fresh bread, produce straight from the farm, and the wares of many talented artisans. It is fun to just hang out here.

Farmers Market in Little Italy San Diego

Check out the video that I think captures the energy and variety of Little Italy. Notable stops include the Mercado, Cafe Gratitude, and Kettner Exchange.

See what I mean? So the next time you are in San Diego you must include at the very least one afternoon and evening in Little Italy. Park the car, grab an espresso, walk the streets, shop and then choose a restaurant that calls out to you and feast until you can barely move! Mange Mange!

Big Eye Tuna Tacos from Kettner Exchange

Yes, those Tacos were as good as they look.

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Thanks to Visit California and San Diego for their support to make this travel series possible.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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