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Bask in Early California Ambiance in Old Town San Diego

Created in 1769 with just a mission and a fort, Old Town San Diego was California's first European settlement. Today, this historical neighborhood evokes the pioneering spirit of the early Mexican-American period. With unique adobe buildings and living history demonstrations, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is the heart of the area. Visit free museums, relax at al fresco restaurants, and browse boutiques for one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
Connect with the past more deeply on a guided walking or trolley tour. Savor a hot tortilla from a street stand. Find food, folklore, and fun.


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  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Dia del los Muertos
  • Old Town Art Festival


  • History Tours
  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Free Museums
  • Living History Demos
  • Gardens


  • What are the best Old Town San Diego restaurants and Bars?

    San Diego Old Town is known for authentic Mexican restaurants with hand-made tortillas. Shady outdoor patios are perfect for sipping a margarita on the rocks. Try traditional Mexican fare at Miguel's Mexican Cocina, Old Town Mexican Cafe, Casa de Reyes, Cafe Coyote, and Casa Guadalajara. You'll also find restaurants with Italian, Japanese, Creole, Peruvian, and early California cuisine.
  • What are the best things to do in Old Town San Diego?

    Step back in time in this historical neighborhood. Start at Old Town San Diego Historic Park. Sign up for a tour to get an overview of the area. Shop for unique San Diego souvenirs and colorful Mexican handicrafts. Allow plenty of time for leisurely strolling and lingering on porches and plazas.
    • Tour Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and see early San Diego buildings, original adobes, and living history exhibits.
    • Check out more than 29 restaurants with local and cultural cuisine.
    • Take the Old Town San Diego Trolley Tour and explore Old Town, Seaport Village, USS Midway, Horton Plaza, Balboa Park, Coronado Island Ferry Landing, and the Zoo.
    • Visit Presidio Park, the site of the first European settlement in the western United States in 1769. Enjoy sweeping views of the city and ocean, and grassy picnic grounds.

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