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A vast selection of coffees and teas. Come see us for a great pick me up and go!

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Enjoy from a wonderful selection of Native and Indigenous items. Unique dreamcatchers and toys for loved ones.

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Come see us for your Headwear needs. We have hats of all shapes and sizes available. Along with great souvenirs and gifts for friends and family.

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We have a wide variety of Mexican textiles for men and women. Check out our Mexican funny T-shirts. We also carry a large selection of Mexican wrestling masks for big kids and small kids, be your own Lucha Libre!

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Coastal Cantina Old Town – Inspired by the dishes of Baja’s Puerto Nuevo fishing town, this fish & lobster taco shop bustles.

 

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Brightly decorated restaurant in a renovated 1920s house serves classic Mexican eats & margaritas.

 

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Overlooking a historic park, this Mexican cantina offers outdoor dining in a lovely garden.

 

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This Mexican option with patio seating & rustic decor offers classic fare & margaritas.

 

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Festive eatery with rooftop views offering familiar Mexican fare & special edition tequila.

 

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Energy infuses this popular sushi eatery offering a variety of rolls & creative cocktails.

 

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Enjoy a refreshing hand-shaken margarita and genuine, mouthwatering Mexican meal.

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The shopping landscape in San Diego includes an eclectic assortment of trendy boutiques, local independently owned shops and big box retailers. You can shop for unique handcrafted items and designer clothing in the city’s modern downtown shopping malls and specialty shops situated in vibrant historic neighborhoods. San Diego’s colorful multicultural shopping scene also features antique stores, retro consignment shops and bargain-filled outlet centers. Whether you are looking for a new wardrobe or a keepsake, you will be thrilled by the abundant retail options that the city has to offer. (more…)

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Old Town is considered the birthplace of modern California. Encompassing approximately 230 acres, this area was the site of the first European settlement on the West Coast as well as the home of the first city in the present-day Golden State. The Old Town neighborhood is bordered by Interstate 5 on the west and south, Interstate 8 to the north and Mission Hills to the east. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the heritage district is the setting for the Old Town State Historic Park, Heritage Park and Presidio Park. The robust community features numerous museums, theaters, shops and eateries as well as cultural celebrations throughout the year.

Archaeological excavations reveal that humans have inhabited the area around San Diego for nearly 10,000 years. When the Spaniards arrived in 1542, they met the Kumeyaay Native Americans whom they called Diegueño. Over three centuries later, Spain established the first permanent settlement in its California colony on a bluff overlooking the San Diego River. Junipero Serra and Gaspar de Portola established the San Diego Mission de Alcala and the San Diego Presidio in 1769, which constituted the first Spanish settlement in Alta California. As the first of a chain of 21 missions stretching northward along the Pacific Coast, it would serve as the cornerstone of California’s exploration and settlement by Spain. While the Mission moved several miles further inland, the Presidio remained in its original location as the town of San Diego expanded around the base of the bluff. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park commemorates this location. (more…)

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Mexican culture has left an indelible mark on San Diego, the cradle of the Golden State. The influence continues because of the city’s large Hispanic population and proximity to the Mexican border. San Diego’s Mexican culture is evident in the city’s cuisine, historic architecture and celebrations as well as its thriving art, music and theater scene. The spirit of the city’s Hispanic heritage is also on display in its ethnic neighborhoods. There are many ways to experience Mexican culture during a stay in San Diego. (more…)

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Established in 1968, the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is a living history museum that commemorates and preserves numerous historic buildings dating from the 19th century. The most visited state park in California, the attraction incorporates various aspects of San Diego’s early history and culture from 1820 until 1870 as it transitioned from Mexican to American rule. In addition to heritage architecture, the historic district features shops and restaurants offering authentic handicrafts and cuisine. Visitors also enjoy a variety of street performers as well as several annual cultural festivals, including the Cinco de Mayo, Dia de los Muertos and Fiesta Navidad celebrations. (more…)

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Presidio Park enables you to walk in the footsteps of California’s early European settlers. The popular attraction is the location where Gaspar de Portola and Junipero Serra constructed the San Diego Presidio and the Mission San Diego de Alcala in 1769. This fort and church, as well as the community that flourished around these sites, encompassed the first European settlement in the area now known as California. While the mission would later move further inland, the fort would serve as the capital of Baja California during the area’s rule by Mexico. Situated on a hill overlooking Old Town San Diego, the park features 40 acres of green open space, picnic areas, and memorials along with marvelous views of the surrounding landscape, including the San Diego River Valley and the Pacific Ocean. Although none of the original structures remain, the park was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960. (more…)

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San Diego’s diverse population and easy access to freshly grown local ingredients as well as a proximity to Mexico and the bountiful Pacific Ocean fuels its eclectic restaurant scene. The city has everything from quick snacks offered by food trucks to trendy gastronomic delights served at high-end eateries. The passionate culinary community delivers options ranging from casual comfort food to haute cuisine in five-star restaurants accompanied by handcrafted beers and locally bottled wine.

San Diego boasts top chefs who celebrate the slow-food, farm-to-table movement. The food renaissance is occurring throughout San Diego thanks in large part to the city being one of the world’s top centers for craft beers. There are artisan breweries and gastro pubs in virtually every neighborhood. Ethnic communities are also the setting for affordable international cuisine.

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Lobster West is bringing New England’s love affair with lobster to the West Coast.

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Irish Pub & Grill; Sports on six 19″ screens as well as live music daily.

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Sheerwater restaurant offers California coastal cuisine. 1500 OCEAN restaurant features the freshest Southland Coastal Cuisine. The Crown Room offers an award-winning Sunday Brunch, holiday celebrations and special events.

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Energetic servers who dish out good grub, cold booze, and heaping helpings of sarcasm.

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Experience complete house-made Italian meals at one reasonable cost in a lively and charming atmosphere. Catering and banquet facilities available.

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Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop

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Rotating menu of seasonal American dishes alongside international wines in an upscale setting.

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A waterfront village just isn’t complete without a quaint seafood place. At Marion’s, you’ll find many great seafood and fish dishes and a selection of beer and wine – All ready to be enjoyed on their bay terraces overlooking Coronado.

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Most any craving can be satisfied here. Dine at any of four restaurants or nibble, snack or chow down at more than a dozen smaller eateries.

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The “Snack Shack”, as it’s affectionately called, serves up thoughtfully-sourced, pork- centric American cuisine and local craft beers in a fun, no-fuss environment. The Embarcadero location offers a full bar program and panoramic views of the San Diego harbor.

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1860s inspired, shop, breakfast baked goods, sandwiches, beverages

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Casual attire, traditional American food

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Traditional Mexican food in the heart of Historic Old Town.

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Award winning regional Mexican cuisine. Delicious seafood specialties. Strolling mariachis. Margaritas. Festive atmosphere.

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San Diego trolley at Balboa Park

For the most comprehensive and entertaining sightseeing experience in San Diego, hop on

board the orange and green trolley! Old Town Trolley Tours has been transporting guests to the

best in the city for over 30 years and provides a fully narrated tour to more than 100 points of

interest. On the trolley you’ll have the opportunity to hop off and explore any and all of the

sights along the route, including Balboa Park, Hotel del Coronado, Old Town San Diego, USS Midway Museum, Seaport Village, Little Italy, and much more.

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San Diego Seals

A one-of-a-kind way to see the sights on land and from the sea, the San Diego SEAL Tour is a

must-do while you’re in America’s Finest City. The fun begins the moment your board the

amphibious vehicle that can go from land to water and back again without missing a beat—and

making any changes. You’ll find yourself wondering, is it a boat or a bus? And here’s the best

part, it’s both! It’s a hydra-terra vessel that’s specially designed to safely go from the street to

the water and transport guests to all the coolest sites around San Diego. This tour takes you

from the Embarcadero and Seaport Village past all the most popular sights on land before

splashing down into the San Diego Harbor for more sightseeing. For adults and kids of all ages,

the San Diego SEAL Tour delivers big time fun on land and in the water!

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