8.8 out of 10

Little Italy

Ranked 1st best neighborhood in San Diego
32.7248610260229 -117.167818583098
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Internet Access
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 20, 2015
Editors Choice

"Rich in History and Rich for Future Growth"

LIttle Italy is by far my favorite Downtown Neighborhood and yes I am biased because I do live here. I have lived here for 6+ years and I love it more each day. I don't know of any other community in San Diego that has its own association. The Little Italy Association has taken charge of this historic neighborhood and is constantly involved in maintaining its roots and heritage while at the same time improving the neighborhood. I love that I can call the association and let them know if there is an issue that has to be addressed such as an outage with a street light or graffiti, they take care of it ASAP. Little Italy is Preserve America Community.

The LI association organizes multiple events each year such as the Little Italy Festa, Art Walk, Sicilian Festival, Buon Natale, etc. We have our own Farmers Market or Mercato that is filled with wonderful vendors each Saturday Morning.

Everyone knows there are no shortage of Italian Restaurants in Little Italy, but we also have some of the best burgers in San Diego as well. You can find those at the Waterfront Bar or at Burger Lounge. There have been a few newer restaurants that do not serve Italian Food and they have been very successful with the locals, because Little Italians need something different once in awhile. Craft and Commerce, Underbelly and El Camino have been welcome additions to the non-italian menus around town.

There are a wide range of residential options as well. There are smaller more affordable apartments as well as luxury condos and everything in between. Unfortunately there is not a huge inventory of single family homes but there are a few of them and they are highly coveted.

One great thing I have witnessed is the number of families with children has been increasing in our neighborhood. Although it may not be the suburbs most commonly desired by Californian families, it has a lot to offer to families with kids. There are plenty of parks, the San Diego bay is a few blocks away with bike paths and more parks, public transport is abundant and it is very safe. We don't have a little league, but we do have a Stick Ball League!!

Come visit Little Italy, or even better come live here and find out why everyone is always smiling.
Pros
  • Tons of shopping
  • Great community events
  • Close to the San Diego Bay
  • hip neighborhood
  • lots of restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer Fantastic review vantvlie! Very helpful.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 20, 2015

"A Gem of San Diego"

What can I say about Little Italy!! Wow! You could spend every day here and never run out of great things to do and see....and EAT. What anyone should try in this trendy neighborhood is the Saturday morning farmer's market. This sprawling outdoor market spans three blocks up date, running straight through India Street. Go early if you want to avoid the crown and find nearby parking. Be sure to glance up from your yummy treats every now and then to enjoy the view of the harbor!
Pros
  • hip neighborhood
  • lots of restaurants
Cons
  • traffic
  • noise
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish

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Best Streets in Little Italy

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Front St

3.5/5
"Crowded street with residential areas and some businesses"
32.7214383984086 -117.164764307428

Unranked Streets in Little Italy

India St

3.5/5
"Colorful and vibrant "
32.7268782210198 -117.169647134917
"Part of San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood "
32.7219489394234 -117.166840936772

West Date St

3.5/5
"Great location, Fun place to be"
32.7229970610362 -117.167379346209
"W Grape Street, San Diego"
32.725938135351 -117.167289225428

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