San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is the historic heart of downtown San Diego. The district is eight square blocks off shopping, sidewalk bars and restaurants, boutiques, small specialty shops and larger chain stores. The main attractions here is are all of the sidewalk restaurants which line fifth and sixth avenues.
As the sun sets, the streets come alive in the Gas lamp Quarter. The old-fashioned gas lamps begin to glow and the more than 70 sidewalk cafes come to life.
Gaslamp Quarter is more of a night time place to visit, but it’s defiantly worth taking a look at even if it is during the day. If you’re on a San Diego weekend getaway this is a great place for dining and entertainment. Nearby you can find Westfield Horton Plaza a huge four-story shopping center with even more places to eat.
Close to the Gaslamp Quarter is the USS Midway Museum and up the hill is Balboa Park home of the world famous San Diego Zoo.With so many things to see and do in San Diego, a Go Card is a great way to save on all the attractions.
San Diego is a great place for a mini vacation and is only about a hundred miles from Los Angeles. If you are just spending the day or planning a vacation in San Diego, the downtown Gaslamp Quarter should be on top of your list of things to do.
In 1976, the City of San Diego adopted a Planned District Ordinance for the Gaslamp Quarter, establishing design and use guidelines for the redevelopment as a National Historic District.
During this time of restoration, enough architecture was preserved for the Gaslamp Quarter to receive national recognition and in 1980 the entire district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The San Diego Gas Lamp Quarter extends from Broadway to Harbor Drive, and from 4th to 6th Avenue, covering 16 1/2 blocks. It includes 94 historic buildings, most of which were constructed in the Victorian Era, and are still in use with active tenants including restaurants, shops and clubs. Day time check out the district’s historic buildings, many restored to their original grandeur.
At one time, the district was not quite the same law abiding area it is today. From the late 1880s through 1920 numerous gambling halls, saloons and brothels were the norm. Up until the mid-1970s, the district was a run down place with small hotels and bars the average person would not be caught dead in.
In 1976 things began to change and today the San Diego Gas lamp Quarter is a major travel destination for locals and tourists. The historic district is a great place to people watch and enjoy the sights and sounds of San Diego.
The Gaslamp Quarter draws a cosmopolitan populace to its streets. While the Quarter is largely devoid of skyscrapers, and instead has high-rise buildings, the architecture is sophisticated and reflects a period of Victorian-style development in the city.
The namesake of the Quarter, gas lamps line the streets of the Quarter on all blocks of the area. The abundance of dining venues reveals international aspects of the city that provide people with a variety of dining options reflecting global cuisine.
Shopping venues abound in the Quarter. While numerous clothing stores occupy storefront locations in the Quarter, adjacent Horton Plaza is the larger shopping center accommodating numerous stores.
The San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is eight blocks long (from Broadway to Harbor Drive) and two blocks wide (from Fourth to Sixth Avenues). There is parking in nearby parking lots and garages. Metered spots are Free on Sunday.