Gaslamp Quarter

Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego: Hours, Address, Gaslamp Quarter Reviews: 4/5

Gaslamp Quarter
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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A 16-block national historic district that offers visitors a variety of restaurants and shops, as well as an eyeful of Victorian architecture.
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Climber21239
7 contributions
Feb 2022
Figured I had to take the family to see it during our recent trip to San Diego. It's not quite how I remember it, which was charming and kind of special. Now it feels more like a touristy destination you'd find anywhere with a smattering of national brand stores, trash in the streets and more of an emphasis on bars. We did stop for lunch, however, and walked through the district back to the marina and around other parts of the city. Just wouldn't waste my time going back to this particular spot.
Written March 12, 2022
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Ebru A
Ankara, Turkey1,047 contributions
Dec 2019
The Gaslamp Quarter/District is famous for night life and entertainments. However, it is also enjoyable during the day time in terms of restaurants, cafes, bars, and shopping stores. The quarter is also listed as a historic district. The main development of the quarter started in the 19th century, when Alonzo Horton, American realtor, bought the land for creating a new city center closer to the bay, and chose 5th Avenue as its main street. The neighborhood had some urban renewal projects in the 1980s and 1990s. The Gaslamp Quarter extends from Broadway to Harbor Drive.
Written January 22, 2020
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simply-peregrinating
Waddington, UK2,754 contributions
Apr 2019
We walked all the way up 4th, 5th and 6th avenues below Broadway for a couple of hours and found interesting buildings to see. We had a self walk guide which was useful and made us look out for particular details. The area was pretty quiet and we felt safe all the time.
Written March 10, 2020
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marsha
Wainwright, Canada6 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We had heard so much about Gaslamp
Quarter that we planned to spend an afternoon there on a two day stay in La Jolla. We wanted somewhere to stroll, shop, have lunch and admire some old architecture and this was our only planned stop in San Diego. This area is basically a homeless encampment and wreaks of urine. We were absolutely appalled at the stench and the general state of the area. We walked around the block and left. We will not return. There were more homeless people than shoppers. The city needs to provide assistance to the people on the streets and clean up this area that apparently is now a “has been”. Not what I pictured San Diego to be like. We returned to Ls Jolla and had a lovely time. No thanks Gaslamp.
Written April 8, 2022
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Marie_CSMA
Mannheim, Germany87 contributions
Feb 2022 • Business
It was sad to see what the Covid pandemic has done to this lively neighborhood of pubs and stores. About every second pub closed, many still have the junk of the interior where the terrace used to be. Many stores are also closed, including the Horton Mall.
What is still open is reasonably well attended by locals and tourists. But I was also shocked by the large number of relatively neglected old people begging or rummaging through wastebaskets for food. This has made no desire to stay for a beer. Let‘s cross fingers that the Gaslamp quarter with it‘s beautiful historical buildings will see better times again, with the vibrant atmosphere from my first visits a few years ago.
Written March 13, 2022
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Cac1234
Germantown, NY2,084 contributions
Mar 2020
Gaslamp Quarter is a great area for restaurants and bars. One may walk up and down 4th, 5th or 6th Avenues and find restaurants with a variety of cousines. There are shops in the areal; however, we were not there to shop. Just be warned that there are many people in the area looking for a handout and I felt more comfortable walking there before dark.
Written March 9, 2020
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson17,438 contributions
Jan 2020
San Diego has taken the extra efforts to preserve the architectural beauties of times gone by. How easy would it have been to bulldoze the entire lot of these oldies down, build some characterless newbies, and call it a day? Historic preservation is (in itself) a major community-wide effort and the Gas-lamp Quarter deserves its due for a job well done.

There are some great restored museum buildings to see, old hotels (with a history) to tour, and restaurants/cafes in historic buildings that have taken on a new attitude and life. This charming quarter is the life and vitality of urban San Diego.

Begin your own exploration of the Gas-lamp area in the vicinity of the Convention Center (you can see the signage from there), cross the train tracks, and maybe pick up a map of the historic places. Many hotels have docent tours but there is no stopping the curious from following their noses.
Written February 1, 2020
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Gardengel-IoW
Crawley, UK579 contributions
Feb 2020
Very disappointed.
Thought this was a go to place in San Diego and was advised at our hotel that 5th Avenue was 'definitely' where we should go.
Yes there were gaslamps - probably not now. but every single one had two posters hanging from it and they were all the same (posters) too.
The street was just full of pubs, bars and restaurants and a few shops none of which were inviting and the street itself could do with some maintenance very uneven paving.
The only thing of interest was the gaslamp sign at the bottom of the street so go take a picture of that and do something else.
Written March 2, 2020
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Travelswell4fun
central florida445 contributions
Mar 2022
Just spent five days in the Gaslamp district. We stayed at the Z Hotel on Sixth Avenue and it was great. The Gaslamp district is safe to walk around in but there are homeless around. Not like in L.A. But that's with any big city so you just have to know it. None of them threatened us.
Written March 28, 2022
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Tom S
Ypsilanti, MI154 contributions
Mar 2022
The Gaslamp Quarter had some buildings that were interesting for their architecture, but the vast majority in the neighborhood were not. There are quite a few bars and restaurants here, but how many of those are you going to go to? Especially in the afternoon? My wife and I had an excellent lunch at Cafe 21-- worth the trip to Gaslamp Quarter alone. It was a lot like any semi-hip area of a major city.
Written April 2, 2022
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