Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp Quarter
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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
About
Once an infamous gambling den and brothel, the historic Gaslamp Quarter has since transformed into a lively neighborhood. Here, you can stroll down 5th avenue, catch a film at the Balboa Theater, or visit the gallery of Chuck Jones, creator of many Looney Tunes and Warner Bros characters. Plan your visit on the weekend to catch the Gaslamp Artisan Market. There are also many themed events held throughout the year like the Gaslamp Music and Art Festival in May. Explore the quarter on a tour of San Diego, which often includes a stop here. Travelers recommend the San Diego hop-on-hop-off trolley tour as a great option. – Tripadvisor
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • David E
    20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun
    This was a great place with a lot of restaurants and bars. Our hotel was located right in the middle of it (The Pendry, please see my review of the hotel, spoiler it was great). We always felt safe and there were many options for food and late night drinks. A must see, although at night I probably wouldn’t bring young children.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Wanda
    Bothell, Washington4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit with no issues
    My husband and I visited the Gaslamp District together for the first time since pre-pandemic and it was fun and safe. There were a couple of encampments on the fringes of the Gaslamp District but we saw very few homeless and none of what had previously been posted here. Maybe the city cleaned it up…I don’t know. But our experience was only positive. The district is still recovering from the pandemic so many businesses are shuttered but just as many or more are open. We easily found places to visit and places to eat/drink. If you are wondering if you should visit, you should. This is still a great place!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 11, 2023
  • Rachel & Andy
    344 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lively and Fun.
    Visited: 18/06/2023 Really nice area of San Diego. Lots of shops, bars and restaurants to visit. We enjoyed just walking through it. We visited on a Sunday so there was music, and the Quarter was blocked off for pedestrians only, lots of table outside to eat or drink in the sunshine. It was nice to have space to just enjoy the area. Can imagine it is popular and lively in the evenings. Would recommend a short visit here or to grab a bite to eat.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2024
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marsha
Wainwright, Canada6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Climber21239
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Marie_CSMA
Mannheim, Germany181 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Brimsmith
Lacey, WA575 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
The Gaslamp Quarter has seen better days. I’m not sure if the decline is due to COVID, or if businesses are just moving towards the harbor or other places. Many stores and restaurants have closed and the ones that remain are expensive and crowded.
Written October 31, 2022
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semi-local
Sacramento, CA13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
My first time staying in the Gaslamp/East Village area. The fun part—It’s a very happenin place for sure with tons of people and restaurants and bars all walkable from any one of the many hotels. Don’t worry about spending too much time looking at the map on your phone trying to find the most convenient, they mostly all are, it’s not a problem. I would stay down near Petco Park just because it’s a neat venue and you can watch games, concerts and events from nearby rooftop bars, very cool. The disgusting part— Not trying to be mean but this whole place smells like piss! Yes, I said it. You can’t walk down any street without smelling bum piss and fecal matter here and there-gross. Watch where you step, NO JOKE. Bums are passed out everywhere and wandering aimlessly in their drug-induced stupor, and they have their tents and tarps set up right on the sidewalk. At least they don’t seem to harass anyone or beg, just don’t trip over them. Yeah, I’ll be back. Lol
Written August 27, 2022
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Cac1234
Germantown, NY2,067 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Gardengel-IoW
West Sussex, UK889 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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J E
Fredericksburg, VA11,123 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We came here once back in 2015 and it was a lot of fun… energetic night life with lots of decent eateries and bars. So, when we came this year, we stopped in during the day for lunch and noticed LOTS of homeless people walking all over and about a block of their tents and personal stuff nearby. Not very good for tourists, since this is mostly a tourist destination. Sure hope they can clean this up, soon!
Written October 13, 2023
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Melinda
Bowling Green, KY245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
I’ve read recent reviews that this area is dangerous. I was there two days and never ever felt unsafe. They have cool shops, great food and I would highly recommend going there!
Homeless stay around Petco Park, so as long as you don’t go over there you have zero worries!
I was alone and never had the first homeless person approach me!
Go enjoy urself it’s a part of San Diego history!
Written February 23, 2023
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