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“Lots of food vendors....In Little Italy area....good choices”

Hillcrest Farmers Market
Ranked #7 of 120 Shopping in San Diego
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

Many vendors with farm fresh vegetables, flowers, fish, artisan breads, coffees and the list goes on. Also have a few vendors with quality clothing that is unique and comfortable for CA life style.
Honey, cheeses, German hand mixer (terrific little tool), teas, honey, dried fruits, fresh fruits, dried fruits, nuts, etc. there Re a few food trucks with Indian food, Mexican, fresh justices, Chinese and Crepes. It would have been better if the food trucks were in one area rather than blocking the flow of foot traffic, with long lines, through the main areas of commerce. The restaurants and bakeries in Little Italy were also open and offering delicacies worth eating! Organic foods, Gluten free. Flavored peanut butter. Hummus that isn't hummus rather made from almonds. I could go on...but you get the idea. Definitely worth a visit on a Saturday. Come early since it says closes at 4 but everyone was packing up or gone by 2:30pm. The streets are closed to traffic so moving from street to street is easy. Parking is free for 2 hours inside the market at the 'dog park'/school. After two hours it's $2/hour. It is a tradition for Little Italy.

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Reviewed February 2, 2014

I frequent the Hollywood Farmer's Market in LA and after visiting Hillcrest Farmer's Market, hands down this is much better and the best! My friend and I didn't even think to visit this market but after a long wait at Great Maple, we saw it from across the street and took a peek.

This market is huge and they have everything you can think of. Also much more food samples than I've ever seen. There's a huge variety and selection of produce but they also sell bread, cheese, eggs, cheesecake, oils, dates, pieces, juices, etc. The market is crowded, lively, and there's music. There's a also a whole block dedicated to just hot food.

Love this market!

Thank Rose C
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

If you're ever through Madison Wi in the summer....stop. That being said this market is wonderful. Lots of organic food and lots of variety. Hot cooked food too. Parking can be a problem, so suggest you just park a few blocks away and walk the lovely neighborhood. Don't bring your pooch....they have signs forbidding them. Very cool environment and coffee at the north end is good. A tip goes to some nice charities. Largest in San Diego....so this is the one. Sunday mornings!

Thank Richard B
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

We're a family of 5 and live close to a summer farmer's market in Calgary, AB. Whether or not we buy anything, we like the farmer's market vibe. We're in San Diego for 4 days over the Xmas holidays, and are staying in the Hotel Circle area. We assumed there would be a weekend market in San Diego given the climate... and we were right! To top it off, the location couldn't have been better (an easy 5 minute drive from our hotel).

You'll find an incredibly diverse variety of arts & crafts, fresh produce, meats, cheese, dips, sauces, etc. We nearly filled up on the generous samples. The vendors were all very friendly and knowledgeable about local specialties. But it was the food booths that really set this place apart for us. As you get towards this section, the smells are fantastic... fresh fish, juices, ethnic foods from all over the world, you name it... very VERY good.

We expected this to be a 30 minute stop. We were there for nearly 3 hours and could have done more...

1  Thank Terry R
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

The farmer's market at Hillcrest is the kind of place that surprises the tourists for its cool environment. Every Sunday the vendors provide tourists and locals with a great variety of fresh food, from coffee to salt, mushrooms and all kind of organic vegetables. It's a great place to have breakfast or snack something before lunch. Also, you can find nice and original souvenirs, some of them a little bit pricey. It's definitely worth for a pleasant morning in San Diego.

Thank CarlawRJ
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