|The Gaslamp Quarter is Southern California's premier dining, shopping and entertainment district, where you'll find a truly eclectic blend of food, fun and culture -- all within one of San Diego's most historic areas.
San Diego's Historic Gaslamp Quarter has become one of San Diego's most popular neighborhoods, featuring a charming blend of ola and new building teeming with activity. In the 1870s Alonzo Horton built a wharf at the foot of Fifth Avenue and a development boom ensued. Although these days a wide variety of people enjoy the Gaslamp's bars and restaurants.
The original visitors of the 1880s were gamblers and prostitutes, such as Wyatt Earp and Ida Bailey, who founded numerous gambling halls, saloons and brothels in San Diego's red light district, the Stingaree. San Diego remained a popular navy liberty port until 1912 when city officials cracked down on prostitution, effectively shutting down the lively Stingaree.
Stroll past the district's grand, historic buildings restored to their original character. A place where you can see charming Victorian-style buildings constructed between 1880 and 1910.
Today, the Gaslamp Quarter has something for everyone whether you're seeking theatre, upscale shops or fine dining. By day, By night this is a vibrant neighborhood alive with the sights and sounds of America's Finest City.
Enjoy an urban shopping experience. Walk past the stone facades of historic buildings, Browse among the area's fine antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, bazaars and specialty stores.
By night. As the sun sets, the streets come alive in the Gaslamp Quarter. The old-fashioned gas lamps begin to glow along the wide brick walkways illuminating many charming sidewalk cafes.
Sample the busy happy hours at local pubs. Dine at one of over 70 restaurants offering cuisine from around the world. Sip late-night coffee and tea at one of the many coffee houses.
Then learn first hand why entertainment is a major attraction of the Gaslamp Quarter. Visit the theaters for a live performance or dance the night away in our clubs. There are many diverse music venues you can experience. Special events are a regular occurrence in the Gaslamp, for more information visit our calendar of events.
One visit is all it takes to see why the Gaslamp Quarter has been called San Diego's liveliest neighborhood. (Source - Gaslamp Quarter Association)
The Gaslamp Quarter is located in the heart of Downtown San Diego. It's 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.
Walking to the Gaslamp Quarter:
The Gaslamp is across the street from Horton Plaza, the San Diego Convention Center, Petco Park and San Diego's core business district. Gaslamp is also a a short walk from many Downtown hotels.
Driving to the Gaslamp Quarter:
From I-5 South
Drive past the airport toward Downtown. Take the Front Street/Civic Center exit. Continue down Front Street twelve blocks to Market St and turn left (east). The intersection of 5th and Market is the center of the Gaslamp Quarter.
From I-5 North
In Downtown San Diego, take the 6th Ave. exit. Go left (south) on 6th Ave. In nine blocks you will cross Broadway to enter the Gaslamp Quarter.
From Highway 94 West
The highway ends and becomes F Street in Downtown San Diego. Continue west down F Street twelve blocks to enter the Gaslamp Quarter at Sixth Ave.
From Highway 163 South
Drive south through Balboa Park and the highway becomes 10th Ave. Continue south on 10th Ave six blocks to F Street. Turn right (west) on F Street and go four blocks to enter the Gaslamp at 6th Ave.
Gaslamp by trolley:
You can ride the San Diego Trolley to the Gaslamp from the Mexican border, South Bay, East County, Old Town or Mission Valley. Ride the Orange Line to the Gaslamp Quarter Station at the south end of Fifth Avenue or get off at the 5th Avenue Station and walk one block south on C Street.