Located in the Southwest corner of Downtown San Diego and bordered by the San Diego bay to the West, Little Italy is home to some of the finest Italian restaurants, shops, and nightlife in the city. The quaint neighborhood began as a leader in the fishing and canning industry, and has since blossomed into one of the finest communities in the downtown area. Home to farmers’ markets, festivals, and young, energetic citizens, Little Italy is a great place for any recent college graduates and young professionals looking to escape the hectic lifestyle of the Gaslamp Quarter while still remaining in the always exciting Downtown San Diego!
Things to do in Little Italy
Maritime Museum of San Diego: The Maritime Museum of San Diego sits between the USS Midway and Waterfront Park, and houses one of the largest collections of historic sea vessels in the United States.
Saturday Farmer’s Market: Every Saturday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, come out to W. Cedar Street to take a stroll through over 200 tents at the Little Italy Mercado Farmers’ Market. Fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, and fish are just a few of the delicious items available from local merchants.
Waterfront Park: Waterfront Park surrounds the San Diego Civic Building and is one of the premier spots in the downtown area to relax with a beautiful San Diego Bay view. There are fountains for the kids to play in and large grassy areas for pets to roam free. The park is home to a number of events throughout the year including Summer Movie Nights in the Park and local San Diego music festivals.
Popular Local Restaurants
- Buon Appetito – Italian
- Bencotto – Italian
- Cafe Zucherro – Desserts
- Waterfront Bar & Grill – American
Little Italy Real Estate Market: The median home value in Little Italy is $448,100, which is more affordable than the average home price in the downtown area ($658,950) and San Diego County as a whole ($540,500). Home prices in the city have risen 2.9% since last year and are set to rise even higher before 2017.
Little Italy Rental Market: Rent in Little Italy is the highest in Downtown San Diego at an average of $3,000. Little Italy ranks just below La Jolla with the second highest rental price in San Diego County.
Demographics and More
Zip Codes: 92101
Population: Roughly 2,878 as of the last available census. Population density in Little Italy is 74% higher than the rest of San Diego.
Climate: Downtown San Diego is located on the San Diego Bay and typically has a cold, semi-arid steppe climate. In addition, average high temperatures ranging from 74 to 82 degrees and average low temperatures ranging from 49 to 67 degrees.
Washington Elementary School
Charter School of San Diego
Kipp Adelante Prepatory Academy
King Chavez High School
Crime: The overall crime rate in Little Italy is 46% lower than the national average, and safer than 68%of the cities in California. Furthermore, the number of crimes in the San Diego area decreased by 15% from the previous year.
2.7% African American