History, food and fun are all within easy walking distance of the Old Town. Father Serra established the first mission here ... More
Old Town San Diego
History, food and fun are all within easy walking distance of the Old Town. Father Serra established the first mission here more than 225 years ago; Kit Carson helped to raise the first American flag in 1846. Now there are 37 restaurants and entertainment is abundant with artisans, dancers, galleries, hotels, mariachis, professional theatre and shops. Most restaurants and shops accept major credit cards. You can access this area from Interstate-5 by taking the Old Town Avenue exit, driving east and turning left on San Diego Avenue.
We had time to spare before our flight back home. Having not covered "this feature while visiting Dan Diego," we gave a shot! It was a nice capping of our visit. Not really too commercial!! However, it takes you back few seasons and makes you count your blessings!! I love Amrica; may the Lord bless her and keeps her in His will!!
The first time I visited this quaint town, my immediate reaction would be "another tourist trap", I couldn't have been more wrong if I tried. How charming, no pressure, great restaurants, wonderful music, a fun day for all. Even stayed in this area one time when I visited San Diego & was just thrilled. I recommend it to everyone who visits San Diego.
We traveled to San Diego to see Waterworld and the zoo. We had hoped to fit in one or two missions. We had no idea Old Town existed and what a treat! We happened to be there while they were celebrating Cinco de Mayo but that actually detracted rather than added to the experience. The best treasure for us was the self-guided walking tour of the original Presidio.
Restaruants were great, friendly service, fabulous food and very reasonable prices. Can't wait to go again.
I absolutely loved this place, you really feel like in another time back in the 1800's, the candy store, the mexican restaurants, the food is very good, the little jewelry stores, the mariachis on the streets, the little tour train, if you go to San Diego, you can not miss this place.
Old Town has atmosphere, fun, food, and great shops. It's a nice afternoon into evening place with something to tempt almost everyone.
Weekends offer entertainment ranging from cowboy "shootouts" to fokloria dancers to music from local bands.
Prices are suprisingly decent for food and shopping, and parking isn't too big a hassle.
The recreated period shops in Old Town (like the dry good shop, chinese merchant, bank etc) are just tacky souvenir shops for tourists and not historically accurate and interesting.
There were a few Mexican restaurants which looked promising because they were preparing handmade tortillas and churros right on the street... but the fish tacos and carne asada burritos we had were terrible (not fresh, not tasty).
My strong advice to stay away from Old Town!
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