San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, though officially chartered in the 1980s, dates back to the mid-19th century when what was known as the New Town was established on the waterfront. Much of what remains of the historic site include American Victorian buildings, historic details, and an abundance of unique shops, restaurants, and excitement.
Over 16 square blocks, the Gaslamp Quarter stands out not as a skyscraper district but as a historic, 19th century charmer. Culturally rich, the Gaslamp also boasts some of the best views of the San Diego Bay and Coronado Bridge with close proximity to all the best attractions in the city.
The Gaslamp Quarter’s history sets it apart but its attractions elevate it to a new level of charm and style. Over 200 businesses operate within the Victorian structures, along cobblestone streets, and with modern personalities. Art galleries set in 19th century homes, lounges and clubs featuring live music and stand up comedy, and upscale shopping are but a few of the things you might discover on a trip to the Gaslamp.
Make sure you check out the Gaslamp’s top attractions like the New Children’s Museum if you have kids, the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, take a twilight tour of the historic district, or see a game at Petco Park.