No visit to San Diego should be attempted without visiting the Gaslamp Quarter, the city's historic downtown neighborhood, now home to many of the city's finest restaurants, a plethora of pubs and nightclubs, theaters, galleries, and at least 100 retail shops. In addition there exists a multitude of memorable artifices of daily life, offices and residential/work lofts, many located in grand Victorian-era buildings.
Extending from Broadway to Harbor Drive, and from 4th to 6th Avenue, the Gaslamp Quarter comprises 16 blocks, including 94 historic buildings most of which were constructed in the Victorian Era, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Gaslamp Quarter was the result of Alonzo Horton's goal in 1867 to create a new city center by the waterfront. He purchased at auction an initial 800 acres for approximately 33 cents an acre. He built a wharf on 5th Street, and then began selling real estate. Soon the new quarter was booming with commercial and residential activity. The area later declined and went through a long period of urban decay until its renewal in the 1980s.
The Quarter is a hotbed for a wide range of events and festivals, including Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp, Taste of Gaslamp and ShamROCK, a St. Patrick's Day event. The San Diego Padres home park PETCO Park is just one block away in downtown San Diego's East Village.
- 24 hours daily
- Location: Market Street and 5th Street San Diego, CA
- Phone: 619-233-5227
- Website: www.gaslamp.org