Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp Quarter
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
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Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Once an infamous gambling den and brothel, the historic Gaslamp Quarter has since transformed into a lively neighborhood. Here, you can stroll down 5th avenue, catch a film at the Balboa Theater, or visit the gallery of Chuck Jones, creator of many Looney Tunes and Warner Bros characters. Plan your visit on the weekend to catch the Gaslamp Artisan Market. There are also many themed events held throughout the year like the Gaslamp Music and Art Festival in May. Explore the quarter on a tour of San Diego, which often includes a stop here. Travelers recommend the San Diego hop-on-hop-off trolley tour as a great option. – Tripadvisor
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  • Melinda
    Bowling Green, Kentucky152 contributions
    Safe as can be!
    I’ve read recent reviews that this area is dangerous. I was there two days and never ever felt unsafe. They have cool shops, great food and I would highly recommend going there! Homeless stay around Petco Park, so as long as you don’t go over there you have zero worries! I was alone and never had the first homeless person approach me! Go enjoy urself it’s a part of San Diego history!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 February 2023
  • David E
    16 contributions
    Fun
    This was a great place with a lot of restaurants and bars. Our hotel was located right in the middle of it (The Pendry, please see my review of the hotel, spoiler it was great). We always felt safe and there were many options for food and late night drinks. A must see, although at night I probably wouldn’t bring young children.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Clarence And G
    San Diego, California146 contributions
    We enjoyed Taste of the Gaslamp 2023, which was really fun, and DELICICIOUS.
    We enjoyed Taste of the Gaslamp 2023, which was fun and DELICICIOUS. We visited ten restaurants, starting with Lou and Mickey's. We then tried paella at Cafe Sevilla, which was fabulous, as was the restaurant's environment. After that, we crossed the street over to Rockin Baja Lobster, in order to try their ceviche. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a disappointment. We were then pleasantly surprised by Il Sogino, which had a mix of three different Italian recipes. We also had soft drinks from the bar. We decided at that point to walk up to a pizza place called American Junkie, where we had cheese pizza and a Moscow Mule. We then walked back down, stopping at a few other places. We had bread pudding at The Field, and, finally ice cream at Cali Ice Cream. It was a fantastic experience, and Alma, an employee of the Gaslamp Quarter Association, helped us.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Wanda
    Bothell, Washington3 contributions
    Nice visit with no issues
    My husband and I visited the Gaslamp District together for the first time since pre-pandemic and it was fun and safe. There were a couple of encampments on the fringes of the Gaslamp District but we saw very few homeless and none of what had previously been posted here. Maybe the city cleaned it up…I don’t know. But our experience was only positive. The district is still recovering from the pandemic so many businesses are shuttered but just as many or more are open. We easily found places to visit and places to eat/drink. If you are wondering if you should visit, you should. This is still a great place!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
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WanderingBlondie
Goodrich, MI14 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
What a fun area! It reminds me of a smaller Duvall Street in Key West. Bars, restaurants and nightclubs, souvenir stores and great music. Tons of great people watching. Great way to spend an afternoon or evening in San Diego if you’re looking for fun vibes.
Written 20 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN13,838 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
I came to San Diego with my wife November 15-19, 2023. She was attending a conference at a big hotel on the harbor. I was free to explore San Diego on my own. I was in San Diego 20 years ago for a conference myself. Some areas have gotten better, others worse.
Our hotel this time was only 5 blocks from the Gaslamp Quarter, so I had opportunity to explore this area a few times. I did not see very much that one could consider "historic' other than a few old buildings that had some classy architecture. Mostly, newer stores have moved in, there are no interesting or novel shops. Restaurants (I tried 3 different ones) are not that great. Night life is pretty boring. I just do not see anything much worth coming here for.
Written 17 January 2024
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VanillaAce
Saint Simons Island, GA902 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Desolate, not what it used to be in the past. The area has many closed storefronts and homeless walking around. Several restaurants and bars remain but the area had few visitors during the day. It is sad because the area used to be vibrant and lively.
Written 22 December 2023
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Wanda
Bothell, WA3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
My husband and I visited the Gaslamp District together for the first time since pre-pandemic and it was fun and safe.

There were a couple of encampments on the fringes of the Gaslamp District but we saw very few homeless and none of what had previously been posted here. Maybe the city cleaned it up…I don’t know. But our experience was only positive.

The district is still recovering from the pandemic so many businesses are shuttered but just as many or more are open. We easily found places to visit and places to eat/drink.

If you are wondering if you should visit, you should. This is still a great place!
Written 11 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

J E
Fredericksburg, VA8,915 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We came here once back in 2015 and it was a lot of fun… energetic night life with lots of decent eateries and bars. So, when we came this year, we stopped in during the day for lunch and noticed LOTS of homeless people walking all over and about a block of their tents and personal stuff nearby. Not very good for tourists, since this is mostly a tourist destination. Sure hope they can clean this up, soon!
Written 13 October 2023
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Ashannmg
Colorado Springs, CO7 contributions
Aug 2023 • Business
Gaslamp needs to be cleaned up ASAP. I feel unsafe and uncomfortable. Mentally ill, screaming, naked, actively urinating, unstable people everywhere.
Written 20 August 2023
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tish m
Chicago, IL6 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
It smelled of urine and it has an aggressive homeless population. I didn’t feel
safe. This is not family friendly area. The restaurants were subpar and overpriced based on the ambiance and less than friendly service.
Written 19 August 2023
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Sarah Power
Sheffield, UK25 contributions
Aug 2023
We didn't really know much about the Gaslamp Quarter before we visited, I just knew that we should probably take a look at it, so we wandered down there one evening and although there isn't an obvious attraction to gravitate towards, it felt a very nice place to hang out. Maybe I'm a bit blinkered but I didn't see any druggies like other people have talked about, maybe it gets like that later at night, we were there early evening.

There are so many bars and restaurants to choose from, along with a smattering of shops - shops are more towards the convention center end of the street. Some of the restaurants were pretty high end and looked really nice, but we weren't too hungry so found a pizza by the slice place, there's something for everyone's taste along this street.
Written 17 August 2023
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David E
16 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
This was a great place with a lot of restaurants and bars. Our hotel was located right in the middle of it (The Pendry, please see my review of the hotel, spoiler it was great). We always felt safe and there were many options for food and late night drinks. A must see, although at night I probably wouldn’t bring young children.
Written 14 July 2023
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Khalaf K
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates250 contributions
Jul 2023 • Business
I enjoyed the Gaslamp square as it a live and dynamic place. There are variety of restaurants and all you will need from stuff to foods. High recommend stying in the same area as it’s the center of San Diego.
Written 13 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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