One of my favorite things about the Marina Inn Hotel near downtown San Diego is its proximity to the Little Italy neighborhood. Just 2 blocks east of our property lies this beautiful neighborhood full of Italian rustic charm mixed with modern living. Cruise down cobblestone pathways, sip on your coffee next to beautiful fountains. Let your senses go wild as you smell fresh baked breads and pastries. Try some homemade fresh pastas at family owned restaurants where they great you with a hearty “Chow!” Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, unlimited or budgeted, you are sure to find it here. There are also plenty of Italian shops and antique stores going down the way.
A great bonus to this area is the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market. On any day of the week you can find Farmer’s Markets located in many neighborhoods around San Diego but the Little Italy Farmer’s Market is one of the largest and most popular. From 8am-2pm cruise up Date St. to enjoy plenty of artisan foods, fresh produce, flowers and specialty items. Whether you want to listen to some live music, taste good food, get a meal, or something to eat for later, this is the place to do just that. Maybe even pick up a gift for yourself or a loved one.
Vendors include Springhill Farms cheese, Gourmet Tamales, Pacific Beach Peanut Butter, Pangea Tea and Gourmet Delights Oils, just to name a few. There are also some beautiful fresh flowers and plants from local garden’s. Gifts and specialties include jewelry, tablecloths, pottery, garlic graters and clothing. Don’t forget to stop by their pet place to pick something up for Fido, maybe some homemade doggie beer bones or you can even get their portrait done.
Like I said, there is something for everyone right at our Hotel near Little Italy San Diego.