About Old Town San Diego
Old Town San Diego Historic State Park, referred to by most locals to simply Old Town, is an area just northeast of downtown San Diego that celebrates the history and heritage of the city. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy a blend of historical buildings, such as the Whaley House, which once served as a courthouse and private residence, and restaurants with modern Mexican fare.
Old Town San Diego is accessible via the city's trolley service -- the park has its own designated top on the green line. A large parking lot is also open, located adjacent to the trolley stop.
The heart of Old Town San Diego lies around a grassy courtyard, where vendors sell treats like home made fudge and taffy, and the McCoy House museum shows off artifacts from early San Diego. Visitors may also walk through one of the region's first banks, which has been relocated to the park.
The Bazaar del Mundo is the most lively part of Old Town San Diego, rich in color and mariachi music, and full of shops and restaurants. The shops in the Bazaar del Mundo include wares from all around the world, but largely emphasize jewelry and clothing from Central and South America. Dining options include upscale Mexican food, as well as giant margaritas.
In the streets beyond the official State Park area, which is still considered a part of the Old Town neighborhood, visitors can take advantage of pubs, souvenir shops, and more historical sites. Several upscale hotels have also set up shop in Old Town San Diego.