Gaslamp Quarter

Visitor Information

The Gaslamp Quarter is a historical neighborhood in downtown San Diego, extending from Broadway to Harbor Drive and Fourth to Sixth avenues. It’s named for the Victorian-era gas lamps that once lined the streets. The area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes 94 historic buildings, most dating back to the 19th century.

The neighborhood is an entertainment destination, encompassing more than 200 restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs and more than a hundred shops and boutiques. The five-level, outdoor Westfield Horton Plaza shopping mall features bright colors and a postmodern style that borrows heavily from Art Deco designs and motifs. Visitors can choose from among 20 upscale and boutique hotels in the area.

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Business Information

Downtown is the hub of San Diego's government, legal and banking industries. As a visitor and local destination, the Gaslamp Quarter also includes a large number of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, hotels and shops.

The retail market in downtown San Diego, and particularly the Gaslamp Quarter, is on the rebound. Real estate brokers saw a significant acceleration in downtown retail leasing in the first half of 2013, following more than two years of slow to flat growth.

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Gaslamp Quarter Businesses

California Western School of Law

225 Cedar Ave.
San Diego, CA
  • Education - Legal

Neil, Dymott, Frank, McFall & Trexler APLC

1010 Second Ave., Ste. 2500
San Diego, CA
  • Legal - Business Litigation
  • Legal - Corporate Law
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Gaslamp Quarter in Photos

Spotlight on the Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is one of San Diego’s most well-known neighborhoods among locals and visitors. The 16 1/2 blocks that make up the district includes more than 200 restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs, more than a hundred shops and boutiques, theaters, art galleries and a mall. The historical district is home to more historic commercial buildings than any other neighborhood in San Diego. From its somewhat sordid beginning to its renaissance in the 1980s and ‘90s, the Gaslamp has been successfully reinvented as an entertainment, dining and shopping destination.

Movie Theaters

1788 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101
701 Fifth Ave.
San Diego, CA, 92101
1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101
1875 El Prado
San Diego, CA, 92101
475 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA, 92101

To find a movie theater outside this area, check the Source Movie Section.

Upcoming Events

Hiding in Plain Sight: Eight Voices in Contemporary Photography

Sat, Oct 25
San Diego Central Library/Joan & Irwin Jacobs Comm
San Diego
– Hiding in Plain Sight: Eight Voices in Contemporary Photography gathers eight of San Diego’s most talented photographers who are exploring the creative boundaries of photography. Each of the artists included in this exhibition (Andy Cross, Amanda Dahlgren, Judith Fox, John Brinton Hogan, Michael Mulno, Han Nguyen, Scott Polach, and Rebecca Webb) live and work in the San Diego region, adding to the cultural vibrancy of our community. . A reception sponsored by the Friends of the Central Library is planned for Saturday, September 6, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public and admission is free.

Gauquin to Warhol 20th Century Icons

Sat, Oct 25
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego
The exhibition is a who’s who of the art world, with monumental works from Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Paul Gauguin, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock, among others. This is the only West Coast stop for this exhibition, which features 70+ works from the renowned collection from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y., and covers modern movements from Post-Impressionism to Pop.

AACAPs 61st Annual Mental Health Meeting

Sat, Oct 25
Manchester Hyatt San Diego
San Diego
The Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of child and adolescent psychiatrists in the world offering a comprehensive schedule of events which combines cutting edge science with children’s mental health issues. The program provides child and adolescent psychiatrists, clinicians and researchers with the latest updates in the mental health industry and features presentations by award-winning speakers and the profession’s leading minds. Keynote speakers will lead hot button topics including The Future of Mental Health Services in the 21st Century, Marijuana and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in 2014, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Affordable Care Act.

DMA2014 Conference & Exhibition

Sat, Oct 25
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego
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Hiding in Plain Sight: Eight Voices in Contemporary Photography

Sun, Oct 26
San Diego Central Library/Joan & Irwin Jacobs Comm
San Diego
– Hiding in Plain Sight: Eight Voices in Contemporary Photography gathers eight of San Diego’s most talented photographers who are exploring the creative boundaries of photography. Each of the artists included in this exhibition (Andy Cross, Amanda Dahlgren, Judith Fox, John Brinton Hogan, Michael Mulno, Han Nguyen, Scott Polach, and Rebecca Webb) live and work in the San Diego region, adding to the cultural vibrancy of our community. . A reception sponsored by the Friends of the Central Library is planned for Saturday, September 6, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibition and reception are open to the public and admission is free.
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