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

Ruyle & Ruyle LLP

750 B St., Ste. 3300
San Diego, CA
  • Legal - Business Planning
  • Legal - Estate Planning & Probate
  • Legal Services - Real Estate

San Diego Credit Association

2044 First Ave., Ste. 300
San Diego, CA
  • Collection Services
  • Financial Planning & Services
  • Receivership Services
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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

Scott Joplin's New Rag

Sun, Sep 21
Tenth Avenue Arts Center
San Diego
Scott Joplin was the King of Ragtime, an African American composer and pianist who lived in teh Post-Reconstruction South and died in New York City just a couple short months before America entereed WWI. This multi-character, one-man, musical event explores life, times, music and mind of this remarkable artist.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Eight Voices in Contemporary Photography

Sun, Sep 21
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.

BOOMERS, the Revue of a Generation

Sun, Sep 21
Horton Grand Hotel
San Diego
Seven multi-talented performers & San Diego's hottest band take you on an unforgettable ride through the biggest hits & the most memorable events of the Baby Boom Decades! Featuring great music from the '60 & '70s. This year the last Boomers turn 50! We're helping them celebrate. If you were born in 1964 we'll give you a Free ticket to BOOMERS.

Microsoft® Excel® 2013 Basics

Mon, Sep 22
9:00am 4:00pm
San Diego Sheraton Hotel and Marina
San Diego
Microsoft Excel is a valuable tool for any business. Excel can work data magic, but you don't have to be a programmer, expert or database wizard to use it. With some detailed know-how and best practice visuals, you will be able to track, report, store, analyze and organize data in a way that is easily shared and always right where you need it!

Hiding in Plain Sight: Eight Voices in Contemporary Photography

Mon, Sep 22
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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