This area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes nearly 100 historic buildings, most of them built during the Victorian Era. In the 1880s San Diego's population skyrocketed to 40,000 people as the city became a boomtown during the Gold Rush.
This district was home to 71 saloons and a number of houses of ill repute. As laws were passed to restrict these businesses, the neighborhood eventually deteriorated badly. During the 1980s the area was redeveloped and has evolved into one of San Diego's most popular neighborhoods.
Both locals and tourists flock to this district to enjoy the architectural delights, brick sidewalks, art galleries, theaters, fascinating shops, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. This is a thriving entertainment community that is home to many events and festivals.
Directions from I-5 South
Drive past the airport toward Downtown. Take the Front Street/Civic Center exit. Continue down Front Street twelve blocks to Market Street. Turn left onto Market. The intersection of 5th and Market is the center of this district.
Directions from I-5 North
Take the 6th Avenue exit. Turn left onto 6th Avenue. Drive nine blocks. As you cross Broadway you are entering the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter.
Directions from Highway 163 South
Drive south through the Balboa Park area until the highway becomes 10th Avenue. Continue south on 10th Avenue for six blocks. Turn right onto F Street. Drive 4 blocks on F Street to enter the Gaslamp at 6th Avenue.
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