Eat Your Heart out in Little Italy, San Diego
Your guide to exploring the best dining throughout Little Italy... a must-visit neighborhood located in San Diego, near downtown and the harbor. This is your go-to guide for food, beverages, and dining while visiting San Diego's Little Italy Neighborhood. Each category highlights local spots, with my personal highlights, and my top picks within each category. Categories include: 1. Cafes, Bakeries, Juiceries 2. Brunch Spots 3. Casual Dining 4. Food and Drinks with a View 5. Date Night Dinner Spots 6. Late Night Drinks
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Coffee, Juicery, Bakery Shops

My Top Selections:

πŸ“ Bird Rock Coffee Roasters -- scores above 90 from Coffee Review

πŸ“ Pappalecco -- Strong Italian coffee and experience

πŸ“ Parakeet Cafe -- Trendy & in the heart of Little Italy w. great food too

πŸ“ Choice Juicery -- Fresh cold pressed juices & mushroom coffees

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
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Premium coffee shop. I also love to buy beans from here to roast from home. Recommendation: If you're in Bird Rock, La Jolla you can visit the original location and enjoy some incredible views within walking distance.
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Pappalecco
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Authentic Italian coffee shop that is my go-to for a strong coffee & breakfast on-the-go and gelato. Recommendations: Latte, BEC breakfast croissant sandwich, Italian frittadas.
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Parakeet Cafe
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Trendy & healthy Cafe & Juicery in the heart of Little Italy. Enjoy a coffee, pastry, delightful breakfast or lunch at this spot. Recommendations; Turmeric Latte, Avocado Eggs Benedict on Toast, Charcoal Waffle
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Choice Juicery
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I feel 'healthy' after grabbing a cold pressed juice first thing in the AM. Recommendations; Ginger Bae, Green Goddess
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Caffe Italia
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Grab an Italian coffee or ice-cream based smoothie in the heart of Little Italy.
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Lofty Coffee Little Italy Cafe and Bakery
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Frost Me Cafe and Bakery
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So many yummy treats and unique coffee flavor offerings. Recommendation; Lavender Latte
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James Coffee Co.
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Go-To Brunch Spots

My Top Selections:

πŸ“ Morning Glory -- #1 trendy, IG worthy spot... expect a long wait

πŸ“ King & Queens Cantina -- Mimosa flights w. a Mexican brunch

πŸ“ Cocina 35 -- Best Chilaquiles in Town

πŸ“ Farmer's Table -- Famous for Bloody Mary Pitcher with entire roasted chicken included

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King and Queen Cantina
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Farmers Table Little Italy
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Famous for Bloody Mary Pitchers with an entire roasted chicken included
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Queenstown Public House
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Parakeet Cafe
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Trendy & healthy Cafe & Juicery in the heart of Little Italy. Enjoy a coffee, pastry, delightful breakfast or lunch at this spot. Recommendations; Turmeric Latte, Avocado Eggs Benedict on Toast, Charcoal Waffle
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Harbor Breakfast
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Waterfront Bar & Grill
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Historic dive-bar with surprisingly good food.
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ZinquΓ© - San Diego
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Casual Dining Spots

The Crack Shack - Little Italy
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The Kebab Shop
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Mona Lisa Italian Foods
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Harumama Noodles + Buns (Little Italy)
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Isola Pizza Bar
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Little Italy Food Hall
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Food & Drinks with a View

Miguel's Cocina
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Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar
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Carnitas' Snack Shack - Embarcadero
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Above Ash Social
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Rooftop with views of downtown and the bay
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Date Night Dinner Spots

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Born and Raised
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Kettner Exchange
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Ironside Fish & Oyster
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Sorrento Ristorante
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Wolfie's Carousel Bar
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After-hour Cocktails Please

Kettner Exchange
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Camino Riviera
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Craft & Commerce
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Eat Your Heart out in Little Italy, San Diego
Your guide to exploring the best dining throughout Little Italy... a must-visit neighborhood located in San Diego, near downtown and the harbor. This is your go-to guide for food, beverages, and dining while visiting San Diego's Little Italy Neighborhood. Each category highlights local spots, with my personal highlights, and my top picks within each category. Categories include: 1. Cafes, Bakeries, Juiceries 2. Brunch Spots 3. Casual Dining 4. Food and Drinks with a View 5. Date Night Dinner Spots 6. Late Night Drinks
45 Places β€’ ago
Free

Coffee, Juicery, Bakery Shops

My Top Selections:

πŸ“ Bird Rock Coffee Roasters -- scores above 90 from Coffee Review

πŸ“ Pappalecco -- Strong Italian coffee and experience

πŸ“ Parakeet Cafe -- Trendy & in the heart of Little Italy w. great food too

πŸ“ Choice Juicery -- Fresh cold pressed juices & mushroom coffees

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters
@the_localtravelguide
Premium coffee shop. I also love to buy beans from here to roast from home. Recommendation: If you're in Bird Rock, La Jolla you can visit the original location and enjoy some incredible views within walking distance.
Add to
Details
Pappalecco
@the_localtravelguide
Authentic Italian coffee shop that is my go-to for a strong coffee & breakfast on-the-go and gelato. Recommendations: Latte, BEC breakfast croissant sandwich, Italian frittadas.
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Details
Parakeet Cafe
@the_localtravelguide
Trendy & healthy Cafe & Juicery in the heart of Little Italy. Enjoy a coffee, pastry, delightful breakfast or lunch at this spot. Recommendations; Turmeric Latte, Avocado Eggs Benedict on Toast, Charcoal Waffle
Add to
Details
Choice Juicery
@the_localtravelguide
I feel 'healthy' after grabbing a cold pressed juice first thing in the AM. Recommendations; Ginger Bae, Green Goddess
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Others worth checking out...

Caffe Italia
@the_localtravelguide
Grab an Italian coffee or ice-cream based smoothie in the heart of Little Italy.
Add to
Details
Lofty Coffee Little Italy Cafe and Bakery
@the_localtravelguide
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Frost Me Cafe and Bakery
@the_localtravelguide
So many yummy treats and unique coffee flavor offerings. Recommendation; Lavender Latte
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James Coffee Co.
@the_localtravelguide
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Go-To Brunch Spots

My Top Selections:

πŸ“ Morning Glory -- #1 trendy, IG worthy spot... expect a long wait

πŸ“ King & Queens Cantina -- Mimosa flights w. a Mexican brunch

πŸ“ Cocina 35 -- Best Chilaquiles in Town

πŸ“ Farmer's Table -- Famous for Bloody Mary Pitcher with entire roasted chicken included

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Details
King and Queen Cantina
@the_localtravelguide
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Farmers Table Little Italy
@the_localtravelguide
Famous for Bloody Mary Pitchers with an entire roasted chicken included
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Details
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Others worth checking out...Β 

Queenstown Public House
@the_localtravelguide
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Parakeet Cafe
@the_localtravelguide
Trendy & healthy Cafe & Juicery in the heart of Little Italy. Enjoy a coffee, pastry, delightful breakfast or lunch at this spot. Recommendations; Turmeric Latte, Avocado Eggs Benedict on Toast, Charcoal Waffle
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Details

Harbor Breakfast
@the_localtravelguide
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Waterfront Bar & Grill
@the_localtravelguide
Historic dive-bar with surprisingly good food.
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ZinquΓ© - San Diego
@the_localtravelguide
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Casual Dining Spots

The Crack Shack - Little Italy
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The Kebab Shop
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Mona Lisa Italian Foods
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Harumama Noodles + Buns (Little Italy)
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Isola Pizza Bar
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Little Italy Food Hall
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Food & Drinks with a View

Miguel's Cocina
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Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar
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Carnitas' Snack Shack - Embarcadero
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Above Ash Social
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Rooftop with views of downtown and the bay
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Date Night Dinner Spots

My top selections:

Born and Raised
@the_localtravelguide
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Kettner Exchange
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Ironside Fish & Oyster
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Sorrento Ristorante
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Wolfie's Carousel Bar
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After-hour Cocktails Please

Kettner Exchange
@the_localtravelguide
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Camino Riviera
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Craft & Commerce
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