Old Town San Diego Travel Guide

Old Town San Diego Travel Guide

Old Town San Diego Travel Guide! Awesome and fun places to check out when you visit the Old Town neighborhood in San Diego, California. Old Town is the "historic heart" of San Diego and has a Mexican flair! You'll love checking out these places & eating delicious food when you visit Old Town!

Since Old Town is the "historic heart" of San Diego, its Mexican roots and architecture makes it a unique and cool part of town. It's definitely worth a visit if you're traveling to San Diego, especially if you're in town for Cinco de Mayo coming up!

Last week, my friend Jessica of The Jessica Journey and I scouted out the best of Old Town San Diego in preparation for Cinco de Mayo! We were lucky our friend Marissa of Modern Day Mona Photography was there to capture it all, as well!

Old Town San Diego Travel Guide / 5 places you MUST check out when you visit Old Town on your San Diego trip!

There are plenty of fun things to do in Old Town, whether you're going with friends, on a date, or even with family. Here's what we got up to!

Here are five places worth checking out when you visit Old Town San Diego:

Rose's Tasting Room

Cinco de Mayo in Old Town San Diego! First head to Rose's Tasting Room - local San Diego beer and wine rotated monthly in Old Town, San Diego!

Seeking the best San Diego beers and wines? Look no further! Rose's Tasting Room rotates local beer and wine monthly (except for their sangria, which is a crowd favorite and always on the menu)!

Taryne, our bartender, was kind enough to thoroughly explain everything. Get a sampling of these different flavors with a flight of wine or beer (or both!) and further satisfy your tastebuds with cheese and crackers. Seriously...some of the best cheese and crackers I've ever had!

Cinco de Mayo in Old Town San Diego! First head to Rose's Tasting Room - local San Diego beer and wine rotated monthly in Old Town, San Diego!
Cinco de Mayo in Old Town San Diego! First head to Rose's Tasting Room - local San Diego beer and wine rotated monthly in Old Town, San Diego!
Cinco de Mayo in Old Town San Diego! First head to Rose's Tasting Room - local San Diego beer and wine rotated monthly in Old Town, San Diego!
Cinco de Mayo in Old Town San Diego! First head to Rose's Tasting Room - local San Diego beer and wine rotated monthly in Old Town, San Diego!
Cinco de Mayo in Old Town San Diego! First head to Rose's Tasting Room - local San Diego beer and wine rotated monthly in Old Town, San Diego!
Cinco de Mayo in Old Town San Diego! First head to Rose's Tasting Room - local San Diego beer and wine rotated monthly in Old Town, San Diego!
Cinco de Mayo in Old Town San Diego! First head to Rose's Tasting Room - local San Diego beer and wine rotated monthly in Old Town, San Diego!

 

Temecula Olive Oil Company

Fun things to do in Old Town San Diego! Olive Oil Tastings at Temecula Olive Oil company are AMAZING. The oils are SO good, and the staff teaches you about each type and gives you cooking/serving recommendations!

Want to do another tasting? Head over to Temecula Olive Oil Company next and sample their oils and vinaigrettes. These are silky and smooth and I promise you they will not disappoint!

Jessica and I were excited about this tasting as we both used to live in Italy, so we appreciate good olio :) 

It was so fun to learn about the different types and flavors from a knowledgeable expert and get cooking suggestions for each kind.

Fun things to do in Old Town San Diego! Olive Oil Tastings at Temecula Olive Oil company are AMAZING. The oils are SO good, and the staff teaches you about each type and gives you cooking/serving recommendations!
Fun things to do in Old Town San Diego! Olive Oil Tastings at Temecula Olive Oil company are AMAZING. The oils are SO good, and the staff teaches you about each type and gives you cooking/serving recommendations!
Fun things to do in Old Town San Diego! Olive Oil Tastings at Temecula Olive Oil company are AMAZING. The oils are SO good, and the staff teaches you about each type and gives you cooking/serving recommendations!
Fun things to do in Old Town San Diego! Olive Oil Tastings at Temecula Olive Oil company are AMAZING. The oils are SO good, and the staff teaches you about each type and gives you cooking/serving recommendations!
Fun things to do in Old Town San Diego! Olive Oil Tastings at Temecula Olive Oil company are AMAZING. The oils are SO good, and the staff teaches you about each type and gives you cooking/serving recommendations!
Fun things to do in Old Town San Diego! Olive Oil Tastings at Temecula Olive Oil company are AMAZING. The oils are SO good, and the staff teaches you about each type and gives you cooking/serving recommendations!
Fun things to do in Old Town San Diego! Olive Oil Tastings at Temecula Olive Oil company are AMAZING. The oils are SO good, and the staff teaches you about each type and gives you cooking/serving recommendations!

 

The American House

Need a pick-me-up?

Add coffee or tea into the mix with The American House! Try one of many loose leaf tea flavors on offer, coffee, or baked goods that are made without artificial ingredients.

As someone who travels often, I of course had to try the "Jet Lag Awake" tea.

Old Town San Diego travel guide! Unique teas, coffee, and baked goods at The American House!
Old Town San Diego travel guide! Unique teas, coffee, and baked goods at The American House!
Old Town San Diego travel guide! Unique teas, coffee, and baked goods at The American House!
Old Town San Diego travel guide! Unique teas, coffee, and baked goods at The American House!

 

Toby's Candle & Soap Shop

Old Town San Diego travel guide! Make sure to head to Toby's Candle and Soap shop to dye your own candles! Create candles, choose from unique candles, bath salts, and more.

When you walk into Toby's Candle & Soap Shop, you're instantly greeted with the most fresh, delicious aromas and friendly smiles from the staff. 

What's really fun about Toby's is that it is more than a shop that sells candles, bath salts, and soaps - you can dye your own candles!

Creating your colorful candle is super easy and only takes a few minutes. It's fun to leave with a custom creation.

Old Town San Diego travel guide! Make sure to head to Toby's Candle and Soap shop to dye your own candles! Create candles, choose from unique candles, bath salts, and more.
Old Town San Diego travel guide! Make sure to head to Toby's Candle and Soap shop to dye your own candles! Create candles, choose from unique candles, bath salts, and more.
Old Town San Diego travel guide! Make sure to head to Toby's Candle and Soap shop to dye your own candles! Create candles, choose from unique candles, bath salts, and more.
Old Town San Diego travel guide! Make sure to head to Toby's Candle and Soap shop to dye your own candles! Create candles, choose from unique candles, bath salts, and more.
Old Town San Diego travel guide! Make sure to head to Toby's Candle and Soap shop to dye your own candles! Create candles, choose from unique candles, bath salts, and more.
Old Town San Diego travel guide! Make sure to head to Toby's Candle and Soap shop to dye your own candles! Create candles, choose from unique candles, bath salts, and more.
Old Town San Diego travel guide! Make sure to head to Toby's Candle and Soap shop to dye your own candles! Create candles, choose from unique candles, bath salts, and more.
Old Town San Diego travel guide! Make sure to head to Toby's Candle and Soap shop to dye your own candles! Create candles, choose from unique candles, bath salts, and more.
Old Town San Diego travel guide! Make sure to head to Toby's Candle and Soap shop to dye your own candles! Create candles, choose from unique candles, bath salts, and more.

 

Casa de Reyes Mexican Restaurant

Old Town San Diego Travel Guide! Make sure to check out these spots when you visit old town!

If you're craving Mexican food this Cinco de Mayo (who doesn't crave Mexican tbh) you can grab a hearty meal at Casa de Reyes!

There is a huge selection on the menu, from tostadas to tacos to chilaquiles.

And you can never go wrong with a margarita ;)

Old Town San Diego Travel Guide! Make sure to check out these spots when you visit old town!
Old Town San Diego Travel Guide! Make sure to check out these spots when you visit old town!
Old Town San Diego Travel Guide! Make sure to check out these spots when you visit old town!
Old Town San Diego Travel Guide! Make sure to check out these spots when you visit old town!
Old Town San Diego Travel Guide! Make sure to check out these spots when you visit old town!

 

There is so much to do in Old Town San Diego -make sure to stop by this part of San Diego for an entire day if you want to see it all!

Meet the photographer behind this project!

Marissa from Modern Day Mona Photography: portraits, graduation photos, and style sessions! Amazing San Diego, California local photographer!

Marissa from Modern Day Mona Photography is the girl behind the lens during our day in Old Town San Diego! Marissa specializes in natural light photography, outdoor, boho-inspired, portraits, and dreamy-lit photos, which are her favorites!

Marissa is now booking spring shoots in addition to graduation photos! Check out her website here.

 

 

 

 

 

Make sure to also check out Jessica's blog and Old Town article for There San Diego Magazine!