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Neighborhood Guide: Little Italy

With the buzziest restaurants, boutiques, and a hip new music venue, the petite nabe is having a major moment.


Waterfront Park

Little Italy
This Month

November 18
Cheese of the Alps class
The Cheese Store of San Diego

November 21
The Music Box

The Cheese Store of San Diego

More than a fromagerie, this café also offers sandwiches, cheesecakes, gourmet accoutrements like jam from L.A.’s Sqirl Café, and monthly Sunday Suppers. 
1980 Kettner Boulevard, Suite 30

The Music Box

The former Anthology space has been rebranded and reopened with a new bar, bistro, and full slate of hot musical acts. 
1337 India Street

Bolt Brewery

Waterfront Park 

Sneak away from the concrete hustle at this park with bay views, a state-of-the-art playground, and fountains where kiddos can splash around. 
1600 Pacific Highway

Little Apple

Expect jumpsuits, leather jackets, geometric jewelry, and more at this fashion-forward boutique curated by two sisters from NYC. 
1980 Kettner Boulevard, Suite 60

Bolt Brewery  

The La Mesa–based brewery’s satellite tasting room is a welcome change from the area’s fancier fare. Think beer, catered tacos, and the game on a 65-inch screen. 
1971 India Street

Café Gratitude

Café Gratitude

Healthy goes haute at this photogenic vegan-vegetarian spot where the 100-percent organic, plant-based dishes are named after life affirmations, like “Abundant” and “Humble.” 
1980 Kettner Boulevard

James Coffee Co. 

Located in a mixed-use warehouse alongside local businesses, the café serves their own house-roasted beans and creates unique drinks, like espresso blended with condensed milk and nutmeg. 
2355 India Street

Coming Soon

Devil’s Dozen
Kettner Exhange's adjoining donut and coffee operation will fry up flavors like cinnamon sugar, cream-filled bomboloni, and Mexican glazed chocolate.
2001 Kettner Boulevard

Crack Shack
Juniper and Ivy owner Michael Rosen and chef Richard Blais are hatching a fast-casual concept with organic, non-GMO, and cage-free chicken and egg dishes.
2228 Kettner Boulevard

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