NoLi Art and Design District
Are you the kind of tourist who likes to hang with the locals? Or, maybe a curious San Diegan looking to explore one of our city’s more unique spots? If so, then you’ll definitely want to head to the NoLi Art and Design District.
The beaten path folks tend to miss North Little Italy (AKA “NoLI”) on the “other” side of Grape Street. Those that brave crossing this busy thoroughfare will find themselves directly under low-flying jets in one of San Diego’s most creative neighborhoods.
The NoLi Art and Design District is a miniature version of New York’s hip and historic Soho and Chelsea districts with a SoCal vibe. It’s a breath of fresh retail air with its chic boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, and eclectic furniture and design stores.
And, there are plenty of trendy eateries to replenish your energy—from wine bars and craft breweries to eclectic restaurants.
Here’s just a taste of what you’ll stumble upon…
- Bottlecraft Beer Shop (2161 India Street) is a cool place to peruse rows of beers you’ve never heard of and chat with fellow beer lovers at the communal tables.
- The jam-packed Ballast Point Brewing Company (2215 India Street) offers up tasty pub fare and some of the best local craft brews.
- There is no unfilled crevice in the well-stocked India Street Antiques (2361 India Street) where you can go on a full-fledged treasure hunt for vintage European furniture, home décor, books and trinkets.
- El Camino (2400 India Street) is one of the best dressed Mexican restaurants in town and the ideal oasis for a Michelada and classic Mexican fare.
- Need an old window or antique door knob? You’ll probably find it (and tons more reusable treasures) at Architectural Salvage (2401 Kettner Blvd).
- Don’t miss the captivating display of original art and graphics at Meyer Fine Art…or, the opportunity to converse with passionate owner and Little Italy expert Perry Meyer.
If you want to fill up on all things hip and Italian, head to the NoLi Art & Design District on a Saturday, cross Grape Street and enjoy the Little Italy’s Mercato. Or, even better, come fill up on art when the Little Italy Festa is in full swing.