This is where San Diego got its start over 200 years ago; evolving from a Native fishing village to a Spanish Mission outpost to a rough and tumble American frontier town.
Today, touches of all these elements are preserved with the addition of a few modern hotels and upscale eateries. Many historic buildings are open to the public and local historic living history re-enactors bring the early days to life.
Start your day with the flavorful Machaca Plate and an eye-opening Coyote Breakfast Margarita at Cafe Coyote. There are quite a few historic buildings you can visit, all a short walk from one another. Take care as you venture into some of these, Old Town San Diego is one of the most haunted places in America. Don't event think about parking in front of El Campo Santo Cemetery where there are still graves under the street and where parked cars can be hard to start.
By the time lunch rolls around you need to consider one of the many fine Mexican restaurants. My favorite and the most authentic is Casa Guadalajara. Dine in or dine out in one of the outdoor courtyards. Live mariachi bands will play your favorites at your table. Next door are the shops of Bazaar del Mundo where you can buy native handcraft items from south of the border including clothes, furniture, jewelry and house wares. No plastic tourist trinkets here!
If you want to take a 2-hour loop tour of San Diego, the Old Town Trolley starts and stops here. Take a leisurely walk up and down the side streets of Old Town to visit the many art galleries and craft stores. As the sun sets over Old Town, you may want to settle into cozy El Agave Tequileria where 150 different tequila bottles are on the shelf. Try one of the French/Mexican/Aztec appetizers.
For dinner try the house specialty cioppino at Zagarella II at Café Pacifica. This dish contains the best of the sea: fresh clams, mussels, calamari, baby octopus, white fish, shrimp, and a lobster tail, simmered in a white wine and marinara sauce, served on top of a bed of linguine
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