It was a sunny afternoon when we decided to visit Old Town San Diego. Since this place was dominated by Spaniards many years ago, Old Town renders an ambiance similar to a Mexican urban with some cultural presence like the Pecked Paper Decorations hanging along some of the streets thus, adding more beautiful colors in the area. Successfully maintaining its beauty, Old Town San Diego offers a glimpse of its colonial life during the early Mexican-American period.
In here, we found museums, historical sites, colorful shops, fancy restaurants, a theater and the restored Cosmopolitan Hotel. Moreover, the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is situated in the center of the old town. The place has several historical buildings and galleries to commemorate the early days and showcase the first-hand history of the Earlier California.
Old Town San Diego has also been known for its Mexican dishes. For traditional flavors, there are hacienda-style restaurants that offer superb tequilas and a menu on ritzy Mexican cuisine. There are also local cafes to enchant customers with its festive decors and massive margaritas in an open-air atmosphere.
Since we love music, we love being serenaded by live mariachi performers as we stroll around old town. We missed a special event that day so we went souvenir shopping instead. Shopping in Old Town captures the spirit of the vivid past of San Diego. You can browse at any specialty shops while wandering through the lush gardens of Old Town. Several antique stores can be found in the area including the open-air courtyard known as the “Old Town Market Place.” This courtyard is home to a variety of carts and shops that sell handcrafted trinkets, clothing and accessories traditional to the Mexican culture.
Oh well. That was a fun day! Feel free to visit Old Town San Diego to experience the early days. Surely, there is no need for a time machine.