Photography By: Michael Wesley
Photography By: Michael Wesley

11 Must-Visit Hotspots in Little Italy San Diego

Olia Majd Takes on the Tastes and Sights of SD’s Little Italy

Written By: Olia Majd
Photographed By: Michael Wesley

My name is Olia Majd and I am the esthetician turned blogger behind the beauty and fashion blog To be honest, I wasn’t always a blogger nor an esthetician. I actually began my career as an accountant and after realizing that it wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life, I took a leap of faith and entered into the world of beauty and became a licensed esthetician. Soon after, I realized this was the world where my true passions lied and so I decided to share my best beauty and fashion tips with the world—and Love, Olia was born.

Having grown up in San Diego all my life, my style definitely embodies that of a SoCal girl. I love easy and comfortable pieces but also make sure to always choose transitional items that can easily be dressed up or down. Having grown up with a Persian father and French mother, I feel that the European influence and culture has definitely played a part in my style, and with that means I always try to present some sort of elegance and class in my looks.

Little Italy is probably one of my most frequented areas in San Diego, other than the beach. They have some of the most trendy, Instagram-worthy coffee shops, amazing eateries, cute boutiques and so much more. Come join me as I share with you some of my favorite places to visit!


Herb & Wood

When San Diego has it’s very own celeb chef, Brian Malarkey, who opens up a killer new restaurant—you go. Not only because it’s him but because the food is that good. I’ve been here for appetizers, drinks and dessert, never to be disappointed. Presentation is impeccable and the ambiance and gorgeous decor make the night that much better.

2210 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101


The Dailey Method

I am a big believer in staying active, working out and making it part of your lifestyle. To be successful in it, I’ve learned it’s important to find something that works, has you seeing results and is just plain fun to do. The Dailey Method is such an amazing barre studio. It gives you that hands-on training and education you need to get the best results.

1230 Columbia St, Ste 110
San Diego, CA 92101

Vocabulary Boutique

If you’re ever anywhere in the vicinity of Little Italy, do yourself a favor and stop by this charming little boutique. I love all the feminine pieces, flattering tops, dresses and on trend pieces, not to mention the most darling accessories and jewelry you could imagine! Everything is so well organized and there is such a wide selection of items that you’ll never walk out empty handed.

414 W Cedar St
San Diego, CA 92101


Napizza is one of my go-to spots for Italian pizza—it’s to die for! They offer what I would consider high-quality Italian street food in a cute little setting right on India Street. All their pizzas are offered “by the cut” so you can try a few different varieties and they also make the most amazing picture-worthy salads you could ask for! Everything tastes so fresh and in my opinion, a perfect spot to sit outside and take in the sunshine on a beautiful day.

1702 India St
San Diego, CA 92101


Stile Salon and Boutique

Nothing like getting a refreshing new ‘do from time to time, right? Stile Salon is located in Little Italy and specializes in the latest trends and techniques for color, cuts, extensions and special occasion hair. If you are looking for somewhere that is knowledgeable about hair and current trends and want to walk out feeling confident, then this is the place to go!

2491 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101


Lofty Coffee Co.

The blogger in me definitely knows a good coffee shop when I see one. I’ve been going to Lofty Coffee for years now. They have several locations throughout San Diego, but their Little Italy location has quickly become one of my absolute favorites. It has an awesome indoor/outdoor space, which is totally open and, let’s be honest, a little people watching doesn’t hurt.

444 W Cedar St
San Diego, CA 92101


Little Italy Loading Dock

Little Italy’s Loading Dock is a casual, friendly neighborhood bar with an extensive craft beer selection along with great wines and cocktails. Don’t miss their “unloading hour,” or their special happy hour menu. It’s the perfect place to retreat after a long work week, for a fun night out or even a little family gathering!

2400 Kettner Blvd, Ste 110
San Diego, CA 92101


Music Box

Although Little Italy is known for a lot of their amazing restaurants, they also offer some fun entertainment! Music Box is a venue which holds over 700 people, offers opera boxes, outdoor patios, bars on two levels and a private VIP room overlooking the stage. Call it a state-of-the-art concert venue that serves upscale bites and craft cocktails.

1337 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

Getting Around: The San Diego trolley provides service for all key locations in the downtown area while buses are great for navigating beyond downtown San Diego.

Get Comfy: When you’re in need of some great comfort food, look no further than The Crack Shack with chicken and eggs served all day!

On the Scene: It’s no surprise that Juniper & Ivy is always packed. It’s modern, trendy and the food and drinks are exceptional.

The Happiest of Hours: Monello gives happy hour a twist from 4-7 p.m. where you’ll receive free mini-appetizers while sipping on your favorite wine and cocktails.

Olia Majd @oliamajd

Little Italy Sign
1703, 92101, 1731 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
See Little Italy Like You’ve Never Seen It Before With Olia Majd

About the author

Michael Wesley is a San Diego based lifestyle photographer who brings a unique eye for style and color to any project. With travel in 26 countries, a die-hard love for the ocean and an appetite for adventure, this California surfer is always on the hunt for capturing the coastal lifestyle that he is so lucky to live. Check out his work at WWW.BLUEWESLEY.COM


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