I just love the San Diego farmers markets! One of my favorite things about San Diego is the healthy and organic atmosphere. If you’re into an all-natural and organic living, you won’t find it difficult to find the right ingredients to fit your needs. I love waking up early on a Saturday morning and strolling through the San Diego farmers markets. No matter which one I go to, I always seem to find something interesting and unique!
Whether you’re wanting fresh flowers, organic spinach, or hand-crafted jewelry, it’s easy to #shoplocal with the many markets that pop up around the city. If you can’t go one day, don’t worry, in San Diego there’s a farmers market for every day of the week! Here are my favorites:
San Diego Farmers Markets
For Every Day of the Week!
Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market
Hours: 8am – 2pm
Location: 519 W Cedar Street San Diego, CA 92101
We are starting the week off with Saturday because the Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market is the most popular, and my personal favorite! Every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, the Little Italy market is open. With over 200 tents and live music on the streets, the vendor options are endless and the atmosphere is vibrant. Here you can find a little bit of everything. Come hungry because this market has the best food!
Sample fresh cheeses, almond paste, and flavored hummus and garlic spreads. Then wash it down with unique combinations of kombucha, cold brew, or refreshing juices.
The shopping is also fantastic! You can find the most beautiful jewelry pieces, boutique clothing, or even succulents and plants for your garden.
Hillcrest Farmers Market
Hours: 9am – 2pm
Location: 3960 Normal Street San Diego, CA 92103
Located in San Diego’s trendy Hillcrest neighborhood, the Hillcrest Farmers Market is fun and fabulous! This market consists of about 175 vendors, and here you can find a little bit of everything. Definitely come to sample all the yummy food (the pastries are great!) and wash it down with Saigon coffee.
The shopping is a dream as well with so many art and crafts vendors.
Escondido Welk Farmers Market
Hours: 3pm – 7pm
Location: 8860 Lawrence Welk Drive Escondido, CA 92026
Start the week of right with some fresh fruits and veggies! The Escondido Welk Farmers Market is open every Monday, and is located in beautiful Escondido at Welk Village. It’s a little bit of a remote location, but the market is beautifully tucked amongst the mountains and nature.
If you’re in Escondido, you might also want to check out my guide to the Temecula Valley Vineyards
Pacific Beach Farmers Market
Hours: 2pm – 7pm
Location: 901 Garnet Avenue San Diego, CA 92109
Located off Garnet Avenue and close to the beach, the Pacific Beach Farmers Market supplies the Pacific Beach community with fresh veggies and produce. It’s smaller than other markets however equal in fun since there’s often live music and yummy foods!
Ocean Beach Farmers Market
Hours: 4pm – 7pm
Location: 4900 Newport Avenue San Diego, CA 92107
Ocean Beach has its own unique vibe, and that same spirit can be felt in the Ocean Beach Farmers Market as well! This funky and hippy-happy beachside community creates a fun atmosphere with tasty meals, homemade arts and crafts, and live music. Probably the most unique farmers market I’ve ever been to. You won’t be disappointed. 🙂
North Park Thursday Market
Hours: 3pm – 7:30pm
Location: 3000 North Park Way San Diego, CA 92104
Located between 30th Street and Utah, join some 80 plus vendors every Thursday at the North Park Market! Here you’ll recognize some of San Diego’s favorites like Bitchin’ Sauce and The Bread Barn Artisan Bread Company. Enjoy this fun neighborhood event which includes live music and a vibrant atmosphere!
La Mesa Farmers Market
Hours: 2pm – 6pm
Location: Allison Ave & Date Ave La Mesa, CA 91942
What’s a better way to end the work week than with an afternoon stroll around organic foods and local vendors? La Mesa Farmers Market is a smaller market, but still great in quality. I loved the Greek olive oil company with fresh olives and feta.
If you’re only in San Diego for a short period of time, you may just want to know what the best “bang for your buck” tours are. Below are some of my favorites!
- San Diego Hop-on Hop-off Trolley – I love these tours because you can see everything you want to at your own pace. You can choose from a one-day or two-day ticket.
- San Diego City Tour – This is a half-day tour and allows you to see a lot in a short period of time including the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, and La Jolla.
- San Diego Scenic Tour – This is a 4-hour tour of the best scenic stops including La Jolla, Mount Soledad, Coronado Island, and downtown San Diego including Balboa Park, Little Italy and Gaslamp.
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- 10 of the BEST Beaches in San Diego
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Tiffany created Lavender Vines as a place to share her love for Jesus and adventures from around the world. She has a slight obsession with salted caramel lattes, Japanese kimonos, and an ongoing love affair with NYC and Paris.