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Little Italy Mercato, San Diego

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San Diego County's largest Farmers' Market, on Cedar Street from Kettner Blvd to Front Street, featuring local farmers' fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat, poultry and cheese plus artisan foods including seafood, olive oil, sauces, fresh bread, and chocolate. Find crafts and gifts too! 200+ booths every Saturday!
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4.7
  • Four blocks of vendors with local produce, flowers, nuts plus other items. There are food items so plan to eat lunch. Benches and cafe tables available in places. Ends at 2pm but open every Saturday.  more »
  • Nothing special and very expensive the products. Worth to go just if you don't have anything more to do.  more »
  • This is a really grand food street market. It was a beautiful day in San Diego so it was very crowded but I guess it always is. I was surprised to see how high the fruit prices were since this is Cali...  more »
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  • One of the best farmers market I've been to... with great variety and great food! I'll definitely be back! Make sure you get there early, it gets quite crowded as the day goes on. They have everything from coffee, Indian food, crepes, fresh flowers and vegetables, jewelry, and of course cheese! It's definitely worth checking out on a Saturday morning!
  • Nice open market to walk through on Saturday's. Can get crowded and parking is generally difficult in Little Italy - recommend using county garages on either Cedar or Ash, since street metered spots are usually all taken in Little Italy, and other local lots are expensive. Often they have live music from local groups on the street. Good place to pick up flowers and local produce.
  • This Saturday farmers market was just a 15 minute walk from our hotel located in Little Italy. We enjoyed strolling up and down the market after having breakfast nearby. Lots of beautiful flowers - cheap too! Some vendor serve food like breakfast burritos, Indian food, and smoothies.
  • So much fun and lots of taste free samples and local goodies. From homemade savage cat toys to funky art, and Bitchin Sauce to Baby Clydesdale. Great place to go people watch, even if you're low on funds.
  • I don't normally dig the craft show setup much — I mean, there's always something interesting, but when you boil them down, the formula is the same: Tents of people selling everything from meh crafts to high-end art, clothes to take-home comestibles, and countless vendors selling incredibly unhealthy food. Here, there were healthy food options, including options for those with special dietary needs. Yes, it just depends on who vends at this sort of thing, but I was actually pleased for once!

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