Fiesta de Reyes in Old Town San Diego is Where History Lives and the Fiesta Lasts Forever
Old Town San Diego, CA 92110
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Festive Old Town comes alive at this new shopping and dining attraction in historic Old Town. Dine on the spacious patio at the Casa de Reyes Mexican Restaurant, or at their Barra Barra Saloon with its comfortable and inviting patio and indoor dining rooms.
There is no place in Old Town quite like Fiesta de Reyes (3) for a unique dining and shopping experience for the whole family. This dining and shopping extravaganza is alive with early California charm, festive live Mexican music and folklorico dancing. Ideally located in the northeast corner of the Old Town Plaza, this one-of-a-kind attraction offers two excellent Mexican restaurants and 19 fascinating locally owned shops. Fiesta de Reyes is located at 2754 Calhoun St. (619-297-3100). The shops are open daily 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
A great place to begin your walking tour of Fiesta de Reyes is at Temecula Olive Oil Company (619-269-5779), which is located on the left-hand side when you enter the courtyard via the Old Town State Park entrance. The tasting room offers complimentary samplings of their 25 flavorful olive oils and vinegars. Credit cards: AE, DISC, MC, VISA.
Next door to Temecula Olive Oil Company is the Beacon Artworks Gallery (619-823-6130). On hand to greet you is the personable artist himself, RD Riccoboni. He specializes in color ful paintings of landmarks in San Diego. Credit cards: DISC, MC, VISA.
Continuing along the plaza is Hot Licks (619-293-3111), which also bills itself as the "casa de fuego" which means "house of fire" in Spanish. Hot Licks sells the best selection of the hottest-of-the-hot salsas, sauces and mustards west of the Mississippi River. Credit cards: AE, MC, VISA.
For the best in Mexican crafts and turquoise jewelry, step into the Pasaje Del Sol (D) (619-294-3159). Their collection of sterling silver necklaces and earrings is especially remarkable. Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind jewels that will get you lots of compliments! DISC, MC, VISA.
Ortega’s Handcrafts (E) (619-295-0306) is well-known for its top notch selection of pottery from local potters. You can also purchase the festive “papel picado” flags similar to those that decorate the Fiesta de Reyes plaza. Credit cards: AE, DISC, MC, VISA.
The Old Town Gift Company (619-795-7664) 2754 Calhoun Street is a hallmark style store with nautical and literary appeal, full of unique gift items ranging from San Diego souvenirs to 19th Century Reproductions! They carry new and used books, including many local authors from San Diego! They also feature desk accoutrements, pen quills and ink, as well as many gifts for men!
For the best in Mexican ceramic tile, The Tile Shop (619-297-0293) is the place for you. They also carry unusual street number tiles. Mix and match tiles to create the perfect souvenir for your home. You’ll love this place! Credit cards: AE, DISC, MC, VISA.
Fiesta Cocina (619-293-3200), which means "party kitchen" in Spanish, is the place to shop for one-of-a-kind kitchenware. Food lovers flock here for its collection of hand-painted wooden dishware from Mexico.
Take a break from shopping by stopping at Viva el Café Espresso and Dessert Bar (619-299-2230) for an espresso boost. This café has a distinctive southwestern twist compared to your standard Starbucks. Relax in an equipale, which is a Mexican-style rawhide chair, while sipping their popular Aztec Warrior drink, which is a blend of espresso and spiced Mexican chocolate. In the dessert case you’ll be tempted by the assortment of red velvet cupcakes and their spiced Viva Brownies. Credit cards: AE, DISC, MC, VISA.
If you’re not a cof fee drinker, visit Fiesta de Reyes’s only winery Hacienda de las Rosas (3)(619-840-5555). They offer five local wine or beer tastings for ($10). The tasting room is open daily, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Credit cards: AE, DISC, MC, VISA.
The Urban Seed (619-584-7768), located diagonally from Hacienda de las Rosas, is a home and garden specialty store. Browse their fine collection of French milled soaps, religious art and wildflower seeds under a canopy of twinkling lights. Credit cards: MC, VISA.
Visit Tienda de Reyes (619-491-0611) for the largest selection of Day of the Dead merchandise, beautiful apparel, colorful jewelry and a wide selection of souvenirs.
The next store on your walking tour is Geppetto’s, A Child’s Fantasy (619-293- 7520) featuring an impressive collection of games, toys and dolls. Geppetto’s has seven locations in San Diego County. They even have complimentary gift wrapping! Credit cards: AE, DISC, MC, VISA.
Next door to Geppetto’s is La Panaderia Bakery (619-294-5409). Every day the bakers make their fried Mexican pastries, similar to American donuts, onsite. They are delicious!
Next door in the corner of the plaza is Silver Lily (619-299-9459), which offers beautiful, high-quality, artisancrafted jewelry in silver and semi-precious stones.
Facing the Old Town State Park is a real show-stopper and a fabulous addition to the fine selection of stores at Fiesta de Reyes. It is the Old Town House of Jerky and Root Beer (619- 269-7861). It could be the most popular shop, if not, it is undoubtedly the busiest.
Finally, at the southern entrance to Fiesta de Reyes, which was the starting point of our tour of Fiesta de Reyes, is Old Town Roasted Nuts. This outdoor stand offers cinnamon-glazed roasted almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts and more! Ice cold water, soda, juice, lemonade and iced tea are also available, as well as gift platters, mixed bags and specials.
A great reason for visiting Fiesta de Reyes is dining at their excellent restaurants. So whatever you do, don’t miss the opportunity to experience their two amazing restaurants, which are Casa de Reyes Restaurant and Barra Barra Saloon.
Casa de Reyes Restaurant (3) (619-220-5040) is a real treat when dining in Old Town’s State Historic Park. The best way to get to the Casa de Reyes Restaurant is to enter via the south entrance. It’s located in the center of the courtyard. Be sure to have one of their famous margaritas while dining under the stars. The atmosphere is warm and festive and the food is delicious. An added plus is the live mariachi music while you dine.
Fiesta de Reyes is also the best place to enjoy daily live entertainment for the whole family on their outdoor stage in the central plaza. Enjoy Mexican folklorico dancing noon-3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. and 5:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Mon.-Tues. Also, listen to live mariachi music every Wed.-Mon. nights.
Located just outside the Fiesta de Reyes southern entrance is the Barra Barra Saloon (5)(619-291-3200). The patio overlooking Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is the perfect place to enjoy the historical ambience with a fabulous meal and a frosty margarita. They also offer indoor dining in their two southwestern-inspired dining rooms.
Be sure to take advantage of Barra Barra’s many food and drink specials offered throughout the week. Kids eat free everyday with a paying adult. Be sure to try the legendary "Best Margarita in San Diego… Only Five Bucks!" It’s served in a tall glass and is sure to grab your attention!
Shops, restaurants and live Mexican music make Fiesta de Reyes an unforgettable destination. Don’t miss this special Old Town attraction!
The Fiesta de Reyes is also the best place to enjoy daily live entertainment for the whole family on their outdoor stage in the central plaza. Enjoy Mexican folklorico dancing Mon. 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Sat. 12 p.m.–3 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Also, listen to live mariachi music every Thurs., Fri., and Sat. nights. Shops, restaurants and live Mexican music make Fiesta de Reyes an unforgettable destination. So bring your friends, family and out-of-town guests to this must-see San Diego attraction.
Wine Tasting in Old Town’s Only Wine Tasting Room
Where to Stop for Quick Bites
For a quick bite, stop at the Street Taco Vendor (N) located next to Tienda de Reyes. You can pick up two “street” style tacos for ($4). Also, the festive La Panaderia Bakery (P) (619-294-5709) is a great place to pick up a delicious treat. Everyday the bakers at La Panaderia make their fried Mexican pastries, similar to American donuts, on site. Cash only.
If you need an espresso boost, stop into Viva el Café Espresso and Dessert Bar (I) (619-299-2230). This café has a distinctive southwestern twist to your standard Starbucks. Relax in a rawhide chair while sipping their popular Aztec Warrior, a blend of espresso and spiced Mexican chocolate. In the dessert case you’ll be tempted by the assortment of red velvet cupcakes and their spiced Viva Brownie. Credit cards: AE, DISC, MC, VISA.