We know parking in Little Italy can be tricky, so we’ve put together a cheat sheet with the area’s best kept parking secrets.

County Administration Center (Kettner and Cedar): Not a lot of people realize this hidden gem of affordable parking! It is $10 per vehicle Monday-Friday 5PM-Midnight and Saturday-Sunday 6AM-Midnight. It’s just a short walk from there to the Food Hall, plus you get to see beautiful Waterfront Park.

Public Parking under Vici (W Date St and Columbia St): Right next to the Food Hall, under the Vici Apartments on Columbia Street. Pay per space parking, but very convenient in proximity to LIFH!

Washington Elementary School (State St and W Elm St): $10 parking and just one block from LIFH. Bonus: all proceeds go to the school! Operating as a public school with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) emphasis, these much-needed donations help to ensure the children have access to important technology and are given a well-rounded curriculum.

Street Parking: Free two-hour parking and meters for two-hour parking line the streets adjacent to LIFH. Keep your eyes peeled and you just might find an all-day spot for free (hint: there are a few on State Street).

LIA Valet Service: The Little Italy Association has $10 valet parking available throughout Little Italy. For pick up locations and times visit: https://www.littleitalysd.com/parking/valet-parking.

Surface Lots: A great solution for longer visits to the Food Hall are surface lots located throughout downtown and Little Italy. Our suggestions: LAZ Parking Limited (1616 State St), Premium Parking Service (148 W Cedar St), and Ace Parking (Union St and W Beech St). All around $10 for 2 hours.

Ride Sharing Apps: Uber and Lyft are always fantastic options for safety and convenience.

Trolley: The Santa Fe Depot Station is just a quick walk away! Check out all the routes here.

Circuit: A free shuttle service that uses electric vehicles (they’re awesome) to help get people around. Check out the San Diego route and get the app here.

For even more options – try out some of these innovative apps for finding parking!

  • ParkMobile
  • ParkItDTSD
  • ParkWhiz
  • SpotHero
  • Waze
  • BestParking
  • Find My Car Smarter
  • Parkopedia