As a major port and hub of the U.S. Navy, it’s no surprise that one of the city’s most important commercial districts is a former naval base. Once a military barracks and training center, Liberty Station is a cultural hub with a celebrated food market. The many food stalls, small shops, and even art galleries bring together some of the best of each in San Diego and represent the city’s diverse influences. The Liberty Public Market is a food hall comprised of artisan food, beer, wine, cocktails, and the city’s top local flavors.
Spread out over 28 acres, the Liberty Station architecture showcases San Diego’s historically Spanish roots. Many of the historic buildings have been tastefully converted into modern businesses and venues, many stretching along its main promenade. It’s also a major arts district, home to museums, dance companies, music halls, and a popular monthly art walk. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Liberty Station is an important piece of both the past and present in San Diego.
Liberty Station can be found in the Point Loma area of San Diego, a few miles north of downtown. Driving there, you’ll take the Rosecrans exit to Historic Decatur Road. To get there using public transport, take the MTS Bus or trolley to the Old Town Trolley Station where you’ll board the 28 bus and exit at the Roosevelt & Rosecrans stop. Though individual location hours vary, generally things are open daily from 9 am to 10 pm.