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Key Info

2820 Historic Decatur Rd

Price & Hours

Free
11 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily

Details

Free, Cafes, Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

If you find yourself hungry and near the San Diego Bay, look no further than Liberty Public Market for a delicious solution. Housed in a former Navy training building within the Arts District of Liberty Station, the market features more than 30 independently run food stalls, each with its own unique flair. Visitors can stroll through the bustling market and sample food from all backgrounds. The Venissimo Cheese stand features artisanal cheeses in many forms: on sandwiches, on crackers, on charcuterie boards and more. Bao Bar offers Pan-Asian cuisine and creative steamed buns while Fishbone Kitchen serves raw oysters, ceviche and more. Some stalls have more specific products, such as Baker & Olive which sells premium olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or Howlistic, which offers natural dog and cat food. Beer, wine and cocktails are also available inside. Visitors say the Liberty Public Market is perfect for anyone traveling with a large group, as everyone is sure to find something they like.

There are also some stands that sell other goods. Southern California-based jewelry brand Kai & Skye brings artistic bohemian accessories to the market while Bella Vie Candles sells locally sourced candles with custom fragrances. For more shopping, guests can venture outside to the various other accessory stores around Liberty Station.

Because of the market's friendly atmosphere and variety of activities, both San Diego residents and visitors will find something to enjoy. The market hosts public events on its dog-friendly patio area such as live music performances on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. The vendors also participate in happy hour deals every weekday from 3 to 6 p.m. by offering $5 bites at their stands. What's more, the market showcases the city's largest free indoor art exhibit. Previous visitors said they enjoyed the lively, community atmosphere in the market and its proximity to other art galleries, pottery-making establishments and design stores allows customers to easily explore the area after eating.

Liberty Public Market is open every day from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Because the market is located within Point Loma's historic Liberty Station area, visitors can park in the Liberty Station lots for up to three hours for free. Valet parking is also available for $10 per vehicle. Visit the Liberty Public Market official website to learn more about its offerings and events.

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