5 Things that May Surprise You about The Headquarters

Expedia Viewfinder joined efforts with The Headquarters to expose five fun facts about the shops and restaurants at this complex.

The Headquarters at Seaport District is an up-and-coming San Diego spot, just outside of downtown. It’s an enticing open-air entertainment complex, located by the San Diego Harbor, and it just opened its doors in 2013. Our team at Expedia Viewfinder was interested in learning more about what attracts visitors to this area, so we partnered up with those who know this spot best, The Headquarters at Seaport District team. We highlighted five things visitors will want to know about the location before their next visit:


Before The Headquarters became a prime shopping and dining destination, it served as San Diego Police Headquarters. The San Diego police force was formed in 1889 and its headquarters were later built in 1939. Designed with Spanish and Mediterranean influences, the complex once included an indoor shooting range, jail, courtrooms, and even an emergency hospital. Although the center has since evolved into shops and restaurants, the structure remains on the National Register of Historic Places. 


Come to The Headquarters with a sweet tooth. There are several shops and restaurants here that are certain to satiate even the strongest sugar cravings. Dallmann Fine Chocolates entices with its Austrian treats, Mozartkugeln, which are a mouthwatering blend of hazelnut nougat and pistachio marzipan. Gelato Paradiso is another sweet shop that serves up authentic Italian gelato with indulgent ingredients like almonds, coffee, spices, and seasonal fruits. For those who want their cake and to eat it too, The Cheesecake Factory serves up chocolate, strawberry, mango key lime flavors and more. 


If the kids are in tow during a trip to The Headquarters, let them run wild at Geppetto’s. This family-owned toy shop is heaven on earth for the little ones. With board games, arts and crafts, and gadgets galore, Geppetto’s store will keep the kiddos entertained for hours. After dragging them around the shops all afternoon, children will love getting to roam through the endless rows of toys at this store in the complex. 

Date Night

Some don’t realize The Headquarters is the place to get away and spend a romantic date night. Call the babysitter and make reservations for two at one of the delicious restaurants in this complex. Seasons 52® Fresh Grill serves up healthy cuisine, while Eddie V’s® Prime Seafood is the hot spot for fresh fish and lobster tails. For duos who prefer tacos and burritos, head to Puesto Mexican Street Food for some gourmet grub and a night on the town.   

Local Goods

Many visitors may not know that Simply Local recently opened up shop at The Headquarters. This store boasts goods from local merchants and artists around San Diego. It’s a great place to get a sense of the Southern California scene, pick up souvenirs, and support the community. Browse through the handmade products, artwork, candies, jewelry, and much more at this small business location.

The Headquarters is teeming with history, treats, toys, and much more. Whether you’re a San Diego local or someone visiting for the weekend, you’re sure to find something intriguing at the shops and restaurants in the Seaport District.

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Expedia Staff Writer