Getting Around El Paseo

You have arrived! Here’s some basic information to help you settle in.

Free Parking

You’ll find street parking all along El Paseo and public lots behind most of the storefronts. The two-story parking garage located at The Gardens on El Paseo (between San Pablo Avenue and Larkspur Lane) offers covered spaces.

Courtesy Cart

Need a lift? Hitch a ride on one of the the El Paseo Courtesy Carts, which offer free transportation services along the street. The carts run mid-October through May from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. You can either request pick up through the app or by calling/texting 760-582-3552.

Reservations Recommended

Although some restaurants are first come, first served, those that do accept reservations often reach capacity in advance. We recommend booking your table early, where applicable, especially if you’re trying to get in on a weekend during peak season.

Seasonal Hours

It’s common for businesses to take a summer holiday and close for part of the season or reduce their hours of operation. When in doubt, phone ahead or check a location’s website to confirm when they’re open.

Pet-Friendly Places

Well-behaved leashed pets are welcome on most restaurant patios, and they can tag along while you shop at many stores, too, from Apple to TUMI to Louis Vuitton. Always call to inquire about pet policies prior to arrival.

First Fridays

Head to El Paseo on first Friday of the month, November through May, for a community get together with live music, a car show and motorcade of classic cars, and special receptions at all the art galleries. For additional event information, head to our calendar.

Business Directory

The world-class El Paseo Shopping District encompasses more than 300 stores, restaurants, and businesses. Visit our digital directory to find what you’re looking for, from fashion, fine jewelry, and art to dining, beauty salons, and specialty services.

El Paseo Sculpture Exhibition

Did you know the sculptures along the median of El Paseo are part of a biennial exhibition? Visitors are encouraged to walk up to the sculptures to learn more about them on the city’s art tour. To find out more about the El Paseo Sculpture Exhibition, click here.