Spanish Village Art Center

Located in Balboa Park, the Spanish Village Art Center is filled with art studios, each one home to a creative soul. The center sits between the San Diego Zoo and the Museum of Natural History featuring multicolored cobblestone in their courtyard. As a visitor to the Village, you can see real artists creating real pieces of art, right before your very eyes! Witness the remarkable focus and concentration each artist invests in each unique piece.  Come watch art in action every day!

Take a stroll through the historic working studios featuring over 200 local artists of all different mediums.  If you’re looking for a hands-on art experience, the artists at the Spanish Village provide classes as well. As an art lover or an artist yourself, you simply cannot miss a visit to Spanish Village in Balboa Park.  Free admission, priceless experience!

Spanish Village Art Center
4.6
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Danzo the Manzo
Danzo the Manzo
18:21 14 Nov 20
Wonderful area full of artists and their craft!! Not only can you purchase hand made goods but you can watch the... artists work too!! Every city should have one of these centers, highly recommend!!!Also, check out Daniel's Coffee while you're there!read more
Gloria Laffey
Gloria Laffey
22:18 03 Nov 20
We were in San Diego for couple of days and visited most of the museums at Balboa Park, except the Spanish Village. It... was unseasonably hot that day, so under different circumstances, it could have been much more pleasant. Walking from vendor shop to vendor was not enjoyable. The smoothies were great. The painted cement floor was nice. We even encountered a wandering woman from Argentina who sang to us. That was nice and not a panhandler. I had spotted something towards the entrance and wanted to buy it, but not walk around with it. Less than an hour in the middle of the afternoon we were prepared to leave, but the shop had closed early. No sale there. To be honest, there are similar objects for sale in Old Towne. I also prefer the atmosphere there. A number of places to dine. The Spanish Village wasn't enough to hold our interest. A small number of stores surrounding a huge plaza on a hot day was not fun and apparently a number of people felt the same. Maybe some other time when the weather is normal to San Diego.read more
Kelly Heffern
Kelly Heffern
00:08 11 Oct 20
We always find delightful items here at the Spanish village. The craftsmanship of the art is magnificent.
Jessica Rodas
Jessica Rodas
00:05 29 Sep 20
This place makes u feel like you're back home in your pueblo. Lots of little shops and cute spots for pictures.
J Sword
J Sword
01:05 21 Sep 20
Great artists!
Hilal Öz
Hilal Öz
00:15 20 Sep 20
I love the beautiful art!!!
A Google User
A Google User
22:17 15 Sep 20
Beautiful hand made items at reasonable prices. Shop now for Christmas and beat the crowds.
A Google User
A Google User
21:06 14 Sep 20
It was ok. We were there on a Monday so not every shop was open.
Natasha Kreutz
Natasha Kreutz
22:01 12 Sep 20
What a beautiful setting. With gorgeous scenery 360* views it's very easy to stay here longer than expected. I love all... the artwork and shops.read more
Drew Kroft
Drew Kroft
00:07 10 Sep 20
I was looking for birthday gifts - nice, affordable, unique.Something local to help struggling community... businesses.Plenty of great options here.I wound up buying a pendant and ring from two different shops for reasonable prices.read more
Kelly Varner
Kelly Varner
01:16 07 Sep 20
A vibrant art community with a variety of artistic talent.
Jeff Lee
Jeff Lee
22:26 05 Sep 20
Cool little village with lots of arts and crafts
Natasha Souza
Natasha Souza
06:36 01 Sep 20
Great place!
Christopher Andres Nunez
Christopher Andres Nunez
04:43 25 Aug 20
This is one of the best places in Balboa Park. Grab a coffee from Daniel’s and then start your art adventure! Deathly... check out the different guilds and societies within the village. You should absolutely buy something and support local artists!! Enjoy.read more
K Moss
K Moss
02:52 19 Aug 20
Gorgeous place! Restrooms & benches available. Usually a coffee cart on one end as well.
Katie Alino
Katie Alino
17:52 14 Aug 20
I love the beautiful handmade art. In a lot of shops you can even see the artists at work!! If you are strolling Balboa... Park this place is a must see!read more
EBH
EBH
14:08 29 Feb 20
Watching the artists at their craft, and being able to discuss their process with them was truly a draw. Bought myself... quite a few gifts. Lots of choices, lovely to just stroll around in the warm San Diego sunshine.read more
Errol lee White
Errol lee White
23:55 26 Feb 20
This place has an amazing variety of artists shops and neat things to do. I'm a member of the gem and mineral society... and I take classes here for cutting gem stones. This place is right next to the san Diego zoo and there is an old fashioned carousel.read more
D Carrillo
D Carrillo
17:00 19 Jan 20
This place is beautiful, I travel here several times a year as Balboa park has so much natural beauty from the botanic... gardens, to beautiful architecture in the buildings, and a plethora of museums to get lost in. My son loves using the tiles at this location to tell us what colors he know. Highly recommend checking it out. The people here are extremely warming and friendly.read more
george simon
george simon
21:02 16 Jan 20
Quaint little village like area next to the San Diego zoo. Lots of shops and galleries of all kinds of art. ... Especially liked the glass blowing shop. Wish I'd had time to wait for her to show how she makes her glass items, but it group was on a time schedule.Will definitely go back the next time I'm in San Diego.read more
Anne Qu
Anne Qu
01:10 12 Jan 20
We were completely amazed by this little area of art stores which is like hidden in Balboa Park. We initially just try... to take our dog to the antique carousel and then followed the sign of the Spanish coffee shop. And then here it is a whole collection of various art studios. And a perfect place for photo taking. Most of the art products are reasonably priced but hand made. There is even a Chinese water color studio offering art classes.read more
K Sam
K Sam
06:29 10 Jan 20
I loved this place. Great place to get art when in SD. Got my a Christmas gift for daughter and wife here. Artsy... stuff is reasonably priced too. Lots of variety here. You'll love it too.read more
Petra Boeree
Petra Boeree
15:17 06 Dec 19
Amazing place. It's a small village with shops containing local artists' work (and being sold by the actual artists).... Everyone is super friendly and willing to tell more about their art.The village itself is also very cute and colourful. I would definitely recommend visiting if you're in Balboa park. Opening hours are 11AM - 4 PM. I got there too early but it was worth the wait.read more
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