San Diego Shopping

San Diego’s retail landscape has changed radically in recent years with the opening of several new shopping centers—some in historic buildings—that are focused more on locally owned boutiques than national retailers. Where once the Gaslamp was the place to go for urban apparel and unique home decor, many independently owned boutiques have decided to set up shop in the charming neighborhoods

east of Balboa Park known as North Park and South Park. Although downtown is still thriving, any shopping trip to San Diego should include venturing out to the city’s diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. Not far from downtown, Little Italy is the place to find contemporary art, modern furniture, and home accessories.

Old Town is a must for pottery, ceramics, jewelry, and handcrafted baskets. Uptown is known for its mélange of funky bookstores, offbeat gift shops, and nostalgic collectibles, and the beach towns have the best swimwear and sandals. La Jolla’s chic boutiques offer a more intimate shopping experience along with some of the classiest clothes, jewelry, and shoes in the county. Point Loma’s Liberty Station shopping area in the former Naval Training Center has art galleries, restaurants, and home stores. Trendsetters will have no trouble finding must-have handbags and designer apparel at the world-class Fashion Valley mall in Mission Valley, a haven for luxury brands such as Hermès, Jimmy Choo, and M Missoni.

Enjoy near-perfect weather year-round as you explore shops along the scenic waterfront. The Headquarters at Seaport District is a new open-air shopping and dining center in the city’s former Police Headquarters building. Here there are some big names but mostly locally owned boutiques selling everything from gourmet cheese to coastal-inspired home accessories. Just next door, Seaport Village is still the place to go for trinkets and souvenirs. If you don’t discover what you’re looking for in the boutiques, head for Westfield Horton Plaza, the downtown mall with more than 100 stores. The sprawling mall has been going through a major restoration project that included demolishing an unused section and putting in a public plaza.

Most malls have free parking in a lot or garage, and parking is not usually a problem. Westfield Horton Plaza and some of the shops in the Gaslamp Quarter offer validated parking or valet parking.

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Bay Books

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This old-fashioned bookstore is the spot to sit, read, and sip coffee on an overcast day by the sea. Great for international travelers,...

Coronado Ferry Landing

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A staggering view of San Diego's downtown skyline across the bay and a dozen boutiques make this a delightful place to shop while waiting...

D Forsythe Jewelry

  • Jewelry/Accessories

Stepping into D Forsythe is like taking a quick spin around the world. The one-of-a-kind pieces sold here feature saphires, emeralds,...

Dale's Swim Shop

  • Clothing

All things beachy catch your eye in this shop crammed with swimsuits, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. ...

Hotel Del Coronado

  • Shopping Centers/Malls

At the dozen gift shops within the peninsula's main historic attraction, you can purchase sportswear, designer handbags, jewelry, and...

Island Birkenstock

  • Clothing

Do your feet a favor and check out the comfy sandals and walking shoes sold here. All the latest Birkenstock styles are available in...

Kippys

  • Clothing

If you've ever envied the studded and bejeweled belts worn by celebs like Beyoncé and Steven Tyler, Kippys will help you custom-design...

Noon Design Shop

  • Jewelry/Accessories

Affordable handmade jewelry and American-made home accesories like tea towels and glassware fill the shelves at this whimsical boutique...

Seaside Papery

  • Books/Stationery

This sister store of Seaside Paper Home at The Headquarters carries high-end wedding invitations, greeting cards, wrapping papers, and...

Shorelines Gallery

  • Art Galleries

A few blocks from the Hotel Del Coronado, this gallery sells reasonably priced wall art, jewelry, and mixed-media pieces created by dozens...

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