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.

Read More

Browse Shopping

View All 12

(12 out of 12 results)

Fodor's Choice

Area

View All 188

Old Town and Uptown 35

[-]

Hillcrest 3

Mission Hills 4

Mission Valley 4

North Park 7

Old Town 12

South Park 5

Downtown 26

[-]

East Village 2

Embarcadero 2

Gaslamp Quarter 10

Little Italy 12

La Jolla 22

Point Loma and Coronado 15

[-]

Coronado 12

Point Loma 3

Mission Bay, Beaches, and SeaWorld 4

[-]

Mission Bay 1

Mission Beach 2

Pacific Beach 1

South Bay 4

Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo 1

[-]

Balboa Park 1

Show More +
Category

View All 107

Antiques/ Collectibles 2

Art Galleries 4

Books/ Stationery 8

Ceramics/ Glassware 6

Clothing 37

Crafts 6

Food/ Candy 4

Gifts/ Souvenirs 28

Household Items/ Furniture 15

Jewelry/ Accessories 21

Local Specialties 1

Music Stores 1

Outdoor/ Flea/ Green Markets 1

Perfume/ Cosmetics 1

Pets 1

Shoes/ Luggage/ Leather Goods 6

Shopping Centers/ Malls 17

Spa/ Beauty 3

Specialty Stores 4

Sporting Goods 2

Wine/ Spirits 3

Show More +
Best For

View All 9

Family 2

Advertisement

San Diego Shopping

Showing 12 out of 12 Results

Filter Results
Clear All Filters

Sort By:

  • Alphabetical
  • Fodor's Choice

Architectural Salvage of San Diego

  • Ceramics/Glassware

If you have any interest in home design and renovation, this shop that specializes in reusing old materials should be a stop on your...

Azzurra Capri

  • Clothing

Walking into this white shop with blue trim will transport you instantly to Italy's stylish and sophisticated Amalfi Coast. Inspired...

Blick Art Materials

  • Specialty Stores

Besides supplying local artists with their tools, Blick also carries art books, fine stationery, and beautiful leather-bound journals.

Boomerang for Modern

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

This well-curated furniture store in the North Little Italy Design District is a shrine to mid-century modern design. Discover now-classic...

Bottlecraft Beer Shop

  • Specialty Stores

This boutique beer shop stocks the best craft beer from around the world as well as San Diego, from Belgian Sour Cherry Ale to local...

Casa Artelexia

  • Clothing

This colorful shop specializing in Mexican gifts and art started as a booth at a farmers' market but has since evolved into a large retail...

French Garden Shoppe

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Specializing in European home and garden furnishings, this inviting store also offers great gift items like pottery, cookware, candles,...

Kapreeza

  • Clothing

Owner Renata Carlseen stocks her elegant boutique with upscale lingerie and sexy swimwear from European designers. ...

Masquerade Art of Living

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Masquerade's collections include fine art and wearable art, as well as gifts and mirrors, lamps, and other home accessories. ...

Rosamariposa

  • Jewelry/Accessories

This charming jewelry shop specializes in necklaces, earrings, and bracelets crafted by Indonesian artists using natural fibers, wood,...

Advertisement