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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Adams Avenue Bookstore

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Literature, history, philosophy, and theology are the specialties of this popular bookstore that carries used, rare, and out-of-print...

Aloha Sunday Supply Co.

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This clean, white boutique with high ceilings and blond-wood accents carries no Billabong or Quicksilver, but make no mistake, this is...

Babette Schwartz

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This zany pop-culture store sells toys, books, T-shirts, and magnets. ...

Bazaar del Mundo Shops

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An arcade with a Mexican villa theme, the Bazaar hosts riotously colorful gift shops such as Ariana, for ethnic and artsy women's fashions...

Cousin's Candy Shop

  • Food/Candy

Sample homemade fudge made in 16 flavors and taffy that's been cooked, stretched, and wrapped right on-site. The old-time candies in...

D'Angelo Couture

  • Clothing

Custom-designed wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and bridal accessories are the specialty here, but you can also choose from a variety...

Eclipse Chocolate

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Pick up artisan chocolate bars and seasalt truffles at this real-life Willy Wonka's that also has a beer bar and restaurant. ...

Fashion Valley

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More than 18 million shoppers visit Fashion Valley each year. That's more than the combined attendance of SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, the San...

Fiesta de Reyes

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Within the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Fiesta de Reyes exudes the easy feel of Old California. Friendly shopkeepers dressed...

Four Winds Art

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The excellent arts and crafts sold here include paintings, pottery, dolls, jewelry, and rugs created by Native Americans. ...

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