North County and Around

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  • 1. Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery

    Art Galleries

    On the south end of Cedros Design District, the Ocean Art Gallery features works by award-winning surf photographer, Aaron Chang. On display...Read More

  • 2. Antique Warehouse

    Antiques/Collectibles

    More than 100 dealers carry American, European, and Asian furniture, mid-century items, folk and country art. ...Read More

  • 3. Bates Nut Farm

    Food/Candy

    Home of San Diego's largest pumpkin patch each fall, this family farm is where you might find a 200-pound squash. It also sells locally grown...Read More

  • 4. Bernardo Winery

    Wine/Spirits

    A trip to the oldest operating winery in Southern California, founded in 1889 and run by the Rizzo family since 1928, feels like traveling back...Read More

  • 5. Birdwatcher

    Specialty Stores

    Wild-bird lovers can shop for birdhouses, birdseed, hummingbird feeders, guidebooks for serious birding, and bird-theme accessories, such as...Read More

  • 6. Brick n Barn

    Antiques/Collectibles

    Dating back to 1872, this former homestead of baking legend Betty Crocker opens its gates monthly for antique shows hosted in a massive white...Read More

  • 7. Canterbury Gardens

    Household Items/Furniture

    Occupying an old winery, this shop specializes in giftware and seasonal decorative accessories for the home, plus it has a year-round selection...Read More

  • 8. Carlsbad Premium Outlets

    Outlet/Discount Stores

    This outdoor shopping center contains more than 90 outlet stores, including designer brands like Barneys New York, Coach, Kate Spade, Michael...Read More

  • 9. Cedros Design District

    Shopping Neighborhoods

    A collection of more than 85 shops, along a two-block stretch of S. Cedros Avenue, this district specializes in interior design, apparel, jewelry...Read More

  • 10. Encinitas Seaside Bazaar

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    For art, clothing, jewelry, antiques, and leather goods, this open-air craft market on Highway 101 has more than 30 booths selling quirky crafts...Read More

  • 11. Falcon Gallery

    Art Galleries

    A replica of one of Julian's original hotels, this gallery has works by local artists, books about area history including Native American history...Read More

  • 12. Hansen's

    Sporting Goods

    One of San Diego's oldest surfboard manufacturers is owned by Don Hansen, surfboard shaper extraordinaire, who came here from Hawaii in 1962...Read More

  • 13. House Vintage

    Antiques/Collectibles

    Inside this tiny 1920s cottage are funky, handmade treasures including repurposed furniture and craft kits for DIY projects. The owner also...Read More

  • 14. Julian Mercantile

    Jewelry/Accessories

    With three stores on Main Street, it's easy to see why this gift shop dominates Julian, with its crafts, carvings, soaps, jewelery, leather...Read More

  • 15. Santa Ysabel Art Gallery

    Art Galleries

    On display here are works of fine art, including paintings, stained glass, sculptures, fiber, and other creations by local artists, including...Read More

  • 16. Solo

    Books/Stationery

    Operated by nine creative women, this upscale collective is a highlight of Cedros. Shoppers are lured in by the restored warehouse and won over...Read More

  • 17. Sunset Market

    Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    Every Thursday night 5–9 pm, Oceanside’s Main Street comes alive with food stalls, a farmers' market, live music, and an arts and crafts fair....Read More

  • 18. The Barn Vintage Marketplace

    Antiques/Collectibles

    Between Julian and Santa Ysabel, “The Barn” goes beyond standard antiques with one-of-a-kind vintage home decor, spanning industrial, primitive...Read More

  • 19. The Cider Mill

    Food/Candy

    Family-owned and operated for more than 30 years, this small cider-pressing factory sells honey, nuts, candy, apples, preserves, and, of course...Read More

  • 20. The Country Friends

    Gifts/Souvenirs

    Operated by a nonprofit foundation, The Country Friends is a great place for unusual gifts and carries collectibles, silver, furniture, and...Read More

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