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 vintage stores. The beach towns offer 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. The new La Plaza La Jolla is an open-air shopping center with boutiques and galleries in a Spanish-style building overlooking the cove. 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, Gucci, and Jimmy Choo.

Enjoy near-perfect weather year-round as you explore shops along the scenic waterfront. The Headquarters at Seaport 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 to Westfield Horton Plaza, the Downtown mall with more than 120 stores. The sprawling mall completed a major restoration project in 2016 to include a new public plaza, amphitheater, and fountains.

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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Africa and Beyond

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This La Jolla art gallery has been selling traditional and contemporary African art for more than 25 years. Find Shona stone sculptures...

Architectural Salvage of San Diego

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If you have any interest in home design and renovation, this shop that specializes in reusing old materials should be top of your list.

Boomerang for Modern

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

Casa Artelexia

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This colorful shop specializing in Mexican gifts and art started as a booth at a farmers' market by a father-daughter team, but has since...

Fair Trade Decor

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This home store in Del Mar Village stocks only fair trade items from more than 40 countries, including goat wool rugs from Mexico, colorful...

Gold Leaf

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This home decor shop is run by a husband-and-wife duo. There's furniture, kitchenware, jewelry, greeting cards, and a kid's section.


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Shop hard-to-find clothing, accessories, and home decor at this locally owned store focused on handmade goods.

Mingei International Museum Store

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The Collectors' Gallery shop at the Mingei showcases an international collection of textiles, jewelry, apparel, and home decor items.


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This beautifully styled shop carries a wide variety of design-conscious goods for the home, including geometric print pillows, outdoor...

SCOUT at Quarters D

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Located in the former naval base commander’s quarters at Liberty Station, Scout at Quarters D feels more like a private home than a...


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