Whether you’re visiting San Diego for a short time or are a year-round resident, you absolutely must shop in the area at some point. From celebrity-loved high end shops to lower-priced consignment stores and antique shops, San Diego truly offers the best shopping for anyone and everyone. Here are some of our top picks for the best shopping and fashion finds in San Diego.
Fashion Valley Mall
One of the largest malls in California and the largest in San Diego, Fashion Valley is a must for any fashion guru. It’s just a few minutes from Mission Bay, ideal if you are vacationing in the area. With its open-air environment and almost 2 million square feet of high end and international shops, anyone who loves to shop is sure to enjoy Fashion Valley. It truly expresses the chic and trendy style of Southern California, while boasting a gorgeous and inviting atmosphere where anyone would be thrilled to shop.
If you’re thinking about visiting Hillcrest or North Park, prepare to spend the entire day, or even the whole weekend! Just north of downtown San Diego, Hillcrest prides itself on its trendy boutiques, consignment shops, and antique stores. When you take a stroll around these areas, you’ll need to embrace your inner hipster, as the coffee shops, breweries, art galleries, wine bars, and more will encourage you to shop to your heart’s content and experience a wide range of new things!
The Gas Lamp District
Coined as San Diego’s premier entertainment destination, the Gas Lamp District is home to over one hundred stores, shops, and boutiques, making it a great place for any shopping enthusiast or fashionista. Blocks and blocks of historic buildings, all filled with nightclubs, restaurants, shops, and more, make up this incredible shopping and fashion-friendly area of San Diego.
Established in the 1920s, Little Italy has been a hub of Italian-American culture and community right in the heart of San Diego. The area is home to several stores, and you are sure to find anything you want or need in Little Italy, including clothing, shoes, jewelry, home furnishings, home accessories, art galleries, specialty stores, and more. Additionally, several restaurants, cafes, hotels, and more are located in the immediate vicinity, and the area has multiple events going on year-round.
Seaport Village District
Located right on the water, the Seaport Village District is a great place to shop, dine, and have fun. Perfect for both families and single shopaholics, this area has over 50 one-of-a-kind stores and a myriad of restaurants, hotels, and entertainment. Some of the local shops sell unique clothing, books, art, gifts, jewelry, and more. The area is made up of cobblestone paths, various water features, and a beautiful boardwalk right on the bay.
Village of La Jolla
Surrounded by culture and embracing the everyday and the once-in-a-lifetime, the Village of La Jolla is perfect for absolutely any visitor or resident to shop to their heart’s content. Both celebrities and bargain-hunters name this area as a favorite shopping destination as it has a wide array of shops and styles to choose from. The village is located seaside, so in addition to great shopping and incredible restaurants, you’ll get to enjoy beautiful views and the gorgeous sunshine as you shop the day away.
Cedros Avenue Design District
Located near Solana Beach and calling itself a “unique coastal shopping district,” Cedros Avenue Design District is a must-visit for anyone looking for great shopping and fashionable finds. Spanning two and a half blocks and boasting over eighty-five distinctive shops, this area also boasts many designers (hence the name), including those in the fields of architecture, interior design, and more. Some of the great shops in the area sell fashionable apparel, home décor and furniture, gifts and collectibles, art, antiques, jewelry, and more.
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