Find the Best Shopping in San Diego for All Styles and Budgets

Whether you're a San Diego resident or visiting from out of town, knowing the best places to go shopping saves time and perhaps even a little money. San Diego boasts a wide variety of boutiques, malls, outlet malls and even museum gift stores that are all worth stopping into.

Topping the list of best shopping in San Diego is Fashion Valley Mall. Though the stores are common throughout the nation, this mall has unparalleled variety along with a larger selection of merchandise in comparison to local counterparts. From Neiman Marcus to H&M, all budgets can shop and dine here.

Probably the most unique store on this list is Urban Seed, a charming home decor boutique located in the middle of touristy Old Town, usually an area of extreme souvenir shopping. Impressive, earthy displays and selection of soaps, plants, cut flowers, paper and home decor items keep locals returning often.

If your travels take you to the museums at Balboa Park, do plan for extra time to wander into the museum gift shops for unique gifts ideas. Not to worry, entry to these gift shops is free! The favorite is the Mingei International Museum Collector's Gallery / Museum Store for it's diverse selection of books, D.I.Y. crafts, jewelry and more.

Wherever you are in San Diego, have no fear, shopping is near. Check this list for advice.

This 14-acre waterfront village features over 50 specialty shops and galleries. Some of the items you'll find include handmade soaps, nautical collectibles, home accessories, magic tricks, jewelry, hot sauces, toys, sportswear, books, decorative...  Read More

This colorful shop is located inside the Mingei International Museum and features a wonderful selection of folk art and collectibles from around the world. Merchandise varies with the current exhibits but expect to find gorgeous tea sets,...  Read More

The colorful and whimsical architecture of Horton Plaza sets it apart from any shopping mall in the region, in fact, the complex has become somewhat of a San Diego icon since its construction in the mid 1980s. The construction of this...  Read More

San Diego's Little Italy is a delightful combination of urban chic coupled with the history and tradition of Italian and Sicilian immigrants who settled on its shores in the early 20th Century. If shopping is on your radar, there are numerous...  Read More

A favorite among locals, Urban Seed provides home and garden decor as well as consultation services, should your home or garden need a quick pick-me-up. They do actually carry disease and pest resistant, high yielding seeds along with unique...  Read More

This 16-block section of downtown is a national historic district filled with over 100 specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants. Numerous theaters and nightclubs call the Gaslamp Quarter home, so there's plenty to do after the sun sets....  Read More

Sometimes called the Rodeo Drive of San Diego, La Jolla's Prospect Street overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is lined with small specialty shops, boutiques, antique emporiums and art galleries. The streets intersecting Prospect, like Girard and...  Read More

The Carlsbad Premium Outlets are located just west of The Flower Fields and east of the I-5, near LEGOLAND. This outlet mall has over 90 stores and restaurants offering an average savings of between 25%-65% off retail prices. Sometimes you can...  Read More

Cedros Avenue Design District is located in Solana Beach between the streets Via de la Valle and Lomas Santa Fe. It's 2 1/2 blocks of more than 85 shops, restaurants, spas and boutiques. You'll find everything from books, maternity clothes, pet...  Read More

Fashion Valley, centrally located in San Diego's Mission Valley district, is a shoppers' delight, not only because of its 200 stores and restaurants, but because of its outdoor ambiance on two levels. The center houses a wide variety of retail...  Read More


Meet Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie

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