Seaside Del Mar is only about 2 miles square in size but what awaits shoppers is the creme de la creme of stores. There are no major malls here and very few chain stores. Rather, boutiques galore ranging from high-end children's wear to gifts and accessories for the entire family are what you'll find. To keep things simple, we're highlighting shops in these two major shopping areas.
Del Mar Plaza is the central hub of the downtown area, just a few blocks away from the beach. Because the open-air plaza faces west, it's an ideal place to watch the sunset or really take in ocean breezes any time of the day. Here you'll find a collection of restaurants and high-end shops. Urban Girl Accessories is located here.
Flower Hill Promenade is east of the I-5 freeway and constantly adding new stores and restaurants. It's an outdoor shopping area that's walkable in a few minutes from end-to-end but dense with specialty stores ranging from gourmet cheeses to designer luggage to souvenirs. It's also now anchored by a Whole Foods Market and Sweetpea Children's Shop is located here on the ground floor.
Whatever you're looking for, Del Mar has it without the crowds of a major shopping mall.