It's Easy to Shop 'Til You Drop in San Diego



As many San Diego residents will tell you, the local shopping scene just keeps getting better and better. Major shopping malls have experienced both aesthetic facelifts while adding in more chic brands.

Fashion Valley more than deserves its top ranking spot on this list for sheer variety and ease of navigation. The two-story mall is anchored by the county's only Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales stores as well as Nordstrom, Macy's and J.C. Penney. In between the anchors find JCrew, H&M, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Williams-Sonoma and other favorites.

La Jolla's Prospect Street, known as San Diego's "Rodeo Drive," offers dozens of shops featuring designer apparel and fine jewelry. Find mostly boutiques here though bigger brands such as Kate Spade, Lululemon and even Sur la Table have recently opened. It's certainly no hardship to walk off a meal at one of San Diego's finest restaurants (a number call La Jolla home) by browsing nearby stores.

Those seeking a more casual, boho vibe should head to the Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach. Browse the shops for unique gifts, garden accessories and books. Stop at Claire's or one of the other cafes to refuel in the sunshine.

Most anything you could possibly have the hankering to buy can be found in San Diego. Here are the best places to go.




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




Flower Hill Promenade is an ever-expanding shopping area east of the I-5 freeway in Del Mar. Here, shoppers will find a low-key, easy to navigate outdoor area filled with specialty boutiques ranging from high-end cheese to cigars along with...  Read More




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




A favorite of locals and tourists for decades, San Diego's Old Town State Park not only offers a glimpse into the city's colorful past, but houses a wide selection of specialty shops offering merchandise from all over the world, with an emphasis...  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 1980s which is credited with jumpstarting the...  Read More




Prospect Street overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is lined with small specialty shops, boutiques, antique emporiums and art galleries. In addition to offering elegant, designer fashions in sophisticated apparel shops, La Jolla is also known for...  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. It hosts two major festivals each year: the...  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 of retail prices. Sometimes, you...  Read More


Westfield UTC mall


Westfield UTC is an upscale, open-air shopping complex located in San Diego's "Golden Triangle" west of La Jolla. Featuring more than 140 specialty shops and department stores, shoppers can walk among swaying palms, fragrant eucalyptus, and...  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. The mall houses a wide variety of retail stores, including...  Read More


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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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