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.