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

As many residents will tell you, the San Diego shopping scene keeps getting better and better. Major shopping malls have experienced both aesthetic facelifts while adding in more chic brands but there are also pockets of shopping scattered throughout the county that are worth a visit.

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 and Macy's. In between the anchors, shoppers can find J.Crew, 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, art and fine jewelry. Shoppers will find mostly one-of-a-kind boutiques here though bigger brands such as Kate Spade, Lululemon and even Sur la Table are here.  

Those seeking a more casual, boho vibe should head to the Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach. Browse the street lined with shops for unique gifts, garden accessories and books.

Almost 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

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. It is credited with jumpstarting the...  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

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

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


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