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 aesthetic facelifts and the addition of more chic brands. Pockets of shopping scattered throughout the county are also worth a visit.

Westfield UTC's renovation has received rave reviews with the addition of even more internationally-recognized brands and specialty dining, including San Diego's only Din Tai Fung. 

Fashion Valley is still a favorite as well. 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.  

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



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The colorful and whimsical architecture of Horton Plaza sets it apart from any shopping mall in the region. The complex has become somewhat of a San Diego icon since its construction in the 1980s. It is credited with jumpstarting the revival of...  Read More


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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


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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


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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


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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


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


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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


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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


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Fashion Valley, centrally-located in San Diego's Mission Valley district, is a shopper's delight because of its 200+ stores and restaurants, and outdoor ambiance. The mall houses Macy's, Nordstrom, Tiffany & Co., Bloomingdales, and San...  Read More


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Westfield UTC is an upscale, open-air shopping complex located in San Diego's Golden Triangle, west of La Jolla. Macy's and Nordstrom are anchors but the last year has brought in many more chic international brands. Shop high-end favorites like...  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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