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Shop till you drop in the sunshine and shade of palm trees with this guide to the best of shopping in breezy San Diego. Retail therapy exists, and there may be no better place to enjoy it than here!

Good for
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Old Town San Diego

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Fashion Valley Shopping Center

Shopping Malls

Gaslamp Quarter

Gift & Speciality Shops

Hillcrest

Neighbourhoods

Little Italy Mercato

Gift & Speciality Shops

The Coronado Ferry Landing

Shopping Malls

Cedros Design District

Shopping Malls

Westfield Horton Plaza

Shopping Malls

Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Factory Outlets

La Jolla

Destinations

parttimetravel's City Tips

  • Driving is still the best way to get around.
  • Old Town is a must for handmade crafts and jewelry, while large shopping centers are your best bet for retail.
  • There's something for everyone, from high-end designer stores to small, cute local boutiques.
  • Old Town San Diego
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    parttimetravel Says:

    This is your go-to for historic, unique goods, and some of the most festive and cultural souvenirs and items. Old Town is preserved to reflect the period of 1821-1872, and has some of the best small shops in San Diego.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Check out the Old Town Esplanade and Southwestern Marketplace.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 387 things to do in San Diego
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • wonderful and Free 14/10/2018
    • Touristy... 12/10/2018
    • Old Town San Diego
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Fashion Valley Shopping Center
    Shopping Malls
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    parttimetravel Says:

    This large shopping complex is known as the 'Rodeo Drive of San Diego.' Your one-stop shop for high end designers like Hermes and Gucci, with a few more affordable chains as well. You'll find many of your standard mall must-haves here.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • If you're looking for a department store, look no further: Fashion Valley has the big four (Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom.)
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 387 things to do in San Diego
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great shopping 20/09/2018
    • High End Shopping and Great People Watching 07/09/2018
    • Fashion Valley Shopping Center
    Address:
    7007 Friars Rd
    San Diego, CA 92108-1148
    Phone:
    +1 619-688-9113
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Gaslamp Quarter
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    parttimetravel Says:

    Gaslamp is a hip, well-designed section of downtown San Diego, where you'll find the fun, local boutiques that offer you more of a unique shopping experience.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you're looking for urban apparel or unique home apparel, this is your best bet.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 137 Shopping in San Diego
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Gaslamp Quarters has it all! 14/10/2018
    • Fun walkabout 'hood 14/10/2018
    • Gaslamp Quarter
    Address:
    Fourth Avenue between Broadway and Market
    San Diego, CA 92101
    Phone:
    +1 619-237-1492
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    08:30 - 17:30
    Other:
  • Hillcrest
    Neighbourhoods
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    parttimetravel Says:

    Hillcrest is a favorite with many locals for its vintage fashion, bookstores, music, and quaint cafes. It's a great little local neighborhood with some fine shops.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The main streets, University Avenue and Fifth Avenue, are lined with trees and fun to walk around.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 387 things to do in San Diego
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome neighborhood, be sure to visit the farmers market! 04/08/2018
    • What a fun neighborhood 27/06/2018
    • Hillcrest
    Other:
  • Little Italy Mercato
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    parttimetravel Says:

    This section of downtown's Little Italy contains hidden gems and unique home apparel, and is the go-to for design and art.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Check out India Street for unique imports and tons of accessories.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 137 Shopping in San Diego
    • love the diverse and yummy offerings here! 03/09/2018
    • Plenty to choose from... 04/08/2018
    • Little Italy Mercato
    Address:
    434 W Cedar St
    San Diego, CA 92101-2904
    Phone:
    +1 619-233-3769
    Hours:
    Sat
    08:00 - 14:00
    Other:
  • The Coronado Ferry Landing
    Shopping Malls
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    parttimetravel Says:

    At the dock of the San Diego to Coronado ferry lies some of the best specialty and antique shops, with excellent ocean views to boot.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • If you're on your way to Coronado, check out the small shops in the historic downtown as well.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 29 things to do in Coronado
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • On our way to Coronado 15/10/2018
    • Quick Trip Across The Bay 08/10/2018
    • The Coronado Ferry Landing
    Address:
    1201 1st St
    Coronado, CA 92118-1462
    Phone:
    +1 619-435-8895
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • Cedros Design District
    Shopping Malls
    parttimetravel Says:

    In North County's Solana Beach, Cedros Design District has some of the best luxury home decor and women's clothing boutiques. You'll definitely please your inner interior designer here.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • This area runs from along the 100 and 200 blocks of South Cedros Avenue.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Solana Beach
    • Nice place to shop 02/09/2018
    • See Cedros Design District 09/07/2018
    • Cedros Design District
    Address:
    Cedros Avenue
    Solana Beach, CA 92075
    Other:
  • Westfield Horton Plaza
    Shopping Malls
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    parttimetravel Says:

    Soak up some sunshine with this large outdoor shopping mall in downtown San Diego. With five levels to explore, you can find almost any major item you desire here.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Validated parking is available.
    • There's also a nice movie theater here, if you're in the mood to see a film.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #213 of 387 things to do in San Diego
    • Saddest Mall in America 17/10/2018
    • Very bad customer service ! 28/09/2018
    • Westfield Horton Plaza
    Address:
    324 Horton Plz
    San Diego, CA 92101-6148
    Phone:
    +1 619-239-8180
    Other:
  • Carlsbad Premium Outlets
    Factory Outlets
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    parttimetravel Says:

    If outlet shopping is your goal, look no further than Carlsbad, just north of the city. Savings range from 25-65% off regular prices, with over 90 retailers.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Plan your visit before you begin — it's easy to get lost here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 47 things to do in Carlsbad
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pretty Good For Couple of Hours 16/10/2018
    • Too Spendy 15/10/2018
    • Carlsbad Premium Outlets
    Address:
    5620 Paseo Del Norte
    Suite 100
    Carlsbad, CA 92008-4461
    Phone:
    +1 760-804-9000
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • La Jolla
    Destinations
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    parttimetravel Says:

    Upscale La Jolla has luxury shopping to match its surroundings, including art galleries and boutiques lining Prospect Street.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Check out the Upper Girard Design District for home designs.
    • Small side streets offer some of the best clothing boutiques.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    • La Jolla
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