Guide to Shopping in San Diego California

San Diego has a wide variety of shopping experiences both within the city limits and throughout the county. From the small individuals stores to the giant spreading Malls, retail therapy opportunities abound in this area of California.

For those who want designer clothes at a discount, and who doesn’t, a trip to the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, thirty miles north of San Diego will be essential. With all the top names such as Ralph Lauren, Kenneth Cole, Coach, Adidas and a host of others, this is a shoppers fantasy. Las Americas is another premium outlet that is worth a visit, located on the outskirts of the city. Want more? Then another area of high-class designer fashion and luxury goods stores can be found at the outdoor Fashion Valley shopping centre situated on Friars road. Over 220 high class stores from Bloomingdales to Saks Fifth Avenue are ready to make your credit card hyperactive at this venue, with equally appealing cafes and restaurants for those much needed refreshment breaks.

Are you desiring a more general shopping experience? Then the Westfield Shoppingtown centre near La Jolla will fit the bill. Set in an exquisitely landscaped area of floral displays, fountains and promenades, Westfield offers over 160 stores as well as dining facilities. If you crave exercise during your shopping trip, you could always stop off for a quick spin at the fabulous ice rink located here. For a more European feel, why not try Westfield’s other shopping extravaganza at Horton Plaza. With even the architecture reflecting European styles as do the shops and restaurants, you will find yourself being immersed for hours in this classic location.

If your desire is a shopping experience of a more intimate nature, the many and varied shops and cosy boutiques at the Del will provide a choice of everything from apparel to fine jewellery and from home accessories to bath and spa products, as well as gifts for the children. With romantic restaurants to relax in the Del pampers to your every retail need. Seaport village is another speciality shopping experience. However, the difference here is that, in addition to fine shops and dining venues, you will be treated to panoramic views of the San Diego Bay.

Finally, there are a few speciality shops that are deserving of a mention, especially for the connoisseur. The first of these is the Wine Bank, located in the Gaslamp Quarter, which has a range of rare and vintage wines on offer. Secondly, tempt yourself to a chocolate wonderland at the Chuao Chocolatier in Encinitas, with a mass of chocolate-coated delights to choose from. Lastly, who will be able to resist sampling many of the 130 world-champion cheese that are on offer at the Vessissimo cheese lovers dream in Mission Valley, which also offers a regular cheese and wine or beer pairing event. All of these are guaranteed to test the waistline and wallet.

San Diego is a retailaholic’s dream, a place where you and your flexible credit card friend can spend hours enjoying the excitement of purchasing pleasure.