Guide to Shopping in San Diego California

If you’re planning a trip to San Diego, be prepared for some fantastic shopping adventures! The area is full of the usual sprawling shopping malls and outlet centers, but San Diego offers much more: hip boutiques, quaint antique shops, and a variety of specialty stores, presenting buyers with many unique hard-to-resist items.

Hillcrest, located in the center of San Diego, is a discriminating shopper’s paradise. A stroll through its turn-of-the-century charm will find plenty of pleasing stores. If you’re looking for some interesting home accessories, try Babette Shwartz, Pomegranate, or Torreon Importers. Cathedral also has some beautiful home decor items. Hip retro clothing is found at Wear It Again Sam and Flashbacks, and Amor Lingerie and other local shops carry a wide range of intimate apparel. If you’re a bookworm, spend a couple of hours prowling the shelves of Bluestocking Books.

Another great shopping locale in the area is Seaport Village. Located right on the San Diego Bay, Seaport is 14 acres of superb waterfront shopping and dining, all in a re-creation of a harbor town of the early 1900s, with narrow cobblestone lanes, dancing fountains, and beautiful landscaping. Over 50 shops offer everything from stylish clothing for every member of the family, souvenirs, candles, music boxes, tobacco, nautical items, art, hats, and antiques. If you have kids in tow, the fascinating toy stores and the carousel will entertain them. Grab a bite to eat at the charming sidewalk cafes or at any of the numerous eateries. The variety of live entertainment in Seaport adds to a day of perfect shopping.

An absolute must-see while in San Diego is the historic Gaslamp Quarter, located downtown. Over 100 retailers offer items such as hand-made belts and shoes, jewelry, specialty wines and liqueurs, sports gear, books, home furnishings, and antiques. Check out the array of sumptuous bath products at Bubbles, or the trendy clothing styles at Hustler Hollywood or Future of Style. Lucky Dog Pet Boutique has everything pampered pooches could ever wish for. One of the most fascinating shops in the Quarter is Hilo Hattie, with its Hawaiian clothing in children’s, men’s, women’s, and plus sizes; its gourmet coffees, fruits, condiments, candies, nuts, cookies, and teas; and its gorgeous selections of coral and pearl jewelry. In addition to its famous shopping, the Gaslamp Quarter also has over a hundred restaurants, 35 night clubs, live theater, art galleries, and wonderful rooftop lounges, making the area a truly memorable experience.

Once die-hard shoppers experience San Diego, they’ll be convinced they’ve found their Nirvana.

Be sure to set aside some of your vacation time for some world-class shopping. Even the shopping-challenged will delight in these unique locales and are sure to find something to grab their attention!