Guide to Shopping in San Diego California

If you’re the type of person that loves to get their shop on, you’ll love SAN DIEGO. You’ll find designer shops, national department stores, and unique boutiques in both indoor and outdoor settings. If you are overdue for a shopping blow-out, bring your extra credit card and get set to start spending.

The shopping in San Diego is different than what you might find in San Francisco or some of the shops in Las Vegas. The outlet malls are in sunny outdoor locations, and you’ll find a lot of boutiques with unique trinkets to take home. Here are some of the places you should consider spending your dollars:

CARLSBAD PREMIUM OUTLETS: This outdoor outlet mall includes Gap, Pottery Barn, Bose, Hanes, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas, Juicy Couture, Polo Ralph Lauren, Barneys New York, Calvin Klein, Dooney & Bourke, Coach, Kenneth Cole, Brooks Brothers, Guess, Puma, and LaCoste. In total, the mall has 90 stores, and eleven eateries. You’ll find remarkable savings at these outlets compared to regular retail shops. This shopping mall is located off I-5 and Palomar Airport Road, the same exit you’d take to visit the Carlsbad Flower Fields, Legoland California, and the Crossings Golf Course.

DOWNTOWN LA JOLLA: The shops located in downtown La Jolla, CA are not situated in a mall or shopping center. Stores include Victoria’s Secret, Lucky Jeans, Gap, Tommy Bahama, Visit Windsong on Girard Avenue for fine artifacts from Indonesia. Discover ocean and marine art at Wyland Galleries on Prospect Street.

SEAPORT VILLAGE: This outdoor shopping center is located on the water close to downtown San Diego. Over 50 unique shops include art galleries, souvenir shops, and gift stores. A four mile tree lined path includes magicians, face painting, bands, singers, and even palm readers.

LA COSTA FORUM: This outdoor shopping center includes Talbot’s, Victoria’s Secret, Ann Taylor Loft, Anthropologie, Borders Books, and Z Gallerie. The parking lot can fill up on the weekends, so I recommend getting there early. You’ll have your choice of a few restaurants including Italian fare, Southwestern cuisine, Sushi, an ice cream shop and coffee shop.

VIEJAS OUTLETS: If you want to combine a trip to an Indian casino with a shopping shop, the over 60 outdoor shops will provide a tranquil experience. Retail shops include Perry Ellis, Reebok, Polo Ralph Lauren, Nautica, Borders Book Outlet, Sunglass Hut, Ultra Diamonds, Zales Outlet, and Jones New York. To get there, take I-8 East to Willows Road and follow the signs to Viejas.

CEDROS DESIGN CENTER: For unique, one of a kind decor, jewelry, and art, visit the Cedros Design Center District in downtown Solana Beach. This is in walking distance to the Coaster / Amtrak station, and less than 3 blocks from the beach. If you are staying save cab fare and take the train to a day trip in Solana Beach.

If you are set on visiting a mall during your visit to San Diego, the top three are Horton Plaza, Fashion Valley, and University Towne Center. Fashion Valley includes San Diego’s very own Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue!