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The 7 Best San Diego Shopping Spots


The San Diego shopping scene suits all tastes and budgets, from the fashionable boutiques of La Jolla to the thriving antique district in Ocean Beach.

San Diego Shopping Guide

The Gaslamp Quarter serves up some of the best shopping in the downtown district—along with a serving of Victorian charm. If you’re seeking something more modern, the San Diego area also has a number of large shopping malls.

Ocean Beach Antique District

Seeking unique collectibles or that perfect vintage armoire to finish off your family room? Head to the Ocean Beach Antique District, where you’ll find hundreds of antique dealers just a block from the Pacific Ocean.

La Jolla

Luxe La Jolla has some of the best shopping in San Diego for jewelry, art, and upscale clothing. If you’re in town on a Sunday, stop by the Open Aire Market, which sells artisan foods and crafts to benefit a local elementary school.

Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter is sprinkled with big-name brands like Urban Outfitters and Skechers, but there are a few quirky, independent boutiques here as well.


Hillcrest, home to San Diego’s LGBT community, is also home to some of the city’s hippest urban boutiques. Used books, retro clothes, and unique housewares are among the specialties here.

Westfield Horton Plaza

Westfield Horton Plaza, an upscale urban shopping mall only a 10-minute walk away from the waterfront, has a Macy’s department store as its flagship and includes plenty of familiar brands.

Fashion Valley

Fashion Valley is an upscale San Diego mall located about five miles north of Westfield Horton Plaza. You’ll find luxe local and international brands like Armani and Hermes, along with major department stores such as Bloomingdale’s. The open-air design lets you bask in the San Diego sunshine as you’re window shopping.

Las Americas Premium Outlets

Just south of San Diego, in the U.S. but next to the Mexican border, you’ll find Las Americas Premium Outlets. This San Diego outlet mall has more than 100 shops and stores, many with deep discounts on name brands.

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Editor’s Note: Some information on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about San Diego shopping.

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