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Your Guide to Shopping in San Diego

San Diego is a shopper’s paradise! There are a range of places to go, from luxury malls to discount outlets to one-of-a-kind boutiques. Whether you’re looking for a souvenir or something special to spruce up your wardrobe, you can find it all here while shopping in San Diego. The balmy weather, with an average temperature of 72 degrees, also lends itself to outdoor shopping in San Diego. Add a little (or a lot!) of retail therapy to your San Diego vacation! Use this quick guide on places to shop to aide your excursions.

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Outlet Centers
If you’re like me, you love a good bargain. Luckily, you can find steep discounts on designer and brand names at San Diego Outlet Malls. Centers are located throughout San Diego County; some of the most popular outlet malls are centrally located in Mission Valley. Lux labels can be found at shops like Off 5th Saks, Nordstrom Rack, Barneys New York and Michael Kors.

Las Americas Premium Outlets
Address: 4211 Camino De La Plaza, San Diego, CA 92173
Phone: (619) 934-8400

Carlsbad Premiums Outlets
5620 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone: (760) 804-9000

Viejas Outlet Center
5005 Willows Rd Suite 229, Alpine, CA 91901
Phone: (619) 659-2070

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Shopping Malls
Shopping Malls in San Diego offer a range of selections. From luxury brands to family-friendly labels and stores, all of your shopping needs are met. High end department stores like Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom feature designers like Prada, Armani, Gucci, and Kate Spade, to name a few. Of course, high-end labels like Coach, Bebe, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Jimmy Choo are also available for lux retail therapy. Popular brands such as  Lucky, Hollister, American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, H&M, Anthropologie and Forever 21 provide more affordable options.

Fashion Valley Mall
7007 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619) 688 9113

Horton Plaza
324 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 239 8180

Westfield UTC
4545 La Jolla Village Dr., Suite E-25, San Diego, CA 92112
Phone: (858) 546 8858

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Outdoor Shopping Centers
The weather in San Diego helps make outdoor shopping centers a favorite place to window shop. Local boutiques are intermingled with specialty stores, creating a unique experience for visitors and locals alike. A few of my go-to shops include Tucci Boutique, Studio 1220 and Maggie B.

The Forum Carlsbad
Address: 1923 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Phone: (760) 479-0166

Del Mar Highlands Town Center
Address: 12925 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130
Phone: (858) 793-5757

Flower Hill Promenade
Address: 2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014
Phone: (858) 481-2904

Neighborhood shopping opportunities are also numerous. Visit area such as the Gaslamp District, Seaport Village, Little Italy, La Jolla, Old Town, Coronado, Mission Hills and Ocean Beach for one-of-a-kind shopping. From boutiques to antique stores, these San Diego districts offer distinct style and culture.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting San Diego to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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