San Diego Shopping
One of the delights of San Diego is a shopping trip. From the very high-end stores in La Jolla to budget shopping at an outlet mall to international shopping in South County, the San Diego region offers the shopper a wide range of buying opportunities. If you live in San Diego or are just visiting, there’s always a shopping adventure waiting for you.
For large specialty shopping malls, Horton Plaza is one of the main downtown shopping areas. Built in 1985, it remains a popular destination for shoppers throughout the year with Nordstrom, Macy’s and other department stores. The largest shopping mall in the county is Fashion Valley Center with the most (150) and the widest array of stores from the high end of Nieman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s to specialty stores like the Apple Store and Sony Style. Farther on the outskirts of San Diego is Otay Ranch Town Center, just recently opened in 2006, and in North County, the Westfield University Town Center in the Golden Triangle area which offers Nordstrom, Sears, and Macy’s, as well as a frequented ice rink where the kids can skate while you shop.
For more unique shopping experiences, San Diego Seaport Village located on San Diego Bay offers many specialty clothing stores, restaurants and the ambience of the sun and water for the complete San Diego experience. Likewise, Bazaar Del Mundo in Old Town, offers fabulous choices for international shopping and dining. And for even more local and unique shopping experiences, there are farmers markets that happen on weekends throughout San Diego where you can find arts and crafts by local artisans and fresh produce direct from the farm.
For the budget shopper there are many outlet malls throughout the county, and the area is well represented by the large discount chains such as Wal-Mart and Costco. One of the benefits of the planning that has gone into area development is the retail considerations made by community developers. Almost every new development includes a retail shopping plaza. In the North County along the coast, every community has a shopping area such as the Del Mar Shopping Plaza, which has high-end specialty stores, a health-food market, and tourist shops, all within walking distance of the beach.
So, whether you’re looking for that Lamborghini in La Jolla, or a handbag in Del Mar, there’s always plenty of shopping to do in the greater San Diego area. And for a real international adventure, Mexico is close by with retail and bargain stores in Tijuana.