As many San Diego residents will tell you, the local shopping scene just keeps getting better and better. Major shopping malls have experienced both aesthetic facelifts while adding in more chic brands.
Fashion Valley more than deserves its top ranking spot on this list for sheer variety and ease of navigation. The two-story mall is anchored by the county’s only Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales stores as well as Nordstrom, Macy’s and J.C. Penney. In between the anchors find JCrew, H&M, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Williams-Sonoma and other favorites.
La Jolla’s Prospect Street, known as San Diego’s “Rodeo Drive,” offers dozens of shops featuring designer apparel and fine jewelry. Find mostly boutiques here though bigger brands such as Kate Spade, Lululemon and even Sur la Table have recently opened. It’s certainly no hardship to walk off a meal at one of San Diego’s finest restaurants (a number call La Jolla home) by browsing nearby stores.
Those seeking a more casual, boho vibe should head to the Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach. Browse the shops for unique gifts, garden accessories and books. Stop at Claire’s or one of the other cafes to refuel in the sunshine.
Most anything you could possibly have the hankering to buy can be found in San Diego. Here are the best places to go.