San Diego can be a shopper’s paradise. There are so many interesting shops available to tourists that you may have to cut yourself off from entering them. San Diego features a large amount of shops that offer sea themed gifts and gift sets, as well as a large amount of stores that offer popular clothing that can’t be found anywhere else in the United States. With so many different wonderful places to check out, you may have a hard time leaving!
Fashion Valley Mall
Fashion Valley Mall is located at 7007 Friars Road. This classy, stylish and up-market two-story outdoor mall has 200 shops, mostly signature stores like Nieman Marcus, JC Penney, Macy's, Tiffany & Co., Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and the first Bloomingdale's in San Diego to name a few,. They also feature multi-level parking lots, an 18-screen AMC Theater, a food court, popular restaurants such as Cheesecake Factory, Crocodile Cafe, Numero Uno Pizza, PF Chang's, and California Pizza Kitchen. So if you are a "fashionista" - young or old - with a taste for quality products, this is the place to go. For more information, visit here, or call 619-688-9113.
Grossmont Center is located at 5500 Grossmont Center Drive in La Mesa. This unusual, old-fashioned shopping mall caters to the area between El Cajon and Mission Valley. It is well-landscaped and the ambience is comfortable and leisurely, with little facade or flagrancy. It may seem a bit dull compared to some of the flashier shopping venues, but if you like a nostalgic feel, then Grossmont is a good place to bring the family. It also has a large Pacific Cinema that brings in youngsters during the evening hours, a food court, restaurants, and a spacious, multi-level parking lot. Signature stores are a two-story Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's, Barnes & Noble, and Sports Authority. For more information, visit here or call 619-465-2900.
Otay Ranch Town Center
Otay Ranch Town Center is located at 2015 Birch Road in Chula Vista. This recently opened outdoor mall offers a vibrant environment for people spending time with their children or friends. It is not your conventional stone-covered mall, but a fashion center wherein storefronts line the main street. It features 150 stores and restaurants. The open-air section is conducive to strolling, but with a metropolitan street surrounding. Children will enjoy themselves at the Chalk Garden and the popper fountains. The mall even has a 10,000 square foot Doggie Park for people who like to take their dogs along while shopping. For more information, visit here, or call 619-656-9100.
University Town Center
University Town Center is located at 4545 La Jolla Village Drive. It is a nice, open-air mall located in the Golden Triangle district. It caters the University City/La Jolla/Clairmont area. The main attraction at UTC is the ice skating rink, which also has a food court. It is very popular for both hockey and freestyle ice skating. In addition to the food court, there are several restaurants and some signature stores like Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Sears, Pottery Barn and Macy's. UTC also offers plentiful parking spaces. College students, yuppies and soccer moms frequent the mall. For more information call 858-546-8858.
Westfield Horton Plaza
Westfield Horton Plaza is located at 324 Horton Plaza. The Gas Lamp renaissance started following the Mall's construction in the mid-80's, and the capricious architecture is definitely a must-see for tourists. It is located in the business district of San Diego, so shoppers are mostly office workers. In the evening, younger crowds shop there before going to the Gas Lamp district for dining and entertainment. There is a food court on the 3rd level, and some restaurants as well. Just head to the Gas Lamp for an even better selection. The mall also contains several signature shops, as well as a 24-hour fitness center. For more information, visit here or call 619-239-8180.
San Diego’s shopping is among some of the best in the United States. The city has a wide array of different stores available to shoppers and tourists, and you should have no problem finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list!