While beaches and attractions like the zoo draw many travelers to the San Diego area, shopping is an equally appealing reason to visit. You’ll find a variety of luxury shops, local boutiques, and vibrant seaside shopping districts. The Fairmont Grand Del Mar, a Mediterranean-inspired resort on the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, makes a convenient base. It’s close to the villages of La Jolla, Del Mar, and Rancho Santa Fe and a 25-minute drive to downtown San Diego. Let the browsing begin!
Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s Collection of Boutiques
In the tradition of many of the best European hotels, the 249-room Fairmont Grand Del Mar has a retail gallery with several men’s and women’s boutiques so that guests can shop without leaving the premises. Peruse the racks for laidback SoCal style in the form of Paige Jeans, Milly dresses, and jewelry by Julie vos—and rack up points when you pay with a Fairmont Visa Signature Card. Refuel at Cent Anni Café & Grand Gifts, a gourmet coffee shop that also stocks gifts such as Voluspa candles, Kai body products, and JellyCat stuffed animals. And hit The Grand Golf Club in style with trappings from the Golf Shop, which has sportswear, accessories, and high quality gear by Cobra, Callaway, and Ping.
San Diego’s historic Naval Training Center, a sprawling campus in Point Loma comprised of wide green lawns, a waterfront park, and Spanish colonial buildings has become one of the area’s most exciting shopping and dining destinations. At the bustling Liberty Public Market, in the center’s former mess hall, vendors sell edible gifts like gourmet cheese, fresh cut flowers, wine, and olive oil. Across the street, Moniker General is the ultimate California lifestyle boutique. The bright shop with floor-to-ceiling windows sells locally made goods like Norden clay pots and soy wax candles, as well as Moroccan-inspired rugs, Linus cruisers, and Affinità surfboards. Inspired by the concept of the old-time general store, Moniker General is also a communal gathering place with a coffee shop and a beer bar. The home goods and design shop Scout @ Quarters D occupies the former Naval Commander’s home. Vintage finds like posters and suitcases are for sale alongside cookbooks, kitchen goods, and landscape paintings by a local artist. The shop is surrounded by a one-acre garden planted with roses, citrus trees, and lavender bushes.
La Jolla Village
La Jolla means “the jewel” in Spanish and the sparkling Riviera-like community does have some of the finest beaches, restaurants, galleries, and shopping in San Diego County. Make a beeline for shopping drags Prospect Street and Girard Avenue. At furniture store Ligne Rosset French-made furnishings like smoked glass end tables and ‘70s-inspired armchairs bring a touch of modernity to any dwelling. The La Jolla Lululemon offers durable and fashionable workout gear in a rainbow of colors and Warwick’s on Girard stocks the latest cookbooks and novels as well as stationary and gifts. The warm and inviting shop is the country’s oldest family-owned bookstore and hosts frequent events, including sbook signings with famous authors like Anne Rice.
Cedros Design District
Laid back Solana Beach is the place to go for furniture, art, and design. The industrial buildings on Cedros Avenue house many independently owned shops like Solo, a design collective where many local artists and designers get their start in retail. The work of eight local women is currently on display and makes great souvenirs including Jennifer Price’s original photography and Lori Graham’s coastal textiles, linens, scarves and bags. With your Fairmont Visa Signature Card at the ready, continue on Cedros Avenue to the gallery Handcrafted, featuring the work of 75 local and national artists like contemporary blown glass, ceramics and Ikebana flower arrangements. And nearby Solana Beach Jewelers tempts passersby with one-of-a-kind pieces that the owners found antique hunting over two decades, such as Edwardian diamond rings and iridescent opal necklaces.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar’s Spa Boutique
One of only 25 five-star spas in the country, The Spa at Fairmont Grand Del Mar provides a full range of treatments from cleansing facials to therapeutic massages. The signature Renaissance treatment—where guests experience a mineral rich body wrap and relaxation in a free-floating bed—works wonders because it takes weight off joints and ligaments. The spa’s custom line of organic products, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Skin and Body Care Collection, are for sale exclusively in the Spa Boutique and include cleansers, moisturizers, serums, and purifying masks made of herbal and marine extracts. Shoppers will also find yoga gear, robes, and slippers.