Shop Local in San Diego
Collected by Rajam Roose, AFAR Local Expert
San Diego is home to many wonderful artists—from glassblowers, painters, and photographers to clothing designers, jewelers, and hat makers.
1770 Village Pl, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Spanish Village is a well known part of Balboa Park, and is one of my favorite places to visit. It's created using the romanticized version of a Spanish villa and about 250 local artists are represented here. In many of the houses, you can watch...
311 Fourth Ave #417, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Diana Cavagnaro has been making hats for almost 30 years. She teaches millinery classes from her studio in the Gaslamp and travels around Southern California for trunk shows. Her hats are a staple at the Del Mar racetrack, and are featured in many...
615 Eighth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
G St Gypsy is a new boutique and already starting to fill up with locally made jewelry and featured local designers. They also carry vintage clothing and provide alterations in the store. It's right next to the Neighborhood, so you can pop in and...
228 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Eyes of Fifth carries all kinds of contemporary and stylish eye wear, but the most interesting part of this store is found in the back corner. David Keith is an optician who works here and he has created a line of eye wear that is custom-made from...
740 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Dream Boutique looks tiny from the outside, but once you enter, you will see that there is great depth to the store—it is full of goodies to peruse. I like this boutique because it is almost like looking through a closet—you have to look closely,...
1606 G St (No Retail At This Location / Online Only ), San Diego, CA 92101, USA
This is my favorite shop in the San Diego community of Little Italy. Regina DiSilvestro is a chemist and herbalist and has created a line of skin and hair care products. Everything is made and packaged right there in the back of the shop. They...
226 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Bubbles has the most extensive collection of local jewelry, clothing, and handbag designers under one roof in the Gaslamp District of San Diego. The owner, Gayleen Nichols is a vivacious woman, who loves supporting local artists—particularly...
928 Fort Stockton Dr, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
Emma Jane is a cute boutique located in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego. Not only do they carry a lot of local designers, but all the jewelry is locally made as well. The clothes are fun and bright, offering a chic style that reflects...
3009 Grape Street, San Diego, CA 92102, USA
Since 2008, Melissa Hendrix-Lawson has been making customized clothing for men. The passion she has for her work shows in the detail of her stitching. She doesn't follow trends but prefers to create a classy style that is appreciated by men in San...
Mission Bay, San Diego, CA, USA
At 4,235 acres, Mission Bay Park is the largest man-made aquatic park in the U.S. Here, water-sports enthusiasts can enjoy everything from kayaking, windsurfing, and wakeboarding to snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing, while landlubbers can take...