Where to Shop in San Diego
Collected by Tommy Alexander, AFAR Staff
835 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
My favorite independent bookstore, located in Seaport Village, is Upstart Crow—a mix of eclectic nostalgia items amongst coffee drinks and stacks of books. Here is where you find peace amid the tourist busy bodies.
4010 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
Yes, the Old Town Market has it's share of kitsch, but there are some unique things found here. Beautiful stained glass hangings, handcrafted gourd art, pan flute musicians, clothing and blankets brought over from Mexico and more. The Old Town...
2171 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
The gift shop is in the area of the Hospitality Houses and is packed with souvenirs from Balboa Park and San Diego. You will also find a lot of handmade items from around the world, and things like camera batteries, and water bottles (it can get...
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...
1620 W Lewis St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
The paperie and gift shop, With Love, is owned by the same woman who runs the Le Bel Age boutique. In fact, they are found right across the street from each other. Like the boutique, With Love, is full of unique treasures that the owner, Valerie...
2304 San Diego Ave B, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
At El Agave Tequileria, there are over two thousand bottles of tequila- bottles line the walls, the ceiling and the windows! If you like tequila, then this is your place. When you're finished sampling, feel free to go out and meander a bit in Old...
2802 Juan St #12, San Diego, CA 92110, USA
One portion of Old Town is filled with neat shops, restaurants, and bars, while the other portion is designated as a state park. In the state park section, you will find restaurants and stores, but they will have the historical flavor of days...
South Park, San Diego, CA, USA
The South Park neighborhood in San Diego is quickly becoming the hip place to hang out, eat and/or do some shopping. Check out the activity at the Whistle Stop bar- http://www.whistlestopbar.com/ or chill out with the locals at the AC Lounge-...
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...
7940 Herschel Ave g, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Prospect St in La Jolla has a lot of shopping, restaurants, day spas, galleries and more! There is so much here that I haven't seen everything. There are little nooks and alleyways filled with stores. There are several galleries- don't miss Peter...
619 W Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Vitreum is located in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, near downtown. They carry unique, handmade jewelry, tableware, vases, incense, decorative items, and more. There is a clothing boutique and a spa all right next door. When you're...
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...
2365 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
Mythology is one of the few eco-boutiques in San Diego. Richard Frederick runs this boutique and designs many of the items himself. You will find locally made jewelry, art and other gift items. The clothing found here is all-natural organic...
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...
1607 W Lewis St, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
For almost 30 years, Le Bel Age has been the "to go" to boutique in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego. Filled from top to bottom with earrings, bracelets, charms, necklaces, hats, clothing and shoes. The owner, Valerie Lee, travels all...
2225 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104, USA
With treasures from over 20 different local vendors, Progress is abounding with all sorts of gifts and goodies that warm the heart. From wooden candles to hiking tools, there’s certainly something for anyone here. The boutique also features...
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...
743 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
La Jolla is known for pricey galleries and high-end stores selling designer labels - and I admit it's fun to browse in these places - but when I need a present for a special occasion, I head to the St. James Gift Shop. Located in "the village"...
820 Fort Stockton Dr, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
Maison En Provence is run by a wonderful couple from the Provence region of France. They came to the States and opened a shop here in San Diego that carries items they feel reflect the best from their homeland. This cute little store is found...
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