San Diego Shopping



Because of the year-round great weather, San Diego shopping malls are all outdoors. No snow, no rain means no need for concrete mega buildings. In San Diego, shopping means walking around enjoying the blue sky, the green grass, the warm sun, and the fresh air.

Great weather also lends itself to less bulky clothing: casual yet classy, light weight yet not baggy. San Diegans harbor a very distinctive west coast "Californian" look which many people (men and women alike) appreciate.

Unfortunately, due to the high cost of living, only the tough survive: small, independently-owned shops have a hard time surviving the major shopping centers. Thus, major shopping malls carry the same stores: Gap, Macy, Nordstrom, Banana Republic, and so forth. Despite this, each mall is designed to capture a particular clientele and as such has its own flavor:


shopping centers

shopping centers

shopping centers

shopping centers
Fashion Valley: A trendy shopping mall catering to the rich and beautiful. Two levels high and housing over 200 stores, this mall is the place to be and be seen. Highlights include high-end stores such as Rolex, Gucci, Godiva, Bloomingdales, and the Cheesecake Factory - how can anyone resist? Read more...

Horton Plaza: Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, this shopping center gets a lot of traffic from locals and from visitors. This mall is 5-stories high and architecturally stunning: the levels are connect by archways, bridges, and ramps. In December, Horton Square is converted into an outdoor skating rink. Read more...

University Town Center: This open air shopping mall welcomes just about everyone: parents, children, teenagers, young professionals, and business people. Located in the "Golden Triangle", this San Diego shopping center is easily accessible because it is bordered by highway 5, highway 52 and highway 8. Highlights here include a children's playground, spouting water fountains, and an indoor ice skating rink. Read more...

Seaport Village: This charming shopping district is unlike the ones above. It is located by the San Diego Bay, 14-acre in size and carries 70+ shops organized into 3 plazas. Caters to tourists and visitors who want to capture a slice of San Diego. Highlights include duck ponds, foot bridges, walkways, and a functional carousel made in 1895! Read more...