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Located inside of the Super JR Market in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, in the Market Deli and Catering, the Best Damn Beer Shop offers beer, wine, spirits, cheese, prepared foods, and more. Among their beer list, of which many beers they offer are made at San Diego breweries, are Alpine Pure Hopiness, Green Flash Barleywine, Karl Strauss Pintail Pale Ale, Stone Smoked Porter, Anchorage Love Buzz Saison, Chimay White, and many more. Throughout the year, the Best Damn Beer Shop hosts various events, such as the Best Damn Sour Fest, which includes a tasting of a secret keg. And for those who want to enjoy more of the Best Damn Beer Shop, they offer the Best Damn Home Brew Shop for home brewing. - Erick Pettersen
Take a leisurely walk from the Gaslamp Quarter or Horton Plaza and escape the madness of the city for awhile. Stroll down miles of cobblestone paths taking in the greenery, ponds and fountains as you make your way around 54 one-of-a-kind shops, 13 casual dining eateries and four fine-dining restaurants. Unsurpassed views of the bay, its ships and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge surround the park. Complete with a carousel dating from the 1890s, this is a great place to visit for the day. A monthly calender features live blues, jazz, country and swing bands.
The life-size statue of a gruff pirate greeting you at the door gives you a fair idea of what's on offer. Whether you're an avid follower of pirate legends or simply love nautical stuff, Captain's Cove is gold-mine of sea-themed memorabilia. From interesting pirate-themed objects to spruce up your home to wacky gifts like replica weapons and maritime instruments, the collection at the store is extensive. Many of the store's offerings are unique, and unlikely to be found anywhere else. Keep your eyes peeled; you just might chance upon a lost treasure.
Most likely in San Diego, you will want to visit this shop to look for a sun hat or sun visor and not a hat to keep warm. Regardless, those who come to this shop will find plenty of selection here for any climate with more than 50,000 hats, in fact. Along with fedoras and fur hats, visitors will also find a mini-museum of antique and vintage hats in tastefully displayed exhibit cases. Prices range from inexpensive to very expensive.
Eclipse Chocolat features a menu of many types of coffees, chocolate treats, and small meals. In a dining area of retro furniture, below low-hanging lamps that run along the perimeter of the dining area, guests can relax in a room of Turquoise, brown, and beige décor. Once a month, for only USD30 per person, guests can enjoy three courses that includes chocolate, caramel, or vanilla bean in each plate and appetizers for two for USD12. Their in-house design specialists can personalize any event, they offer private tasting events, and much of their chocolate is available in gift boxes. They also use sustainable Guittard Chocolate from San Francisco, high-quality Couverture chocolate, and hand-selected ingredients that contain no preservatives. - Erick Pettersen
Family owned and operated since 1976, Apache Indian Arts Center features Native American jewelry from the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni tribes. Also within the 10,000-square-foot store is a complete inventory of authentic Native American rugs, pottery, dolls, paintings, boots, belts and baskets. This well-respected shop is owned by the same family who runs The Covered Wagon in Old Town where visitors can find child and adult sizes of Western wear.
If you walk into this shop, chances are you will walk out with a flag furled under your arm, even if you never intended to buy one. The big selection and low prices almost guarantee you will find a banner just right for yourself or someone you know. With hundreds of flags representing nations, cities, historic events, military divisions, plus a variety of decorative seasonal banners, there is literally something for everyone...all at discount prices. The shop also welcomes large orders and corporate accounts.
Bazaar del Mundo is one of the happiest and most colorful of all marketplaces in San Diego to shop. Part of historic Old Town, where the city's first inhabitants set up the original city, this shopping area is a true delight. Colorful parrots screech, color blooms everywhere, mariachis stroll the grounds, sparkling fountains babble and delicious Mexican dishes permeate the air and tempt the palate. Five restaurants, 15 international specialty shops and plenty of historic sites in adjacent Old Town provide much to explore.
Within a block of the Pacific Ocean, you can tour these shops and restaurants occupying the small community of Ocean Beach. Eclectic by nature, as the residents claim, Ocean Beach is an attitude, not an address. Along the main street of Newport Avenue, collectors will find more than 15 separate antique shops carrying merchandise from dozens of dealers. For collectors, the antique shops are the main draw, but this unique seaside community has something for everyone, from surf to food to fine antiques.
Want a memorable gift or souvenir? Consider coin jewelry made with modern, ancient or foreign coins or a beautiful art ingot of solid sterling silver, engraved with any of hundreds of designs. It is an inexpensive and memorable gift. This store also offers investment-grade gold and silver coins, proof and mint sets and gold and silver bullion. Are you buying or selling coins? The shop is a member of the International Numismatists Guild, the Better Business Bureau and many other professional organizations.