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.
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.
Solo's 4,000 square foot space is located in Solana Beach, California. They offer beautiful vintage furniture and home decor items, as well as coffee table books, stationery, and enchanting toys for kids. Whether you're looking to decorate your home or find a great gift for someone, you'll love what Solo has to offer!
For years, tourists have flocked to the artistic district in La Jolla. Meanwhile, Solana Beach has remained a relatively less-crowded venue for those interested in design. It's located on Cedros Street, just south of Lomas Santa Fe Drive. The overhead signs welcome discriminating clientele into the area, which features scores of art galleries and custom-designed furniture stores.
The Coronado Ferry Landing offers some of the best waterfront experiences in the city, with boundless avenues for shopping, dining and even recreation. Take in Coronado's picturesque harbor as you shop at local boutiques, or enjoy its scenery from one of the many restaurants and eateries that line the harbor. You can also hop aboard the ferry that makes its way across San Diego Bay, or better yet, kayak through the waters and enjoy the city's lovely skyline from a unique vantage.
Tourists and locals will find a variety of California collectibles along the main street in Encinitas. Located along the Pacific Ocean coastline, this string of shops offers both Southern California atmosphere and traditional memorabilia. At the main street office, you may select from coffee mugs, shirts, hats, key chains and other items that highlight the Highway 101 Encinitas logo. The profits from sales on these products are donated to the maintenance of the historic Highway 101. In addition to the main street office, you may also select from a string of specialty shops, all located along this street. Music, jewelry, clothing and other products are available, all with a Southern California feel. Credit card acceptance is determined by each retailer.
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
7th Street in San Diego has various attractions from parks to great architectural work. The 'Gateway Mall' on the street is a collection of parks where you can spend some quality time with family and friends also worth seeing is the 7th Street Metro center known for its French Style Architecture. Those who love to shop can look out for the seasonal downtown market. Taste the local food and beverages and enjoy the local music on the streets while you shop.
When a cigar shop gets highly favorable reviews from both The New York Times and Cigar Aficionado magazine, it has to be good. This establishment offers cigars that have been hand rolled by experienced Cuban master rollers with Cuban-seed tobacco grown in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Nicaragua. Connecticut shade wrappers are the only wraps used. In addition, the staff is eager to help its customers. If you are a new customer, prepare to be hosted with a cup of coffee or wine and a good cigar. The owner enjoys finding new clients and is always eager to educate.
For those wishing to pursue artistic talent, this store holds the quality materials you'll need to enhance your innovation and creativity. Located on a downtown San Diego street corner with large windows lining the street side walls, this shop hosts an atmosphere conducive to reflection, as one peruses the shelves for the right materials. The store has books, sketch pads and a plethora of other general supplies for the budding artist. Seminars are also hosted on location.
Vibrant, eclectic, and endlessly entertaining, the Gaslamp Quarter covers more than 16 city blocks of downtown San Diego, with hundreds of specialty shops and dozens of trendy restaurants, bars and avant-garde playhouses. Most of the shops keep late hours, so delightful shopping, drinking, and dining can occur virtually simultaneously. Cutting-edge women's fashions elbow up against exclusive art galleries, while nearby is a hardware store founded more than 100 years ago. The San Diego Convention Center is just steps away from the Gaslamp, and during major conventions the flow of souvenir-hunting attendees floods the area. For an upscale shopping mall experience, the adjacent Horton Plaza offers major department stores and a hundred or so mall shops set in an architecturally amusing maze of bridges, stairways, and intricately tiled walls. If you have just a few hours to devote to shopping, spend the time and the money here.