Conveniently located just 20 minutes from downtown is the major shopping center referred to as UTC. Here you will find shopping majors such as Sears, Macy's, and Nordstrom's. More than 160 specialty shops, banks, seven eateries, 16 fast-food sites and an ice skating rink that will entertain and delight you. Events and entertainment are scheduled on weekends. Plenty of free parking is available.
Completely renovated in 1997, this elegant outdoor mall is your best stop for serious shopping in San Diego. Less tourist-like than the flamboyant and exciting Horton Plaza, Fashion Valley Shopping Center is much easier to navigate. It is the main hub for upscale and designer shopping. Exclusive names like Hermès, Neiman Marcus and Rolex are among the luxury brand stores. With 200 stores, seven restaurants, a food court and a movie theatre, even the most discriminating shoppers will find what they are looking for, including foreign currency exchange.
If sun, sand, and surf are your thing, then head to Clairemont Surf Shop for some quality merchandise. This surf shop has been a San Diego fixture since 1976, making it quite the expert for people's surfing needs and wants. They offer surfboards, apparel, wetsuits, and even some snowboarding equipment. If you really love the store, you can become a member for a reasonable fee and receive discounts on store merchandise for a year.
Located just 20 minutes from downtown of San Diego, Las Americas Premium Outlets offers upscale outlet shopping with an impressive collection of 125 designer and name brand outlet stores. Enjoy incredible savings on your favorite labels and designers at this outdoor shopping center. Stores include BCBG Max Azria, Calvin Klein, Coach, Tommy Bahama, Gap Outlet, Guess, Adidas, J.Crew, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and many more.
Plaza Bonita mall has 140 specialty stores and four major department stores to choose from. Also on hand are more than 15 restaurants, a movie complex, and beauty salons. Everything from appliances to toys can be purchased at this major bi-level shopping mall serving clientele in the South Bay area for nearly 20 years. The mall has undergone an extensive makeover in the past few years and is bigger and better than ever. Extra perks include Wi-Fi facility throughout the mall, a family lounge and a mall walker program.
Only the finest of women's fashions are offered in this upscale boutique. At the entrance, guests may sit on antique furniture, while perusing top fashion magazines. A display of bath and shower oils is posted there as well. Further into Sigi's outlet, browse through the selection of elegant evening wear as well as fashionable casual wear, with jeans and cotton tops. The 100 percent leather coats imported from Italy, are sure to catch your eye. In addition, gloves and jewelry are available in a dazzling display of accessories.
San Diego has never been known as a men's fashion capital, but that may be changing if Ron Stuart has his way. Businessmen, lawyers, philanthropists and city officials rub shoulders here while finding the perfect Gianpaolo suit. If you want or need the right look and have money and time to spend, this is one of the few shops in San Diego that can accommodate a man in search of the ideal suit. Professional tailoring and alterations are available from master tailor Joe Lafata.
Harold Steven's Jewelers is known for educating clientèle on how to select quality diamonds. The store holds a philosophy, which differs from many other jewelry establishments. Unlike most jewelers, who market finished products, this shop sells loose diamonds. Customers are encouraged to buy diamonds, since this method allows the jeweler to accurately grade the stone's color, cut, clarity and weight. Once a guest has selected a loose diamond, then jewelry is designed to accompany the precious stone.
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.
When the first store was opened in 1970, Urban Outfitters was called 'The Free People's Store'. This brand is very well known for its funky fashion line and household products. They offer their private brands like Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People and Terrain as well as other brands like Lacoste, Diesel, True Religion and many more. Even after being attached to many controversies like selling products which have anti-Christian and anti-Jewish slogans on them, the brand's popularity is still on a high. With More than 140 stores across the globe, Urban Outfitters assures you of a uniquely different shopping experience.
If you are looking for a way to find out the best food, wines, beer or chocolates in San Diego, then a trip downtown to the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center is one place you can’t miss on your travels. Each item is dedicated to the promotion of “made in San Diego”, and the wine-tasting alone makes it worth the trip. Metered parking, trolleys, and patio seating give visitors and locals a chance to sit and dine, drink and talk in a relaxed atmosphere. Try a chorus of San Diego wines or a Martini Sampler for a fixed price. Sit back, relax and watch the red trolleys go by. - Lisa Carey