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Best Local Products & Souvenirs in San Diego

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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.

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.

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.

This establishment is a specialty shop offering gifts, books, tapes and cards that uplift and encourage us during times of need and stress. Something for every recovery program can be found here with everything to provide a positive, uplifting influence for someone in need. Find a fine selection of medallions and tokens for recovery programs. The store will ship anywhere in the world.

Regional artists shine here. This shop showcases authentic Californian and Mexican folk art. Featured artwork includes stained glass, pottery, masks, dream pillows and recycled art. In addition, handcrafted jewelry and Mexican garments are available. In fact, jewelry will even be customized for you. For those with an admiration for tapestry, the shop holds numerous pieces. You may select from tapestry pillows, which are filled with herbs, or a variety of tapestry handbags.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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