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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.

Take a leisurely stroll from the Gaslamp Quarter or Horton Plaza and escape the urban bustle for a while at Seaport Village. Stroll along charming cobblestone paths, taking in the greenery, ponds, and fountains as you explore the collection of unique shops, casual eateries, and fine-dining restaurants. Unparalleled views of the bay, its docked ships, and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge provide a picturesque backdrop. Complete with a historic carousel dating back to the 1890s, Seaport Village offers a delightful place to relax, explore, and experience the beauty of San Diego's harbor district. A monthly calendar features live music performances, including 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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