Filippi's Pizza Grotto is one of the most beloved Italian restaurants in San Diego. Its pizza has been highly acclaimed since first being served more than 50 years ago. The front of the restaurant is an Italian shop selling dried pasta, wines, candy, canned goods and olives, and a deli selling Italian sausages and cheese. After passing through this aromatic area, one is led to the restaurant itself. The chefs here dish up all the classics including lasagne, spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli and more. Imported and domestic wine and beer is available.
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.
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.
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.
The quaint Girard Avenue offers visitors a chance to experience shopping within small, local businesses. There are a number of art galleries, books stores and craft shops that are not affiliated with any corporation. If you are looking for the most modern and fashionable clothing for women, try Melange. Anyone looking for art should be sure to make a stop at Cosmopolitan Fine Arts. Once you are through shopping and in need of some tasty on-the-go food, try Girard Gourmet.
This establishment offers a huge selections of the highest quality Oriental and Persian rugs. It is a family-owned business operating for over two generations, specializing in rare and collectible rugs. With agents all over the world searching for the finest selection, this store sells antique, semi-antique and modern rugs from their La Jolla showrooms. In the event you should want a change after a few years, you can trade-in or exchange your rug for a new one. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and patient.
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.
Little bits of paper go a long way in getting your feelings across and some beautiful ones are also preserved for years. And why not, especially when they are from the Green Field Paper Company; not only are they environment friendly but also appealing to the eye. Visit the store, and you'll find regular stationery like envelopes, journals and sketchbooks, and some novelties, such as handmade paper and other special paper products. Don't miss out on the Grow a Note Greeting Cards, which have real plant seeds that you can sow. You needn't bother too much with them, as the directions are printed at the back of the card. So go ahead and plant lasting memories!