Shopping near Old Town San Diego
San Diego is a shopping bonanza in the warm Southern California sun. There are literally hundreds of indoor and outdoor shopping centers, malls, outlet centers, intimate community shops, stores and boutiques located throughout San Diego county and just South of the Border in Tijuana, Mexico. San Diego has it all - from luxury to budget...small to big box - there's a shopping experience in store for you.
Take a trip back in time to experience the California of the 1850s, when Europeans first made their way to what would become San Diego. Today's Old Town offers unique opportunities for boutique shopping, one-of-a-kind dining, and numerous other must-see points of interest. Make time to explore the Old Town Historic Park, which is an official California Historical Landmark as well as being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Five original adobe houses illustrate life in a schoolhouse, pipe store, a stable, newspaper office, blacksmith shop and other parts of life in the 1850s. Best of all, the park and all its museums are completely free of admission.
This is not your run-of-the-mill shopping area. The open-air Fashion Valley creates a soothing atmosphere with its fountains, palm trees and living walls of plants. Take a break from shopping to experience delicious California cuisine from restaurants like P.F. Chang's, California Pizza Kitchen, and Blue Smoke Sushi Lounge. When it's time to satisfy your shopping urge, retreat to major retailers that include Jimmy Choo, Apple, Tiffany & Co., and many others.
Make sure to set aside some time to experience the architecturally intriguing and always fascinating shopping and dining spot known as Horton Plaza. It's adjacent to the Gaslamp Quarter and one of the most popular downtown retails centers in the entire state. Even if you aren't a "shop 'til you drop" kind of person, a foray to this one-of-a-kind shopping area is well worth the excursion. Be on the lookout for brightly painted murals and facades, one-way ramps, mismatched levels and other quirky visuals. It'd be easy to overlook, but Horton Plaza also contains numerous major retailers. Look for a new urban park to open at the location mid-2016.