Whether you’re looking for the latest fashion, the perfect piece of jewelry for someone special, or just a good old-fashioned dose of window shopping, San Diego’s got a decked-out lineup of stores with something for everybody.
From La Jolla to Downtown to the Mexico line, the shopping spectrum covers the gamut from high-end boutiques to off-the-beaten-path thrift stores. It’s a whole world to explore, no question!
Shopping Safaris Across San Diego County
Here at the Sofia Hotel, you’re surrounded by some of the best retail-therapy options in all of San Diego. Case in point: The sundry storefronts of the historic Gaslamp Quarter—including the impressive open-air outlets of Horton Plaza—are a mere stone’s throw away, with plenty of cafes and restaurants intermixed when you need some refueling. Another shopper’s paradise is Fashion Valley (in Mission Valley), where you’ve got almost 200 different stores to explore.
Then there’s Bazaar Del Mundo up in Old Town, an irresistible marketplace for Mexican and Latin American artwork, jewelry, clothing, and other south-of-the-border treasures that echo San Diego’s rich multicultural heritage and history.
Farther afield—but still easily accessible from Sofia by car or public transportation—are La Jolla’s Westfield UTC open-air mall, Carlsbad Premium Outlets in the North County, and the southerly Las Americas Premium Outlets, just to name a few hubs.
And since 2013, the Stop Shop & Roll San Diego truck has been offering a unique mobile-shopping experience at points all around the region. Linked to a permanent Little Italy storefront, the truck tempts with an array of women’s garments and jewelry. Hop on Twitter or another social-media platform to track the vehicle down—you never know where it’ll roll up next!
A Shopper’s Paradise
Besides the sheer diversity of stores, San Diego boasts just about the most shopping-friendly climate you could ask for. Outdoor shopping is a year-round affair given our warm and sunny conditions. That means you can soak up a whole lot of fresh air and sunshine even as you’re snapping up good deals.
So whether you like diving deep into a yawning mall, or some tucked-away secondhand joint’s more your style, come soak up the world-class shopping on tap every day in greater San Diego. And when you’ve reached the zenith of the “shop-till-you-drop” experience, there’ll be a super-comfy bed at the Sofia Hotel waiting for you!