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6 unique San Diego shopping districts devoid of chain stores
Discovering hidden treasures of San Diego's most unique shopping and art districts
1. Del Mar
Ladies who lunch feel right at home in this sophisticated shopping district. Find handmade baubles at Annemarie D’Ercole Jewelry and Apparel crafted by Annemarie herself accompanying a wide selection of designer clothes. Julie’s Beachwear is the spot to shop if you’re after specialty swimwear—many suits come from Brazil or Europe.
2. South Park
Hip young shopper on the hunt? You’ll find plenty of treasures in the South Park shopping district south of Balboa Park. Make Good is filled with only local handmade goods, and if you’re concerned with your environmental footprint, check out Mythology EcoBoutique, which carries organic clothing and vegan accessories.
3. La Jolla
Couture and casual blend in La Jolla, where you’ll find stylish pieces no matter your budget and an ocean breeze guarantees a pleasant stroll between stores. Amore Boutique has posh pieces from Italy, or check out Rica Boutique for a more laid-back boho vibe.
4. Ocean Beach
A former hippie haven, OB isn’t all head shops anymore. Home décor stores and an antique mall offer great finds on Newport Avenue. Vintage Revivals Home & Garden Décor carries restored vintage furniture and Falling Sky Pottery offers handmade ceramic treasures like vases and coffee mugs.
5. Kettner Arts District
Studios and galleries showcase one-of-a-kind work of local artists, so you know you’ll wind up with exclusive art for your collection. Adelman Fine Art is a contemporary gallery, and Love & Aesthetics offers home accessories and accent pieces. This shopping district is in Little Italy, so you can break for a snack during your leisurely art walk.
More convenient than crossing the border, this collection of Old Town shops is filled with Mexican and Southwest inspired folk art. From The Kitchen Shop and Artes de Mexico for home goods to Treasures or Ariana for fashion, you’re sure to find a colorful, artisan souvenir.
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