Shopping In San Diego

Shopping in San Diego is about movies, something to eat and best buys.

Following is a list of top shopping malls offered by Inigo Figuracion in his article Your Guide to San Diego, California:

1.      Fashion Valley Center is the best place for those looking for signature products and some good restaurants. Parking is not a problem in this shopping center in San Diego.

2.      Westfield Horton Plaza’s construction in the mid-80s must have signaled the start of a so-called renaissance in the Gaslamp Quarter. Its architecture is one of the “must see” attractions in San Diego.

3.      Otay Ranch Town Center is the latest shopping center in San Diego, built in the fall of 2006.

4.      Westfield University Town Center is an outdoor mall in the Golden Triangle area.

5.      Grossmont Center in La Mesa is an old shopping center in San Diego. This is a good place for those who appreciate a dull but cozy atmosphere and those who are tired of mega-mall crowds.

6.     Westfield Parkway Plaza serves the East County, and thought to be a refuge against the scorching heat of El Cajon.

     Westfield Plaza Bonita is located in the South County Area, a favorite hang out of Chula Vista’s ethnically diverse populace.

8.     Chula Vista Center is a not-so-large mall in the region located between Plaza Bonita and the new Otay Ranch Town Center.

9.      Westfield Plaza Camino Real serves coastal area of the North County. It has a nice MovieMax Theatre Plaza and a favorite meeting place of mall walkers (considered a fitness program here) in the early morning of Tuesdays.

10.     Westfield North County serves the North County suburbs of Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, etc. This is vintage mall with good area for department stores and shops in San Diego. Parking is wide but the food court is not so big.

11.     Westfield Mission Valley is considered a mess among shopping malls of San Diego. Its gigantic AMC multiplex however is an attraction to the teenagers and young adults.

Outdoor shopping also abounds in the coastal districts. Seaport Village, established 27 years ago, remains a top tourist attraction in San Diego. It is a favorite spot of those who love the beachside but don’t have the courage to wear bikini. Here, you can literally surf on a long line of shops, boutiques and food stores. Gaslamp Quarter is the place to go for those who love signature products.

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