Top 4 La Jolla Shopping Areas
La Jolla Shopping
The shopping here is endless, so grab shoes you can walk in. Grab your purse. Grab your latte. The caffeine in it will pump you through all the hidden treasures La Jolla shops hold! There almost too many stores to name, so let’s break it down by area.
“Whether you check out only one or multiple of these spots, you’ll be getting a great La Jolla shopping experience.”
Girard Avenue & Prospect Street: The Heart of Downtown La Jolla
This oceanfront area is located directly in downtown La Jolla and is known for its mix of unique boutique shops, mall stores, and higher-end establishments like Cartier. You can window shop for fun – the cute storefronts and picturesque sidewalks make for a lovely stroll – or dive right in to purchase your treasures. If you need a break from browsing, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants sprinkled amongst the shops to grab a quick bite.
Westfield UTC: A truly trendy outdoor mall
Though not located directly in downtown La Jolla, Westfield UTC is about a 15-minute drive from the Village and is more of a traditional mall atmosphere; albeit a bit more upscale! Here you’ll find high end department stores like Nordstrom (which was recently remodeled), Tiffany & Co, and Zara as well as brands like Michael Kors and Anthropologie mixed in with smaller-scale shops such as Abercrombie & Fitch and Vans.
The mall also boasts a full ice rink, an ArcLight Cinemas movie theater, an Apple Store, and a 24-Hour Fitness all on site. Come here and spend the entire day – there’s plenty to do!
Shops on Ivanhoe
This small business area has an intimate neighborhood feel, where fellow owners wave and greet each other by first name. Shopping locally not only supports these small businesses and boosts the local economy, it guarantees you’ll be sporting or gifting something truly unique! As these shops like to say, “Local is the new black.” Get a feel for this area yourself and check out their Instagram account!
The shops on this street include Hi Sweetheart, a cute gift boutique; Swoon Collection, a trendy clothing store; Barre59, a workout studio; Sicilia Bella, a yummy Italian cafe; Contemporary Arts Gallery; and Naturale Beauty. It’s an eclectic mix of stores and restaurants and a fun place to walk around and spend an hour or two.
After shopping, it’s an easy and short walk down to La Jolla Cove or the Children’s Pool to finish off the day with sunset and seal-watching.
La Jolla Design District
The beauty of La Jolla can’t help but spark creativity and inspiration. The design district of Herschel Avenue and Girard Avenue represents the best of La Jolla’s premier design minds and venues. You’ll find full-service design boutiques and niche spots to let you tailor your home, furniture and other design needs to your dream specifications.
It’s a wonderful mixture of vintage, antiques, and trendier new spots; there’s truly something for everyone!