San Diego Holiday Shopping Guide

Make everyone’s holiday wish list a dream come true! San Diego offers a wide variety of shopping opportunities that make holiday shopping a breeze. From brand name designers to fabulous outlet malls, unique boutique shops and specialty stores, San Diego is the perfect holiday shopping destination to make this season merry.

Outdoor Shopping Centers

Spend the day at one of San Diego’s premier malls! Fashion Valley Mall features outdoor shopping at its finest with department stores such as Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and all the big name designers. Kids will enjoy visiting Santa at his workshop, and mom and dad can happily check everything off of their holiday shopping list.

The revitalized Westfield UTC shopping mall is definitely not to be missed this holiday season. Since its complete revamp and expansion in 2017, UTC has grown to a massive outdoor mall packed with great shopping and dining options with huge designer department stores such as Macy’s, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Apple, and Tiffany & Co. You’ll find all the main staples here (plus free parking!), and plenty of smaller, boutique-like shops for the harder to please on your list!

Other great outdoor shopping areas include Westfield Horton Plaza located in the heart of the downtown Gaslamp Quarter, Del Mar Highlands Town Center in Carmel Valley, and Hazard Center, which features several name brand stores like Barnes & Noble, Lakeshore Learning, Wood Ranch BBQ, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, and a movie theater in Mission Valley.

San Diego Outlet Centers

For the best deals of all, the San Diego’s outlet centers offer something for everyone with great bargains as well as a festive holiday atmosphere for all to enjoy. Throughout the holiday season, Carlsbad Premium Outlets, located in the North County Coastal area, and Las Americas Premium Outlets, located in South Bay, have extra-special offers on extraordinary brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Sunglass Hut, and more.

Get the most out of your outlet holiday shopping in South Bay by continuing your holiday shopping at San Diego Outlets at the Border, conveniently located right next to Las Americas, and pop into amazing stores like Armani Exchange, Express Factory Outlet, and H&M. For those out in East County, Viejas Outlet Center offers high-end brands at incredible prices.

Unique San Diego Shopping Areas

Specialty retail shopping for unique San Diego items can be found at Seaport Village and The Headquarters at Seaport on the Big Bay Embarcadero; at the Coronado Ferry Landing and Shops At The Del at Hotel Del Coronado; at Liberty Station in Point Loma; and at Bazaar del Mundo and Fiesta de Reyes in Old Town.

For the beach-lover on your gift list, cruise on over to these local boutique stores in La Jolla that are all about trendy San Diego style: Everyday California and Surf Diva Boutique! For the more adventurous on your list, gift a fun excursion and kayak trip with La Jolla Kayak.

Best San Diego Neighborhoods for Shopping

It’s no secret that San Diego is home to some of the best (and trendiest) neighborhoods for holiday shopping! Here are some of our favorites.

La Jolla

San Diego’s jewel by the sea is one of the best upscale shopping areas in San Diego. It is also home to great ocean-view art galleries, restaurants and cafes.

A couple of noteworthy shopping districts you will not want to miss are Prospect Street then on to Girard Avenue, where you’ll find fashion and great retail shopping for the whole family. For women’s apparel, be sure to make time for Robina Boutique, Lolo, Swoon (great for teens), Simple Lifestyle for Men & Women, Pomegranate, Amore, Alpaca Collections, Blended Industries, Sauvage Boutique, Sigi’s, Eva Varro International, La Donna, Laura Gambucci and Rica Boutique (also for teens). For men, there’s the Ascot Shop, Tommy Bahama, Y-3, Simple Lifestyle for Men & Women, Polo Ralph Lauren and Lucky Brand. For children, there’s Geppetto’s Toys. While for our beloved pets (we did say the “whole” family), stop by Muttropolis.

For contemporary home furnishings try MOS (My Own Space) and finally, don’t miss Warwick’s Bookstore, one of the best independent bookstores in San Diego.

Cedros Design District

Cedros Design District is a shopper’s mecca when it comes to a variety of interests, specializing in interior design. This quaint dog-friendly area contains blocks of restaurants, cafes, galleries, garden stores, fashion boutiques, art and custom-designed furniture studios to speak to the true artistic visitor.

Great boutiques for visitors include HIS Men’s & Kid’s Store, Gerhard, Tucci Boutique, Pink Lagoon, Cedros Soles, Mabel’s & Baby Mabel’s, SOLO, Cut Loose, Weeds Clothing Boutique, La Femme Chic (designer resale), Camellia Boutique and Adventure 16 Outfitters Inc. (camping store). The Leaping Lotus features over 120 shops under one roof including clothes, jewelry and furniture. While Bon Bon Home & Garden, NATIVA Interiors and Bixby & Ball are must stops for home furnishings.

Gaslamp Quarter

Gaslamp Quarter is Downtown San Diego’s thriving historic district, and home to many uber-popular restaurants, bars, galleries, theatres and coffeehouses, but it also features unique boutique shopping. Whether your shopping list is uptown-chic or downtown-cool, the 5th Avenue block has a variety of opportunities.

For women’s fashions and accessories, make sure your itinerary includes: Bubbles Boutique, Heavenly Couture (great for teens), Eden Boutique and Dolcetti Boutique. For men’s fashions check out Blends, 5&A Dime and Dolcetti Boutique. For more mainstream but still wonderful shopping opportunities try Quicksilver, Lucky Brand and Urban Outfitters.

Encinitas

Just five miles north from Cedros Design District, along the gorgeous Highway 101 coastline, you’ll find the cozy surf town of Encinitas. This Zen beach community is packed with casual, hip restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and yoga studios, intermingled with quaint boutiques. There is always something to do in this fun beach town! The shopping block on the main road, South Highway 101, offers The Lumberyard Shopping Center and a collection of family-friendly boutiques including Magical Child, deepFLING Jewelry and Grounded (furniture/home goods).

A few other must-shop trendy boutiques close by are Ecotopia for men’s and women’s apparel and accessories, Flashbacks (vintage/retro) and a little further southeast is Swirl Boutique for women. Other unique furniture and home good shops are Bliss 101 carrying just about everything from furniture, art, clothing and jewelry to Earth’s Elements and Bamboo 2 U & Beach House Too (beach-chic furniture).

North Park/South Park

For a trendier local scene, the places to be are the North Park and South Park neighborhoods along 30th Street and University, as well as 30th Street and Fern. Both areas offer a diverse variety of restaurants, coffee houses, dessert bars, bars, beer pubs, vintage stores, and colorful boutiques.

For fashion, gifts, vintage or home goods, visit Mimi & Red, Love & Aesthetics (for men), Simply Local (55 local vendors under one roof), Aloha Sunday Supply Co., Hunt & Gather (vintage), Mythology Eco-Boutique (Eco-friendly), Junc.Life, Bad Madge & Company (vintage) and Graffiti Beach Boutique. Home and gift stores to check out include Pigment and Make Good. For the skincare and beauty junkie in your life, be sure to visit Shop Good.

Whether you’re looking for fun holiday gifts or simply want to check out the San Diego shopping scene for some souvenirs, there is definitely something for everyone in America’s Finest City! Visit our La Jolla Holiday Shopping Guides for more options in The Village.

Where to Shop Locally in La Jolla on Small Business Saturday

 

In an increasingly concentrated business world, Small Business Saturday helps small businesses to survive under pressure from large chains and globalization. Support your friends and neighbors and preserve competition by shopping on Small Business Saturday in La Jolla and in and around La Jolla Cove on Saturday, November 25 from 10am-6pm. 

La Jolla is a great place to do your holiday shopping. Not only are you encouraging local business, you’ll be able to find something truly unique for that special person. From designer clothing and lifestyle boutiques to family-owned bookstores, the Village has it all.

We’ve got a list of our favorite La Jolla shops and small businesses to help you finish your shopping before the holiday rush! You can also get organized with the help of this small business finder hosted by American Express.

Hi Sweetheart

This friendly shop, owned and operated by Molly Rossetti, has a dazzling mix of decor, jewelry, stationery, baby gifts and gadgets for sale, carefully selected from an array small craft companies. For a gift with a fun, funny, and personal touch, look no further! You’ll find something for all ages. This year, enjoy 15% off storewide, mimosas, sweet treats, and a FREE canvas shopping tote! Shop online, too, using the code “SWEET” for 15% off your purchase on 11/25! 7920 Ivanhoe Avenue, La Jolla. Open from 10 am – 6 pm

Pannikin

Pannikin Mug Sale! $15 for all styles. Stock up for friends and neighbors before the holiday season. 7467 Girard Avenue, La Jolla. 6am-6pm.

Wax Me Boutique

25% off all retail (Grande Lash, Grande Lips, Billion Dollar Brows, PCA Skincare, and plenty more). 7730 Herschel Avenue, La Jolla. 10am-6pm.

Beads of La Jolla

Beading Kits on sale for $15. DIY bracelet station. 7730 Herschel Avenue, Suite J, La Jolla. 10am-5pm.

SoCal Queen

Be sure to stop by for your gift with purchase, special discounts, and goodies to partake in! 1010 Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. 10am-5pm.

Geppetto’s

Holiday Specials all weekend long! 7850 Girard Ave, La Jolla. 9am-7pm.

Adelaide’s, Faded Awning, Girard Avenue Collection will also open all day (no specials or sales).

Swoon Collection

The entire store will be 30% off on Small Business Saturday. 7910 Ivanhoe Ave, La Jolla. 11am-6pm.

Rica Boutique

20% off storewide. They will also be giving away a RICA shopping voucher in each bag worth 15%, 25%, or 50% for future purchases from 12/26/17 thru 2/15/2018. 7944 Girard Avenue, La Jolla. 10am-6pm.

Parakeet Cafe

The cafe will be offering a free “Birds of a Feather” drip roast coffee to everyone who is out “Shopping Small” in La Jolla. Bring in a receipt from your favorite participating Small Business! 927 Silverado Street, La Jolla. 6am-7pm.

Sicilia Bella

Stop by and check out Sicilia Bella’s expanded menu, beer, and wine offerings, as well as their Italian specialties inside the market. 7918 Ivanhoe Avenue, La Jolla. 9am-8pm.

Barre 59

Buy More, Save More in the Barre59 Boutique! Spend $150, get 15% off / Spend $250, get 20% off / Spend $550+, get 25% off.

Cyber Monday Class Deals: 10 pack – $150, savings of $60. (must use within 60 days, Limit 2 per person. Keep yourself accountable thru the holiday season & purchase Unlimited Classes until 12/31. Cost is $185. 7928 Ivanhoe Ave, La Jolla. 

Warwick’s

Arguably the oldest family-run bookstore in the U.S., Warwick’s carries a huge variety of gorgeous books! Reading never goes out of style, and a book is a perfect gift for a bored nephew, family intellectual, or adventurer looking to learn a new skill. They’ll be open 9am-6pm, and will hold raffles throughout the day plus kid’s activities. 7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla. 9am-6pm.

Feel good about supporting your community by participating in Small Business Saturday this November 25th — and happy shopping!

 

 

Soothe Your Sweet Tooth at La Jolla’s New Teuscher Chocolatier

Teuscher Chocolates has officially opened at La Plaza La Jolla! This is the chocolate shop’s first San Diego location and ninth North America location (their only other Southern California store is in Beverly Hills). The artisan chocolatier has been around for more than 80 years, and hails all the way from Switzerland; today, there are stores worldwide in five different countries.

They boast a wide variety of delectable treats – from truffles to holiday gift boxes and even milk chocolate animal figurines (adorable and scrumptious!). Here is the inside scoop on the newest sweet spot near La Jolla Cove.

80 years ago in a small town in the Swiss Alps, a master chocolate maker embarked on a path that would make him one of the world’s greatest chocolatiers. Dolf searched worldwide for the finest cocoa, marzipan, fruits, nuts, and other ingredients; after years of experimenting, he successfully created what are now the chocolatier’s internationally-renowned recipes.

Today, their kitchen in Zurich makes hundreds of varieties using these original recipes, which have now passed from Dolf to his son. Absolutely no chemicals, additives or preservatives are used (even more reason to treat yourself!).

Teuscher’s confections are prepared fresh from scratch each week and flown immediately to their stores in Europe, America, Canada, Asia, and the Middle East.

The Chocolate

Teuscher prides itself on carrying a whole host of different chocolate varieties – there is definitely something for everyone!

  • Truffles: Swiss chocolate filled with various ganaches. A unique specialty is the Champagne Truffle, which is their very own one-of-a-kind recipe that was created 50 years ago. Hand-crafted in small batches, each contains a whipped cream center made with Dom Pérignon champagne and encased in a dark chocolate ganache. Other varieties include butter crunch, Bailey’s Irish Cream, almond, orange, walnut and cocoa, and seasonal selections like cinnamon and lemon.
  • Pralines: Their yummy pralines features hand-sourced almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and fruit. Coated in chocolate both as whole nuts and ground into marzipans and giandujas, these yummy bites are great for nut lovers.
  • Chocolate animals: sculptures, anyone? Their sets of milk, dark, or white chocolate figurines (they can do dogs and cats!) are perfect for the younger chocolate lovers and make for a great holiday gift.
  • Chocolate bars: Their chocolate bars range from 37% to 99% cocoa and are made with all-natural ingredients and pure cocoa butter.

Teuscher Chocolatier is open Monday-Friday from 10am-6pm, Saturday 11am-6pm, and Sunday from 11am-5pm. They are located in La Plaza La Jolla at 7863 Girard Avenue, Suite 204.

La Plaza is located directly in the Village, which makes it a great jumping-off point for all-day explorations! After doing some shopping, head over to La Jolla Cove and watch the sunset, or stroll to the Children’s Pool and check out the seals.

 

La Jolla Spotlight: Molly Rossettie, Owner of Hi Sweetheart Gift Boutique

 

When Molly Rossettie moved away from Orange County several years ago, she never thought she’d return to sunny SoCal – or be the owner of an incredibly successful boutique! After having lived in both New York and Philadelphia (where she opened her first store, The Little Apple), she and her husband decided to relocate to San Diego in early 2013. The idea for Hi Sweetheart was born after Molly started settling in; she was working at the MCASD when she realized the potential for a new boutique right here in La Jolla. Hi Sweetheart opened its doors in March of 2014 and has been stocked with cute gifts, home decor, and other adorable goodies ever since!

We sat down with Molly to chat about her love of La Jolla, her creative aspirations for the boutique, and her new blog.

Your shop, Hi Sweetheart, has been in The Village for over 3 years now. What has been your favorite part about being a small business owner in La Jolla?

Owning Hi Sweetheart is a wonderfully creative outlet for me. From selecting the inventory  & fine tuning the visual merchandising to crafting the window displays and composing the posts for the shop’s social media pages, it’s always something new that gets the wheels turning, especially at 11:30pm when I’m trying to sleep!  The friendships I’ve created with customers, too. I love when a customer brings their kids, parents or an out-of-town friend into the shop to say hi. It means a lot to me that they feel the store is a fun, bright and happy place that they want to share.

As someone who wasn’t born here, what were your first impressions of La Jolla? Have they changed over the years?

La Jolla is beautiful place live. When my husband was accepted to his residency here, we came to find an apartment & as we drove down Torrey Pines Road it was sunny and perfectly breezy, flowers were in bloom and literally a butterfly floated past. We found an apartment in the village by the Museum of Contemporary Art, just blocks from the beach and we just kept saying to each other “it’s so nice here.”  We relocated from Philadelphia, so there was some major culture shock! I am a Southern California native, but  lived in New York and Philadelphia for over 8 years before coming back.

I had gotten accustomed to living in busy and very diverse cities; walking at a fast pace, riding the subway, living in a high-rise, making 9:30pm dinner reservations. There was an adjustment period, but four years later, we are still here! I treat La Jolla like a little city. I love the outdoor murals all over the village, we walk from our house in The Muirlands down to dinner and drinks, I shop in and support local businesses in the village and I actually like when village is busy and bustling with locals and tourists.

Did any of that serve as inspiration for starting your new blog? What was the main inspiration behind it?  

The idea behind the blog was to create a digital “Unofficial Local’s Guide to La Jolla.” Something that could be useful for tourists who visit the shop. I love sharing restaurant and activity suggestions with visitors, but I usually just scribble it down on a post-it. I thought it could be a useful tool to market the shop as well as offer a local perspective to eating, shopping and exploring the village. The funny thing is, the blog has now taken on a completely different format, thanks to local freelance blogger and Hi Sweetheart shopgirl, Eliza Vera, who has helped me create some great content. We launched the blog on July 15th and I’m still working on the Local’s Guide! Coming Soon!

Tell us a little bit about your “Wonder Women” series. What was your inspiration for starting that?  

The “Wonder Women” series was inspired by the whole “Girl Boss” movement.  I work with a lot of female designers and entrepreneurs and many of my customers are women, so I thought it would be a great platform to feature them and share their work and some fun facts about them! I based some of the interview questions on the Proust Questionnaire that is featured on the last page of every Vanity Fair magazine.

How did you go about picking the people you interview? Are they all local?

So far the blog’s “Wonder Women” have been local, but my list of names is growing and I hope to eventually include Marnie Duncan, owner of MOD Fitness in Austin; Nicole McClay and Jessica Schulz, sisters and owners of KORE Swim; and sisters and owners of Rock Scissor Paper in Los Angeles, Heidi & Susie Bauer.

Has anyone that you’ve spoken with really stood out or surprised you, and why?

I’ve been more excited by the entrepreneurial and creative spirit of so many people. The willingness to take a chance, be imaginative, balance their home ad work life and endure those “what the hell am I doing?” moments.

How do you curate the “La Jolla Local’s Guide”? Is it mostly your favorite spots, places you’ve discovered over the years?

Yes, the guide highlights my personal local favorites. There is no “sponsored” content or anything. I’ve include tried and true spots for a light lunch with the girls, early outdoor breakfast with kids, martinis with a view, a quick and lasting manicure and a fun Sunday activity for the whole family. I wanted to make it more than a list of businesses and addresses, but more of an “occasion” based guide to visiting and living in La Jolla.

What are some of your other favorite “hidden gems” in La Jolla? Any place you frequent regularly or want to learn more about?

Happy Hour at Catania. Sicilia Bella for espresso or cappuccino. Wax Me Boutique for brows and a nice, natural sunless tan. Manhattan in the Empress Hotel on Fridays and Saturdays for dinner for two at the bar and the musical stylings of Tad Sisler (it’s so fun). El Ranchero Verde “The Ranch” for post-beach day margaritas and chips and salsa. The Bird Rock Bike Path is a great route for walkers to get to from the village to Bird Rock to explore another part of La Jolla.

Do you have any insider tips for someone visiting La Jolla?

I think walking is best way to explore any neighborhood. I would advise tourists to turn down the smaller streets off Prospect & Girard, like Ivanhoe Avenue and Kline Street. There are fewer chains and some hidden gems off the main drag in the village. If you are with kids and need a non-beach activity, check out the Birch Aquarium and the La Jolla Rec Center. Chat with shop owners, servers, bartenders (especially at Whisknladle & Catania), industry people usually have great insight and suggestions for post-lunch shopping and place to explore outside La Jolla.

Hi Sweetheart is located at 7920 Ivanhoe Avenue in La Jolla. Stop by any day of the week – the shop is open 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday, and 10am-4pm on Sunday. Be sure to follow their new blog for more La Jolla stories!

 

 

Where to Find the Best Shopping in La Jolla

La Jolla Shopping

Grab your purse and some good walking shoes! From original vintage apparel to high-end urban furnishings for your home, you’ll love all the hidden treasures La Jolla shops hold (not to mention the stunning La Jolla Cove or ocean view). 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

Located right next to the beach in downtown La Jolla, and this area 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. Prospect St boasts several different kinds of shops, while Girard is home to trendy, upscale boutiques like Francesca’s.

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 La Jolla Village Square and is more of a traditional mall/outdoor shopping center atmosphere; albeit a bit more upscale! The entire mall has recently undergone a complete renovation, and is now more luxe than ever: you’ll find high-end department stores like a two-story Nordstrom (part of the recent renovation), Tiffany & Co, Zara, Michael Kors, and Anthropologie, all mixed in with smaller-scale shops such as Abercrombie & Fitch and Vans.

This shopping center also boasts a full ice rink, an ArcLight Cinemas movie theater, an Apple Store, and a 24-Hour Fitness all on site. There are dozens of brand-new restaurants, including both fine dining and quick cafeteria-style eateries. Come here and spend the entire day – there’s plenty to do!

Shops on Ivanhoe

This small business area in downtown La Jolla 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 a short walk down to La Jolla Cove or the Children’s Pool to finish off the day with sunset at the beach.

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!

Dempsey La Jolla Plaza

La Plaza La Jolla

La Plaza, a gorgeous open-air shopping destination in La Jolla, was recently renovated and now features incredible ocean views from the top floor plus dozens of boutique, trendy, and upscale shops and boutiques. If you get hungry while you shop, there are also plenty of restaurants (our favorite is definitely Catania!), a juice bar, and a coffee shop. La Plaza has a Moroccan/Spanish theme, and is definitely worth browsing during your La Jolla shopping excursion!

Also nearby is The Shoppes at La Jolla Village Square (just a few minutes drive from UTC), and also boasts several cute shops and restaurants. Regardless, whether you’re on Prospect Street, checking out La Plaza La Jolla, or browsing Girard Ave., you’ll find all types of shops and boutiques to fit your La Jolla shopping needs!

7 Cute Boutiques and Trendy Shops in La Jolla

Our latest roundup of the trendiest La Jolla boutiques is an eclectic mix of surfer-chic and bohemian-gypsy goddess. Take a peek at some of our favorite trending women’s boutiques and shops in La Jolla!

LF Stores

If you’re looking for badass clothing, you have to check out LF stores. Located at 7864 Girard, LF sells clothing for girls who are fierce, fashion forward, and love individuality. The brand is geared toward girls who dare to be different. It’s trendy, yet it pushes boundaries.

LF Stores is known for innovative trends and their personalized styling sessions. Searching the world for inspiration, they have consistently been a leader in unearthing fashion treasures. With their passion for cutting edge looks, they are constantly receiving new and innovative products.

Check out their latest lookbook here.

Pink Lagoon

If you’re looking for casual everyday wear, you need to check out Pink Lagoon. It’s a styling boutique that works for any type of woman whether you’re a student on a budget or a businesswoman looking to add fresh pieces to their wardrobe. The team is known for their welcoming vibe and styling suggestions for what to wear.

Pink Lagoon, located at 1033 Silverado St., is founded on the principle of building a closet that fits your lifestyle. They have a great selection of basics and the latest accessories.

Check out their wardrobe design + styling services here.

Alexia Maria

If you’re in need of a high-end gown for prom or a fancy gala, stop by Alexia Maria located at 1261 Prospect St., in La Jolla. Its designer and creative director, (you guessed it) Alexia Maria, designs her gowns from fabrics such as silk faille, duchesse satin, and organza – handpicked from the best sources.

Every article of clothing is handmade. Her feminine, elegant, and classic gowns are designed with the modern woman in mind. If you’re looking to wear something that will blow people’s minds away, this is the place to go.

Check out her gorgeous website store here.

Diane’s Beachwear

If you’re looking for bikini’s, cover-ups, or the latest swimwear, you need to check out Diane’s Beachwear located at 7920 Herschel Ave. This trendy boutique offers swimwear for young women who want to look great and confident at the beach or poolside. They also sell a variety of beach accessories including a super cute inflatable swan.

Check out their store here.

mimi & red

Mimi & red specialize in casual wear for any occasion. This cute boutique opened in Spring 2007 in San Diego and later expanded to Bird Rock in La Jolla. The welcoming staff makes their customers feel welcome and love giving their styling input when needed.

With a large selection of clothes ranging from fun rompers to wispy dresses, you can find anything you want in the latest style. It’s fun, stylish, beautiful. What else could you ask for in a boutique?

Take a look at their store here. mimi & red is located at 5680 La Jolla Blvd in La Jolla.

RICA Boutique

RICA is what you get when you cross surfer-chic and bohemian-goddess. It’s nothing short of fresh and fun. The founder, Erica Alexander, takes inspiration from fashion blogs, magazines, and street styles to find the top trends at affordable prices for you.

The store draws influences from a wide variety of styles found all over the world and repurposes them in a unique way.RICA Boutique is located at 7944 Girard Ave, La Jolla. Take a peek of their style here.

Swoon Collection

If you want trendy and affordable, head down to Swoon Collection on Ivanhoe Ave. The shop gets new clothes and styles each week. Their collections include everything from rompers to maxis, to delicate rings and large necklaces.

The boutique offers upcoming brands that make any outfit effortlessly chic.

Take a look at their Facebook page here.

La Jolla is not just home to boutique shops, but a wide variety of shops for anyone. Make sure to check out as many as you can, and if you need a pick-me-up get your caffeine fix at one of these coffee shops or grab a bite to eat at one of these yummy La Jolla restaurants.

Where To Find Free Parking in La Jolla

La Jolla is filled with amazing sights and incredible restaurants, but sometimes it seems like it’s almost not worth it when there’s no parking to be had. Instead of circling the block, don’t despair! Use this helpful La Jolla parking guide to plan your outting.

Note that some of these places have small parking spaces or limited spots. Always follow signs and please don’t park in a spot you are not 100% sure you can use! If all fails, pay to park, especially if you plan to spend the entire day in la Jolla. Private parking lots are pretty cheap and it’s better than risking getting a $40 ticket or getting your car towed. You can also call ahead to ask about parking.

La Jolla Shores

Galaxy Taco provides 14 free parking spaces every day. They do fill up quickly during lunchtime, but if you give it a few minutes you’ll usually find something.

The Shores Restaurant offers discounted parking validation to diners. Try to get a table on the patio, as it gives you great up-close views of the waves at La Jolla Shores!

On Girard

Meanley and Sons Ace Hardware is La Jolla’s go-to for hardware and yard supplies. There are a few parking spots in the back, but those are often taken so try to plan for backups or show up early.

Adelaide’s Florist has a short-term zone in the back for quick drop off or pickup, but no proper reserved parking spots.

Union, Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and U.S. Bank should all have parking spaces or validated parking for customers. You’ll be glad to know many of the spots are under shady trees, a blessing in the summertime.

On Prospect

Diners at the famous seafood restaurant Crab Catcher can get validated parking for the underground lot, Coastwalk, directly below the restaurant. We recommend the delicious crab legs!

On Herschel

Beer lovers rejoice, as Karl Strauss Brewing Company and Whisknladle does validate parking in two different locations nearby. One is located in an alleyway located directly behind the restaurants. Access to the alleyway is on Herschel. There is an additional option at 1111 Prospect. How it works: Obtain validation coupon from business and deposit in paybox within five minutes of arrival.

If you’re in the mood for a classic sub, Jersey Mike’s has a few 20 minute reserved spots on the first floor of parking structure adjacent to the restaurant (down the driveway).

Sunglasses are a must for the beach! Sunglasses Hut has reserved parking for customers behind their store, though there are not many spots and it is a small lot so be careful.

On Fay

THE LOT La Jolla is a luxury movie theatre with an in-house restaurant and its own parking.

La Jolla Brewing Company has a small private lot with an entry off of Fay. Even if you’re not drinking, a trip to La Jolla Brewing Co. is worth it for the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon alone! Hint: It makes a great lunch date.

Parking for Bernini’s BistroPrepkitchen, and Juice Kaboose is located behind the Sycamore Court alleyway, accessible via Pearl or Kline.

On the other side of Fay is Vons, which has a main lot and a smaller lot behind it off of Fay Avenue with 2 hour parking. The smaller lot is a good option when the main lot gets busy.

Near Pearl and Fay

BevMo has a customer lot, which is especially handy if you’re picking up a keg or cases of wine and don’t want to lug it down the street.

Masala Street redefines the fine Indian dining experience, perfect for a special date night or celebratory dinner. Masala Street has customer parking behind the restaurant, which you can find coming from Fay Ave or Pearl St.

Near Pearl and Draper

El Pescador has their own customer lot. We recommend the fish tacos!

Wahoos Fish Tacos, Be Fresh, The Taco Stand, Pizza on Pearl, and Tandoori Chef all share a few limited spots in their respective locations.

The building where Chedi Thai and Don Carlos is located has parking behind it. Follow signs for designated parking spots for each restuarant.

The Bella Capri building has 2 hour parking for Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill.

Hopefully these free parking spots make your day easier!

La Jolla Holiday Shopping Guide Part II

Read through the first part of our La Jolla Holiday Shopping Guide and haven’t quite found what you’re looking for? Give the rest of these a shot, as La Jolla truly does have something for everyone.

For the Beer Aficionado

Absolution by the Sea Brewery, recently opened where La Jolla Brewing Company used to operate, is a tasting room and brewery right in the heart of La Jolla Village! Your special someone will enjoy a gift certificate for any of their brews during the holiday season; we recommend trying one of their namesake beers, such as the Absolution By the Sea 858 or Absolution by the Sea Copperhead. 7536 Fay Ave.

Try a gift certificate to Public House La Jolla, which specializes in craft beer and burgers. Their extensive beer list is updated daily here. 830 Kline St

Karl Strauss Brewing Company has a location in The Village just off Girard Avenue. Any craft beer fan will appreciate their variety of brews! 1044 Wall St

For the Wine Expert

LJ Crafted Wines in Bird Rock is an urban winery and tasting room. Gift someone a subscription to their growler club, which gives the recipients growlers of a monthly selection of their fresh-from-the-barrel wines. 5621 La Jolla Blvd.

For the Coffee Addict

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters has the best coffee in town! Buy anyone who loves coffee a b

ag of one of their roasts. 5627 La Jolla Blvd

For the Dog Owner

If you need to shop for a dog owner, Muttropolis on Girard is the place to go! This boutique has supplies and accessories for dogs and puppies, including an adorable selection of leashes and collars for true holiday fashion. 7755 Girard Ave.

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For the Kids

Geppetto’s in downtown La Jolla is San Diego’s beloved toy store. Find toys for all interests and ages! 7850 Girard Ave

Shannon & Co. Children’s Boutique is a kid’s clothing store that’s been in La Jolla for over 15 years! This local Southern California business sells adorable clothing for babies and young children and blanket. 7863 Girard Suite 110.

For the Interior Decorator

Etceteras La Jolla has home decor, furniture and antiques, making it a great destination to shop for a home decor hobbyist! 7503 Girard Ave

If your partner has been bothering you to get new furniture, surprise them with a trip to Nativa Interiors! Whether you need tables, seating, or anything else, you’ll find collections and styles in one simple location. 7770 Girard Ave

Hi Sweetheart offers adorable home decor gifts, as well as toys, gadgets, books, stationery, and more! One of our favorite boutiques in La Jolla, you’ll be sure to find something for a Palm Springs living room, teen’s bedroom, or den for the holiday season. 7920 Ivanhoe Ave.

For the Health Foodie

Juice Kaboose offers fresh blended organic juices and a diverse menu with many vegan and gluten-free options. Look for their current specials on 3-day juice cleanses! 7556 Fay Ave

Lean and Green organic cafe has a variety of organic veggie-based dishes for anyone who doesn’t want to sacrifice taste for health! Check out their variety of juices, salads, wraps, bowls and smoothies. 7825 Fay Ave

Beamingsuperfood cafe specializes in cleanses! If your gift recipient is into health cleanses, they’ll love Beaming’s cleansing programs that incorporate food and lifestyle, not just juice. 7863 Girard Ave, Suite 201

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La Jolla Holiday Shopping Guide Part I

Winter holidays are rolling around, and that means gift shopping! Whether you’re just starting to strategize or are ready to go, here’s the first installation of our guide to gift shopping in La Jolla California to help you get what you’re looking for. (Find part two here).

For the Stylish Dresser

A classic since 1950, Ascot Shop boutique has seasonal collections of dapper masculine formal wear, a custom shirts shop, accessories, and some casual options too. If you know someone who would love a nice pair of cufflinks to jazz up their button-down for that holiday dinner, look no further. 7750 Girard Ave.

White House Black Market offers stylish and classy women’s clothing, making it a solid choice if you’re looking to gift someone a beautiful dress, warm sweater, or just a nice pair of work pants. White House Black Market also has accessories and shoes to round out the perfect outfit. 7925 Girard Ave.

Lucky Brand’s durable and sexy jeans? Yes please. Winter in La Jolla may not be that cold but certainly requires a good pair (or three) of jeans. If you need something to match your purchases, Lucky Brand offers many cuts and styles of jeans for all bodies and other clothing as well. 7844 Girard Ave.

We all know someone who appreciates a good plaid or new formal wear. Whatever the desire, Ralph Lauren will be sure to have something to make their holiday dreams come true. This location also carries children’s lines, so you can shop for the whole family. 7830 Girard Ave.

For the Book Enthusiast

Warwick’s offers a broad selection of books for all ages and interests. And if you’re shopping for anyone picking up a new hobby, why not start them off with a good book on the subject? 7812 Girard Ave.

D.G. Wills has “La Jolla’s largest collection of new and used scholarly books” making it the perfect destination if you’re shopping for a collector or an intellectual. Pick up some poetry or a history of Rome! 7461 Girard Ave.

For the Jewelry Collector

Pura Vida Bracelets sells hand-made bracelets from Costa Rica, helping sustain the artisan jewelry economy there. Find a variety of fun, casual, and cute designs for everyone. 1025 Prospect St.

C.J. Charles is the place for jewelry, precious metals, and timepieces in La Jolla. If you’re looking to make this winter special for that special person, head on over to C.J. Charles to see quality pieces from famous collections. 1135 Prospect Street.

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For the Yoga Master

Find quality U.S.-made yoga attire at YOGASMOGA. YOGASMOGA has a men’s and a women’s collection that feature technologies like sweat-wicking, anti-pilling, and quick drying. 7863 Girard Ave.

lululemon, known for their yoga attire, also has clothes for running and other athletic pursuits. Join them for monthly trail runs and yoga classes! 7835 Girard Ave.

Buddhi Yoga La Jolla was voted best yoga studio in San Diego, and with good reason! Buy the yoga guru in your life some quality classes or help them follow their dream of becoming a yoga teacher at Buddhi Yoga! 7843 Girard Ave.

For the Cook

Buy the gourmet in your life some new cooking gear, specialty equipment, or diningware at Sur La Table! A new set of bowls or candlesticks for the true holiday table, or a popover pan may be just what that someone wants. 7643 Girard Ave.

Harvard Cookin’ Girl in downtown La Jolla has a variety of cooking classes for all interest groups and skill levels! Whether your gift recipient is a beginner or a dedicated fan, there’s something for everyone. 7441 Girard Ave.

The Newest Azzurra Capri: Have You Heard it’s Coming?!

Who doesn’t dream of teleporting to Italy? We may not be able to walk on the sidewalks of Rome tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean we can’t walk in Italian style. Say hello to Azzurra Capri, the Mediterranean-inspired sandal brand. Featured in stores all over the world, this fall we get to a have an Azzurra Capri boutique, only the second one, right here in La Jolla.

Once Upon A Time…

There was a woman who loved shoes. Diana Carolina, owner and designer, says she’s always been passionate about sandals. “The beauty of San Diego is the weather. When it’s sunny and 70 year round, you really can rock sandals here any time of year!”

With this idea and niche in mind, Diana opened her first flagship store in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood. It was originally intended as a simple showroom for her handmade Italian sandals, but soon enough turned into the popular boutique that is beloved across San Diego county today. With La Plaza’s Mediterranean architecture, rooted in Spanish & Moroccan culture, Diana realized it was the perfect fit for her second store. She has a lot of loyal customers in North County, where she’s originally from herself, and La Jolla will be the perfect bridge for these clients.

The New Azzurra Capri La Jolla Location

Shoppers can expect to see the signature type of sandals Diana is so famous for at the new La Jolla store. Diana also promises a strong concept of swimwear and resortwear, featuring new, fresh brands to the La Jolla Azzurra Capri boutique.

I love that Diana’s style is authentic; she’s consistently visiting Europe, including Italy, of course. There she attends trade shows and gets inspiration from the latest fashions. “Their (European) fashion is very much about having unique pieces in a closet that they’ll have for a long time. Instead of a quick, trendy piece that won’t last long, it’s all about getting something that’s really good quality and timeless.” It is such timeless pieces we can look forward to seeing in La Jolla’s Azzurra Capri.

Azzurra Capri: The Starbucks of the Sandal World

Diana is the Starbucks of the sandal world because, like your tall mocha with peppermint syrup and non-fat milk, she can customize shoes to be exactly what you want. At both the Little Italy location and the new La Jolla La Plaza venue, you can come in and have custom sandals made just for you. This includes:

  • Sizing your feet for the perfect fit
  • Choosing your leathers
  • Creating your dream style and look, whether plain and simple or extra glam

Until the Store’s Fall Opening

I can’t wait for the opening this fall. In the meantime, check out her website to get a feel for what’s to come at: Azzurra Capri.

You can also see a seriously breathtaking bathing suit, featured from her Little Italy Azzurra Capri location, in a post from our guest blogger: Snorkeling & Kayaking at La Jolla Cove with Stephanie Blaunc.