San Diego Shopping Guide by Neighborhood

San Diegans are avid shoppers — it’s rare to find a San Diego guide that doesn’t include stylish destinations such as the Fashion Valley Mall and Las Americas Outlets. To assist you in your shopping pursuits, we’ve compiled the city’s best boutiques, galleries, and houseware emporiums into this neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide.

Ocean Beach (3.8 miles from Humphreys Half Moon Inn)

Ocean Beach is San Diego’s surfing hub, so if you’re in the market for a wetsuit, rash guard, or longboard, this should be the top spot on your list. The neighborhood is also known for boasting a Wednesday farmers market and the city’s largest antiques district. Hit up the Corner Store for clocks, jewelry, and vintage furnishings. Local tip: Visit the well-known, historic shop The Black to get a true experience of what Ocean Beach’s hippie community is really about.

Liberty Station (3.8 miles from Humphreys Half Moon Inn)

Liberty Station is one of several outdoor malls along San Diego Bay and houses boutiques such as Pigment, a gift shop that makes regular appearances on San Diego Instagram accounts. 7Stitches Jewelry, Apricot Yarn & Supply, and Blue Pearl Art gallery are among the numerous other shopping venues throughout the converted naval center.

Little Italy (4.8 miles from Humphreys Half Moon Inn)

Little Italy San Diego

Little Italy holds everything from skincare boutiques to a wine cellar to an art-supply store. It’s favored not only by San Diegans interested in Italian culture, like other Little Italys throughout North America, but a growing community of local fashionistas, designers, and aesthetes who come to browse the consistently high-quality wares. 

Seaport Village (5.4 miles from Humphreys Half Moon Inn)

Seaport Village features more than 54 shops, collectively selling clothing, hats, handbags, kids’ accessories, and some more-eclectic items, like kites, hot sauces, windchimes, and porch swings. Like Liberty Station, it’s a major foodie hot spot, in this case featuring restaurants, burger joints, a wine room, and a pretzel bakery.

North Park (11.7 miles from Humphreys Half Moon Inn)

North Park is considered the hipster capital of San Diego, and many of the city’s most on-trend shops reside in this happening ‘hood, like a beach club and the gift shop Artelexia. Just about all the boutiques are owned independently, so you can shop confidently, knowing you’re directly supporting San Diego locals.

La Jolla (13.5 miles from Humphreys Half Moon Inn)

Though it’s the harbor seals that have traditionally been La Jolla’s main attraction, the seaside area is now celebrated for its bustling downtown, complete with two outdoor malls and a Design District. Higher-end spots such as Cartier are mixed in among indie gift shops, an Apple store, and Anthropologie and Zara outposts.

If you need a place to drop your bags after your San Diego shopping spree, take a look at the inviting accommodations at Humphreys Half Moon Inn.