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San Diego 's diverse neighborhoods are packed with a variety of shops that sell just about anything you can imagine. From trendy boutiques in the Gaslamp quarter to luxury outposts in La Jolla to mega-malls downtown, there's no limit to what you can buy in San Diego .

With specialty stores, bazaars and fine art galleries lining its streets, the Gaslamp quarter is one of the city's best places to shop. Stay at the Ramada Inn & Suites Gaslamp or the U.S. Grant Hotel if you're planning to do a lot of shopping, as both hotels are located in the heart of the area's shopping district. The Gaslamp quarter boasts a wealth of clothing stores for men and women, selling everything from shorts and t-shirts to formal gowns and suits. Lucky Brand Dungarees is the perfect place to pick up jeans and casual tops for touring around San Diego . If you're looking for something distinctive, head to Urban Outfitters, an emporium of urban-inspired clothing and accessories. The multi-level warehouse style store is the place to go to get the ripped-up t-shirts, printed miniskirts, and torn jeans popular among young celebrities and city dwellers alike. Check out Urban's quirky collection of home furnishings, including velvet floor cushions and shower curtains adorned with sea creatures. For elegant evening wear, check out Villa Moda. The store is a favorite among women of all ages for stylish cocktail dresses and contemporary jewelry. With its wide selection of dresses and its friendly and helpful staff, Villa Moda is the perfect place to find an outfit for a night out on the town.

The galleries of the Gaslamp quarter feature works of contemporary art and jewelry that everyone from window shoppers to art collectors can appreciate. Golden Pacific Arts, near the Hilton Gaslamp Quarter , features one-of-a-kind and limited edition paintings and jewelry created by local artists. Many of the rings, bracelets, earrings and pendants at Golden Pacific Arts are adorned with glittering precious gems. A ring with stones of citrine and tourmaline set into fourteen karat yellow and white gold is a standout. Golden Pacific Arts' paintings range from abstract compositions to Impressionist-style scenes of San Diego life. Consider taking home one of the gallery's sunny landscapes or beach scenes – the painting will remind you of your vacation for years to come.

In La Jolla , luxury goods rule. Exclusive clothing boutiques, European-style perfumeries and sophisticated jewelry stores line the sidewalks of the neighborhood. The shopping district's location a stones throw away from the beach allows La Jolla shoppers to bask in the sun and enjoy cool sea-breezes. One of La Jolla 's most exclusive shops is Alexander Perfumes and Cosmetics, located steps away from the Sea Lodge on La Jolla Shores . The store, reminiscent of a European apothecary, offers beauty products that are hard to come by in the U.S. Browse through the French makeup and skincare lines and try on some of the colognes and perfumes – Alexander boasts the largest selection of fragrances in California.

For the finest in men's wear, head to Gentleman's Quarter, near the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines . The emporium of suits features European designers from Armani to Zenga. The staff at Gentleman's Quarter is well versed in the style and alteration of suits and makes sure that every customer walks out with a stylish, properly fitted piece of formal wear. Nearby, find La Jolla 's string of art and jewelry galleries, including Prospect Place Fine Art which features the works of renowned modern artists. Etchings and lithographs by the likes of Miro, Mattise, Picasso and Chagall line the walls of this high-class gallery. The jewelry experts at Fogel's Antique Beads craft custom-designed works out of precious pieces of glass. The store/gallery features necklaces and bracelets made out of antique Austrian and Czech crystal beads dating back as far as the 1920s. Weary from shopping? Take a break at one of La Jolla 's many sidewalk cafes. After a refreshing drink and a few minutes in the San Diego sun, you'll be ready to hit the sidewalks and browse some more.

San Diego offers a unique take on the traditional American mall. The Fashion Valley Shopping Center , located near the Town & Country Resort , is a case in point. The mall's shops are situated outside yet remain tied together by covered arches and walkways and their common luxury theme – Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue are two of the shopping center's department store staples. With over two hundred shops, seven restaurants, a food court and a movie theater, Fashion Valley maintains all the amenities of more traditional shopping centers while offering a relaxed atmosphere of California cool.

For a shopping experience that can only be had in San Diego , spend a day at the Bazaar del Mundo, in the heart of Old Town near the La Quinta Inn Old Town . A monument to the city's Hispanic heritage, the Bazaar del Mundo features traditional shopping, dining and folkloric entertainment in a fun and colorful marketplace. Browse through folk crafts, imported fabrics and San Diego souvenirs to the tunes of the boisterous mariachi bands. Check out the Design Center, Inc. for colorful fabrics, hand-painted home furnishings and Mexican colonial furniture. A hand-woven Zapotec rug and a collection of hand-dipped candles are reminiscent of the 19 th century Southwest. The Guatemala Shop stocks an impressive selection of hand-crafted goods from Central and South America . Hand-carved balsa wood birds from Ecuador and colorful Peruvian ceramics make charming gifts for children and adults. Pick up a hand-woven bag to tote around your San Diego souvenirs and top off your Bazaar del Mundo experience by enjoying a meal at one of the Bazaar's authentic Mexican restaurants.

San Diego offers boutiques, markets and malls to satisfy all of your shopping needs. Clothing, fine art, jewelry and folk crafts are just a few of the goods stocked in San Diego 's shops. Browse through the city's diverse shopping districts and you're sure to pick up something that will remind you of San Diego for years to come.

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