As the community continues to grow and local malls become more and more crowded, San Diego boutiques have blossomed into go-to destinations for just about every style essential.
From Carlsbad and Encinitas to La Jolla and Little Italy, San Diego’s diverse districts offer an abundance of boutique shops that reflect that neighborhood’s unique disposition. Whether you’re looking for seasonal trends or timeless staples, trust the ever-emerging San Diego shopping scene for all of your local fashion and lifestyle needs.
In an ongoing effort to encourage you to shop local, we’ve narrowed down the city-wide directory to create a focused guide to the top ten San Diego boutiques for him and her. From our all-time-favorite Haven Boutique in the Gaslamp Quarter to reigning North Park style central Mimi & Red and the Solana Beach shop every guy should call HIS home, discover the top ten boutiques in San Diego.
Melero Boutique in Little Italy
Located in the heart of Little Italy at the corner of India and W Fir Street, Melero Boutique & Gallery has taken over the recently renovated and historically designated “Pray House”, built in 1888. Visit Melero to shop European and American designer clothing and accessories, along with contemporary art. Melero boasts sexy tunics from Las Noches Ibiza, embellished tops and frocks from Sachin + Babi, and chic cocktail dresses and evening wear from Manoush Paris. Accessorize your threads with pieces from jewelry designers such as Aris Paris, By the Stones, Catherine Michiels, Chan Luu, Ederra Paris and more. Shop must-have styles at Melero Boutique in Little Italy.
Hunt and Gather in Normal Heights
Walking into Hunt & Gather is like creeping into Kate Moss’s closet. Devil may care style with a twist of international chic, and we're hooked. A vintage boutique reminiscent of shops in San Francisco, Notting Hill and New York, Hunt & Gather brings locals an incredible selection of garments and accessories as well as reconstructed vintage items. Statement-making pieces range from bohemian style vintage tops to plush fur jackets and wow worthy tunics. Hunt and Gather has its claws in what the San Diego shopping scene is all about. Upgrade your wardrobe at Hunt and Gather in Normal Heights. (pictured)
Haven Boutique in Gaslamp Quarter
Haven is a stylish and edgy boutique inside the goth-glam Voyeur nightclub in downtown San Diego. Owner DeAnne Shockey had a knack for fashion since elementary school and decided to open Haven, a walk-in-closet of sorts that bares resemblance to the messy, fun you would find if you were to raid your best friend’s stylish stash. An eclectic women’s closet per se, Haven offers a little bit of everything. From chunky, funky jewelry and loose-fitted tanks to long and short bohemian style dresses, Haven can give any girl the look she desires. See for yourself at Haven in San Diego.
Kyss Boutique in Carlsbad
Kyss, at the new Bressi Village shopping center in Carlsbad, breathes new fashion into North County with its high/low philosophy. Its store, set up like a walk-in closet, gets comfy with living room furniture and plush armchairs so you can sit and ponder your purchase. Grab a $15 tee or Paige denim, as well as vegan handbags, cocktail dresses, lingerie and more. Michael Stars casual wear, Ella Moss, Hype and Big Buddha handbags, Spanx and See Thru Soul are just some of the brands at Kyss. Explore your stylish side at Kyss in Carlsbad.
Mog and Rue in Encinitas
Situated in the Encinitas Lumberyard outdoor shopping plaza, Mog & Rue is a petite, uncluttered boutique with white walls, dark brown floors and fresh flowers. Racks of beautiful clothing line the walls while large white shelves display accessories including belts, beauty products as well as candles. Mog & Rue showcases some of the best designers around including Fred Segal, Ron Herman, Voom, printed dresses by Bilingual as well as Iron Army denim, exclusively sold in San Diego. Get your North County shopping on at Mog and Rue in Encinitas.
HIS Men’s Boutique in Solana Beach
Classic, modern, comfortable and laidback with a twist would describe the clothing and ambiance. Professional surf photography dresses the walls in large wooden frames while contemporary light fixtures hang from the ceiling. As for the merch, HIS provides local guys with Level jeans, going-out shirts and an incredible collection of t-shirts that range from San Diego sports affiliation to a whale smoking a cigarette. Plain, but exceptionally soft tees are towards the front of the boutique while a military inspired jacket and a cozy zip-up hang near the back. HIS also has Hawaiian shirts and a shelf of straw fedora hats. Watches, skin care and sunglasses are then topped off with clean cut sweats that would actually look good on a man sitting on the couch as well as out in public. Elevate your look with a little help from HIS in Solana Beach.
Mimi and Red in North Park
Mimi & Red’s interior is soft and subtle. Calming plants and feminine décor brush up against dark wood fixtures and plentiful clothing racks. Although the atmosphere is soothing, the women’s clothing variety is anything but bland. Spotlight designers include NU Collective, Rebecca Beeson, BB Dakota, RVCA, and Betsey Johnson. From day dresses to elegant nocturnal attire, eyewear, and handbags, Mimi & Red radiates with style. Pay a visit to Mimi and Red in North Park.
Ensemble Boutique in Oceanside
Ensemble Boutique is the go-to hip shop for men and women of North County. Located on Mission Avenue in Oceanside, Ensemble houses all the top trends for every season. Notable lines carried at Ensemble are Velvet, Porridge, Pathway, Scrapbook, Sustainable Collective by Convoy, Level 99, Kill City, Free People, Topless, BB Dakota and Original Penguin. Shop high profile style at Ensemble in Oceanside.
5 and A Dime in the East Village
5 and A Dime is the shopping destination for the hyper-hip male living in the urban jungle that is San Diego. Shop for chunky tortoise shell glasses, thick watches, oversized button ups or crew neck t-shirts and zip-up hoodies; or, adorn your bed with fun mustache pillows in plaids. Women aren’t left out either. Check out snug tanks, trendy eyewear for show, or strappy sandals. Get your local style lesson from 5 and A Dime in San Diego.
Azzaria Boutique brings an authentic in-vogue twist to the laid-back coastal community of Cardiff by the Sea. Open the doors of Azzaria Boutique and find yourself immersed in what appears to be a New York-style shopping haven: lavish chandeliers hang from ceilings and stylish clothing is hung on gold racks. With an array of trend-setting clothing within reach, shoppers are bound to pick up something for any occasion at this location—whether it's for a savvy night out in Gaslamp or a chic dinner date in Del Mar. When you hit up Azzaria in Cardiff
, make sure to also visit Denim Lounge just a few doors down.
Insider Tip: Need some unforgettable accessories to pair with your new outfit? Hot Rock Jewelry in Solana Beach creates beautiful, high-end, one-of-a-kind pieces that combine naturally inspired designs with precious metals and the finest gemstones. You are sure to fall in love with Hot Rock’s statement-making rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pins, loose gemstones, and complete sets. And if you don’t, then don’t bother trying to buy them. Owner and Design Director Linda Rocco is so passionate about her jewelry that she insists: If you don’t love it, you cannot have it! Get details here.
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