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Shop Like a Tourist at These Visitor Hotspots

Jewelry and novelties at a Bazaar Del Mundo shop.
Jewelry and novelties at a Bazaar Del Mundo shop.
Photo by Rebekah Sager

This year Bazaar del Mundo will celebrate its 40thyear as a tourist spot in San Diego. Although many San Diegans steer clear of the local tourist attractions, Bazaar del Mundo and Seaport Village are two places locals should check out for shopping. They may not be on the regular route for most people who live in the city, but some of our thousands of tourists visit them every year. The artisans who work here wish they could convince a few more locals to check it out—especially those folks under the age of 40.

One look at what any of the designers are doing for fall, and it’s clear the trend in fashion is all about the Southwest and anything tribal. Bazaar del Mundo is the best place in town to find all the tribal belts and jewelry you’ll need to look like you’ve walked out of a Ralph Lauren ad.

Forty years ago, powerhouse San Diegan Diane Powers created Bazaar del Mundo. In 2005, the shops moved from their original location to the corner of Juan and Taylor streets next door the restaurant Casa Guadalajara—still in Old Town.

With nine stores to choose from in this little shopping pueblo, BDM gives customers a wide variety of options. From women’s fashion and jewelry at Ariana, to home décor at Home Accents, books at Libros, Guatemalan treasures, and much, much more---it seems impossible that shoppers couldn’t find something to buy here.

Prices range from $20 to $3,000, and everything in all of the stores has been hand-picked by Powers.

The jewelry was by far the standout. Beautiful bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings all hand made in sterling sliver and inlaid with turquoise and corals--it may look vintage but it’s all new, and the collection is unparalleled in SD.

Another great shopping hotspot for tourists and locals alike is Seaport Village.

With more than fifty stores to choose from, if you happen to be there with out-of-town guests or find yourself walking through, there are some fantastic finds.

Urban Girl Accessories carries some of the trendiest clothing lines in SoCal—Toms, Uggs, Havaianas, Junk Food Village tees and more.

A new shop, Seaport Oil & Vinegars, opened recently to rave reviews. The store offers a menu of infused extra virgin olive oils, and flavored vinegars.

Sinfulicious Bodycare gives customers a chance to create their own bath and body products with over 200 scents to choose from.

One of the hottest accessories of the season is hats, and Village Hat Company has more than 50,000 hats to choose from.

Urban Lounge gives kitsch a new name. With chopsticks for kids, funky bottle openers and more, this store makes gift giving easy and fun.

Both the Seaport Village and Bazaar del Mundo are frequently overlooked by locals but treasured by tourists. When the holidays arrive, and they’ll be here before we know it, parking at malls becomes a nightmare; these two places could be a great way of finding unique gifts, and fab fashion.


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