This is a local food market and it is the location near the beach that makes it worth mentioning.
What to buy: Planning a picnic or just need a roll of film? NeighborSavor Food Market is just a block from the beach at La Jolla Shores and a convenient place to pick up the items needed. Besides food they also sell beach items and various other things you might need or want.
This is really a neighborhood market and used by many local residents, however, it is full of tourists as well--or at least beach goers--so the products sold are not necessarily geared to tourists needs only.
This small market seems to encourage the latest offerings or specialty items when stocking their shelves so, you may find the prices a bit higher--still not as expensive as eating in a restaurant--or you might not recognize some of the name brands. Another thing to mention is that many La Jolla residents and people who are into water sports tend to be health conscious so you might find healthier options here.
Oh don't worry, beer and wine is sold here too!
What to pay: Expect to pay more than at the larger, chain grocery stores, but isn't that always the way with convenience stores?
Though this is the Shopping Tip Section, you may want to know how to go about getting equipment for a day at the beach with out spending as much as it would actually cost to buy everything you want.
This is one of several shops offering bike tours or kayaking tours. They rent equipment for half a day or a full day.
Kayaks--single person $28.00 to $38.00 and double person--$45.00 to $60.00
Surfboards--$18.00 to $30.00
Boogie boards--$10.00 to $20.00
Snorkle gear--$7.00 (All day.)
Wetsuits--$10.00 (All Day)
The prices may have changed by the time you visit, so check their website for current prices.
They do have things for sale and it will depend on your interest or need, if you should rent or buy.
What to buy: Even those of us who have a digital camera might consider buying a waterproof camera for capturing the mysteries below the water or of one or all seven caves in La Jolla.
Gift items are on sale as well as clothing and of course there are the ever popular t-shirts.
What to pay: The tour and rental prices are competitive and if you want that underwater camera the price will not really be a surprise will it?
This shop is sort of a "7/11of Beach Essentials." Located next to Goldfish Point Cafe, this "hole-in-the-wall" shop offers everything you'd need at the beach but forgot to bring. Brazilian bikinis, sunscreen, even snorkle gear to buy or rent! I notice on one of their signs that they will arrange tours.
Actually, I don't know if this is a start-up shop or just a convenienced store, but it seemed a good idea to me, so I share it with you.
What to buy: Whatever you need to enjoy the beach and the water. Oh, and they have gifts and postcards too.
If Harley Davidson Fashions thrill you, this is a store not to be missed! There are several Harley Davidson stores in San Diego and at the La Jolla location only clothes are offered.
Honestly, I hadn't noticed this store before and was a bit surprised to see it. La Jolla and Bikers don't seem to fit in my mind, but after looking at the prices I could see how it works now. Designer fashions, what ever the origination, do fit very well with La Jolla.
What to buy: Men's, women's and even children's clothes with the Harley Davidson logo can be found here, but no motor cycles, except you may see H.D. bikes parked on the street.
Fingerhut has been on the corner of Prospect Street and Ivanhoe Avenue for many many years and is a favored gallery in La Jolla. It is larger than most and offers a wide selection for every taste. To name a few artists you'll find at Fingerhut, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Rembrandt, Picasso and our own Dr. Seuss are usually represented as well as others and they also present up-and-coming, new talents.
Their inventory is constantly changing so a visit each time you're in La Jolla would not be boring. Also you might check their website for events scheduled during your visit.
8 July 2006, Spanish artist, Gabriel Picart will have an exhibition where you can add one of his original paintings or even a print to your collection.
What to buy: Anything that speaks to you. This Gallery offers a wide range of styles and there is something for everyone.
Looking for urban designer clothing? Try A/X on Girard Avenue near the Arcade Building. Armani Exchange is the place to find street wise fashion designs and the newest trends. I can't buy anything here but would like to.
They sell women's fashions as well as men's and sometimes have good sales, though not that often.
What to buy: Mix and Match seprates and denim with a flare.
What to pay: If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
While in La Jolla, take a tour of the more elegant shops and let yourself feel entitled. This is not a Cartier Boutique, it is an "Authorized Dealer" which offers Cartier products.
Of course, everything in this store, including their pre-owned items, is beyond my means and I'm reduced to "window shopping."
However, if you're in the market for something very nice, stop in and make a choice.
What to buy: A Cartier watch would be nice. Though you should know that waches are not all that they sell. Beautiful jewlery and gift items are part of their innovatory too. They buy from Estate Sales so offer pre-owned pieces. If you have a fine piece that you want to sell, they might buy, if they like the quality. Even if you want something repaired, they'll do that too.
This little shop located in the center of La Jolla Shores Village is just what one would expect. Full of everything associated with the ocean,surfing and girls, surrounded by a Hawaiian theme to the decor.
The place is packed with clothes, shoes, accessories, watches, jewelry, hats, even wetsuits and wax for surf boards!
This bookshop is one of those that has survived the "chaining' of America. You can read the website below for a description of the shop. It's a family business, started in 1946.
Unfortunately the bookstore is closing or already closed. I wonder what will happen to the wisteria???
Warwick's is one of my favorite stores in all of San Diego. One side sells books, the other side sells stationary, art supplies, office supplies, and a large selection of nice gift items. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a good read or nice gift, or if you are just in the area.
What to buy: Great place to pick up unique gifts, high quality office supplies, calendars, books, stationary, cards, maps, paper, wrapping paper, even unique handcrafted jewelry
What to pay: Huge price range
Take a walk down Girard Avenue for some of the best shopping downtown La Jolla has to offer. You'll find all kinds of shops and all kinds of prices, as well as a nice selection of little cafes and places to stop and grab a refreshment.
You can find all sorts of cool shops on this road, from antiques and rugs to top notch clothes.
You can take a break from shopping in a café here and then pop to the seaside for a breath of fresh air and a view of Seal Rock.
What to buy: Clothes and more.
The shop is part of the parish church and open daily.
What to buy: The shop specializes in religious folk art from around the world.
Anyone can "Shop til they drop" in La Jolla. It is a shopper's dream. In the Village, on and around Prospect Street are so many unique shops offering some of the nicest...