Horton Plaza, San Diego
Horton Plaza is a fascinating place to shop. It has all the usual (and some unusual) stores, but what makes in so interesting is the architecture. There seem to be shops tucked away in corners, with various interesting views all around.
As we were up early, we actually arrived an hour before the stores opened, but we spent our time wandering around, taking lots of photos and video, and tasting free samples from the restaurants in the food court! (The Indian butter chicken was the best!)
What to buy: You can find just about anything at Horton Plaza. From Nordstrom to Mervyns, from Hot Topic to Hot Licks, its all there.
The second photo (4th & Broadway) was the front of Horton Plaza (North side.) Sam Gooddy was a huge and popular music store, Planet Hollywood Restaurant is no longer there and Sam Gooddy has gone too. This whole front area is under construction to sort of re-establish the original "town square" of San Diego that Horton Plaza had been from the beginning of this section of downtown.
Horton Plaza is more than a shopping mall. About 1985 the city decided to "re-vitalize" the downtown area and first on it's list was Horton Plaza, named after one of our historical "fathers," Alanzo Horton.
Horton plaza was the town square of San Diego, a park area, with fountain in the center (of the original plan) of downtown. The city grew enormous around this little plaza which, over the years became the breeding ground for the homeless, prostitutes, transvestites and beggars of the city.
Re-vitalization consisted of a wonderful, eclectically designed "mall." A few major chain stores, unique shops selling anything from clothes to kitchen wares, theaters, a food court, a few nice restaurants and much more can be found in the multi-levels. This was built for the residents as much as for tourists. The parking lot can be confusing, so make sure you note where you parked your car.
Because of and inspite of Horton Plaza there are many newer and older stores located in SD"s downtown section. North & South of Broadway as well as East & West of Fourth Avenue you will find lots of stores and shops, not concentrated like at the mall, but along the various streets. One advantage to shopping the streets is the various price and item choices you'll find.
Near the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village also offers unique shopping experiences in a lovely bayside setting.
Horton Plaza is a sight to see and a place to experience. This colorful, mulitlevel (seven levels) center offers 140 shops, restaurants, boutiques and bistros.
The Lyceum Theater, United Artist Cineplex and the live music played throughout the seven levels are a treat for those not in the mood for shopping.
The Food Court offers a variety to satisfy any mood and if fast food isn't your thing there are some pretty nice restaurants here also. My favorite restaurant here is Panda Inn (A full sevice restaurnat with bar, with outside seating and a view of the bay from it's huge dining room windows. Moderately priced menu and delicious food.)
Oh, sorry, this isn't a restaurant tip is it?
Horton Plaza offers shopping for all interests and budgets! There are chain type stores, Brand name stores and lots of the unique/boutique type stores to choose from.
The only drawback to this shopping center, from my perspective is that it is easy to forget which level I've parked my car on. Of course, I eliminated this by shopping here so frequently that even the "Fruit named levels" of the indoor parking lot is now memorized.
Horton Plaza is getting a face-lift. The front, at Broadway and Fourth Avenue is under construction to create a "town square" type area for gathering, as a music venue and other sorts of community activities. The planned opening with be 2014, In the meantime most of the stores and restaurants are open for business. Some shops have closed and I'm not sure if these are closed permanently or only during construction. The elevators at each end seemed to be shut-down but I'm not sure of that either. The escalators at each end are still working.
Horton Plaza is a big mall in downtown San Diego. The good thing about it is that it doesn't have a roof! With so many sunny days in San Diego a roof isn't really necessary. You can spend hundreds of dollars here and get a suntan for free ;-)
What to buy: You find all kinds of shops here, mostly clothes and shoe shops. On the top floor there's a food court with "the usual suspects" of fast food dining in California.
What to pay: Lots! Don't even get started ;-)
One of the biggest plaza in San Diego. The most famous chain brand could be found there. In the higher layer, there are several food stores and a theater. With buying anything, there are three hours free parking.
What to buy: Beside clothes, there is a special chocolate store where you can find a lot of delicate gift box. Also, some toy's stores are very cute.
Outside of San Francisco, this is the largest Sanrio shop I've found in the USA. Would you believe I can't visit San Diego, with any of my daughters, without stopping at this store?!! They HAVE to go here. So we made a special stop at Horton Plaza to visit my girls' mecca, just last weekend! And they did spend their money, too! I resisted buying anything, this time, but I think that was a first for me. There's a lot of choices carefully packed into this colorful store.
Do you already know Sanrio? It has been around for at least 3 decades & is from Japan. Even adults in Japan are nuts about this stuff. I've heard that Japanese businessmen are known to pull out a Batz Maru calculator or bento box! Batz Maru is a male creature that is black in color with a pointy hairdo. There are a few other male-oriented Sanrio characters, but the line mostly appeals to females.
If you like cute, girly things, this is the place to go! You can buy anything from Hello Kitty kitchen appliances to school supplies. Other Sanrio characters are featured, too & this time we could choose from some Sesame Street and Peanuts characters, too. Georgia couldn't resist The Count from Sesame St. & loves her new clutch purse!! ( I wish I knew how to underline the word "loves"!!!)
What to pay: from 35 cents for Sanrio candy ( you have to try it!) to over a hundred dollars if you want to!
Horton Plaza is a mall in the heart of San Diego which is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. It is an interesting place to visit even if you aren't interested in shopping. Horton Plaza has seven levels and covers more than six city blocks with 172 shops and restaurants. You cann find virtually any necessity here and lots of luxuries, plus souvenirs. You might even catch a little sidewalk entertainment.
Karen bought a bright red "San Diego" shirt, and we also found a few postcards and a refrigerator magnet which I added to my collection. We also enjoyed a snack here. Serious shoppers could easily spend the entire day here.
Horton Plaza is a stop on the San Diego Trolly Tour.
Horton Plaza opened back in 1985 and is anchored by Macy's and Nordstrom. It has 5 levels of outdoor shopping and lots of parking. It's adjacent to the Gaslamp District and continues to draw people to its convenient location. There's lots of restaurants & chain retail stores so you will never be disappointed. Validated parking is available at most of the merchants.
You can buy whatever you need (including gifts) at Horton Plaza, shopping mall just in San Diego downtown.
A list of all stores at Horton Plaza (only 137 :-):
What to buy: What you like.
What to pay: Be careful, especially when you use virtual money = credit/debit cards :-).
The nices shopping center I've been to in the US, and one with athmosphere! There is no big roof (of course the individual shops have roofs) but the escalators and "streets" inbetween the shops are open air, everything painted in bright colors, in a very special art-deco style. open-air food court with all the usual fast food outlets, shops like in most shopping malls. It's huge!
The shops here a typical American mall shops, but the mall itself is great. It's an open, outdoor mall that is painted in 43 colors, set on many levels and is very interesting architecturally. It winds its way through over 6 city blocks and has 172 shops and restaurants.
San Diego has a lot of great shopping, but perhaps the best shopping mall is right downtown at Horton Plaza. This plaza makes shopping fun with it's modern Sante Fe Deco and it's 3 level of shopping walkways.
What to buy: Every shop you could ever imagine is at this plaza. There is also an abundance of restaurants with just your taste in mind.
While the mall itself isn't all that exciting in terms of the stores that are there, it's something to look at. It's different and you'll likely snap some pictures, but there's no need to spend a whole lot of time there. There's a drugstore there though, which I found handy as it wasn't all that far from where we stayed.
What to buy: Whatever you like
What to pay: That depends on how much you wanna buy.
Horton Plaza is a five story seven block shopping and entertainment complex that is by far the most interesting outdoor mall in San Diego. The colors, shapes, and atmosphere is so festive that you may forget you are in a mall.
Receive three hours of free parking in their parking garage with any purchase.
If you are in the Downtown and Gaslamp Quarter and would like to have a cheap grub or to shop a lot, then head to the Westfield Mall in Horton's Plaza, which is located just beside the famous Horton's Plaza. It offers a five-level outdoor type of shopping mall with started in the 1980's and since then it became the main shopping area of Downtown San Diego of which both locals and tourists flock to it. It has a large variety of Boutique Stores, Specialty Stores, A Food Court, Cinemas, famous retail brands like American Eagle, Aldo, Bath & Body Works, BeBe, Gap, Gamestop, Guess, Sanrio and a lot more. It also have various restaurants and also two large anchor mall tenants, namely Macy's and Nordstrom's.
Opens: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday
What to buy: if you really want to shop for more popular brands, head to fashion valley up north but if you want to shop typical middle class wares and accesories and cheap food, shop here.
What to pay: depends on your budget