Horton Plaza, San Diego
Horton Plaza was one of the first downtown revitalizing projects. The architectural design was, at first, a bit controversial--it is painted in forty-three different colors! Can you imagine that?
However, the festive feel of this unique shopping mall--more than a shopping mall really-- soon became well liked and the biggest problem anyone had, was remembering the "Fruit" level they had parked their car.
Have the parking ticket validated or show any purchase reciept from Horton Plaza and the first three hours of parking is free.
There are enough shopping choices to appease the whole family, and places to eat good food at every budget level. The newest movies play at the multiplex and downstairs the Lyceum Theater offers great plays, comedies and musicals.
At the top level you can see the umbrellas of one of the restaurants. There are escalators and elevators at each end of the Plaza and stairs throughout.
This is my favorite shopping mall and what makes it a must see in my book is the fact that there are items and shops to suit every budget & interest level, especially I like that everyday there is something going on that makes a simple pause on a bench entertaining.
Even though Horton Plaza has been somewhat effected by the economic situation of the past few years, it is now it the process of being renovated. The proposed project will be a world-class urban plaza, Horton Plaza Park, will be restored to reflect it's original function as town square. It is expected to be completed by 2014. During this construction, most of the shops and restaurants are still open and a few have closed their doors. A stop here, even now, is well worth your time if you like shopping, dining or architecture.
Not only a shopping area, the Horton Plaza offers a casual setting for gatherings, dining or sipping a tea or coffee. It is walking distance from the downtown train station at Kettner and Broadway as well as the Gaslamp Quarter. There are plenty of shops and department stores here plus many dining options.
The Horton Plaza covers 15 blocks and is nested at the heart of downtown San Diego's Gaslamp district. It includes the Horton Plaza shopping center which is a colorful open-air mall with 5 stories. Even though it has 150 stores you won't find all the stores or brand names that are usually present in other malls. The mall is also confusing with its stairs, catwalks and bridges. Difficult to visit.
What is a plaza? It's an open area or square in a town/city (esp. in Spanish-speaking countries = in San Diego as well hehe) or a group of buildings including stores (= shops) designed as a single development within a town/city.
Horton Plaza is a large, multi-story shopping center/mall just in the downtown of San Diego, next to Gaslamp Quarter (they don't have a city center/centre in the USA, they have a downtown).
You can do shopping (or window shopping :-) at daytime there or just look and admire interesting architecture at nighttime.
Except of doing shopping you can look at nice fountains and architecture (hmm... is it postmodernism + a little art deco or what?) or just eat/drink something outside on the last floor, nice (and not the cheapest :-) place for watching people!
Pay attention to this clock on my picture - it's Jessop Clock made for State Fairs in 1907.
International Visitor Information Center - go there to pick up brochures, maps, a San Diego Pocket Guide etc. or to buy attraction and tour tickets.
Ask about reduced rates.
11 Horton Plaza
(First Avenue & "F" Street)
San Diego, CA 92
Winter hours: (Sept-May),
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Summer hours: (June, July, Aug),
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
# 1 Horton Plaza (HP) - 'Shopping' at Nordstrom's, F.A.O. Schwartz, etc. and 'Eats' at La Salsa, Rubio's and the California Cafe Bar & Grill ..... # 2 Fashion Valley (FV) - 'More Shopping' and 'Eats' at Cheesecake Factory, Crocodile Cafe, Screens Bistro, Pizzeria Uno, Boudin Bakery and Nordstrom Cafe ..... # 3 Seaport Village (SV) - a waterfront landmark, a lot like Victorian San Francisco and Old Monterey. Charming paths and views of the bay, unique souvenir shops.
If you like shopping, or even unusual, modern architecture, visit Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego.
Like most California 'malls', this is out doors. The design is urban, modern, and bright. Several levels of shops, a food court, and a movie theater are contained in the mall structure.
Horton Plaza is basically a huge open air mall. If you're into architecture(is that the right spelling?)you'll want to check it out. It's 3 stories and it zig-zags back and forth / up and down. It's got just about any store you need for general shopping.
Outdoor malls are popular in California. My favorite is Horton Plaza, located downtown San Diego. Even if you don't like shopping it is visually interesting just to look at.