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The Best Boutiques And Independent Clothing Shops In San Diego

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Updated: 6 September 2017

Shopping in San Diego can be a lot of fun, whether you’re looking for the perfect little black dress, an elegant suit or just a fun T-shirt. Hit up these six independent boutiques for unique shopping experiences that are sure to leave you with a garment to treasure.

Fabulous Rag Boutique

Fabulous Rag sells dresses for every occasion, making it a popular stop for those headed to weddings, formal dances, and other timely celebrations. It’s not all glitter and glamor, though. Shoppers may also find casual dresses and separates suitable for low-key events and work. Customers rave about the friendly and attentive service, and bargain hunters can frequently find sale items that match most budgets. 

Fabulous Rag Boutique, 829 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 858 2701993

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Dolcetti Boutique

Sisters Minet and Natalie Taylor own Dolcetti Boutique, located in Gaslamp District. Find new and on-trend men’s and women’s clothing, from designers like Wildfox, Cupcakes and Cashmere, and Bando. The women’s section is more extensive than the men’s, but gentleman shoppers may find T-shirts and accessories. The shop also supports local designers.

Dolcetti Boutique, 635 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 501 1559

5&A Dime

5&A Dime is owned by siblings Jason and Darcie Huggins. They originally started as a toy, book and candy shop, but evolved into a clothing store once they started stocking local brands. They moved into their current location in 2008 and now sell streetwear and accessories, including hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and jackets. They also sell cookies courtesy of The Good Stuff Cookie Co.

5&A Dime, 828 G Street, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 236 0364


Located in South Park, this eclectic shop offers men’s and women’s clothing, furniture, gifts, and home decor. Though there are many cute items here, the shop also stocks a fair amount of sleek and minimalist designs. 

Junc.Life, 2209 Fern Street, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 283 2611

Le Bel Age Boutique

Established in 1985 and owned by Valerie Lee, Le Bel Age Boutique offers fun, unique, and bold women’s clothing and accessories. Patterned fabrics, statement jewelry, boho-chic dresses, and flowing skirts are just some of the items shoppers find here. The shop also typically hosts festive events and decor surrounding the holidays—especially Halloween—making seasonal affairs a perfect time to get acquainted.

Le Bel Age Boutique, 1607 W Lewis Street, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 619 297 7980

The Ascot Shop

This long-standing La Jolla menswear boutique was founded as a haberdashery in 1950 and continues to cater to the sharp-dressed man today. The shop carries casual and formal men’s clothing—including suits, jackets, sweaters, button-down shirts, polos, and slacks—as well as shoes, ties, undergarments, watches, and other accessories. Customers can also request custom suits and other garments as well.

The Ascot Shop, 7750 Girard Avenue, San Diego, CA, USA, +1 858 454 4222

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