The Top Places to Buy Souvenirs in San Diego

Old Town Market
Old Town Market | © Sharon Mollerus / Flickr
Juliet Bennett Rylah

When it’s time to leave San Diego behind, tourists have many options for memories they can take with them or gift to loved ones back home. Shopping centers such as Old Town Market and Bazaar del Mundo offer festive and colorful gifts, while Captain’s Cove steers toward pirate-themed souvenirs. Save some of that travel fund for these six unique San Diego gift shops, and take a piece of your vacation home with you.

1. Old Town Market

Market, American, Vegetarian

Old Town Market
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Old Town Market is brimming with souvenirs, spread among 40 unique shops. Some, such as La Paloma Casual, stock your more routine items, including T-shirts, magnets, shot glasses, and keychains, while others cater to more specialty markets. For example, Love My Pet offers animal-themed décor items and merchandise for pets, while Pueblito Cuetzalan stocks fiesta supplies. Mexican Candy Shop is exactly what it sounds like, and Celia’s Fashion Dolls sells a variety dolls. For Vietnamese metal art, visit D&O Import.

2. Bazaar Del Mundo

Bazaar, Shop

Bazaar del Mundo
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This Old Town outdoor shopping center is packed with brightly colored Latin American goods, including textiles, housewares, jewelry, clothing, books, art, and crafts. When you’ve exhausted yourself shopping, you can grab dinner at Casa Guadalajara.

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