In addition to big names like Ralph Lauren and Lucky Brand, La Jolla also has a number of excellent independent businesses. It is in these business where you can really see the local color of La Jolla, friendly business owners, and unique pieces that the franchise brands might not offer. There are independent businesses of all kinds to find in La Jolla, but tourists often find themselves drawn to the little independently owned boutiques of La Jolla. If you’re looking for a cute new outfit to wear during your La Jolla vacation or something to take home to remember it, visiting the local boutiques is a must.
Where to Find La Jolla Boutiques
You’ll find the majority of La Jolla’s boutiques in downtown La Jolla, on Girard Avenue and Prospect Street. These streets are lined with a variety of shops and restaurants, especially independently owned. You could get a whole day of boutique shopping in just from Girard and Prospect. However, if you want to branch out, La Jolla Boulevard in the Bird Rock neighborhood also contains a number of chic boutiques to explore.
What to Find in La Jolla Boutiques
Whatever your personal style, you’ll be able to find a La Jolla boutique to suit it. There are upscale boutiques offering the latest Italian shoe and handbag designs for those with expensive tastes. Or if you prefer to find an eclectic selection at a bargain, you can check out a consignment shop. There are boutiques that sell colorful handcrafted jewelry and others that sell elegant European designs. You’re also not limited to clothing and accessories in La Jolla boutiques. You may be able to find home decor items or souvenirs to take home for the family. And of course, you can always find the perfect floppy hat and sunglasses to wear to the beach.
La Jolla Boutique Recommendations
We recommend just about all of La Jolla’s boutiques and their friendly local owners, but as for which shops you should visit...it depends on what you’re looking for.
For the cosmopolitan: Amore Boutique offers the latest Italian fashions, whether they be leather jackets, shoes, or dresses. They have a style that’s light and casual, perfect for your La Jolla vacation, but also strikingly trendy. Sigi’s has a mixture of European and American designs, clothing and jewelry. While they have some casual apparel, their selection tends to be for women who enjoy the finer things.
For the budget shopper. Just because you’re in La Jolla doesn’t mean you have to break the bank on cute clothes. Several of the shops away from downtown in the Bird Rock neighborhood are a little more affordable, like Mimi & Red, offering clothes, handbags, jewelry and candles. Swoon Collection offers both trendy selections and excellent prices. There’s also Take 2 Ladies Consignment Boutique, an “upscale consignment boutique” which carries designer fashions at prices that are hard to beat.
For the expectant mom. Looking for a stylish way to own your baby bump? Modish Maternity offers lovely selections for both expectant and nursing mothers, as well as fashionable but comfortable and practical clothes for busy moms who just don’t have time to spend an hour getting ready. They also frequently have sales because being a mom is expensive enough.
For the athlete/outdoorsy shopper. If you’re planning on wearing down your running shoes during your trip, you may want to check out Just Run. Not only do they offer trendy, high quality running shoes but they also host a run club on Thursdays and yoga on Sundays. This boutique is an excellent experience for athletic shoppers.
And that’s just a few of La Jolla’s excellent independent boutiques. Book your room at the Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla, and you’ll be within easy walking distance of downtown La Jolla and its many local boutiques. You may want to pack an extra suitcase for all the shopping you’ll do here.
But La Jolla’s small businesses offer more than just fashion. Check back to learn about other types of local businesses you can find in La Jolla.