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Welcome to our web. As native Californians we have spent many happy years traveling this great state looking for the most outstanding things in Southern California. In our opinion you will find the best just by coming back to this site time and time again. This means the best taco, theme park, water-park, off road driving trail, zoo, train ride, subway, sand dune, county fair, steak, television studio, and tons of other stuff. We have taken the work out of looking for the best of everything Southern California has to offer. Just by clicking on something that tickles your fancy you can get all kinds information on that fun spot or type of food you love. We hope you will use this again and again as we update it as often.
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Here are some of the better malls in Southern California. We have shopped in all of them plus interviewed many people (mostly women) and got their opinions on the best places to shop.
We are so lucky to have all these great stores in so ca. Feel free to shop your troubles away! More to come as we check out others.
Another great mall is Irvine Spectrum. It’s an outdoor mall, so you have to be prepared for the weather whether it is hot or cold. It has a really nice movie theater, awesome restaurants (our favorites are Yard house (because of the food and beer), Cheesecake Factory (because of the choices, they have everything and its all delicious!), and last but not least, Javier’s (some of the best Mexican food I’ve ever had!). They have an ice rink during the winter (now that is really unique!). They have a lot of good stores to shop at too. And they also have a game works, which is great for kids and adults. It has every kind of game you can think of! It’s great for a date. And Irvine Spectrum wins our vote for best sports bar, Fox Sports Grill. It has hundreds of TV’s through out the place. Excellent food and drinks. It even has a bowling alley. You can reserve the upstairs area for special events, which is pretty cool. And at night, it turns into a club. For directions check out their web site.
Moreno Valley Mall
This mall is one of the best if do don't like huge crowds, it is tucked away in the rolling hills of Moreno Valley. Even on weekends the crowd is light, it's a typical two story mall with all the right stores that makes shopping fun. The food court is good and lots of close parking.
South Coast Plaza
There are many reasons to like this mall. For one, there are so many designer shops it’s just fun to go window shopping (because I obviously can’t afford half of the stores in that mall). My wife likes to see all the designer purses and shoes. It also has just about every department store you can think of: Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue , and Sears. This mall has a carousel which is always packed with kids no matter what time of day it is. And there is always a balloon person with the biggest bundle of balloons I have ever seen! The kids just love it. There are waterfall fixtures through out the mall which makes it a relaxing environment. There are many nice restaurants too. There’s Wolfgang Puck, The Carvery (which is a Lawry’s restaurant), Rain forest Café, Boudin (which is a restaurant that specializes in sourdough bread from San Francisco , YUMMY!), Maggiano’s (my favorite, the best Italian food ever!). This mall is huge! It’s 3 stories high and has hundreds of stores, something for everyone’s taste and budget. My favorite thing is to do is people watching. There are so many different kinds of people walking around. They even have a foreign exchange store.
Westfield Horton Plaza
Horton Plaza is 5 level, unique mall that any San Diego visitor should see. Nordstrom, Macy's and many differ ant type of shops and eateries make this the lunch stop for downtown workers. You can validate your parking ticket (with any purchase) for 3 free hours (4 hours with movie or restaurant purchase). The parking lot is confusing and you could forget which level parked in. The levels and parking spaces are marked with fruit so make sure that if you park in a chili pepper level you remember that.
There are some upscale and mid-level stores such as Nordstrom, Mervyn's, Macy's, along with the usual boutiques and lots of island sales. It seems that every level you walk, you bump in to a great store or a fun one tucked away in a corner. Lots of places to eat, both sit down and take out. This is a fun place plus it's smack dab in the middle of down town San Diego. You can't get much better then that.
A fairly new outdoor mall built next door to the Farmers Market in Los Angeles. This is a great place to shop and to see wonderful dancing fountains, green lawns and unique street venders. A double deck trolley runs from one end to the other giving the rider a view of all the stores, restaurants and outstanding décor that the Grove offers. Parking is a breeze in the tall level parking garage with elevators and escalators to take you to the stores. The fee is small and your parking ticket can be validated at most of the stores. When you get to the bottom level there are some of the finest restrooms in town with an attendant to help you with your visit if needed.The stores range from high end department stores to toys, beach wear, home furnishing, luggage, jewelry and much more, too many to list. Pacific theaters are also there with 14 screens. Check out their web site at www.TheGroveLA.com 323-900-8080 or 1-888-315-8883. Off of the 10 Freeway go north (toward Hollywood) on Fairfax Ave, turn right on third St. and go about half a block to Grove Drive, turn left.
Victoria Gardens Mall
This is the new outdoor mall in Rancho Cucamonga. Its decorated with historic signs, it makes you feel like you're walking back in time. There are streets going through the center so you can drive you car by all the stores. The food court is huge, they have tons of nice restaurants like Yard House, P F Changs, and faster places like The Hat, Wendys and Juice it Up. They have large department stores like Macy's and JC Penny's. You can find almost every kind of store there, many shoe and clothing stores. They also have a center walk way where there is a patch of grass that they sometimes have musicians come and play on a mini stage next to a pretty waterfall. In the winter, they have a huge decorated christmas tree set up there, outside!
Outlet malls are generally with out a roof. Some look like your walking down a city street with trees and water falls with green grass and lots of flowers. Others are elaborate parking lots with benches and food carts, but all give you brand name articles at lowered prices. Below are some of the ones we have checked out and liked. We will add more as we investigate them.
Camarillo Premium Outlets
740 E. Ventura Boulevard, Camarillo, CA 93010 (805) 445-8520
Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, J Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren, Theory, Tommy Hilfiger, Lucky Brand Jeans, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and many more 120 in all.
Food? You bet- Auntie Anne's Soft Pretzels, Cappuccino Club & Juice Bar, Charley's Grilled Subs, Jody Maroni's Sausage Kindom, Little Thai, Pyro's Homestyle Rotisserie, Subway/ TCBY, Terri's Chocolate Chippery Cookies, Villa Pizza. WOW. http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=20
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
There are 90 outlet stores in Carlsbad. Due to the location, the weather is perfect all year around. The walk though the mall is an eye opener as the stores and walk way is a fine as the best in Calif. Some of the store are, Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, coach,Crate and Barrel, Juicy Couture, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Theory, Tommy Hilfiger and many more.
The mall is north of San Diego 5620 Paseo del Norte, Suite 100, Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 804-9000 http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=66
Desert Hills Premium Outlet Stores
This outlet mall is a beautiful place to buy the brand name products you need at an outlet price! Just minutes west from Palm Springs its a great place to shop knowing you should have perfect weather all the time. With 130 stores finding your favorite wearing apparel is easy. Also you can find Leather goods, luggage, Jewelry, housewares,home furnishing and even pottery. There is not just one of these stores but many to choose from. Check out their web site for hours, directions and a huge list of stores. http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=6
Lake Elsinore Outlet Mall
Lake Elsinore Outlets is situated in the heart of the Inland Empire, conveniently located off Interstate 15. Forty minutes east of Orange County, twenty minutes north of the beautiful wine country that is Temecula and less than an hour north of inland San Diego. The outlet mall is full of great and fascinating stores plus food. There are many differ ant types of eatery's from a Dairy Queen to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Yum.
Mills Outlet Mall Ontario
Ontario Mills features over 200 of the best names in retail
including Nordstrom Rack, Nike Factory Store, Off Broadway
Shoes, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger offering the latest fashions, gifts,
electronics, entertainment and dining options. Lots of your favorite places to shop. The food court is huge with many different types of great food to choose from.
There are many super restaurants around the area also, along with a multiplex movie theater.
Tanger Outlets Stores Barstow
Barstow outlets have great prices and many stores to choose from. You can buy direct from brand name manufacturer and designer outlet stores. Just south from Barstow off the interstate 15, the mall is free from local traffic sitting by itself inviting you to drive in. The stores are listed on their web site. Try the food court, the "all about Dogs" is Great. I am a hot dog fan as you can see. http://www.tangeroutlet.com/center/BST/directory/
Swap meets and flea markets
Orange County Market Place
San Diego Swap Meet
Pomona Auto Swapmeet/flea market
San Fernando Swap Meet
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