Lifestyle in San Diego

When it comes to lifestyle and shopping in San Diego, expats will have a dizzying selection of options. Shopaholics have access to countless shops, boutiques and malls. Night owls can choose from options including rooftop bars, live music and karaoke. Family-oriented expats, on the other hand, have an array of attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and a host of museums.


Shopping in San Diego

Expats truly will be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping in San Diego. Whether in search of designer labels at shopping centres or bargain buys at vintage boutiques, there are a range of options for city residents.

The city has many malls, from family-friendly outdoor centres to luxury malls. Prominent among these is Fashion Valley Mall in Mission Valley. With 200 stores and an 18-screen movie theatre, shoppers have plenty to keep themselves entertained. The mall offers designer stores such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton, department stores such as Macy’s and Nordstrom, and a wide selection of restaurants and bistros.

For bargain hunters, there are outlet centres all over the city which offer discounts on designer labels and brand names.

There are also a number of neighbourhoods in San Diego which are well known for being shopping districts. Areas such as Little Italy, La Jolla, Mission Hills and the Gaslamp District go over and above the standard shopping experience, offering a variety of antique stores, arts and crafts boutiques and restaurants.


Nightlife and entertainment in San Diego

The city comes alive after dinner and after dark, with a variety of nightclubs, music venues and bars. The Gaslamp District is especially well known, and the easily walkable neighbourhood offers revellers everything from jazz clubs to outdoor bistros.

San Diego’s repertoire isn’t limited to jazz, however, and patrons have a variety of venues available featuring everything from DJs and karaoke, to live rock bands and flamenco dancers. Bar hoppers will be happy to know that the city offers options from old-style pubs to wine bars and exclusive speakeasies with unfamiliar labels.

The city is known as the ‘craft beer capital of America’ and is home to more than 120 breweries of various sizes. Craft beer connoisseurs can go for a tour in most of these establishments, or take part in annual events such as the San Diego International Beer Competition.


Food and wine in San Diego

With local produce and seafood delivered fresh from the dock, the city is a major attraction for some of the USA’s most talented chefs. Everything from food truck snacks to gourmet cuisine is available in San Diego.

On the other hand, a trip to North County leads to one of the finest grape-growing regions in the western USA. Crossing through mountain valleys, expats with a taste for the finer things in life will find themselves among hillside vineyards and family wineries which offer regular tours and tastings.


Outdoor activities in San Diego

Expat families will be able to enjoy the sunshine in San Diego whether they’re enjoying the beauty of its natural environment, watching one of its sports teams or visiting one of its world-famous outdoor attractions.

Balboa Park spans 1,200 acres and includes a Japanese Friendship garden and a pepper tree grove, which provides shade for one of the best family picnic spots in the city. The San Diego Botanical Garden is another favoured green space, offering miles of garden trails, countless numbers of plant and bird species as well as events such as concerts and galas.

Expats with a yearning for the great outdoors will enjoy places such as the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve which offers hiking trails against a backdrop of pine forests, sandstone canyons and Pacific Ocean views.

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