San Diego's Best Mall?:
Fashion Valley is the class of San Diego malls
, Fashion Valley has arguably the best of the upscale stores. Nordstrom, JC Penney, Macy's, Nieman Marcus and San Diego's first Bloomingdale's anchor this well appointed two-level, 200 store, outdoor mall.
What makes it so special?:
Good restaurants and an AMC multiplex make this a place to go beyond shopping. Burberry, Hugo Boss, Tiffany, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Ruehl, Apple, Microsoft and Sony stores reflect the mall's cool factor. Where else will you find a Hermes store?
What's the mall's flavor?:
Stylish, classy and upscale, especially after its most recent facelift. Fashion Valley has been around forever (circa 1970), but you'd never know because its been updated nicely over the years. A major facelift a few years ago added an entire second-level to the outdoor mall, including the 18-screen AMC multiplex and spacious food court. The architecture is extremely tasteful, featuring trellises and awnings.
What's the clientele?:
The fashion conscious, both young and old (hey, it is Fashion Valley). Yes, this is where serious shoppers go for quality merchandise.
FV has a number of popular sit-down restaurants, including the extremely popular Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang's, Stacked, Love Boat Sushi, True Food Kitchen, and California Pizza Kitchen. The updated food court plaza includes a wide range of choices, from burgers to Asian to Italian to Mexican and is a great spot for people watching.
Department stores: Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Bloomindale's, and JCPenney. Shops: Tiffany & Co., M.A.C., Michale Kors, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, A/X Armani Exchange, Sur La Table, Gucci, Apple, Sony, Microsoft, and H&M.
Plentiful. Multi-level garages surround the mall on all sides. If you're familiar with the area, the Friar's Road (north) side can get congested - you're better off parking in the garages on the south side. An alternate entrance to the mall is off of 1-8 and Hotel Circle, to Fashion Valley Road. There's also a large public transit terminal including bus and trolley service.