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.