We’ll confess. California is, without a doubt, one of the best states to go on a vacation or partake on the road trip of your life. While vacationers typically flock the prominent cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco – we couldn’t help but rave about the vast high-end fashion boutiques and luxe home décor shopping opportunities – their lesser known counterparts are as good as it gets.
Napa Valley, Palm Springs and San Diego may not be one of the first places that come to mind regarding shopping, but we took up the challenge and went off the beaten track. Boy, were we elated to trace a new crop of varied shopping adventures.
Napa Valley offered charming embellishments, with quirky homeware shops. Palm Springs aced the interior decorating game with their abundance of mid-century to modern furniture and finally, we hit jackpot in San Diego’s Cedros Avenue Design District.
Join us, as we travel to California – off the beaten track.
Situated just outside San Francisco, Napa Valley is no doubt, a world famous regional wine industry. But beyond the lush vineyards and wineries, and away from tourist track is St. Helena. The charming town thrills with superb eats – from Michelin star restaurants to classic burger joints – and shopping on Main Street where you’ll come across stunning independent designer shops, swoon-worthy floral boutiques and global-eclectic fashion and homewares. Wine, dine and loads of shopping? Yes, please.
Located along the western edge of the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs has evolved from a mere desert to one of America’s best vacation destination – thanks to the bounty of Hollywood A-listers, modern architectural design aficionados and the surge of hip festivals like Coachella. The city evokes a retro-chic charm with colourful bungalows along its palm tree-lined streets. Once you’ve picked the perfect outfit, you’ll have a jolly time exploring its vintage stores, jewellery and fashion boutiques while soaking up on a fresh dose of Vitamin E.
Known for its extensive beaches and numerous tourist attractions like the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, and Museum of Art it is great that the shopping at California’s second largest city does not disappoint. We take to the shopping strip of Cedros Avenue Design District; a gem located just two blocks away from Solana Beach. The quaint and laid-back neighbourhood is filled with boutique shops, garden stores, art, home décor and even a marketplace bazaar – truly a standout for the artistic crowd.