Outlet malls offer high-profile brands in their own dedicated stores, selling their goods at discounted prices. They used to be called "factory outlet" stores and were located in nondescript, glorified strip malls, but today, San Diego's outlet malls are impressive retail complexes that rival the traditional regional shopping malls. Here are the top places in San Diego to go hunting for these great deals.
Las Americas Premium Outlets
Las Americas is a sprawling complex situated right near the Mexico border. It offers well over 125 stores to fill every designer addict's need. Its roster of stores includes sports retailers like Adidas and Nike, as well as designer brands like Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and more.
Carlsbad Premium Outlets
Carlsbad Premium Outlets is another large outdoor complex serving the north county. With 90 stores in an attractive setting, right next to the Carlsbad Flower Fields, this outlet center offers a lot in the way of on the designer names. You'll find impressive savings at Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, Theory, and more.
Viejas Outlet Center
Viejas Outlet Center, located across from the Viejas Casino, is a Native American themed shopping center with meandering walkways and gardens that provide a serene shopping experience. The shops are your usual assortment of outlet standbys (Hilfiger, Gap, Nike), but it's worth the drive to Alpine for the ambiance. Plus, don't miss the special water shows, which are scheduled during the summer and holiday season. Here you'll find outlet brands like Chicos, Coach, Eddie Bauer, GAP, Levi's, Sunglass Hut, Vans, and others.
Lake Elsinore Outlets
The Lake Elsinore Outlets are situated in the heart of the Inland Empire, conveniently located off Interstate 15 less than an hour north of inland San Diego. Located in Lake Elsinore just north of Temecula, the Lake Elsinore Outlets mall isn't as flashy as the newer outlet malls like Carlsbad and Las Americas in San Diego County. In fact, it's more like the old school outlet centers, a strip mall not far from the freeway. Yet, it still has all the name brand stores you might be looking for including Guess, GAP, Vans, Nike, Lids, Hot Topic, rue21, Van Heusen, and more.
Updated by Gina Tarnacki