This world-renowned icon and San Diego landmark is an open-air,
five-level mall located adjacent to the historic Gaslamp
District. It covers 6-1/2 city blocks and is a premier destination
for shopping, dining, and entertainment. There are excellent
restaurants, a food court with an amazing ray of choices, scores
of specialty shops, theaters, plus major department stores such
as Macys and Nordstrom. The mall teems night and day not just
with locals but with tourists and conventioneers who are staying
downtown or near the San Diego Convention Center. Horton Plaza
began as a downtown redevelopment project and is considered
one of the nation's most visually memorable shopping center
with its kaleidoscope design (which can be challenging to navigate
until you get the hang of it) in a blend of striking colors
and styles. Since its opening in 1985, it has been hailed both
locally and internationally as an overwhelming success and has
won dozens of awards for design, architecture, and urban development.
Warning: Locals joke that you can get lost for days trying to
find your car in the parking garages (shades of a certain "Seinfeld"
episode!), which can feel like mazes. There is a "fruit"
garage and a "vegetable" garage. Just be sure to remember
your level's particular fruit or vegetable and the level number
of the mall entrance you use and you'll do fine!
324 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
Located between Broadway and G Street
Parking: Three hours free with any purchase (and validation) from any Horton Plaza vendor