The new cool in factory outlet shopping at the San Diego International Border is the San Diego Outlets at the Border , which is the closest Factory Outlet Center to the Interstate 5 Freeway exit at 4463 Camino del la Plaza and Virginia Way in San Ysidro.
The great appeal about this classy new outlet center is that it is the closest one to the International Border. So quite naturally, it should be where you begin and end your outlet shopping spree. A big plus is that the San Diego Outlets at the Border has the best parking lot, which is both the north and south side of the mall vs. the more crowded Las Americas parking lots.
The San Diego Outlets at the Border (858-651-8018) is open Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sun. 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
The San Diego Outlets at the Border joins a star-studded list of world class Factory Outlet Centers, which include Las Americas Premium Outlets, The Plaza at the Border and San Diego Factory Outlet Center. Sandwiched in between these mega centers are a host of duty free companies offering duty free shopping to travelers who are crossing into Mexico to shop.
What to expect when you shop at the new San Diego Outlets at the Border is a premiere selection of handpicked cutting edge women’s and men’s stores like A’gaci, Angel, Armani Exchange, Asicas, Cache, H & M O’Neill, Volcom and Wilson’s Backroom. And their kids apparel features Brothers, Justice, H & M, Hartstrings and Volcom.
And for Women’s Beauty wear and Accessories you’ll be delighted with your discovery of the Gold Toe, Icing by Claire’s, O’Neill, Scents, Skullcandy, the Luggage Center and U.S. Cosmetica. You’ll be delighted with these discoveries.
With swaying palm trees, streaming music, wide walkways, and classy lounge chairs to relax in between shopping excursions, this shopping center offers a whole new approach to outlet shopping. The main lounge offers a great view of the mall. So this is the place where you can sit back and relax or have a bite to eat at their popular Panda Express.
Especially impressive are the friendly smiles from the many young knowledgeable shopkeepers, who have been well- schooled on what makes their store unique. As for the prices, they are much lower than you would expect at a department store in the more than two dozen shopping centers in San Diego County. So shop here for less!
Literally, next door along the same wide walk way you’ll be walking on is the world famous Las America Outlet Center with its 125 stores. But start here so you’ll be able to walk the entire mall from one end to the other and back to your car.
At the far end of your shopping spree is still another outlet mall called The Plaza at the Border with its nearly one dozen factory Outlets. This center is home to an Ultra cosmetic and beauty salon, which was recently named the best store in their mega store nationwide chain. So don’t miss this store.
Once you get a lay of the land, consult the attractive mall map in this chapter. You will notice that there are four entrances to the mall. And as you will discover once you arrive at the southern end of the mall is an eye-catching 30-foot pair of lady’s Shoes.
Being so stunning, this shoe sculpture has instantly become the most photographed place in the mall to have your photo taken. Shoppers can be seen taking a photo with their smartphone or a snapshot of their friends standing in front of this huge pair of ladies shoes.
And directly across the small thoroughfare is the northern entrance of the spectacular 125 store Las America’s Shopping Center. So for factory outlet shopping at it’s best with almost an unlimited selection shop in San Ysidro.
High Fashion Women’s & Men’s Apparel
One is the insanely popular outlets no one wants to miss visiting is Armani Exchange (Suite 222) featuring the latest fashions from the catwalk in New York City. They feature the latest fashions from designer Giorgio Armani. They offer distinctive clothing for men, women and children with the latest accessories including shoes, handbags, sunglasses, scarfs, jackets, jeans and pants. If it’s an Armani, it’s the best. And this landmark store is the store next to the shoe statue.
And fittingly the store on the other side of the shoe statue is an equally, eye-popping 17,812 sq. ft. A’gaci (Suite 200). Shop for contemporary women featuring the latest fashions including a classy shoe department. With the theme of all things fierce, fabulous and fresh you’ll undoubtedly be purchasing the latest fashion statements when you’re wearing an A’Gaci dress, sky-heels or the toughest combat boots. And there are tons of new dresses, tops and shoes arriving daily. If being seen in the trendiest fashions around, shop at A’Gaci.
Another name brand that’s second to none is Cache (Suite 226), which offers beautiful dresses and gowns with all of the accessories for any occasion be it a cocktail dress or a stunning gown you’ll always stand out especially with their exquisite accessories such as a clutch bag or luxe leather style bag with up to 60% off. But their selection doesn’t stop there as their new daily arrivals include shirts, blouses, tees, tops sweaters pants, leggings, jeans, shorts and skirts with tons of accessories. Of course, they offer stunning work, play, girls’ night out and holiday fashions prices from ($49 to $79). For orders over ($200), shipping is free. Definitely shop here.
Sandwiched in amongst these cutting edge fashion emporiums are a host of must visit stores like Asics (suite 464) a walker and runner’s dream store for the coolest and classiest athletic shoes for every sport at rock bottom prices. And the low, low prices of 25% off all items will blow your mind. And like most stores they offer FREE ground shipping on all orders, which is totally handy so you won’t have to lug around your purchases. World class athletes like female athlete Lauren Kleppin and Kerri Walsh Jennings of Volleyball fame all wear gear from this leader in sports foot wear.
The largest store at The Outlets at the Border is H & M (suite 301) with its 25,994 sq. ft. of shopping alternatives. It’s an international bazaar with everything you every wanted in clothing for all ages at rock bottom prices and unbelievable discounts up to 70% off! It’s a store with international flair! It all began with a single women’s wear store in Vastereas, Sweden to six different brands and 3,400 stores worldwide. This store’s business concept is fashion and quality at the lowest prices. Their collections include everything from dazzling party collections to quintessential basics and functional sportswear – for women, men, teenagers and children, and for every season or occasion. In addition to clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry, make up and underwear there is also H&M Home – fashionable interiors for children and adults. Plus, they have locations in Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China as well as the USA this store has international appeal.
Nearby is Wilson’s Backroom (suite 446). They offer the finest in leather goods with an always excellent selection of handmade jackets for men and women with rock bottom prices.
O’Neill (suite 422) is a top name brand store. Here is where to shop for name brand clothes for men including jackets, jeans, shorts, hoodie’s and fleeces. Then they offer great kids wear as well as hot women’s casual wear such as Zola jackets, Oliver and Lucas tops and around town shorts that look for cut offs, tons of beach shorts and slinky Fauna, Sai, Benny, and Taylor Beach pants. This is definitely where you want to shop for obtaining the coolest looking casual and beachwear. Plus, they offer free ground shipping and returns on orders over $100. So shop at O’Neill.
Volcom (suite 125) is where to shop for board shorts, casual men’s pants, and rugged boots to give you the look of being totally in the perfect attire for the beach, the mountains and the snow. Not to be overlooked is an impressive selection of women’s casual attire with cutting edge brands such as Right Meow Bodysuits, Tallhead tanks and Call It Off Dresses. This is the look that is all the rage.
Beauty and Accessories
For cosmetics you are looking for Scents (suite 135) for cosmetics galore. So why shop anywhere else for the best for less. Name brands abound.
A few steps away is the one and only Skullcandy (Suite 127). As you well know they offer a great way to listen to your favorite music on the run or in the quietness of your living room.
And to make your shopping adventure even better, they encourage you to listen with a set of earphones before you buy. With locations in the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Japan and Mexico, this is where to shop for the best selection of cutting edge earphone wear. Savvy shoppers will easily recognize these styles including Method, hops-in-ear, Chops Bud, knockout, bombshell and Dime. So if you are in the market for headphones, earphones, hands free devices audio backpacks, MP3 players, this is where savvy shoppers shop.
Another shop with an interesting name is Gold Toe (Suite 454). This is the place to buy the best selection of kids, men’s and women’s socks. Plus they feature a great selection of both men’s underwear and men’s casual wear. Plus, they have everyday low prices and if you go online you’ll undoubtedly find a coupon or two for even steeper prices.
Everybody is destined to be taking a vacation sometime and there is nothing more embarrassing that staying in an upscale hotel and showing up with tattered and faded luggage. So the place to shop for the best selection and prices is The Luggage Center (Suite 450), which has been in business since 1927. They sport well-known brands like Eagle Creek, Briggs & Riley, Victorinox and Tavelpro. You’re bound to find the right luggage for you including carry on bags, handbags, luggage sets and sports & duffel bags. And if your spending spree exceeds ($99) they will gladly ship your items to you free of charge.
Icing by Claire’s (Suite 456) is the accessory store you are looking for. This store is filled with hand bags, wallets and sporting accessories galore. Equally impressive are their selection of crystal flowered hair combs and rhinestone flower and vine hair combs. And it’s all here at Icing by Claire’s (suite 456) including their unbelievable clearance items of up to 75% off. They even do free ear piercing.
One of the largest stores in the mall is Justice & Brothers (434) has it all for everything from pjs bras and panties to shoes, swimwear, clothes for all ages to what’s hot right now. It’s located across from the food court and lounge. This is where you’ll find the best for less.
If you are an online shopper with kids you already know what a great store Justice is with their remarkable 40% off your entire purchase.
Also a contender here is Hartstrings (suite 438) offering excellent clothes for boys and girls. You can also get an extra 10% off when you get one of their coupons online. What you’ll find here are cute baby girl Scottie Westie Cardigans, baby boy embroidered corduroy pants. And for the tiny tots they have satin organza dressed and dress ballet flats.
With over 10,000 sq. ft of footwear from classy high heels to soft loafers, this is a paradise for finding the right pair of shoes for any occasion. If you have a shoe fetish or even if you don’t you won’t be disappointed with the vast selection of shoe stores located here.
You’ll definitely know that you’re in the right place when you gaze at this outlet’s statuesque statue at the entrance of the mall. It’s an eye-catching 30-foot tall pair of high healed. This is shoe madness at it’s best!
Assuming that bigger is better, then you’ll enjoy discovering the 6,032 sq. ft. Rack Room Shoe Company (suite121). It’s bright, modern and spacious. Get started with a visit to their website and download their coupons. And by purchasing at least $50 in footwear they’ll ship it to your home for free. In the fall they have the best selection of boots for women as well a comfortable footwear for men, girls and boys. They offer great store-wide sales such as buy one pair and get the second pair for 50% off.
A few doors to the west is Nixon (suite 426). They have a huge selection of shoes. Seeing is believing!
The Flip Flop Shop (suite 424) offers shoppers a wide array of fun things to wear and flip flops will make your feet feel good. They are called the fun for your feet store featuring footwear to live, work and play in with your toes exposed® and the freedom of flip flops on your feet. Flip Flop Shops® is the authentic retailer of the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops and casual footwear. It’s more than just a shop…it’s a lifestyle.
Brand Shoes (suite 236) features a host of name brands you can easily find. So come in and browse to your heart’s content.
The Shoe Lounge (suite 418) is the “Go To” boutique for any high heel lover looking for a unique shoe fix. Specializing in unique and trendy high heels, they have carefully hand selected a shoe collection from all over the world to bring you only the best selection at an affordable price making it easy for any shoe lover to “Step Outside The box”. Shoe Lounge offers “On The Go” services. Whether you are in need of a personal stylist or a host for your shoe party, Shoe Lounge has you covered. They also have event space for rent by the hour for photo shoots, shoe parties or a girls night out. Shoe Lounge is a fun and inviting environment boasting glitter at every turn. Feel free to shop online.
And don’t overlook discovering the boutique shoe store inside A’gaci. It is called O’Shoes by A’gacian in suite 200.
Specialty Food Court
At the north end of the mall is the food court, which is home to the popular Panda Express (suite 107) with its 1,733 locations is America’s fastest growing Chinese restaurant chain. The appeal is the quick service and delicious cuisine.
Across the walkway is AntieAnne’s (suite 115). This delicious discovery, with more than 1,600 locations nationwide, is famous for it’s incredible tasting pretzels. It started out as a little shop in a farmer’s market and today there are over 1,600 locations nationwide. Also located inside of AnntieAnne’s is the CINNABON Café. They serve breakfast Panini Sandwiches, pretzels, sweet treats and specialty beverages. Cinnabon with five locations in San Diego and hundred of locations nationwide you owe it to yourself to have a cinnamon roll from Cinnabon. And for those who plan ahead you can go online and get a free sample coupon offer.
Once you taste the world’s best cinnamon roll, you’ll want to buy some to take home. The story of their fame dates back to 1985, when Rich and Greg Komen of Restaurants Unlimited in Seattle, WA wanted to create “the world’s best cinnamon roll” for a new concept they were developing. They hired a local food connoisseur, and after three months, hundreds of kitchen experiments and many trips to Indonesia to find the best, which is the world’s most flavorful cinnamon, the team perfected the Cinnabon recipe and opened the first Cinnabon bakery on Dec. 4, 1985 and the rest, as they say, is history.
If you are an ice cream lover, then you are looking for Carvel Express inside suite 115. It’s a national brand with a huge following. Once you have tasted Carvel ice cream, you will never be the same. It’s that good.
Not to be overlooked and ideally located next door is the always popular Coffee Bean and Tea (suite 111) . This popular coffee and tea chain is celebrating over 50 years of popularity. And if you go online and sign up for their newsletter they will offer you a 10% discount. They have lots of great teas and coffees to choose from and seating both inside and on their outdoor patio.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you can definitely satisfy it at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory (suite 460). Since 1852, this San Francisco based chocolate shop has delighted chocolate lovers with their banana splits topped with whipped cream and a cherry. No serious chocolate lover would want to pass up one of their intense Dark Sundaes, made with espresso chip ice cream, freshly homemade dark chocolate hot fudge, whipped cream and Intense Dark Twilight Delight with 72 percent chocolate. Wow! And of course their mango smoothies, sea salt caramel hot cocoa, scoops of their ice cream delights are all legendary treats worth having. If you are looking for a special gift for a special person, you’ll find plenty to choose from here.
Stopping at the San Diego Outlets at the Border, with it’s excellent selection of high-end stores is a must-shopping destination. Be sure to go online to down load the many discount coupons offered. And be sure to ask for their free shipping policy when you shop here. They also have clean public restrooms (see map) between suite (117) and Backroom Shoes in (suite 121), which is next door to the management office (858-583-2908). All major credit cards are accepted.