San Luis Obispo Shopping

San Luis Obispo Shopping

1. Downtown San Luis Obispo

Downtown San Luis Obispo is not only a prime people watching area it’s also the prime shopping area. The best reason to be downtown is the Thursday night Farmers Market. Four blocks of Higuera, the main street are closed to traffic and a weekly block party begins with a horn blowing at 6:00 p.m. and the party lasts until 9:00 p.m.

Stores downtown include well known ones like Victoria’s Secret, Barnes and Noble, the Gap, Express, Ross, and the Apple Store. Lesser known, independent stores are more prevalent in the downtown area. Tom’s Toys, Campus Camera, Crazy Jay’s clothing store, Beverly’s, a craft and fabric store, Coverings, an upscale women’s clothing shop, and a multitude of good restaurants are located in the downtown area. Rated San Luis Obispo’ s best restaurant, Novo, serves a fusion of Brazilian, Indian and other international flavors with multi level patio seating beside San Luis Creek. Tapas shared on small plates is the way to eat here but individual entrees are available, too. Try the incredible seared scallops, as well as the Tandoori Spice Prawns and get a side order of their Garlic Roasted Baby Potatoes with chipotle aioli. Fantastic food served in a splendid setting. Night time is especially stunning here with dining , not only under the trees and stars but under tiny, romantic white lights.

The big box store area is located off of Los Osos Valley Road at the south end of the city. Costco, Home Depot, Bev Mo, and Old Navy are here.

2. Madonna Plaza Shopping Center

The shopping center along Madonna Road, right off of U.S. 101, is home to Kohl’s, Sears, Borders, Best Buy, and smaller stores. There is a new Forever 21 in what used to be the former Gottschalks’s department store. The Madonna Plaza also contains a Ralph’s grocery store, Bed Bath and Beyond, Men’s Warehouse, and a great store, Cost Plus World Market. Applebee’s is here, along with Sushi Goku, an excellent local sushi cafe, McDonald’s and Taco Bell. It’s not as congested as the downtown area can get and parking spaces are much easier to find here and free, too.

3. Prime Outlets Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach’s Prime Outlets Shopping Center is a traditional outdoor shopping venue with a few dozen stores wrapped around a huge parking lot, just off the 101 Freeway.

The Central Coast is not like Southern California, which has a seemingly inexhaustible access to shopping venues. In San Luis Obispo County, shopping centers are few and far between. That’s why the nearly forty shops at the Prime Outlets in Pismo Beach have continued to be popular.

From designer apparel and sportswear (IZOD, Pac Sun, Tommy Hilfiger, Anne Klein Outlet, Aeropostale, Calvin Klein, Nike Factory Store) to children’s stores ( carter’s, Oshkosh and Gymboree Outlet), shoe outlets (Nine West Outlet, Vans Shoes) home, jewelry and specialty stores (H

arry and David, Perfumania, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Jockey, Claire’s, Kitchen Collection), Pismo Beach Prime Outlets really do have something for everyone. The outdoor mall is visitor friendly, too, with tourist information, free wi-fi hot zone, and a customer lounge in the pet-friendly California Welcome Center, Suite 100, near the mall’s south end. There is a huge parking lot (free) and room for RV and bus parking. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Located off of Highway 101 at Five Cities Drive, next to the freeway. 333 Five Cities Drive, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

(805) 773-4661