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“Used to be nice, now just kitschy and will soon be redeveloped”
Review of Seaport Village

Seaport Village
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USD 90.13*
and up
San Diego Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise
Ranked #63 of 387 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A shopping center with 75 specialty shops and eateries.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

When Seaport Village came onto the scene on the waterfront in 1980, it was a sight to behold. The quaint, small shops were touristy, but fun to look into. They included a kite store (perfect for the windy area on the bay), a haberdashery, a year-round Christmas-ornament store, clothing and gift shops, some OK restaurants, a wooden-toy shop, a magic shop, and Upstart Crow, a bookstore/coffee shop. There was even an old-fashioned carousel.

A lot of the tenants are still on the premises and open for business, and there always seems to be a busker performing magic tricks and a band playing on weekends, but the center has changed hands in recent years and, for the most part, is falling into disrepair. There's no reason to keep up the property, because it will soon be a thing of the past, whenever the city of San Diego approves a new concept for redevelopment. On a recent visit, it kind of looked like a ghost town, and the people hanging out weren't the typical upscale-tourist crowd either.

Another center has opened within walking distance, in the old San Diego police headquarters, and is known as The Headquarters at Seaport Village. It features restaurants and specialty shops and is more urban--and more urbane--than Seaport Village.

Seaport Village is worth stopping in at, though, if you're taking a stroll along the Embarcadero. Grab a cup of coffee and a cookie at the little bakery window and hang out a while, taking in the views of the bay.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

My family and I came here the other day and it was a nice little day trip. We had lunch and then dessert. We walked around to the little shops around and bought a few items. Overall a good day and nice thing it right next to the water and saw boats floating by. Would highly recommend coming to this place.

Thank Sarah J
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This is an awesome little area to just roam through shops and sit down by the water and enjoy the view at outside cafes.

Thank Mutters063090
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful place to shop, right along the water. We had a beautiful day to shop here. Gorgeous sunny day. Thoroughly enjoyed the little ponds and watching the ducks. I can imagine that when the cruise ships dock here and drop off passengers (which I heard happens at Seaport Village), it would probably be very packed. Luckily there was a normal amount of shoppers and not a cruise ship-full.

Lots of nice shops here and can easily find San Diego souvenirs.

Thank MKEPanther4
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This unique shopping and eating area of San Diego is right next to the water and marina. There are parts that are really touristy but overall has great shopping for t-shirts and souvenirs as well as choices for snacks (ice cream, cookies, fudge) and restaurants.

Thank Okie_Pam
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