Westfield Horton Plaza
Location: San Diego, California (address: 324 Horton Plaza)
When to visit: Open 10-9 M-F, shorter hours on the weekends
Time needed to enjoy: 20 mins to 2 hrs, depending on whether you’re shopping or just checking out the sights
I don’t go to shopping malls much anymore, since my taste has drifted from Abercrombie and Macy’s to Goodwills and indie stores. But there’s one mall that really catches my eye: Horton Plaza in San Diego.
The architecture here is unlike anything I’ve ever seen from a mall. It’s like a 10-year-old designed it – sharp angles, bright colors, weird stairways, unusual geometry.
There are even giant-sized chess and checker boards. Score!
Oh, they also have stores here, including Starbucks, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Coach, Express, and the Madhouse Comedy Club. Horton Plaza is located right in the heart of downtown and has an attached parking garage.