Quirky Attraction: Horton Plaza in San Diego

horton plaza san diego

Westfield Horton Plaza
Location: San Diego, California (address: 324 Horton Plaza)
When to visit: Open 10-9 M-F, shorter hours on the weekends
Cost: Free
Time needed to enjoy: 20 mins to 2 hrs, depending on whether you’re shopping or just checking out the sights
Website: www.westfield.com/hortonplaza

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.

horton plaza clock

There are even giant-sized chess and checker boards. Score!

horton plaza giant chess

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.


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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

13 comments on “Quirky Attraction: Horton Plaza in San Diego

  1. Amazing! I’ve haven’t been there yet, but it could be experienced once at least! There is even a giant-sized chess and checker boards. I want to paly it, definitely!

    • It does look like candy! I don’t think I ever made it to Long Beach so no suggestions there. Hopefully, enjoy the nice weather!

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