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Downtown Encinitas

Downtown Encinitas
Downtown Encinitas

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The eclectic shops of downtown Encinitas are clustered in a prime location alongside Highway 101, just a few blocks from Moonlight beach. Fashion, art, and film are particularly celebrated at this local hotspot, as well as miscellaneous rarities.

For the ethnic and unique, try Coast Highway Traders which offers a wide selection of furniture, decorations, and clothing from places like Mexico and India. Special one-of-a-kind art can be found at Off Track Gallery, which features sculptures created out of everyday-items and paintings by local artists—all for reasonable prices. Be sure to try Home and Flashback for both new and used clothing for a great price. The Encinitas Seaside Bazaar, a flea market open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm, provides a place for sellers to market their unique antiques and hand-made goods.

Downtown Encinitas also has an array of restaurants from the classy Vigilucci's to the relaxed E Street Café, which supports the local music scene by hosting frequent live performances. La Paloma Theater is also located on this strip and is home to many local theater companies. Independent films, surf films, and musicians also make use of La Paloma Theater year-round.

Because Downtown Encinitas is known as the home of many events like the Encinitas Street Fair and the Encinitas Classic Car Nights, it is a hub for people searching for the precious and the priceless. Parking can be difficult, especially in the summer months when beach-goers utilize much of the street-side parking, but the Coaster train and bus systems stop right alongside the 101 and many of the neighboring streets offer free parking.

Attraction Information

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  • Location: 818 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA
  • Phone: 760-943-1950
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