San Diego's most family-friendly shopping center is undoubtedly the University Town Center, known to locals as UTC. Conveniently accessed by both the 5 and 805 freeways, it is an easy stop for both northbound and southbound commuters. Because the 1 million square-foot mall is situated both outdoors and on a single-level, it is easily accessed by families with strollers and young ones.
Currently going through an extensive renovation, the mall boasts some of the country's most attractive architecture, with rich wooden overhangs and modern, colorful storefronts. UTC is home a large Macy's and Nordstrom, which are favorites for most shoppers, and also provides South County with a Sears, the go-to place for appliances and home furnishings. Also nestled within the mall are unique shops such as Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, and Apple, which sell high-end items from clothing to computers. UTC is truly a one-stop shopping center.
Locals love UTC not only for its convenient placement in the heart of the county, but also for its favorite feature: one of San Diego's only year-round indoor ice-skating rinks. Birthday parties, group events, and visitors flock to UTC to experience skating daily, despite the sunny, warm weather outdoors. During a day of shopping and skating, be sure to pick up a bite to eat at UTC's food court, known for its extensive variety of restaurants. Food can either be eaten indoors, situated by the excitement of the ice-rink, or outdoors in the umbrella covered courtyard to enjoy San Diego's perfect weather.
- Monday through Friday: 10am to 9pm
- Saturday: 10am to 8pm
- Sunday: 11am to 7pm
- Location: 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA
- Phone: 858-546-8858
- Website: westfield.com/utc