Grossmont Center: The Best San Diego Outdoor Mall

Sunshine and shopping are an unbeatable combination, and in Southern California, there is no shortage of malls where you can take advantage of that match-up. Grossmont Center in La Mesa, however, stands out among other San Diego outdoor malls. Several elements work together to create an ambiance here that is special. Grossmont Center is more than a mall—yes, you can shop here and have a nice meal like at any other mall, but where else can you also spend time with friends or family members enjoying an outdoor market, live music, a holiday celebration, or special community events? This is a place where people can come together, and the outdoor setting is a terrific bonus. Here are some of the reasons why Grossmont Center is the ideal San Diego outdoor mall.

You can eat alfresco.

Several of Grossmont Center’s restaurants take advantage of our fantastic San Diego climate and provide outdoor seating, including BJ’s® Restaurant and Brewhouse and Rubio’s® Coastal Grill. Hooleys Public House offers a warm welcome to everyone visiting this traditional Irish pub—and that welcome extends to dogs out on the pet-friendly patio, where Fido can hang out while you eat your fish and chips or corned beef. For truly festive outdoor dining, nothing tops Casa de Pico. This popular Mexican restaurant has a beautiful patio with colorful umbrellas, decorative tilework, potted plants, and a giant, eye-catching fountain. Simply sit back, enjoy a margarita, and soak in the sounds of the strolling mariachi band for the quintessential San Diego dining experience. 

It’s a great place to get fit.

If you want to get in your 10,000 steps a day, warm up your quads and head over to Grossmont Center. We provide free walking maps at our Guest Services booth with routes ranging from a half-mile to 1.5 miles, as well as Mom’s Power Hour maps with paths offering varying degrees of difficulty. Every Saturday morning, the Grossmont Center Mall Walkers stroll is open to anyone who wants to join in this program sponsored by the Sharp Grossmont Senior Resource Center. To encourage walking even further, signs throughout our parking lots list the step count to various points in the mall. Grossmont Center is a good place to get some fresh air and exercise—and to cover your errands at the same time. 

You can support small businesses.

Grossmont Center has always been a champion of locally owned businesses, and there is no better San Diego outdoor mall where you can shop local. Many of our tenants specialize in offering unique goods and services that can only be found at independent stores or restaurants. Plus, customers also experience an enhanced level of service when the shop owner is the one working the register or helping customers. Local businesses add a unique element to our tenant lineup and promote a feeling of community that makes Grossmont Center something special.

New shopping experiences always “pop up.”

Our spacious location gives us the ability to host innovative pop up events and markets tailored to specific audiences. In just the last few months alone, Grossmont Center has become the hot spot on the San Diego vegan scene with First Friday Night Market showcasing the county’s top food and beverage vendors, while the San Diego Vintage Flea Market brings a treasure trove of antique finds to La Mesa the last Sunday of every month. Our pop up events are another great way to shop local: The First Saturday Local Pop Up Market showcases a fantastic collection of handcrafted goods from San Diego artisans, and even young makers get a taste of entrepreneurship by selling at the Slime Pop Up Bazaar. Grossmont Center has also hosted its own Certified Farmers Market

You feel a sense of community.

Unlike other San Diego outdoor malls, Grossmont Center is a true gathering spot for residents, and that is due in large part to the special events we hold here throughout the year. Families can visit Santa or the Easter Bunny, go Trick-or-Treating, or adopt a pet here. Holiday celebrations are particularly popular and are annual traditions for many La Mesa residents who create cherished memories with family and friends each year. To keep up with everything happening here, visit our events page.

Come visit Grossmont Center and experience for yourself all that we have to offer. Our beautiful outdoor location is a pleasant place to run errands, meet up with friends for lunch or dinner, or hang out with the family and get ice cream after a movie. Our freeway-close location and ample free parking make any visit to Grossmont Center convenient. What’s more, our customers appreciate the deals and promotions regularly offered by our shops and restaurants. There are many San Diego outdoor malls, but there is only one Grossmont Center! 

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