Pismo Beach Shopping

Pismo Beach Shopping

1. Prime Outlets

The Central Coast is not like Southern California, which has seemingly inexhaustible access to shopping venues. In San Luis Obispo County, shopping centers are few and far between. That’s why the nearly forty shops at the Prime Outlets in Pismo Beach have continued to be popular.

From designer apparel and sportswear (IZOD, Pac Sun, Tommy Hilfiger, Anne Klein Outlet, Aeropostale, Calvin Klein, Nike Factory Store) to children’s stores ( carter’s, Oshkosh and Gymboree Outlet), shoe outlets (Nine West Outlet, Vans Shoes) home, jewelry and specialty stores (Harry and David, Perfumania, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Jockey, Claire’s, Kitchen Collection), Pismo Beach Prime Outlets really do have something for everyone. The outdoor mall is visitor friendly, too, with tourist information, free wi-fi hot zone, and a customer lounge in the pet-friendly California Welcome Center, Suite 100, near the mall’s south end. There is a huge parking lot (free) and room for RV and bus parking.

Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Located off of Highway 101 at Five Cities Drive, next to the freeway.

333 Five Cities Drive, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
(805) 773-4661

2. Downtown Pismo Beach

Downtown Pismo Beach has a very retro feel with arcades, bowling alleys, billiard halls, skate and surf shops, and fast food and clam chowder eateries. One of the best places to get rich and creamy clam chowder in a bread bowl is the Splash Café at 197 Pomeroy. They’ve been dishing up chowder since 1989 and serve 15,000 gallons of the steaming soup a year. The lines for takeout are usually out the door and around the corner. Get your chowder in a cup, a bowl, a bread bowl, add a seafood topping, or take it home by the frozen pint. Walk your lunch off while shopping downtown. There are a myriad of stores selling kites, clothing, art, and some of the usual touristy items. If you’re still hungry, walk back up the street to Old West Cinnamon Rolls at 861 Dolliver. You’ll probably smell the sweet, hot cinnamon goodness before you even see the bakery. These are not the tiny types that come in a Pillsbury tube. These are the big boy version. Thick, steamy, rich with butter and heavy on the cinnamon sugar. Add cream cheese frosting and you’ll never lust for Cinnabun again.