The Shopper

Looking for a gift that encourages a child's love of science? Something to delight your picky Aunt Rita? Or maybe you want to treat yourself? You may not think of Balboa Park as a shopping destination, but with more than 20 stores offering a wide variety of goods, you can start thinking of it as one. Get ready for some retail therapy!

The Tea Pavilion at the Japanese Friendship Garden

This lovely café at the Japanese Friendship Garden serves traditional Japanese green tea, herbal and specialty teas as well as sushi, Japanese noodles, rice bowls, miso soup, salads and snacks. Visitors can enjoy the magnificent views from the outdoor courtyard and deck. 

Café Mingei

Café Mingei is a destination for coffee, tea and treats. The café serves hot and iced espresso drinks made with coffee from local roaster West Bean, plus a selection of vibrant teas, gourmet hot chocolate and other refreshing beverages. Fresh, daily pastry selections are provided by a variety of local bakeries including Cardamom and The Cravory (cookies).


El Cid Statue

The Statue of El Cid, recalling a medieval hero of the eleventh century, was created by Anna Hyatt Huntington and is located at the entrance to the Plaza de Panama.

This 23-foot bronze sculpture of El Cid on his horse was dedicated on July 5th, 1930. There are many other copies of this statue throughout the world, including San Francisco, Sevilla and Castile, Spain. The original is located at the Hispanic Society of American in New York City. 

San Diego Zoo Gift Shops

International gifts, gourmet foods, sundries, fashion, hats, jewelry, T-shirts, stationery, books, toys, stuffed animals, and much more from a variety of shops throughout the Zoo. 

Shops include: The Roar Store; Kids Store; San Diego Zoo Store; Sydney's Shoppe (koala-themed); Tusker's Trunk at Elephant Odyssey; Panda Shop; Ituri Forest; and Arctic Trader at Polar Bear Plunge. 

WorldBeat Center OneWorld Gifts

WorldBeat Center's gift shop is a international fair trade import store, which sells various product lines including an Andinkra, Reggae, Jazz, Egyptian and Liberation line. Visitors to the center can purchase a variety of goods from t-shirts to mugs to skateboards and artwork.

San Diego History Center Museum Store

The San Diego History Center Museum Store features an outstanding selection of San Diego-related books, vintage gifts and accessories, historic photographs, collectibles, memorabilia, exhibition catalogs, souvenirs, note cards and postcards, jewelry, t-shirts and handmade items by San Diego artisans. We also stock Dr. Seuss books and Dr. Seuss merchandise for kids of all ages.

Museum of Photographic Arts Store

Featuring clever, artistic and one of a kind gifts, the MOPA Store boasts an assortment of products sure to inspire. Fun, quirky and unique specialty cameras, handcrafted jewelry and interactive educational gifts are available. Browse an extensive collection of photographic art books including catalogs from the museum's world-renowned exhibitions.

Marston House Museum Shop

San Diego's shopping destination for lovers of historic architecture, gardens and historic preservation is the Museum Shop at the Marston House Museum & Gardens in Balboa Park.

Located in the home’s original carriage house, the shop has more than just the usual museum shop fare, offering visitors a distinctive mix of attractive gift items, Arts & Crafts furnishings, decorative arts and books that support the museum's educational mission, while enhancing the museum experience for tourists and San Diegans alike. Admission to the shop is free.

Timken Gift Shop

At the Timken Gift Shop you will find unique gifts, a thoughtfully curated selection of books and catalogs, stationery, silk and cashmere scarves and elegant jewelry. Inspired gifts include those devoted to the Timken’s permanent collection, the current exhibition and mid-century modern architecture. The Gift Shop is open during museum hours.

All proceeds directly support the Timken Museum of Art’s collection, exhibitions and programs. Timken Members receive a 20% discount in the Gift Shop.