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Carlsbad Premium Outlets are located off Interstate 5 between Palomar Airport Road and Cannon Road. This is an upscale open-air mall. There are over 90 stores to choose from including Jones New York, Crate and Barrel, Anne Klein, Harry and David, Bass, Reebok, The Gourmet Chef, Coach, and Gap Outlet. There are about 10 restaurants including Ruby’s Diner, Panda Express, San Sei Japanese Grill, and Bellefleur Restaurant. I wanted something quick for lunch, and went through the buffet line at Panda Express (Chinese style food), sat on the patio and people-watched while I had lunch. I had mushroom chicken, fried rice, and spring rolls. The food was hot and good.
There is plenty of free parking and valet parking is available on the weekends and holidays near Ruby’s Diner. The city bus also has a bus stop in front of the Mall. An ATM and restrooms are available. If you show your AAA card at the information desk, they’ll give you a coupon booklet. The mall is open from 10am to 8pm. I would highly recommend this mall, even if you’re not that interested in shopping. You can buy an ice cream cone and sit on a bench and just relax. There are flowers all around and it’s an enjoyable place to be.
From journal Week in Carlsbad California
February 9, 2006
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From journal Carlsbad is Allright!
July 26, 2002
For shopping there’s a range of big names-Barneys, Jones NY, Ralph Lauren, Mikasa, Westpoint-Stevens, Hush Puppies, Lenox, Royal Doulton, Harry & David, Carters, Samsonite, Tommy Hilfiger, North Face, and Rockport, among others. Some of my favorites here are Easy Spirit, Cashmere Elite, the Kitchen Collection, Carlsbad Book Company, California Luggage, Ann Taylor and Kenneth Cole. There’s over 80 outlet stores.
Within this beautiful complex, located just down slope in front of the Flower Fields, are eating places ranging from the elegant Bellefleur Restaurant & Winery to a Ruby’s Diner. In this Southern California style open-around-courtyards mall,new shops continue to open on a regular basis, but several mainstays have been here since it opened in the early 90’s.
Since its opening, several tourist attractions have opened nearby- Legoland, the Museum for Making Music, and the Gemological Museum, all of which are located just uphill from this shopping mall near the Palomar Airport Road off-ramp of the I5 Freeway. There’s a spacious outdoor parking lot surrounding the entire complex providing lots of free parking. If you’re a California Automobile Club member, show your card at the Visitors’ Center and get a free discount booklet good at most of the shops. I’ve used these many times to save -- 2 bags of Harry & David’s luscious truffles for the price of one always gets me!
From journal "Celebrate Carlsbad”-A California City’s 50th