Del Mar street is the heart of San Clemente. There are a lot of cute shops, cafés, and restaurants on this strip. If you are looking to bring something for the kids, just stop in Petit Bonhomme. They have reasonable prices and they carry from infants up to size 16 for both boys and girls. If you are looking for a souvenir, they have adult and matching kid button up shirts boy the men and dresses for girls with all the local cities from San Clemente to Laguna Beach. For the older kids, there is Killer Dana for the sporty beachy wear and lots of cute stuff for the ladies at shops like Rascal's,Angel Wings and Bliss which is more upscale. There are a lot of stores with fun home décor items like Christopher Lee Ltd. They carry beautiful items. Visit Russel’s Stationary for your souvenier’s like shells and shirts and lots of other items. There are a lot of cute antique stores up and down Del Mar that you should at least poke into. If you just need something on the go and can’t get to the grocery store, Del Mar Ranch has all the basics from candy to bread to fruits/veggies and liquor. If you need to get on the internet, there is a cute place called @ Le Café.com, where you can log on for a fee and grab a coffee or latte. They even have ice cream and sandwiches. Right next door is Auntie Dee’s Jerky Store. The have all sorts of goodies including vegan beef jerky.
There are a variety of local restaurants that are fairly priced and simply delicious. For true Mexican food, visit La Cocina de Ricardo's or La Siesta. There are really good Thai places in San Clemente like Mongkut Thai. The Cabrillo Bakery is a recently opened bakery and café with super friendly service and delectable bread. For the sushi lovers, there’s Del Mar Sushi. There are also really good Italian food places like Sonny’s Pizza and Carbonarra’s. If you want to go to a more upscale restaurant, there’s Gordon James which has a full bar and is like a steakhouse. These are all located on and near the heart of San Clemente, on Del Mar Street. For a desert or treat, visit Schmid's Fine Chocolates and try some of their delicious selections.