Party Earth Review A carnivalesque 1.4-mile pedestrian walkway bursting with frenetic weirdness, the Venice Boardwalk is one of LA’s prime gawker destinations. A whirlwind of activity keeps shutterbugs busy, while tourists crowd around storefronts to peruse the cheap knickknacks, postcards, handicrafts, t-shirts, and knock-off sunglasses ... more
Ocean Front Walk, between Navy Street to the north and Washington Boulevard to the south
Venice, CA 90291
Reviewed by Sara G.
"My Take: Food on Pico in West Los Angeles is one of the best neighborhood restaurant-markets around. The staff is incredibly helpful, and the owner is ..." more
10571 Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Farmer's Market / Landmark
Party Earth Review With its charming Main Street, European architecture, and rich local history, The Grove outdoor shopping center and Farmers Market draws a diverse and upbeat crowd of local shoppers and tourists of every kind. Organized as a city center complete with street lamps and a small park in the center, The Grove is usually ... more
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Party Earth Review The vibrant seaside community of Santa Monica is also home to the Third Street Promenade, a lively three-block stretch of boulevard that is one of LA’s most popular outdoor malls. Dedicated to pedestrian traffic only, the Promenade sees a diverse mix of people during the day, from camera-toting tourists to suited professionals ... more
Third Street between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Party Earth Review Nearly as exclusive as Rodeo Drive but with a younger and hipper vibe, Robertson Boulevard features a two-block stretch of exclusive boutiques and restaurants that has become a shopping mecca for young Hollywood and reality star wannabes. Visitors are almost certain to catch a starlet or two flitting in and out of uber ... more
Robertson Boulevard (between Beverly Boulevard and Third Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Party Earth Review Although Sunset Boulevard runs all the way from Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean, the most famous stretch of this road is the roughly mile-and-a-half span through West Hollywood known as The Sunset Strip. A nightlife hotspot as far back as the 1920s, The Strip today packs in a massive collection of high-end boutiques ... more
Sunset Boulevard roughly from
Sierra Drive on the west and
North Crescent Heights Boulevard on the East
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Reviewed by Kalina S.
"If you're looking for the sense of community that you can't quite find wandering through the smoggy maze of LA, look no further. On Sunday mornings, t ..." more
2640 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Reviewed by Sara G.
"My Take: Cube on La Brea is a great choice for anyone looking to have an intimate dinner in a food-focused atmosphere. The staff is knowledgeable (an ..." more
615 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Party Earth Review A boutique market, deli, catering company, and café, Joan’s on Third is an always-bustling LA staple where the only things prettier than the desserts are the regular celebrity patrons. Since Angelinos often consider 10am as “getting up early,” business starts slowly, but by late morning – especially on weekends – the ... more
8350 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Asian Restaurant / Bar / Market
7455 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Party Earth Review Arguably LA’s most popular tourist attraction, Hollywood Boulevard’s one-mile main stretch is packed with souvenir shops, museums, a mall, restaurants, and bars. Tourists from all over the world crowd the Walk of Fame to click photos of the brass celebrity stars embedded in the sidewalk that celebrate everyone from Charlie ... more
Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea Avenue and Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
Who has time to care about anything of remote significance when there are so many great places to go shopping in Los Angeles? Sure, you could work to end hunger or salvage the education system, but you might as well do it in a nice pair of shoes.
For a genuine LA shopping experience, there are a number of great neighborhoods that make the pathway to vapid consumerism easy; streets full of independent boutiques with designer fashions, vintage shops, and single-genre bookstores, as well as massive malls that will suck your soul out through a hot dog on a stick.
Here’s a quick breakdown: Featured in films like Pretty Woman and known for its uber-exclusive designer labels and haute couture fashions, the world-renowned Rodeo Drive is LA’s most famous high-end shopping district. Nearly as exclusive as Rodeo Drive but with a younger and hipper vibe, Robertson Boulevard features a two-block stretch of exclusive boutiques and restaurants that has become a shopping mecca for young Hollywood and reality star wannabes.
Bookended by the Beverly Center to the west and the Grove to the east – two of LA’s most popular malls – Third Street offers one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, and bars that are a welcome respite from the typical corporate chain stores. With its charming Main Street, European architecture, and rich local history, The Grove itself is an outdoor shopping center and Farmers Market that draws a diverse and upbeat crowd of local shoppers and tourists of every kind.
Once the center of LA’s underground and counterculture scene, Melrose Avenue may have lost a bit of its edge in recent years, but it’s still a vibrant destination for an oddly mixed, hyper-eclectic crowd. The vibrant seaside community of Santa Monica, meanwhile, is also home to the Third Street Promenade, a lively three-block stretch of boulevard that is one of LA’s most popular outdoor malls, while Venice Boardwalk is a carnivalesque 1.4-mile pedestrian walkway bursting with frenetic weirdness. Also in Venice, Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a cozy corner of Los Angeles where the notion of the “mom and pop” retailer is alive and thriving. Named for the 1900s-era father of Venice who worked to create an American version of the eponymous Italian city, the area is lined with specialty boutiques, casual bars, and top-rated restaurants.
Although Sunset Boulevard runs all the way from Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean, the most famous stretch of this road is the roughly mile-and-a-half span through West Hollywood known as The Sunset Strip. A nightlife hotspot as far back as the 1920s, The Strip today packs in a massive collection of high-end boutiques, glitzy eateries, swanky hotels, hopping bars, pulsing live music venues, velvet-rope clubs, and plenty of chances to spy a celebrity at practically any hour.
And arguably the most popular tourist attraction, Hollywood Boulevard’s one-mile main stretch is packed with Los Angeles shopping with souvenir stores, malls, clothing shops, museums, restaurants, and bars.