Reviewed by Haley M.
"Malibu Country Mart is by far my favorite location to roam on the perfect sunny day. The lively atmosphere paired with the amazing food and shopping i ..." more
3835 Cross Creek Road
Malibu, CA 90263
110 East Ninth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90079
May 31-Jun 2, 2013 Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA) Once a year in May, The Middle Eastern Culture & Dance Association of California hosts the biggest belly dance festival in SoCal, Cairo Caravan. Cairo Caravan combines both traditional and contemporary belly dance ... more
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Reviewed by Calli C.
"Sunset Plaza is mostly filled with expensive restaurants and shops, but its beautiful to walk through and worth seeing if you're visiting LA. The stor ..." more
8600–8700 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Live Music Venue / Bookstore
Reviewed by Faith M.
"These days, it seems like even the sternest of hipsters has broken down and purchased an e-Reader, and smaller bookstores are dwindling in the faces o ..." more
453 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Jun 7-8, 2013 Previously known as the Silver Lake Jubilee, the Jubilee Music & Arts Festival has taken over the city ... moreThroughout the city
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
Flea Market / Shopping Event
Jun 9 through Aug 11, 2013 Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103
Reviewed by Sara S.
"Much of the world thinks of Los Angeles as a lonely, isolated city where everyone drives, no one walks and most certainly, no one talks to each other. ..." more
North Larchmont Boulevard & Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004
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.