Los Angeles is a great place for shopping, but because the city is so spread out, you need to know where you’re going, as there’s often a long drive between the different shopping areas. Most of you have probably heard about Rodeo Drive, and while it’s a nice place for sightseeing (Hello Pretty Woman!), there are other places, which are better for shopping:
The Grove is a super cozy outdoor mall, so even though the stores are similar to what you’ll find in any other mall, this is one of my favorite places to shop in LA. When you’re done with the shopping, swing by Farmers Market and try some of the delicious food from the stalls and restaurants on the premises. There’s also a Ross on the opposite side of W3rd Street for those up for some discount shopping before heading home.
The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Fairfax, Los Angeles
At Beverly Connection, you’ll find all the off-price chains including Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th and Ross. It’s one of the best places to go shopping for heavily marked-down designer clothes and one day at Beverly Connection is rarely enough.
Beverly Connection, 100 N. La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Grove, Los Angeles
The enormous outdoor shopping mall might not be as cozy as The Grove, but what it lacks in coziness, it makes up for in terms of size. I really like the selection of stores, which includes all-time favorites such as Ted Baker and Kate Spade. When you’re done with the shopping, there are plenty of nice eateries inside the mall area. There’s also a branch of my favorite Japanese wagashi store Minamoto Kitchoan and a movie theater.
Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Century City, Los Angeles
Off Broadway Shoes
The giant shoe mart on Sunset Boulevard has everything and more, when it comes to shoes. Entire sections are dedicated to stilettos, flats and boots, and the shoes are often cheaper than in ordinary retail stores. Just a little further down the road, between N Orange Dr & N Mansfield Ave, there’s a big branch of Ross, for those of you with off-price shopping cravings.
Off Broadway Shoes, 6920 Sunset Boulevard (between LaBrea & Highland), Hollywood, Los Angeles
Melrose Avenue is lined with cute little stores, selling clothes and accessories you don’t find anywhere else. My favorite stretch runs from N Sweetzer Ave to N. Poinsettia Pl. and if you’re into vintage clothing, this is the place to go. Wasteland (between N Vista St. & N Martel Ave) is one of the best vintage shops I’ve ever been to, and a great place to start your Melrose Avenue shopping.