Los Angeles Shopping Guide

by Sanne
Beverly Connection, shopping in Los Angeles

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:

EP & LP, Los Angeles

I was looking forward to take Trine to E.P. & L.P., because I knew she would love it. E.P. is the restaurant section and L.P. is the popular rooftop bar one stair up. The food is really nice, but there’s no doubt that a lot of people book a table in the restaurant primarily to make sure to make it to the rooftop later.

West Hollywood, Los Angeles

After 5 wonderful days with Poul in New York, I’m now in Los Angeles. My plane landed right after the flight Trine was on from Copenhagen, so we met in the airport and went to pick up our rental car. Alamo has these self-service machines, which allow you to fetch your booking without having to wait in line.

Though the machine got confused over the 3 different ways the “ø” in my last name appeared on my driver license, my credit card and in my booking (“ø”, “o” and “oe”) so we had to wait in line for human service anyway.

By the time we were ready to leave the airport, it was in the middle of rush hour, so it took us a little longer to get to the apartment we had rented in West Hollywood. The location is amazing, and we have so many things within walking distance, which is quite unusual for LA. I’ve therefore sent Trine out to get us some coffee (the Pumpkin Spice Latte season is here), and while she’s gone, I’ll write about our dinner at Katana last night.

Smorgasburg, Los Angeles

Since June this year, the popular Brooklyn food market Smorgasburg is also in Los Angeles. Smorgasburg is a food lover’s paradise, so after we found out about this, there was only one place Trine and I wanted to be on a Sunday afternoon.

It looks like Smorgasburg has had a great start in LA, and the big market space between the industrial buildings was busy from we arrived and until we left.  The number of vendors seemed somewhat smaller than in New York, but everything edible looked very tempting, and after an initial exploratory round, we felt like ordering everything. We took another round to make up our minds and ended up getting a grilled lobster from Lobsterdamus. You could choose between ordinary butter and Cajun butter, but both options sounded heavenly, so we had one half with each. The Cajun butter was the best. The spicy, yet buttery flavor provided the perfect kick to the freshly grilled lobster.

On our way to the table, Trine fell in love with a pink passionfruit soda from Popdup Store, which makes delicious gourmet sodas with real fruit and raw sugar. I had a Michelada from I Love Michelada’s Michemobil. For many years, my standard summer drink has been a glass of chilled rosé, but this summer, I’ve been drinking a lot of Micheladas. Micheladas are like beer with Bloody Mary mix, so if you like savory, spicy drinks, you’ll probably also like Micheladas.

On our way out, we spotted the Guerilla Tacos food truck, so even though I was full, there was no way around: I had to order something. The last couple of times I’ve been to LA, I’ve wanted to try their tacos, but I’ve never managed to be at the same place as their food truck. I had an Ahi Tuna Tostada with white miso. Exactly as tasty as it sounds.

Smorgasburg LA, Row DTLA, 777 S. Alameda Street, LA, Every Sunday 10am-4pm

Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

If you’ve watched Pretty Woman, you will definitely recognize Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame, as the place where Julia Roberts’ character Vivian, dressed in patent-leather OTK boots runs her “business”. Since Pretty Woman, Hollywood Boulevard has got a much needed face lift and new constructions including the impressive Hollywood & Highland, has helped Hollywood regain some of its original glory.

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