Los Angeles Shopping
Los Angeles appeals to travelers with its theme parks, entertainment venues, beaches, and famed nightlife. Just as attractive, however, is Los Angeles shopping scene, which covers everything from food to electronics to outdoor markets.
Looking like an idealized small town, the Grove is an al fresco mall that surrounds a beautifully landscaped grassy area with a fountain that dances to music on the hour. For a slow-paced tour of the stores, catch the free electric trolley that recalls a more ornate era. Parking is usually plentiful but can be tricky if you come on Friday or Saturday nights.
Just past the Grove clock tower, the nearby farmers’ market tempts your taste buds with produce and food stores that seem jam-packed into every space. Beyond the typical edibles are such unusual temptations as a dog bakery, a tea shop, touristy stores selling mini-license plates with your name on them, and a newsstand. You can eat hot and cold food walking along or at tables set up in front of many sales units.
Although this thoroughfare is much longer, the trendy shops of Melrose Avenue run about 10 blocks east of Fairfax Avenue. You’ll discover plenty of women’s (and a few men’s) boutiques selling designer clothing at bargain prices, compared to high end malls. Celebrities are common here, so if you want to spot one, come during a busy Saturday, and grab an outdoor table at one of the coffee shops or restaurants.
As much an attraction as the luxury establishments on Rodeo Drive are the rich-and-famous walking their pedigreed pooches or driving Rolls-Royces, Lamborghinis, and Maserattis. The most celebrated clothing designers have boutiques here, including Armani, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and Gucci. If you have to ask how much it costs, you can’t afford it. But there’s no charge to gawk at the high-end window displays.
Only in L.A. will you find a former factory that looks like an Assyrian Palace and is now home to outlet shops for Calvin Klein, Converse, Levi’s, Guess, and more. For even better bargains, look for an information booth and ask for any special promotions that are available. The international-style food court gives you commercial faves like Panda Express and lesser-known eateries like kabob joint, Lamajoon.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Los Angeles shopping.