Los Angeles Shopping

Los Angeles is known as the City of Angels, and it really is heaven for shopping. The scene is incredibly varied: up-and-coming local designers, the highest of high-end boutiques, and plenty of flea markets combine to cement the city’s relaxed yet stylish reputation. Thanks to the notorious L.A. sprawl, far-flung neighborhoods offer different duds for different tastes. Residents generally split

the city in two—by Eastside (the Hollywood side) and Westside (the beach side)—but many enclaves between are peppered with shops you won't want to miss.

The sun-and-sand beach culture and Hollywood stars provide big influences on the shopping scene. Stylists are always on the lookout for the newest trends and looks for the pretty young things they dress, and emerging designers take inspiration from what's being worn on the street.

Paparazzi are right there to capture the looks of the stylish starlets the second they're worn, whether they're parading on a red carpet or seen emerging from a hot spot. Together the style makers set the cutting-edge pace—what you see here on the racks will be big back home but maybe not for another six months.

"Sunny and 70" is the weather forecast for a good part of the year, and the climate means that most shopping centers are open-air, to allow you to park your car and walk from shop to shop. This foot traffic also means that good eateries open near good shops, and you can always find somewhere delicious to dine and covertly star-watch.

Those new to Los Angeles usually start at Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, not far from Hollywood. This tourist hot spot is a destination for window-shopping along the cluster of blocks and can provide a few hours of entertainment—or, if you're looking for a designer logo bag or red-carpet wear, get ready to do some serious spending.

Then you can hop in your car and absorb the city’s artsier side, exploring eclectic boutiques and scouring for deals in the numerous neighborhoods: finding down-and-dirty bargains in Downtown, hitting funky West Hollywood, kicking back with the laid-back beach vibe of Santa Monica and Venice, or going edgy in Silver Lake, Echo Park, or Los Feliz. Let the games begin.

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Van Cleef & Arpels

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In business for more than a century, Van Cleef & Arpels still designs elegant and distinctive pieces. ...


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With its temple dome ceiling and recherché design, this is just the place for a dramatic red-carpet gown, along with bold bags, sunglasses,...

Vroman's Bookstore

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Southern California's oldest and largest independent bookseller is justly famous for its great service. A newsstand, a café, and a stationery...


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It may be known as the wine store to the stars, but regular folks also delve into the vast selection of liquors and liqueurs, fine chocolates...


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This vintage emporium, a block from the Third Street Promenade, sells gently used items for both women and men. You'll find everything...

Westfield Century City

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Known locally as the Century City Mall, this open-air shopping center is set among office buildings on what used to be the backlot of...

Y-Que Trading Post

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Here you can find T-shirts emblazoned with celebrity mug shots, or opt for a design of your own. There are also Sea Monkeys, Magic Gardens,...


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Stocked with a little bit of everything you'll want to get or give, this shop has a spot-on selection of fresh designer goods. Look for...

Yves Saint Laurent

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Adorned with a simple YSL, this spacious boutique carries an extensive collection of ready-to-wear fashions, shoes, and handbags from...

ZJ Boarding House

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One of the area's best surf, skate, and snow shops offers the essentials. You'll find everything from wax to wetsuits. ...


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