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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Remember when toys didn't require computer programming? Ellen West's old-fashioned shop sparks children's imaginations with dress-up...

AllSaints Spitalfields

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The British store invaded Robertson Boulevard, bringing with it a rock-and-roll edge mixed with a dash of Downton Abbey. Look for leather...

Allied Model Trains

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Kids (and kids at heart) light up when visiting this huge shop that celebrates trains old and new. Look for model trains by Lionel and...


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This spacious shop answers the questions on every guy's mind: What to wear to work or on a date? What to use for serving takeout? What...

American Apparel

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Simple yet sexy, these made-in-L.A. casual separates are the perfect California uniform. ...

American Rag Cie

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Half the store features new clothing from established and emerging labels, and the other side is stocked with well-preserved vintage...

American Tea Room

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Some like it hot; some like it iced. Silver tins lining the walls contain 300 varieties of tea, with each color-coded by the tea's region...

Amoeba Records

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Touted as the "World's Largest Independent Record Store," Amoeba is a playground for music-lovers, with a knowledgeable staff and a focus...

Anto Distinctive Shirt Maker

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This atelier has been in the custom shirt-making business since the 1950s and has had an impressive list of clients, from Frank Sinatra...


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The store, a treasure for art lovers, stocks new, rare, and out-of-print books on architecture, design, and fashion—with an especially...


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