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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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...

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...

BCBG Max Azria

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This designer offers affordable designs that attract young celebs: romantic dresses, teeny tops, and fun accessories. ...

Barneys New York

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This is truly an impressive one-stop shop for high fashion. Deal hunters will appreciate the Co-op section, which introduces indie designers...

Beverly Center

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This is one of the more traditional malls you can find in L.A., with eight levels of stores, including Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and the...

Bottega Veneta

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With rich colors and chic designs, these buttery leather goods are never overly trendy . ...


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Bold, contemporary Italian jewelry, watches, and other luxurious necessities are the order of the day at Bulgari. ...


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Here's proof that everything old can be new again—British designer Christopher Bailey put this distinctive plaid on everything from...

Carroll & Co.

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Dapper is the name of the game at this long-standing traditional men's clothing store, which has dressed such icons as Cary Grant and...


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Cartier has a bridal collection to sigh for in its chandeliered and respectfully hushed showroom, along with more playful colored stones...