Los Angeles

Los Angeles's close association to the rich and famous has long made it a major shopping destination, but in recent years the city has grown beyond just a locale for luxe clothing and accessories—although high-end goods will always be a cornerstone of L.A.'s retail scene. With a wealth of stellar vintage spots, purveyors of affordable on-the-pulse products, and an ever-growing number shops selling local, artisanal goods, there is truly something for every type of spender here.

No matter what it is you're shopping for, L.A.'s consistently sunny and warm weather also means you can often hunt for wares in the open air, whether it be at a flea market full of hidden treasures, or a street lined with boutiques to explore. As you stroll, good eateries are never too far away, and you can always find somewhere delicious to dine and covertly star-watch.

If in fact you are in the celebrity-studded city to catch a glimpse of a famous face or two, you may want to start at their mecca, Beverly Hills, where a bevy of major designers' outposts and impeccably curated stores cater to upcale clientele.

After getting your fix there, you can hop into your car and absorb the city’s other varied offerings, including down-and-dirty bargains in Downtown, dozens of well-designed boutiques lining Venice's famed Abbot Kinney Boulevard, or mint-condition vintage fashions in Los Feliz.

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  • 1. Blastoff Comics

    North Hollywood | Books/Stationery

    Blastoff rises above L.A.’s collection of fantastic comic book stores. This is a wonderland for the serious collector, especially those looking...Read More

  • 2. Book Soup

    West Hollywood | Books/Stationery

    One of the best independent bookstores in the country, Book Soup has been serving Angelenos since 1975. Given its Hollywood pedigree, it's especially...Read More

  • 3. Children's Book World

    West L.A. | Books/Stationery

    One of the city's largest bookstores is as loved by parents as it is by kids. The Saturday morning storytelling series is a huge hit, and the...Read More

  • 4. Larry Edmunds Bookshop

    Hollywood | Books/Stationery

    Cinephiles have long descended upon this iconic 70-plus-year-old shop that in addition to stocking tons of texts about motion picture history...Read More

  • 5. Secret Headquarters

    Silver Lake | Books/Stationery

    This could be the coolest comic-book store on the planet, with a selection to satisfy both the geekiest of collectors and those more interested...Read More

  • 6. Skylight Books

    Los Feliz | Books/Stationery

    A neighborhood bookstore through and through, Skylight has excellent sections devoted to kids, fiction, travel, and food; it even has a live...Read More

  • 7. Stories Books and Café

    Echo Park | Books/Stationery

    With an off-the-beaten-path collection of new and used literature, a café catering to freelancers and free thinkers, and a back patio that showcases...Read More

  • 8. Taschen

    Books/Stationery

    Philippe Starck designed the Taschen space to evoke a cool 1920s Parisian salon—a perfect showcase for the publisher's design-forward coffee...Read More

  • 9. The Iliad Book Shop

    North Hollywood | Books/Stationery

    For over 30 years, Iliad not only has been selling used books but has been a set piece on a number of TV shows and movies, including Lethal...Read More

  • 10. Vroman's Bookstore

    Books/Stationery

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

  • 11. Bodhi Tree Bookstore

    West Hollywood | Books/Stationery

    Incense wafts around a huge selection of spiritual (more Buddhist than Christian) books, gifts, music, and videos. Psychic readings, signings...Read More

  • 12. Hennessey + Ingalls Bookstore

    Books/Stationery

    A stop here would make a perfect end to a day at the Getty. This is L.A.'s largest collection of books on graphic design, architecture, and...Read More

  • 13. Meltdown

    Hollywood | Books/Stationery

    The largest comic book store on the West Coast is a monument to titles ranging from the internationally beloved ( Batman , The Flash ) to the...Read More

  • 14. Traveler's Bookcase

    West Hollywood | Books/Stationery

    A massive collection of travel titles fills this shop, including guidebooks from Hong Kong, Barcelona, Delhi, and Singapore. Coffee table books...Read More

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