You Can Get Anything You Want at L.A.'s Best Shopping Spots

Los Angeles is a big, sprawling city, with little shops and sexy boutiques on just about every corner. But the sprawl makes choosing the place for a day of shopping a logistic decision; do you want to shop near the beach, in the heart of Beverly Hills or even out in the San Fernando Valley? And the location is only the first criteria needed to plan your day; next, you'll have to choose the sort of shopping experience you're up for. There are gigantic malls (the Beverly Center is a monster, for example), beachfront strolls (don't miss the Venice Beach Boardwalk) and whole streets devoted to selling you something you actually cannot buy anywhere else on the planet (try Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Melrose Avenue for that sort of thing). But be ready to face the crowds, for shopping is a serious sport in L.A., especially in the incredibly popular spots, like the Grove and the Commons at Calabasas. Perhaps that is because of the terrific shops, restaurants and movie theaters found there, but it just might be because famous Hollywood faces are constantly seen strolling around in both those two shopping meccas. You might even see a celebrity or two at the Citadel Outlets, the area's only outlet mall, for let's face it, there's a bargain hunter inside all of us.

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Citadel Outlets
Photo courtesy of Citadel Outlets

The Citadel Outlets is the only outlet mall within easy striking distance of most Angelenos, located about 10 miles south of downtown Los Angeles just off the Interstate 5 Freeway. There savvy shoppers will save on discounted goods from top...  Read More

The Commons at Calabasas
Photo courtesy of The Commons at Calabasas

Like the Grove in the Mid-Wilshire District of L.A., the Commons at Calabasas is another Caruso Affiliated shopping center and it feels very similar. Beautiful gardens and fountains make up the center of the outdoor mall, while...  Read More

Venice Beach Boardwalk
Photo courtesy of Visit California

There's no other beach scene in Southern California quite like the one you will find on Venice Beach. Starting with the fact that it's the only place that we have a boardwalk right along the sand, where shops selling everything from beach basics...  Read More

Beverly Center
Photo courtesy of Beverly Center

With over 100 top shops including Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo, the Beverly Center has been a Los Angeles shopping fixture since it opened in 1982. Towering eight...  Read More

The Grove
Photo courtesy of The Grove

Day or night, summer or winter, the Grove always teems with shoppers. It's such a popular place that teens like to hang out there, taking selfies by the animated music fountain in the center of the open-air mall; adults like to hit the diverse...  Read More

Start out near the Beverly Center and La Cienega Boulevard and you'll find some of the world's top designers on Melrose Avenue – Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and the Fred Segal boutique, where many different labels call home....  Read More

Montana Avenue
Photo courtesy of Platino on Montana Avenue

With more than 150 high-end shops selling everything from home furnishings to children's clothing, Montana Avenue's shopping district spans over 10 blocks of beautiful places with unique products. Make sure to stop into Platino for gorgeous...  Read More

Santa Monica Place
Photo courtesy of Macerich Company

The old, Frank Gehry designed Santa Monica Place is gone, replaced with a sleek new open-air shopping center anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's. There's a big indoor fancy-food market, plenty of high-end boutiques (Burberry, 7 For All...  Read More

Abbot Kinney Boulevard Shops
Photo courtesy of Drew Glickman, Abbot Kinney Real Estate

Once a sleepy little boulevard that boasted some nice restaurants (Hal's, Joe's, etc.) and a few art galleries, these days Venice's Abbot Kinney is the hottest shopping spot in town. New boutiques seem to open every week – think Tom's Shoes,...  Read More

Rodeo Drive
Photo courtesy of Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive needs no description, as it is certainly the most famous shopping street in the world, thanks to Hollywood. So many movies have filmed scenes here it is too hard to count; but as the ultra-luxe shops come and go, one thing remains...  Read More


Meet Jenny Peters

Jenny Peters – aka Jet Set Jen – is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, editor and party columnist specializing in travel, entertainment, film, food, wine, fashion and the other good...  More About Jenny

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