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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