Best Shopping: 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 shops (from Apple to American Girl to Barney's, UGG Australia, Unionmade, Abercrombie & Fitch) and department stores (Nordstrom, Crate and Barrel); and everyone loves the 14-screen Pacific Theatres movie palace. There's great food at the Whisper Restaurant and Lounge and at Morel's French Steakhouse, too, and just a stroll away (or take the kitschy Grove Trolley) is the Original Farmer's Market, where a collection of classic restaurants awaits. Try the Gumbo Pot there for an authentic taste of New Orleans!
Shopping Centers: Designed to recollect downtown areas of days gone by, this shopping complex sits adjacent to the historic Farmer's Market. It features a host of trendy apparel, accessory, and home goods venues, including Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Coach, Crate & Barrel, J. Crew, Anthropologie, and Tommy Bahama. In addition, it offers an 18-screen cinema and restaurant options that focus on everything from barbecue to steaks, pastries to Italian fare.
Local Expert Jenny Peters Says:
Best Shopping: "Enter the valet parking on The Grove Drive and avoid the traffic jam that happens in the shopping center's parking structure just about all the time."
Recommended as Best Shopping Because: The Grove truly is the center of shopping in Los Angeles, a place that has been packed with patrons since it first opened in 2002.