The Point is a casual shopping center located on the corner of Rosecrans Avenue and Sepulveda Boulevard, right at the intersection of El Segundo and Manhattan Beach. Four years in the making, it's a comfortable, easy spot to shop, dine, workout and meet up with friends. Free street-level parking helps make it an easy in-and-out (unlike many other malls in SoCal) and the wide variety of places to visit have already made it a local favorite, just moments after it opened in August 2015. You'll find Planet Blue, Lucky Brand, Madewell, Athleta, Bella Beach Kids and more shops, along with Bellacures Nail Salon, Soulcycle, Peets Coffee & Tea, Vicara Aveda SalonSpa and an assortment of restaurants (True Food Kitchen, Mendocino Farms, Hopdoddy Burger Bar, etc.) with plenty of outdoor seating.
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 Mediterranean-influenced structures housing boutiques, restaurants and the Edwards Grand Plaza stadium-seating multiplex line the perimeter. It's such a pleasant place that people come for the ambiance alone. But there are plenty of well-known stores to shop, of course, from Kade Spade and Lululemon to Barnes & Noble, Williams Sonoma and Sephora. Plus, this a favorite place for Hollywood types who live in mansions nearby to stop in, so keep your eyes open, as you never know when Kim Kardashian or her clan might wander by.
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 like surfboards, boogie boards, wetsuits, bathing suits, sunscreen and flip flops to hippie jewelry, incense and stoner paraphernalia await the crowds that flock there, especially on weekends. Add in the chance to see the famous Muscle Beach outdoor workout area, the running-chainsaw jugglers, the drum-circle bangers, the medical marijuana hucksters and all the gorgeous bikini-clad gals and ripped guys who cycle by on the bike path and there's no question that the Venice Beach Boardwalk is a must-visit L.A. shopping area.
With over 100 top shops including Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Tiffany's and Salvatore Ferragamo, the Beverly Center has been a Los Angeles shopping fixture since it opened in 1982. Towering eight stories high, the mall has appeared in numerous films and television shows; it truly is an iconic shopping structure! Bloomingdale's and Macy's are here, too, as well as restaurants that sit mostly on street level. Inside, there's a feeling of spacious grandness and luxury. The best way to experience this huge mall is to go in without an agenda and just stroll – especially on a hot day, when the cool indoor space just might offer up that perfect little item you've been looking for.
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, Michael Kors, Nike) 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 Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, too (try the fried chicken with wasabi, it is divine), and just a stroll away (or take the kitschy Grove Trolley) is the Original Farmer's Market, where a collection of classic restaurants awaits. Visit the Gumbo Pot there for an authentic taste of New Orleans!
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. Continue on towards La Brea Boulevard and the shops change, transforming into funky, edgy boutiques packed with reasonably priced, trendy outfits. So whether you've got a punk sensibility or a more elegant sense of style, there is a retail outlet somewhere on Melrose Avenue that will yield up a treasure. And part of the fun is spending a day meandering along the very-long street (you'll have to drive to see it all), making unique discoveries along the way.
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 Moondance Jewelry Gallery or Designs by Musti for gorgeous jewels and other accessories that every woman will adore, then hit Savannah to find the latest fashions. There's cool children's apparel at Peek Kids, home furnishings at The Quilted Monkey, perfume, bath and body goods at Larissa Love and even a Massage Envy outpost, where you can get all your kinks worked out. Finish up your Montana experience with a meal at Forma or Fathers Office, a superfood drink at Beaming Organic Superfood Cafe, a nibble of Italian gelato at Gelato-go or a luscious treat at Sweet Lady Jane Bakery, then head a few more blocks west and watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.
The old, Frank Gehry designed Santa Monica Place is gone, replaced with a sleek open-air shopping center anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's. There are plenty of high-end boutiques (Barney's, 7 For All Mankind, Kate Spade, Pandora, etc.) and a happening restaurant scene on the top floor, where views of the ocean pair with crafted cocktails or fine California wines. Park in one of the numerous garages that surround the mall, and make sure to take a walk down the neighboring Third Street Promenade as well, where even more shops, restaurants and some often seriously strange people watching await. And the Santa Monica Pier is just a few steps away, as is the beach and the Pacific Ocean.
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, Will Leather Goods, the Mystic Journey Bookstore, Marine Layer, Warby Parker, Huset, Timbuk2, just to name a few. So start to stroll at the corner of Venice Boulevard and Abbot Kinney and don't stop until you hit Main Street. The discoveries here are endless. And don't worry, there are plenty of great places to eat, too, including Gjelina, Plant Food + Wine, Felix and Salt Air. Hal's Bar and Grill is back on the block, too, thankfully!
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 the same: this is the Beverly Hills spot where money rules. Bring plenty of it when you enter Tiffany's, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Harry Winston or Cartier to buy jewels; you'll need deep pockets at Chanel, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Dior or Prada, too. Be sure to stop into Rimowa, where they sell the best rolling luggage on the planet; if you've been busy, you can fill your suitcase with all your purchases and easily roll it all the way home.