Home to Hollywood and its bevy of celebrities, it’s no surprise that L.A. also boasts some truly excellent shopping. Of course, it’s not all Rodeo Drive, either—plenty of regular people live and shop in Los Angeles, too! Spend some of your time in Los Angeles shopping at any of these popular neighborhoods or malls, and you’re sure to have a great time (and a lighter wallet). Of course, the city itself is so big that it can be pretty difficult to narrow down your options and figure out which places to target for the kind of shopping you’re interested in. Our handy guide breaks down the best places to shop in Los Angeles, from budget-friendly to splurge-worthy. Here are the best shopping destinations in LA, including...
- The Grove
- The Americana at Brand
- Melrose Avenue Shopping District
- Third Street Promenade
- Rodeo Drive
- And more!
Possibly the most popular place to shop in L.A., the Grove is an expansive outdoor mall featuring all of your favorite shops, including Topshop, Anthropologie, Nike, Crate and Barrel, and many more. Shops are mostly high-end to moderately-priced, but there are some affordable options in there as well. It’s also located right near the Original Farmers’ Market if you’d like to mix your registers when shopping.
The Americana at Brand
This massive mall, actually located in Glendale, is about the biggest shopping mall you can imagine. It combines all your favorite eateries (Cheesecake Factory, anyone?) with several high-end and chic shops like Diane von Furstenberg, Madewell, Kate Spade, and more. You’ll also enjoy budget-friendly shopping like H&M and Urban Outfitters. There’s even a theater, a gorgeous fountain, and an electric trolley to ride around.
Melrose Avenue Shopping District
A boutique-focused stretch, Melrose Avenue is a great place to find that unique something special. Located in West Hollywood, this hot neighborhood hosts a diverse selection of shops and vendors. From big names like Rebecca Minkoff and Fred Segal to smaller indie shops, Melrose Avenue offers a lot to discerning shoppers. Plus, it’s right near several great restaurants and bakeries, making it a nice spot to spend a whole afternoon.
Third Street Promenade
This Santa Monica hotspot boasts a little bit of everything for the shopaholic. It’s a chic space for retail, dining, and entertainment, with major label shops like Victoria’s Secret, Apple Store, Zara, Steve Madden, House of Hoops, and many more. Santa Monica Place includes more high-end options, like Tiffany’s, Ted Baker, Bloomies, and several others. The wide range of price points makes this an especially good spot for families and those on a budget.
In nearby Commerce, CA, the Citadel Outlets are where fashionistas go to save money. You’ll find many of the most popular brands here at a great discount. There are all kinds of brands from Michael Kors and Coach to Adidas and even the Disney Store. It’s not the largest outlet mall selection out there, but it’s well-curated and boasts a variety of products. You'll find everything from like culinary accessories and cookware, athletic apparel, handbags, and high fashion, and kids’ clothing.
Willing to trek quite a way out of the city to Ontario, CA? You’ll find a massive outlet and retail shopping center – it's one of the largest of such venues in California. Ontario Mills feels more like a traditional mall combined with great deals. You’ll find things like Bath and Body Works, Justice, and Forever 21 alongside a North Face outlet, an Express Factory Outlet, and a Nordstrom Rack.
Of course, we couldn’t forget about the one and only Rodeo Drive. Home to some of the most famous high-end stores and boutiques in the country, this shopping hotspot is not for those on a budget. However, if you’re looking to splurge and hope to find that special handbag or must-have denim, start here. Think of all the big names—Prada, Versace, Burberry, Louis Vuitton, David Yurman, Cartier, and so on.
Save on Things to do in Between Shopping
You can’t spend all of your time in Los Angeles shopping. So when you take a break and drop off those bags at the hotel, consider what else there is to do in the city. From museums and tours to cruises and an awesome observation deck, there’s a wide array of things to do in Los Angeles. Save on these and other great activities with a Go Los Angeles pass, which saves you up to 60%—more money in your pocket for that new watch or hot new shoes.
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