— Shopping in LA —
For generations, Downtown LA’s Chinatown has been the home of restaurants with amazing dim sum, Peking duck, noodles and more. Along the streets, fresh fruit stands sit side by side with gift shops selling a mix of Chinese antiques, parasols, “Los Angeles”-emblazoned T-shirts and other trinkets. A recent development has been the influx of cutting edge art galleries on Chung King Road, sparking a new generation of visitors and unique shopping options.
Korea Town Galleria
This sparkling shopping centre has become the commercial hub for Koreatown. Shops include a collection of high-end fashion boutiques and specialty stores, including Barneys (not the Barneys you’re thinking of) and Cosmetic World. Check out the gift shops for an assortment of items you can find only in Koreatown such as authentic Korean dresses and engraved chopsticks.
Located in the oldest part of Downtown LA, this world-renowned Mexican marketplace is lined with historic buildings, authentic Mexican restaurants and vendor stalls selling everything from leather goods to artwork, clothing, imported crafts, candles, traditional Mexican wares and colourful souvenirs.
This Japanese American community in West LA was originally known as the place for Japanese botanical nurseries. Now known as Little Osaka (not to be confused with Little Tokyo in Downtown LA), this trendy area is filled with Japanese fast food, high end sushi bars, anime shops, Japanese artisan stores and the Giant Robot shop, a quirky store that spun off of a Japanese zine. And if you’re looking for a bonsai, there are still several historic nurseries on this strip.
The world’s top fashion designers, clothing labels and chain stores are well represented in LA’s many shopping malls, making it easy to get whatever you need — from ultra-expensive, celebrity-worthy fashions to cost-effective yet fabulous outfits. Plus, there’s the convenience factor. All you have to do is park the car in the morning and you’ve got a day’s worth of shopping all in one place. Whether you’re strolling through Hollywood & Highland Centre or riding the trolley at The Grove, you’re sure to discover something new during your LA shopping experience.
Hollywood and Highland Centre
Both a shopping centre and an entertainment centre, Hollywood & Highland has outdoor concerts, spectacular people watching and it’s home to the site of the Academy Awards®, the Dolby Theatre. The central plaza’s Babylonian-themed architecture was built in homage to the D.W. Griffith classic Intolerance. Be sure to check out the upper walkways surrounding the central courtyard to snap photos of the world-famous Hollywood sign.
Westfield Century City
This open-air shopping centre has more than 100 boutiques such as Juicy Couture, Kate Spade and Louis Vuitton. With 10 sit-down restaurants, a movie theatre, a dog park and outdoor events, it provides entertainment beyond the average shopping spree. THE GROVE One of the the most popular major shopping malls in LA, this masterpiece of faux architecture lets you step into a wonderland of cute trolleys, whimsical water fountains synchronized to music, cobblestone pathways and your favourite brands and clothing labels. With American Girl Place, Pottery Barn Kids and Quiksilver Youth, the mall has won a special place in the hearts of family shoppers throughout the LA area. This is an ideal place to shop and enjoy LA’s perfect weather, plentiful sunshine and always-present entertainment. Catch a glimpse of Mario Lopez and likely another celeb or two by watching a live taping of the TV show Extra, which tapes at The Grove Mon.–Fri. at 9 a.m.–3 p.m. You can occasionally catch free concerts in the central plaza, and with more than 500,000 square feet of stores, you’ll have plenty to see during your visit.
The collection of shops in this outlet mall are located within a building designed to resemble a castle, complete with 85 brand-name stores. All your favourites — Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Coach, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger — are available at deeply discounted prices.
Third Street Promenade / Santa Monica Place
Located minutes from the Pacific Ocean, the Third Street Promenade is a pedestrian-friendly strip located in Downtown Santa Monica. This outdoor mall is a complete shopping experience with restaurants, coffee shops, movie theatres, bookstores and all the clothing, accessory and home décor shops you expect from a major shopping destination. The nearby Santa Monica Place recently reopened after an extensive renovation. Now, the three-level, open-air shopping centre boasts a sleek new look, new stores, including Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, and a rooftop dining deck.
Built in the early 1980s, Beverly Centre is home to more than 160 stores, most of them of the upscale variety. The food court is known for its refined offerings, and the mall continues to enjoy favour among the celebrity set. If you’re looking for department stores, you can’t beat the Beverly Centre’s selection. Anchored by Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, it has what you need to satisfy your craving. If you’re into high-end fashion, be sure to check out D&G, Gucci, Louis Vuitton or A/X Armani Exchange.
Locals and visitors love Ontario Mills outlet mall for its many options for clothing and accessories at a low price. Among the most popular stores are Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein and Lacoste. Take note: the outlet gets busy on the weekends, so be prepared to stand your ground.
American at Brand
Next door to the Glendale Galleria is the $400-million Americana at Brand, which features a vibrant blend of shopping, dining and entertainment in a beautiful park-like setting in downtown Glendale. The project occupies 15.5 acres and approximately 900,000 square feet of retail/ commercial space, including 475,000 square feet of contemporary retail, restaurants and an 18-screen Pacific Theatres Cinema. At its heart, The Americana at Brand features a grand, two-acre park complemented by fountains, public art and generous open space. Promenades, meandering walkways and open-air plazas invite guests to shop, stroll, dine outdoors and just enjoy the beauty of the setting with family and friends.
CityWalk is a shopper’s paradise with more than 30 unique stores. Shoppers will find everything from hot fashion brands like Abercrombie & Fitch and Billabong, to sports collectibles at the Dodgers Clubhouse Store or The Raider’s Image. If you’re looking for delectable treats, get your gourmet popcorn at Popcornopolis and don’t miss IT’SUGAR, the huge candy emporium that has to be seen to be believed. Be prepared for a truly unique and entertaining shopping experience.
If you’re looking for a complete entertainment experience to complement your shopping spree, head to the Glendale Galleria. Featuring a children’s play area, a fabulous food court, several restaurants and numerous spas and salons, you’ll find yourself doing a whole lot more than just shopping. But don’t overlook the shopping selection. Anchored by Macy’s, Nordstrom and JCPenney, the Glendale Galleria has just about everything you need to get outfitted for your LA experience.
Some of LA’s best shopping destinations can be found in the city’s superb cultural destinations. Best of all, many museums offer discounts to members. The LACMA store features a wide selection of exhibition catalogues and related items, rare books and limited editions, posters and kids’ items. The Craft and Folk Art Museum features handmade items from local and international artists. The 4,000 square-foot ExploraStore at the California Science Centre, with its incredible collection of scientific and educational toys, is a destination in itself. For unique items or gifts, check out the FIDM Museum Shop, featuring jewellery, accessories and more, with many items designed by alumni.
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