Los Angeles area, United States
Shopping in Los Angeles, USA: Handcrafts, Souvenirs & Malls
Visit Los Angeles and discover a world of high-end fashion created by renowned designers from around the globe, along with a few choice brands that are exclusive only to L.A. Many celebrities choose these products because of their quality and exclusive originality. Since the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are amongst the most active in the world, you can also find the latest international fashions at amazing prices.
The Hollywood area of L.A. is a shopping attraction in itself. This area is also known as "Tinseltown", which refers to the glittering nature of the city's film industry. When you consider places like Beverly Hills, it could be said that Los Angeles is the Mecca of fashion in America. The industry has taken advantage of this, by opening some of the best stores and boutiques here, although you can find fantastic shopping options all over the city. After all, Los Angeles is a city where you come to see and be seen.
For those who want to buy souvenirs and memorabilia of Los Angeles, there are numerous places all over the city, where you can find unique clothes, novelty items, books and toys. Whatever your budget and taste, you'll find magnificent gifts to take home for your friends and family. Here are some of the main streets and best shopping areas in Los Angeles:
In this street, filled with exclusive stores, you will find more sophisticated items than in the nearby Melrose. There are boutiques by both local and European designers featuring clothes perfect for work as well as for clubbing. There are also health food shops and even boutiques where your pets can find clothes as exclusive as yours!
La Brea Avenue
La Brea is a historic area of Los Angeles that is used as reference point to divide the north and south of the city. And La Brea Avenue is used as a division between the east and the west of the city. Here you can purchase lots of things for the home, browse around the jewelry stores, and the movie rental stores not only have the box office hits but also a great selection of B movies as well. A few of Hollywood's "classic" restaurants and cafes are also located on this avenue.
A large part of downtown Los Angeles is called the Fashion District, which is adjacent to Santee Alley. Anybody who loves fashion should visit this area because it's here that the local designers preview the next season's collections and sell them at discount prices! The Fashion District covers 90 blocks and features over 4500 clothing brands, in over a thousand stores. This can be quite intimidating for some people, but for the experienced buyer it's just a dream come true. There are many guides for the Fashion District, which can be requested at your hotel, ensuring you have an amazing day shopping.
Ever since the 80's, this avenue has defined fashion in Los Angeles. The best clothing stores for youngsters are here, but you can also find music stores, furniture stores and art galleries. There are a few secondhand shops where you can find everything that celebrities donate from their closets, which could now be yours for a very reasonable price. There are also clothes for those who would rather not attract much attention to themselves but still love being fashionable. Melrose Avenue is a fantastic place for those who know how to hunt for a bargain.
An infinite variety of options for shopping can be found in the 150 boutiques distributed along this famous street. Located in the Santa Monica area, you'll find many stores owned by creative designers, where you can acquire wonderful tailored haute couture. You'll also be able to purchase from incredible antiques to imported wines, furniture and fine tobaccos. A day spent shopping on Montana Avenue is always a pleasure.
This street boasts the exclusivity of Beverly Hills, as well as the ultra original spirit of Melrose. This is where the fashionistas go shopping. Here you will find fabulous clothes for everyone, as well as shoes and accessories. There are also lots of great restaurants in the area where you can take a break from your shopping spree and relax for a while. Among the brands that you can find here are:
- Maxfield's Discount Outlet
- Maxfield Blue
- Industry MAC
- Giorgio Armani Home Store
- Hogan Shoes
- The Ivy
- New Line Pictures
This street is renowned around the world as the place to go in Los Angeles, if you want to find the most original and luxurious fashions and accessories for the whole family. The stores on Rodeo Drive cover three entire blocks, which are known as the Golden Triangle, where visitors can enjoy more than 100 world famous boutiques and even some important hotels. This street is located in Beverly Hills, famous for being a place to spot movie stars while you do your shopping or drink a macchiato. Among the important brands that can be found here are:
- Christian Dior
- Dolce & Gabbana
- Ermenegildo Zegna
- Giorgio Armani
- Hugo Boss
- Louis Vuitton
- Porsche Design
- Ralph Lauren
- Roberto Cavalli
- Salvatore Ferragamo
- Tiffany & Co.
- Yves Saint Laurent
This mall is located on the renowned Sunset Blvd, where tourists, celebrities and fashionistas, gather at the sidewalk cafes and browse around the attractive boutiques. One of the main attractions of this plaza is that many young, beautiful people come here to see and be seen during the day. On offer at the stores, restaurants and boutiques you will find name brands, such as Madison, Ana Sui, Armani Exchange, Nicole Miller, Cravings, Cafe Med, Le petit Four and The Coffee Bean.
This street has become one of the favorite places for tourists to shop, due to the unique items on offer here. Here you will find fabulous antique stores and specialized gift shops, as well as modern furniture stores and everything else you can and can't think of! While in Third Street, have lunch or dinner at one of the wonderful restaurants after a busy day of shopping.
Westwood Village is a five block area adjacent to the UCLA University, filled with a variety of establishments ranging from banks to elegant boutiques and salons where you can be transformed into a Hollywood star. There are also about 20 classic movie theatres here, where most of the Hollywood premieres are held. This is the perfect place to spend a relaxed day shopping, enjoying the casual atmosphere.
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