Best Places to Shop in Los Angeles

Shopping in Los Angeles is like shopping nowhere else. This city encompasses such a large area that you’ll need a month or two just to figure out where you are at. So if you are just visiting, you might want to call home and let everyone know you’ll be a little late. The enormous metropolitan area known as Los Angeles is full of fabulous malls, neighborhoods, blocks and shopping districts as you might expect from a city covering 468 square miles, roughly half the size of Rhode Island. But we don’t expect you’ll be able to hit every shopping area, so we’ve narrowed down the list here to a few of the city’s hot spots. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a celebrity or two. If you do catch one, just remember to let them go as they may have a movie shoot to get to.

Everyone knows about Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, quite possibly the most exclusive shopping street in the world, lined with posh boutiques, exquisite restaurants, and inimitable salons. But it’s not LA’s only fashionable neighborhood. There’s also Montana Avenue in the Santa Monica – Brentwood area which has a nice selection of elite boutiques and celeb spotting possibilities. Other shopping blocks worth exploring are the popular, trendy and stylish Melrose Avenue and the more down to earth Old Town Pasadena.

Los Angeles has more malls, both indoor and outdoor than any other city in the country. Some are trendy and hip, like the Grove LA, a popular outdoor mall in the mid-Wilshire area with some 40 stores and restaurants including Nordstrom, and some are fashionable mainstays like the Beverly Center in the Beverly Hills area, complete with its own Bloomingdale’s. Whatever your preference in mall style, LA’s home to the best of them. Here are a few more of our picks:

In the Glendale area, you’ll want to check out the famous Glendale Galleria (Nordstrom) and the open-air hot spot known as the Americana at Brand. If you are heading towards the Santa Monica area, must-see malls include the Century City Mall (Bloomingdale’s), Santa Monica Place (Bloomingdale’s & Nordstrom), and the Third St. Promenade. If the southern beach cities are on your radar, don’t miss fashionable Manhattan Village in Manhattan Beach or the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach (Nordstrom). If you are anywhere west of LA’s downtown area, you’ll find great shopping opportunities at the Westside Pavilion at Westwood & Pico Blvd. (Nordstrom), the Hollywood & Highland Center, and oasis on Hollywood Blvd. next to the famous Kodak Theatre. Tucked away in the valley, you’ll find shopping worthy of maxing out your credit cards at the Westfield Topanga Mall in Canoga Park (Neiman Marcus & Nordstrom), and at Fashion Square Mall in Sherman Oaks along the Ventura Freeway (Bloomingdale’s).

There was a time when Rancho Cucamonga sounded like a far off destination somewhere near Timbuktu or Kathmandu, but now it’s a sprawling LA suburb and home to the open-air lifestyle shopping destination known as Victoria Gardens. A must stop for anyone passing through who can spell “Cucamonga” without looking. Not to be outdone or missed are the Los Cerritos Center (Nordstrom) in Cerritos toward Orange County, Montclair Plaza (Nordstrom) east on I-10, the Westfield Santa Anita Mall in Arcadia (Nordstrom) just off the 210 in the Pasadena area, the Oaks Mall (Nordstrom) way west of LA central along the 101 towards Ventura, and Paseo Colorado in Downtown Pasadena adjacent to Old Town.

Of course this isn’t the complete list of LA shopping malls and destinations, but it should keep you busy for quite some time.