Out of all the questions that I get asked about our travels, where to shop would have to be up there.
Due to LA being so spread out, it is one of those places that most people don’t know where to go for what.
I have put together the below list based on central LA. I have left out places like Santa Monica and Venice as I have mentioned this on my previous travel post.
Below are the areas that I visited on my recent trip and can recommend. I have listed the shops that are located at each place as I tend to go to places based on the shops and what I need to purchase.
Yes Rodeo Drive has all the big names, Chanel, Celine, Louis Vuitton but it also has a lot of other great stores such as All Saints, IRO, Barney’s and Intermix. Rodeo Drive is great for all those large purchases or simply to browse. Start at the top of North Beverly Blvd, walk down to Wilshire, along to Barney’s and the Nike store. Turn up Dayton Way and back up North Rodeo Drive. I found the All Saints store on Beverly Blvd to have a great selection so make sure you check it out for jeans and leather goods. Depending on if your purchasing or just window shopping, I would allocate a good 4 hours if you’re shopping and making purchases. For window shopping perhaps only 1-2 hours is needed.
I have added Robertson Blvd to the list as it is such a pretty area. Along Robertson Blvd you will find stores like Reiss, Zimmermann, BCBG and my favourite Georgetown Cupcakes (I know this is a shopping post but sugar hit and coffee stops are required). Also make sure you venture down onto W 3rd Street to visit Madison. Madison is a large boutique that stocks the likes of T by Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Tibi and Elizabeth & James. I was lucky enough to be there at the end of their sale and picked up a pair of Soludos for $13. Robertson Blvd is perfect for a late afternoon shop as the street is lined with beautiful trees and makes for a lovely atmosphere.
Melrose Place would have to be my favourite out of all the shopping spots in LA. It has this relaxed, cool atmosphere about it. Each store has their own look and vibe which adds to the appeal. Along Melrose Place you will find stores such as Chloe, Isabel Marant, The Row, DVF, Marc Jacobs and Marni. If you are in need of a caffeine hit, stop in at Alfred’s coffee. Keep going along to Melrose Avenue and you will quickly come across Theory, Helmut Lang, Joie and Herve Leger. Further up is Decades (a treasure trove of designer vintage dresses) and Fred Segal. If you plan to shop I would allocate 3-4 hours or half a day with lunch. For window shopping, you will need less time but at least shout yourself an ice coffee at Alfred’s.
I have included the Beverly Centre in this post as its great to get all your basics in the one place. The Beverly Centre is home to Uniqlo, H&M, Victoria’s Secret, Forever 21, Sephora, Bloomingdales and Macy’s. You will also find French stores such a Sandro and Maje in here. If you only have limited time in LA, it is worth a stop to get what you need. Also keep in mind, Macy’s offers 10% off for tourists. So I made sure I stocked up on makeup here. LAX does not have duty free shopping (well very very limited) so don’t save your makeup purchases to the airport.
The Grove is a super pretty outdoor type mall. In your schedule I would leave the Grove to do later in the afternoon and stay and have dinner at one of the restaurants. It is really lovely at night with all the fairy lights and there is a fountain show every hour, which my husband enjoyed. Stores include Topshop, Anthropologie, J Crew, Madewell, Vince and of course Barney’s. I found this Barney’s to have a great selection, more so than the one at Rodeo Drive. I was tracking a pair of Frame Denim jeans and found them here. We had dinner at Umami Burger which was great! So good we went back a second night.
There are a few stores that make this street worth a visit. Let’s start at What Goes Around Comes Around which has the largest curated vintage Chanel collection I have ever seen. The quality was outstanding and the prices were on mark. The staff know what they are talking about and can easily source pieces if you had something in mind. They also have a great collection of vintage denim so make sure you don’t miss this one off the list. A few shops up is Steven Alan, pop in here for jeans, Acne Studios, Clare Vivier items and other street labels. Get back in your car or book an Uber car to take you up to Jet Rag (a huge vintage store) they have such a huge range of items that it could take a couple of hours to get through if your into your vintage finds.
Other Shopping tips:
Make sure you factor in tax on your items, most tag prices do not include the tax.
If you are purchasing luxury items, make sure you do your research with prices. Price your item locally to make sure you are getting a saving, as purchasing some items overseas could cost you more once you include tax and credit card fees.
Most images are my own, apart from the Grove and Beverly Centre images which were from Discover LA