Shopping Precincts in Los Angeles
Christened the ‘City of Angels’, there is never a dull moment in the sprawling city of Los Angeles. In addition to its sandy beaches, legendary theme parks, and countless museums, the glitzy city – without a doubt – also displays eclectic world-class shopping options – in every neighbourhood.
Los Angeles offers a noteworthy slew of indie fashion boutiques and homeware shops, eccentric art galleries and furniture stores in various styles. Once you look past the tourist tug of the streets, there are countless hidden gems available in the city.
The perfect hidey-hole for the rich and famous, Beverly Hills is one of the most well-heeled precincts plonked right in the heart of Los Angeles. The palm-tree lined sidewalks, affluent shopping enclave, extravagant residential neighbourhood, and the casual celebrity sighting makes this lustrous region so easy to fall in love with. Most shopaholics flock to Beverly Hills for a dose of luxury fashion at the famed Rodeo Drive but if you are seeking for some local flair, head to Beverly Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. Stock up on mid-century and vintage furniture. Also, visit a fashion boutique or two, which are hidden within.
What was once a plain Jane between the glitzy Beverly Hills and Venice, Culver City has now evolved from the “Heart of Screenland” – playing host to Sony Studios and Culver Studios – into a mecca for design and an undisputed haven for furniture lovers. Common spots on your itinerary would involve visiting a horde of eccentric art galleries, museums – including the famed Museum of Jurassic Technology as well as art and furniture shopping at Washington Boulevard and Helms Avenue.
What used to be a declining dead district has seen a booming resurgence thanks to a surge of trendy bars, inventive restaurants, stylish galleries and shops. Sandwiched between Chinatown and the Arts District, Downtown LA boasts a fair share of under-the-radar shopping opportunities most of which congregate in the Fashion and Arts Districts.
The most famous of them all, a trip to LA will never be complete without a visit to Hollywood; after all it is the land of dreams – even with its obvious tourist traps. What was once known as the “entertainment capital of the world”, Hollywood has witnessed its fair share of ups and downs. At present, this district dazzles with iconic attractions like Paramount Studios, The Hollywood sign and Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Urban clothing shops with internationally renowned labels are located at Hollywood Boulevard.
A perfect blend of laid back and on the move, Santa Monica is just a few miles away from Los Angeles. Apart from being a seaside retreat, this precinct also holds a bevy of a commendable list of local shopping hunts at Montana Avenue and mainstream retail brands at Third Street Promenade. And of course, no visit to this enclave is complete without basking in the sun at its prestigious beaches – and California’s oldest pleasure pier, the Santa Monica Pier.
The undecidedly hip Silver Lake is a complete juxtaposition of the glossy and luxurious perception commonly associated with Los Angeles. Instead, the place is rich in culture, a frontrunner of new trends and is always brimming with energy. Also in its kitty is the thriving gay community – not a surprise as the first documented demonstration for gay rights in the country took place at Sunset Junction. Shopping in Silverlake stands nothing short of multi-label boutiques, championing a splash of styles from indie to international designers. Hang out with the grunge-chic indie crowd or snap a couple of pictures of its beautifully painted walls that would handsomely reward you in the form of Instagram likes.
Venice may be small in size but it’s hip culture, eccentric personalities, and major bohemian vibes see no end – an LA experience you just can’t miss. Recognised as a beach community, Venice is located between San Monica and Marina del Rey. If you’ve read every other travel guide you’ve stumbled upon, you’d probably distinguish two iconic spots in Venice – Venice Beach and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Venice Beach is perfect for people watching filled with a diversity of folks. Shopping on Abbot Kinney comprises of numerous independent fashion boutiques, interesting art galleries, restaurants and bars that attract visitors from over the globe – aptly dubbed as “The Coolest Block in America”.
A city that barely sleeps, West Hollywood is the cultural hub of Los Angeles, enfolded with the hottest must-visit spots in every direction. The legendary Sunset Strip in West Hollywood holds a vibrant nightlife scene and is also known to be the largest gay nightlife district in the area. But it is the extended shopping scene that astounds. The streets of Melrose, La Brea and West 3rd may be a handful but we ensure that each street delivers diverse shopping. Get those shopping bags ready.