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Alchemy Works in the Arts District

The Guide to Shopping in Downtown Los Angeles

05/05/2015

Caroline Juen

Downtown Los Angeles is quickly becoming the hottest shopping and dining district in Los Angeles. In less than a decade the streets surrounding the skyscrapers have come back to life, thanks to a variety of restaurant concepts, creatives and retailers moving in to set up shop. These days, shopping in areas like the Arts District and the Historic Core around Spring Street is delightful for locals and travelers alike. Exploring the area’s best spots for shopping can be intimidating, but in such a thriving metropolitan area with unique, one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques, all it takes is knowing where to start. Whether you’re buying something for yourself or getting a gift, here are 9 of Downtown L.A.’s coolest neighborhood shopping spots.

Maison Midi

The Guide to Shopping on La Brea Avenue

04/24/2015

Stephanie Wenger

The redevelopment of La Brea Avenue between Beverly Boulevard and West 6th Street has brought an eclectic mix of stores to the area. While strolling down the street, you can find everything from one-of-kind vintage items to the latest gear from designer brands and almost anything in between. Interior design enthusiasts consider the area to be a must-visit as well because many boutiques in the area feature unique takes on home décor. La Brea Avenue has items at all price points, making it a great spot for shopping for any budget. Whether you’re looking to bring home a small souvenir or a larger purchase, you’re sure to find it in the La Brea Avenue shopping district.

Shopaholic Sample Sales

The Guide to Shopping on West 3rd Street in Los Angeles

04/20/2015

Gabrielle Olya

Whether you’re looking for a unique vintage find, a little bit of luxury, or a one-of-a-kind gift, you’re sure to satisfy your shopping needs along L.A.’s West 3rd Street. The walkable shopping district is full of stores you won’t find at the local mall, accommodating a range of budgets and styles. Read on for our guide to shopping on West 3rd Street.

Interior of Sushi Tsujita

A Walking Tour of Sawtelle Japantown

01/20/2015

Esther Tseng

The neighborhood of Sawtelle Japantown (formerly known as Little Osaka) is a true gem of West Los Angeles. The historic area is home to a sizable Japanese American population and is known for the trendy shops and restaurants centered on Sawtelle Boulevard. During World War II, the community was disrupted and lives were uprooted because of the Japanese American internment, one of the darkest chapters in American history. A large number of them resettled in Little Osaka as they reintegrated into society. Today, Sawtelle Japantown is represented not only by its Japanese American postwar settlers and their descendants, but by a diverse set of Asians and other ethnicities and backgrounds. Take a stroll through the neighborhood and shop kitschy boutiques, nosh on delicious multicultural fare and more.

Rolls-Royce by Beverly Wilshire

Stay in L.A. Like a Celebrity: Red Carpet Hotel Packages

12/30/2014

Discover Los Angeles

The world’s biggest stars in film, TV and music will be in Los Angeles during awards season. L.A. hotels are rolling out the red carpet for these famous visitors, and they’re ready to make you feel like a VIP too. Read on for our guide to L.A. that will let you experience the city like a celebrity.

MOCA museum store

Shopping at Museum Gift Stores in Los Angeles

12/23/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Los Angeles is home to an incomparable collection of museums. Visitors and locals alike can spend hours exploring these world-class cultural attractions and view everything from fine art masterpieces to the Space Shuttle. Best of all, museum stores offer a wide range of items so that visitors can take home a memory of their experience. Whether you’re looking for a simple coffee mug or splurging for a limited edition street banner, read on for some of the best museum stores in L.A.

Shopping on Rodeo Drive

Holiday Room Packages at Los Angeles Hotels

11/05/2014

Discover Los Angeles

Surfing Santas, yachts decked out with colorful lights, and palm trees trimmed with festive ornaments – these are just a few of the signs that the holiday season has arrived in Los Angeles. It’s also the time of year when many of the city’s hotels offer holiday packages that include special rates on accommodations, discounts on dining and shopping, and more.

A Hollywood Christmas at The Grove

The Guide to Holiday Shopping in Los Angeles

09/16/2014

Sarah Dandashy

Southern California may not get the full winter chill as other areas of the country, but when it comes to the holidays, Los Angeles goes all out. With our constant sunshine and palm trees, we take the holidays very seriously, especially shopping. Because really, there's no better way to get into the spirit of the season than finding the perfect gift for that special someone. And if you happen to discover a gift for yourself along the way, just remember, you deserve it! Make your list, check it twice, then read on for our guide to holiday shopping in Los Angeles.

Amoeba Music

The Best Record Stores in Los Angeles

04/18/2014

Justin Sloe

Right now is a great time for record buying in Los Angeles. For every Fair Trade, single-origin-bean coffee shop and kimchi churro truck, a new record shop seems to pop up next door every week. In the Los Feliz-Echo Park-Silver Lake-Highland Park area there are 20 record shops right now - and that’s 19 more than there were three years ago. If you want, you can buy records at Urban Outfitters - "if you want." There’s even a barber salon in my neighborhood that sells vinyl.

Nowadays, I play music on many formats. Still, there’s nothing better than digging through crate after crate and finding that one piece of vinyl you’ve been searching for for ages. Read on and find out where I like to do that.