Must-see shopping in Los Angeles

  • Universal CityWalk

    San Fernando Valley

    Flashing video screens, oversized facades and garish color combos (think Blade Runner meets Willy Wonka) animate the outdoor shopping concourse adjacent…

  • Melrose Trading Post

    West Hollywood & Mid-City

    Here you’ll find threads, jewelry, housewares, crafts and other offbeat items proffered by more than 100 purveyors. It’s held in the Fairfax High parking…

  • Third Street Promenade

    Santa Monica

    Stretching for three long blocks sprawled between Broadway and Wilshire Blvd, 'the Promenade' is a case study in how to morph a dilapidated, dying main…

  • Just One Eye

    West Hollywood & Mid-City

    Coveted fashion and art collide at Just One Eye. A dramatic concept store hidden inside Howard Hughes' former headquarters, its racks are hang with bold,…

  • Koreatown Galleria

    Westlake & Koreatown

    A Korean adventure minus the airfare to Seoul. At first glance, this three-story, city-block-wide mall looks like any other: giant parking garage, atrium…

  • Wheelhouse

    Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

    Love led to marriage and the opening of this one-stop bike store, service center and cafe for Chase and Tami Spenst. Driven by a philosophy that bikes…

  • JF Chen

    Hollywood

    A go-to for professional curators, celebrities and their interior decorators, JF Chen offers two cluttered floors of museum-quality furniture and…

  • Beverly Center

    West Hollywood & Mid-City

    Upscale mall shoppers flock to this eight-story monolith anchored by Bloomingdale's and Macy's department stores and home to some 100 other international…

  • Malibu Lumberyard

    Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    Steps from the Malibu Country Mart is this newer 'lifestyle mall' done up in teak and (elegantly) rusted metal. It's got upscale casual clothing stores…

  • Muji

    Santa Monica

    This Japan-based 'lifestyle department store' brings stateside a modern, minimalist Japanese aesthetic to its housewares, kitchenware, office accessories,…

  • Helms Bakery District

    Los Angeles

    From points north, this distinguished 1932 moderne-style former bakery complex is the gateway to Culver City. The warehouses and studios house one of the…

  • Amoeba Music

    Hollywood

    When a record store not only survives but thrives in this techno age, you know it's doing something right. Flip through 500,000 new and used CDs, DVDs,…

  • Wacko

    Los Feliz & Griffith Park

    Billy Shire’s giftorium of camp and kitsch has been a fun browse for over three decades. Pick up a Star Wars tote, some Gauguin socks or a Hillary Clinton…

  • Topanga Mercantile

    Malibu & Pacific Palisades

    This rustic-mod shop showcases the work of some 25 artisans from artsy Topanga – jewelry, accessories, knitwear, metal work and more. Among the standouts…

  • Will

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    A terrific leather-goods store out of Eugene, Oregon, and one of just eight nationwide. It sells fine leather bags, briefcases, backpacks, belts, wallets…

  • Midland

    Los Angeles

    Channeling a cool Southwest vibe, this gorgeous lifestyle store showcases a mix of local, American and international designers. Shop local with Saint Rita…

  • Matters of Space

    Los Angeles

    Both an interior-design firm and store, Matters of Space sells its own mid-century-inspired furniture and a sharply curated collection of homewares and…

  • The Odells

    Silver Lake & Echo Park

    Not only do owners Laura Stang and Jason O’Dell sell their own Cali-cool label here – think women's oversized smocks, spaghetti jumpsuits, cropped…

  • Platform

    Los Angeles

    Contemporary architecture, fashion and design collide at this mixed-use development. Eye up the street art and shop-hop its small, sharply curated booty…

  • Lemon Frog

    Silver Lake & Echo Park

    Bold, vibrant patterns and colors dominate at this jam-packed treasure trove of vintage fashion. Owner Micki Curtis displays cheaper items at the front,…

  • Clare V

    Silver Lake & Echo Park

    The eponymous store of French transplant Claire Vivier, who sells her cool, idiosyncratic bags and leather goods (we love the iPad Notebook sleeves)…

  • Dream Collective

    Silver Lake & Echo Park

    Kathryn Bentley's fine jewelry isn't cheap (some pieces are priced well into the thousands), but it is exquisite, with extraordinary attention to detail…

  • Alexis Bittar

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    High-end women's jewelry known for Bittar's use of lucite, which is hand carved and painted in his Brooklyn studio. Some of it looks like stone. He…

  • Permanent Records

    Los Angeles

    Permanent's black crates are jammed with new and used vinyl. The Chicago import pays decent money for vinyl, which translates into a strong offering of…

  • Nico & Bullitt

    Silver Lake & Echo Park

    Cassette-themed paintings, leather satchels, felt coasters, retro-themed mugs, kitsch tomes, hand-printed LA-themed cards: Nico & Bullitt is all about…

  • Harry Winston

    Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood & Westwood

    This New York import is the ultimate diamond purveyor to the stars. It dressed Best Actress winner Jennifer Jones at the 1944 Academy Awards, making it…

  • Mindfulnest

    Los Angeles

    A quirky concept store dedicated to Stateside designers, artists and artisans. Stock up on contemporary photography and digital art, playful buttons,…

  • Spitfire Girl

    Los Feliz & Griffith Park

    This is one of the city's coolest, quirkiest gift boutiques, where fine jewelry, art tomes, papier-mâché mounts and aromatic candles mingle with stuffed…

  • Broome Street General Store

    Los Feliz & Griffith Park

    Set in a converted abode, this cozy, upmarket boutique-cum-cafe keeps every aspect of daily life looking oh-so-gorgeous. You'll find cool and preppy…

  • Galco's Old World Grocery

    Los Angeles

    You'll find around 700 small-batch and heritage sodas at this family-run grocery store, from botanically brewed British cola to American almond cream soda…

  • Mush

    Silver Lake & Echo Park

    An inspiring gift, antique and home-decor boutique filled with color, style and sheer originality. Stop by for stalactite rings and sterling-silver Navajo…

  • SquaresVille

    Los Feliz & Griffith Park

    One of our favorite unisex consignment stores in LA, SquaresVille is never short of fun, unique and just plain outrageous wearables. Dive in and expect to…

  • Mar Vista Farmers Market

    Los Angeles

    Mar Vista's weekly Sunday farmers market is one of LA's finest. Fill your bags with quality local fruit and vegetables, artisan breads, pasta, raw honey…

  • Avalon Vintage

    Los Angeles

    One the best-loved consignment stores in LA, known for stocking more unusual retro frocks and outfits. It's hardly surprising since store owner Carmen…

  • Ralph Pucci

    Hollywood

    Not so much a furniture showroom as a gallery of spectacular contemporary design. Whether it's sculptural lighting by Hervé Van der Straeten and Jogn…

  • Mystic Journey

    Venice, Marina Del Rey & Playa del Rey

    This spot serves all manner of spirituality, from Hindu to Wiccan, magic to no religion at all, with books, ritual objects, sound bells and bowls,…

  • Stories

    Silver Lake & Echo Park

    Bob your head to dub on the hi-fi while you wander through a mini-maze of new and used literature. Score anything and everything from plays, poetry and…

  • Daiso Japan

    South Bay Beaches

    In Japan, 100 yen stores are the counterpart to dollar stores, except filled with ingenious stuff. In this Japanese part of Torrance, this shop sells most…

  • Wine Expo

    Santa Monica

    LA’s best nightlife generally sprouts at house parties. When you get your invitation, stop here to grab wine, champagne, whiskey or tequila from the best…

  • Foxhole LA

    Silver Lake & Echo Park

    Lovebirds Jeff and Fox stock their shop with a solid selection of lovingly worn and reworked denim, from classic 501s to funky bell-bottoms, jackets and…