For most outsiders, Los Angeles is typically known for sunshine, surf and, of course, its celebrities. But in addition to being at the forefront of the movie industry, LA is also a trendsetter in fashion, and home to some of the best shopping centers in the world.
Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Shopping in Los Angeles just got a little better. Fresh off a brand-new, state-of-the-art renovation, Santa Monica Place offers a retail experience like no other. Adjacent to both the Santa Monica Pier and the Third Street Promenade, this open-air shopping center features three levels of department stores and top-of-the-line specialty boutiques. It is anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, and fashion-forward shoppers can also peruse Coach, CB2, Juicy Couture, Kitson and Charles David, just to name a few. Perhaps the best amenity of all is the rooftop dining deck. After an afternoon of shopping, visitors can enjoy ocean views, casual dining or even happy hour at sunset.
The Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Standing tall at the epicenter of fashion in Los Angeles is The Beverly Center. Each year approximately 13 million shoppers flock to this eight-story behemoth of a mall. It boasts major retailers such as Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Banana Republic, H&M and Victoria’s Secret, so there’s no doubt that The Beverly Center is one of the best shopping centers in LA. With the mall wedged conveniently between West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, celebrities and tourists alike shop these hallowed halls, so visitors should keep their eyes peeled for a star sighting at any time.
Spanning 575,000 square feet, The Grove in Los Angeles is more than an outdoor shopping center; it’s also a major entertainment destination. A large park lies at the heart of the Grove and features an animated water fountain dancing to the tunes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Harry Connick Jr. Kids love to ride the free trolley that travels along First Street from one end of The Grove to the other. The center is modeled after some of LA’s historic shopping districts, and visitors can wander through stores such as Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, The American Girl Place and the city’s flagship Apple Store. A 14-screen movie theater, a delectable array of dining options, live music and movies in the park round out this extraordinary Los Angeles shopping destination. For tourists who want a little slice of LA’s history, take a stroll next door to LA’s Original Farmers Market. Eighty-five different shops and restaurants offer visitors every possible cuisine, souvenir or one-of-a-kind knickknack.
- Rachel Whitty Hajj