Calling all shopoholics, discount divas, and fashion queens – Los Angeles is the Mecca for shopping malls. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), shopping centers have existed in some form for more than 1,000 years as ancient market squares, bazaars and seaport commercial districts. Today, shopping malls have everything you need, packaged neatly into one destination. From luxury to big box retailers, LA’s shopping malls cater to everyone’s wallets. Happy shopping, mall rats.
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189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Since opening in 2002, L.A.’s The Grove, one of the Best Malls in Los Angeles, has welcomed thousands of starry-eyed tourists who come for the shopping and flip-flop-clad locals who stroll in for the Farmers Market. Check the website for the summer concert series schedule and bring a change of clothes for the kids — a run through the dancing water fountain can be quite refreshing on a sunny day.
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100 West Broadway
Glendale, CA 91210
www.glendalegalleria.comTraditional in every sense of brick and mortar, Glendale Galleria, located just a short distance from Downtown L.A., Burbank and the San Fernando Valley, is about to embark upon a brand new look. The Galleria is ditching its 1970s style and getting a Bloomingdale’s. With easy parking, both self and valet offered, Glendale Galleria’s stores run the gamut from the higher end shopping options such as Michael Kors, Coach, BOSS Hugo Boss and Nordstrom to something for everyone including JCPenney, Target, Williams-Sonoma, Joppa and a Disney Store.
The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210
www.americanaatbrand.comGet the best of both worlds while you are visiting Glendale, also known as The Jewel City. The Americana at Brand is just steps away from Glendale Galleria. With boutiques including Kate Spade, Anthropologie, Juicy Couture, Madewell and J. Crew, Urban Outfitters and Tiffany & Co., The Americana is a true shopping experience for the fashion savvy. The restaurants are also a draw – try sushi at Katsuya, the upscale Korean counter Ahn Joo, or Frida Mexican Cuisine (the other location is in Beverly Hills). Top off the shopping day with a flick at Pacific Theatres 18-Plex.
Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
www.westfield.com/centurycityGrab your sunglasses and sunscreen when visiting Westfield Century City. This mall gives Los Angeles a great rep for gorgeous weather, outdoor living and beautiful people. The place to be seen, Century City’s five-star shopping features Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Sony, Tourneau, Rolex, Apple, Microsoft, CUSP, Eileen Fisher, as well as mall favorites including Sephora, Zara, J. Crew, Lucky Brand, and H&M. Anchored by Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and AMC / IMAX 15, Century City’s day-to-night destination also gives visitors several sit down restaurant options including Rock Sugar, Pink Taco and The Bread Bar. And, a total bonus – Gelson’s Supermarket is also on the property and you can valet your car while grocery shopping–talk about convenience.
100 Citadel Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90040
www.citadeloutlets.comThe only outlet mall in L.A., Citadel Outlets is often referred to as the mall off the 5 Freeway with the Assyrian facade, or as natives might say, it’s the original site to the Samson Tire and Rubber Company, which opened in May 1930. Regardless, this mall definitely nails it for awesome discounts and deals on name brands. Visit Citadel Outlets for stores like American Apparel (yes, they have the basics and more 30 – 70 percent off the regular retail prices), Vince Camuto (aisles and aisles of runway-style shoes and accessories), Zales The Diamond Store (you never know what a true bargain hunter will find), Billabong Outlet (for the true Cali dudes), Tillys (perfect for teens) and a Starbucks (this one serves their signature fresh fare).
401 Newport Center Drive,
Newport Beach, CA 92660
www.shopfashionisland.comThe allure of Fashion Island is well worth the drive to Orange County. A stroll through Fashion Island gives you that “vacation vibe” that will take you through the whole day of shopping. Start with breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien (be sure to sample the Brunette spread on their fresh baked breads), shop your heart out at the bevy of department stores Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Home Store and Macy’s, lunch at P.F. Chang’s or The Cheesecake Factory overlooking the Pacific Ocean, an afternoon snack at Native Foods Café (try the Peanut Butter Parfait with the Boogie Bar crumble filling and a Chai tea), more shopping at boutiques such as Ella Moss, Roberto Coin, Rebecca Taylor, American Rag Cie, The Apple Store, a dinner reservation at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar or Canaletto Ristorante Veneto, and then kick back and catch the latest flick at Island Cinema.