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Best Shopping Areas In Los Angeles

July 19, 2011 9:30 AM

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Shopping in Los Angeles is about more than just Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. From the trendy to trendsetting, L.A. offers some of the best shopping in the country. Here’s a quick guide to some of the best shopping neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

La Brea Avenue, West Hollywood

La Brea Avenue, north of Wilshire Boulevard in West Hollywood, is home to one of L.A.’s best shopping neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking for alternative or retro chic, this neighborhood is as cool as the other side of the pillow. You can shop at the ultra-hip vintage denim and more store, American Rag, or you can rub elbows with celebrity stylists at Blue Clothing.

American Rag
150 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 935-3154
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Blue Clothing
454 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-2228
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Abbot Kinney, Venice

This strip in Venice Beach is about as artsy as it gets, and in L.A., that’s saying something. Abbot Kinney is chock full of one-of-a-kind items and fun, eclectic fashion. You can find funky surf-shop-cum-furniture gallery Surfing Cowboys, and quirky upscale boutiques like Strange Invisible Perfumes.

Surfing Cowboys
1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 450-4891
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Strange Invisible Perfumes
1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 314-1505
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You can learn more about shopping on Abbot Kinney by visiting http://www.abbotkinneyguide.com.

Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

Forget Beverly Hills — Montana Avenue is where the movie stars really go to shop! That, combined with its quiet, local feel is on one of the things that makes this one of the best shopping neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Montana Avenue is a quiet little street in the heart of the beach community of Santa Monica. With over 150 boutiques, restaurants and stores, Montana Avenue is a great way to spend a sunny Southern California day. You can pick up that to-die-for Ravello lamp at Jonathan Adler or some luscious preservative-free lotions at Kiehl’s.

Jonathan Adler
1318 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 458-4545
www.jonathanadler.com

Kiehl’s
1516 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 255-0055
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You can learn more about shopping on Montana Avenue by visiting http://www.montanaave.com.

L.A. Fashion District, Downtown

If you’re a fashionista on a tight budget, you need to head downtown. While most of the L.A. Fashion District is for wholesalers, there are still plenty of retail shops. And, best of all, it’s still a bargain-hunter’s paradise. The stores won’t be brand names, but the clothing will be. Some of the usually wholesale-only stores open to the public on Saturdays, so that’s the best, but busiest, day to shop.

Hours: Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can learn more about shopping in the LA Fashion District by visiting http://www.fashiondistrict.org/retail_shopping.

- Monique Martin
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