Shopping in L.A. means shopping in style, comfort and elegance. LA has the best boutiques and poshest shops in the known universe. It is the mecca of high-end fashion, but also offers the cool and the hip with a hint of the eclectic. We checked out Rodeo Drive, Robertson Boulevard, The Grove, and Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade.
Start with the Olympian Rodeo Drive. It boasts the world’s most exclusive shopping and star-studded sightseeing. Based in upscale Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive is a three-block district renowned globally for its high couture fashion and salons. Houses big-time designer names like Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Tiffany & Co. and Chanel. Its latest addition, Via Rodeo, provides quaintness with its wrought-iron lamps, cobblestones, fountains, balconies and facades of stone and marble.
Melrose Avenue. The younger, cutting-edge West Side cousin of the more affluent, Rodeo Drive. Yes, a place to shop and stroll and so forth, but above all, it’s place to see and be seen. Quirky and hip, a blend of pierced noses, tattoos, red Ferraris, and trendy boutiques with fluorescent storefronts, Melrose also boasts comedy clubs, night spots, nostalgia shops, and stores selling fine art, jewelry, antiques, and Disney memorabilia. Also home to some of L.A.’s hottest restaurants such as Chianti and Ago.
Robertson Boulevard. Melrose Avenue may be a funkier place to shop with cooler clothes and hipper vibe, and Rodeo Drive has all the big designer names, but Robertson Boulevard—the tiny stretch that includes the Ivy restaurant and boutiques like Kitson and Madison—is where you’ll likely spot someone famous. Have lunch at the Newsroom Cafe, a vegetarian-friendly restaurant where stars get their alfalfa and oats, and keep your camera handy.
The Grove. A complete shopping and entertainment experience, offering excellent shopping and dining, choreographed fountains, free live concerts in the park, and the historic Farmers Market.
Third Street Promenade. A lively public entertainment and shopping venue in the area of Downtown Santa Monica. Known for its weekly farmers’ markets, gourmet dining, fabulous shopping and eclectic street performers. Draws locals and tourists alike. Minutes from sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean.