Head to Beverly Hills for high-end fashion, including some designer pre-owned clothing boutiques, and at the other end of the scale, score a bargain at the big sales malls just outside LA, such as Camarillo Premium Outlets and Desert Hills Premium Outlets.
Look out for Abbott Kinney Boulevard, which runs through Venice, for everything from bookstores and galleries to home decor stores and surf shops. Of course, in America big is best, and the shopping malls are worth a visit. One of the nicest in LA is Santa Monica Place, an open-air centre spanning three levels featuring department stores, boutiques and eateries.
You’ll find pockets of little shopping hubs all over LA, but serious bargain hunters will head to the Fashion District, which boasts 100 blocks of retail and wholesale stores.
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Surely the most famous shopping strip in LA is Rodeo Drive in swanky Beverly Hills. You’ll find all the most celebrated fashion houses here, and it’s worth a walk along the three hallowed blocks even if you’re just window shopping. Beverly Drive, one block east of Rodeo, has a few more affordable second-hand options.
If you want to mix a little designer and vintage shopping with celebrity spotting, you can’t look past the northern end of Robertson Boulevard. You’ll find classic LA fashion labels such as Kitson and Intermix here and you can rest your feet at The Ivy and keep your eyes peeled for the celebs who frequent the area.
When you think LA markets, the original Farmers Market on Third and Fairfax is your first choice. Established in 1934 when a bunch of farmers started selling to locals from the back of their trucks, this market is now a magnet for gourmands looking for the best local produce.
On a smaller scale, you’ll find the Certified Farmers Market at Santa Monica on Arizona and Third operating on Wednesdays and Sundays. The Hollywood Farmers Market at Ivar Avenue and Selma Avenue is a street market with musicians lending a relaxed vibe on Sunday mornings.
If you’re looking for something other than food, LA’s largest flea market operates at the Rose Bowl on the second Sunday of every month from 9am. Entry is US$8 but you’ll find everythingbfrom antiques and collectables to furniture and craft.