SHOPPING STREETS

1. Third Street Promenade

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A carnival atmosphere reigns on this popular pedestrian-only strip (see Third Street Promenade), especially during the summer months. Upscale chains such as Club Monaco and Anthropologie dominate, with a few bookstores and old-timers including the Puzzle Zoo toy store thrown in.

2. Montana Avenue

prac_info Between 7th & 17th Sts, Santa Monica

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You’re likely to bump into celebrities in the upscale boutiques on Montana Avenue. It’s fun peeking at the clothes, home furnishings, beauty products, and exercise gear favored by fashionistas.

3. Old Town Pasadena

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Once an ancient crumbling historic district, Old Town Pasadena was given a makeover in the 1990s. Today, Colorado Boulevard and its side streets offer pleasant shopping in mostly mid-priced chains and specialty stores.

4. Rodeo Drive

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A stroll along this fabled Los Angeles shopping street is a must. All the big names in haute couture have staked out their turf on Rodeo, including Ralph Lauren, Armani, Balenciaga, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, and Versace. For better prices, walk just two blocks east to Beverly Drive.

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The upmarket Rodeo Drive

5. Robertson Boulevard

prac_info Between 3rd St & Beverly Blvd

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Price tags are steep at the boutiques on this ultracool two-block stretch, but you may be browsing next to celebrities such as Cameron Diaz or Jennifer Aniston. Part of the mix are cutting-edge LA designers.

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Shopping on Robertson Boulevard

6. Melrose Avenue

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Tattooed 20-somethings buy vintage clothing, clubwear, and jewelry in stores between La Brea Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. West of Fairfax is a designer enclave and the Pacific Design Center is more about trendy home furnishings.

7. Main Street, Santa Monica

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A laid-back yet sophisticated string of one-of-a-kind boutiques (with the odd chain store thrown in), Main Street makes for a fun shopping experience with plenty of cafés for people-watching. On Sundays, catch the farmers' market.

8. Abbot Kinney Boulevard

prac_info Between Venice Blvd & Main St

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The pint-sized stores here teem with character, not to mention characters. This is Venice, after all: laid-back, hip, and plenty artistic. Fans of 1950s furniture, New Agers in search of aura-enhancing elixirs, and gift shoppers will find all that they want.

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Quirky shop, Abbot Kinney Boulevard

9. Santee Alley

prac_info Between Olympic Blvd & 12th St, Downtown

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Bargain hunters will love this pedestrian-only lane, the busiest in the Fashion District and the center of LA’s garment industry. In a setting reminiscent of an old bazaar, vendors hawk cut-rate clothing, accessories, and luggage. Alas, fakes are not uncommon, so beware.

10. West Third Street

prac_info Between La Cienega Blvd & Fairfax Ave, W Hollywood

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Between the Beverly Center and the Original Farmers Market, this shopping strip is a mile-long and is one of the hippest in LA. The bounty ranges from gift stores such as New Stone Age to local LA-made fashions at Maison Nathalie Boutique.

TOP 10 SHOPPING MALLS

1. Santa Monica Place

prac_info 310-394-5451

Frank Gehry-designed mall with great food courts.

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Shops at Santa Monica Place

2. Beverly Center

prac_info 310-854-0070

Upscale retail assortment within a fortress-like facade.

3. The Grove at Farmers Market

prac_info 323-900-8000

Outdoor mall with mock streetscape and fountains (see The Grove at Farmers Market).

4. Glendale Galleria

prac_info 818-240-9481

Dedicated mall-crawlers will love the 250 mostly mid-priced stores.

5. Southcoast Plaza

prac_info 1-800-782-8888

Over 250 boutiques have made this mall – one of the largest in the US – an international shopping destination.

6. Westfield Century City

prac_info 310-553-5300

Elegant shopping area with boutiques and valet parking.

7. The Paseo

prac_info 626-795-8891

Trendy Pasadena “urban village” with 50 stores, a movie theater, new Hyatt hotel and condos.

8. Hollywood & Highland

prac_info 323-467-6412

Choose between 70 stores and 25 restaurants beneath the Hollywood Sign at this outdoor mall in Tinseltown.

9. Westfield Fashion Square

prac_info 818-783-0550

Indoor mall that prides itself on outstanding service.

10. 7th+Fig

prac_info 213-955-7150

Fun architecture, great food, and a colorful farmers’ market on Thursdays.

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