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Best Los Angeles Shopping

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The best Los Angeles shopping isn’t limited to one neighborhood—there are a variety of options spread out throughout the city. The prime streets for shopping in West Hollywood are: Third Street, Beverly Boulevard, the western strip of Melrose Avenue from Fairfax to L.A. Cienega, Sunset Plaza on Sunset Boulevard and Robertson. The Golden Triangle in Beverly Hills (Canon and Rodeo Drive between Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvd) is packed with designer boutiques and while most visitors probably can’t afford a pair of socks there, it’s still a worthwhile area for window shopping. Abbott Kinney Boulevard and Main Street are home to hip boutiques flogging the latest L.A. trends. The Third Street Promenade and Montana Avenue in Santa Monica are also great shopping streets. Downtown, Santee Alley is full of bargain stalls selling knockoffs of the latest styles.

Decades

Neighborhood: West Hollywood
Many a gown from this vintage shop has walked the Red Carpet at the Oscars. The shop itself is simple and elegant and specializes in 20th century vintage couture. Then there’s Decades Two (right next door), which is home to very of-the-moment, previously worn designer clothing. Nothing’s cheap, but everything’s pristine and stylish and cheaper, at least, than it would be straight from the couturier.

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Rose Bowl Flea Market

Neighborhood: Pasadena
Held on the second Sunday of each month in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl stadium, this is a world-famous flea market that is so fun and so big that it’s exhausting (no worries, there are food stalls for sustenance). You can find just about anything here, and bargaining is the order of the day. Between 15,000 to 20,000 shoppers browse the wares of over 2,500 vendors every month. Items include everything from collectibles and antiques to new merchandise, clothing, furniture and household items.

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It's a Wrap

Neighborhood: Burbank
Ever wondered what happens to wardrobes once they’ve been used in films and television shows? Some get a new life at It’s a Wrap. The original store is in Burbank, but there’s a new one on South Robertson near Pico. The clothing goes from the sublime to the ridiculous (yes, we shop here for Halloween). Take note that the more stylish women’s items tend to come in skinny girl sizes.

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Fred Segal

Neighborhood: West Hollywood
Set in two locations in West Hollywood and Santa Monica, Fred Segal is an institution in L.A., a favorite of both celebrities and the behind-the-scenes powers that be. The two locations are actually stores within a store, including Fred Segal Couture, Fred Segal Fun and so on, purveying both clothing for men and women and shelter items, with a café in case you get puckish.

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L.A. Flower District

Neighborhood: Downtown

Need flowers for your hostess? Want to cheer up your hotel room? Go where the florists go, to the flower mart, where you can buy the freshest, most exotic flowers at near wholesale prices. Orchids, heliconia, protea, roses, whatever you want is here, in abundance. At the end of the day, the prices dip considerably. Even if you aren’t in the market for flowers, strolling through the stalls is a delightful (and fragrant) experience.

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