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Window shoppers will have a field day poking through Malibu’s best shopping in high-end boutiques and galleries. Impulse buyers, on the other hand, should lower the limit on their credit cards; those uber-soft designer tees are priced for the rich and famous. Better deals—on some of the same offerings—can be found in the shops in Santa Monica and Topanga.
Pine Tree Circle is the antidote to the Malibu Country Mart. Just 16 shops, galleries and eateries make up the collective, and not one of them is a chain. So while you won’t be able to make a day out of shopping at Pine Tree Circle, it’ll be time well spent. Be sure to stop in at Topanga Home Grown, which sells clothing and unique gifts, and have a Brie and grape sandwich on crusty French bread at Water Lily Cafe.
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Neighborhood: Central Malibu
If Malibu had a town square, it would be the Country Mart. Sooner or later, everyone ends up here to wander, grab a bite to eat, play with the kids, or purchase extremely soft, extremely expensive cotton clothing. Technically it’s a mall, albeit outdoors, complete with more than 65 luxury shops peddling high-end clothing (James Perse, Juicy Couture and Ron Herman), everyday office wear (J.Crew, Banana Republic), eyeglasses (Oliver Peoples) and accessories (Tylie Malibu, Canvas), home furnishings (Planet Blue Essentials), beauty supplies (L’Occitane, MAC Cosmetics), and even healing crystals (Malibu Shaman). There are art galleries, picnic and play areas, coffee shops and eateries serving gourmet sandwiches or celebrity-chef sushi. Free up some space on your credit card if you plan to shop; sale racks are scant. Yet, somehow the Country Mart still feels as welcome as a small town, albeit one where Robert Downey Jr. buys baked goods and Cindy Crawford’s kids scramble over the play equipment. The Malibu Lumber Yard, which once housed, yup, lumber, reopened in 2009 as a swanky extension of the Country Mart. Expect more high-end clothing stores (Kitson Malibu, Planet Blue) and specialty foods (Crumbs Bake Shop), as well as eco-friendly hardwood, 70-year-old palm trees framing the buildings and 9-foot aquariums housing local fish.
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