Shopping in Los Angeles
Shopping is one of the biggest pastimes in Los Angeles, second only to filmmaking. From upscale shopping centres and celebrity-studded avenues, to eclectic boutique malls and trend-setting concept stores, there’s plenty to discover across the Californian city’s retail scene. With this two-day itinerary, visitors will discover the glitz and glamour that Los Angeles is famed for, and perhaps even spot a few famous faces en route.
Begin your shopping journey in Los Angeles with a trip to Robertson Boulevard, located 15 minutes from Hotel Bel-Air or 10 minutes from The Beverly Hills Hotel.
When in Los Angeles, it’s not unusual to run into celebrities, especially on the six-mile Robertson Boulevard. Start at the busiest part of the strip, between Beverly Boulevard and Third Street, where leading brands like Chanel and The Kooples sit alongside trendsetting fashion boutiques such as Madison and Curve.
Next, head to Beverly Center, which is about five minutes away by car, or a short walk.
Beverly Center is one of the city’s premier fashion destinations. As well as huge anchor department stores Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, the mall houses over 100 shopping and leisure outlets, including prominent international fashion boutiques such as Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi.
From Beverly Center, you’re in the optimal location to explore the nearby Melrose Avenue, located just a 15-minute walk or five-minute drive away.
Melrose Avenue is one of Los Angeles’ most fashionable streets. From beginning to end it’s lined with boutiques covering both high-end and contemporary styles, as well as plenty of chic restaurants and cafes. Standout boutiques include Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs.
Next, take a five-minute drive to Fred Segal on Sunset Boulevard.
Since opening in the 1960s, Fred Segal has been a Los Angeles institution. One of the city’s original fashion epicentres, the 13,000 square-foot flagship store on Sunset Boulevard has appeared in movies such as Clueless and Legally Blonde. Walk in the footsteps of the stars as you explore the centre’s many fashion and accessories boutiques, including Fred Segal’s legendary high-end denim brand.
The final stop of the day, The Grove, is just a 10-minute drive from Fred Segal.
The Grove is like a village within the city. The vibrant retail and leisure complex invites visitors to browse the multi-brand shelves of Barneys New York and Nordstrom, or discover standalone stores like Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors, before taking a break by the dancing fountains and exploring myriad dining options.
A 15-minute drive will bring you back to either hotel.
Begin your second shopping day with a visit to Decades, located 15 minutes from Hotel Bel-Air or 10 minutes from The Beverly Hills Hotel by car.
Start the day with a touch of old school Hollywood glamour at Decades. This high-end vintage couture and contemporary designer boutique stocks brands like Prada, Louboutin, Chanel and Missoni, as well as hard-to-find items like antique kimonos and must-have gowns, ideal for red carpet and black tie events.
A 10-minute taxi ride will bring you to Rodeo Drive.
Continue your stylish shopping day by exploring Beverly Hills’ famous Rodeo Drive – a two-mile strip of luxury stores and fashion boutiques. A favourite shopping destination for the LA style collective, the street is home to almost every designer brand imaginable, from the biggest French and Italian brands, like Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana, to American favourites such as Tory Burch.
Continue walking along Rodeo Drive to reach the next stop, Two Rodeo, located on Dayton Way.
At the far end of Rodeo Drive is Two Rodeo, an elegant mock European street lined with designer boutiques, jewellers and watchmakers. The complex takes up an entire block and is pedestrianised so that shoppers can browse in safety. Highlight outlets include Tiffany & Co., Versace, and Jimmy Choo.
From Two Rodeo, take a 15-minute drive to Montana Avenue.
An exclusive 10-block street full of shops, restaurants and beauty salons, Montana Avenue is the shopping heart of Santa Monica. With around 150 stores to browse, mere steps from the beach, head to local favourites such as ready-to-wear clothing boutique Ruti and bohemian beachwear fashion house Planet Blue.
For the final stop of the day, take a stunning 25-minute drive along the coastal Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu Country Mart.
Malibu Country Mart
If you’re looking for something a little different from the typical Los Angeles shopping experience, Malibu Country Mart is it. A boutique mall in the heart of Malibu, it’s full of unique upscale boutiques, art galleries and al fresco eateries. Located just a stone’s throw from the beach, the complex is a relaxing place to end a busy shopping trip.
A 30-minute taxi ride will bring you back to either hotel.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.