I have to confess that I am a bit of an addict when it comes to shopping, and that all my good resolutions on exercising restrain and practicing self-control in spending money on things I don't need, are severely tested every time I am in Los Angeles! The last time I was at The Grove, I picked up two heavily discounted Michael Kors bags on an impulse, even though I did not need them! However, if you are in L.A., you soon get used to buying things you don't need, thanks to the amazing deals on deals and which are difficult to ignore! Here are my top shopping places in L.A.:
1. Old Pasadena
With over 200 retailers and some of the best brands like Eileen Fisher, Patagonia, Lululemon Athletica, Zara and Kate Spade, and some very fine restaurants and outdoor cafés, Old Pasadena is my favorite shopping district in Los Angeles. It also gives me a feeling of being in Europe.
Read my post on Things To Do in Pasadena.
2. The Americana at Brand
The Americana at Brand is a large shopping, dining, entertainment and residential complex in Glendale. My favorite stores at the Americana are Anthropologie, Lululemon Athletica, Uggs, Barneys New York, J. Crew and Barnes & Noble for books. You can also enjoy the spectacular animated fountain show or dance fountains as they are called, in which the water dances rhythmically to the sounds of Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Andrea Bocelli.
Read my post on Shopping Mall at the Americana The Brand.
3. Glendale Galleria
From Americana, you can cross the street to go to the Glendale Galleria, a large three-story shopping mall and the fourth largest mall in Los Angeles County. Glendale Galleria was also the first shopping mall I ever visited on my first trip to L.A. I love the Apple Store here. The mall has a huge Target, Macy's and many other fabulous stores like Coach for bags, Ann Taylor and Aber Crombie & Fitch for clothes, The Walking Company and Ecco for shoes, L'Occitaine for skincare etc.
4. The Grove
The Grove is a high-end shopping mall with restaurants & a theater amid a lively promenade. My favorite stores at The Grove are Anthropologie, Apple, Michael Kors, Coach and Nordstrom. You can also enjoy dance fountains here (similar to the ones in Americana) over a scoop of your favorite Häagen-Dazs ice-cream.
Read my post on Shopping at the Grove.
5. The Third Street Promenade
The Third Street Promenade is an upscale shopping, dining and entertainment complex in the downtown area of Santa Monica. As far as I know, it is the only shopping district in Los Angeles that has a 7 For All Mankind Store - my favorite store for jeans besides True Religion.
6. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is the luxury shopping street in Los Angeles. Almost all of the world's top luxury brands like Gucci, Prada, Saint Laurent, Chanel, Cartier, Bvlgari and Ralph Lauren, have their stores here.
7. Beverly Center Mall
Beverly Center Mall is an eight store shopping mall at the edge of Beverly Hills & West Hollywood. It is an indoor shopping mall offering the best brands in fashion. You can also find nice restaurants and eating places here.
8. Citadel Outlets
I almost always take an Uber cab to the Citadel Outlets when I am visiting Los Angeles. I love the deals they have on jeans at True Religion, and sometimes also at Michael Kors, Coach and Kate Spade. I don't really like the eating places there except for Starbucks, where I usually stop for a hot chocolate.
9. Dessert Hills Premium Outlets
I bought my first Gucci bag at the Dessert Hills Premium Outlets, and I have to say that the selection of brands at this outlet is just amazing. You can enjoy great deals at some of the best luxury brands like Prada, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Mulberry and Ferragamo, to name a few. It is about a two hour drive from Los Angeles, and there is a day shuttle service that runs between downtown L.A. to the Outlets.
10. Macy's in downtown L.A.
If you are in downtown L.A. and don't have enough time to get to the major shopping centers, you can try Macy's. I have bought some great stuff there at great value deals. It is located at 750 West 7th Street.