Top 5 Shopping Locations in LA

A stylish and chic city perched on the west coast of America, Los Angeles is known for its sweeping beaches, its superb dining scene, its out of this world attractions, and of course, its exceptional shopping. Whether you want an outfit that has wandered straight off the runway or you want to explore thrift stores in search of a hidden treasure, LA offers enough retail therapy to satisfy even the most avid shopaholic.

It may be a long flight for the average Australian, but cheap flights to LA can be found on comparison sites like, so round up your friends and embark on some supreme shopping…as follows it's the top 5 shopping locations in LA:

1. Rodeo Drive

No LA shopping guide would be complete without mentioning one of the most famous streets in the world, Rodeo Drive. Boasting high fashion designers from across the globe, this elegant street is found at the heart of Beverly Hills, home of the well heeled.

Even though the hefty price tags of the designer labels and haute couture are only affordable to some, this palm lined boulevard is the perfect place to people watch, window shop and dream of Southern Californian riches…

2. Beverly Center

Perched on the edge of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, the Beverly Center is a colossal mall packed with stores that range from the high end to the high street.

With the first four floors filled with parking, there is no better way to reach the fifth floor shops than on the glass walled escalator, which affords striking views across the hills towards the infamous Hollywood Sign. With everything from Bloomingdales and Macy’s to Bed, Bath and Beyond, this mall will keep you busy for hours.

3. Hollywood and Highland Center

Hollywood and Highland Center is without a doubt, one of the top 5 shopping locations in LA. Stepping into the Hollywood and Highland Center will take you back to the glamorous days of old Hollywood (along the Walk of Fame). Home to the Kodak Theatre, which sees the stars come out in their finest attire each year for the Academy Awards, the Hollywood and Highland Center boasts over 70 shops, as well as restaurants, a movie theatre and two nightclubs.

At the centre of the complex you can marvel at the tall courtyard inspired by the 1916 film Intolerance, and its gardens of Babylon. It is filled with elephant sculptures, pillars and archways.

4. Santa Monica Place

With the sun shining on LA for the majority of the year, it might seem a shame to some to step inside for shopping, and that is where Santa Monica Place is perfect.

Set just two blocks from the beach, this mall offers designer labels and high end high street fashion. With an open roof, a third floor dining deck and its superb choice of stylish shops, this is the ideal place to soak up the Californian lifestyle.

5. The Grove

Although only home to around 50 stores, The Grove is a charming outdoor shopping venue where you can enjoy some retail therapy in the sunshine. With big name brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple and Barneys, this small selection is well chosen, and the outside areas are ideal for resting any sore feet in between shopping stints.

At the heart of the centre you will find the pretty Dancing Fountain, which frolics to the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. The Trolley will take you to the nearby Farmer’s Market, where you can drink, dine and pick up some colourful local produce.

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