The new year is upon us, and because the Lunar calendar starts a month after the Western one, the Chinese Zodiac has us aligned with the Year of the Monkey starting Feb. 8, 2016. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways in Los Angeles to celebrate this sign, known for mischievousness, curiosity and intellect. Read on to find out all the ways to "monkey around" the city, whether it’s at a museum, tattoo parlor, bakery or karaoke bar.
Downtown Los Angeles is quickly becoming the hottest shopping and dining district in Los Angeles. In less than a decade the streets surrounding the skyscrapers have come back to life, thanks to a variety of restaurant concepts, creatives and retailers moving in to set up shop. These days, shopping in areas like the Arts District and the Historic Core around Spring Street is delightful for locals and travelers alike. Exploring the area’s best spots for shopping can be intimidating, but in such a thriving metropolitan area with unique, one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques, all it takes is knowing where to start. Whether you’re buying something for yourself or getting a gift, here are 10 of Downtown L.A.’s coolest neighborhood shopping spots.
The redevelopment of La Brea Avenue between Beverly Boulevard and West 6th Street has brought an eclectic mix of stores to the area. While strolling down the street, you can find everything from one-of-kind vintage items to the latest gear from designer brands and almost anything in between. Interior design enthusiasts consider the area to be a must-visit as well because many boutiques in the area feature unique takes on home décor. La Brea Avenue has items at all price points, making it a great spot for shopping for any budget. Whether you’re looking to bring home a small souvenir or a larger purchase, you’re sure to find it in the La Brea Avenue shopping district.
Whether you’re looking for a unique vintage find, a little bit of luxury, or a one-of-a-kind gift, you’re sure to satisfy your shopping needs along L.A.’s West 3rd Street. The walkable shopping district is full of stores you won’t find at the local mall, accommodating a range of budgets and styles. Read on for our guide to shopping on West 3rd Street.
The neighborhood of Sawtelle Japantown (formerly known as Little Osaka) is a true gem of West Los Angeles. The historic area is home to a sizable Japanese American population and is known for the trendy shops and restaurants centered on Sawtelle Boulevard. During World War II, the community was disrupted and lives were uprooted because of the Japanese American internment, one of the darkest chapters in American history. A large number of them resettled in Little Osaka as they reintegrated into society. Today, Sawtelle Japantown is represented not only by its Japanese American postwar settlers and their descendants, but by a diverse set of Asians and other ethnicities and backgrounds. Take a stroll through the neighborhood and shop kitschy boutiques, nosh on delicious multicultural fare and more.
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The world’s biggest stars in film, TV and music will be in Los Angeles during awards season. L.A. hotels are rolling out the red carpet for these famous visitors, and they’re ready to make you feel like a VIP too. Read on for our guide to L.A. that will let you experience the city like a celebrity.