One of the greatest things about Los Angles are the natives — we’re hip, we’re diverse and we’re totally in love with LA. So when we decided to put together a list of favorite local shops, we went straight to the source: our Facebook fan page. Here’s a collection of responses from Angelenos, gathered with pride. We’ve even included brief descriptions of each pick. Have something you want to add? Check out the rest of the comments and leave your own.
“I know they have some up north, but I dig Amoeba Records. I get lost in there for a couple of hours.” – Rene
This list wouldn’t be complete without an LA record store, but Amoeba Music isn’t just any indie shop. Think aisles upon aisles of music — more than 500,000 CDs — and a healthy dose of DVDs and videos. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, it’s a good bet you won’t be able to find it somewhere else either.
6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.245.6400
If you were created by Beastie Boy Mike Diamond, you’d probably be as cool as X-Large, too. Filled with hip-hop and skate gear, the store is all about counterculture goodies: kitschy T-shirts, loud sneakers and even a clothing line from Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. If you’re a Beastie Boys fan, check out copies of the Grand Royal fanzine, located at the back wall.
1768 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz, 323.666.3483
“Handmade in Sherman Oaks” – Wendy
Named one of Los Angeles Magazine’s “Top 20 Gift Stores,” Handmade Galleries LA rightly deserves a spot on a favorite local shop list. The 5,000-square-foot store features works from über-creative artists and has built its reputation on unique specialty items, which means you won’t find any “mass market” stuff here.
14556 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818.382.3444
Popkiller got more than one vote for best local shop, and it’s easy to see why. Specializing in the vintage sunglass look — isn’t this where everybody in LA gets their shades? — Popkiller is really where Angelenos go for their quirky hipster cravings. The store never disappoints, especially when they showcase Japanese toys and one-of-a-kind arm bands.
7503 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.874.7731
You know the locals love it when it’s been around for 30 years. Angelenos come to Hollywood Book and Poster Co. for movie stills, movie posters, film scripts and…Mexican wrestling masks? Yup, the store features pretty much anything that has to do with the entertainment industry.
6562 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.465.8764
Packed with stores that you’ll find only in LA, Melrose Avenue between San Vincente and La Brea is probably also one of the best places to people watch, too. That’s because they’re getting decked out at places like Marc Jacobs and Fred Segal.
Melrose Ave., between San Vicente Blvd., and La Brea Ave.
Second that, Ally. All the products at Intermix seem like they ought to belong in Vogue and Style magazines. We have enjoyed their picks from Gryphon (such as the harlequin sequin skirt and leather jean jacket), but Ally’s onto something with the jumpsuits for sure.
110 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, 310.860.0113
Famous for ceiling-high bookshelves, a celebrity clientele and author signings, Book Soup is on quite a few top 10 lists. In addition to in-depth fiction and nonfiction titles, it specializes in art, film and music, as well as books from university, international and small presses.
8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.659.3110