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Guido in L.A.

The Downtown Los Angeles Shopping Guide

09/18/2017

Liz Ohanesian

From discount fashion to high-end goods to vintage finds, the shopping scene in Downtown Los Angeles has you covered. Downtown L.A. is home to some of the city's best buys, thanks to shopping meccas like the Fashion District and Jewelry District. But Downtown's status as a hip neighborhood on the rise has brought in a host of newer retailers, too.

Alchemy Works in the Arts District

The Guide to Shopping in the Arts District

09/06/2017

Liz Ohanesian

The Arts District wasn't always known as a shopping hub, but it's growing collection of retail outlets is attracting shoppers from near and far. Here, you'll find local boutiques and L.A. extensions of chic brands like Shinola and (Malin + Goetz) mixed with more alternative culture-minded shops. The bulk of the shopping is located either on 3rd Street or at One Santa Fe, but you'll also find a few hot spots off the beaten path.

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The Guide to Shopping in Atwater Village

08/11/2017

Liz Ohanesian

The Atwater Village shopping scene is small and largely confined to Glendale Boulevard, with some overflow on Los Feliz Boulevard. Still, the shops here pack a lot of "oohs" and "aahs" into their often tiny spaces. Fashion and accessories, both new and vintage, make up a good chunk of what you'll find here. But, keep your eyes open small, independent home and/or garden shops too. If you're looking for music, Jacknife might have what you need and bookworms will want to spend some time at Alias. If crystals are your jam, make sure you head over to The Crystal Matrix. Read on for the guide to shopping in Atwater Village.

MaDang the Courtyard in Koreatown

Discover Koreatown's Shopping Secrets

07/11/2017

Karen Young

At only three square miles, Koreatown has more large malls than any similar sized area in America with an emphasis on markets, skin care, and home goods. Peppered among the shops, whether in a mall or side street, are entertainment venues, trendy dessert shops, coffeehouses, and restaurants. Read on for the best shopping destinations in Koreatown.

Pussy and Pooch | photo by Timothy Norris

Shop Small Spotlight: Pussy & Pooch

12/07/2016

Discover Los Angeles

By hosting adoption events, educational seminars, and even cocktail happy hours, P&P works hard to create a sense of community. In tandem, many of the rehabbed warehouses, bank buildings and new developments cater to potential homeowners with pet-friendly perks like stylized dog parks, and relaxed HOA rules. Not to mention P&P’s selection of colorful handmade toys, premium dog beds, architectural cat trees, and an unprecedented selection of organic foods remains unmatched. Yet, the history and urban ebb and flow that draws people to Downtown L.A. in general these days are the same things Zakrajsek had her eye on in 2007.

Downtown L.A. viewed from the Arts District

A Visual Walking Tour of the Arts District in Downtown L.A.

11/04/2015

Esther Tseng

The Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles is one of the hottest neighborhoods in L.A. From the area’s beginnings as Jean-Louis Vigne’s vineyard to an orchard growing mostly oranges and grapefruit, by the late 1800s it became an industrial center for railroads and manufacturing. Eventually, the railroads gave way to the trucking industry and industry moved to other L.A. County areas like Commerce in order to build larger buildings to accommodate their growing businesses.

In the 1970s, artists braved dangerous conditions and began to occupy the area’s dilapidated buildings, having been priced out of areas such as Venice and Hollywood. Eventually, they opened art galleries and began to develop these buildings themselves, thereby preserving a big part of L.A.’s industrial history.

The area again underwent another downturn in the 1990s before being saved by Joel Bloom and his supporters, who officially renamed the area the “Arts District.” Today, it is home to many creatives, including those in green technology, architecture and entertainment. Read on for a visual walking tour of this burgeoning urban oasis.

Alchemy Works in the Arts District

The Guide to Shopping in Downtown Los Angeles

05/05/2015

Caroline Juen

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 9 of Downtown L.A.’s coolest neighborhood shopping spots.