The Best Things to Do in LA On a Rainy Day: Shopping

Playclothes Vintage Burbank
Playclothes Vintage in Burbank | Photo: Playclothes Vintage

Step out of the rain and start shopping! From popular shopping malls to eclectic local shops, here are the best shopping destinations in L.A. for a rainy day.

Beverly Center
Beverly Center  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

24. Beverly Center

Situated between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, the eight-story fashion-savvy Beverly Center, which recently underwent a $500-million remodel, features more than 160 of the finest boutiques and stores. Along with anchor tenants Bloomingdale's and Macy's, the Beverly Center offers familiar retail outlets such as Banana Republic, Victoria's Secret and Apple, as well as high-end boutiques such as Balenciaga, Burberry, Fendi, Gucci, Kenzo, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton and Prada.

Westfield Century City | Photo: Westfield Century City, Facebook
Westfield Century City | Photo: Westfield Century City, Facebook

25. Westfield Century City

Anchored by the fashion-forward retailers Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, the Westfield Century City is one of the busiest lifestyle and retail destinations in the country, modeled as an outstanding example of a mall where visitors don't just shop, but where they also can dine, enjoy the music and immerse into the landscape of elegantly planted shrubs and greenery bisecting the covered walkways. Widely viewed as one of the top malls in L.A., the Westfield Century City is studded with some of the finest shops in the world such as the tech retailer Apple and the French fashion brand Sandro, as well as offering live entertainment like high-energy artisan shows showcasing the latest trends and popups rocking the mall alive with pulsating music and cool fashion. Dine on mouthwatering hand-pleated dumplings at such places as the Michelin-rated Taiwanese-owned Din Tai Fung, as well as on ocean-caught slivers of the finest seafood over imported al dente pasta at the chef-driven Eataly and on delicately prepared salads at Tender Greens overlooking the towering and glittery Century City skyline.

Westefield Culver City Gold's Gym
Westfield Culver City | Photo: Gold's Gym

26. Westfield Culver City

Located on a 50-acre site along Sepulveda Boulevard, Westfield Culver City is anchored by Best Buy, JCPenney, Macy's and Target. Still known locally as Fox Hills Mall, as it was called when it first opened October 1975, Westfield Century City features more than one million square feet of retail space across three levels. Pulitzer Prize-winning L.A. food critic Jonathan Gold has praised the dining terrace at Westfield Century City, citing its numerous multicultural offerings, ranging from Five Guys Burgers & Fries to Asian standouts like 101 Noodle Express, Sarku Japan and Wokcano.

Clueless Westfield Fahion Square Mall
Alicia Silverstone and Paul Radd in a scene from Clueless shot at the Westfield Fashion Square Mall | Photo: Paramount Pictures

27. Westfield Fashion Square

Featuring more than 200 stores and services, Westfield Fashion Square is a premier shopping destination located in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley. Anchored by Bloomingdale's and Macy's, Westfield Fashion Square has emerged from a major renovation with a sleek cosmopolitan look featuring some of the finest shops like Ted Baker, Michael Kors and Coach and an upgraded dining terrace with some of the tastiest eateries like Sarku Japan and Salata. The shopping mall has appeared in the 1995 hit comedy Clueless and TV series like The Office and Malcolm in the Middle.

Poketo Store at LINE Hotel in Koreatown
Poketo Store at LINE Hotel | Photo: Poketo

28. Gift Stores at LA Hotels

Los Angeles hotels offer their guests everything they need for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Even better, many of them offer signature and unique items that let you take home more than just memories. From Downtown to the beach cities, here are ten great Los Angeles hotel gift stores.

Gift Store Hammer Museum
The Store at the Hammer Museum | Photo: Hammer Museum

29. Shopping at LA Museum Gift Stores

Tourists and locals alike can spend hours exploring L.A.'s world-class cultural attractions and view everything from fine art masterpieces to the Space Shuttle. Best of all, museum stores offer a wide range of items so that visitors can take home a memory of their experience. Whether you’re looking for a simple coffee mug or splurging for a limited edition street banner, read on for some of the best museum stores in L.A.

Acne Studios
Acne Studios Los Angeles | Photo: Acne Studios

30. The Downtown LA Shopping Guide

Downtown Los Angeles is quickly becoming the hottest shopping and dining district in Los Angeles. 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 Downtown L.A.’s top neighborhood shopping spots.

Chapeau Paper Moon Vintage
Chapeau Vintage à Paper Moon | Photo: Paper Moon

31. The Best Vintage Stores in LA

There’s something very effortless about Los Angeles fashion. This is a city that cares about comfort and street style, ways to express yourself that are more than just runway trends. Whether you're a vintage clothes fanatic or just want to spice up your wardrobe with a unique “blast from the past” frock, L.A. is home to many notable second-hand stores. Read on for a guide to some of the city’s best vintage stores.

Vinyl Records
Vinyl records | Photo: Megan Lloyd, Flickr

32. The Best Record Stores in Los Angeles

Whether you're a globetrotting DJ like L.A.'s own Justin Sloe, or simply a dedicated music fan, there’s nothing better than digging through crate after crate and finding that one piece of vinyl you’ve been hunting for ages. Read on for Justin's list of the best record stores in L.A.

Citadel Outlet Mall Entrance Sign
The Citadel Outlet Mall  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

33. Outlet Shopping in LA

For some visitors, a visit to LA isn’t complete without shopping for bargains — and that means scouring the great outlet malls in Los Angeles. These four major outlets offer a wide range of stores, featuring designer shops and popular chains like Banana Republic and J.Crew, at prices that are typically 25-70% off retail.