The Guide to Shopping in Downtown Los Angeles

Bodega at ROW DTLA
Photo: Bodega at ROW DTLA

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

NOTE: Hours and opening dates change frequently. Check individual websites for updated information.

Acne Studios
Acne Studios Los Angeles | Photo: Acne Studios

Acne Studios



In December 2013, Swedish label and retailer Acne Studios brought their forward-thinking fashion brand to Los Angeles and it's since thrived in the urban metropolis setting. With futuristic décor and contemporary culture inspired clothing, shoes and accessories, Acne Studio’s is beloved by fashion lovers all over the world.

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Almighty



Designer Courtney Elijah opened Almighty in the Downtown LA Fashion District when he saw that there weren't any shops in his neighborhood that sold skateboards and streetwear. A recipient of a BeyGOOD grant from Beyonce's foundation, BeyGOOD, Elijah told the NAACP that everyone that works at Almighty is local to DTLA, including East LA, South LA and Mid-City.

Vault by Vans at Bodega Los Angeles
Vault by Vans | Photo: Bodega Los Angeles

Bodega



Boston's streetwear cult favorite, Bodega opened its LA outpost at ROW DTLA in 2018. Spanning 8,000 square feet, the "sneaker speakeasy" is hidden behind an unmarked, half-closed warehouse door. Along with Bodega's latest collabs and limited edition collections, the first floor features new and throwback kicks from global brands like adidas, Nike and New Balance; and a pop-up shop that recently showcased Vault by Vans. Up past the mezzanine lounge, the top floor hosts streetwear and luxury brands for men.

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BOWLS



BOWLS was founded in 2007 as a small boutique in San Marino. A pioneer in the Honda Ruckus scooter movement, BOWLS has since closed its custom bike division and opened an urban "General Store" in Little Tokyo with a curated selection of men & women's apparel, grooming products and accessories.

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Dover Street Market



Described by Vogue as a "game changer," the 15,000 square-foot Dover Street Market is an industrial-chic, multi-brand boutique featuring designer collections from Gucci, Balenciaga, Raf Simons, Sacai, and numerous Comme des Garçons brands.

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Japangeles



Located at Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo, Japangeles was founded by Torrance native Roy Kuroyanagi in 2010. Featuring mashups of LA lifestyle and Japanese culture, the shop's bestselling katakana designs include Coach jackets, hoodies and T-shirts. Recent collabs include the LA Clippers and Lexus.

Eames House Print by Poketo
Eames House Print | Photo: Poketo

Poketo



With a curated collection of housewares, men and women’s clothing, leather items, stationery, books and jewelry, Poketo is L.A.’s design-driven community hub for locally-made goods and beautiful works of art. The husband and wife duo behind the brand have worked with over 200 international artists on exclusive products, so there will always be something new to discover with each return visit.