The Guide to Shopping in Downtown Los Angeles

Apolis Common Gallery | Photo: Apolis


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.

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.

Alchemy Works | Photo: Warby Parker

Alchemy Works



Part retail, part gallery, part event space, Alchemy Works houses some of L.A.’s most gorgeous, unusual, curated collection of eclectic finds that shoppers and purveyors of all things beautiful can equally appreciate. Whether it’s Warby Parker glasses, a surfboard, a ceramic pot, or beautiful designer duds you’re in need of, Alchemy Works has you covered.

Transition Scout Short, by Apolis | Photo: Apolis

Apolis



More than 10 years ago, brothers Raan and Shea Parton started a company and brand with the simple goal of igniting social change through business. Today, Apolis continues to grow and serve as one of the leading globally economic and conscious lines available. The Apolis Common Gallery is the spot for you to find and purchase their collection of hip men’s clothing and accessories – 60% of which was manufactured within 10 miles of the storefront.

Eames House Print, by Poketo | 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.

Shareen Bridal Los Angeles



For years, Shareen has reigned as the city’s best vintage women’s clothing shop, and whether you’re on the hunt for decade-specific pieces, vintage wedding dresses, or simply something unique, you’ll have 7,000 square feet of space to search for finds. Ladies, just remember to leave your men at home - at Shareen you can try anything on anywhere in the store, so no boys allowed!

Shinola's Arts District location | Photo: Little Diversified Architectural Consulting

Shinola - Arts District



The brand that epitomizes Detroit's pride in its journey towards economic recovery, Shinola, opened a stylish location in DTLA's Arts District.

Les tabourets Bape de chez Sixhundred | Photo: Sixhundred, Facebook

Sixhundred



Specializing in independent and local designer collections and hand-selected vintage pieces, Sixhundred is a favorite of locals looking for distinctive one-of-a-kind items. With fair pricing on a unique collection for both men and women, you can start stepping up your street wear game at Sixhundred.