The Neighborhood Guide to Shopping in Los Angeles

Shop local vintage stores, high end boutiques, and funky shops

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For visitors and locals alike, Los Angeles is a mecca for shopping. No matter what you're looking for, you're sure to find it in neighborhood shops across L.A. From vintage clothing to designer boutiques, home furnishings to rare vinyl, read our neighborhood guides and get ready to shop 'til you drop!

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ARTS DISTRICT

The Arts District in Downtown L.A. wasn't always known as a shopping hub, but it's collection of retail outlets is certainly growing since. 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 here 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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ATWATER VILLAGE

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.

Photo courtesy of The Garage Board Shop in Boyle Heights, Yelp

Photo courtesy of The Garage Board Shop in Boyle Heights, Yelp

BOYLE HEIGHTS

In Boyle Heights, you'll find a fairly large concentration of retail on Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. You can walk for blocks and pass shop after shop filled with everything from clothing to toys to household items. In addition, you'll find plenty of retail spots on 1st Street. The 1st Street and Cesar Chavez Blvd. shops are easily accessible via multiple stops on Metro's Gold Line. Ramirez's Beverage Center, on Olympic Blvd., is a little off the beaten path, but worth the trip.

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DTLA

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.

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EAGLE ROCK

Eagle Rock's retail scene is a must-visit for anyone looking for unusual keepsakes from your trip to Los Angeles. The neighborhood's fun and unusual collection of shops pop up in clusters on Eagle Rock and Colorado Boulevards. Here you'll find small boutiques emphasizing the local, the indie, the handmade and the vintage. Take a walk and bring your wallet. You never know what will catch your eye when you're shopping in Eagle Rock.

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HOLLYWOOD

From vintage clothing bargains to fine art, shopping in Hollywood spans a wide range of budgets. Hollywood spans tastes, too, and it's a particularly good neighborhood to visit if your interests are specific. Whether you're looking for Hollywood memorabilia, Dr. Martens shoes, or rare vinyl, there's a store for you. Check out our guide to get started on your Hollywood shopping adventure.

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HIGHLAND PARK

A diverse cross section of residents in Highland Park make the neighborhood a haven for treasure seekers of all trades. Musicians, artists and designers have joined families who have been longtime residents of the area, bringing eclectic wares and artisanal crafts. Whether you’re looking for that vintage accessory to complete your outfit or a limited edition vinyl that has long been out of print, Highland Park has the store that has exactly what you’re looking for. Read on for a collection of the best shops in the neighborhood.

MaDang the Courtyard in Koreatown

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KOREATOWN

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.

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Photo courtesy of Crafted, Facebook

SAN PEDRO

Since 1821, when this then-Mexican harbor town opened to foreign trade, San Pedro has been a hotbed of shops fulfilling the material needs of travelers, sailors and locals. Today, its relaxed, working class atmosphere is an interesting contrast to some of its more affluent neighbors. From the bustling L.A. Waterfront to the fast-changing Downtown shopping and arts district, San Pedro's small, locally owned businesses still rule the scene. Friendly store owners will tell you their history while helping you find the perfect purchase. Read on for some of the best places for apparel, accessories, and recreational gear in town.

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VENICE

If you are searching for a truly eclectic shopping experience, look no further than Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. This bustling district, which stretches from Venice Boulevard to Pacific Avenue, is a popular destination for Boho chic shoppers. Dubbed "the coolest block in America" by GQ, Abbot Kinney is home to one-of-kind local goods as well as internationally recognized brands.


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