Venice Beach: Great for souvenirs, cheap sunglasses and original arts and crafts by local artisans. Best bargain – 3 souvenir T-shirts for $10
Fashion District: outlets of local garment manufacturers and top designers. Video Tour of the Fashion District.
Retro Row 4th Street in Long Beach: Where costume designers shop for vintage clothing, 4th Street between Cherry and Junipero
The Grove at the LA Farmers Market is a crossover between mid-range and high end shopping with good celebrity spotting potential.
Abbott-Kinney Blvd in Venice is a collection of independent boutique shops that originally reflected more of the funkiness of Venice, but has seen some gentrification in recent years. It's still home to some of the most original shops in LA.
Santa Monica Place used to be an indoor shopping mall with some uniquely Santa Monica ships. After a 2010 makeover, it is now an outdoor shopping center with big name stores and trendy rooftop restaurants. What they did right - incorporate local designer wares and art at Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom's.
Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica: A three block pedestrian zone of shops and restaurants
Main Street Santa Monica: several blocks of trendy shops, galleries and restaurants
Hollywood & Highland: upscale boutiques and mall staples in an outdoor Hollywood backdrop modeled after a movie set.
Old Town Pasadena: combination of chain stores and local boutiques in historic Old Town
Rodeo Drive: Two of the most exclusive blocks on the planet. Top designer stores. $10 for an empty store bag. (Tip: some of these shops sell the same merchandise for less at the Beverly Center and other upscale malls.)
Midtown/West Hollywood - Third Street, Robertson, Beverly and Melrose: One of a kind upscale boutiques draw celeb shoppers. Pacific Design Center at Melrose and San Vicente is a Mecca for interior designers. There is also the short Melrose Place between La Cienega and Melrose Ave.
The Beverly Center is an upscale 8-story indoor mall with over 160 shops, including common mall staples and high end designers in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles at the edge of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.
More Indoor Shopping Malls Around Los Angeles