Los Angeles shopping

Your neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to great places to shop in L.A.

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  • Fashionphile consignment handbags

    Beverly Hills: Fashionphile 

    If glamour and glitz is your thing, duck into this handbag consignment business with shelf after shelf of limited-edition, gently worn luxury bags: Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Hermès. It turns out that the term “bargain” is relative in Beverly Hills: Even secondhand, many items still have four-digit price tags.


    Accessories
    Closed Sundays
    9551 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA; 310/279-1136
     www.fashionphile.com

  • Japanese treats

    Downtown: Fugetsu-do Confectionery 

    This favorite is one of the oldest stores in Little Tokyo, serving intricate and colorful Japanese-style sweet treats. Don’t miss the mochi (pounded rice) and shaved ices in flavors like strawberry and lime. The chocolate mochi with chocolate filling is also a must-try.


    Specialty foods
    Open daily
    315 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA; 213/625-8595
     www.fugetsu-do.com

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    Pasadena: Gold Bug

    Tim Burton would love the whimsical collection of artist-crafted oddities, like chandeliers made from emu eggs, taxidermy gone wild, and unusual jewelry. Expect such curious objects d’art as a pair of chipmunks wearing jewels and gothic crowns.


    Accessories
    Open daily
    22 E. Union St., Pasadena, CA; 626/744-9963
     www.goldbugpasadena.com

  • Santa Monica Green Life

    Santa Monica: The Green Life 

    Stop by for Amenity Home pillows made of a hemp and organic cotton blend, and stuffed with Organic Kapok or fiber from recycled plastic bottles. Modern screen patterns in earthy colors are printed with nontoxic water-based dyes. And they’re stylish to boot.


    Home décor
    Closed Tuesdays
    2409 Main St., Santa Monica, CA; 310/392-4702
     www.thegreenlifecostore.com

  • 2. Dress the part

    Long Beach: Meow

    Find reconditioned cashmere sweaters for less than $50, felt hats, and Risky Business-era Ray-Bans. Even the decor is retro, with salvaged display fixtures from Long Beach icons like Steak-O-Rama. Some of the inventory comes from old store stock so items are in great condition.


    Women’s clothing / Men’s clothing / Vintage
    Open daily
    2210 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, CA; 562/438-8990
     www.meowvintage.com

  • Santa Monica Natural High Lifestyle

    Santa Monica: Natural High Lifestyle 

    This boutique proves that your clothes can be as organic as your produce. They use only natural fibers like organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo for their chic but casual clothing and accessories line. Pick up a biodegradable jute yoga mat or even a fair-trade balsa wood surfboard from Ecuador. The shop is outfitted with bamboo floors and reclaimed-wood display racks.


    Women’s clothing / Men’s clothing / Accessories
    Open daily
    2400 Main St., Santa Monica, CA; 888/515-3866
     www.naturalhighlifestyle.com

  • 5. Buy the book

    Long Beach: Open

    The owners hand-select the used inventory to cater to the artsy crowd. Pore through sections like “Short Attention Span Fiction” or back issues of architectural-design magazines. You might even find a first edition of Fast Times at Ridgemont High by Cameron Crowe.


    Books
    Closed Mondays
    2226 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, CA; 562/499-6736
     www.thestoryofopen.com

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    West Hollywood: Plastica 

    Sleek and colorful toys appeal to shoppers of all ages. Be sure to check out their Egg Bird Feeders that come in a rainbow of colors. The store’s inflatable Rody toy is especially popular for young children.


    Toys
    Open daily
    8405 West Third St., Los Angeles, CA; 323/655-1051
     www.plasticashop.com

  • 1. Go mod

    Long Beach: Xcape

    This retro shop features mid-century and Danish modern furniture including credenzas, lounge chairs and Turner chairs. They also refurbish patio furniture.


    Furniture
    Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
    2236 E. Fourth St., Los Angeles, CA; 562/433-9911
     www.xcapemodern.com

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    Chinatown: Realm 

    Shop for delicate ceramic objects d’art and hand-painted bone-china tea sets. You can also choose from a bounty of tableware, porcelain hand painted vases and Chinese-themed books.


    Home décor
    Open daily
    425 Gin Ling Way, Los Angeles, CA; 213/628-4663
     www.realmhome.com

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    West Hollywood: Reiss

    With stores across the globe, Reiss is known for its elegant, detail-oriented clothing lines. Shop for candy-hued party dresses, luxurious outerwear, and charming necklaces.


    Women’s clothing / Men's clothing
    Open daily
    145 N. Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA; 310/276-0060
     www.reissonline.com

  • los angeles chinatown super home mart

    Chinatown: Super Home Mart 

    Wander long aisles of ceramic dishes in traditional Chinese blue-and-white and floral themes, colorful bowls, pots and pans, knives and cleavers, and utensils for every kind of cooking—at prices that hover around wholesale. They also now offer Asian groceries.


    Home décor
    Open daily
    988 N. Hill St., Ste. 101, Los Angeles, CA; 213/628-8898

  • Zinnia

    Pasadena: Zinnia

    You’ll find materials and tools for artists, scrapbookers, and other creative types. The store also offers classes like a vintage tin doll workshop.


    Arts & crafts
    Closed Mondays
    1024 W Mission St., South Pasadena, CA; 626/441-2181
     www.zinnia.biz

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