It is no small feat for an independent bookstore to stay in business during the times when even giant chains have caved in. It is a downright marvel when a brand-new bookstore emerges and proceeds to forge upstream against the general trend of brick-and-mortar decline. One such miracle occurred in the midst of the Downtown Arts District in 2011 when The Last Bookstore opened its doors, dazzling eager bibliophiles and inquisitive passers-by with its spacious, beautifully laid-out interior packed full of new and used editions of every genre. With its affordable prices, friendly staff and a massive, continuously changing collection, the bookstore quickly claimed for itself a permanent place among the most popular destination of Downtown LA.
The Fashion District sprawls over 90 blocks of downtown Los Angeles, and is just the place to be if you are looking for bargains or wholesale material. This section of the city is absolutely crammed with stores selling designer clothing, shoes, accessories, textiles and even flowers at unbeatable rates. Other bric-a-brac on display includes toys, lingerie, CDs, prom gowns and kids wear. Over 1,000 such retailers show off their wares at a flea market, which always dons a festive appearance. Weekends are particularly busy, with great discounts of up to 30 percent. Hours of operation and credit cards may vary by store.
Natives in-the-know refer to this outdoor bazaar as The Alley and here is where you will find a quarter mile of goods of every description and wall-to-wall people in search of the perfect bargain. Here in Santee Alley you will find casual and chic day wear and evening wear. There are all kinds of jewelry concessions as well as menswear, children's clothing, lingerie and toys. If you like the idea of searching through piles and piles of merchandise for the best bargains, among throngs of other people who are doing the same thing, you won't want to miss cruising The Alley.
Ce n'est pas une éxagération que de dire que Rodeo Drive accueille les boutiques les plus chères de la planète. Souvenez vous de Julia Roberts dans le film Pretty Woman. Rodeo Drive Shopping District est l'endroit où elle fit ses emplettes. L'endroit est rempli de boutiques de haute couture, de restaurants et de magasins uniques. Faites attention cependant, car vous ne pouvez entrer dans certains magasins sans avoir réservé auparavant.
Possèdant des magasins très rares, ainsi que les grands classiques des galeries commerciales, c'est une des destinations shopping de Los Angeles. Sa structure en elle même est unique pour un centre commercial : deux étages de magasins, le troisième étage accueillant des restaurants et des cinémas, ainsi que cinq étages de parking. Parmi les grandes marques retrouvez Belgravia Collection, Betsey Johnson, Cabochon Fine Jewelry, Alexio, Club Monaco, Politix, Vertex et The Icing and Shauna Stein. Le paiement en carte bleue de crédit est accepté dans la plupart des magasins.
Some of the funkiest folks in town do all of their gift and holiday shopping at Wacko, also known as Soap Plant. One of the most notorious and eclectic shops in Los Angeles, it's a sure bet that you'll find things that you never knew existed. From Sumo wrestler lunch boxes to patchouli soaps and kiss "Psycho Circus" dolls, expect the unexpected. It's the perfect place if you want to take home a little bit of Hollywood hipster heaven.
This cigar shop has been in business since the 1940s. It started out selling only its own line of cigars which were simple but high in quality and flavor.These days, the owners sell 25-30 other brands in addition to their own line, which has evolved into a premium cigar over the decades. The owners sell their cigars in boxes with bands. Cigar lovers should definitely give the house brand a try as it is aromatic and delightful. Call for open hours.
This is the store to come to for information about Japan. It carries an enormous inventory of English language books about Japan, as well as books in the Japanese language. You can also find Japanese magazines, CDs, computer software and videos in Japanese with English subtitles.
Marukai Market is fittingly located in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles as this supermarket specializes in Japanese groceries. Here, you can shop for everything associated with Japan, from sushi party platters to kimonos in a range of styles and patterns. It also stocks pottery and ceramics printed with beautiful Asian designs, hibachi grill, which is a heating apparatus for cooking East Asian food, packaged curries, green tea packets, electronics, cosmetics and personal care products. Whether you are looking for Japanese furniture to infuse tranquility into your home, or the perfect ingredients to cook Japanese meals, this supermarket won't disappoint.
Fugetso-Do, a small Japanese sweet shop, open since 1903, is the oldest business in the Little Tokyo area. They sell candies, sweet bean paste, rice crackers and taffy, cake and other confections. The decor of this store is old fashioned but welcoming. You will surely be amazed by the wide variety at this sweet store. The specialty here is the Mochi, Japenese confection made out of steamed glutinous rice. Fugetsu-Do founder, Seiichi Kito is the one who originally created the popular fortune cookie concept. And yes, they are freshly made every morning!
At this lovely store, you will surely find anything or everything that is 'Made in Japan'. The racks are brimming with cool and cute stuff, and those who like trinkets will end up buying more than what they had decided. Toys, bento boxes, fans, incense, kitchen tools, tea sets, bath supplies and so forth is up for sale here. So visit this outlet for a fun-filled treasure hunting spree.
Nestled in Little Tokyo, the Japanese district of Los Angeles, this branch of Nijiya Market sells East Asian groceries and produce. Browse through this supermarket to search for ingredients to prepare Japanese meals, where you will find seaweed packets to make sushi, organic sweet rice, flour, dried grains and beans, organic herbs and vegetables, matcha (green tea) and confectioneries such as Green Tea Kit Kats. One can also shop for boxed lunches, fresh seafood and meat, liquors including sake, rice balls and rice cakes.