Located in the downtown Long Beach Harbor, Shoreline Village shopping center features some great shops and restaurants. From here you can also take boat tours of the Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors. Restaurants include The Yard House, Tequila Jack's, Tugboat Pete's and Parkers' Lighthouse. At sunset, an excursion along the Long Beach Harbor Marina is perfect and at night, both The Yard House and Tequila Jack's are hopping bars that serve several beers and tequilas.
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 famed town of Beverly Hills is arguably synonymous with Los Angeles. From opulent mansions to the glamour associated with Hollywood, Beverly Hills embodies the essence of LA's fanciful lifestyle. There is a lot to enjoy here, enough to justify a day visit, if not more. You may start by exploring the heart of Beverly Hills; the fabulous Rodeo Drive and the adjacent streets, all lined with some of the best world-class boutiques from coast to coast. Visit a few art galleries, such as the Gagosian and William A. Karges, located in the same area. Grab a bite to eat at one of the more casual cafes and bakeries, or splurge at the legendary Spago. Dozens of top-notch spas are at your fingertips. A mid-afternoon stroll through the lush Beverly Hills Park provides a nice change of pace and a natural respite in between your urban explorations. West Melrose and Robertson shopping districts await insatiable shoppers looking to explore further.
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.
It isn't exaggerating to say that Rodeo Drive contains some of the most expensive real estate on the planet. Remember Julia Roberts' shopping spree in Pretty Woman? Rodeo Drive is where she went. The place boasts of a great mixture of clothing, restaurants, unique shops and celebrity spotting. Be warned, however, some of the stores are so exclusive, shopping is by appointment only.
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.
This is a one-stop nutrition center specializing in everything you need for health and fitness. Here you will find Chinese herbs, organic grains, soy juice, vitamins, homeopathic remedies and much more. It stocks a good selection of health related books and as well as the popular Accu-sandals. Salespersons say the sandals offer great pressure point relief and comfort. The sandals are especially welcome for those who are on their feet much of the time.
Nothing has changed at Busy Bee since 1978, except that this family-owned business has become an icon in San Pedro. The 12 kinds of hot sandwiches have brought in generations of meat-lovers, as well as frequent visits by friendly (and hungry) cops. Nothing is fancy here, just a very personal take-out service. All meats are displayed under the glass counter. Sandwiches, delis & diners and hoards of grocery items can be found at this busy market. Call for more information.
Harmony Works prides itself on being earth-friendly. Even the display cases are transformed from junkyard items. The stock includes an eclectic mix of books, music, body products, art, baby products, candles, table-top fountains and greeting cards. All of the body products are natural and many of them can be used for aromatherapy. The music selections are of a spiritual nature, and there is also a big selection of world music. Books deal with metaphysical and natural topics like gardening and spirituality.
Directly across from busy Sony Studios is this place, home of the designer Tamal. It features such incarnations like Tamal with Goat Cheese, Sun-dried Tomatoes with Pecans and another with Spinach, Leeks, Fresh Corn and Nutmeg. Imagine more than 25 types of tamales in all! The Green Corn Tamal is always extraordinary, proving over and over again that simplicity is sometimes best. Look for Corn Maiden products on sale at many of the local farmers markets.