The 5 Best Outdoor Shopping Experiences in LA and Orange County
Southern California has sun, sights and lots of shopping. However, no trip is complete without visiting the best outdoor shopping in Los Angeles at these five must-see venues.
1 Malibu Country Mart
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The Malibu Country Mart combines amazing shops, such as Oliver Peoples, 7 For All Mankind, Westime and Ralph Lauren, with delectable refreshments at restaurants such as Mr. Chow and Tra Di No. The mart’s fun, modern feel turns your shopping excursion into a true experience. Ecologically minded with electric vehicle charging stations, an extensive recycling program and water-conserving synthetic grass, the Malibu Country Mart is a place you can shop without guilt. Families will enjoy the expensive playground, seasonal events and convenience of having the best shops and restaurants in one exquisite location.
2 Rodeo Drive
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The shops along famous Rodeo Drive are synonymous with high end California shopping. These two miles contain more luxe designers than even the most dedicated of fashionistas could imagine in their wildest dreams. Shops include Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Bottega, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Montblanc, Bulgari, Carolina Herrara, Tory Burch, IWC Schauffhausen and Saint Laurent, among others. Even if you cannot afford to do more than window shop, Rodeo Drive offers an experience not to be forgotten. Come for the fashion, the art, the atmosphere, or just the chance of seeing a celebrity. Grab a bite to eat in one of their world-famous restaurants, including Urasawa, one of the most expensive sushi shops in the world.
3 South Coast Plaza
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Bringing in more than $1.5 billion each year, this international retail destination offers high end merchandise to a discerning shopping clientele. Easily on the list of the best outdoor shopping in Los Angeles, South Coast Plaza gathers together more famous designers than almost any other location. The 287 stores include Bulgari, Cartier, Hermes, Chanel, a BMW Gallery, Diptyque, Van Cleef & Arpels and so many more. Celebrities and the affluent can often be found shopping and dining in one of the higher class restaurants or relaxing in the VIP shopping lounge.
4 The Grove LA
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The Grove, Rick Caruso’s LA dream of a shopping center, caters to a discerning crowd who love to spend a day window shopping for the hottest designers, sampling delectable morsels at one of the top eateries or arriving for the entertainment offered by the comfortable movie theater. Shoppers mingle with celebrity personalities at Barney’s New York, Coach, Para Bellum, and Anthropologie or spot them across dining room at The Cheesecake Factory, Umani Burger or grabbing a Jamba Juice to keep up their energy.
5 The Brentwood Country Mart
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Deluxe accoutrements and upscale shopping are combined with a down-home, comfortable feeling at the Brentwood Country Mart. Shops such as Calypso St. Barth, Sugar Paper, Botany and Broken English attract celebrities like Rachel Zoe, Reese Witherspoon and more. The village feeling is continued with an on-site barbershop and post office, for both atmosphere and convenience. Children especially love the Sweet Rose Creamery for ice cream while the award-winning coffee creations at Café Luxe will give you enough energy to keep shopping all day long.
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