This blog post was updated on October 26, 2018.
There is no shortage of great places to shop in Los Angeles. If you’re looking for a funkier, more bohemian aesthetic and lots of high-quality independent boutiques, I recommend checking out the following areas.
Main Street (Santa Monica)
Not to be confused with the more commercial 3rd Street Promenade also located in Santa Monica (that features stores like Anthropologie, Barnes and Noble, Urban Outfitters, etc.), Main Street Santa Monica is home to a variety of mostly independently owned retailers (with a few national brands like American Apparel and Gap). One boutique not to miss is Accents, a jewelry shop featuring handmade pieces (many of them made by local artists) with gold, silver and semi-precious/precious stones. It’s the perfect place to find a unique piece of jewelry to bring home with you. Blue Sparrow is a lovely boutique featuring colorful clothing and funky, affordable jewelry.
Abbott Kinney (Venice)
Abbott Kinney, Venice’s premier shopping street, is located several miles from Santa Monica’s Main Street. Known for its bohemian-chic vibe, Abbot Kinney is the place to go to nab the perfect vintage purse, rare used book, or piece of designer jewelry. Shops that you shouldn’t miss include Guild, a boutique owned and operated by a father-son duo that carries high-quality clothing and accessories for men and women, and Tortoise General Store that stocks Japanese pottery and home goods, out of print books, and leather wallets and bags.
Vermont Avenue (Los Feliz)
Home to artists and vintage aficionados, Los Feliz has a shopping scene to match. The main shopping street, Vermont Ave., is home to stores like the iconic Skylight books, a boutique art and design book retailer, and the charming Co-op 28, the place to go for all things handmade and vintage.
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