The Classic Los Angeles Guide
Los Angeles is a city of stories. Whether you’ve grown up amongst the palms, packed up the trunk and moved bright-eyed to have your coming of age, or, learned to love the cityscape through the movie screen—certain visions reign supreme. The Hollywood Sign, the pink palace façade of the Beverly Hills Hotel, and the panoramic views from the Griffith Observatory are iconic sights long sealed in to our collective consciousness. Los Angelenos think of their sunny metropolis as a triangle made up of the East Side, the West Side, and the Valley, while we’ve found that when our New York friends come to visit they abide by a very specific Hollywood itinerary. Newcomers can rest assured that within the immense city sprawl there is a neighborhood, and a tribe waiting for every personality. But, for those trying to find their way, our classic L.A. guide leaves no room for curveballs
Brentwood Country Mart225 26th St., Brentwood
This 1950s old-time country mart got a renovation and restoration about a decade ago. Home to a spate of great boutiques (Jenni Kayne, Turpan, Broken English, adorable kids store Poppy), it wins huge points with little ones for its interior food court, where you'll find the world's best chicken (Reddi Chick), burgers (Barney's), and tacos (Frida). There's also an old-school candy shop (Edelweiss), an ice cream parlor (Sweet Rose Ice Cream), a book store (Diesel), a toy store (Toy Crazy), and a mini carousel.
Curve154 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood | 310.360.8008
Everything here is reliably excellent, and on-trend without being slavish. Many of the labels are Parisian—Carven, Iro, Isabel Marant—mixed in with a spot-on roster of denim from brands like Mother and Genetic Denim. Now, there are locations in NYC, Miami, and the newest one in Pacific Heights.
Elyse Walker15306 Antioch St., Pacific Palisades | 310.230.8882
Though its Pacific Palisades location feels a little far-flung, this mini-department store justifies the trip: At 2,000 square feet, it’s expansive but manageable, and the racks are filled with everyone from Alexander Wang and Rag & Bone, to Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. Don’t miss the shoe and bag selection, which includes the greatest hits from Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin, and Lanvin.
Garde2308 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice | 424.228.4134
Marble-topped Tom Dixon candles, cyan-hued wallets from PB 0110, and pretty sublime cashmere blankets are just a few of the offerings at this serene, grey-washed space. Bedding and linens, coffee table books, and Hella Jongerius plates round out the mix. The original location is in West Hollywood.
Jill Roberts423 N. Bedford Dr., Beverly Hills | 310.860.1617
Since 1995, Jill Roberts' mini-chainlet of boutiques have been holding strong, offering that specifically LA-buy: Plenty of denim and t-shirts, plus a few stand-out pieces from designers like Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, and Kelly Wearstler. There are two other LA locations: Santa Monica and Studio City.
Mameg9970 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills | 310.556.2600
Mameg is tucked away behind the mirror-fronted Maison Martin Margiela on Little Santa Monica, and should you not know to look, you’d never know it was there. But search it out, and you’ll find a pretty rarified world. Here Eatable of Many Orders sweaters mingle with Cosmic Wonders dresses, and Jil Sander cardigans rest next to Hussein Chalayan hats.
Maxfield8825 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood | 310.274.8800
This iconic mini department store—owned by Tommy Perse, father of James—is inarguably one of the most special shops in the world. Perennially cutting edge, the all-black space houses designers like Rick Owens, Balmain, and Alexander McQueen as well as an extensive collection of vintage Hermès bags.
Nickey Kehoe7221 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood | 323.954.9300
Interior designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe put out their own own line of perfectly-textured home goods (solid cast brass hand sconces, tufted headboards, hassock ottomans), which they've mixed with an eclectic range of accessories at this subtly-industrial shop. You'll find Japanese bear bookends, pillows cut from vintage Hmong embroidery, black-bristled brooms, and Astier de Villate journals—and you'll want to buy it all.
RH West Hollywood8564 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood | 310.652.0323
While you've probably been to plenty of Restoration Hardware galleries, you've definitely never seen one like this. Set in the heart of West Hollywood's design district a few blocks from the Pacific Design center, Restoration Hardware's Melrose location is one of the biggest in the country, occupying a full block and spanning three stories, each filled with RH's signature simple, classic, and supremely comfortable designs. In true LA style, the entire space is open-air, with wide doors that open to the street during the day. Perhaps the best part of the entire setup is the green rooftop—filled with trees, fire pits, couches, and even a ping pong table—that's open to the public anytime the store is open.
Ron Herman11677 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood | 310.207.0927
Located upstairs in Fred Segal, this is one of those iconic pace-setting boutiques where Free City sweats mingle with runway pieces from Lanvin, YSL, Balenciaga, and Commes des Garçons. There are additional locations in Brentwood, West Hollywood, Malibu and Japan.
Ron Robinson1327 5th Street, Santa Monica | 310.458.1160
The west side destination for spot-on, well-curated clothing, home wares, books, beauty, and art. Ron and his wife Stacy stock some of the best lines from across the globe, country, and city of LA, including local beauty brand KÁT RUDU, Italian luxury line Missoni Home, and our own goop Fragrance. We love discovering new brands here–and never leave empty-handed. (They also stock one of the best kids clothing departments in the city.)
Satine8134 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood | 323.655.2142
Former lawyer Jeannie Lee opened Satine on Third Street when it was just getting established as a shopping destination—and her forward-thinking sensibility and buy was probably what ultimately pushed it over the edge to become one of the city's busiest drags. There's now a general store styled outpost on Abbot Kinney in Venice, but at the mothership, not a lot has changed. You'll still find classics (Preen, Rochas) and progressives (Prism, The Odells) artfully mixed together.
The Original Los Angeles Flower Market754 Wall St., Downtown | 213.627.3696
For crafty types, Downtown's wholesale flower market (it takes up close to two city blocks) is a DIY goldmine. Yes, there are fresh flowers and succulents—both locally and globally grown—as far as the eye can see, but you can also come here to snag supplies like vases, gardening tools, and ribbon for a song. Pros get first dibs daily; during designated times, the general public can pay a $2 admission fee to shop.
Turpan55 Main St. #3, East Hampton | 631.324.2444
Turpan houses an impressive edit of eclectic, luxurious must-haves: There's charcoal-infused apothecary products from Bonchotan, leather goods from Comme des Garçons, beautifully minimalist serving pieces, jewelry, and more. (This is the companion shop to the one in Los Angeles.)