Forget the picture you have in your mind of that dreaded retail landscape: the mall. L.A. boasts some seriously stylish shopping centers, crafted with chic decor from American rustic to a modern ersatz environment. Let these top 5 shopping destinations show you that one-stop-shopping can actually be a enjoyable as well as elegant experience.
1 Malibu Country Mart
Nestled on a scenic stretch off of the Pacific Coast Highway, the Malibu Country Mart is built like a rustic Mom and Pop venture--if Mom and Pop were super chic and really into shopping. With over fifty shops that feature the best of fashion, beauty, design, cooking and lifestyle brands including Earnest Sewn, James Perse, L'Occitane, Mac Cosmetics, Malibu Kitchen & Gourmet, Oliver Peoples, and Vince, the Malibu Country Mart also boasts some delicious nosh from the likes of Nobu Malibu and Tra Di Noi among many others. The Malibu Country Mart also features exquisite gardens where you can take a load off of after a busy day of shopping as well as a playground for tikes who want to keep on keeping on.
2 Brentwood Country Mart
Angelenos love a high-end shopping center outfitted as an old time barn. Founded in 1948, the Brentwood Country Mart is a chic compound of red painted "farmhouses" with white trim but don't let the quaint exteriors fool you. The boutiques they house are some of the most elegant lines around including Apartment No. 9, Calypso, Malia Mills, Selima Optique and Post 26. Looking for a gift for that friend who has a super duper sweet tooth? Pick up delectable treats at Edelweiss Chocolates and why not grab a handful of candy for yourself while you're at it.
3 Americana at Brand in Glendale
Located in the heart of Glendale, the Americana at Brand in Glendale is a manicured retail one-stop-shopping oasis surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city. With over 35 premier brands setting up shop at the Americana including Calvin Klein, J. Crew and Kiehl's since 1951. Need a break after shuffling through the masses? Max and Relax at The Spa. Need a break after your break? Sample some sushi at Katsuya.
4 Third Street Promenade
The Third Street Promenade isn't so much a shopping center as it is its retail neighborhood. Occupying several city blocks, the Third Street Promenade is guaranteed to have whatever you are looking for. Seriously. In addition to a slew of boutiques, the Promenade also boasts a grip of delicious restaurants with cuisines ranging from haute French fare to British tea shops, movie theatres galore and a famous farmers market where you can spy local celebrity chefs perusing produce.
5 The Grove
The folks who brought you the Americana at Brand are also the team behind The Grove, their first L.A. outpost. The Grove features a host of fabulous shops including Baccarat, Fresh, Lalique, Swarovski, and Jimmy Choo at Nordstrom as well some seriously yummy outdoor cafés and bistros. And the outdoor fountain features a waterworks display that rivals the Bellagio. Almost.