Here are five supreme spots where you can indulge in serious retail therapy and still enjoy the SoCal sunshine!
1 South Coast Plaza
Henry T. Segerstrom's shopping mecca in Orange County is easily a place where the upscale shopper can indulge in luxury retail therapy (and they do; South Coast Plaza brings in more than $1.5 billion annually, making for the highest sales in the United States). Of the 286 stores here, you'll find Baccarat, Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel Chopard, Harry Winston and everything in between. New highlights include Berluti, the BMW Gallery, Diptyque, Maje, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Sandro. Other amenities offered are a VIP shopping lounge for the discriminating, extremely affluent (or celebrity) client, an electric vehicle charging station, foreign language shopper assistance, a concierge and a personal shopper.
3333 Bristol Street Costa Mesa
2 Malibu Country Mart
In the heart of the Malibu Civic Center, nestled against the majestic mountains and just a stone's throw from the beach lies the Malibu Country Mart, California's premiere location for shopping, dining, and relaxing. This is THE place to shop and indulge for the Malibu elite, who can not only indulge themselves, but can also get pampered and get their haute auto detailed at the same time. After shopping at Westime, Oliver Peoples, Yosemite by James Perse or 7 For All Mankind, head over to Mr. Chow or local favorite Tra di Noi for an exquisite bite to eat. If you have time, check out the original sculptures dotted around the grounds. Top marks to the Malibu Country Mart for their sustainability program as well: in addition to an electric vehicle charging station, there's an Earth friendly play area, recycling and synthetic turf here.
3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu
3 The Grove
Rick Caruso's Los Angeles shopping destination is a second home for most Angelenos. They come for Barneys New York, Diane von Furstenberg, Coach, Vince and Topshop, and stay for one of the many films playing at Pacific Theaters. Grab some sweet treats at Sprinkles cupcakes, or indulge in a sit-down dinner at The Whisper Restaurant or the incoming Blue Ribbon Sushi. The dedicated concierge service here is one of the city's best, and you will always, always, ALWAYS be able to spot a celebrity—whether they're actually shopping here, taking in a movie themselves, or filming a weekly segment for E! news.
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles
4 The Brentwood Country Mart
The homey, upscale vibe of the Brentwood Country Mart has made it a staple for stars such as Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon and Rachel Zoe, who can frequently be found here shopping at boutiques such as Kendall Conrad, Jenni Kayne, Velvet, Calypso St. Barth, Space NK and Sugar Paper. This gorgeous little shopping center also has its own shoe repair shop, barber shop and post office to bring back that old school, vintage vibe. After you're done browsing, indulge in a spectacular latte at Caffe Luxxe, a cozy kind of power breakfast or lunch at Farmshop, and afterwards, take the kiddies to Sweet Rose Creamery, one of L.A.'s most magnificent ice cream shops.
225 26th Street, Los Angeles
5 Rodeo Drive
No list is complete without Rodeo Drive. Though technically not an outdoor shopping center, this two-mile stretch in Beverly Hills is THE ultimate destination for the luxury shopper in LA. The better question—given that this is one of the most luxe shopping spots in the entire world—is what ISN'T available. Here you'll find Westime, Chanel, Dior, Badgley Mischka, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Hermes, Carolina Herrera, Bottega Veneta, Dolce&Gabbana, Fendi, Richard Mille, Gucci, Lanvin, Max Mara, Tom Ford, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Saint Laurent, Geary's Porsche Design, Montblanc, Bijan, Breguet, Bulgari, Chopard and IWC Schauffhausen as well as one of the most expensive sushi spots in the world, Urasawa.
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills