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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanThe Pleasure Chest

The best sex shop options in Los Angeles

Whether high-end or low brow, Eastside or Westside (or, um, LAX), there's a sex shop in L.A. just for you.

Written by
Kate Wertheimer
&
Amanda Montell
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Sex shop storefronts in Los Angeles are almost as ubiquitous as coffee shops—or strip malls, honestly. Throw in all the erotic dancing establishments (GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!) plus full-on (read: full-frontal) strip clubs and you've got a city in which sex rules, sells and is pretty much on everybody's minds all the time. Luckily, along with high-end lingerie and clothing boutiques, L.A. has some very classy sex shops—in which discussing carved wood anal plugs and $100+ vibrators is no big thing. Prefer your sexy shopping with a little more comedy (and a lot more tourists)? Check out our cheesy options, better suited for bachelorette parties and costume shopping. Just looking to get your rocks off already, don't care where? We've even got the best of the sleaze.

Even if you don't plan to buy anything, a trip to browse these sex shops can be very educational. If you have questions or need product recommendations, chances are the sales clerks will have an earful to share with you. Trust us, there's nothing these folks haven't heard before, so no need to be shy. 

Be aware, most sex shops won't sell products to anyone under 18. On the other hand, many of them are open 24-hours for those 3am "sex emergencies."

So whether you're looking to indulge a fringe fetish or just want to buy some lube for lots of missionary, we've got you covered with a sex shop for every whim and whimsy, from Culver City to Silver Lake.

Classy sex shop options

  • Sex and dating
  • West Hollywood

Vibrators, dildos and all kinds of things both unmentionable and unimaginable are offered at this longstanding emporium of sauciness. The Pleasure Chest is one of the classiest sex shops in a city filled with, well, lots of smut. It's clean, welcoming and the salespeople there really know their stuff—you can get the lowdown on lube without blushing, or even satisfy your curiosity about fleshlights and anal plugs sans judgement. In fact, the vibe is so safe and comfy here that you'll probably explore further than you intended—and leave, well, very satisfied. The Chest also offers classes (many free!), lectures and comedy, de-mystifying and de-stigmatizing our more carnal impulses.

  • Sex and dating
  • Silver Lake

Stockroom sells a wide array of unique, ahem, intimacy outfits. But if you're looking for lingerie, move along—this shop specializes in the rubber mask, ballgag, leather whip and latex variety of intimate accessories. That's not to say the shop isn't high-end—the place is spotless, organized and has some of the most encyclopedic employees we've found in the industry. Stockroom also has a mezzanine floor with all sorts of sex toys, plugs, wands, lubes and other items to get you in the mood, regardless of whether or not BDSM is your thing. Be sure to check out the shop's selection of erotic fiction—forget 50 Shades of Boring and go straight for Story of O, a 1954 novel about love, dominance and submission by French author Anne Desclos (under the pen name Pauline Réage).

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  • Sex and dating
  • Culver City

Formerly know as A Touch of Romance, this saucy boutique won't have you feeling affronted by the arousing trinkets suspended from the walls. Make a pleasure-centric pit stop next time you find yourself on the 405 at this spacious shop for grown-ups, which veers more in the direction of romance than unadulterated kink. Don't get us wrong—Lovers sells everything from beaded nipple clamps to sex swings—but if friendlier lovemaking is more your speed, they also offer bath and body aphrodisiacs, enviromentally-friendly vibrators and an array of lingerie, from demure chemises to naughty schoolgirl getups. Check out their events calendar for classes on topics such as "how to rekindle your love life" and "the secret to achieving longer orgasms." Sign us up.

Cheesy sex shop options

  • Sex and dating
  • West Hollywood

Hot pink interiors and a dripping chandelier echo the loud-and-proud attitude of this wild adult boutique. Chi Chi LaRue's is named after the infamous drag icon, and—in order to live up to such a reputation—offers over 2,000 DVD titles, as well as a spattering of lube, toys, apparel, performance enhancers, smoking accessories and beyond. Browse all of the eponymous queen's own naughty brands while making conversation with her eccentric staff. Kitchy as it is, fun is one thing you're guaranteed to experience on Chi Chi's glittering watch.

  • Sex and dating
  • West Hollywood

Filthy, spacious and in-your-face are the primary qualities of this colorful emporium for all things kinky. Take a spin around the expansive retail space, filled with a mind-blowing collection of DVDs, toys, lingerie, lube—and lots and lots of tourists. Hustler highlights include Hitachi Magic Wand vibrators, bejeweled butt plugs, and fleshlights modeled after the lady business of your favorite ladies in the business. Refer to their Top 100 Porn Movies of the Week page to navigate their, ahem, massive selection.

Sleazy sex shop options

  • Sex and dating
  • Inglewood

Maybe this place is a little seedy, but when you've just finished a long plane ride and find yourself with a hankering to watch MILF Hunters Volume 15, where else are you gonna go? Conveniently located a mere five-minute drive from the airport, this "cozy" [read: questionable] adult shop offers a selection of DVDs, toys and costumes that are arguably less shabby than the decor. The store isn't exactly fancy, but it'll do just fine when you want to procure some erotica under the radar (and some landing jets).

  • Sex and dating
  • North Hollywood

Sprinkled all across our (apparently sex-crazed) metropolis, this X-rated chain allows you to pick up your much-needed masturbation dolls and strap-ons at any hour of the day, no matter what part of town. Romantix locations are in Hollywood, Glendale, Whittier, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Pasadena and beyond, but the North Hollywood locale stays open all night long, so that when you find yourself fresh out of Luna Beads at 4am, you've got somewhere to go. The shop's erotic wares range from everyday items like edible undies and lube to unmentionables such as vibrating cockrings, "ball gag training systems," pussy pumps (yep, that's a thing) and penis extensions. One observational lap around the store and you'll already find yourself in need of a shower.

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