If you're looking for a great shopping experience on the East side, check out the Americana. Glendale isn't particularly known as being a shopping destination, but people come from all across LA County to shop at Brand Avenue's outdoor mall—it's beautifully designed, sparkling clean and boasts bars, eateries, a movie theater, green lawn space and year-round events including free yoga, visits with Santa and the Easter Bunny and more. There's also a Kids Club for little ones from 11am to 1pm on Tuesdays, with free entertainment and activities for kids, rain or shine. You can take a ride on the Americana's complimentary electric-powered Trolley (complete with cherry wood and stained glass windows) for a spin around the property. There's even an animated fountain on the lawn, with water and light shows scheduled regularly to classic tunes from Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and more.
Here in Los Angeles, we take our shopping mall culture seriously. A place to shop? Of course. But the mall is also a place to see and be seen, a place to eat delicious food, to drink green juice, to watch great movies, to do yoga on the lawn (yes, yoga; yes, lawn). Our shopping malls boast top-notch stores, obscene square footage and some truly impressive architecture and landscaping; not to mention unique attractions such as the Original Farmers Market. They're one-stop shops for a day of entertainment, which is really what a shopping mall should always be. Here, a list of our 10 favorites across the city.