In a town where most malls are housed inside bland, air-conditioned structures, this upscale open-air center has been a hit—and some say, is the crown jewel of mall shopping in LA. There are only around 50 retailers, but the selection is strong (an Apple Store, Barneys New York Co-Op, Crate & Barrel, Dylan's Candy Bar) and there's also an attached movie theater. And fears that it would kill the adjacent Farmers Market have, happily, proven groundless.
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189 The Grove Dr
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 10am-9pm; Fri, Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 10am-8pm|
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Amazing place to visit at Christmas time. If you can battle the crowds, this is a great place to get Christmas shopping done while enjoying the outdoors, water fountain shows, Christmas decorations and all the pretty lights!
Our gorgeous open-air shopping center features beautiful design and a solid selection of big-box stores. A trip to The Grove can easily ruin your day if the traffic is ruthless and the crowds are impossible, but those visit are usually few and far between (except for during the holiday season).
While I'm not one for tourist destinations, I do enjoy spending an afternoon at The Grove. It's a great place to take visitors in town who want to do a little shopping, but it's also perfect for a dinner and a movie date. Walk around the Farmer's Market and enjoy a smorgasbord of foods from all over the globe, admire the water fountain show, then head into Pacific Theaters for an evening flick. I'm all for hitting up the Anthropologie and Nordstrom at this mall, but stay away from Nordstrom's shoe section on the first floor - it is always packed full of people and generally a mess. If you have a free day, The Grove is a good option for shopping, dining, or even relaxing on its grassy knoll.
The Grove is one of the most popular shopping places in LA. But don't get the Grove confused with the Farmers Market, which appears to sit on the same property! Store employees will be quick to correct you if you walk in and try to get your parking validated for one of the separately owned parking lots that isn't theirs.
You never know who you're going to see walking around the Grove. It's such a cute set up with live music often taking place on the grass and sometimes during the holidays they make it snow! There's great restaurants and bars for food and drinks, too. You can really make a day out of it!