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Where to go shopping in Hollywood (without getting lost inside Hollywood and Highland)

Steer clear of the souvenir stores go shopping in Hollywood at these spots instead

Written by
Ramona Saviss
&
Elizabeth Munoz
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Hollywood may seem like a tourist trap for tourists and natives alike. It’s one of those Los Angeles attractions like Disneyland (except it’s not), that is on everyone’s must-see list. The shopping options at the mega complex are your typical chain stores: Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, Hot Topic—need we say more? Stop in to these Hollywood stores for unique shopping experiences and finds. They’re close enough to Hollywood and Highland so that you could potentially walk—but then again, don’t walk, you’re in L.A.

The best places to go shopping in Hollywood

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As streaming services have erased CDs from our collective memory, the L.A. branch of San Francisco’s Amoeba Music could easily be seen as a mausoleum to actually leaving the house to buy music. But this, the largest independent record store in the country, is very much alive. The variety of stock (vinyl, CDs and DVDs, new and used) is awesome, the prices are fair and the staff know their onions.

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This family-owned business is an artifact in itself, a mainstay Hollywood shop for more than 20 years. Here you can find everything vintage, retro and timeless from the ’20s to the ’90s. If you’re in need of a unique Halloween costume or an outfit for that dreaded ’80s party, or if you just want a classic pair of well-worn Levi’s, this is the place. This quirky vintage shop is also no stranger to the stars, with celeb patrons such as Bruno Mars and Carmen Electra.

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  • Shopping
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This luxury concept store melds the worlds of art, fashion and design to create a unique shopping experience. Collaborations with designers such as Christian Louboutin, Valentino and Pierre Hardy, bring shoppers into a place where they find a high-end handbag and a life-size statue of an Anime characterand perhaps a wall piece to match?

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Founded by L.A. designer Jamie Rosenthal, this small, lifestyle-inspired boutique offers men’s and women’s clothing lines from hard-to-find labels such as B’Sbee and French brand, Hartford, that include everything from simple loose-fitting tees and tunics to leather strap sandals. But this space extends far beyond the closet. Global-inspired textiles and a variety of hand-crafted home pieces such as rustic clay pots and linens are also on hand. If you’re not in the market for anything in particular, Rosenthal has an eye for rustic-chic finds and based on her recent collaboration collection with Anthropologie—it’s safe to bet that you won’t be leaving the Hollywood store empty-handed.

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  • Shopping
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The MUJI store in Hollywood is an exciting edition to the shopping pantheon of the city as this US flagship offers a number of firsts, including Found MUJI, items sourced globally and updated by the beloved Japanese brand; MUJI Labo, a line of clothing inspired by the practicality of MUJI’s stationery; and also, this is the first outpost to sell food (white chocolate-covered strawberries, anyone?).

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Although the largest retail spaces in this mini-mall are occupied by chains (Urban Outfitters and its sister brand, Free People), we keep coming back for its rotating cast of pop-up stores and courtyard parties, which crop up on a weekly basis. From craft nights to film screenings to vintage markets, there’s always something going on—sign up for the store’s e-mail list to be kept in the loop, and be sure to bring cash for parking, as street spots in the area are scarce and the store’s lot charges a steep $2 per 30 minutes.

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Jet Rag
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Once you shop at Jet Rag, every other vintage store is going to feel wildly overpriced—that’s because just about everything on the rails, from 1960s evening dresses to 1970s polyester men’s dress shirts, is under $30 (and in shockingly good condition). This is not the store for those who like their vintage mix edited; rather, it’s for those who like to spend hours hunting through thousands of pieces for that unexpected something.

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