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 LA.
The best shops close to Hollywood and Highland
While the longstanding likes of Rhino in Westwood and House of Records in Venice have fallen by the wayside, the LA branch of SF's Amoeba has gone from strength to strength; indeed, this is the largest independent record store in the US. The variety of stock (CDs and DVDs, new and used) is awesome, the prices are fair and the staff know their onions.
Who doesn't love a pair of sweatpants? This is a one-stop shop for everything comfy and cozy from the iconic LA brand. These simplisticly bold hoodies, T-shirts and sweatpants can be worn to lounge around in, but don't feel shy to sport them for a hike or a trip to the gym. Just be prepared to spend over $100 for comfort.
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.
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?
Founded by LA-based 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.
The just-opened 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 new 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?). Expect the usual staples MUJI is known for—like double-sided pens ($1.50), shrink-wrapped scarves ($9.95) and tees ($12.95) as well as extensive kitchenware offerings and a number of other minimalist goods. The first LA store, located in the heart of tourist-packed Hollywood, is a perfect place to pick up a gift and actually useful souvenirs.
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.