Feeling more like a bazaar in a foreign country than a famous Los Angeles shopping area, a stroll down this alley makes for a lively outing that will leave everyone in your family buzzing. People from all over the world come here for great deals on clothing, accessories and miscellanea, but locals come for the sights, sounds and smells that together can’t be found anywhere else in LA. This is not Rodeo Drive, but that’s part of its charm. Teach your kids the art of haggling, a requirement for scoring any good bargain, or better yet, practice by breaking into teams and seeing which side can find the best deal. Report back on your findings and don’t be surprised if the kids fare better than you; they did talk you into giving them that spending money, after all. After a hard day’s work of deal-hunting, head to the Alley Dog hotdog stand and order bacon-wrapped hotdogs and cokes all around.

Santee Alley

210 East Olympic Boulevard #202 Los Angeles CA 90015

(310) 203-0101

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