At less than two square miles, Beverly Grove definitely isn’t the largest neighborhood in LA—it is, however, the most stylish. Sandwiched between West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and home to the Grove, Beverly Center, and the legendarily high-end shop-laden Robertson Boulevard, it boasts some of the best shopping in LA. Whether you prefer the convenience of malls or the quaintness of boutiques, it’s got something for you.
The Grove is one of the hottest destinations for shopping in LA, and with good reason. Its light, airy courtyards suggest you’re not in a mall, but in a small town; its selection of stores, however, proves that you aren’t in Kansas anymore. Hit up the only Topshop in Los Angeles, take a ride on the trolley, and cap everything off with an artisanal happy hour cocktail at the Bar Verde at Nordstrom. Its second-story picture windows give you a great view of the fountain below.
Prefer to play and stay? Grab a room across the street at the kitschy Farmer’s Daughter Hotel. (If you want to save some money on dinner, take the plunge and jump fully clothed into the hotel’s pool. You’ll get 50% off your meal at their restaurant, Tart.)
Ever wanted to shop like a VIP? Treat yourself and up to three other fashionistas to an after-hours shopping experience at Trina Turk‘s ladylike, luxurious flagship store and get a glass of champagne (which pairs well with the store’s blown-glass light fixtures, designed to simulate being in a glass of bubbly), a private style consultation, and an exclusive preview of Turk’s upcoming collection of bold yet classic designs. Buy one of Turks’ bright, statement-making mini dresses or ’70s-throwback jumpsuits and you’ll get a special gift with purchase. (As if you didn’t feel special enough shopping while the store was closed to the public!)
Located in the heart of Beverly Grove, the Beverly Center is, as its name would suggest, the epicenter of shopping in LA. The iconic mall’s 160 retailers include luxury brands like Gucci, Fendi, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Burberry, with Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s operating as its flagship stores. A recent remodel has made the mall as glam as ever—the design incorporates marble floors, chandeliers, and cushy (but stylish!) armchairs. If you find yourself shopping until you drop, take a much-deserved rest at the glamorous SLS Hotel, located a block away.
Lencería may be Spanish for “nightwear,” but their delicate silk and lace designs can mean “sexy” in any language. While skivvies take center stage at the warm and inviting Melrose Avenue boutique, the bright swimsuits and breezy resort wear they sell is nothing to sneeze at. (Not to mention their handmade Colombian accessories, colorful beach totes, and collection of Loren Hope jewelry.) They boast one of the friendliest staffs in town, so don’t be surprised if you’re offered a fresh coffee or a glass of champagne to sip while you take it all in.