Looking to spice up your wardrobe with some cool new threads? Head to the Brentwood Country Mart, where you’ll enjoy one of the most pleasant shopping experiences Los Angeles has to offer. The red barn exterior might have you double-checking whether you’ve somehow left the city limits. Once you set foot into this kitschy outdoor shopping center and spot its variety of trendsetting boutiques, however, you’ll know you’re in the right spot for some serious retail therapy with your friends.
Originally built as the Westside answer to the Fairfax Farmer’s Market, the Brentwood Country Mart has been a Los Angeles landmark since it first opened in 1948. The little details–wooden picnic benches and pink powder hand soap in the retro bathrooms–will make you feel like you’ve been transported back to a simpler time. There is nothing plain, however, about this mart’s seriously upscale boutiques, which range from Calypso St. Barth and Intermix to Malia Mills and Jenni Kayne. Whether you’re on the hunt for cashmere cardigans, handcrafted jewels, or even luxurious stationery, you’ll find it among the two dozen posh shops.
Shop until you drop (or until you’re kind of tired) and then enjoy an energy boost with an award-winning latte at Caffe Luxxe. Or, if you’re looking to grab a bite to eat, you’ll find an eclectic mix of dining choices, from the artisanal farm-to-table Farmshop to Reddi Chick, which has served the best rotisserie chicken in Los Angeles for over 30 years. And don’t forget to treat your sweet tooth. An ice cream or milkshake made with seasonal ingredients from Sweet Rose Creamery is a sublime way to end a day of shopping. Pull up a seat on one of the two open-air patios and show off your purchases to your girlfriends while you do some people-watching. You may just spot a celebrity or two among the crowd of designer-clad locals.