Tucked in the mountains between the sun-soaked Pacific Coast and the San Fernando Valley lies a hidden shopper’s paradise: Topanga Canyon. If you slow down long enough along the tree-lined, winding highway you’ll be delighted to discover a cluster of offbeat boutiques offering a wonderful alternative to the shopping in downton LA. Grab your friends and browse for gifts you truly can’t find anywhere else.
Jalan Jalan Imports
Whether you’re just browsing or on the hunt for the perfect accent to tie a room together, Jalan Jalan Imports is a must-visit when cruising through Topanga Canyon. Less a store and more a shopping sanctuary, Jalan Jalan’s tranquil Balinese sculptures and daybeds draped in colorful batik sheets welcome you in and invite you to stay awhile. Peruse the teak furniture, handcrafted wood and stone artwork, and clothing and jewelry from India and all over the world. And visit the outdoor portion of the shop to discover just as much beauty in the surrounding woods as in the items for sale. Follow the stone steps that lead to Owl Falls, the three-story spring-fed waterfall cascading gently behind the boutique, and enjoy a moment of Zen before you break out your wallet and do some damage.
Looking for that perfect dress to stand out in the crowd? Check out Bouboulina, a treasure trove of uncommonly chic fashion finds. The pink hue of the tiny roadside shop will remind you of your old dress-up trunk that brimmed with colorful feathers, tiaras, and capes when you were a kid. The feeling will only swell as you browse through the eclectic assortment of colorful, flowing dresses, cozy sweaters, and handmade scarves and shoes fit for a bohemian princess. The friendly staff can help you style the perfect outfit or find that one special item you can’t live without. Every visit feels like a dress-up party, so you and your friends will definitely be back over and over again for more fashion fun.
Housed in an old red boxcar, Topanga Homegrown is a one-of-a-kind boutique that has a little bit of just about everything. It’s the perfect place to find a gift for that friend who has it all. Plan on staying for an hour—or several—exploring the racks and shelves overflowing with cute clothes and accessories for kids and adults from local designers, and tables piled with everything from crafted brass door handles to framed insect artwork. Take home a Paddywax scented candle in your favorite heady combo, and whenever it’s lit, you can reflect on the dreamy, magical day you spent shopping with friends at Topanga Canyon.