Last week I had the luxury of visiting Los Angeles with my mom for a mini shopping venture. We drove up from Palm Springs (about 2.5 hours), and found some of the best shops I have ever come across. Goodies from my trip include a pair of classic-cut A.P.C. denim, a couple of the softest tees you’ll ever find at The Reformation, and a lovely pair of silk Stella McCartney Pajamas I picked up, despite my mom’s opinion on spending that much money on something that only the confines of your house have the privilege of seeing. Anyway, I’ve put together a list of 10 of my favourite places to shop from DTLA to West Hollywood and a couple in between. I also added some eating spots, because we all know shopping makes a girl hungry.
- The Reformation – (8253 Melrose Ave) Home to eco-friendly threads that imbue L.A. cool-girl vibes. Think vintage Levi’s, bodysuits and flowy dresses.
- TENOVERSIX – (8425 Melrose Ave)- Damn Daniel, is all I can say. Definitely a store to pop into. They carry everything perfect from Rachel Comey, Maryam Nassir Zadeh shoes (and clothes!), Rodebjer, as well as a series of delicious stationary and little trinkets for the home.
- The APARTMENT by The Line (8463 Melrose Pl)- Another drool-worthy shop, The APARTMENT by the Line was created to resemble an actual apartment in order to make your shopping experience feel a little more personal. Everything is curated exquisitely, from the hand-selected designers lining the walk-in closets to the bathroom vanity lotions and perfumes, this is a place for dreamers. If you’re like me and can’t afford a pair of $800 Pierre Hardy shoes, at least go for the ‘gram.
- A.P.C (8420 Melrose Pl) – You can never, never go wrong with French classics from A.P.C. One of my favourite stores from France, this gem situated in West Hollywood does not disappoint.
- Violet Grey (8452 Melrose Pl) – Ever walk into Sephora and find yourself overwhelmed by the monumental amount of products (and crowds)?. Violet Grey is your saviour. All products are curated and hand-picked by the celebrity makeup artist herself so you don’t have to wonder if the product is good or not. They all get 5 stars in my books.
- Poketo (820 E 3rd St) – If you know me then you know how much I love Poketo. I get most of my notebooks and trinkets from this place, even if it means I have to pay duty and shipping to get it back to Canada.
- BNKR (901 S Broadway) – The Australian shop is coming soon to DTLA and it’s a must-see on my shopping list. The shop carries Aussie native labels like C/MEO Collective and Finders Keepers, as well as more well-known favourites, like Jeffrey Campbell and Sol Sana.
- Consort (6918 Melrose Ave) – A home décor shop to add to your holy-shit #apartmentgoals conquest. You’ll find the perfect object or piece to add to your home, as such is the gold middle finger statue that I want front and centre in my living room.
- Reservoir (154 South Robertson Blvd) – A wonderfully curated shop in the East LA’s Silver Lake neighbourhood. Carrying the perfect pieces to add to your wardrobe, alongside accessories and home goodies, you should really a lot yourself a minimum of one hour to scope out the entire store.
- NastyGal (8115 Melrose Ave) – Girl Boss, Sophia Amruso’s first brick and mortar, this is the place you’ll go to stock up on chokers, cut-offs, and deep V lace up tees (think LA Cool chic). They also carry a pretty sick collection of Vintage clothes and accessories from the likes of Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
- The Hart & The Hunter (West Hollywood) – A good spot for all-day breakfast and lunch, located inside the ever-cute boutique PaliHotel, I would recommend the avocado toast which is infused with smoked olives and onions or the ricotta pancakes. A good way to start your shopping trip on Melrose.
- Salt’s Cure (West Hollywood) – A laid-back restaurant with locally sourced ingredients, this is a great place to grab lunch. They make a delicious house-smoked ham and braised black kale sandwich and a mean chorizo scramble for those looking to get their breakfast fix.
- Sqirl (Silver Lake) – Another all-day breakfast (in case you haven’t noticed my love for brunch), Sqirl is a popular food spot that appeals to both the vegan and bacon-loving crowds. Known for their preserves I would recommend the French Toast stuffed with their ‘Jam Jam,’ as well as the Vegan Brown Rice Porridge with Strawberry Rhubarb Jam.
- Trois Familia (Silver Lake) – An interesting Mexican/French-style brunch café in the Silver Lake neighbourhood, I would advise you go early to get your name down. Seating times may be long, but I’d say it’s well worth the wait for the quirky menu that includes ‘Beet’ Tartare and ‘French Nachos.’
- Bottega Louis (DTLA) – If you find yourself in downtown LA, then Bottega Louis is a great dinner option if you feel like Italian. If you’re simply passing by, I’d recommend snatching up a few of the bakery’s macarons.
- Bar Amá (DTLA) – This is the place to fill all your Mexican cravings. Arrive during “Nacho Super Hour,” for tacos, margaritas, and of course those cheesy-goodness chips that come in a number of variations.
- Alfred Coffee (Various Locations) – This is the place that has coined the term, “Bust first, Coffee,” that you’ll see on a number of Blogger’s Instagram accounts. Come here for your midday pick me up—they have locations in Silver Lake and Melrose.