Mall culture in California is truly an experience. California's shopping malls have stepped up their game over the years and now offer many exclusive services for visitors. From VIP shopping lounges to personal stylists and bag storage, a trip to the mall in California is an event all its own. Embracing California's outdoor lifestyle and climate, many of the malls in the Golden State are outdoors, and they are destinations where you can spend an entire day, thanks to a full range of restaurants, fitness studios, and beauty bars.
In Los Angeles, The Grove is one of the most premiere shopping destinations, as well as hot spot for dining and entertainment. With stores like Anthropologie, Apple, Michael Kors, Coach and Nordstrom, guests are enamored. Add to that the old-fashioned trolley rides and dancing fountains and The Grove has become a 'must see' destination in L.A.
Savor the moment at Santa Monica Place, a modern shopping & dining destination located in the heart of Santa Monica. The contemporary mix of stores and restaurants are exactly what Santa Monica is about.
Recently, Westfield Century City underwent a $1-billion makeover, which added another dose of decadent on top of an already luxe establishment. With secret elevators, parking for luxury cars, and high-end retail, the mall recently added an Eataly, as well as more than 200 mostly new shops and restaurants, as well as VIP private lounges, and special shopping hours for celebs.
Discover the ultimate in shopping, dining, entertainment, and luxe living at The Americana at Brand. From the carefully chosen boutiques to the beautiful ambience, customization is key at this retail oasis.
There is also the Beverly Center, with more than 100 specialty boutiques, along with big league names like Burberry, Fendi, Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Ferragamo.
For haute beach browsing, consider South Coast Plaza, California’s largest luxury shopping complex, with iconic luxury brands like Hermes, Chanel, and Prada. Newport Beach has more spoil-worthy shopping at Fashion Island, where Italian-style piazzas palm trees, and koi ponds (plus ocean views) feel more like a resort than a shopping mall.
More than 18 million visitors each year see the dynamic, fine shopping environment in Fashion Valley. Spanning 1.7 million square feet of space, housing more than 200 fine stores and restaurants, Fashion Valley meets every budget, style and taste. There is also a movie theater, six department stores, a newly renovated food court, water features, and soft seating areas throughout the mall's common areas.
In Santa Barbara, State Street is synonymous with shopping. If you're ready to dive in, start at the upper end, with luxury retailers at La Cumbre Plaza. As you continue south, visit the babbling fountains and lush landscaping.
Get a dose of Rodeo Drive deep in the California desert. Stroll the swanky strip, El Paseo, in Palm Desert. The roughly 1-mile strip and adjacent streets house one of the largest concentrations of art galleries anywhere in Southern California. But what you are there for is the shopping. Think top designers, including Bottega Veneta and St. John. Find more shops at the Gardens on El Paseo complex: Saks Fifth Avenue, Ann Taylor, Pottery Barn, Brooks Brothers, Tommy Bahamas, and more.
Northern California has its fair share of shopping, as well. For more than 50 years, Palo Alto has touted Town & Country Village, a collection of more than 70 high-end shops, restaurants, and services - now with free public Wi-Fi!
In San Francisco, just two blocks from Union Square, discover Westfield San Francisco Centre. This iconic nine-story shopping destination offers San Francisco's ultimate style collection, as well as the west coast flagship Bloomingdale's, the second largest Nordstrom in the U.S., 200 shops and restaurants, as well as San Francisco's largest day spa, Burke.
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