From high-end couture to vintage finds, LA is a shopper’s paradise. There’s nowhere you can find a more unique experience shopping in LA than in the hipster enclave of Los Feliz, tucked into the Hollywood Hills. These spots epitomize that.
A well-curated mix of vintage and up-and-coming designer housewares, women’s clothes, and jewelry awaits when you enter the bohemian boutique known as BellJar. As you browse the neatly hung racks of clothes and tables laden with handmade jewelry, don’t forget to say hello to the store dog, nestled on a soft fuzzy throw rug. For a personalized experience, you make an appointment for a private, after-hours shopping party. You and your best friends sip on drinks while BellJar’s knowledgeable staff helps you find the perfect outfits.
La La Ling
There’s no reason your mini fashionista has to settle for wearing the same old duds everyone else sports at the playground. To score some standout kids clothes, you and your mom friends check out La La Ling, which is not just a store, but a kid’s lifestyle boutique. You enter the bright, colorful space and frolic in front of the mod-inspired mural of animals and pacifiers adorning the high-ceiling. Then you peruse the racks of one-of-a-kind duds, from infant to pre-teen sizes. When your pint-sized shopper gets antsy, you lead her to the chalkboard wall, where she draws a masterpiece.
Wacko Soap Plant
When on the search for a gift for that person who has everything, you stumble upon long-time Los Feliz staple Wacko Soap Plant. Inside this lofty brick building, you shop surrounded by a painted rainbow of bright colors while browsing a treasure trove of kitschy pop culture and offbeat finds. You zigzag slowly through each of the long aisles of display shelves so you don’t miss anything. From rubber animal masks and temporary face tattoos, to tiki cups and bobble heads, this place has everything you never knew you had to have. Once you’re done loading up on art books and tchotchkes, you head to the back where you can explore La Luz de Jesus, a small art gallery inside the store.
For a truly local experience shopping in LA, you pay a visit to Undesigned, a women’s clothing boutique featuring duds handcrafted by Los Angeles designer Carol Young. Be warned—it’s hard to leave this place without buying a whole new wardrobe. Though this modern, minimalist place is neat and cozy, the simple racks are crammed with a variety of eclectic pieces, as well as shoes and accessories. What makes these clothes extra special is that Young uses all sustainable, organic, and reused textiles to create each well-tailored design. You match billowy blouses with cropped pants and wrap yourself up in cozy, draped cardigans that make you long for a cool summer night on the beach.
Neighborhood bookstores are few and far between these days, but in Los Feliz one of the best still remains. Though it’s small and cozy, Skylight Books is the kind of shop you get lost in for hours. As you take your time browsing the rows of books, the California sun streams in from the giant skylight above. At the center of the brick-walled shop sits a live tree growing in the middle of a round tiled seating area, a perfect spot to pause and sort through the stack of books you pulled from the shelves. Between the hard-to-find titles and books by local LA authors and poets, you can’t narrow down your purchase to less than a year’s worth of reading.