SHOP­PING

A Statewide Bazaar

Travel Guide to California - - CONTENTS -

Me­sopotamian palace. And su­per shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties en­tice savvy shop­pers in mil­lions of square feet of re­tail space.

So­cal Glam­our

Malls sprawl through­out Los An­ge­les, crowned by Rodeo Drive’s strato­spheric price tags. In the his­toric Jew­elry District, one of the coun­try’s largest, you’ll find sig­nif­i­cant bar­gains in fine jew­elry at prices up to 70 per­cent less than those in Bev­erly Hills. More than 1,500 jew­elry show­rooms stand roughly on 5th and 8th streets to the north and south, and Broad­way and Olive to the east and west. Be­hind a fa­cade of bas­re­liefs of Baby­lo­nian princes and heraldic griffins, the Ci­tadel Out­lets holds 700,000 square feet of re­tail bar­gains in­side a one­time 1929 tire plant mod­eled on an an­cient Assyr­ian palace. And be­tween the Farmer’s Mar­ket and The Grove shop­ping cen­ter, the Grove Trol­ley pro­vides shop­pers free rides along First Street.

The West Hol­ly­wood De­sign District fea­tures high-end fash­ion, in­te­rior de­sign, fur­ni­ture, dec­o­ra­tive arts and lux­ury brand stores on Mel­rose Av­enue and Robert­son and Bev­erly boule­vards. Sun­set Boule­vard’s world fa­mous Amoeba Mu­sic is the na­tion’s largest mu­sic em­po­rium, stock­ing an over­whelm­ing se­lec­tion of vinyl, CDS, tapes, posters and col­lectibles—at rock-bot­tom prices.

In Santa Mon­ica’s breezy, three-block pedes­trian shop­ping mecca, Third Street Prom­e­nade, find the usual mall sus­pects,

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