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Shopping in southern California is just as popular as swimming and sunbathing – and Los Angeles is no exception. In fact, L.A. is listed as one of the Top Ten Fashion Capitals of the World by The Global Language Monitor (GLM), along with uber-famous cities such as New York (#1), Rome, Paris, London, Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, and Singapore. L.A. made the list for a reason – you will find some of the worlds most cutting edge fashions in L.A. and a population that knows the true meaning of individual style. And it gets better. Designer hunters will find every edgy or powerful name in the fashion industry here from Armani, Balenciaga, and Dior to Fendi, Prada, and Versace. And finally, because Los Angeles is all about some seriously individual style, you will find a wide variety of shopping districts filled with shops and boutiques to satisfy even the most eccentric tastes.

Los Angeles’s major shopping districts are known around the world, whether the popularity stems from feature film appearances or cameos in some of the world’s most iconic TV shows. Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue are just a few of the areas famous shopping districts. Rodeo Drive is where you’ll find every designer name or high-end boutique under the sun and on Melrose, there’s plenty of people watching, hooking up, and cool gear collecting to last a lifetime – so it’s best to make a day of it in order to this famous strip to the fullest.

There are literally dozens of mega shopping malls and shopping districts in the surrounding areas as well that are worth a visit, especially if you’re planning an extended stay. These include Westwood Village, beautiful 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica and Main Street, Santa Monica.

Los Angeles tends to take malls to another level, so you won’t find anything typical average about these shopping complexes featuring everything from fine cuisine and top department stores to live music, celebrity sightings, and pretty people galore. Just check out The Farmer’s Market (also an L.A. landmark) and The Grove, where you’ll find the usual suspects such as the Apple Store, Nordstrom, J. Crew, Lucky, Nike, and Abercrombie & Fitch – but with a twist.

If you’re interested in some serious bargain hunting or you just want to find some cool stuff that you just won’t find anywhere else, visit one of L.A.’s top flea markets. These include The Melrose Trading Post at Melrose and Fairfax -- held every Sunday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (admission $2), the Rose Bowl Flea Market featuring 2,200 vendors -- held on the second Sunday of every month (admission $7), and the only free flea market in the region – The Pasadena City College Flea Market, which attracts 480 vendors. The Pasadena City College Flea Market is held the first Sunday of each month.

If you want more information about what’s to see and do in L.A. pick up a copy of the LA Weekly -- L.A.’s largest and most popular free weekly featuring information about art, attractions, recreation, entertainment, film, music, dining, and events in and around Los Angeles or pick up a copy of The Weekly Time Out.

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