DTLA is quickly becoming a hot shopping destination with unique, one-of-a-kind shops that are anything but ordinary. From designer threads, vintage goods and locally-made products, to culturally authentic products and even everyday brick-a-brack. There has been an explosion of higher end boutiques sprinkled around the arts districts, South Park, and Spring Street areas, and some favorites include Acne Studios, Alchemy Works, Brigade, Tanner Leather, and the Well. Beware you can easily reach your credit card limit in any of these shops.
If you want a crash course in the wholesale shopping, head to the Fashion District (aka ‘The Alleys’) and try your haggling skills with any of the vendors. It’s acceptable and fun to work a deal – no credit cards required here, only cash guarantees you the best prices. If you’re on a budget, head to the Broadway corridor which is lined with mostly Latino-owned businesses selling everything from ranchero boots and quinceanera dresses, to big screen TVs.
You won’t find traditional malls in downtown, rather shopping centers that have been revitalized with contemporary and new shops, providing a more enjoyable shopping experience.
7th and Fig Shopping Center is a perfect example of a renovated space that breathed life back into a once desolate, and scary, shopping mall. The introduction of City Target, H & M, Zara, Sports Chalet, and other shops has reinvigorated the area and today’s draws hundreds of people a day. The future Bloc development and outdoor mall, currently under construction, will do the same and will provide visitors and especially residents many more options for shopping, all just a short walk away.
The art scene has been growing in DTLA and the monthly Art Walk event is an awesome, gallery & rogue, in-your-face art experience. The center of the event is along Spring Street between 7th Street and 4th Street, but spreads onto adjacent streets and all around downtown. Whether you’re sipping wine at Colorlab Tierrasal Gallery or watching performance art on the street corner, the event is an outlet for artistic expression that thousands of people participate in every month.
Don’t miss an opportunity to check out The Last Bookstore – a cavernous and spectacularly multilevel bookstore which also houses art, sculptures made of books, and rarities.