Los Angeles shopping
In Tinseltown, shopping is a tourist attraction in itself, and there's no shortage of places to hit the gold card up for some serious action. Need a quirky gift? Try Third Street, between Crescent Heights and La Cienega, where you'll find sparkly gourmet boutique Joan's and funky vintage goods at Zipper. The nostalgic country marts are perfect for a taste of laid-back L.A.: Brentwood Country Mart is an old red-roofed barn filled with stylish boutiques like Calypso and Apartment Number 9, while Malibu Country Mart is a family favorite where hot shops like James Perse and Planet Blue circle a sandy outdoor playground. Newly hip Melrose Place is a good spot for big-name designers; recent arrivals include Maison Malandrino, Catherine Malandrino's West Coast flagship, complete with a restaurant, floral studio, and fashion library. And of course, there's always Rodeo Drive for luxury labels such as Vuitton and Chanel.