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Los Angeles shops

Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.
– Frank Lloyd Wright

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Angel City Books & Records

  • Santa Monica, Bookstore, $$$$ $$
  • 218 Pier Ave.
  • Santa Monica, 90405
  • +1-310-399-8767
  • Website | Email

Cruise aisle after aisle of pre-loved page-turners and vinyl. An LA institution, it's a destination for art book lovers, rare records, and all things Jack Kerouac and beat.

Brentwood Country Mart

  • Brentwood, Shopping Center, $$$$ $$$
  • 225 26th St.
  • Los Angeles, 90402
  • Website | Email

A friendly block of shops where you can fill both wants (botany florist, sugar paper, broken English jewelry) and needs (Caffe Luxxe coffee, Farmshop restaurant, Sweet Rose Creamery). Hang out with the locals on weekend afternoons.

Broome Street General Store

  • Silver Lake, Concept Store, $$$$ $$
  • 2912 Rowena Ave.
  • Los Angeles, 90039
  • +1-323-570-0405
  • Website

An old world general store for a modern world. Order a latte, then peruse the satisfyingly stuffed shelves of all-natural beauty and grooming lines, oh-so-specific kitchen tool (berry baskets, tea strainers), indie gourmet ingredients, and organic household needs, or find a seat in the shade on the patio outside.

Cookbook

  • Echo Park, Grocer, $$$$ $$$
  • 1549 Echo Park Ave.
  • Los Angeles, 90026
  • +1-213-250-1900
  • Website | Email

Fresh produce from local farmers, a counter of take-away foods, and a thoughtfully stocked fridge make this neighborhood market the perfect a pit stop en route to picnic in Elysian Park.

Heath Ceramics

  • Mid-City West, Specialty, $$$$ $$$
  • 7525 Beverly Blvd.
  • Los Angeles, 90036
  • +1-323-965-0800
  • Website

The bohemian modern table is always set with iconic studio potter Edith Heath's collection of dinnerware. Small-batch granola, Scandinavian flatware, and Commune linens and other bo-mo musts like farm-to-table cookbooks.

Lily Lodge

  • West Hollywood, Florist, $$$$ $$$
  • 644 N. Robertson Blvd.
  • Los Angeles, 90069
  • +1-310-360-9400
  • Website

Pick up organic blooms by the box and plan ahead for an arrangement designed around a vintage vessel from the expansive but well edited collection that is peppered with Rosenthal, Raymor, and Alain Le Foll.

Tortoise General Store

  • Venice, House and Home, $$$$ $$$
  • 1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
  • Venice, 90291
  • +1-310-314-8448
  • Website | Email

Japanese kitchen tools and housewares for better looking everyday living. Stroll a few doors down to the Zen studio for fine art, ceramics, sculpture, and new takes on traditional crafts from old-world artisans and new era counterparts.

Urbanic Paper Boutique

  • Venice, Stationery, $$$$ $$$
  • 1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
  • Venice, 90291
  • +1-310-401-0427
  • Website

Sunny craftsman-style storefront brimming with cheery stationery, greeting cards, and gifts for would-be pen pals. Equally charming wrapping paper by the sheet. 

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