Not surprisingly for a city identified with mass consumerism, you can buy virtually anything in LA. The big department stores and exclusive Rodeo Drive are the first options for many tourists, along with the city’s massive malls. Big names in central LA include West Hollywood’s Beverly Center, at Beverly and La Cienega boulevards (t 310/854-0070, w; Westside Pavilion, Pico and Westwood boulevards, West LA (t 310/474-6255, w; the Century City Marketplace, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, West LA (t 310/553-5300, w; The Grove, 6301 W 3rd St, West LA (t 323/900-8080, w and Hollywood and Highland, at the eponymous Hollywood intersection (t 323/960-2331, w Many chic boutiques line Melrose Avenue between La Brea and Fairfax avenues.

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