Los Angeles Specialty Shops Walk, Los Angeles (Self Guided)

The Los Angeles shopping scene offers a great variety of big shopping malls, amazing indoor and outdoor stores, as well as beautiful specialty shops. You can find a wide range of outstanding gifts, unique souvenirs and creative pieces of art in these stores. Take the following self-guided tour to explore the gorgeous specialty shops in Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles Specialty Shops Walk Map

Guide Name: Los Angeles Specialty Shops Walk
Guide Location: USA » Los Angeles (See other walking tours in Los Angeles)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
Author: ashley
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Lakers Team LA Store

1) Lakers Team LA Store

What to buy here: Laker Gear.

Bring home the excitement of a game at Staples Center with official Laker apparel. This yellow sleeveless jersey features a purple screen printed Lakers team logo and Kobe Bryant name and number 8. All Laker gear also includes the official NBA logo. Jerseys are made from 100 percent polyester with rib-knit collar and armholes. Ultra-absorbent knit keeps you cool on and off the court. Matching purple and yellow sweats and shorts are also available. The Los Angeles Lakers relocated to LA from Minneapolis in 1960. During the last five decades, the Lakers acquired basketball greats Wilt Chamberlin, Jerry West. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. The LA Lakers have won 16 NBA championships, five in Minnesota and 11 in Los Angeles. In addition to jerseys, fans can purchase T-shirts, shorts, sweats, pajamas, caps, calendars, jackets, jewelry, mounted photographs, car flags, basketballs, hoodies, and backpacks. Laker gear and memorabilia can be purchased at the Team LA Store located in Staples Center at 1111 South Figueroa Street, open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.
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MOCA gift store

2) MOCA gift store

What to buy here: MOCA Ring Watches.

Always be on time while flaunting some finger flair with this bright green Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) ringwatch. This stylish timepiece features an adjustable time knob to set time, precision Japanese quartz movement, a silver elastic ring to fit fingers of all sizes, a light green clock face featuring MOCA LA text and hour, minute and second functions. The ring watch, also available in blue, white, rose and purple, reflects the modern theme of the museum. Located in downtown Los Angeles, MOCA displays art in all media from 1940 through the present. Works by Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollack and Andy Warhol among other artists are housed in the museum’s permanent collections. Designed by famous Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, the museum is a collection of cubes, pyramids and other shapes in glass and red stone. The green MOCA ring watch is $22 and available at the MOCA gift store inside the museum at 250 South Grand Avenue, open Monday, Tue and Friday from 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm, closed Wed and Thu.
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Los Angeles Philharmonic store

3) Los Angeles Philharmonic store

What to buy here: Los Angeles Philharmonic Scarf.

Whether you catch a concert at the Hollywood Bowl or at Disney Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is one of the country’s greatest orchestras. Any music aficionado will cherish a unique LA Phil inspired scarf. Available in royal blue or light grey, these shimmering fashion statements are patterned after the stainless steel panels covering the outside of Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA. The blue and grey are the colors of the outside reflection when the sun shines against the hall. Built in 2003 by distinguished LA architect Frank Gehry, the acoustically sophisticated surrealistic Disney Hall is constructed of more than 22 million pounds of glistening steel and is the fourth facility of the Los Angeles Music Center. Located on 3.6 acres on top of LA’s historic Bunker Hill, Disney Hall houses four performance arenas, the Gershwin Gallery, Patina restaurant, an outdoor garden and the Los Angeles Philharmonic store. The LA Phil scarf costs $60 at the Los Angeles Philharmonic store located at 111 South Grand Avenue in the Walk Disney Concert Hall. The store is open from 10 am to 5 pm, seven days a week.
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Little Tokyo

4) Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo is the Japanese American district in Los Angeles. This unique area that evokes the art and traditions of Japan is one of the three official Japantowns in United States. The neighborhood features more than 30 restaurants, serene Japanese gardens, markets, live performances, bookstores, a Buddhist temple, galleries and a wide range of gift shops. It also houses the largest Japanese supermarket store in U.S.

The original boundaries of Little Tokyo extended east and south of the present location, and covered approximately one square mile. The area was a magnet for immigrating Japanese until the Exclusion Act of 1924 halted any further migration. Shops were along First Street, and vegetable markets were along Central Avenue to the south. Japanese Americans were a significant ethnic group in the vegetable trade, due to the number of successful Japanese American truck farms across Southern California.

The internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War emptied Little Tokyo. For a brief time, the area became known as Bronzeville as African Americans and also Native Americans moved into the vacated properties and opened up nightclubs and restaurants. After the internment ended, the Bronzeville residents mainly moved to other areas.

After the war, due to lack of housing in Little Tokyo, Japanese Americans returning from the camps moved into areas surrounding the downtown, into apartments and boarding houses. Notably, Boyle Heights, just east of Little Tokyo, had a large Japanese American population in the 1950s (as it had before the internment) until the arrival of Mexican and Latino immigrants replaced most of them.

In the late 1970s, a redevelopment movement started as Japanese corporations expanded overseas operations and many of them set up their US headquarters in the Los Angeles area. Several new shopping plazas and hotels opened, along with branches of some major Japanese banks. Although this redevelopment resulted in many new buildings and shopping centers, there are still some of the original Little Tokyo buildings and restaurants, especially along First Street.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Olvera Street

5) Olvera Street (must see)

Olvera Street is the oldest street in Los Angeles. It features historic buildings with a traditional Mexican-style plaza area. The street has a variety of traditional clothing, accessories, leather goods, Mexican art and a wide range of traditional authentic Mexican cuisine. There is also a Visitors Center where tourists can appreciate the complimentary screening of a film which depicts early life in Los Angeles.

Why You Should Visit:
If you want a taste of Mexico, this is the place to be.
Could be the closest thing to real Mexico one can experience!

Some of the major events when Olvera Street revs up into high gear:
Dia de los Muertos (Mid October through November 2): Day of the Dead which is nowhere near as ghoulish as it sounds – catch the live entertainment at Fiesta de Muertos;
Virgen de Guadalupe Celebration (overnight vigil December 11/12), celebrating the Virgen de Guadalupe’s appearance to native Mexican St. Juan Diego in 1531;
Las Posadas’ (Dec 16-24) nine nights of candlelight processions at Christmas time, depicting the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem with Christmas carols in English and Spanish;
Los Tres Reyes (January 6), a celebration of the Epiphany of the Magi, with music & procession on Olvera Street followed by a colorful theatre production in the Old Plaza;
Blessing of the Animals (Saturday before Easter Sunday) celebrated in the Old Plaza since 1930. The blessing is no longer limited to livestock and horses as in the old days but includes all animals, especially household pets. Live entertainment is a highlight.
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San Antonio Winery

6) San Antonio Winery

What to buy here: Windstream Pinot Noir, San Antonio Winery Wine.

When most people think of wineries in California, they envision the rolling hills of Napa or Sonoma. Out of the hundreds that began here, there is one remaining winery left in Los Angeles. Tucked away in the industrial area north of the Los Angeles River, which at one time was blanketed with wine vineyards, lies the San Antonio Winery. One of their best-selling labels is the Windstream Pinot Noir, a dark wine with intense flavors of black cherry and raspberry with nuances of oak spice and cedar. Other labels sold at the downtown winery include Riboli Family, Opaque, Stella Rosa, San Simeon, Maddalena, La Quinta, Kinderwood and specialty, sacramental and dessert wines. You can stop by for a wine tasting of flights of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnays, malbecs, merlots, pinot noirs, rosés, pinot grigios, rieslings, sauvignon blancs or syrahs or join an hour long group tour starting at noon daily. All wines can be found at the San Antonio Winery located at 737 Lamar Street, a bottle of Windstream Pinot Noir costs $29.95. A variety of wines, along with custom gift baskets can be found at their on-site store. The winery also houses the Maddalena Restaurant, a perfect location for an after wine tasting lunch. Open from 9 am to 6 pm daily.

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