Retailer lovers unite: West Hollywood is the place to be. This surprisingly walkable SoCal neighborhood has two trending shopping districts—West Hollywood Design District (WHDD) and the Sunset Strip—both with tons of fashion-forward boutiques to indulge in some retail therapy. Whether you’re looking for luxe labels, emerging designers, or cutting-edge brands, you’re likely to discover it all here.
The WHDD, located in the southwestern part of the city between Beverly Boulevard and Melrose Avenue, is a favorite among artists, visionaries, and celebrities, with over 200 unique, avant-garde boutiques and shops from both independent designers and international powerhouse labels. Over on the Sunset Strip, the iconic 1.5-mile stretch that connects downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica, there’s a mix of streetwear, runway looks, and high-end labels for all styles. And since you can get around on foot in both neighborhoods, you can make it a full day (or even weekend) of wandering, window-shopping, and wearing shades in the star-studded scene.
Here, we’ve included some of our must-visit shops, cafés, and lunch spots in West Hollywood, along with a few standout, splurge-worthy items to buy.
The West Hollywood Design District
Start out your day with an organic coffee or fancy boba tea (try the Rumi or Thai Red Tea) at Urth Caffé. Snag a patio seat overlooking Melrose and you’ll likely spy some celebrities at this popular venue, which was featured in the HBO hit Entourage.
Shop women-owned at the GREAT
8575 Melrose Avenue
Right next door, you’ll find a chic, minimalist boutique with plush seating and desert hues. Spearheaded by designers, entrepreneurs, and besties Emily Current and Meritt Elliot, the GREAT features their ready-to-wear women’s collection, which includes cozy loungewear, cardigans, and dresses, as well as offerings for men and little ones. We’re especially loving the Outlander Pullover and Geo Jacquard Smoking Jacket.
Browse cashmere collections at the Elder Statesman
607 Huntley Drive
The Elder Statesman’s ultra-soft, playful hand-loomed knitwear, the epitome of quiet luxury is handcrafted in downtown L.A. by master weavers. The outpost started as a cashmere blanket company in 2007 and has evolved to a lifestyle brand with clothing, accessories, and home decor.
Shop high-fashion brands at Maxfield
8825 Melrose Avenue
Keep heading down Melrose to find Maxfield, an eclectic, avant-garde collective owned by Tommy Perse (the father of American designer James Perse). With its mix of international luxury labels, one-of-a-kind vintage clothing, and emerging brands, you never know what you may find in this decadent boutique—from vintage Cartier watches and high-end jewelry and artworks to streetwear favorites and goods from Maxfield’s private collection.
Explore Scandinavian fashion at Acne Studios
8920 Melrose Avenue
One block away, the beloved Stockholm-based Acne Studios brings its vibes to the Melrose location, featuring relaxed, fashion-forward men’s and women’s apparel with unisex appeal and custom-developed fabrics. Here you can shop denim, outwear, knits, beanies, bucket hats, accessories, and footwear (we’re digging the mohair scarves and timeless suit jackets).
Scour the latest trends at Ganni
9004 Melrose Avenue
Located directly across the street from Acne Studios, the Danish brand Ganni has been worn by everyone from Bella Hadid and Kylie Jenner to Dakota Johnson and Beyoncé, and offers up high-quality, on-trend looks without unattainably exorbitant price tags. Shop its newest ready-to-wear, including dresses, accessories, and outerwear. And while you’re there, check out the bestselling Ganni Bou Bag (which comes in 10-plus colors and is made from recycled leather) and limited-edition collabs with heritage brands like 66°North and Dr. Martens.
Fuel up at Granville, then do some more luxe shopping at Beverly Center
8701 Beverly Boulevard; 8500 Beverly Boulevard
Head over to Beverly Boulevard for lunch at Granville. It’s feel-good food with shareable plates like taco trios and butter-lettuce cups—exactly what you’ll need before your next round of shopping at the nearby Beverly Center. There, explore eight stories of nearly 100 premium shops, including Saint Laurent, Gucci, Sephora, Polo Ralph Lauren, Canada Goose, and Burberry.
And if you’re at it long enough to get peckish again (and why wouldn’t you be?), grab a locally sourced organic protein bowl at Tocaya Modern Mexican while you’re at Beverly Center.
Immerse yourself in dreamy designs at Ulla Johnson
8823 Beverly Boulevard
One of the newest editions to the WHDD, Ulla Johnson’s bright and airy shop features a little bit of everything: locally made denim, limited-edition pieces, artisanal jewelry, and apparel. Come for the batik and block-print dresses with handcrafted details, and stay for the nature-inspired interior design by Kelly Wearstler, which features an indoor Brachychiton tree, textured organic furnishings, speckled burl-wood walls, and soothing hues. (Tip: Peep the tranquil back patio while you’re there.)
Browse relaxed SoCal styles at Jenni Kayne
614 North Almont Drive
A stone’s throw away from Ganni, this one’s all about classic curated staples, elegant silhouettes, and neutral wardrobe essentials. Jenni Kayne’s effortlessly chic, relaxed SoCal designs have become favorites of celebs like Hailey Bieber, Emma Stone, and Jennifer Garner, who’ve been spotted sporting her leather mules, shearling clogs, and dreamy cashmere sweaters.
Take a cocktail break before exploring the nightlife on Santa Monica Boulevard
Take a gander up Robertson Boulevard toward Santa Monica Boulevard (a.k.a. “West Hollywood’s beating heart,” and the epicenter of LGTBQ+ nightlife) to pop into Cecconi’s on Melrose and Robertson for a quick happy hour from 3 to 6 P.M., complete with small bites and food specials during the week. Nearby, there’s the upscale, women-owned lounge SUR (the one featured on reality show Vanderpump Rules), which has happy hour in the bar area.
The Sunset Strip
West Hollywood’s most iconic stretch simply can’t be missed—it’s perfect for people-watching, shopping, and taking in historical sights from the Americana heyday of rock ’n’ roll. Visitors may want to take advantage of the free private parking lots and make a day of it. First, stop into The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker for a signature Colorburst latte (yes, that’s a thing, and it delivers), mimosa flights, and brunch fare.
Explore high-end looks at H. Lorenzo
8660 Sunset Boulevard
Once fully caffeinated, pop into H. Lorenzo for avant-garde designs, classic brands, and edgy streetwear labels. Think: Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, KNWLS, Comme Des Garçons, and Laformela. The boutique also hosts events for new collections and art installations that draw a fashionable crowd.
Explore new luxury meets French intellectualism at Zadig & Voltaire
8640 Sunset Blvd
Right next door, Zadig & Voltaire is a haven for free-spirited fashionistas. Inspired by the 18th-century philosopher and satirist Voltaire, founder Thierry Gillier wanted to create a luxury brand imbued with warmth and authenticity with a sensorial approach. Expect to find everything from crinkled leather jackets to designer tees, sweaters, sneakers, handbags, and more.
Step back in time at Mel’s Drive-in
8585 Sunset Boulevard
A trip to the Strip wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Mel’s Drive-in. When lunchtime (or a late-night craving) rolls around, this classic midcentury diner serves up all the comfort-food classics (burgers, milkshakes, short-rib grilled cheese—okay, maybe that last one stretches the definition, but in a very good way) in a nostalgic neon-lit setting. Open 24/7, it’s one of the few remaining “Googie” futuristic-style buildings in SoCal. Grab a booth indoors, or soak in the views of the Strip from the outdoor patio. There’s a juice bar and plenty of vegetarian options, too.
Browse a little bit of everything at Fred Segal
8500 Sunset Boulevard
Fred Segal, just a couple blocks from Mel’s, is a one-stop shop of interconnected boutiques, complete with trending designs in women’s and men’s clothing, as well as fun accessories, truck shows, and events. From workwear to party dresses, printed tees, and curated vintage collections, it’s also a great place to find gifts and spot celebs.
Step into Western-wear footwear at Boot Star
8633 Sunset Boulevard
Given its recent rise in popularity, the modern American cowboy aesthetic isn’t going anywhere, especially in Los Angeles. Grab a pair of handmade artisan cowboy boots at Boot Star, known for its Wild West meets rock ’n’ roll vibes and well-curated selections. It also has vintage pieces, so you can truly find something unique.