Specialty Shops in LA
Collected by Susan Mason, AFAR Local Expert
Shop your passion, whether it be sneakers, charcuterie, or perfumes.
3926 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
You wouldn’t know there was a store there unless you lived in the neighborhood, but the owner, Chris, has an amazing list of cheeses. I love his shop because he sells what he likes, not what people tell him is good. He’s also got an...
Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Our neighbors Peter Bahlawanian and his wife, Bronwen Tawse, import exotic ingredients and the freshest spices I’ve ever tasted: paprika, flavored salts, and black limes. They have an amazing store, and I see top chefs shopping here. We get...
3910 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
Rare, vintage and boutique brands of bitters and spirits line the shelves of Bar Keeper with a rolling ladder to help reach the top. There also stock useful bar necessities like glassware and shakers as well as fun accessories like coasters and...
1730 Pomona Ave #5, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
Shaping a surfboard with ones own hands is sure to be high on the bucket list of any surfer you know. That’s where Shaper Supply Co.’s “Shaping School” comes in, a four-hour introductory lesson on hand-shaping a surfboard (including stand-up...
510 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90004, USA
For those looking for a unique sound or story from their guitar, Old Style Guitar shop on the outskirts of Silverlake has one of the best selections. Owner Rueben Cox skillfully refurbishes guitars by hand stocks vintage, rare and specialty...
10 S De Lacey Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
Bird Pick is my favorite place for tea. They have a lovely tea bar with specialty teas and creative drink options, and they have beautiful hardwood tables in their cafe. The shelves are lined with loose-leaf teas, and the windows display colorful...
3827 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
I love and collect sneakers, and the guys who own Undefeated create and sell limited-edition collaborations with such brands as Puma, New Balance, and Vans. They also carry all the retro Air Jordans as soon as they are released. 3827 W. Sunset...
2003, 2117 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
I go to Nathan McCall and Karen Yoo’s great market in neighboring Los Feliz to get the freshest meat and fish to cook at home. They make their sausages in-house, and a blackboard lists daily specials such as squab.
20 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
This sweet little shop is every travel-lover's dream. They have everything travel-related: city maps, hiking guides, travel narratives, language helps, luggage, easy-pack clothing and accessories, and more. The decor is fun, with vintage hotel...
120 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
Pasadena’s lovely, family-owned boutique specializing in local oils and vinegars is not to be missed. They have a full tasting bar, so take time to sample the Californian olive oils (Extra Virgin, flavored, and dipping oils) and gourmet vinegars...
1101 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91106, USA
For all you crafty folks, stop by Skein while you're in Pasadena! They have a great selection of classic yarns including cashmere and mohair, and they specialize in fashion yarns with new trends every season. They have knitting kits for beginners...