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Melrose Avenue

Between La Brea Blvd. and Fairfax Ave., About 8 km (5 miles) west of downtown Los Angeles, West Hollywood, CA
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: Trendy area filled with funky stores and cafes and great for people-watching.
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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I loved Melrose, it is so alive and vibrant. Each shop is different, the windows enticing you to go in. Chic boutiques and tattoo/piercing parlours dotted along it. It was rather invigorating to go there as it was so different to most places in LA. There are some great coffee shops too where you can sit and watch life pass... More

Escondido, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Lots of novel ideas, some truly great shop-and then, there are the restaurants! It's not the open anything goes area that it was in the late seventies, or 80's, people watching is no longer for the early pump scene, nor Goth: for me that just makes people watching more fun, "there's a game afoote. A3+

West Hollywood, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
34 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

When I first moved here to LA in the late 70s there were lots of "Mom & Pop" shops on Melrose between Fairfax Avenue (to the west) and LaBrea Avenue (to the east). It was a great shopping experience. However, perhaps sometime in the late 80s (or thereafter) those (M&P) stores ceased to exist with landlords requiring ridiculous increases in... More

West Hollywood, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I live a few blocks away. It is disappointing but this area as well as many parts of West Hollywood have become overpriced both to rent or buy merchanidise and attract very few of the original artist or creative types anymore. Melrose Ave in the 80's and 90's was full of all kinds of shops drawing people up and down... More

Preston, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

If you're into Vintage clothing then Melrose Avenue is worth a visit to browse in the shops and I say browse because they are expensive. I would recommend visiting on a Sunday so you can go to the Melrose Trading Post which has lots of lovely things at much lower prices.

Joliet, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

So many stores and styles to choose from. I definatley loved that you could find items that you cant get at a regular mall. Definately a must for shoppers !

Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

I've heard, "cute boutiques and funky shops." 1st of all, nothing opens till the afternoon. 2nd, the shops are more like tattoo parlors and "intimacy boutiques." My 15 yr old was mortified. And it's very dirty. East of Orlando has about 2 blocks of very upscale shops. Dash is there and the main reason my daugther wanted to go. But... More

Boulder, Colorado
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

You must shop this street if you come to LA - the independent boutiques are fun and intriguing even if you arrive from another large city !

Orlando, Florida
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137 reviews 137 reviews
20 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I found that most of the merchants I visited delivered personal service and were welcoming, which is always nice. Perhaps they knew that I had money to spend? I would hope that they would treat those browsing the same way, but in this area one never knows. Street parking is an issue. There is a paid parking lot nearby.

Las Vegas, NV
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We recently wandered down Melrose from around Sweetzer (where our hotel was located) to LaBrea. It was a beautiful day and the window shopping and people watching was excellent. We watched the shops go from posh, to trash, to hip. The people (even the other tourists) ran the gamut of the same! It was an enjoyable way to spend a... More

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