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“Lots of Shopping”
Review of Citadel Outlets

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Citadel Outlets Day Trip from Los Angeles with Optional LAX Drop-Off
Ranked #38 of 564 things to do in Los Angeles
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La Mirada, California
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Lots of Shopping”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

We visited the Citadel on MJK Day which is a holiday so the complex was crowded. However, I did find free parking very easy in the new five tiered parking structure across the street from Starbucks. There were three crossing guards directing traffic by the parking structure so the car and pedestrian traffic was well organized and we felt safe.

I recommend getting your VIP Savings card at the Information center before you start shopping. There are discounts you can use at many of the stores. Just show an AAA or American Express card and they will give you the savings card. However, if there are sales, some stores will not combine discounts. It is either the sale price or the VIP Savings card discount.

There are a variety of stores from children apparel, footwear, luggage, house ware, and men and women’s apparel. So there are plenty of stores of interest for the whole family. There is also a food court one can stop for lunch or a snack. For a chocolate fix, there is the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. I always purchase a delicious caramel apple here.

The restrooms are nice and clean. The stalls each have an area to put your purses and packages which is very convenient. This way you don’t have to hang them in front of you nor have your friends hold them while you take care of business.

This is the only shopping “outlet” in Los Angeles County. As a history note, this used to be the location of the Samson Tire Company that opened in 1930. It was the largest tire manufacturing plan on the West Coast. The only sign of it left are the walls you see in front that are designed after a 7th Century BC Assyrian palace with griffins and Babylonian princes.

The other larger shopping outlets close to LA are the Camarillo Premium Outlets in Ventura County and the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon close to Palm Springs. The Camarillo Premium Outlet is the largest and is best visited over two days.

Visited January 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“should have given this a miss”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

I guess it depends what you are looking for, but I found Citadel to be mainly label outlets, and unless you are a lollipop woman, you won't find any clothes to fit! It was an exercise in frustration trying to get there. We took the subway to union station where we had to transfer to the Citadel courtesy bus, which never came! We ended up getting a taxi, and having to direct the taxi driver who had no idea where the place was! We found it a disappointing experience.

Visited January 2014
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Well the $60 taxi fare (one way) made me question if the trip to Citadel was going to be worth it.. It was. First of all I was expecting a crazy place with lots of people and lots of sales. We were there in early November, and I believe that this time of year is the lull before the storm, which was ok by us. There was hardly any people around and that made for comfortable shopping. We bought heaps of shoes. The big brands are so much cheaper in the U.S than Australia. A few handbags and wallets. Looking back I should have bought more to make that taxi fare even more worth it. We collected a discount card from the information office but not all shops automatically accepted it. The other thing we Aussies have to get used to is the extra tax added at the end of the purchase.

Visited November 2013
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

We found that the discounts here were not that good. Our favorite stores were much smaller than expected so they didn't offer the variety of merchandise that we were looking for.

Visited November 2013
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Caloundra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
“Don't go near to Christmas”
Reviewed December 14, 2013 via mobile

We visited the outlets today (14 December) and there were queues to get in the shops, like night club queues. One out one in style of things. The discounts were not that good and thousands of people. It took a good 10 minutes to walk from the car to the outlets. We have visited there every year for the last three years from Australia, and this year was the most disappointing. We will go back, but maybe not this time of year. Last year was around Black Friday sales and the crowds were not as bad but the sale prices were amazing.

Visited December 2013
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