Santee Alley, Los Angeles

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  • Santee Alley

    by Powerkeni Written Jan 11, 2007

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    This busy street in the heart of the Fashion District downtown is like a third-world open air market, and unlike anything you'll see anyplace else in America. Go on a Saturday, and it will be packed with so many people there won't be room to walk. Great deals on cheap, wholesale clothes. Also bootleg CD/DVD central. Filthy, dirty, hectic, awesome!

    A word of advice...rather than drive to this area, it makes more sense to take public transit (shocking!). Take the Metro Red Line subway to the 7th Street/Metro Center station downtown, then hop on the appropriate DASH bus.

    A second word of advice...the smells of the enticing hot dogs wrapped in bacon are tempting, but those without a strong stomach might find themselves sick the next day. Be forewarned.

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    The Alley (shopping)

    by Phalaenopsis03 Updated Jul 8, 2006

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    Santee Alley or simply the "Alley" is where Angeleno locals and true bargain hunters shop for cheap buys and designer impostors. Needing a Gucci knock-off or a Prada phony? How 'bout really cheap packs of tube socks or five shirts for $10? Or perhaps I can interest you in CK's, Nikes, Addidas, or luggage??? Just come to this bazaar, which is a several-block section of downtown L.A. located on Midway between Santee St. and Maple Ave. from 12th St. to Olympic Blvd.

    Oh yeah, before I forget, another shopping area that's Alley-like can be found in Chinatown. Whereas Santee Alley is predominantly patronized by Latinos/as, Chinatown's version is primarily Vietnamese and Chinese operated.

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