Camarillo Premium Outlets, Los Angeles
With More than 160 stores, shops and restaurants and food stalls located in two major areas, the Premium Outlets and the Promenade, occupying 454,000 square feet and 220,000 square feet respectively. the drive from downtown los angeles to the premium outlets will take from 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours, depending on the traffic conditions. Among the retail outlets here are: t Banana Republic Factory Store, Barneys New York, Coach, Cole Haan, Giorgio Armani, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Lucky Brand, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch and more. So what are you waiting for?
Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm, Sun: 10am-8pm
What to buy: all the famous name brands which has deep discounts for off season or factory overruns.
Located west of LA is the Camarillo shopping mall. It's huge and has a large number of your (well my) favourite brands incl North Face, New Balance and Vans. Lots and lots to keep boys and girls of all ages happy though it's a long trek to get here. The mall is broken into three areas and there's lots of walking needed to get you around all of the shops. We spent 4 hours here but could have easily managed 6.
What to pay: Being an outlet mall you're paying less than retail though likely it's not always the case. At the centre's management office you can buy a discount pass for $5 and that gets you extra savings at many of the shops. Our hotel, Magic Castle, arranged for us to get free discount vouchers.
I notice a lot of tourists want to shop at outlet malls when they come to Los Angeles. There is only one in town and the others are on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I think you will find the better deals at the various ones outside of LA.
In Los Angeles, the Citadel Outlets is located off the 5 Fwy at Atlantic Blvd. North. Some of the stores you will find are BCBG, Billabong, Calvin Klein, Guess, Kenneth Cole, Levi, Nine West and Tommy Hilfiger. NO Coach, Ralph Lauren or Nordstrom Rack. Website: http://www.citadeloutlets.com/index.cfm
The second closest outlet mall is in Ontario, CA. It's about 30-45 minutes east of Los Angeles and it's so-so. The Ontario Mills shopping center is located just north of the 10 Freeway, exit at Milliken and just west of the 15 Freeway. Website: http://www.ontariomills.com/static/node689.jsp
The better outlet malls are even further out. Going toward Palm Springs is the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon. Located off the 10 Freeway exit at Fields Road and it's about 2 hours east of Los Angeles. Website: http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=6
In the other direction is the Camarillo Premium Outlets in Camarillo. Located off the 101 Freeway going towards Santa Barbara. It's about 1 hour north of Los Angeles. Exit at Carmen Drive or Las Posas Road. Website: http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=20
Tip - find an information booth and ask for any promotions they might be having or coupon booklet. If you have a Discovercard, you should mention this to them and they usually have discounts for Discovercard holders.
OK. I hate shopping in malls and don't care that much for shopping anyway, but if you're coming from outside the US, the outlet malls give you sometimes phenomenal values on junk (like Nike, Levi's etc) that costs more in your country. If this is your kind of thing, head out to Camarillo and go to the outlet malls and buy gifts of junk for your friends who will love you and be grateful.