This area (3rd street promenade) has alot of upscale shopping but i could go to a nice mall in my area and see all these shops . It depends what your looking for and where you live . No unusual shops . It's nice looking in the sense that it's all outside. On a nice day , I suggest maybe combining this with the pier and Venice since it's close by.I like the surrounding areas better for shopping especially Fred Siegal 's place . It's expensive though but worth a trip inside. (it's on Broadway)
I went here when there was a big sale. I saw racks of shoes outside, valet parking and a few stars. Sydney Porter's daughter and a few people from the Real World/Road Rules. This people are not top stars but every one knows who they are. Inside was top designer clothing for cheap prices.
What to buy: Clothing and shops
What to pay: $50..00 for a couple of items or hundreds to go crazy during the sale.
I visited this shop after hearing so much hype about it. Yes, it is a bit interesting with it's many boutiques within the store, *but*, what people don't tell you is that the sales people are the absolute rudest ever!!! I spent a total of (15) minutes in the store and left.... the nicest thing about the place was the security guard out front! LOL! Anyways, I spent quite a bit in the Malibu Country Mart shops instead. The people there were very nice and helpful. Shame on you, Fred Segal! I may not have been a celebrity, *but* I had alot of money to spend!
What to pay: Extremely pricey for what is offered.
Fred Segal is a L.A. instution. There is a store located on Melrose Ave. at Crescent Heights and another store in Santa Monica (inexplicably, the stores have different owners and different products). I prefer the store in Santa Monica, which I think has a wider range of goods and is less snobby. Here's you'll find everything including designer clothing and shoes to accessories, gifts, cosmetic products (TONS of them), books, baby products, a salon, flowers and a cafe. Los Angelenos swear by this place. If you're a shopper, don't miss Fred Segal.
What to pay: This place can definitely be pricy, especially the clothing (and the Melrose store is more expensive, I think). But the beauty products and gifts are reasonably priced and you'll find some bargains here and there.