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Everybody knows that Americans love to shop, but you won’t know what American shopping is really about until you have visited the enormous shopping malls in and around Los Angeles. These shopping temples have been specially designed for the most amazing shopping experience ever. Nobody leaves with empty bags.
Shopaholics know how to find their way to one of the dozens of mega shopping malls built near the major access roads. Each mall is more impressive than the next. They all boast tens of thousands of square metres of supermarkets and specialty shops, in addition to cinemas, theatres and even indoor parks. The quintessential American service has been perfected to a science on the west coast. If you wish, a personal shopping assistant will carry your purchases around and take them to your car.
“Shopping malls have perfected service to a science - even the supermarket offers valet parking”
Glendale Galleria, one of the oldest shopping malls, is known for its large number of jewellers. After 40 years, the shopping mall has recently been revamped. Glendale is very close to the city centre (downtown), between Burbank and the San Fernando Valley. Upscale department store Bloomingdales has also opened a store in this shopping mall. Use the valet parking service to safely park your car while you shop.
Fashionistas will head straight for the fashion shopping mall, The Americana at Brand, just around the corner from Glendale. Every major brand, from Juicy Couture to Urban Outfitters, has a shop here. The mall’s excellent restaurants serve Japanese, Korean and Mexican food and more.
High-end shoppers will feel at home at 5-star mall Westfield Century City, on the road from Glendale to the coast, near Santa Monica. Brands such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Rolex and Apple vie for your attention. There is also an IMAX theatre. Even the supermarket offers valet parking.
Bargains can be found at Citadel Outlets. The best known and largest outlet mall in Los Angeles lurks behind an enormous monumental façade of a 1930s tyre factory on Freeway 5. Famous American brands such as American Apparel, shoe label Vince Camuto and diamond seller Zales offer discounts of up to 70%.