Shopping Around

HOLLYWOOD offers an amazing array of shops along its boulevards and avenues. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift or souvenir, retro fashion or rock star leather, movie posters or an experience to write home about, there's a tantalizing array of shops along Hollywood Boulevard. At Hollywood & Highland, browse fun kiosks and specialty shops. Near Sunset and Cahuenga Boulevards, there's music at Amoeba Records and find movie themed books and gifts at Arclight and stop and browse shops along the Cahuenga Corridor. For fun and shopping, you can't beat the legendary Farmers Market. And don't forget to shop specialty gift shops at the Hard Rock Café and Madame Tussauds. At Griffith Observatory and the L.A. Zoo you can avoid the crowds and find the perfect gift for that special someone.

Amoeba Music 6400 Sunset Blvd. (323) 245 6400. World's largest independent record store! Over one million new and used CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, LPs, Turntables, Band Shirts, Books and more! Rare & Collectible! Mon-Sat: 10:30am-11pm. Sun 11am-9pm. Free shipping always on

The Dome Entertainment Centre 6360 Sunset Blvd. An iconic Hollywood treasure, featuring several new restaurants & retail stores, a fitness center, ample amount of parking, the state-of-the-art Arclight Cinema and historic Cinerama Dome. The Dome Entertainment Center is Hollywood's entertainment destination.

Original Farmers Market 6333 West Third St. (323) 933-9211. Over 100 shops, grocers and restaurants, including dozens of specialty retail stores and kiosks offering everything from high fashion, to designer jewelry, souvenirs, soaps and scents, and one-of-a-kind collectibles. Two hours free parking with validation. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm; Sat 9am-8pm; Sun 10am-7pm.

Hollywood & Highland 6801 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 817-0200. A one-of-a-kind destination in the heart of Hollywood offering an eclectic mix of 60 top retailers, ten restaurants, hip nightclubs and entertainment venues. Featuring the Dolby Theatre (home of the Oscars®).

JAPAN HOUSE 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Level 2. Shop offers uniquely Japanese lifestyle items and gifts that add enjoyment to everyday life. Each product is carefully selected by a team of Japanese creative experts to introduce the rich history of craftsmanship celebrated for generations. Visitors can expect to find Japanese aesthetics reflected in both traditional and modern designs. Adjacent gallery presents special exhibits.

LA Zoo 5333 Zoo Dr. (323) 644-6054. Several shops offer unique gifts plus a variety of plush toys not available elsewhere. Most items produced in fair trade areas near the world's rainforest. Give more than a gift; help save animals in the wild.

Universal CityWalk 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. (818) 622-9841. With over 30 unique stores as well as cinemas, dining, concerts and night spots, there's no limit to the fun gifts, clothes and specialty items you can score here. Nightly live holiday entertainment.

West Hollywood Gateway 7100 Santa Monica Blvd. (323) 785-2560. This extraordinary Shopping Center houses arguably the most popular Target in the U.S. where celebrities and the Hollywood elite shop. Also includes Best Buy and numerous restaurants and shops. While there, stop by the historical Formosa Café located on the original Route 66 Highway! You might run into Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio or a number of other local celebs who frequent there!

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