Here's where to head for fantastic shopping destinations north to south. For additional shopping options, check out the regional itineraries throughout this guide.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ST. HELENA MAIN STREET
This charming Napa Valley town boasts a wide variety of shops, especially for food and wine enthusiasts. Don't miss Dean & DeLuca, where you can sample (and buy) the region's gastronomic delights.
SAN FRANCISCO UNION SQUARE AND FERRY BUILDING MARKETPLACE
Union Square is the place for high-end fashions such as Armani and Ferragamo, as well as the enormous Macy's department store. For incredible organic produce and artisan foods, visit the Ferry Building Marketplace near the Bay Bridge.
CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA AND MONTEREY
Artists love these beachfront towns along the Central Coast. In quaint Carmel, visit galleries and boutiques tucked away in quiet courtyards. In Monterey, load up on souvenirs along Cannery Row.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA STATE STREET
This pretty coastal city north of LA has great shopping within walking distance of the beach; look for galleries, vintage fashions and accessories. Farmers' markets offer wonderful foods at various locations throughout the week.
WEST HOLLYWOOD SANTA MONICA, SUNSET & ROBERTSON BOULEVARDS
Though less than 2 miles square, this town is full of fantastic shopping fnds, with trendy boutiques, sexy nightclubs and pavement cafes ideal for people watching. Keep the camera ready for celebrity sightings along these shop-lined streets.
BEVERLY HILLS RODEO, BEVERLY & CANON DRIVES
The stellar shopping here isn't just on ritzy Rodeo Drive, but also on neighbouring boutique-lined side streets, with beautiful fashions and accessories and fabulous opportunities for people watching.
SANTA MONICA MONTANA AVENUE AND FARMERS' MARKET
Stroll along Montana Avenue for cool boutiques and movie-star sightings. Sample organic produce and more, every Wednesday in Westchester Park.
VENICE ABBOT KINNEY BOULEVARD
For fashion-forward clothing and gifts with a beach-resort vibe, head to this artsy, sun-soaked strip, within walking distance of the beach.
COSTA MESA SOUTH COAST PLAZA
Think over-the-top razzle dazzle, ultimate designers, cutting-edge fashions and ultra-chic architecture at this spectacular mall with the highest concentration of luxury-brand designer boutiques in the country. Look for exquisite fashions and accessories from Christian Louboutin, Rolex, Balenciaga and Harry Winston jewels.
SAN DIEGO GASLAMP QUARTER & WESTFELD HORTON PLAZA
Stroll through the lovely Gaslamp Quarter for one-of-a-kind shops in restored historic buildings, and then walk to nearby Horton Plaza for countless retail stores, including Louis Vuitton.
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