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If variety is the spice of life, then the stores along La Brea Avenue are both savory and sweet. Offering a unique selection of high fashion, vintage, streetwear and home decor, the street would rival more celebrated shopping thoroughfares like Robertson Boulevard or Melrose Heights if the shops weren't so far apart. --Enid Portuguez

  1. Iconology
    The store was one of two in LA to carry Karl Lagerfeld's one-off collection last year; current finds include looks from Behnaz Sarafpour, Jill Stuart and Rory Beca.

  2. Presse
    Presse's selection of designs by Vogue darlings Doo.Ri, Proenza Schouler and Vera Wang may be the reason why the magazine recently devoted a spread to its owners. Hey, if it's good enough for Anna Wintour ...

  3. Union
    No wonder this shop is frequented by LA's population of DJs-the T-shirts are wrapped and displayed like records in a crate.

  4. Undefeated
    This definitive sneaker store is often the first stop for limited edition, hard-to-find kicks. Cool points were also earned with a cameo on last season's "Entourage."

  5. Volcom
    Whether you get your thrills from a skateboard, snowboard or surfboard, this quintessentially California brand in streetwear has an outfit for you.

  6. World Denim Bar
    You're not a true Angeleno unless you have at least one pair of premium jeans in your closet. If you don't, World Denim Bar has a couple of hundred to choose from.
  7. Yellow (Now Closed)
    This shop's eclectic mix of high and low, vintage and new make it a go-to stop for celeb stylists and Hollywood wardrobe scouts.

  8. Publik Park
    Literally a shopper's playground, this new store features faux foliage, Astroturf and dressy-casual looks for men and women from up-and-coming designers like Bread and Butter and Sretsis.
  9. Sugar
    The feminine dresses and tops by Jak and Rae, Petro Zillia and Bianca Nero aren't the only things sweet at this unabashedly girly boutique. A platter of homemade cupcakes awaits every shopper who walks through the doors.

  10. J. Ransom
    Though this shop also carries women's clothing, it's the men's selection that's more prolific. Find club-ready looks from Morphine Generation, Genetic Denim and Howe.

  11. The Way We Wore
    Owner Doris Raymond's keen eye for pristine pieces makes this a must-stop shop for vintage lovers. Stylists and designers are also known to drop in to view Raymond's archived library for inspiration.
  12. Cafe Midi at American Rag
    The vintage pieces here are so well maintained and merchandised that they blend in well with the store's non-vintage items despite having their own section.

  13. Jet Rag
    Further north from most of the boutiques mentioned here, Jet Rag is especially worth visiting on Sundays, when goods are sold for $1 in the front parking lot.

  14. Jack's Eyewear
    If you can't find a vintage pair of Persols, Ray-Bans or Casels that suit your liking, owner Jack Berstein will bust out his monocle to help you.

  15. Maison Midi
    After perusing the frocks at sister stores American Rag and World Denim Bar, swing over to Maison Midi, where the dining sets scream French and the furniture scream "Do Not Sit."

  16. Barclay Butera
    International finds abound at this well-known furniture showroom. The price tags, however, are just as costly as a trip to another country.

  17. Algabar
    Candles, soaps and a gourmet tasting bar are some of the goodies found at Algabar. Its most precious commodities, however, are the teas and the sets to pour them in.

  18. Dear John
    Aside from the beautiful stationery and antique gifts, Dear John also has a functioning, appointment-only hair salon in the back.

  19. Pulp
    If you think stationery consists of just pieces of paper and envelopes, step into Pulp and be proven otherwise.

  20. Grab some brunch

  21. Do some yoga

  22. Stock up on cheese

  23. Pig out