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After returning from a cruise to Hawaii, we will be spending a single day in Los Angeles. We will already have spent a couple of days there before the cruise, so the plan is to just spend that day shopping.

We will not have a car, so we expect to make do with taxis and/or shuttles.

What are our best options? We were thinking a mall with a nearby hotel. Bonus points if it is fairly close to LAX. We would like to shop for "normal" clothes (i.e. not super-expensive designer brands), consumer electronics and so on, so I guess any medium/large mall would do. Any shop with cake decorating equipment (Michaels or similar) would also be super.

I have been looking at South Coast Plaza and Glendale Galleria, but they seem to be a bit far away from LAX. Westfield Culver City seemed somewhat closer, but according to Yelp it is a bit "ghetto" (whatever that means).

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Are you planning to buy anything in particular or would any mega mall do? –  Peter Hahndorf Jan 29 '12 at 10:48
    
Hi @Rasmus Faber. As per our faq, I'm sorry, but for reasons linked to in the FAQ, we avoid having shopping questions. Please feel free to ask other questions about Los Angeles, cruises, or Hawaii, but just not shopping - sorry! –  Mark Mayo Jan 29 '12 at 10:53
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@Mark Mayo: Unless I totally misread the FAQ, the "shopping related"-questions that are not allowed are "which backpack should I buy", "what is the best laptop for traveling" etc., not "where should I shop in a foreign country". –  Rasmus Faber Jan 29 '12 at 11:19
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@RasmusFaber - sorry, I should have been more specific. You're right in that 'which backpack' is the problem in the FAQ, and I admit I skim read and merely thought of a similar question we closed until reword - travel.stackexchange.com/q/3485/101 - Stackexchange is historically unfond of shopping questions. However, even given that, to ask where to shop in a city (Los Angeles) that covers 500 square miles is rather vague. If you could say what you're after - sports, souvenir, designer clothes etc, we could see it as being possible to reopen. Thanks for the polite query. –  Mark Mayo Jan 29 '12 at 11:49
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For the Stack Exchange view on shopping please read this blog entry by Jeff Atwood: Q&A is Hard, Let’s Go Shopping! –  hippietrail Jan 29 '12 at 16:11
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The page 'Malls and Shopping Centers - LAX Area' has various place close to LAX, the same site also has lists for other areas of LA.

I haven't been to any of the ones around LAX, I guess they are pretty generic but maybe good enough for your needs. If you want to escape the malls, Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica is a nice enough pedestrian area, but it's a bit further away, but the beach is really close.

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Thank you very much. We have booked a hotel in Santa Monica - it looks great. –  Rasmus Faber Jan 31 '12 at 9:14
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