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Los Angeles attractions

Los Angeles Tourist Information

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Shopping
Shopping malls are everywhere. The Hollywood & Highland mall is known for the Walk of Fame and Mann's Chinese Theater. Broadway in Downtown is a contrast with flea markets and cheap shopping locations.

Consulates

Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles - Century Plaza Towers, 31st Floor, 2029 Century Park East, Century City, Los Angeles CA 90067. Telephone - +1 310 229 2300

British Consulate-General in Los Angeles - 11766 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90025-6538.  Tel – +1 310 481-0031

Clothing

Casual dressing is the norm, but LA can be cold in the winter, and even in summer you’ll need a top in the evenings if you’re near the coast.  Sunglasses and hats to counter the daily sun are recommended for practical and fashionable purposes.

Electricity

The USA has a 110-120 V current, which is different from the 240V used in the UK.  Appliances that are not built for this current will need a transformer, and you may also need to purchase a two-pronged plug adaptor.

Time

LA is in the Pacific Time zone which is normally eight hours behind GMT.  For example when it’s midnight in LA, it’s 3 AM the next day in New York, 8 AM in London, 9 AM in central Europe, and 6PM in Australia.

Tipping

Tipping is very much expected, and is part of the reason why the USA is rightly famous for its service.  At the restaurant, staff will be hoping for 15 or twenty percent, while other people in the service industry such as taxi drivers, personal trainers, or hairdressers, might expect 10 percent.

Opening Hours

Most shops open and close fairly late in LA, with hours of ten am to nine pm fairly typical.  There also tends to be more activity on the weekends than in many other places with most places open normal hours on a Saturday and with at least partial service on Sunday.  Banks will keep more regular hours, and will not open on weekends, except one or two of the largest branches. ATM’s are however available around the clock.  During various public holidays throughout the year banks, shops and and other attractions may close, they are listed below.

Public Holidays

New Year’s Day (1 Jan)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Mon in Jan)
Presidents’ Day (3rd Mon in Feb)
Memorial Day (last Mon in May)
Independence Day (Jul 4)
Labor Day (1st Mon in Sep)
Columbus Day (2nd Mon in Oct)
Veterans’ Day (Nov 11)
Thanksgiving (4th Thu in Nov)
Christmas Day (Dec 25)

Information

LA inc is the city’s tourist information centre.  They operate two offices (333 South Hope Street, 18th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071 - tel: 213.624.7300) and are open office hours.  For more off the cuff advice, the Los Angeles Times has an excellent listings section, or one of the cities many radio stations may be able to help.

Medical

Although healthcare is of a good standard in Los Angeles, costs can be astronomical, particularly if something goes badly wrong.  It is wise therefore to check any health insurance before leaving your country, and if you are not covered for travel in the USA, you should seriously consider buying additional travel and health insurance.

Markets

Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States, the largest city in the state of California and the Western United States. It holds the status of a megacity, as it is the 14th largest urban area in the world. Known more by its initials, L.A., its record as a global centre of business, international trade, entertainment, fashion, technology, etc. has been the driving force in making it a very powerful economic centre in the U.S. Forbes.com has ranked it the world's eighth most economically powerful city, and third in the U.S. after New York City and Chicago (2008).
Only the Greater Tokyo Area and the New York metropolitan area head The Los Angeles combined statistical area, which has a gross metropolitan product (GMP) of $831 billion (2008). As is well known, LA houses Hollywood, and its title, “the Entertainment Capital of the World", is no surprise. LA leads the world in film and television productions, video games, and recorded music.
International trade, technology, tourism, fashion, apparel and entertainment are the governing forces of LA’s economy. Los Angeles is also the largest manufacturing centre in the western United States, making full use of fifth busiest port in the world created by conjoining the contiguous ports of LA and Long Beach. This port is crucial for trade within the Pacific Rim.
The city's largest private sector employer happens to be the University of Southern California (USC) which shells out $4 billion every year to the LA’s economy.

Markets
Shopping in Los Angeles:
Rodeo Drive. The three block long stretch of shops and boutiques on Rodeo Drive is the most famous shopping district in America, and probably the most expensive three blocks of shops in the world. It is here that the rich & famous do their shopping, and where tourists window-shop and try to spot movie stars on the fabled street.

You name a celebrated clothing designer or fashion figure and he/she can be found here. Locals spout names like Armani, Gucci, Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Valentino... Cartier and Tiffany, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Yves Saint Laurent, & Pierre Deux with gay abandon. Rodeo Drive also houses the single most expensive store in the world: Bijan (at 420 Rodeo Drive), which carries enough clout to force you to make an appointment in advance just to shop. On a typical visit, Bijan's average spender coughs up to $100,000 on men's fashions, which range from a ridiculous $50 for a pair of socks to $15,000 suits. Excess money has its own brand of megalomania.

The "Two Rodeo" centre, at the northeast corner of Wilshire & Rodeo, is worth a visit to see how cleverly it has been designed, by creating the apparition of two small, parallel streets that both appear to be at ground level. A small outdoor mall, "Two Rodeo" successfully gives you the impression of freestanding storefronts with different stonework. Tiffany, Cartier, Charles Jourdan, Valentino, Christian Dior, and Jose Eber have stores here.

Another luxury shopping centre in Los Angeles is at Westfield Century City. Over 100 boutiques featuring premier brands like Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Thomas Pink, BOSS, Hugo Boss, Theory, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Tiffany & Co., Cole Haan, Restoration Hardware, The Container Store, simplehuman, Apple, Swarovski Crystal, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s are found here.

Beverly Centre, located on La Cienega, San Vicente and Beverly Boulevards at the edge of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills is another of Southern California’s high-end fashion spots, with 160 specialty boutiques, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Burberry, D&G, Michael Kors and True Religion Brand Jeans. Moreover, point of difference retailers like Salvatore Ferragamo for Men, Henri Bendel, Traffic, Hugo Boss, Ben Sherman, Desigual and the only J. Lindeberg on the entire West Coast make shopping at Beverly Centre a unique experience.

The Grove, at 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, is yet another upper-end shopping centre that provides you the opportunity to shop at over 120 world renowned stores like Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap Kids, GUESS by Marciano, J. Crew, Janie and Jack, Jimmy Choo, Lalique, L’Occitane, Lucy Zahran & Co., M. Fredric, Michael Kors, Nike, Nordstrom, Baccarat, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Crate & Barrel, Stella McCartney, Victoria’s Secret and many others.

Mid Range Shopping: There are less glossy shopping centres for the average person, like the Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica; Main Street Santa Monica; Hollywood & Highland: upscale boutiques and mall staples in an outdoor Hollywood backdrop modeled after a movie set and Old Town Pasadena, a combination of chain stores and local boutiques in historic Old Town.
Bargain Shopping: Low priced shops are found at Venice Beach; Fashion District; Retro Row 4th Street in Long Beach; L.A.'s Broadway; and The Fabric District.


 
 

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