Comfort Inn & Suites
7330 Eastern Ave.
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Phone: (562) 928-3452
Fax: (562) 928-9851
A few minutes south of downtown Los Angeles stands this small and unique bookstore. The stock features all Spanish language books with a religious focus. In addition to the many hardcovers and paperbacks, the store also offers a wide variety of articles, pamphlets and even some old manuscripts. Although prices vary, the bulk of the selection easily fits into any budget. Call for open hours.
This shopping venue is a fantastic collection of outlet stores. Shops include Ann Taylor, BCBG, Bennetton, Betsey Johnson, Eddie Bauer, Joan & David, London Fog, Old Navy, Paul Jardin, Geoffrey Beene, L'Eggs and many more. There is a food court with seven restaurants where you can refresh yourself after spending too much money. Like most outlet stores, the clothes here are often slightly flawed or were not selling well in the regular stores, but the prices almost always make up for these small drawbacks.
For an authentic Mexican-flavored market, head to this place (also called Grande Mercado) to shop among the locals. Located in the heart of East L.A., the three-storey building is stocked with Mexican foods, clothing, leather goods and plenty of souvenirs. Eat to the beat of impressive mariachi tunes at one of the traditional Mexican restaurants or food stands...it's all here. Credit cards may be accepted by individual vendors.
Founded in 1952, La Mascota Bakery is a slice of Los Angeles' history. The third generation owners serve delicious Mexican delights. Be sure to try out the pan dulce (sweet bread), bobillos (rolls), cookies, cakes and other delicious items. This is an every-morning stop for many locals in the area who come for their daily dose of pastries and cafe con leche. You won't want to miss this Los Angeles landmark; it is a real taste of the Hispanic culture that has thrived at La Mascota Bakery for centuries.
What this place may be lacking in gimmicks, it certainly makes up for in selection and service. It is located in East L.A. and,as you might expect, pretty much runs the gamut when it comes to law books. It also features a great section entirely devoted to bar exam preparation. Parking is free and the staff is very helpful.
This urban indoor flea market is spread out over 10,000 square feet of space with gorgeous vaulted ceilings and exposed brickwork. Tucked away in the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles, the Arts District Flea is an amalgamation of vendors with locally made products and handcrafted items. Find delicate silver bow necklaces or a gorgeous sturdy reclaimed wood coffee table. Local art can also be found here, adding a pop of color and character to your space.
Located in art district of downtown Los Angeles, Poketo offers well designed apparel, housewares, decor and stationery which will color your life. With a mission in "art for your everyday", they're products are fun,simple, and functional such as Bongo, a wirelessly speaker that looks like a wooden old style radio. Poketo is a good place to shop for women in particular because it provides a variety of costumes and accessories designed especially for this shop. Not only products, the shop itself also is well decor and all items are well categorized, which creates a comfortable shopping environment for you.
One of the quirkiest offerings of downtown LA, this inimitable toy-bearing colossus is tucked away in a district less trodden, generally known as the artists' colony, just east of Little Tokyo. The store's bold pop-art exterior is a sight to behold in and of itself. But once you walk inside, you will be greeted with two heaping stories worth of toys, curious and novelty gadgets of every kind: all of which are a spectacle not to be missed. Also known as one of the biggest outlets of imported toys in SoCal, Mega Toys offers unfathomable multitudes of marvelous playthings for girls and boys. Furthermore, you can find both knockoffs of all popular Western toys and some utterly bizarre specimens of Asian whimsy, all available to you at low prices.
The Galleria Shopping Center is a thriving mall at the heart of Little Tokyo. At the Galleria you can indulge in a little retail therapy at one the many boutiques and shops spread across three levels or knock down a few pins at the bowling alley. The mall is best known for its excellent market, located at the ground level. The market offers a selection of Japanese and Korean products, a fresh seafood counter, produce and even a sushi and sashimi bar. The Galleria also boasts a variety of restaurants, cafes and bakeries that have come to be a regular lunch destination for many.
Certainly the most fragrant of LA's wholesale markets is this colorful exhibition catering to flower merchants from all over Southern California. In order to fully experience the remarkable selection, you have to be a merchant or know one and arrive at about 2am. However, there are still plenty of flowers and potted plants available at rock bottom prices when the market opens to the public at 8am. The market, which has been in business since 1923, spans two warehouses with more than 100 stalls of vendors. Credit cards are often accepted, but they vary by vendor. Open from Monday to Saturday from 6 am or 8 am until noon.
Shoppers wake up early to see the stalls full of blooming flowers and greens. Everybody in Los Angeles comes here to get their fill of flowers; restaurateurs come early to get their hands on the choicest picks. It is a great experience and fun for the whole family and definitely a nice way to start a day of sightseeing in Los Angeles. You can get in here during early morning hours, depending on the day, and see what bargains and buds are to be had. Check website for timings.
Los Angeles Flower Market, a floral extravaganza, opens in the wee hours of the morning to merchants, and then, to the general public, a few hours later. It never seems to be early enough, however, in this city of early risers. A truly unique experience; the scents produced by such a gathering of flowers in one place are amazing. Look for the busy time to be around the Rose Bowl in January. Credit card acceptability will vary according to vendor.