321 North Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA, US, 90004
- Phone: (323) 665-0344
- Fax: (323) 665-1152
This cigar shop has been in business since the 1940s. It started out selling only its own line of cigars which were simple but high in quality and flavor.These days, the owners sell 25-30 other brands in addition to their own line, which has evolved into a premium cigar over the decades. The owners sell their cigars in boxes with bands. Cigar lovers should definitely give the house brand a try as it is aromatic and delightful. Call for open hours.
This is the store to come to for information about Japan. It carries an enormous inventory of English language books about Japan, as well as books in the Japanese language. You can also find Japanese magazines, CDs, computer software and videos in Japanese with English subtitles.
Whether you're a lawyer, law student or simply a fan of legal drama on television, you would want to check this place out. It offers an incredible stock of books covering every aspect of law, ranging from civil and criminal to wills, contracts and trial handbooks. Plus, its downtown location, just one block from the criminal courthouse, makes it a quick stop for those doing business at the courts.
Fugetso-Do, a small Japanese sweet shop, open since 1903, is the oldest business in the Little Tokyo area. They sell candies, sweet bean paste, rice crackers and taffy, cake and other confections. The decor of this store is old fashioned but welcoming. You will surely be amazed by the wide variety at this sweet store. The specialty here is the Mochi, Japenese confection made out of steamed glutinous rice. Fugetsu-Do founder, Seiichi Kito is the one who originally created the popular fortune cookie concept. And yes, they are freshly made every morning!
The place is a paradise found for any hipsterette or eccentric fashionista. In short, the store carries some of the most striking and eye-catching t-shirts and tunics in town. But that's not all; there are denims, leggings, frocks and mounds of trendy accessories, all original and with a twist. Sourced directly from select Japanese artists and designers, Popkiller's assortment is unique, edgy and plain unruly in its rampant variety. Furthermore, it spans through mind-boggling miscellany, from fashion eyewear to post cards, stickers and magnets, to weird toys and puzzling gadgets. Grab a 2-hour parking spot on the street, or in a nearby cheap lot and dive in. You owe it to yourself to experience Popkiller first-hand. - Jamie Zum
The oldest open air market in the city, the Grand Central Market is located in the bustling downtown area of Los Angeles. This has been a one stop shopping destination for everyday wants since 1917. From fresh produce to fresh meats, perfumes to liquor and jewelry to grains, you will find all you need. This huge market even has several restaurants on-site and is known as a foodie's paradise. Come and experience the flavors and sights of this market; a favorite with locals!
Located in Little Tokyo, this outdoor collection of shops boasts beautiful architecture and fine, high-end Japanese merchandise. The exposed wood frames of the Japanese Village Plaza Mall building go well with the blue tile roof and the traditional Japanese lookout tower. Find authentic kimonos, trendy golf clothing and accessories, clothing, holistic herbs, traditional Japanese ceramics, gifts and several delicious Japanese restaurants like Yagura Ichiban and Rascals in this fantastic mall. You will find a lot to admire in the shops and a lot to make your mouth water in the restaurants. Call for more details.
Push Emporium is a chic little downtown store that sells local designer garments, knick-knacks, flowers, and oh, yes, they even run a special "dirty girls" dry-cleaning service that delivers to your doorstep! Brands that figure here include Ya Ya, AG Jeans, Sew Sew, and Tuff Gong, the last being their biggest patron-puller. Who knows, you may just step in for a pair of jeans and leave with a bouquet of posies!
It is no small feat for an independent bookstore to stay in business during the times when even giant chains cave in. It is a downright marvel when a brand-new bookstore emerges and proceeds to forge upstream against the general trend of brick-and-mortar decline. One such miracle occurred in the midst of the Downtown Arts District in 2011 when The Last Bookstore opened its doors, dazzling eager bibliophiles and inquisitive passers-by with its spacious, beautifully laid-out interior packed full of new and used editions of every genre. With its affordable prices, friendly staff and a massive, continuously changing collection, the bookstore quickly claimed for itself a permanent place among the most popular destination of Downtown LA.
This fun shop is located in the wine cellar of the Sepulveda House, an Eastlake Victorian house built in 1887. Gonzales Candle Shop opened in 1929 and is still owned by the same family. It was one of the first candle producers to put perfume into wax. The scented votive is very popular. The owners make their own tapers and all of the wax is poured by hand. The candles are snapped up for use in movies and television shows and are frequently bought by churches.
Manufacturer of an extensive line of premium chocolates and other confectionery products, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has 335 locations around the world. You can find boxed chocolates, sugar free candies, Rocky Mountain mints gift box, Rocky Mountain chocolate cocoa and non- chocolate items like Peanut Brittle Tub, Cashew Brittle Tub, Rocky Pop Tub and a lot more. The special gift basket of mix chocolate goodies is a perfect gift you can give someone special. Famous Caramel Apples, Fudge and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries are a must try which are available at selected outlets only. You can shop till you drop as the rates go easy on the wallet!
This book shop sells rare and antique books dealing with the history of California. Browse through the 95-cent table, where there are always great bargains. The shop has been open for more than 45 years and is the place to go if you are looking for something about Los Angeles and California.