588 S. Atlantic Blvd.
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Phone: (626) 308-9600
Fax: (626) 308-1980
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.
It is hard to find a good Italian market outside of Italy or New York but Claro's is a gem. They sell everything Italian, from sausage and meats to all the cheeses (buffalo mozzarrella, provolone, ricotta, mascarpone). They sell some great dried pastas in unusual shapes and canned sauces. For those who make their own sauce, they sell all the necessary ingredients, from canned tomatoes to olive oil and herbs. Grab some sweets too, like a bag of authentic biscotti or freshly made cannoli. There are several other locations, including West Covina, San Gabriel, and Arcadia.
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.
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.
If it has anything to do with toys and dinosaurs, you'll find it here. It is no secret that kids love dinosaurs and are fascinated by them, so your little ones will love this shop loaded with stuffed dinosaurs, dinosaur puzzles, dinosaur-themed games, dinosaur stationery and much more. Your kids will have fun and learn about these ancient creatures at the same time. You never know, you might have a budding paleontologist on your hands.
Don't be surprised to find the ghost of Agatha Christie roaming these aisles! This great, semi-out-of-the-way place is devoted entirely to the mystery novel. The selection (including contemporary, crime fiction and British imports), staff and atmosphere are worth a visit by anyone with an interest in this classic genre. The store also offers special events ranging from author signings to a monthly mystery reading group.
Mission Wines sells wine and only wine; they do not stock spirits or beer. It is a great little shop featuring an eclectic mix of wines from around the world. They feature wine tastings and a helpful family staff. They may not be the largest wine seller in town nor do they have many hard-to-find labels, but they have great prices and a comfortable atmosphere, making wine shopping and tasting fun the way it should be. Be prepared to spend some time here browsing and tasting.
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.
If you are looking for LPs and CDs of latest pop releases at this music store, then you are in for disappointment. However, for those avid record collectors with an eye for rare mint vinyls, box sets, books and accessories, Mount Analog is a winner. Located on the North Figueroa Street, this store has a decent collection of vintage records to choose from. If you are spoiled for choices, then you can play your selection on one of turntables and pick the best ones to take home. Apart from this, the store also doubles up as a venue for concerts by various local or touring artists and bands. Art exhibitions and film screenings are also held here, thus making this a vibrant arts center for locals. Call ahead to know more about Mount Analog.
Shareen Mitchell offers a huge collection of Vintage wares. A 2000 square foot place in the heart of downtown, this is a popular shopping destination and a hit among celebrities like Lindsay Lohan. Don't bother about a trial room, go ahead and try anything, anywhere: one of the benefits when you visit this women's-only paradise. Funky, playful clothes and accessories don the racks at this exclusive fashion-first store.
Following the motto 'Freedom of Choice', Galco’s Soda Pop Stop offers visitors an extensive variety of these fizzy drinks. Galco's began as an Italian grocery store in 1897, but changed face when the owner's son John F. Nese took charge in 1995. The shelves of this store are lined with more than 500 flavors of carbonated drinks. Take your pick from lemon, cherry, cream, chocolate, or the classic cola, orange and many more flavors. The store also sells non-carbonated drinks along with beers and wines.