T+L asked L.A.’s tastemakers to show us around town—here are our favorite spots to browse and bargain.
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L.A. Confidential

Jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer—whose delicate rings and necklaces are all handmade in the city—opens up her little black book.

For beauty: Violet Grey (8452 Melrose Place) is a gem of a store showcasing products picked by Hollywood’s top makeup artists. You walk out with a curated collection of essentials to use, start to finish.

The kids: I have a 7½-year-old and a 5-year-old, and Poppy (225 26th St.), in Brentwood Country Mart, is great for swimsuits, party dresses, Hunter Boots, and Salt Water shoes—my daughter lives in them.

Gourmet groceries: Next door to Poppy is Farmshop (225 26th St.), where I buy cheeses (I let the staff choose for me), meats, and wine. You can also grab sandwiches for a picnic, something we do all the time here.

Décor and gifts: Heath Ceramics (7525 Beverly Blvd.) sells bud vases and plates—the colors are out of this world. I have their pink vases in my house.

Prêt-à-porter: I love the new Saint Laurent (469 N. Rodeo Dr.) store. Hedi Slimane is brilliant, and there’s something to be said for shopping in a light, beautiful space like this one.

One-stop shop: Since L.A. is so spread out, I head to Barneys New York (189 The Grove Dr.) for bags, clothing, you name it. Some of my go-to brands: Raquel Allegra, Band of Outsiders, and Current/Elliott. They carry both classic and eclectic jewelry. I’ll mix my own collection, which is sold there, with bigger statement pieces from Céline.

West vs. East

A long-standing coastal rivalry is now playing out between L.A.’s top shopping districts. Here’s how two of-the-moment streets stack up.

Rose Avenue, Venice

As Abbot Kinney Boulevard hosts more designer brands, this two-block stretch keeps the funky spirit of Venice alive.

Design Showrooms: Big Red Sun An innovative landscape architecture firm that also sells garden furniture, planters, and succulent arrangements. 560 Rose Ave..

Concept Stores: Golden State Store You’ll find tops by Laguna Beach designer Kerry Cassill alongside decorative objects and gourmet snacks. 564 Rose Ave..

Clothing: ME & Blue Owner M. E. Ster-Molnar specializes in wear-anywhere bohemian tunics and hand-dyed vintage slips. 566 Rose Ave..

York Boulevard, Highland Park

Clothing and furniture; speakeasies and cafés—York Boulevard is the edgy alternative to Silver Lake and Echo Park.

Design Showrooms: Matters of Space Founders P. J. Roden and Katerina Gabbro offer interior design services, plus custom furnishings and fine arts and crafts. 5005 York Blvd..

Concept Stores: Bughouse Art & Design A gallery, retail lab, and event space by artists Rebecca Johnson and Jeff Klarin (his rock-inspired canvases are legendary). 5050 York Blvd..

Clothing: Honeywood Vintage Nouveau hippies clamor for Vanessa Dingwell’s embroidered cotton dresses, serapes, and Mexican folk-art textiles. 5117 York Blvd.

The California Kitchen

These locally made treats, found at farmers’ markets and gourmet groceries, offer both sweet and savory tastes of L.A.

RX Tonic: Juicing fanatics down a blend of celery, yam, lemon, ginger, turmeric, and garlic to aid digestion. 317 S. Broadway; $5.

DTLA Idyllwild: Grate this aged, hard-​pressed goat-milk cheese over everything, especially heirloom tomatoes. 317 S. Broadway; $18.

The Sweetness of Being Rose Goji Chocolate: Handmade bars with stone-ground cacao, raw honey, goji berries, Himalayan sea salt, rose oil, and a pinch of Mucuna pruriens. 564 Rose Ave., Venice; $5.

Saving the Season Lime Marmalade: Cookbook author Kevin West crafts long-soak English marmalades with local lime and a hint of ginger. 317 S. Broadway; $12.

Sqirl Seasonal Preserves: Reinvent breakfast toast with a range of artisanal spreads by jam maker and restaurateur Jessica Koslow. Our favorite flavor: blackberry lemon verbena. 720 N. Virgil Ave.; $12.

Malibu Honey: We’re hooked on this pure, aromatic nectar produced by bees that feed on wildflowers and sage from Santa Monica and the San Gabriel Mountains. 564 Rose Ave., Venice; $16.

Farmer Dave’s Roasted Hot Nuts: Almonds—the official snack of Hollywood—fire-​blasted with habanero, vinegar, and tomato paste. 511 Rose Ave., Venice; $12.

Chili-Covered Pineapple: This dried-fruit treat delivers tiki taste with a Mexican kick—all in one bite. A&B Coffee, 317 S. Broadway; 626/​716-0705; $2.50.

Little Dom’s Pickled Green Tomatoes: Bread-and-butter pickling and a jolt of crushed red pepper amp up a Southern specialty. 2128 Hillhurst Ave.; $8.

By Katie JamesJacqueline GiffordDavid A. Keeps and Jacqueline Gifford