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Los Angeles can be a hard city to figure out. That's because it's not really one city, it's many cities grafted together. Traffic and a serious lack of public transportation doesn't exactly help the cause, either. So when you visit, you need to have a game plan, a map and lots of recommendations from the locals.
Residents would argue that LA has the best vintage shopping in the U.S., and it's hard to argue with them. There are flea markets every weekend and shops dedicated to everything from deadstock eyewear to original Levi's and Wrangers.
The city is also a luxury shoppers' paradise, home to famous retail stretches like Melrose Place and Rodeo Drive. And although LA is a sprawling metropolis, it's also somewhat suburban. Virtually every chain store, a ton of unplundered Targets, and Nordstrom Racks and many (many) malls lie within its borders. To help you navigate, Racked LA editor Leslie Price has selected twelve must-stop shops, from cool indies to iconic haunts to a warehouse full of pristine vintage dresses—all after the jump.