Los Angeles has some great outdoor shopping areas and shopping districts that you'll find in the Los Angeles Shopping Guide. Many of the old indoor malls have removed the communal roof to become outdoor malls. There are also plenty of neighborhood malls built in the 1950s to 70s that look just like malls in the rest of the country. The indoor shopping malls listed here are only those worthy of being considered a "destination mall," either by virtue of their location or what they have to offer serious mall shoppers, and they are primarily enclosed, so you can completely escape the weather, whether it's too hot, or occasionally too wet.
South Coast Plaza is Orange County's answer to Rodeo Drive - only much bigger, grander and more profitable. The shopping center covers 128 acres including two separate enclosed malls attached by an enclosed footbridge and various outdoor areas. It is the largest (by square footage) and most visited shopping center in the country. Various international tour companies, especially those from Japan, include this retail Mecca as a tourist destination. There are six valet parking stations and Currency Exchange and translation services are available.
The Beverly Center is a mid-century whale of a mall that doesn't look like much from outside but has fun Mid-Century Modern decor and some of the ritziest shops around. It's located in West Los Angeles between Beverly Hills and Hollywood. There are over 160 brand name stores including Hugo Boss, Dior, Coach, and Diesel. Anchor stores are Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. Foreign language directories and translators are available in Spanish, Japanese and Chinese through Guest Services. Special tourism promotions are available including hotel shuttle service, fashion consultations, spa packages, and dining discounts.
The Glendale Galleria is a large indoor mall with more than 260 stores and restaurants on three levels. Anchor department stores are JCPenney, Nordstrom, Mervyn's, and Macy's. They’ve added Coach and BEBE to the traditional Ann Taylor and Casual Corner. Plenty of men’s apparel and gadget shops, teen interest and kid stuff to keep the whole family happy. Valet parking on weekends.
Hollywood & Highland Center is mostly open air but has some lower levels that are enclosed. You can hardly visit Hollywood without stopping here since it is attached to the famed Chinese Theatre and the Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards. Hollywood and Highland hosts several trendy boutiques and restaurants. Concerts and holiday activities are held in the public areas and TV show tapings occur regularly in and around the complex. A booklet of discount offers is available at the Visitors Center near the Dolby Theatre street entrance.
I probably wouldn't drive all the way to Pasadena from across town to shop at Paseo Colorado, but if you're in the Pasadena area and looking for an escape for the heat or rain, Paseo Colorado offers a range of shops from DSW Shoe Warehouse to Coach and a nice selection of restaurants. It's just a few blocks down the street from the historic outdoor shopping area at One Colorado, but Paseo Colorado is enclosed.
Easily accessible from the Beach cities area (Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches), the Del Amo Fashion Center used to be the largest mall in the western United States with over 350 stores, but it has been undergoing a remodel to make more of it an outdoor mall, bringing the number of stores down to just over 200. Department stores include Macy’s, Macy’s Home and Furniture, Sears, JC Penney, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls. Del Amo also has multiple food courts and 12,500 parking spaces. It's not exactly a showplace, but the sheer number of stores is impressive.
Skip the Sherman Oaks Galleria
Once upon a time - shortly after it opened in the 80s - the Sherman Oaks Galleria was the place to shop for all the cool Valley girls. It's been featured by name in some iconic coming of age movies and used as a set for a bunch of others. It was the basis for Frank Zappa's 1982 "Valley Girl" which sparked an "Ultimate Valley Girl Competition" at the Galleria on the TV show Real People. So some people with long memories still think it's a "thing". Unfortunately, in 1994 damage from the Northridge earthquake kept a major anchor store closed for a long time, which eventually led to most of the stores leaving. The mall was closed from 1999 to 2002 for major renovation and got more of an open-air format, but the shops never came back. There are a few chain restaurants, a handful of stores, an ArcLight Cinema, a gym and a bunch of offices. So hold on to the Fast Times at Ridgemont High memory and skip this non-mall.