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Secondhand Shopping Trip: Melrose Avenue (Los Angeles)

Two of my favorite things to do on weekends are eating and secondhand shopping. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of vintage shops or amazing restaurants in Los Angeles. Here’s my itinerary for the perfect day vintage shopping in the Melrose area.

Don’t forget to check restaurant and store hours before you embark on your Melrose shopping day!

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Tartine Sycamore

911 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Start your day with the breakfast of champions at Tartine Sycamore. Originally a San Francisco staple, Tartine is famous for their popular breads and pastries. Try their signature coffee and morning bun, or my personal favorite, the seasonal hand pie. 

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Pop Up Home

927 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Recently voted one of Architectural Digest’s best home decor shops in Los Angeles, this massive showroom is the brainchild of Tricia Beanum, aka the Queen of Estate Sales. A vintage Vladimir Kagan sectional will sometimes make an appearance while decorative items can be found at under $100.

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Wasteland Hollywood

7428 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
The buyers at Wasteland are HYPER discerning, and you’ll find that many stylists will sell their celebrity clients’ off-season hand-me-downs here. Luxury labels like Gucci and Chanel are in constant rotation at a steep discount, along with one-of-a-kind vintage pieces.

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Crossroads Trading (Hollywood, Melrose)

7409 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
What usually doesn’t end up on the racks at Wasteland will find their way across the street at Crossroads Trading, their selection being highly current yet refreshingly accessible at a fraction of retail. Louis Vuitton and Chanel also make an appearance on the shelves here.

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Tacos 1986

7235 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Voted one of the best new restaurants in LA by TimeOut and now constantly on everyone’s Best Tacos list, Tacos 1986 has perfected a limited menu of Tijuana-style tacos, quesadillas, muelitas and vampiros with four options for fillings. My favorites: the mushroom taco and chicken muelita. (Also vegan and gluten-free friendly!)

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Recess LA

111 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
My all-time favorite vintage shop in Los Angeles! Owner Marie Monsad curates the most incredible collection of vintage and luxury clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories. It’s impossible to leave without wanting everything.

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Bonus!! Melrose Trading Post

7850 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
If you’re feeling super ambitious, add Melrose Trading Post to your Melrose shopping itinerary. This open-air flea market is open every Sunday at Fairfax High School and benefits its arts and leadership programs. Take a break from shopping handcrafted goods and vintage wares by checking out onstage performances from local musicians.

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