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Strolling Lanes

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Melrose Place, West Hollywood

With flagships such as Marc Jacobs (credited with putting the street on the fashion map in 2005), Carolina Herrera and Monique Lhuillier, this tree-lined nook is poised to be the next Rodeo. Refuel and rub elbows with ladies who lunch at Comme Ça or Lucques along nearby Melrose Avenue.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Melrose Place: Carolina Herrera
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Melrose Place: Comme Ça
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Melrose Place: Santa Maria Novella

Don't miss Florence-based Santa Maria Novella apothecary for soaps and scents.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Melrose Place: Santa Maria Novella
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Abbot Kinney, Venice

Once a hippie haven, this lively boulevard is a curious mix of high and low, with patisseries and designer boutiques sharing sidewalk space with food trucks and New Age shops. Arm yourself with a latte (made with organic milk!) from Intelligentsia (pictured) before stepping into the preppy-meets-edgy Steven Alan annex. Or drop by Firefly, a tastefully curated emporium of baby toys, architecture books and jewelry.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Abbot Kinney: Firefly
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Abbot Kinney: Firefly
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Abbot Kinney: Jin Patisserie

Don't miss afternoon tea on the sun-dappled patio at Jin Patisserie.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Robertson Boulevard

Bordering Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, this shopping strip is synonymous with celebs and the paparazzi who love them. It's a who's who of the fashion world, with designer boutiques such as Tory Burch (pictured) and Alice + Olivia, along with U.K.-based brand Reiss and Los Angeles mecca Kitson. It's practically the retail arm of celeb mags such as People and Us Weekly.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

Robertson Boulevard: Alice + Olivia
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Robertson Boulevard: Kitson
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Robertson Boulevard: Kitson
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Robertson Boulevard: Chanel

Don't miss the black-and-white gallerylike Chanel concept store.

Photo: Amber Procaccini

These walkable blocks are a welcome change in a city where car culture prevails.

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Miss Sixty
Surely you could have located a better photo of verdant Melrose Place than the one you used!
4/3/2011 9:56:15 PM

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