Top Things To Do At The Grove Mall, Los Angeles
The Grove Mall, Los Angeles is an iconic destination near to the glitz of Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
We were lucky enough to spend December 2018 house sitting across the road from The Grove Mall so we got to explore it quite a bit.
The Grove Mall is THE shopping and entertainment spot in Los Angeles so it attracts a lot of attention.
There is so much more to the mall than just shopping though, so here are our ideas for things to do at the Grove Mall.
The Grove Mall ( not our photo )
Shop Till You Drop In The Wonderful Stores
If you love shopping then you’ll love visiting all the stores at The Grove Mall.
There’s a large selection with the big stores like Nordstrom, Nike and Apple to small boutique independent stores.
Even though the Grove is definitely upmarket it still has some down to earth stores like Gap, Topshop and Topman and Barnes and Noble.
We loved spending hours in the Barnes and Noble book shop.
Set over three floors it has every type of book you could wish for.
Not officially in the Grove Mall but just around the corner is Cost Plus World Market where you can buy lots of international goodies and unusual items.
As we were there for Christmas we managed to buy mince pies and Christmas Pudding.
There also the famous Farmers Market next door but I’ll talk about that a bit later on.
Barnes And Noble Bookstore
Ride The Grove Trolley
A really nice and unique feature of the Grove Mall is the trolley that runs the length of the mall.
The double-decked trolley is built on a 1950s Boston Streetcar undercarriage complete with costumed conductor and driver.
The line gets long for the ride especially during special occasions like Christmas.
The ride is free and a lot of fun.
The Grove Trolley
About To Ride The Grove Trolley
Catch A Movie At The Pacific Theatre
The Pacific Theatre at the Grove is lovely and we went to see a movie on Christmas Eve ( it’s a tradition of ours to see a movie, Christmas Eve ).
The interior is art deco and the screens are good with nice leather seating.
Although we enjoyed the experience, the movie tickets were probably the most expensive we’ve ever bought at just under $16 for an adult.
But it’s definitely one of the nicer movie theatres we’ve been to in the States.
Interior Of The Pacific Movie Theatre
Annabel was so excited to see celebrities in LA and we thought we weren’t going to see any until we spotted Jennifer Lopez doing a bit of last minute shopping on Christmas Eve at the Grove Mall.
The Grove and the Farmers Market are supposed to be favourite destinations for the stars to hang out.
To be honest it felt like we might have seen more but not recognised them in amongst everyone else.
There are definitely lots of people there who if not stars look glamorous enough to be.
When we saw JLo she had security with her and attracted quite a large crowd of onlookers.
It was pretty cool and just walking around The Grove you wonder who you might bump into.
We Were Lucky Enough To Spot Jennifer Lopez At The Grove
Enjoy Cheesecake At The Cheesecake Factory
Right next door to the Pacific Theatre you’ll find the Cheesecake Factory (one of our favourites when we’re in the US ).
We managed to get a table out on the balcony overlooking the main street of the Grove which was really nice but the interior is cool too.
The number of cheesecake types is astonishing which makes it really difficult to choose but after much deliberation, we made our choices.
It’s very popular and we had to wait about 15 minutes for a table but it’s worth it as a treat.
The Cheesecake Factory
Lots Of Delicious Choices At The Cheesecake Factory
See the Supercars
Lots of wealthy people come to the Grove Mall so if you go around to the valet parking area you’ll see some amazing cars parked there.
I guess that quite a few people in LA want to be seen and their cars certainly get them a lot of attention.
Go to the main street exit by the trolley station to see the cars parked there.
Unfortunately Neither Of These Belonged To Us
Explore The Farmers Market
In 1934, Fred Beck & Roger Dahlhjelm wanted to build a village on this site where fresh farmers produce could be sold.
Farmers, first of all, sold produce from their trucks but within a short period, permanent structure were built for new restaurants and stall holders to sell from.
Today it’s a favourite spot for locals and tourists to come and sample the fine produce, unique food stalls and craft shops here.
It gets busy so try and get there early or later in the evening to avoid the busloads of tourists.
The Famous Farmers Market Clock Tower
Be Spellbound By The Dancing Fountain
Located just across from the Pacific Theatre, The Dancing Fountain springs into action every hour.
The fountains are choreographed to songs by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and other iconic singers.
During festive periods the music will reflect the celebrations.
The fountains are set in a lovely oasis in the centre of the Grove Mall.
The Dancing Fountain At The Grove Mall
Visit During The Holidays
We were lucky enough to be staying right next to The Grove Mall right through Christmas time.
The decorations were brilliant with lots of lights and of course the huge Christmas tree that’s brought in from McLeod, California.
It’s over 100 feet tall and covered with 15,000 lights.
The whole mall looks completely magical all lit up at night time.
There’s even a Santa’s Grotto built in the centre of the Grove that looks amazing.
The Grove is filled with Christmas goodies and festive spirit making it an ideal time to visit.
The Grove Mall Decorated For Christmas
The Grove Mall All Lit Up For Christmas
The Grove Mall Christmas Tree