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rodeo drive street signs los angeles california Peripatetic strolls along Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills are a must; the sidewalks are generously dusted with the most elegant and exclusive shops in the world. Note: Beverly Hills cops will fine you big-time for crossing the city streets except at designated crosswalks.

Don't miss the chance to meander through the shops and stalls of the Farmers Market on Fairfax Avenue and West Third Street. You may even catch a glimpse of a few movie stars or studio execs grabbing a quick power breakfast. Legend has it that Walt Disney used to sit at a table for breakfast while he designed Disneyland. Sure, it tends to fill up with tourists by the busload, but it's still a fun place to check out.

For hip, eclectic finds like vintage clothing and local art, head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

Melrose Avenue is the place to find avant-garde fashions, kitschy gifts, home accessories and pop art. Try Wasteland for second-hand vintage and designer clothes, or Thanks for the Memories for art deco design pieces.

For breezy, upscale affluence, head to Santa Monica's Montana Avenue. Unique boutiques and galleries brim with designer fashions and home furnishings; when you're ready for a break, you can take a yoga class or visit the spa.

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