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The Santee Alley

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Address: 210 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015-1775
Phone Number: +1 213-488-1153
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Cheap Shopping, but Worth the Visit

If in Los Angeles, Santee Alley is a must. The shopping is great and cheap. The food is good and the atmosphere is something that must be experienced.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 September 2016
John R
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

If in Los Angeles, Santee Alley is a must. The shopping is great and cheap. The food is good and the atmosphere is something that must be experienced.

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Every time I am in Los Angeles I have a blast going here. The fabrics are amazing, craft stores, leather goods and the like are fun to seek and purchase. Haggling is often part of the culture. It's like going to a swap meet or Tijuana shopping area or?? Some booths are there for years and others come and go.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Hands down, my favorite place in LA!! Street vendors have tasty food!! The Alley Dog holds it down for tacos w fresh tortillas! Come ready to bargain! They have everything from cosmetics to electronics and everything in the middle! Great LA vibe!! Fair parking rates off Maple ace.

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New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

It's like traveling to a foreign country and going to their tourist flea market area. Santee Alley is just a small part of the Fashion District. Calling it the Fashion District makes it sound like an upscale part of Downtown LA but it's in a not so great part of downtown and you definitely don't want to walk around the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

Had a great time shopping here! Great deals & tons to choose from. Will definitely be returning for some winter shopping!

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Sarasota FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I am reviewing my Must Dos for LA and if you like Clothes and Shoes this is a must do!! Great Place to Buy Items to bring Home!

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Don't go here. Do not go here. Why are you still reading this, just don't go there. Okay, imagine a rubbish knock off market in inner city Leicester - it's worse. It is not "charming" the "festival" atmosphere is like wondering off the main route of Nottinghill Carnival at about midnight. You will not see fashion or student designers. Do... More 

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Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Seems like hundreds of little shops mostly selling the same things. There are some very good deals on things like hats, sunglasses, and watches, mostly knock offs. It's more than just an alley. There are shops for block in all directions from the alley. There are very few public restrooms and the ones that do exist are not very clean.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

Weekends here is like being in the Casbah. people and umbrellas everywhere. Hawkers selling their goods, stalls packed with people and music blasting. A real blast

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

Love, love Santee Alley for ball gown shopping. My husband is in the Marine Corps, so I need a new gown every year. Santee Alley is your one stop shop for the dress, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories. Make sure you start very early in the day and wear comfortable shoes. There's a lot of walking. Take cash, you don't... More 

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