For those who don’t know the area, they might think when it comes to shopping in Malibu it’s a ghost town. But, surprisingly, this 27-mile coastal mediterranean oasis offers a plethora of retail choices.
From high-end couture, to down-home beach casual — and this applies to home decor as well as clothing — you’re sure to find what you need, or desire, at a range of price points.
Many of Malibu’s shopping areas are much more than simply a collection of stores–they are something to experience with their art galleries, home decor, fitness classes, outdoor urban spaces to relax, and more.
Many stores are also located conveniently close to several residential areas, and are filled with a mix of unique and high-end options for clothing, home goods, and children’s retail.
Malibu also boasts a number of incredible restaurants with everything from a casual breakfast bar to an upscale, linen napkin dinner.
Most of the shopping areas include outdoor spaces for people to gather and chat, children to run around, and even street performers to set up shop.
Check out some of the best places for shopping in Malibu.
Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, CA 90263, 310-456-7300
This 65-store retail center, located on Civic Center Drive, is a great place to gather with friends or to walk and shop at your own pace.
The outdoor vibe is cool, casual and inviting, with plenty of places to sit and watch your children enjoy the large playground while enjoying fare from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, or do a little retail shopping.
In a somewhat odd configuration, the Malibu Country Mart is split in two by Cross Creek Road, with places like Starbucks, Oliver People’s, Mary’s Kitchen, Ron Herman, LeTarte Swimwear and other stores located southeast of the road.
On the northwest side you’ll find Planet Blue (clothing), Room at the Beach (beach home decor), 7 For All Mankind (clothing), and Curve (clothing), among others.
The Malibu Country Mart also features a free and spacious parking lot, which is nice because parking can be limited at times throughout Malibu.
Restaurants include John’s Garden, the long-time Tra di Noi, and Mr. Chow. You can also catch a fitness class at 5 Point Yoga or Pure Barre.
Whether you’re looking for a cool spot to read a book in the shade or want to walk and talk with friends, while browsing sales racks, shopping in Malibu at the Mart is a wonderful place to go.
Malibu Lumber Yard
3939 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, CA 90265, (310) 456-7395
The Malibu Lumber Yard is a unique place to shop, with its wooden walkways and glass aquarium panels for all to see.
While the Lumber Yard is smaller than Malibu Country Mart, it makes up for it with charm and presence. You can find plenty of spaces to sit and relax and there are ping pong tables to strike up an impromptu game.
Your children will love taking dance classes at DanceStar, a dance studio located on the second floor of Malibu Lumber Yard.
Point Dume Village
29211 Heathercliff Rd., Malibu, CA 90265, (310) 457-2310
This shopping center lies near the entrance to Point Dume, and features a small range of shops, restaurants, a hair and nail salon, and the grocery store Pavilions. You can eat at Lily’s Cafe, which has the best burritos in town.
Malibu Colony Plaza
Pacific Coast Highway & Webb Way, Malibu, CA 90265
Malibu Colony Plaza is a cozy shopping center that sits at the entrance to Malibu Colony at Webb Way and PCH . The Plaza has a brick patio seating area with a fountain, and space for people to relax in the sun. There’s a Ralph’s grocery store here as well as the Malibu Vitamin Barn.
There’s a Becker’s Surf and Sport that rents surfboards, and you can find your perfect Rip Curl wetsuit. If eating ice cream in the shade is your thing, check out Malibu Yogurt and Ice Cream. For clothing, go to Theodore’s Beach Club or Theodore Man. If you’re hungry, check out Coogie’s Beach Cafe for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or Bui Sushi.
3822 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, CA 90265
Malibu Village is a small grouping of shops and eateries that wrap around the Malibu Country Mart on the southeast side of Cross Creek Road.
The shops here include stores like Banana Republic, Sephora, and Nike’s Salvation.
Marmalade Cafe is a great place to eat and is full of sweet-smelling fresh baked goods. There’s also the small two-screen Malibu Cinema here, and a Soul Cycle.
On the eastern side of Malibu, you can find Zuma Jay’s, a surf shop owned by longtime Malibu resident and former mayor Jefferson Wagner. There’s also the Malibu Cigar Lounge, for those who want to find a great smoke.
If you’re looking for a small and unique place to shop, the Pinnacle Boutique is your best bet. They sell trendy women’s clothing, including swimwear, kimonos, clothing, and shoes. Sports fanatics can find everything they’ll need at Clout Rideshop, which is located off Busch Drive and PCH.
30745 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
This fairly newly remodeled shopping center is also located in Western Malibu, and features a Vintage Grocers for grocery shopping, a Starbucks, Malibu Beach House for those looking for home decor, the jewelry store Irit Design, the casual clothing store Nati, and several dining spots.
Shopping in Malibu Wrap-Up
By no means does post this cover every single available store in Malibu, but it gives an overview of the variety of retail and other types of shops here. There are always new shops opening, some long-timers closing, and others getting facelifts.
But, other than not being able to buy a hammer and nails, or a pair of underwear, as Dick Van Dyke so famously quipped during the departure of the former Malibu Lumberyard, you can almost find anything you want or need shopping in Malibu.
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