During my three week vacation in California – I went to several cities which were Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. And I found several cute shops while traveling around the different cities. I think that there are probably hundreds, if not thousands of cute shops all over California since its a huge state (and tons of cutesy Asian stores). However, I would like to share with you some of the cute shops I found during my stay.
Cute Shops I visited in California!
JapanLA is a cute pop culture shop located in Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles. The inspiration for their shop came from the ‘cute culture’ of LA and Japan.
Location: 7320 1/2 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, California 90046
2. Jelly Belly
The Jelly Belly is famous for the colorful jelly candies with different flavors. They have a store located in Fairfield, California.
Location: One Jelly Belly Lane, Vacaville, Fairfield, California 94533
3. Baby, the Stars Shine Bright
Baby, the Stars Shine Bright (or BTSSB for short) is a Gothic Lolita fashion brand from Japan. They have a two branches outside Japan – one in San Francisco the other in Paris.
Location: New People Building Japantown, 2F, 1746 Post Street, San Francisco CA 94115
MARUQ is a shop in San Francisco that sells GAL style clothing. Many of their items come from Japan such as Liz Lisa, Aymmy in the Batty Girls, as well as other brands like JapanLA.
Location: New People Building Japantown, Mezzanine level, 1746 Post Street, San Francisco CA 94115
Tokidoki is a brand that has super cute kawaii print designs created by Italian artist Simone Legno. The Tokidoki LA store is located in Melrose Avenue, a very famous street for trendy shops, cafes and restaurants.
Location: 7965 1/2 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046
6. Harajuku Hearts / Angelic Pretty
Harajuku Hearts is a shop that carry brands such as Putumayo, Atelier Pierrot, Algonquins, Maxicimam, etc., and of course Angelic Pretty. The shop is divided into two sections Punk vs. Sweet – most of the dark colors are on the left side and sweet themed are on the right (Angelic Pretty).
Location: 15 Kearny Street San Francisco, California 94108
7. World of Disney
The World of Disney is a shop located in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim. The World of Disney store is a huge shop that sells different Disney items – clothing, accessories, souvenirs, and much more.
Website: Downtown Disney District
Location: 1580 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
8. Sanrio Surprises
Sanrio Surprises is a shop that sells Hello Kitty and other Sanrio items. The store I visited was located at a Marukai shop in San Diego.
Location: 8111 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111
9. DAISO Japan
DAISO Japan is a shop that sells home goods, souvenirs, accessories and many other items for cheap (like $1.50 and $3).
Location: 14280 Culver Dr, Irvine, CA 92604
Takashima is a shop that sells cosmetic items from Japan like make up, eyelashes, contacts, even Hello Kitty, Totoro and Rilakkuma.
Location: 2710 Alton Parkway, Irvine CA 92606
ARTBOX is a shop that sells stationery, gifts, accessories and other cute items. They carry characters like Moomin, Rilakkuma, Hello Kitty and many others.
Location: 83 Fortune Drive Irvine CA 92618
Have you been to California? What other cute stores have you visited?