When it comes to gay shops in Los Angeles, you have more than your fair share to choose from. If you’re planning on visiting Los Angeles in the near future, splashing your plastic should definitely be at the top of your to-do list.
La La Land is iconic for its high-end retail stores in Beverly Hills, Melrose Avenue and the Fairfax District. Destinations not to be missed are The Grove, DTLA’s The Row, and Venice’s Abbot Kinney storefronts. But the best gay shops in Los Angeles adorn the streets of West Hollywood, where high fashion and sex toy stores with walls of dildos meet at the confluence.
Hollywood and West Hollywood have your assets covered. The Marco Marco flagship store sells a variety of inventive jockstraps and briefs, made famous by its high-energy fashion shows, while WeHo’s Andrew Christian Flagship Boutique sells its famed line of underwear and sportswear clothing.
For the rest of your body, stores like Brick & Mortar and LASC (Los Angeles Sporting Club) both sell a variety of gay brands like 2xist, 2Eros and Diesel, while the John Varvatos store on Melrose Avenue sells timeless high-fashion clothing for men. Don’t feel bad for splurging; the brand donates large percentages of revenue to charitable LGBT causes.
Travelers visiting on a dime can still shop with a conscience at other gay shops in Los Angeles. The Out of Closet chain stores in Venice, West Hollywood and Echo Park. The chain is a collection of non-profit thrift stores, full of steals and deals. All proceeds go directly to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (that also provide free, instore HIV testing).
Gay fetish shops in Los Angeles
Silver Lake’s Rough Trade is the city’s go-to for quality leather gear, neoprene, sports gear and pup-play masks (woof!). The store hooks up experienced fetishists and curious first-timers ready to purchase their first harness.