When in Malibu, you’ll want to dress like the locals do. This means breezy tees, wear-anywhere loungewear, cozy sweaters and wraps, and all the buttery-soft linen your closet can handle. Luckily, the city is home to a stellar mix of local boutiques and high-end retail shops so you can stock up on these essentials. Keep reading for the best places in this ultimate Malibu shopping guide for perfect vacation outfits, to take you from afternoon hikes and beach outings to cocktails and dinners alfresco by the sea.
Malibu Country Mart
Less of a “country mart” and more of an open-air mall, the Malibu Country Mart is brimming with retail shops, galleries, eateries, and even an outdoor playground. There’s truly something for everyone, but trend-seekers should stop by Sunroom, which sells a thoughtfully curated selection of statement jewelry, chic swimwear, and beachy caftans. Be sure to check out the adjacent Malibu Lumber Yard (a sleek, modernist extension of the Country Mart), as well as Malibu Village across the street.
Stock up on upscale beach attire and daywear at Maxfield, a luxury boutique with unique designer and vintage collections. It’s an outpost of a West Hollywood-based department store. You’ll find all the latest Miu Miu, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, and Saint Laurent, among a bevy of other haute couture labels. Fashionistas, rejoice.
Fusing contemporary art and design, Canvas Malibu is equal parts boutique shop and cutting-edge art gallery. The ground floor of this two-story space is dedicated to the shop’s art gallery, the Forbes Gallery (named for owners Jac and Arlington Forbes), which boasts an impressive blend of local and international art. Head to the top level to peruse women’s and men’s styles, accessories, and footwear.
Located in the Malibu Lumber Yard, James Perse sells luxe SoCal staples for both men and women. Think casual-yet-elegant linen pants, classic jersey tees, hooded tunics, and silky-soft French terry pullovers. In other words, the perfect loungewear for sipping coffee and gazing out at the Pacific. The brand also has a gorgeous collection of furniture and home goods, investing in quality pieces is always preferable to fast fashion trends, the former is exactly what you’ll find at James Perse.
Ranch at the Pier
Whether you’re looking for gift items, souvenirs, activewear, or beach gear, Ranch at the Pier is the place to go. You can also rent surfboards and get your fishing permits here, making it a great one-stop shop for vacationers.
Shopping on a budget? Look no further than Nati Boutique, which offers a fashionable-yet-affordable selection of women’s clothing. Choose from soft, breathable button-downs, linen shirts, maxi dresses, and skirts, all available in beautifully muted colors.
Refuel after your shopping spree
After a long day of shopping, it’s time for some serious R&R. There’s no better place to unwind than the Malibu Beach Inn, where you can indulge in a rejuvenating facial, practice yoga on the beach, and feast on a delicious seasonal menu, either on the stunning oceanfront terrace or from the comforts of your oceanfront luxurious suite.