Citadel Outlets
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Citadel Outlets

Citadel Outlets
Visit a shopping landmark near downtown L.A.

You’ve never seen a shopping centre quite like the Citadel Outlets near central Los Angeles. Discover more than 130 stores and a hotel behind an exotic, 1,700-foot façade straight out of Ancient Babylon—the remnant of a tyre factory dating back to the 1920s.

It looks like an ancient temple, and that’s not entirely misleading—the temple part at least. The Citadel is a shrine to contemporary shopping. The children will want to go to Gymboree and the Disney Outlet. Men can update their wardrobes at A/X Armani Exchange and Perry Ellis, while women should check out Kate Spade New York and other chic offerings.

Before your visit, check the events calendar for happenings such as Moms & Mimosas (take mum out on Mother’s Day!) or special discounts for service members during Military Appreciation Month. And once there, call by the Customer Service desk to ask for a Savings Card and a Savings Passport for additional discounts at several stores. Citadel Outlets is also home to Los Angeles’ California Welcome Center; the staff there will be happy to help you plan your next—or next dozen—stops. Find it and the location of all the stores with this map.

This outlet shopping centre also has an international collection of quick serve eateries, why waste time dining when you can shop? Look for Vietnamese food, sushi and Mediterranean shish kebabs. Like most outlets, Citadel has plenty of outdoor parking, but these car parks do fill up quickly at peak times. There is also a 9-floor multistorey car park opposite on Hoefner Avenue with 1,000 free spaces to handle the overflow.

Insider tips: if you're planning a visit to Disneyland Resort, about half-an-hour’s drive south (without traffic), consider visiting here too; Citadel offers an express shuttle service (for a fee) from several hotels in Anaheim. If you are in central LA, it’s even more of a no-brainer: there’s a free shuttle bus from multiple city centre locations. Citadel Outlets is also easily accessible via Metrolink.

 

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