Located on the I-5 Freeway, 10 minutes south of Downtown L.A., this fortress-like, faux-Mesopotamian complex houses the city’s only shopping outlets. (The outlet malls in Camarillo and Ontario both lie outside of Los Angeles County.)
With 115 outlet stores, including Banana Republic, Calvin Klein and Old Navy, the Citadel can be a multi-hour diversion. Several casual/fast food restaurants provide a sense of true Southern California cuisine, with outposts of Ruby’s Diner and Hot Dog on a Stick, as well as Maui Style Hawaiian BBQ and Nibi Pho Bistro; the latter reflects the influence of Orange County’s Vietnamese population, which is the largest in the country.
Neither the crowd nor the scene here is particularly upscale, but it’s
definitely popular. If you’re driving yourself, it’s best to arrive
early, as the parking lot here tends to fills up fast. If you’re staying
in Anaheim (just 25 minutes south down the 5), you can take advantage
of the LA Outlet Express, a $14 shuttle that makes the rounds to and
from various area hotels. For shuttle information, visit: