What was once a great mall on the Westside…
Well, I guess the Westside Pavilion solved that nasty “too many people coming to shop at my mall” problem.
Yeah, the Westside Pavilion was one of the nicer places to go shop and hang out at. The stores were pretty nice, if not on the higher end of things. The clientele was lovely to look at, especially if you were a guy. The was even a movie theater that received a significant upgrade when it was converted into the Landmark Cinemas (Which still totally rocks, by the way). While you were waiting for your movie, you could stroll through the massive Barnes and Noble right next door, all but sharing the same space. Hungry? Well, then there were numerous and tasty option up and down Pico, not the least of which was La Serenata, but also the Westside Tavern, Gyu Kaku and the Apple Pan.
And the best part of it all? You could park for free.
Yeah, those halcyon days? Gone for good. The stores have undergone a bit of a rotation, so they’re not quite as nice as the used to be…though still on the higher end of things. The clientele that used to shop there has been replaced by the Stroller Brigade (and the stores reflect that change as well). The Barnes and Noble that used to be THE hangout has been replaced by…and I can’t believe I’m writing this…an Urban Home. (Seriously, who thinks that shopping for Furniture is a good way to hang out while waiting for a movie?) Worst of all? You guessed in, they started charging for Parking in their massive, and in this case, massively disorganized structure.
The good news is that the Restaurants up and down Pico are all still open, but other than that, the magic is certainly gone. Charging for something that used to be free (and given the changes instituted, probably should still be) doesn’t go down well with anybody. Your best bet on the Westside Now is over at Century City. The ironic thing being that the company that used to run Westside (Westfield), now runs both the Century City.
PARKING: Sucks now, frankly. There is a massive structure on both sides of the Westside Pavilion (which includes the roof of the Mall, believe it or not). But they charge now. The good news is that they’re only hitting you up if you stay longer than three hours, and you don’t have to get validation. Still, it is a pain.
The good news is that the roof of the Westside Pavilion does have a fairly nice view. You can’t see forever, but then again…I said it was only fairly nice.
10800 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA