Melrose Av. is the outlandish rebellious teen to Rodeo Drive's exceedingly mature, conventional and opulent adult. It's a funky, New Wave, walking/shopping/dining/ spectacle for people-watching, both beguiling and bizarre.
The street is in a perpetual, ephemeral state of quasi-demented one-upmanship of hipness and turnover of businesses that range from trendy boutiques to tatoo shops dressed up in flambuoyant day-glo hues and neon signs, not to mention both creative and creepy business names like "Humphrey Yogurt," "A Star is Worn," "Retail Slut," "Wacko," and "Warbabies".
Melrose can also entertain with quirky cafes, comedy clubs, night spots, record stores, nostalgia shops, books, jewelry, and antiques.
Some say that Melrose Av. is losing a bit of its "edge"; still, it continues to produce a hearty fringe element in the area of design, fashion, and business concepts.
From the Santa Monica (10) Freeway, exit either La Cienega, Fairfax, or La Brea Avenue and drive north to Melrose, park and stroll.