The Grove in recent years has become one of the premier shopping and leisure destinations in Hollywood. With quaint cobblestone streets, California-Spanish art deco architecture, dozens of retail stores, restaurants a movie theatre, central fountain and a double deck trolley that runs down the center of all the excitement, The Grove is a destination for locals and visitors alike.
Upon entering The Grove you'll right away be struck by the atmosphere. A cross between Disney's Main Street and a European cobblestone shopping street. As you walk through the entrance to The Grove you are immediately greeted with loud piped in music, ranging from classical to Frank Sinatra. On either side of the street you will find quaint outdoor restaurants and cafes. The entrance sidewalk curves around a great fountain, where the water leaps to heights of 50 feet in the air in very tightly choreographed sprout show.
The fountain show is produced by WET the same company that produces the famed fountain shows at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. From here you will see a lawn where on many weekends people bring picnics and listen to live performers.
Navigating around the fountain, The Grove takes on a feel of traditional town square. Combined with the movie theatre (holding 14 screens), cobblestone streets and trolley tracks, The Grove inspires a whimsical feel.
There are several major stores in the Grove such as Nordstrom, the Flag Ship
Abrocrombie and Finch store, Apple, Nike the west coast flagship for American Girl and Crate and Barrel to name a few. It is by Nordstrom in front of the fountain that the trolley begins its journey if you are so inclined down to the farmers market (it is also a very easy walk) where it ends its journey. Some of the other retail destinations in The Grove are the Apple Store, Tommy Bahama and the LA-west coast location of American Girl.
With many restaurants hosting outdoor patios where diners can enjoy a variety of cuisine while watching the crowds pass by, The Grove is a very leisurely spot to spend the afternoon. There are a variety of dining opportunities at The Grove. The more popular options are Italian. There is a Cheesecake Factory in the center of the Grove located on the second floor. In the area near the fountains are several food kiosks offering lemonade, hot dogs and on hot days ice cream.
One of the more whimsical attractions to the grove is the multi level trolley that makes a run from the entrance and fountain area down to the Farmer's Market. The trolley runs every few minutes and is a single trolley car that runs shuttles on a single track. Either riding or observing the trolley pass by with the back drop of classical music, fountains, and custom designed store fronts for the retail will leave some feeling like they are on Main Street in Disneyland.
At the far western edge of The Grove is the Farmer's Market. The Farmers Market is home to a variety of attractions that include dining, Hollywood souvenir shops and a fresh produce area of fresh grown organic fruits and vegetables. For dining there is a gigantic food court area that offers everything from ribs, fried chicken, hamburgers and pizza to Chinese, Mexican and Sushi. Like any food court, you can order your food at the counter of the various food vendors and then take your food on a tray to a central seating area. In addition there are numerous confection stands throughout the Farmers Market offering everything from nuts, an assortment of chocolates and fudges and hard candies. At the far western area of the Farmers Market is the produce section where you can buy a variety of fruits and vegetables picked and shipped in daily from farms all over Southern California.
In addition to the Farmer's Market, there are many other dining choices at The Grove. Across from the Farmers Market is an array of restaurants serving all tastes. Maggiano's Little Italy is a very popular Italian Restaurant known all over LA. Inside the restaurant the inner decor is designed to reflect a New York City 1920s Little Italy feel. Next to Maggianos is the Wood Ranch where you can enjoy all kinds of tasty BBQ treats fresh off the grill. In addition The American Girl store offers its own dining experience and there is a Cheesecake Factory along the strip as well.
Getting to the Grove from Hollywood is fairly easy. If in the Hollywood and Highland area take La Brea down to Beverly Blvd and make a right. The Grove will be on the left hand side in about 1 mile. In addition the Star Line Tour bus (the red double decker) that leaves hourly from Hollywood and Highland makes a stop at the Grove allowing passengers to hop off, shop, dine and then board the next bus back to Hollywood.