Westfield Culver City
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- Westfield Culver City
The first step in enjoying this mall is to not come on the weekend. I know that sounds pretty self explanatory, but parking here is atrocious.
That being said, this mall is HUGE and has everything you could possibly want (including, ladies, an Ulta - woo hoo!). And I'm sure that once you are able to navigate the wave-like ramps that divide each story into half-stories, you might be able to enjoy it. But if you have a horrible sense of direction and lean towards being incredibly impatient, this might not be the best mall to stop by if you're in a rush. Getting from one side to another sometimes means going down a set of escalators, then up a half ramp. It's confusing. I've heard great things about the food court, though!Recommended for:
- Westfield Culver CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5
A mall with a Target? What else do you need? ;) I love that I can get shopping done in such a variety of stores here. There are always new stores popping up and the place is well-maintained. I hear before the renovations, it was pretty run-down so I'm glad they revamped it. There's also a Best Buy inside in case you need to get some gadgets too.
- Westfield Culver CityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11First to Review
I don't like malls. Long time a go I used to work in one (Stanford Shopping Center, which is fabulous and different), and before that, used to visit several old fashion ones as part of an old job as a retail assistant buyer of women's shoes.
But I like what Westfield did to the old Fox Hills mall in Culver City.
First, the architecture is well done, with billowy, white, wave like ceilings that make use of skylights throughout between the waves, offering a lot of natural light that most malls just don't have. And they use spotlights instead of irritating flourescents that many malls use, so in this mall you feel less claustrophobic and irritation. The levels are also stepped, so you get a feel of being able to see more from whereever you are. The center area is expansive, with kiosks and artful natural wood curved benches, and there are ramps between 2 and 3, which beats the old style escalators and waiting for the one elevator most malls have.
The third floor Food Terrace is probably one of the nicest features. It is designed in modern contemporary decor, with lattice wood work and furniture that is more like a modern hotel lounge than a shopping mall. It has a stage area for "Tastes and Tunes", where you can listen to live performers while eating from a wide shoice of typical mall eateries, standards like Panda and Sbarro, but also different ones like Swiss Grill, Stone Oven, KyoChan, Great Khan's (not open yet), Cilantro Fresh and Sarku Japan (ugh). A Viet Express will open next year.
There is also a leathered seating lounge area, called the Digital Music Lounge, where you can watch 4 large flat screens of amateur auditions of musical acts from KCRW radio FM 89.9.
When I first walked in to get a little bite and look around, I thought the music was too loud, but then I realized it wasn't Mall Music, but a live performer playing the sax as a one man band with drum machine and recorded rhythms.. He was very talented, Early McCalister is his name, and he plays a mean jazz Tenor Sax, but also the Flute, EWI (electronic soprano sax) and even does vocals to difficult songs like Bill Whither's "Ain't No Sunshine", Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?" and Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful".
There is a kids court for the kiddies, mostly large, bright colored alphabet characters to climb or play on, about half a dozen coin rides, and candy dispensing machines.
The mall is anchored by Macy's, JC Penney's, Best Buy and Target. It has a lot of the usual mall rat favorites, like Vicky's Secret, Frederick''s, Old Navy, the Forever 21 copycat store...XXI Forever, Foot Locker, Payless Shoes, blah blah blah.
There is a Coach store for all you designer label purse junkies and a Sephora Store for you mix and match make-up monkeys.
For the guys, there is a BJ's Brewhouse and the ubiquitous Brookstone and Game Stop to compliment the Best Buy electronics.
For you gossip mag readers, OK Magazine's fashion editor (WTF!?)Kim Kardashian will be here November 7 to share secrets of how to reduce that junk in the trunk (just kidding!). First 100 get a picture with her. I don't think Reggie Bush will be in line.