Favorite LA Spots: Crossroads of the World


After our last visit to Barnsdall Park , we headed over to another one of our favorite places in Los Angeles: Crossroads of the World. This little plaza in the middle of Hollywood is considered the very first shopping mall in America, and although it is not much of a mall anymore, you can still walk through it and experience the old Hollywood charm within its gates.



Perhaps the primary attraction at Crossroads of the World is the tower at the entrance holding a globe at the top. This structure may seem familiar to any who have visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as there is a replica of the tower near the entrance.


My personal favorite features are the fairy-tale like structures found towards the back of the plaza, known as the Continental Village. The quaint European cottages are embellished with decorative tiles, stained glass windows, and round top doors.


Although the area is primarily used for office space now, Crossroads of the World still captures the fantasy of Hollywood’s Golden Age.


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