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Top 11 Neighborhood Amenities in Sherman Oaks, California

This guide is designed to provide the reader with information on shopping, dining, entertainment and activities in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Sherman Oaks Fashion Square Mall

Westfield's Fashion Square Mall is the largest indoor mall in Sherman Oaks. Its anchor stores are Bloomingdale’s and Macy's and there are dozens of other smaller upscale stores including Pottery Barn, Disney and See’s Candies.
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Sherman Oaks Galleria

Sherman Oaks Galleria is an interesting destination. Years ago, it was an indoor mall that often served as the backdrop for Hollywood productions. But the mall has been converted into an open-air destination that now includes office space, several well known eateries (Cheesecake Factory, El Torito Grill, etc…), snack shops and boutique style shops. The Galleria, as it is called by locals, also houses the largest theater in Sherman Oaks - the Arclight Cinemas. This is an upscale multiplex theater that offers reserved seating and has its own bar. Some movies are specifically reserved for an over-21 crowd; allowing consumption of alcohol during movie showing.
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Ventura Blvd - Restaurant Row

Ventura Blvd. is widely known as the Restaurant Row. There are a wide variety of well-known eateries that run pretty well the entire length of the boulevard; from Woodland Hills in the West to Studio City in the East. The street runs directly through Sherman Oaks. Ventura is also widely recognized as a dividing line for real estate. Prices on the south side of “the Boulevard” (as it is known) are significantly higher than on the north side.

NOTE: The Valley Inn - pictured - is a place that I used to frequent. It has been a while since I was last there but if you are looking for something that feels like "old Los Angeles" this is a great place to duck into. As I recall, they serve a pretty mean steak too!
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Ralphs Grocery Store

Ralph's Grocery Store is the largest and newest grocery store in Sherman Oaks. It is located on the corner of Hazeltine and Ventura (Don't be confused by the address which is actually for the street running along the back of the store). Parking is subterranean. The store has the best prices that I’ve found in the area so it is where I shop. The store also has a full service pharmacy.
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Gelson's Grocery Store

Gelson's is the other large grocery store in Sherman Oaks. They carry a good selection of items but I've found that their prices are quite a bit higher than Ralph's. With that said, they do tend to carry more name brand items which you may not be able to find at Ralph's. Just something to keep in mind.
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Sherman Oaks Castle Park

This is a great venue for kids. Sherman Oaks Castle Park includes miniature golf and an arcade. When driving in the area, you should be aware that the police often set speed traps in this portion of Sepulveda Blvd; often hiding in the driveway for Castle Park.
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Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park

Located at the corner of Hazeltine and Hartsook, this is a large park with a variety of sports courts, BBQ's and picnic tables. It's located in a nice neighborhood and is a great place to spend time outside. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a leash at all times.
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Mulholland Drive - Scenic drive

Mulholland Drive is one of the best-known streets in all of Los Angeles. It is a winding road with great vistas and turnouts that allow you see both the San Fernando Valley and portions of the Los Angeles Basin including Beverly Hills and Bel Air. Mulholland stretches from the west Valley to the Hollywood Hills but the western portion of the road hasn't been open to cars for several years. It is still available for hiking however. You can still drive the road from Encino to the Hollywood Hills. Those that do will be treated to spectacular views. The road isn't for the faint of heart. It consists of two winding lanes that are heavily trafficked. Locals use it as a freeway alternative. Be mindful that the road hosts a lot of drivers who seem to think that the lane markers are decorative. It is not uncommon to come around a blind curve and see a car coming towards you that is taking up half of the lane you are driving in.

In case you are new to Los Angeles, it is also worth noting that drivers here have little patience for anyone who is just taking a leisurely drive... even on Mulholland. Here are some tips to make your drive pleasant. Mulholland drive has a lot of scenic turnouts. Use them. Consider hiring someone to drive you. Uber and Lyft both operate here and are reasonably priced. Keep in mind that Mulholland is a residential street with bikers, pedestrians and children.
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Arclight Cinemas

Cinemas is the largest movie theater in Sherman Oaks. It is a multiplex theater on the top floor of the Sherman Oaks Galleria. The theater offers reserved seating and serves alcoholic beverages. You can find information on current movies by visiting the theater's website at https://www.arclightcinemas.com/en/locations/los-angeles/sherman-oaks/showtimes?origin=Sherman-Oaks
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Skirball Cultural Center

Sitting on the borders of Encino, Sherman Oaks and Los Angeles, AAA rates the Skirball Cultural Center as one of LA's "Gem" attractions. The center serves as a venue for a wide variety of educational and cultural activities; many of them free. Anyone interested in visiting the center should first check out its events calendar at http://www.skirball.org/calendar.
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The Getty Center

About a five minute drive south of Sherman Oaks, The Getty Center is another AAA Gem. Visitors are taken by tram from the visitor's center on Sepulveda Blvd to the museum complex at the top of the hill. Once there, you are immediately struck by a spectacular view of the entire West Side of Los Angeles. On clear days, you can see all the way to Catalina Island. The museum plays host to one of the worlds largest and most valuable art collections. It is a one-of-a-kind experience and is absolutely free. One thing that you may want to consider before visiting is that parking at the Getty can be difficult on holidays, Tuesday and weekends and it'll cost you $15. If you can have someone drop you off at the visitor’s center, I would strongly advise it. Alternatively, you may want to consider using Uber or Lyft.

Jim Malmberg

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Top 11 Neighborhood Amenities in Sherman Oaks, California