The Americana at Brand is a favorite gathering place in the heart of Glendale in Los Angeles County, where friends and family come to get a taste of the good life. It's a great place for those interested in exclusive retail shopping, fine dining options, and world-class entertainment, all in the same location.

The beautiful mall is centered on a 2-acre space, with its signature steel-beamed elevator shaft towering over Glendale. Industrial-era architecture encompasses the retail and dining outlets in every direction. The Americana at Brand features a host of hip bars and pubs, a movie theater, and year-round events, including free yoga on the lawn. 

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What are the highlights of The Americana at Brand?

The Americana at Brand is most famous for its shopping options. From stylish boutiques like Lululemon, Free People and Kate Spade, to global brands such as Nike, Apple and TUMI, you'll definitely find something that suits your needs. There's also the one-of-a-kind Amazon 4-star, where everything instore has at least a 4-star rating online.

For dining, look no further than internationally acclaimed Din Tai Fung, a Taiwanese franchise specializing in dim sum and dumplings. If a more upscale experience is on the agenda, check out the Italian-inspired Trattoria Amici or meat-heavy Bourbon Steak. Take a break from walking and board the mall's electric-powered trolley, which takes you on a complimentary spin around the property.

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What are the most popular events at The Americana at Brand?

Blessed with perfect SoCal weather year-round, The Americana at Brand puts on several weekly events, especially on its lawn. Free yoga is available year-round on Thursday – remember to bring your own mat. Even musicals occasionally take place here, such as the Broadway darling Wicked.

Come Valentine's Day, the mall becomes a self-contained universe with bouquets of roses and prix-fixe menus for romantic dinners. The best season to visit The Americana has to be Christmas. Fake snow falls periodically every evening and a 100-ft lighted Christmas tree makes a great backdrop for your family Christmas card. Santa even makes regular appearances, so make sure your kids are on their best behavior.

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Good to know about The Americana at Brand

The Americana at Brand has numerous parking options off Central Avenue or Brand Boulevard. The first hour is free, and many of the staple stores offer parking validation for longer periods. Valet parking is available for those looking to live a little luxurious. The semi-outdoor mall even allows dogs on the premises, so bring Fido along for a day out.

Rest your legs at Glendale Central Park, just across the street. Drop by the Museum of Neon Art to learn the unique history of glowing signage or head a couple of miles west to Griffith Park for some of the best views of Los Angeles. If you're lucky, there might be a live show at The Greek Theater to catch.

The Americana at Brand in Los Angeles

Location: 889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210, USA

Open: Monday–Thursday from 10 am to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 9.30 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm

Phone: +1 818-637-8982

Ryan Thomas McNutt | Contributing Writer