Went on quite an adventure the other day. I finally got a chance to check out Whimsic Alley in Los Angeles. For Halloween I’m planning on being Asian Harry Potter, complete with a chopstick wand. So, of course, I knew Whimsic Alley was where I needed to go to buy the rest of my costume.
First things first, the parking situation sucks. If you’re lucky, you can find street parking in front of the store or the surrounding area. If you’re lazy (or terrible at parallel parking), however, there’s a nearby public lot where you can. If you’re on Wilshire and Whimsic Alley is on your right, turn right at Cochran. The lot is located on the left side, just look for the signage.
Whimsic Alley is the motherlode of all things wizardly, and in particular, Harry Potter. There were two rooms dedicated to Hogwart’s clothing like v-neck sweaters, cardigans, and robes for each of the houses. Another room had lots of Harry Potter toys, pins, and smaller items. There was a room dedicate solely to Twilight (as you can see in one of the photos), a room stacked with wands (and not the cheap-y looking kind), a room full of hats, a room of books and specialty quills, and finally a room just for grown-ups. This store is for Harry Potter fans, children, and children at heart, although I will note that most of the customers were probably close to my age.
They also host events there, including a winter ball! So if wanna geek out to Harry Potter, I highly recommend checking this place out for yourself.