The Grove is an midrange outdoor shopping center with 'young fashions', reminiscent of the Main Street of a little town. No cars are allowed on the street which is usually packed with shoppers; only a street car that travels from one end of the Grove to the adjacent Farmers Market (a ride of less than a minute) travels on the road. In addition to shops is a multiplex movie theater with a rotating column of neon light in front of it and a number of restaurants, some with outdoor seating.

Stores include a 3-story Abercrombie & Fitch (the largest in the U.S), Anthropologie, Barnes & Noble, Victoria's Secret, and a large Apple Store but the real attraction is the overall ambiance and landscaping including an animated water fountain/show. It borders the Original Farmers market. There is an outstanding view of the city including downtown and the hills from the rooftop level of the adjacent parking structure.

During the Christmas holidays the holiday lighting is spectacular.  The Grove features one of the largest Christmas Trees in Southern California as well as Santa's Castle which is popular with the youngsters.