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A letter from the publisher

AMAZING LOS ANGELES In the past few years, I’ve had many travel experiences worth writing home about. I’ve walked on the peaceful beaches of Tahiti and felt the hot black sand underfoot, experienced the bustling urban life of Tokyo and visited the holy sites of Jerusalem. I’ve marveled at the sprawling flea markets of Buenos Aires and centuries-old paintings in Rome. I’ve feasted on chipotle barbecue in Santa Fe, fish tacos in Cabo, Wisconsin cheddar in Madison and thin-crust pizza in New York City. But I always return home to the best place in the world: Los Angeles. I’m not alone in this feeling. The city where I was born and raised is often described as the “entertainment capital of the world” and “culture capital of the 21st century” and as a “foodie paradise” and “fashion center.” Each of those descriptions is true, and your hotel puts you in proximity to it all. And the excitement builds. Acclaimed restaurants such as Trois Mec and Providence and buzzy newcomers including Felix and Rosaliné keep Greater L.A.’s dining scene sizzling. In fashion, Balmain recently unveiled its first West Coast flagship on Melrose Place. This fall, the world-renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the direction of highly decorated conductor

I love that my hometown is full of promise, that creativity is fostered and that dreams come true. Big dreams.”

Gustavo Dudamel, kicks off its 100th season. Meanwhile, Los Angeles International Airport is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar modernization program that’s bringing fresh dining and retail options to travelers. And L.A.’s rapidly expanding public-transit system makes experiencing it all a cinch. Download the City Guides by Where Traveler mobile app to be connected to all the new things that open every day.


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things I’ll forever love about L.A. I love the contrasts—I love being able to ski in the morning and enjoy an ocean swim in the afternoon. I love going to a farmers market in a T-shirt, then

EXPLORE Hop aboard Angels Flight, downtown L.A.’s historic funicular—the world’s shortest railway.

to a theater opening in a tuxedo. I love the urban splendor and eccentricities of L.A.’s neighborhoods.

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I love that if I were to go to an art exhibition every day of the year, I still could not see them all. I love the smell of garlic and basil in a trattoria

the iconic beaches along the county’s beautiful, 75-mile mainland coast.

and watching a sushi chef shape his exquisite treats. I love the Hollywood Bowl on a summer night.


I love seeing my city as the backdrop in all those

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movies and TV shows. I love that Alex Trebek hosts

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I love that my hometown is full of promise, that creativity is fostered and that dreams come true. Big dreams. Most of all, I love helping fellow travelers discover everything that L.A. has to offer. Whether you’re looking for the glamour of Rodeo Drive or the edginess of Abbot Kinney Boulevard—it’s here. Whether you seek the richest museum in the world (the Getty) or the hippest nightlife on the planet—it’s here. Legendary beaches? Amusement parks? Hiking trails? World-class performing arts? Exceptional dining? Studio tours? Here. You also might spot a celebrity or two. Suffice it to say, it’s no wonder to me that so many people gravitate to L.A. There’s no better place for living the fabulous life—or having a fabulous vacation.

—Jeff Levy, Publisher


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L.a. essence 24 play ball! history

40 land of plenty


in the biz Alice Bamford and Ann Eysenring, the owners of One Gun Ranch in Malibu, are growing their business from the dirt—or, more precisely, the Super(ior) Soil—up. By stacie stukin

44 modern marvels

Since 1962, Dodger Stadium has been an L.A. landmark and home to the beloved Boys in Blue. By vicki arkoff

photo essay A photographer renowned for his celebrity portraits turns his camera on Venice—the city he calls home.

by kwaku Alston and shana nys dambrot

38 Sugar and spice

Q&A Sarah Michelle Gellar chats about family, Foodstirs and the enduring force of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. By vicki arkoff

home sweet home Marmol Radziner designs and builds homes for the quintessential Southern California lifestyle. By Jennie nunn

50 the lonely lion   the wild side

It’s not easy being P-22, L.A.’s most famous mountain lion. By andrea richards

52 Where style and   innovation meet  shopping and style

Local designers are on fashion’s cutting edge, drawing on high-tech materials and production methods. By Marina kay

56 the sweet life   the dining scene

The desserts made by pastry chefs at top Los Angeles restaurants are too tempting to skip. By Roger Grody

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must-see SPOTS   Get glimpses of the city-defining destinations that captivate locals and visitors alike.

62 NEIGHBORHOODS CITY GUIDES   Explore Los Angeles County’s many cities and communities, from Santa Monica to Pasadena and from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach.



70 LOOK BOOK  See what’s in store at some of the area’s finest retailers.

72 RETAIL DETAILS Find your style at the region’s major shopping centers and at select boutiques and galleries.

Hungry? Check out our guide to the best restaurants in the county.

97 PLAY TIME  aTTRACTIONS  Get out! The best things to do and see in L.A.: studio tours, theme parks, the arts, sports, nightlife and more.

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• Forever Venice, page 30 After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology, Kwaku Alston launched his photography career in New York City and began shooting for major magazines and ad agencies in his early 20s. Today he works out of both New York and Los Angeles, and his photos have appeared on everything from movie posters to the covers of best-selling books to advertising spreads for international brands. Alston’s world travels continue to inform his work. As the director of photography on a documentary titled In Search of Voodoo, he has made multiple trips to West Africa, and he is inspired to bridge still photography and filmmaking to tell great stories.

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• Modern Marvels, page 44 Freelance writer and editor Jennie Nunn is a former full-time editor at 7x7, California Home + Design and Sunset. The Los Angeles native co-authored the 2017 Louis Vuitton San Francisco City Guide, and her work has appeared in publications including Luxe Interiors + Design, The Denver Post, San Francisco Chronicle, C, Condé Nast Traveler, 5280, Jezebel and Westways.


• The Sweet Life, page 56 Pasadena-based Roger Grody is a regular contributor to Westways, Performances and GuestBook’s sister publication, Where magazine; he has also written for Fodor’s and DK travel guides, as well as for the Los Angeles Times, Travel + Leisure, AOL and Gayot websites. A former city planner and consummate foodie, Grody enjoys exploring and documenting L.A.’s culinary and architectural treasures.

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• Play Ball!, page 24, and Sugar and Spice, page 38 Hollywood-born Vicki Arkoff writes about the good life—travel, food, drink, adventure, entertainment—for Atlas Obscura, Chicago Tribune, CNN, The Daily Meal, Dayspa, JustLuxe, Los Angeles Times and Where Los Angeles, and she’s one of the Usual Gang of Idiots for Mad magazine. Her books include Sinatra, Inside Mad and Virgin Los Angeles, and she’s an authorized biographer for pop icons including Beastie Boys, Joe Cocker, Paul McCartney, MC Hammer, Megadeth, Donny Osmond, Radiohead, Tina Turner, Jerry Lewis and Frank Sinatra.

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• Land of Plenty, page 40 Stacie Stukin is a native Los Angelena who lives in a 1927 bungalow, where she grows Black Mission figs, Oro Blanco grapefruit and Meyer lemons. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and W magazine. She’s the West Coast editor of Naturally, Danny Seo and author of Alabama Stitch Book with Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin.

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The Beaches

Synonymous with L.A. in many a mind, the county’s beautiful beaches stretch 25 miles along the Pacific coast, from the Malibu/Ventura County border down to Long Beach. Along the way, you’ll find volleyball players, windsurfers, stand-up paddleboarders, swimmers and beachcombers enjoying the sun. Just off the sand, at Will Rogers State Beach, you can hop on a bike path and cruise to Santa Monica State Beach, where an attraction-packed pier (best viewed from Pacific Park’s Ferris wheel) offers hours of entertainment. Beyond Santa Monica is Venice Beach, home to the world-famous Boardwalk. In the South Bay, the trail (known locally as the Strand) continues along idyllic Manhattan Beach (pictured here) and Hermosa Beach before reaching its southern terminus just past the Redondo Beach Pier.


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Universal Studios Hollywood & Universal CityWalk

Both an amusement park and the world’s largest working movie studio, Universal Studios Hollywood is among Los Angeles’ most popular entertainment destinations. The studio’s legendary tour takes you through recognizable movie and TV sets, scares you with director Peter Jackson’s King Kong 360 3-D and thrills you with its Fast & Furious—Supercharged finale. Other attractions include Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and the adjacent Super Silly Fun Land, Jurassic Park—The Ride and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (left), which enchants muggles with rides, restaurants and establishments like Zonko’s Joke Shop. Neighboring entertainment, dining and shopping promenade Universal CityWalk is a destination unto itself, where visitors can enjoy new eateries including Jimmy Buffett’s a high-tech cinema, nightlife, indoor-skydiving facility iFly Hollywood and more. Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 866.258.6546,; Universal CityWalk, 818.622.9841,

Rodeo Drive

The world’s most exclusive luxury brands, elegantly dressed shoppers and camera-wielding sightseers converge on a legendary three-block stretch of Rodeo Drive at the heart of Beverly Hills. Goyard, Fendi, Gucci, Burberry and Prada are just a few of the esteemed fashion houses with flagship stores in this prestigious shopping district. Stroll up the cobblestoned Via Rodeo (right) to visit Tiffany & Co. and Galerie Michael in the European-inspired Two Rodeo shopping complex. But first, pause at the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way to admire the Robert Graham sculpture Torso, the centerpiece of the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style. The south end of Rodeo is anchored by Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel), of Pretty Woman fame, which houses Wolfgang Puck steakhouse Cut. Rodeo Drive between Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, Beverly Hills,

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Margaritaville, Dongpo Kitchen and Voodoo Doughnut, as well as

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Griffith Observatory

Since 1935, the iconic Griffith Observatory (pictured here) has been a leader of public astronomy, allowing millions of visitors to see the cosmos through its telescopes. Its facade has also had its own star turns in Rebel Without a Cause, La La Land and hundreds of other films and television shows. Visitors can tour the grounds, explore the universe at the state-of-theart Samuel Oschin Planetarium, take in expansive views of the L.A. Basin and the Hollywood sign and search the sky via telescope at a public “star party,” held monthly. The dome-topped observatory is the main draw of the 4,310-acre Griffith Park, which is also home to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, a merry-go-round, the Autry Museum of the American West, Travel Town, pony rides, the Greek Theatre and a 53-mile network of popular hiking trails. 2800 E. Observatory Road, L.A., 213.473.0800,

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Grand Avenue

If you’re traveling down Grand Avenue between Temple and 3rd streets, there’s no missing the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. The 2003 stainless-steel-clad, curvilinear building (pictured in the foreground) strikes a dazzling pose against the city’s blue skies and adds a contemporary element to the midcentury Music Center complex, also home to the Ahmanson Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum—where Center Theatre Group presents worldclass dramas and musicals—as well as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, home of the L.A. Opera. Of course, music is the Disney Hall’s raison d’être, and, accordingly, its hardwood-paneled main auditorium is an acoustically sophisticated complement to the iconic exterior, as well as to the talents of its resident companies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and L.A. Master Chorale. A block away, the Broad museum draws lines of people, who wait their turn to take in the contemporary art collection of philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. Kitty-corner from the Broad is the Arata Isozakidesigned MOCA Grand Avenue, one of three venues that comprise the artist-

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Third Street Promenade & Santa Monica Place Santa Monica offers more than just a beautiful beach and fun-packed pier; it is a shopper’s and diner’s paradise, to boot. The pedestrian-only Third Street Promenade occupies three city blocks, where street performers and vendors ply their trades while visitors and locals filter in and out of bars, restaurants, theaters and trendy boutiques. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings, the city’s famous farmers market intersects the promenade at Arizona Avenue. Anchoring the complex at Broadway is Santa Monica Place, an open-air shopping center that boasts Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, dozens of boutiques, ArcLight Cinemas and a rooftop Dining Deck (left). Third Street Promenade, 3rd Street from Broadway to Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, 310.393.8355,; Santa Monica Place,

Hollywood Walk of Fame

The sidewalks along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street are inlaid with brass-and-terrazzo stars (right) honoring celebrities from the entertainment industry. More than 2,400 stars are enshrined beneath tourists’ feet, but the roster is not without its quirks—Peewee Herman has a star, but Clint Eastwood doesn’t. Marilyn Monroe’s star is steps from Hollywood & Highland, and John Lennon’s is in front of the Capitol Records Building, the landmark structure designed to resemble a stack of records. Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue and Vine Street from Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, 323.469.8311,


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Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, holding nearly 130,000 works throughout its 20-acre campus, from Edo-period paintings in the Pavilion for Japanese Art to a Richard Serra sculpture in the 60,000-square-foot Broad Contemporary



The Renzo Piano-designed Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion hosts captivating shows. Peruse the galleries—don’t miss Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s conceptual virtual-reality installation Carne y Arena (Virtually present,




Chris Burden’s kinetic sculpture Metropolis II—then catch a matinee of a classic Hollywood film in the Bing Theater, or head outdoors for a cocktail and nibbles at Ray’s and Stark Bar. Afterward, visit Burden’s streetlamp installation, Urban Light (pictured here), and Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass, which consists of a 340-ton granite megalith perched atop a passable “slot” built on the Resnick North Lawn. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000,

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Getty Center & Getty Villa

The Getty Center and the Getty Villa—the J. Paul Getty Museum’s two venues—are among the county’s cultural crown jewels. Perched atop a hill in Brentwood and accessible via tram, the Getty Center (pictured here) is a modernist, Richard Meier-designed complex featuring expansive views, travertine-clad buildings and a beautiful Central Garden reminiscent of a labyrinth. Exciting temporary exhibitions and special events complement its collection of European and American paintings, drawings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts and photographs. The coastal Getty Villa is modeled after a Julius Caesar-era house, bedecked with classical architectural details and Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities. This year, the Villa welcomes visitors (who must book tickets in advance) with new and redesigned galleries—a transition fully unveiled in spring 2018. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300; Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300,

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The Grove & Farmers Market

The Grove (left), an open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination, is a pleasant place to while away an afternoon. Favorite stores at the sparkling center include American Girl Place, Apple, Barneys New York, Elizabeth and James, Paige, Shinola, Topshop Topman and Ugg. Other draws include fashion-forward pop-ups, Pacific Theatres cinema, quaint cobblestone streets and a fountain that dances to tunes by crooners like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Refuel at one of several eateries, such as French macaron mecca Ladurée or 189 by Dominique Ansel, a new full-service restaurant by the creator of the Cronut (his bakery is downstairs). Or hop on the electric trolley to the Original Farmers Market, an L.A. institution dating back to 1934 that’s packed with more than 100 stalls, boutiques and restaurants, including the classic 24-hour diner Du-par’s. The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 323.900.8080,; Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211,

The Huntington

The grounds of San Marino’s Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (right)


boast 12 themed gardens and 15,000 plant varieties across 120 landscaped acres. Equally impressive is the art collection, housed mainly in the Huntington Art Gallery (the former residence of railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington and wife Arabella) and the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art. Bookworms will want to check out the Huntington Library, whose collections comprise more than 7 million manuscripts, rare books, photographs, historical prints and other works, including one of 11 surviving copies of Gutenberg’s Bible printed on vellum. On the dining front, the Rose Garden Tea Room offers a memorable experience (reservations are recommended), and noteworthy chefs Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken and Kajsa Alger helm several casual concepts. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2100,

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Ball! the dodgers are celebrating 60 years in l.a. For the last 56, they’ve called dodger stadium home. welcome to the west’s oldest, biggest and, dare we say, best major league ballpark. by Vicki Arkoff

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The roar of the crowd has always been the sweetest music. It’s intoxicating. ... The crowd is the most wonderful thing in the whole world when it’s making noise. —Vin Scully Tucked into hilly Chavez Ravine around Elysian Park, Echo Park and Chinatown, Dodger Stadium is one of the greatest stadiums in the country and, at 56 years old, the oldest in the western United States. Angelenos from all walks of life make a pilgrimage to the stadium each season, treasuring their distinguished ballpark, win or lose, because baseball has a way of unifying people. And Dodger Stadium has its own special way of welcoming them. Statistics are an intensely vital aspect of daily life at Dodger Stadium, so here they are: Built from 1959 to 1962, it’s the oldest major league ballpark west of the Mississippi and the third-oldest overall. It was the first privately financed baseball venue since Yankee Stadium—costing $23 million to build ($185 million in 2018 dollars)—and it was the last until San Francisco’s AT&T Park in 2000. Since the day Dodger Stadium opened, it’s been the largest baseball stadium in the country. In 1978, the Dodgers became the first MLB team to set an attendance record of 3 million in a single season. During the 2007 season, the “Boys in Blue” had their largest attendance: 3,857,036. A conditional-use permit limits Dodger Stadium’s seating capacity to 56,000, but after years of structural changes, only the owners know the actual number, and they’re not talking. In its six-decade history, Dodger Stadium has seen legendary events, such as Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965; the reign of ’70s superheroes Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Bill Russell and Davey Lopes; the 1980 All-Star Game; the 1981 rise of Fernandomania; and Nomo Fever in the ’90s. There was also Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, the 1984 Olympic Games baseball competition, above, from left: vintage dodgers buttons; the dodgers lineup on opening day at dodger stadium, april 10, 1962. opposite, clockwise from top left: charlie dressen, left, and brooklyn dodgers player/manager leo durocher; baseball statistician allan roth between dodgers broadcasting partners jerry doggett, left, and vin scully; dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, whose rise to stardom in 1981 became known as Fernandomania; Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella, left, with Former Dodger President Branch Rickey; infielders ron cey, davey lopes, bill russell and steve garvey played together for eight years in the 1970s; from left, Dodgers Vice President Al Campanis, Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, Dodgers President Peter O’Malley and Manager Tommy Lasorda pose with the 1981 World Series Championship trophy; steve howe, garvey and steve yeager celebrate their 1981 world series win.


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the 2009 World Baseball Classic final and the long-awaited 2017 World Series. Dodger Stadium was also the home of the Los Angeles Angels from 1962-1965, and it has hosted other sporting events: Cricket All-Stars, NHL ice hockey (with rock band Kiss performing at intermission), the Harlem Globetrotters, boxing, motorcycle racing and monster trucks. It’s been a history-making tour stop for the Beatles (on Aug. 28, 1966, their second-to-last concert ever), Michael Jackson, U2 and Pope John Paul II. The ballpark has hosted nine World Series, four of which the Dodgers won. They’ve also won nine National League pennants, 16 NL West Division crowns and two NL Wild Card berths. After a 29-year dry spell, the Dodgers charged into the 2017 World Series against the Houston Astros; the teams combined had suffered 83 years of championship drought. In the end, 26 records were broken, but the Dodgers lost 5-1 in Game 7 on their home turf. Known as a “pitcher’s park,” Dodger Stadium is the only NL venue with symmetrical outfield dimensions. It’s seen more than a dozen no-hitters, including two perfect games. In 2009, the Dodger Stadium area was officially designated as Dodgertown with its own ZIP code: 90090. Offseason, the structure is repainted every year. The official color of Dodger blue is Pantone 294. What the numbers don’t tell you is that, if Brooklyn Dodgers President Walter O’Malley had gotten his way, there never would have been a Los Angeles Dodger Stadium.



he team now known as the L.A. Dodgers has played baseball since 1883, when they began as the Brooklyn Grays. In 1895, the team became the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers, named for the frightened locals dashing across streets filled with speeding streetcars. Team members included all-time greats Pee Wee Reese, Zack Wheat, Gil Hodges and legendary infielder Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947. By then, their Ebbets Field stomping grounds were dilapidated beyond repair. Determined to build a new ballpark, O’Malley asked New York authorities for funds to build the first domed arena in the country, designed by Buckminster Fuller. But O’Malley’s big idea would cost big money, so he struck out. Meanwhile, Los Angeles was a rapidly growing city with big league dreams. In 1953, new L.A. City Council member Rosalind Wyman tried to lure an MLB franchise by sending a letter to every team, hoping one would become the first to move west. No one took a swing, but O’Malley decided it might just be the bluff he needed to get New York to play ball. So, he flew to L.A. and toured Chavez Ravine, which had been home to

above: a program from the 1955 world series

opposite, clockwise from top left: righthander Greg maddux (2008); Pitching coach Red Adams, Burt Hooton, Don Sutton, Al Downing, manager Walter Alston, Tommy John and Doug Rau (1976); lasorda, Sutton and Sandy Koufax (1998); right-hander Orel Hershiser accepts his 1988 cy young award; fans cheer hall of famer lasorda during 50th anniversary introductions on Opening Day 2008 at Dodger Stadium; hall of famers jackie robinson, campanella and koufax on june 4, 1972, at a ceremony retiring their jerseys; an aerial view of the nearly completed dodger stadium in march 1962

generations of mostly Mexican-American families before the city cleared the land in the early 1950s for a public-housing project that never materialized. Suddenly, O’Malley saw the potential: lots of space, great weather and a growing population with only two minor Pacific Coast League teams—the Hollywood Stars and L.A. Angels. With “Boys of Summer” Dodgers including Don Drysdale, Koufax, Reese and Duke Snider, the team could become local heroes. The City of Los Angeles gave the Dodgers 300 acres in exchange for the deed to Wrigley Field (which O’Malley owned) and a promise to build a 50,000-seat stadium. Amid controversy, remaining homeowners were bought out and O’Malley set to work, breaking ground on Sept. 17, 1959, and leveling 8 million cubic yards of earth—which buried an elementary school under the parking lot near third base. Battles in courtrooms and voting booths cost years of construction delays, plus $900,000 to rent the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for two seasons. The Dodgers were there for four. Construction on Major League Baseball’s most “futuristic” ballpark hadn’t yet begun when the crack of the L.A. Dodgers bat was first heard April 18, 1958, at the Coliseum, a football arena for the USC Trojans, UCLA Bruins and L.A. Rams. Both the Dodgers and archrivals the Giants left New York that year, changing baseball forever by expanding the sport’s reach to the West Coast. The Dodgers won their first game at the Coliseum, defeating the Giants 6-5, and finished their first year in L.A. in seventh place. At Chavez Ravine, architect Emil Praeger took advantage of the rolling terrain by carving the main seating amphitheater from the hillside so that each of the six levels were at grade, from the field to the top deck. Twenty-one entrances streamlined the vertical circulation around the stadium perimeter. Benches were cut into the sloping ground to support stadium foundations and pedestals. Parking was built for 16,000 cars. O’Malley insisted the stadium be constructed of concrete rather than steel, so he hired a contractor who specialized in freeways. The bright color scheme—yellow, light orange, turquoise and sky blue—gave the stands midcentury style. The field was planted with Santa Ana Bermuda grass. With unobstructed sight lines, there were no bad seats—not even in the nosebleeds.



he official opening of Dodger Stadium on April 10, 1962, was attended by 52,564 fans. O’Malley’s wife, Kay, tossed the ceremonial first pitch to catcher John Roseboro. By Kay’s side was her son, Peter, who would become president of the Dodgers in 1970. Latina diva Alma


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above: souvenir program from the roy campanella night at L.A. memorial coliseum, may 7, 1959

opposite, clockwise from top left: scully with pitcher clayton kershaw in 2017;



fter 40 years in L.A., the family-owned Dodgers franchise was sold by O’Malley to Rupert Murdoch’s behemoth News Corp. for $350 million. In 2004, it was sold again for $430 million to real-estate developer Frank McCourt. The Dodgers hadn’t won a postseason game since winning the 1988 World Series, and their bad luck reached a fever pitch with McCourt. He allegedly raided the club’s cookie jar, then filed for bankruptcy, leaving the Dodgers hundreds of millions in debt. As the team struggled on the field and attendance fell to a 15-year low, MLB assumed control of the Dodgers’ finances and forced the team’s sale. In 2012, led by former L.A. Laker Magic Johnson, current owner Guggenheim Baseball Management paid $2.15 billion—the most ever for a sports team. The group has since invested millions more for hexagonal HD video boards (in honor of O’Malley’s original stadium aesthetic), a new sound system, concession stands, clubhouses, an awards gallery, batting cages and a state-of-theart workout facility. Why? “We want to win,” Johnson said. No one had wanted to win more than the Dodgers’ two Baseball Hall of Fame managers: Walter “Quiet Man” Alston and gregarious Tommy Lasorda, who served back-to-back for 44 years. Alston was in charge for 23 seasons and managed the Dodgers to 2,040 wins, seven pennants and four World Series victories. He also helped break down barriers for women when, in 1974, he invited Anita Martini to become the first female journalist allowed into a major league locker room for a postgame news conference. Lasorda managed the team from 1976-1996 and has spent 68 years wearing Dodger blue. “I have been proud to wear

Cey, russell, lopes and garvey celebrate with a cake at the dodgers’ 100th anniversary in 1990; a 2017 world series game at dodger stadium; the elated team after winning the 1988 world series; lasorda reacts to the dodgers’ 1981 world series win; eric karros, mike piazza, raul mondesi, Hideo nomo and todd hollandsworth, rookies of the year from 1992-1996; rick monday’s solo home run in the decisive Game 5 of the 1981 NL Championship Series

four uniforms: the Boy Scouts of America, the U.S. Army, U.S. Olympic baseball and the Dodgers,” he wrote in a memoir for the team’s 50th anniversary. Lasorda was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 and, today, serves as special adviser to the chairman. “That’s pretty good for a skinny left-hander from Norristown, [Pennsylvania,] who just wanted to pitch like my favorite Dodger,” he wrote. Not every Dodger star wore a uniform. Thomas Arthur introduced the “Dodger Dog” during his 29 years as foodconcessions manager at the stadium. Roger Owens has been pitching peanuts in the stands since 1958. Danny Goodman was director of advertising and souvenirs from 1958 to 1984, and he virtually invented the concept of novelty products for sports stadiums. (Bobbleheads? Goodman. Plastic batting helmets? Goodman.) One of the bittersweet ironies of the 2017 World Series is that Vin Scully, “the voice of the Dodgers,” retired in 2016. For decades, fans would bring transistor radios to games just to hear Scully’s baritone voice. Baseball’s longest-tenured and most eloquent radio broadcaster gently called the plays for the Dodgers for his entire 67-year career, and nobody could turn a phrase like Scully. Those sunsets at Dodger Stadium? “It’s a cotton-candy sky with a canopy of blue. It looks good enough to eat.” Scully is quick to deflect praise to Dodgers fans. “The roar of the crowd has always been the sweetest music. It’s intoxicating. I try to call the play as quickly as I possibly can and then shut up and let the crowd roar, because, to me, the crowd is the most wonderful thing in the whole world when it’s making noise.” Still, as with Lasorda, there’s no way to separate Scully from the team’s identity. The last vestige of a bygone era no longer invites listeners to “pull up a chair” in his broadcastingbooth soliloquies. The Vin Scully Press Box will never be the same, though legendary Dodgers coach Manny Mota and Dodgers All-Stars Orel “Bulldog” Hershiser, Rick Monday and Valenzuela still command the mic alongside Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrín, the Dodgers’ Spanish-language voice for 60 years. Today’s fans are reminded of Scully’s legacy every time they drive to 1000 Vin Scully Ave. for a Dodger game or one of the stadium’s daily tours, and his words remain a comfort to the team, particularly following 2017’s World Series loss. “I’ve often thought that the franchise is somewhat a reflection of life itself,” Scully reminisced. “In your early days, you struggle just to pay bills. Eventually, if you’re fortunate enough, you might break through and have periods of success, heartache and frustration. Undismayed by the past disappointments, fans will forever cry, ‘Wait till next year.’”


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forever Venice Every now and then, we are fortunate enough to witness a remarkable event in the universe, whether it be

within the galaxy, the planet, our country or the neighborhood where we live out our days. In my case, the stellar phenomenon has been the transformation of Venice, California. Over the last two decades, Venice has gone from being a sleepy, albeit quirky, beach town to a globally recognized center for art, fashion, technology and the intelligentsia lifestyle. œ For the last 15 years, I have been documenting what has been taking place within the boundaries of this unique place, which also happens to be where I work and live. These photographs capture the Venice I love—a city that, for all its changes, remains a haven for visionaries, dreamers and free spirits. p h oto g r a p h s by Kwa k u A l s to n / t e x t by a l s to n a n d s h a n a n ys da m b r ot

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ultihyphenates are a dime a dozen in Hollywood. Actor-writer. Producer-host. Model-actress. But Emmy and People’s Choice Award winner Sarah Michelle Gellar has been all the above and more: a competitive ice skater, a taekwondo black belt, a wax figure at Madame Tussauds, a celebrity face of Maybelline, a video vixen for Stone Temple Pilots and a regular on men’s magazines’ lists of the world’s sexiest women. She’s now writing a new career chapter as a cookbook author (Stirring Up Fun With Food) and the co-founder of Foodstirs, a brand of organic, ethically sourced baking mixes and kits. Gellar’s acting career began before kindergarten and picked up steam in her teens with All My Children. Film hits followed, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cruel Intentions and The Grudge. But it was Buffy the Vampire Slayer—one of the most popular shows in TV history—that made Gellar a household name. Twenty years later, her kick-ass character was ranked No. 3 on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of favorite fictional females. Gellar and her onscreen and offscreen partner, husband Freddie Prinze Jr., live on L.A’s Westside with their two young children, Charlotte and Rocky, and a Bernese mountain dog, Bella, aka “the world’s biggest lap dog.” What is life like in the GellarPrinze home?

We drop the kids off at school ourselves every morning. Freddie takes one and I take the other, then it’s straight to work, then back home for family dinner. We built

the whole house around the kitchen and the family room. It’s where we all gather together, and cooking has always been a participatory experience for us. Both you and Freddie have written cookbooks. Who does most of the cooking?

Everybody. Freddie went to culinary school, so I’m never going to compete with him in that space. He’s better at dinners, but I beat him when it comes to desserts. Even the kids do their own cooking. It’s quite the family affair. What’s your favorite family meal?

Sushi! It’s the one thing we can’t do better at home. Asanebo is the finest Japanese food I’ve ever had in the world, hands down. It’s life-changing. Sushi Sasabune has some incredible preparations, Wa Sushi & Bistro and KazuNori are great, and my kids love Katsuya and Sugarfish. I remember asking my pediatrician, “When can my children have sushi?” He said, “Do you want your kids to eat sushi?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “Then you’d better give it to them!” What inspired you to start your own organic-foods brand?

Our kids. I met my Foodstirs partners through our kids’ playdates. We’re always looking for those moments where you can put down all the devices and connect. That’s when memories are made, and it usually happens in the kitchen. Pinterest is so intimidating, though, that you don’t know where to start. So we started at the grocery store. I was shocked that there were no mixes that we wanted, just niche products or legacy brands, which were around when my mom

was a child, with ingredients I’d never consider putting in my body. Nothing spoke to us. We thought, “Well, if nobody else is going to do it, we’ll do it.” Now we have distribution in 7,500 stores. The ultimate goal is to have Foodstirs come to mind when you think “clean” and “green” and “ethically sourced.” What do you do to combat those extra calories?

I do everything from Pilates to TRX to boxing. I’ve had a bad back after eight years on Buffy, so Pilates is the one thing I find that strengthens my back and keeps my pain at a minimum. I love working up a sweat in a jump-board class. And we live in California, so our favorite way to enjoy the weather is to go hiking. We’ve had the kids hiking with us since they were little, when we used to carry them. Where do you feel most at home in L.A.?

We’re a beach family. That’s where we spend most of our weekends to take advantage of being so close to the ocean, whether we’re surfing or swimming or digging for sand crabs. We’re so lucky to have access. Sometimes I drive out of my way just to see the ocean and feel its power and magic. I feel least at home in L.A. on the 405 or 101 freeways. It’s a real indicator of my love if I drive the freeways to see someone. What do you do when you have a little “me” time?

Reading is my biggest passion. I go through two or three books a week. I like to read everything, but I do like crime and procedural thrillers a lot. For a while my husband thought there was something wrong

with me and would ask, “What’s going on with you?” because every book was something like The Husband’s Secret. I love that stuff, but I’m open to everything. You’re also a longtime volunteer.

I think charities matter. I’m very proud of the Good+ Foundation. The idea is to help families in need by helping the whole family. One of my favorite aspects of their work is a project called the Fatherhood Initiative, which is about empowering fathers to find time for activities to bond with their children. It’s been 20 years since you starred in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Are you surprised that Buffy has remained such a popculture icon?

I’m not so much surprised as awed by it. Sometimes, to really understand the impact of something, you have to stand away a little bit. Now, 20 years later, I feel that resonance, and I realize how impactful [it was] and how it stands the test of time. I’m extremely proud. As Buffy would say, “It doesn’t suck.” What mantra or personal philosophy drives you?

Someone once said to me, “Add ‘for now’ at the end of every sentence,” such as, “Oh, my God, I’m getting no sleep … for now” or “Oh, my God, I’m still underwater … for now.” It reminds you that these situations are temporary, and you can get through them. [Ultimately, success is] about having a passion and being dedicated to it. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room. You don’t have to know everything. The desire to fixate is the drive that takes you places.

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hills of Malibu, Alice Bamford and Ann Eysenring live the California dream. On their bucolic 24-acre property called One Gun Ranch, pigs, alpacas, horses, goats, two Brahman cows and a donkey named Waffle roam, as does their toddler, Otis, who likes to pick fresh strawberries right off the bush as a sweet treat. And did we mention the tepee, the horsebackriding trails, the modern-barn house and the 14 dogs? The nearly 60 four-legged friends living on the property are all rescue animals, and one might say that the land itself has been rescued and transformed, too—from a dusty ranch with sandy, acidic soil into a verdant nirvana bursting with organic fruits and vegetables. But the evolution began long before Bamford purchased the property from Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum (thus the name One Gun Ranch). Bamford comes from a long line of English farmers. In 1945, her grandfather Joseph Cyril Bamford founded JCB, a manufacturer of heavy equipment for agriculture and construction. Today, her father, Lord Anthony Bamford, runs the company, and he and Bamford’s mother, Lady Carole Bamford, oversee more than 2,000 acres at their organic farm, Daylesford, in Gloucestershire, England. When Bamford bought One Gun Ranch, her plan was to expand the family organic-farm business here in the States. After traveling along the California coast, she had decided that Malibu was the perfect fit. Soon she met A-list real-estate adviser Eysenring, and the two connected over a passion for healthy organic food, cars and an equestrian lifestyle. Yet even with know-how and lots of resources, attempts to grow heirloom tomatoes, broccoli and cucumbers from seeds procured from Bamford’s family farm were futile. “Where I’m from in the Cotswolds, the soil is black gold. The conditions are perfect,” Bamford says. She had imagined the same would be true under the auspice of California sunshine. With plans dashed, Bamford consulted the Malibu Agricultural Society and met farmer Jack McAndrews, a proponent of biodynamic farming. The esoteric practice combines ritual, moon cycles, companion planting and common-sense, pesticide-free farming methods based on the teaching of Rudolf Steiner—the same Austrian whose philosophy guides the Waldorf Schools. Familiar with the successful use of biodynamics in the wine industry, Bamford decided to give it a go. With McAndrews’ guidance, she began creating nutrient-rich soil. This multimonth process involves layering medicinal plants and herbs such as alfalfa, yarrow and chamomile with vast amounts of manure to create the ultimate compost. “What I love about biodynamics is that it’s as much alchemy as it is

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science,” Bamford says. “It’s also a closed loop, so nothing goes to waste.” When visiting the ranch, one is easily distracted by animals like Lady Gaga the goat, or the gorgeous pinkand-white Rosa Bianca eggplants. But it’s the vast pile of dirt in the distance—a living, breathing, microbial, vitamin-rich, organic pile of Malibu black gold—that’s the real rock star. Bamford and Eysenring call it their Super(ior) Soil. It’s a sought-after product that they sell by the bag, truckload or, in some cases, in tonnage; it’s also the commodity that launched their burgeoning business. “From the minute we wake up to the minute we go to sleep, it’s a complete collaboration,” Bamford says of her partnership with Eysenring. “It’s wonderfully consuming.” All that time and attention to detail is paying off. One Gun Ranch has a shop at the Malibu Pier that, on a breezy Thursday morning, is packed with locals and tourists. Some try on handmade hats—a One Gun Ranch collaboration with local celebrity milliner Gladys Tamez (fans include Cher and Beyoncé), most of which retail for over $1,000. The store also sells trinkets like coasters and shot glasses, as well as custommade towels, sweatshirts and, of course, One Gun Ranchsourced herbal teas, honey and $25 bags of Super(ior) Soil. Sundays, the pier is also home to the One Gun Ranch Farmers Market. Bamford and Eysenring have a wholesaleproduce business, too, selling to local natural retailers such as Erewhon markets and Pacific Coast Greens, as well as top L.A. restaurants including Spago and Nobu. The duo have just gone into the second printing of their first book, One Gun Ranch, Malibu: Biodynamic Recipes for

“Initially, biodynamic farming requires more labor. But over time— once we create harmony with nature—nature will take care of herself, and, ultimately, she will take care of us, too.”

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Vibrant Living, which shares garden tips, exercise routines and recipes. Their latest venture: They acquired a yacht for whale- and dolphin-watching excursions launched off the Malibu Pier. “It all happened incredibly organically,” Bamford says about their growing business. “All of these things were authentic stepping stones from what is happening at the ranch.” And it’s true: One Gun Ranch is the heart and soul of the operation. After nearly eight years, the ranch received its coveted Demeter certification for meeting rigorous biodynamic standards, and Bamford and Eysenring continue to share their farming methods with aspiring and established farmers. They offer organic-food-education programs to local school groups. They’ve also partnered with UCLA as part of its Healthy Campus Initiative by planting a community garden, as well as a medicinal garden at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, manifesting Bamford’s philosophy that “food is medicine.” Strolling through the vegetable beds one fall afternoon, Bamford picks some fresh arugula and pops it into her mouth. “It’s really spicy,” she warns a visitor. It is, but the pungent flavor is a satisfying reminder of what the earth can provide. Other palate surprises include cucamelons—tiny watermelon-looking cucumbers that burst in your mouth— and the Wolfgang Puck-preferred passion fruit. “We’re at the foodie-revolution tipping point,” Bamford says. “We’re building the ranch for future farmers. Initially, biodynamic farming requires more labor. But over time— once we create harmony with nature—nature will take care of herself, and, ultimately, she will take care of us, too.”


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or Ron Radziner, design principal and co-founder of fullservice architecture and construction firm Marmol Radziner, the path to a career in architecture started at a young age. “I feel like architecture, and building houses in particular, really was just something that always fascinated me as a kid,” says Radziner, born to Dutch parents who immigrated to Los Angeles in the 1950s. “I can remember going over to friends’ houses and coming home and trying to draw their house and the floor plan. ... There was just something about it that always captivated me.” When he was 1, his family moved to the foothills of Encino, where they lived for many years. “In 1969, there were a lot of floods and hillsides coming down, and those hillsides collapsed into homes, and all of that became building materials for little forts and [structures] that I and my friends would build,” recalls Radziner. “I really believe all of that contributed to a love of building, and building in the landscape and with the landscape, in some weird childhood way that still comes with me as I work day-to-day.” While attending architecture school at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Radziner met his friend and business partner, Leo Marmol. The duo launched their own firm in 1989 and since have amassed more than 100 employees, offices in L.A. and San Francisco and an impressive portfolio that includes prefab, restoration, residential, commercial, hospitality, retail and landscape projects worldwide. Locally, notable residential projects include Radziner’s own former residence on Vienna Way in Venice, a family-friendly home in Brentwood and a historic restoration of a 1952 ranch-style home designed by acclaimed architect Cliff May. Each of those three projects reflects the innovative design, attention to detail and concern with flow between spaces that have become the firm’s signatures. For the 4,000-square-foot, two-story Vienna Way residence, Radziner challenged himself on the design. “This is the second home I built for myself. I think any time you build a home for yourself as an architect, it’s definitely an opportunity to explore some ideas and, maybe, push some things further than you might at other times,” he recalls. “On this one, I guess I approached the site kind of divided into three, with these two masses to either side. The kitchen, really all

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rounds it. [You’re] always thinking about, ‘How does light come into these homes?’ and ‘What are the proportions of these homes?’ when you try to do something for yourself. It’s just so much about how you move through the space and how that makes you aware of space.” The firm applied the same concepts to the Moreno residence, a single-family home, pool and guesthouse in Brentwood. Designed and built for a technology adviser/investor, his wife and their two children, the 6,000-square-foot main residence features an H-shaped floor plan with a central kitchen and dining room on the ground floor and an aluminum louvered-glass bridge connecting the bedrooms on the second level. A series of green roofs extend from the bedroom terraces, and


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“L.A. very much embraces modern lifestyles that accept the open nature of living experiences. The social climate is very communal. And, of course, the climate allows us to literally live outdoors all year round.” western-cedar roof overhangs frame an outdoor dining area outfitted with a grill and fireplace. The flow between the spaces in the home, which carries into the expansive garden, is conducive to mingling both indoors and out. “L.A. very much embraces modern lifestyles that accept the open nature of living experiences,” says Marmol. “The social climate is very communal. And, of course, the climate allows us to literally live outdoors all year round.” In 2007, the firm restored May’s 1952 Experimental Ranch House, also in Brentwood, with dark-stained Douglas-fir ceilings, board-and-batten wood siding and a new skylight. “It’s really a beautiful, small home,” Radziner says of the 2,360-square-foot building surrounded by sycamore trees in Sullivan Canyon. “It had been altered, and, although we didn’t go back to the original plan, we very much went close to the original plan and opened the house up again. [May’s] point was to really make it a large open space with just a few walls to separate off three bedrooms.” For the transformation, they updated plumbing and replaced the existing Saltillo tile floor and carpet with terrazzo flooring. “When we do projects like this, whether it’s [a home by] Cliff May or [Richard] Neutra, I think our goal, really, is to try to make it the best interpretation of their architecture, but it’s really not to put our imprint on it,” Radziner says. “We’ve done it right when it’s finished if someone can walk in the house and feel like this could have been what it was always like.” Marmol adds: “We restore historic modern buildings so that we can be influenced by those ideas … ideas of the strong connection between the interior and the exterior, the importance of the flow of the interior spaces and [of] materials [being] allowed to express their inherent nature.”

In addition to residential and commercial projects, the firm has introduced a line of sculptural jewelry, a collection of furniture at Jean de Merry in the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood and a collection of furniture for McGuire set to be released this year. The new 24-piece line, entitled the Canyon Collection (as a nod to L.A.’s canyons), includes a range of 12 fabrics, solid-oak serving bowls and platters and a blackenedsteel and white-bronze mirror. “We’re architects, but we’re also builders. I think how it all really started was we would build a home for a client, and they would say, ‘Hey, could you design us a dining-room table or a bed?’ We would design it in our metal- or woodshop, and sometimes those projects would be published, and then a furniture showroom might call us. It all happened very organically,” Radziner explains. Nearly 30 years since the inception of their firm, Radziner and Marmol are still inspired by local architecture and design. “Really, I think this city has the best residential architecture from 1900 to the present,” Radziner says. “It’s always been a place, for better or worse, where we value time and space in the home. Architects and clients seem to be interested in experimenting with that language, and we continue to do [just] that.”

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courtesy the natural history museum of los angeles county. opposite: Miguel Ordeñana, courtesy NHMLA


ou won’t find one of the city’s biggest celebrities dining at Little Dom’s or meeting for drinks at the Chateau Marmont, but you will find him dining nearby—on mule deer high up in the hills of Griffith Park. While his species goes by many names—catamount, cougar, panther, puma and mountain lion—there’s only one of his kind that has international name recognition and has graced the cover of both the Los Angeles Times and National Geographic magazine. P-22, the golden, glamorous puma, is the pride not only of Los Angeles wildlife advocates, but also of ordinary citizens who can’t tell a bobcat from a house cat. Named by the National Park Service, who monitors the mountain lion via a GPS radio collar (“P” for puma, “22” for being the 22nd cougar tagged in the Los Angeles area), P-22 has multiple social media feeds, an annual festival held in his honor and a recently mounted exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. In 2015, when workers came face to face with P-22 in the crawl space under a mansion (imagine their surprise!), news helicopters descended on the cougar as if he were a car chase or a Kardashian. It wasn’t until the paparazzi left that the 130-pound cougar slunk back to his home in L.A.’s 4,310acre Griffith Park, located at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. Why is this particular mountain lion so special? After all, the L.A. area is home to at least 60 mountain lions, and that’s only the number the park service has tagged—there are certainly more. (Los Angeles is the only megacity, aside from Mumbai, India, that has big predatory cats living within city limits.) Part of P-22’s appeal is the initial surprise; most people don’t think of pumas as one of the city’s iconic features, but they are here, just like palm trees, juice bars and traffic. And these top predators were here long before the Walk of Fame or the freeways, which now bisect their original territories into isolated areas that suffer from “inbreeding depression.” Pumas are trapped in a genetic prison, and male pumas,

confined in too little space, kill one another at alarming rates. All of L.A.’s pumas are in peril— and if factors don’t change, they could be extinct in 50 years. But it’s P-22’s story that stands out and might just save all of L.A.’s puma population. “His story is an inspiring one about survival that is very relatable to people of all backgrounds. He is the hero that Griffith Park and L.A. wildlife need now more than ever,” writes Miguel Ordeñana, a wildlife biologist at the Natural History Museum, in the book We Heart P-22: A Coloring + Activity Book Celebrating L.A.’s Most Famous Mountain Lion (full disclosure: I am one of the book’s editors and a creative partner in the publisher, Narrated Objects). Ordeñana ought to know; he’s the scientist who first spotted P-22 in Griffith Park and has been following the puma’s movements ever since. In 2012, Ordeñana was reviewing photos from a camera trap installed in the park as part of a connectivity study. When a giant puma butt crossed his screen, he knew it was something special—a discovery he likens to finding Bigfoot because it was so improbable. To get from his home in the western Santa Monica Mountains to Griffith Park, P-22 had to cross two major freeways—the 405 and the 101—a challenge no known puma had ever successfully navigated. P-22 not only beat the odds to get to Griffith Park but also continues to survive there, which is a bit of a surprise, too. Although Griffith Park is

Above: The natural history museum’s The Story of P-22: L.A.’s Most Famous Feline exhibition. Opposite: A photo of p-22 caught by wildlife biologist Miguel Ordeñana

one of the largest urban parks in the U.S., with 53 miles of hiking trails and iconic attractions like the Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory, it’s not a sizable habitat for a big cat. Male mountain lions typically require about 200 square miles; in Griffith Park, P-22 has only 8 square miles to call home. By lion standards, he’s stuck in something smaller than a studio apartment—pinned in on all sides by freeways—a lone lion with no hope for a mate unless he risks crossing another freeway (or another lion risks crossing one for him). Plus, his tiny territory is infested with humans—an estimated 10 million visit the park each year, and they don’t just disrupt his daytime sleeping routine but also poison the ecosystem with rodenticides that end up working their way up the food chain to him (P-22 nearly died from exposure to rat poison in 2014). Beth Pratt-Bergstrom is the National Wildlife Federation’s California regional executive director, author of the book When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors and a P-22 bestie (she runs his socialmedia accounts and has a tattoo of the puma on her arm). In her work, Pratt-Bergstrom points out that Angelenos identify with P-22 because he shares many of the same plights we do. Living alongside some of the country’s most expensive real estate, he’s squeezed by the housing crisis, just like the rest of us. Although he’s found a comfortable and safe place to call home, it’s smaller than what he needs, and he risks eviction. Plus, like many humans, his love life is thwarted by a lack of suitable mates (sigh ... that’s dating in L.A.). No wonder so many of us are fervent fans. For a creature that could kill and eat you, P-22 is one likable predator. Hopefully the empathy humans feel for the plight of this puma will result in protecting his habitat and solidifying plans to build a wildlife crossing over the 101 Freeway, so that other pumas don’t get stuck in a fragmented habitat the way P-22 is. (Pratt-Bergstrom raises funds for this bridge with her campaign.) I live down the street from Griffith Park, and the affection some kids feel for fictional animals like Chuck E. Cheese or Mickey Mouse, my kids feel for the real P-22. He is our city’s mascot, and, like a Dodger Dog or street taco, he brings people together.


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where style and

innovation meet l.A.-based brands are carving out niches with cutting-edge technology and design. B y m a r i n a k ay

Trends are fleeting; style is eternal. Nowhere do these concepts coexist better than in Los Angeles, a city whose fashion sense is simultaneously typified by athleisure wear and red-carpet couture. Always looking to the future, L.A. is known for pushing boundaries and breaking the rules, all while continuously making headlines and reshaping the zeitgeist with its art, music, movies and pop culture. And with technology companies such as Snap Inc., Google and Microsoft shacked up in Silicon Beach (an area stretching from Santa Monica to Playa Vista)—and Silicon Valley a few hours’ drive up the 5 Freeway—there are even more opportunities for the city to evolve creatively, not least in fashion. It should come as no surprise, then, that this global style capital has attracted some of the brightest minds in luxury apparel and accessories. Meet five L.A.-based brands at the forefront of high-fashion innovation.



s an architect and co-founder of award-winning architectural firm Oyler Wu Collaborative, Jenny Wu saw an opportunity: Just as a 3-D printer creates architectural models, it also could print intricate, digitally refined jewelry. She began designing pieces for herself and, in 2014, launched a line of 3-D-printed statement jewelry, Lace by Jenny Wu, which has since appeared in publications such as Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Fast Company and People. The avant-garde, architecturally inspired designs have caught the eye of discerning customers, too. “The Lace customer is a fashion-forward woman with her own unique style who appreciates creativity and high-quality designs,” says Wu, whose jewelry has adorned Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Alba. Wu, who now spends about 40 percent of her time on jewelry and 60 percent on architectural projects, uses computer modeling to produce prototypes that are eventually turned into accessories—bracelets, earrings and necklaces—made of nylon, stainless steel, gold, silver and platinum. The prototypes are produced in her Silver Lake studio, and the resulting creations are outsourced to 3-D printers to ensure the highest quality standards. “Currently, we produce our pieces in three different 3-D-printing technologies,” Wu explains. “Selective laser sintering for our nylon pieces, binder-jetting technology for our stainless-steel pieces and wax-pattern 3-D printing for our precious-metal pieces.” Popular items in her collection include the Florens necklace and the Amare ring, which are available for purchase on her website (, by appointment at Wu’s showroom or at pop-up shops held throughout the year. For something more personal, Wu suggests working with her to customize an existing design by adding diamonds or trying different materials. Coming this year is a capsule collection of wedding jewelry that uses ethical gemstones from Diamond Foundry, a prominent cultivated-diamond company based in San Francisco.



hanks to its reasonably priced, high-quality jewelry pieces and successful direct-to-consumer sales model, L.A.-based Vrai & Oro ( made headlines even before Diamond Foundry—which counts philanthropist and actor Leonardo DiCaprio as an investor—acquired it in 2016. Vrai & Oro’s mission is built on transparency and ethics, so the company’s pairing with Diamond Foundry and its man-made diamonds is a natural fit. “A lot of diamond companies claim to have


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carat. The Vrai & Oro wedding collection includes individually graded Diamond Foundry stones of 0.50 carats and above. In August 2017, the brand opened its first brick-andmortar store in downtown L.A., not far from where all of its jewelry is made in a family-owned factory. The store, in the hip Row DTLA complex, is “a great testing location for us to interact with our customers in real life and learn how we can address any customer pain points in the store that can’t be easily solved online,” the founder says. Vrai & Oro doesn’t release seasonal collections or follow trends. Rather, “we concentrate our efforts on having the highest-quality essentials in each category: everyday fine jewelry, formal fine jewelry and wedding or engagement,” Stofenmacher says. “And we love collaborating on limited-edition jewelry designs.”



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ethical diamonds, but the term is subjective and therefore often misused,” says Vrai & Oro founder Vanessa Stofenmacher. “Our diamonds are grown above ground in San Francisco with complete traceability and zero questions surrounding their origin.” The process involves placing a sliver of diamond in a plasma reactor that mimics the conditions under which the gems form in nature. Grown atom by atom, each resulting diamond is one of a kind. “A grown diamond is atomically identical to a mined diamond; it’s just that the environment in which it grows is different,” Stofenmacher explains. And, as with traditionally sourced diamonds, the quality of a Diamond Foundry gemstone is based on cut, clarity, color and

an a luxury handbag help to spread ethical style? The answer lies in an innovative and fashionable line by von Holzhausen (, a Malibu-based company founded in 2015 by Vicki von Holzhausen. After a career working as a designer for Mercedes-Benz and Audi in Europe, the entrepreneur sought to create a line of bags and accessories defined by their clean aesthetic, durability and sustainability. She launched using responsibly sourced traditional leather and, soon after, drew from her automotive roots to develop a leather alternative. The resulting products, which have been featured by the likes of Glamour, The Zoe Report and Harper’s Bazaar, are manufactured in L.A. using von Holzhausen’s proprietary Technik-Leather, a performance material similar to what’s used in the car industry. In addition to being animal-free, TechnikLeather offers several advantages. Firstly, it has the look and feel of Italian leather with one-third the weight. The material is also scratch-resistant, stain-resistant and flawless. It is made using a process that recycles 98 percent of the raw materials back into the manufacturing process and generates no toxic byproducts. Since it’s similar to materials used in technical applications, Technik-Leather also undergoes more extreme testing than materials traditionally used in the accessories industry. “A good way to look at it is to think about how many times you get in and out of a car seat over a car’s life span,” von Holzhausen says. “Since our material is designed to be durable, it gives you the freedom to take it anywhere and not have to worry about whether it gets dirty or wet, unlike most leather bags.”

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Von Holzhausen offers price transparency, stating that its markup is two to 2 ½ times the cost, rather than the typical five to seven applied by traditional retailers. And as a direct-to-consumer brand, it receives feedback straight from customers, which it then takes into account when developing new styles, such as the new, travel-friendly Zipper pouch and tote. The only question remaining may be, “What’s not to love?”


opening spread: Photo of Nicole Domecus by Caleb Kuhl. All other photos courtesy the respective designer/retailer


n 2011, Aether Apparel (, a maker of sophisticated outdoor-adventure wear, chose Los Angeles as its base camp. “As odd as it may sound for an outerwear company to call L.A. home, our DNA is steeped in travel and exploration, and our aesthetic is shaped by a cosmopolitan city setting. This is what separates us from the majority of our competitors who try to ‘out-mountain’ one another,” says Palmer West, co-founder of the brand that has since expanded to New York, San Francisco and Aspen. Started in 2009 by West and fellow former movie producer Jonah Smith, Aether resides on Melrose Avenue, a few blocks from its retail flagship on La Brea Avenue, a magnet for hip shops and restaurants. Aether’s technical outerwear is created for well-traveled men and women, who, West says, appreciate superior design fortified with unparalleled function and performance: “They are those who demand more from their outerwear—an elevated aesthetic and weather protection backed by a manufacturing lifetime guarantee.” Case in point: the Skyline Motorcycle Jacket, an ergonomically designed piece featuring a heavy-duty three-layer shell that’s abrasionresistant, waterproof and breathable. The jacket boasts pads by D3O, a brand that specializes in impact protection. Using patented, patent-pending and proprietary technologies, the material stiffens on impact to absorb energy and reduce force, then returns to its flexible state. “What is required for this category is a high level of abrasion resistance, should our customer be in a situation where Aether is all that separates them from harm in an accident,” West explains. “We added waterproof capabilities and exceptional durability for the life of the garment.” The motorcycle community has responded to the design. “We are the brand for those who choose to wear protective armor without looking like a NASCAR pit crew. There are plenty of loud ‘obvious motorcycle apparel’ brands; we pride ourselves in understated road protection delivered in a cleaner form.”



o matter the lifestyle, the workout or the time of day, Vimmia is designed for the man and woman with a knack for fashion and an appreciation for quality,” says Alex Raminfar, vice president of the burgeoning L.A.-designed and -made activewear brand. Founded by his brother, Ardy Raminfar, in 2012, Vimmia aims to outpace competitors with thoughtful design details (e.g., flat seams, supportive mesh and a patentpending gusset) and cutting-edge fiber technology. Its functional performance pieces feature a nylon-based, four-way-stretch fabric designed to wick sweat, pronto, and provide superior all-around coverage, durability, snapback and compression. Furthermore, Vimmia X, a second-generation fabric introduced in 2015, is made with “smart” yarn containing far-infrared technology and enhanced with bioactive minerals that transform body heat into energy, increasing blood microcirculation. What does all of this amount to? According to the brand, performance, recovery and, in the case of Vimmia X, cosmetic benefits, such as a reduction in the appearance of cellulite if worn consistently. The athleisure collection also includes buttery-soft pullovers and fashionable tri-blend T-shirts. “Given our experience in the fashion industry, we were determined to merchandise Vimmia like a fashion collection, with 11 distinct deliveries across four seasons and over 200 pieces offered each year,” Alex Raminfar says. Those pieces are available online ( and at the company’s recently opened storefront in Brentwood.

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Sweet Life Pastry chefs are entrusted with customers’ final impressions of a meal. In Los Angeles, these masters of sweet showcase a tremendous diversity of skills and styles. by roger grody

In Los Angeles, many fitness-fixated restaurant guests are apt to pass on dessert, and that’s not the only challenge facing local pastry chefs. Most culinary experts concede that making bread and sweets demands greater precision and patience than crafting savory dishes. But L.A.’s best pastry chefs rise to the occasion, transforming their science into an utterly irresistible art. ¶ One such chef is Stephanie Boswell, who oversees pastries at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. Boswell polished her skills with celebrated dessert master Gale Gand in Chicago before pushing the envelope at the Aria’s Sage restaurant in Las Vegas, where she introduced a foie gras “candy bar.” At the Peninsula’s recently reopened dining room, the Belvedere, the young pastry chef is known for turning out desserts that double as exquisitely detailed sculptures. 5 6     W H E R E G U E S T B O O K

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“Generally, I try to keep everything pretty fun, maintaining an 80-20 ratio of familiarity versus danger,” quips Boswell, who notes the “danger” includes flavor combinations that guests might initially perceive as incompatible, until they realize how great they taste. “Plating is incredibly important, but I try not to make it everything,” she says. “A lot of chefs are looking at Pinterest too much.” An example of Boswell’s marriage of elegance and fun are her stunning “Fabergé eggs,” whose dark-chocolate shells are hand-painted with floral designs and accented with gold leaf or edible glitter. The varying treasures found inside the shells are more playful, including upscale riffs on PB&J and s’mores that elicit childhood memories. “They’re interactive, as there’s a certain pleasure associated with smashing them,” says a mischievous Boswell.

Equally compelling are cream puffs emblazoned with iconic pop art from Warhol or Lichtenstein, as well as an image that plays off the Robert Indiana painting on the Belvedere’s wall. Pastry chef Zoe Nathan and husband Josh Loeb are prolific restaurateurs, enriching the city of Santa Monica with Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen, Huckleberry Bakery & Café, pizzeria Milo & Olive, Esters Wine Shop & Bar, French-Vietnamese Cassia and the couple’s new Mexican eatery, Tallula’s. Nathan oversees bread-making, pastries and plated desserts at all of the couple’s restaurants and, although she is only 35, she has become an almost matriarchal figure in L.A.’s community of pastry chefs. Nathan has always promoted an honest and unpretentious approach to desserts, and she now applies that

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philosophy to diverse cuisines. “Every culture has its simple comfort-food desserts that really finish a meal,” she says, adding, “There’s a real art form to putting a period at the end of a meal.” And while she appreciates innovation and creativity, Nathan says, “an apple pie should taste like an apple pie, but should be the very best apple pie it can be.” Nathan’s emphasis on quality translates into an insistence on organic ingredients, which, whenever possible, are purchased at the farmers market. Her plating is consistent with her overall approach. “Everything on the plate needs to be edible, needs to make sense and needs to add something to the dish,” says Nathan. Laurel Almerinda was originally Nathan’s intern, but the two bakers have collaborated on almost equal footing for a decade now. As co-pastry chef at Huckleberry, Milo & Olive, Cassia and Tallula’s, Almerinda has mastered everything from Vietnamese coffee pudding to tres leches cake. “It’s really fun to explore diverse ingredients, but we’re always grounded in French technique,” Almerinda says, adding, “Over those core values, we’re able to build different flavor profiles.” At the Century City location of Craft, celebrity chef Tom Colicchio’s signature concept, Texas native Shannon Swindle oversees the dessert menu. After honing his skills with renowned Lone Star State chefs Dean Fearing, Stephan Pyles and Kent Rathbun, Swindle joined Craft in Dallas and transferred to the Century City restaurant eight years ago. Swindle was a James Beard Award semifinalist last year and is recognized for applying sophistication to familiar desserts. Craft celebrates American cuisine by showcasing exceptional ingredients with minimal manipulation, and Swindle’s constantly evolving dessert menu follows that theme. With items like chocolate sticky pudding, apple-cider doughnuts and pineapple upside-down cake, his dessert menu could be straight out of a diner in Des Moines, Iowa, except perhaps for his kaiserschmarrn or brown-butter-quince tart. It is the pastry chef’s polished technique, carefully selected ingredients and smart presentation that elevate familiar items to fine-dining status. Swindle, who works directly with farmers and foragers, admits to being obsessive about handpicking the best fruits available, then deciding how best to honor them. “We try to keep things unfussy both in concept and plating, whether the primary ingredient is a specific fruit or chocolate,” he says. Given the relatability of his desserts, Swindle recognizes he is often competing with

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nostalgic memories, but, as with everything at Craft, these desserts elicit their own, original emotions. Swindle prefers not to overthink presentation, explaining, “I want it to look lovely but unfussy, so my plates have a more natural appearance without precise dots of sauce or tweezered embellishments.” While Colicchio’s menus feature modern interpretations of traditional dishes, chef José Andrés’ cuisine offers unpredictable mashups and molecular gastronomy that shatters convention. A meal at the Bazaar by José Andrés typically evokes multiple utterances of “wow,” many of them taking place during dessert. Pastry chef Kriss Harvey says, “I want our guests to have a seamless transition to dessert,” though he knows that his creations must complement those of his boss. “It has to mirror his imagination. It’s the Bazaar by José Andrés, not the Bazaar by Kriss Harvey.” Plating isn’t intended to overshadow flavor, Harvey says, but “this is Beverly Hills, and, with that in mind, I dress the food up.” Passionate about art, music and architecture, he is inspired by creative people from various fields. “So you see little tributes to David Bowie and Pink Floyd, but my lemon tart is flat and edgy like a Case Study House,” says Harvey, who collects midcenturymodern pieces for his home. “I can’t draw or perform musically, so this is how I express myself.” Despite his penchant for flashiness, Harvey says, “My

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training is rooted in technique, so that never goes out of style.” He reports spending 15 years perfecting a canelé (the signature rum-infused pastry from Bordeaux), but he didn’t serve it until it satisfied his own exacting standards. He demands the finest ingredients—sea salt from Brittany, butter from Normandy and pistachios from Sicily—but he says he is always eager to support local producers. Gregory Baumgartner is an accomplished pastry chef yet to turn 30, and he operates on a high level, both conceptually and literally. Responsible for desserts at 71Above, the restaurant atop downtown L.A.’s U.S. Bank Tower, Baumgartner is challenged to match the skills demonstrated by preceding courses from executive chef Vartan Abgaryan. Baumgartner, an alum of the Michael Mina organization, says that he does not particularly enjoy sweets. While that sounds like a rare confession for a pastry chef, it is shared by Craft’s Swindle, who offers a selection of fresh, roasted or poached fruit on his dessert menu. “There are some beautiful floral and savory aspects to desserts,” Baumgartner says. “[I] harness the uniqueness of an ingredient and drag out its natural essence.” As for presentation, the pastry chef appreciates the nostalgic power of food, but acknowledges that his sophisticated presentations rarely look familiar. “When [a dessert of mine] first hits the table, [guests] might be confused or unsure of what they’re looking at, but as soon as they take a bite, it reminds them of something Grandma once made,” Baumgartner says.

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At République, in a building built for Charlie Chaplin, acclaimed chef Walter Manzke deftly handles the savory courses, while wife Margarita Manzke turns out memorable desserts. Classically trained—she originally worked on the savory side at places such as Spago and Patina (where she met her husband)—the lifelong baker was drafted into professional pastry service when the couple opened a restaurant in Carmel. Complementing République’s French-bistro influences, Margarita, who was born in the Philippines, has introduced some desserts inspired by her native country. Well received is an upscale version of halo-halo (a shaved-ice dessert) and avocado panna cotta with calamansi (a tropical citrus) curd, coconut sorbet and candied macadamia nuts. “My philosophy is ‘less is more,’ showcasing the main ingredient,” says Margarita, whose approach to plating is similar. “My presentation is not overly ornamental. I like simple, clean plates where there aren’t a lot of things distracting from the main attraction.” After working in luxury hotels including the Peninsula and Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, pastry chef Miguel Franco joined Barton G. last year. Launched in Miami by event maestro Barton G. Weiss, the restaurant turns fine dining on its head, resulting in a whimsical, unforgettable experience. At the Beverly Hills branch of Barton G., foie-gras-accented deviled eggs arrive in a chicken coop, a 3-foot fork towers over a rib-eye, and lobster-truffle macaroni and cheese is presented on a giant mousetrap. Franco transforms dessert into an equally memorable course. “Chocolate Indulgence” consists of brownies with walnuts, chocolate rice puffs and ice cream served in a treasure chest overflowing with gilt-wrapped chocolate coins. The “Dolla Dolla Bills Y’all!!!!” features a massive, edible $100 bill on a pedestal of gold bullion (a ganache tart with dulce de leche and meringue wrapped in goldhued chocolate). Franco does not believe that the shtick at Barton G. detracts from his skills as a pastry chef, which he’s developed over nearly three decades in the industry. “I can tell you the technique is there, represented in a different, fun and whimsical way,” he states. “The part I enjoy the most are the challenges to develop something new that’s never been done before.” Whether perfecting all-American favorites or experimenting with exotic cross-cultural mashups, mastering classic technique or pushing the limits of culinary chemistry, L.A.’s pastry chefs are creating masterpieces that are simply too good to skip.

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DOWNTOWN Downtown L.A.’s revitalization continues. Grand Central Market (pictured above) lures foodies with its mix of vendors, and the Broad museum, the Music Center, Grand Park, MOCA and recently reopened funicular Angels Flight attract diverse crowds to Grand Avenue. Sports and entertainment venue Staples Center anchors L.A. Live, also home to Microsoft Theater, the Novo by Microsoft and the Grammy Museum. A recent addition to the downtown skyline is the Wilshire Grand Center—L.A.’s tallest building—which houses an InterContinental hotel and openair bar Spire 73. Culturally rich Olvera Street, Chinatown and Little Tokyo are also draws, as is the Arts District, which offers hip shops and dining destinations like Bestia and Rossoblu. Nearby, ICA LA hosts art exhibitions and public programs.

LONG BEACH & SAN PEDRO Located 22 miles south of downtown L.A., the coastal city of Long Beach is home to a busy cruise terminal, a container port, Rainbow Harbor (pictured above) and the Queen Mary ocean liner, now a floating—supposedly haunted—hotel that hosts special events throughout the year. Other draws include the world-class Aquarium of the Pacific and the Pike Outlets—and the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Lively dining and nightlife spots beckon along Pine Avenue and 2nd Street in Belmont Shore, while vintage shops pack East 4th Street’s “Retro Row.” The attraction-packed L.A. Waterfront in neighboring San Pedro boasts the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, brewery Brouwerij West, marketplace Crafted and the Battleship USS Iowa Museum.


BEVERLY HILLS Beverly Hills reigns as the epitome of luxury and glamour. Exclusive brands including Balenciaga and Goyard reside on palm-fringed Rodeo Drive; Berluti and Hublot have stores nearby. At the retail district’s south end are Barneys, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue—as well as the Beverly Wilshire, of Pretty Woman fame. The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills recently opened down the road, with culinary concepts by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Lush green space can be found at Will Rogers Memorial Park (pictured above). Neighboring Westwood is home to UCLA and the Geffen Playhouse. To the south, Culver City offers dining and shopping, perhaps best enjoyed at the trendy Platform complex. Steps away, a stop on the Metro Expo Line provides easy access to Santa Monica and downtown L.A.

MALIBU The rugged coast of Malibu is dominated by miles of iconic Southern California beaches (Zuma and Surfrider are just two of them) and impressive beachfront homes. Pacific Coast Highway is lined with restaurants such as Mastro’s Ocean Club, Nobu Malibu and Malibu Farm, as well as the exclusive new Japanese-style inn Nobu Ryokan. The ’Bu is also a shopper’s playground, boasting boutique mall Malibu Country Mart (pictured above), with Cali-chic shops including Curve, Paige and Madison, and the adjacent Malibu Lumber Yard, home to Intermix and Maxfield. The recently recognized Malibu Coast AVA is home to dozens of vineyards and wine-tasting locations. Also enticing are nearby Topanga and Pacific Palisades, Will Rogers State Historic Park and the splendid art and gardens of the Getty Villa, sister venue to the Getty Center.



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Embark on a journey of discovery as you explore over 150 interactive exhibits in our galleries including Ecosystems – a free permanent gallery featuring live animals, seven immersive exhibits, and a 188,000 gallon kelp tank. Complete your visit by seeing Space Shuttle Endeavour in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion. See the orbiter up close and discover the science behind this amazing vehicle. Admission to permanent exhibits is FREE. (Excluding IMAX and special paid exhibitions.) We are located in beautiful Exposition Park, just south of Downtown Los Angeles.

700 Exposition Park Drive Los Angeles, CA 90037 323.SCIENCE (724.3623)

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Discover 4.5 billion years of history under one roof at the largest natural history museum in the Western United States. NHM features grand mammal dioramas, rare dinosaur fossils, a spectacular gems and minerals hall and exhibits of pre-Columbian and Los Angeles history. Explore natural landscapes of Africa and North America, 3.5 acres of Nature Gardens, an interactive Nature Lab, and tour permanent exhibits such as Age of Mammals and the Dinosaur Hall, one of the best dinosaur exhibits in the world. Each week find activities for children, families and adults that inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007 213.763.DINO (3466)

Exposition Park, a premier destination set on a 160-acre campus, is home to world-class museums, the historical landmark Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and a wide variety sports, culture and entertainment. Explore Exposition Park today.

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VENICE Though it’s still known for its canals, Muscle Beach and Ocean Front Walk (pictured above), Venice has perhaps become equally renowned for its shopping. Just a few blocks inland is Abbot Kinney Boulevard, where the savviest locals and visitors shop and dine. Here, alongside quaint bungalows and contemporary lofts, independently owned boutiques such as Tortoise and Heist mix with global chains like Aesop and Adidas Originals. Trendy eateries abound: Favorites include Travis Lett’s Gjelina and new MTN, as well as chef Evan Funke’s acclaimed pasta destination, Felix. Around the corner, Rose Avenue offers stylish staples at Monrow, luxury bedding at Parachute and healthy fare at Rose Café-Restaurant and Café Gratitude. Along Main Street are more shops and restaurants, including French-Japanese fave Chaya.

SANTA MONICA Upscale yet relaxed Santa Monica offers something for everyone. Coastal draws include the Santa Monica Pier (with Pacific Park and its iconic Ferris wheel), the Annenberg Community Beach House and the 6-acre Tongva Park (pictured above). Inland, shop and dine on Main Street and swanky Montana Avenue. More boutiques and eateries, plus trendy chains, populate downtown’s Third Street Promenade, whose three-block pedestrian stretch terminates at the open-air Santa Monica Place, home to Nordstrom, Michael Kors and ArcLight Cinemas. The city’s dining scene includes Cassia, Rustic Canyon, Tar & Roses and Mélisse—plus casual Bay Cities Italian Deli, whose Godmother sandwich is legendary.­The Metro Expo Line terminus is nearby.

SILVER LAKE & LOS FELIZ Two of L.A.’s trendiest neighborhoods, Silver Lake and Los Feliz, draw hipsters and creatives to their indie boutiques, bars and restaurants, including Jessica Koslow’s Sqirl and Middle Eastern-inspired Kismet. Sunset Junction, with its smattering of shops, is Silver Lake’s epicenter of cool. A similarly eclectic vibe reverberates along Vermont and Hillhurst avenues in Los Feliz, where Little Dom’s is tops for date night and Fred 62 diner is open 24/7. To the north, Griffith Park offers miles of trails, Travel Town, the L.A. Zoo, the Autry Museum, the Greek Theatre and the Griffith Observatory. Design lovers appreciate the area’s array of homes by renowned architects Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright, whose Hollyhock House (pictured above) is located at nearby Barnsdall Art Park.

WEST HOLLYWOOD Trendsetting West Hollywood is filled with food and fashion. Chic boutiques abound on La Cienega Boulevard, Melrose Avenue, Melrose Place and Robertson Boulevard (pictured above). West 3rd Street hosts indie boutiques and cafés. The Grove (with a new bakery and restaurant by pastry chef Dominique Ansel) and the adjacent Original Farmers Market make up an outdoor dining, shopping and entertainment destination. The Pacific Design Center anchors the showroompacked West Hollywood Design District. To the north, Santa Monica Boulevard’s dining draws include Norah and Delilah, and the fabled Sunset Strip buzzes with celebrity-frequented clubs, bars, restaurants and shops, including a new flagship from retail icon Fred Segal.



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PASADENA Perhaps best known for hosting the annual Tournament of Roses, Pasadena is packed with cultural attractions. Art lovers can visit the Norton Simon Museum, the USC Pacific Asia Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art, and families can get hands-on at Kidspace Children’s Museum. The historic City Hall (pictured above) and Arts and Crafts-style Gamble House are architectural highlights. The science-minded can tour Caltech, as well as NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. The Rose Bowl Flea Market lures treasure hunters, and downtown, historic Old Pasadena boasts the One Colorado shopping district and dining spots like Urth Caffé, Sushi Roku and Union. In nearby San Marino, the lovely Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens encompasses 120 acres.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY Far from a sleepy suburb, the San Fernando Valley boasts some of the biggest studios in the entertainment industry. Free tickets to tapings of TV shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show and studio tours at Warner Bros. in Burbank grant behind-the-scenes access. North Hollywood is home to the Television Academy (pictured above). Universal CityWalk offers dining, shopping and entertainment, and Universal Studios Hollywood draws visitors with thrill rides and attractions like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There’s charming shopping and dining in downtown Burbank, vintage haven Magnolia Park, Toluca Lake, the NoHo Arts District and Studio City along Ventura Boulevard.

HOLLYWOOD When many people think of L.A., they think of Hollywood—and Tinseltown attracts visitors en masse. They flock to the Hollywood Walk of Fame; the Forecourt of the Stars at the TCL Chinese Theatre; and the Dolby Theatre, site of the Academy Awards. Hollywood & Highland, a multistory shopping and dining complex, offers postcard-worthy views of the Hollywood sign. The historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel continues to pull a “new Hollywood” crowd, as do dining and nightlife concepts Tao, Avenue, Beauty & Essex and the Highlight Room at the Dream Hollywood hotel. For alfresco live music, the Hollywood Bowl (pictured above) hosts the Los Angeles Philharmonic and headliners like Tony Bennett and Trombone Shorty during the summer. discover more by picking up where los angeles magazine and downloading the WHERE traveler city guide app

South Bay In the tony cities of Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach (pictured above), easygoing, seaside charm meets big-city style. Here, miles of waves, sand and an oceanfront bike/pedestrian path offer copious coastal diversions, including surfing and beach volleyball. Shops like Pages: A Bookstore, Trina Turk and Wright’s entice shoppers in downtown Manhattan Beach, and they’re joined by top-notch restaurants the Strand House, Fishing With Dynamite and the Arthur J. A lively bar and club scene near Hermosa’s and Redondo’s piers keeps the “Beach Cities” humming at night. Inland, near LAX, the Point in El Segundo offers trendy dining and shopping; farther south, Terranea Resort perches on the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s rugged ocean bluffs.


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L’Agence has been adding a little je ne sais quoi to women’s looks for more than a decade. Find on-trend denim, elevated basics and signature pieces like this sequined Donatello blazer at the brand’s flagship store   on Melrose Place. 323.546.0321,

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Organize your tech tools and personal essentials with This Is Ground leather bags and accessories. The brand’s first line designed specifically for women includes this Sitting Pretty jewelry case, which is perfect for travel. Select products are sold locally at Reservoir in Culver City. 323.300.5309,; Lifestyle expert Tobi Tobin pours only the finest ingredients—and her heart—into her eponymous collection of artisanal chocolates, fragrances and candles. Visit shop-in-shops at Bloomingdale’s nationwide (including Westfield Century City’s) to see why celebrities like Keanu Reeves and Taylor Swift are fans. 310.772.2100,; Designed by Jessica Taft Langdon, who’s worked for Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler, The Palatines shoes (like its Salio mules) have a minimalist look but style in spades. Local stockists include Assembly L.A. 323.746.5090,;

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Sat Hari of Amrit Jewelry imbues her designs with spiritual meanings and blessings for wearers (who include Jennifer Aniston and Emma Watson). L.A.’s uber-chic shop Just One Eye carries pieces like this diamondstudded gold bracelet from the Make Love collection. 323.969.9129,;

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When you’re seeking a special something for your home or your wardrobe, check out these Cali-cool brands and boutiques.

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See the world through rose-goldcolored lenses. Each pair of Leisure Society glasses from SoCal-based designer Shane Baum is individually numbered and handcrafted in Japan from luxurious components; this burgundy and 18-karat rose-gold version of the popular Èze style is a Framed Ewe at Fred Segal Sunset exclusive. 310.432.0563,; Heidi Merrick, daughter of legendary surfboard shaper Al Merrick, designs pieces for the quintessential California lifestyle, from easy-luxe dresses to surfboards that she and her shaper brother, Britt, create each season. Immerse yourself in her style at H. Merrick of California, the flagship store beneath her DTLA studio. 310.424.5520,

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Janessa Leoné accessories are rocked by celebrities and creatives with strong senses of style. Favorites include straw styles like the Maxime Panama hat, shown here. Find a wide selection—including kids’ styles—at the brand’s shop at Culver City’s Platform, which it shares with equally coveted shoe brand Freda Salvador. 310.256.2296, Fingers crossed, you have room in your suitcase for a brass hand from Consort, the brick-and-mortar store from designers Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone. When they’re not whipping up home interiors for celebs like Jessica Alba, the duo keep their Melrose Avenue shop stocked with fab and fun home decor. 323.930.5688, Jason Arasheben, CEO of Jason of Beverly Hills (creator of the Golden State Warriors’ 2017 NBA championship rings), designed his Dunamis timepieces, including the Pantheon model here, with a free-floatingdiamond dial. Watch them sparkle at his boutique at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel). 310.385.3970,

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The Americana at BrandCL9000006279 The Americana, from the creators of the Grove and inspired by a 1930s downtown, comprises some 40 retailers, more than a dozen restaurants and a Pacific Theatres. Notable offerings include Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak and David Yurman, Tory Burch and Toms boutiques.  889 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.637.8982,

A NEW LEASE ON LIFE Downtown L.A. has a new shopping destination in Row DTLA—a mixed-use development inhabiting 30 acres adjacent to the Arts District, on the site of a historic produce market. Among the six industrial buildings and courtyard, a community of emerging brands and independent retailers has set up shop. Modern design stores Poketo and A+R, ethical fine jeweler Vrai & Oro, clothing companies dRA and Paris-based 13 Bonaparte, menswear brand Banks Journal, sneaker brand Bodega and more cult-favorite businesses—many L.A.-based— are up and running or are set to open in coming months. If all that shopping makes you hungry, Smorgasburg, a food-market import from Brooklyn, pops up at the on-site 7th Street Produce Market every Sunday, and an outpost of San Francisco's Tartine Manufactory is due to open this year. 777 S. Alameda St., downtown,

h Beverly CenterCL0000022205 A top Southern California fashion destination emerging from a dramatic face-lift, Beverly Center features more than 100 specialty boutiques, including luxury retailers Gucci, Burberry and Salvatore Ferragamo; contemporary brands COS, Sandro and Maje; trendy favorites Uniqlo and H&M; and department stores Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s. New eateries, including Cal Mare from chef/partner Adam Sobel, enhance the offerings.  8500 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.854.0070, brentwood   Country MartCL9000006282  The collection of cool boutiques at this barn-styled shopping center makes it a frequent stop for the celebs who live in the tony neighborhood. Among winning picks are delicate baubles at Pippa Small Jewellery and unique dresses at Calypso St. Barth.  225 26th St., Santa Monica, h Citadel OutletsCL904031 Only 10 minutes south of downtown L.A., Citadel Outlets boasts 130 premium stores including Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, Nike, Levi’s, Ann

Taylor, Coach and Kate Spade New York, offering 30 to 70 percent off retail prices.  100 Citadel Drive, L.A., 323.888.1724, The GroveCL0000022207 Inspired by a grand old downtown, complete with a trolley and central fountain, this popular outdoor center has more than 50 shops, including Elizabeth and James, Fresh, Nordstrom and Vince; some 10 eateries, including new 189 by Dominique Ansel and Ladurée Boutique and Restaurant; and a cinema. Original Farmers Market is adjacent.  189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 323.900.8080, h Hollywood & Highland Home of the Dolby Theatre and the Academy Awards, this Tinseltownthemed retail, dining and entertainment center features high-tech bowling, restaurants, a nightclub, state-of-the-art cinemas and specialty shops including Lucky Brand and Sephora.  6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.817.0200, Malibu Country MartCL9000006282 New shops are constantly being added to the list of around 40 boutique tenants at this longtime shopping favorite. Pick up gifts at Burro, jeans at Paige, T-shirts at Michael Stars, boots at Bed|Stü, shades at Oliver Peoples and edgy jewelry at Chrome Hearts.  3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7300, malibu lumber yard0133 This small collection of upscale retailers is adjacent to Malibu Country Mart and includes Alice + Olivia, Maxfield, James Perse and

Intermix.  3939 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, h One Colorado0133 A top Old Pasadena destination, One Colorado occupies a charming collection of 17 historic buildings featuring cobblestone walkways and wrought-iron details. Equally beguiling is its mix of retailers and eateries, which includes Finn + Willow, Gold Bug, Mohawk General Store, Oska and new Prawn by chef Mark Peel.  41 Hugus Alley, Old Pasadena, 626.564.1066, ONTARIO MILLS With 1.7 million square feet, Ontario Mills is California’s largest outletshopping destination. Among its 200-plus stores are Polo Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, DKNY and Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, as well as anchors Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and Nordstrom Rack—plus a 30-screen cineplex.  1 Mills Circle, Ontario, 909.484.8300, Platform Architectural landmark Hayden Tract now houses this curated collection of hip merchants, brands, pop-ups and restaurants that includes shops Bird Brooklyn, The Edit by Freda Salvador + Janessa Leoné and Reformation; eateries Loqui and Hayden; design store Tom Dixon; and Tenoverten nail salon.  8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, The pointC0000022215 This South Bay shopping center features on-trend retailers including Planet Blue, Madewell and Lucky Brand, as well as top L.A.

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Two RodeoCL0000022214 In the heart of Beverly Hills’ worldrenowned shopping district is Two Rodeo, an ensemble of restaurants and boutiques offering distinctive dining, fine wares and haute fashion. Luxury brands include Lanvin, Versace, Tiffany & Co. and Jimmy Choo.  9480 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.247.7040, the village at   Westfield TOPANGAC0000022215 This gorgeous open-air lifestyle destination directly across the street from Westfield Topanga shopping center (with trolley service connecting the two) offers trendy shops, restaurants with alfresco dining, a full-service gym, a spa, a yoga studio, a children’s play area and much more.  6250 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 818.594.8732,

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eateries such as Umi by Hamasaku and Superba Food + Bread. It’s all centered around a family-friendly outdoor plaza.  850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, 310.414.5280, h Santa Monica PlaceCL9000006920 A glittering three-level, open-air center anchors Third Street Promenade. The growing list of upscale retailers includes a Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and some 50 specialty boutiques, such as Nike and Chan Luu. The rooftop Dining Deck features a food court, restaurants and a gourmet marketplace, and ArcLight Cinemas is a draw for movie lovers.  395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, 310.260.8333, h South Coast PlazaCL0000022212 The renowned shopping destination, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, is the highest-grossing planned retail venue in the U.S. It includes department stores Saks Fifth

Avenue and Bloomingdale’s; hundreds of boutiques, including new Stella McCartney and Dior Homme; and more than 30 restaurants, all within walking distance of major performing-arts venues.  3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888, SUNSET PLAZACL0000022212 “Chic” is the word at this upscale row of designer boutiques, sidewalk cafés and specialty shops. Browse high-end stores such as Calleen Cordero, H. Lorenzo and Wildfox, then get pampered at Ole Henriksen Face/Body spa, Eden by Eden Sassoon and Jessica—The Clinic.  8600-8700 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.2622, Third Street PromenadeCL0000022203 This cobblestone, pedestrian-only shopping zone spans three blocks, from Broadway to Wilshire Boulevard. Watch talented street artists perform, dine at a street-side restaurant and shop in stores including Zara, Anthropologie and Sephora.  1351 Third

h Westfield at laxCL0000022215 Featuring a premier collection of retail and dining curated by Westfield, the Tom Bradley International Terminal and terminals 1, 2, 3 and 6 at LAX raise the bar on the airport experience. Shopping and dining options include Angel City Brewery, Barney’s Beanery, Fred Segal, Porsche Design, Rock & Brews and Tumi.  380 World Way, L.A., Westfield Century CityC0000022215 Fresh from a $1 billion redevelopment, this pleasant open-air mall offers Nordstrom’s three-level L.A. flagship store, the first West Coast Eataly, dozens of stylish boutiques (including Oak + Fort, Equipment, Caudalie, R.M. Williams and Compartes Chocolatier), 8 acres of manicured outdoor space designed by Kelly Wearstler and a new outdoor dining district.  10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 310.277.3898,

WEST HOLLYWOOD   DESIGN DISTRICT The epicenter of the West Coast’s design industry, this lively, walkable cultural destination boasts more than 1.5 million square feet of showrooms, shops and galleries. More than 15 art galleries; 100 antique and contemporary furniture stores; over 25 restaurants and cafés; two dozen top salons and spas; and 40 high-end fashion and lifestyle boutiques line the boulevards.  Melrose Avenue and Robertson and Beverly boulevards, West Hollywood,

Shops + Boutiques217 h Abundance This feminine, upscale boutique for women size 12 and up carries classic clothing with flair. Alembika, Cheyenne and Transparente are among the featured designers. For dressy occasions, look for eveningwear from brands such as Damianou and Soulmates.  13604 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818.990.6128, Acne studios The arrival of this cult-favorite Swedish retailer in downtown L.A.’s historic Eastern Columbia Building— the brand’s largest store—signaled a retail renaissance along Broadway. Find accessories, denim staples and experimental fashions for men and women, plus an in-store Il Caffè coffee bar.  855 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.243.0960, Alexis bittar Alexis Bittar’s jewelry designs for his eponymous line always make a splash, whether the statement is colorful and whimsical or minimal and practical. Two boutiques, opened simultaneously in L.A., illustrate his dichotomous design sense.  8383 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.9803; 1612 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.452.6901,

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BURNING TORCH The L.A.-based lifestyle brand known for its bohemian-luxe clothes and accessories looks right at home in its flagship boutique on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Find washedleather jackets and cozy cashmere alongside antique and vintage home goods.  1227 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.399.1920,


AMERICAN RAG CIE This legendary one-stop shop outfits men and women in complete L.A.chic ensembles. Clothing includes carefully chosen vintage, as well as premium Levi’s Made & Crafted and cult-favorite Japanese label Comme des Garçons Play. The wide range of designer denim, shoes, bags and sunglasses can be mesmerizing. Adjoining Maison Midi offers French home decor, furniture, gift items and a café.  150 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.935.3154, THE APARTMENT BY THE LINE  N.Y.-based online retail store the Line chose Melrose Place for its second offline home. Designed as an elegant residence, the rooms offer chic, minimalist fashion and home, beauty and art goods such as jewelry by Sophie Buhai, lighting by Atelier de Troupe and beautiful textiles from the store’s home-goods label, Tenfold.  8463 Melrose Place, Second Floor, L.A., 323.746.5056,

ASSEMBLY LOS ANGELES  Inside the austere white walls of this bicoastal shop from Greg Armas (who also designs the store’s eponymous label) are racks of modern, minimalist looks by independent designers such as Baserange, Shaina Mote and Jorge Morales.  7977 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.746.5090, BALMAINCL9000006286 The famed French fashion house, led by creative director Olivier Rousteing, opened its first West Coast boutique last year on Melrose Place, joining such esteemed company as the Row, Chloé and A.P.C. Fans of the luxury brand include Kim Kardashian West and Rihanna.  8421 Melrose Place, L.A., 323.230.6364, BROKEN ENGLISHCL9000006286 This gem boasts jewelry from cutting-edge designers including Celine Daoust, Xiao Wang, Anita Ko and Spinelli Kilcollin, as well as

CHARIOTS ON FIRE Embracing “modern as an attitude rather than a style,” this lovely specialty shop boasts jewelry by Polly Wales and Grainne Morton, ceramics by Makoto Kagoshima, and much more. Looking for a made-in-L.A. gift? Many makers and artists represented here are locals.  1342 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.3088, CLARE V. Clare Vivier’s Silver Lake flagship and Santa Monica and Melrose outposts feature her brightly colored, minimalist handbags, accessories and gadget cases, made locally since 2008, plus a small selection of soft T-shirts, jewelry and other lifestyle items.  3339 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.665.2476; 1318 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310.395.3079; 619 N. Croft Ave., West Hollywood, 323.592.3115, DAVID WEBB The iconic American jewelry house—in business since 1948—is known for its rich tradition of design, craftsmanship and creativity. Over the years, its pieces have been spotted on luminaries including Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy.  Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.858.8006,

DECADESCL0000022229 Serving celebrities and fashionistas alike for more than 20 years, Decades offers the best of vintage and recent years’ designer clothing and accessories, including Chanel earrings, Hermès bags, John Galliano separates and Yves Saint Laurent dresses.  8214 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.655.1960, EGGYCL0000333537 There’s a fine line between cute and cutesy; luckily, children’s boutique Eggy skews to the former. Owner Jenny An selects pieces that look like teeny versions of what a kid’s hip parents might wear: peplum tops for girls, blazers for boys.  8365 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.658.8882, FRED SEGAL SUNSET The iconic Southern California brand’s new, 13,000-square-foot global flagship houses multibrand boutiques including CAP Beauty and CFDA; “shops-in-shops” from labels like Absolut Elyx Boutique, Libertine and Levi’s; and a pop-up space that features limited-edition pieces and collaborative programs and events. Plus, there’s a Fred Segal Café by Tartine and a restaurant, Tesse, by Bill Chait.  8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.432.0560, GARDE  “Gift shop” seems too pedestrian a label for Garde, which exudes an earthy sophistication and gallery-like air. Yet each item here, including Nancy Newberg jewelry, Faye Toogood earthenware and Michaël Verheyden marble home goods, is perfect for giving and getting.  7418 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.424.4667, H GOLD BUG0000022207 Offering distinctive jewelry and unique objets d’art, Gold Bug has been an Old Pasadena favorite for more than a decade. In a new


unique vintage finds.  Brentwood Country Mart, Suite 17, 225 26th St., Santa Monica, 310.458.2724,

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L.A.’S FAVORITE SHOPPING & DINING DESTINATION SINCE 1934 • SHOPPING: Dozens of family-owned, eclectic stores plus well-known high fashion brands • DINING: 40+ restaurants and eateries serving gourmet cuisine from around the world • SPECIALTY FOOD PURVEYORS: 20+ artisan grocers and specialty food merchants offering produce, bakery goods, wine & cheese, handmade chocolates, ice cream and much more • HISTORY: The Original Farmers Market is a living time-capsule of rich history and culture providing locals and visitors an authentic L.A. experience 6333 W. THIRD ST. • LOS ANGELES • 323.933.9211 • FARMERSMARKETLA.COM •



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H HERON HABERDASHERY Established in 2015, this boutique features fine resort menswear in silhouettes combining traditional East Coast and casual West Coast sensibilities and crafted in Italy. Scottish cashmere sweaters come in an array of styles; the shop also carries accessories, jeans, footwear, loungewear and swimwear.  368 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.734.7304; 2700 E. Coast Hwy., Suite 103, Corona del Mar, 949.791.8623, GOOP LAB

location tucked inside Kendall Alley, find bold pieces by diverse designers at an array of prices. Provocative and unique collections from acclaimed artists make this hidden gem a standout.  34 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.744.9963, GOOP LAB The first brick-and-mortar store from the burgeoning modernlifestyle brand founded by Gwyneth Paltrow offers home wares, beauty and wellness products and fashionable attire. Roman and Williams designed the 1,300-square-foot “bungalow” to feel like a private home, complete with a fully functioning kitchen and greenhouse.  Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Suite 37, Santa Monica, 310.260.4072, GRATUS Upon entering this elegant atelier through a European-esque courtyard, you’ll find luxury and

contemporary brands such as Rosetta Getty, Rochas, No. 21, Leur Logette and Re/Done. Amid comfy couches and scented candles, expert stylists await to help you put your look together. Meredith Kaplan, the visionary behind the boutique, wants shoppers to feel “styled, not simply shopped.”  427 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.276.8200, GUM TREECL9000006294 Housed in a quaint bungalow, the Hermosa Beach location of this boutique is as refreshing as a sea breeze. Find beachy modern housewares and a pitch-perfect selection of accessories including Zoë Chicco earrings and Chan Luu scarves, then break for a flat white at the adjoining café. Gum Tree Kids is just up the street at 323 Pier Ave. A Manhattan Beach outpost is also beguiling.  238 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.376.8744; 324 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.318.2990,

H. LORENZOL0000022236 Carrying cutting-edge designers such as Issey Miyake and Y/ Project, two stores on Sunset (one for men and another for women) offer one of L.A.’s most comprehensive shopping experiences while maintaining a boutique atmosphere. H.L.N.R., on Robertson, carries merchandise for both men and women.  8660 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.659.1432; 8646 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.7039; 474 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.0064, H HUBLOT The luxury watch brand sells its high-end timepieces at this contemporary Swiss-designed boutique, including the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph King Gold Bracelet and the Big Bang Unico All Black Sapphire. Head to the high-tech shop and browse its watches, displayed impressively in holographic rotating towers.  9470 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.550.0595,

HUSET43 Gain a fresh perspective on Scandinavian design at this sunny, modern shop, which showcases an array of furniture, home decor and kitchenware—Swedese Ivy shelving, Ferm Living rugs, Hay desk accessories—plus kids’ items and bohemian clothing.  1316 ½ Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 424.268.4213, JENNI KAYNE Classic silhouettes and luxurious natural materials characterize this L.A. designer’s clothing, accessories and new home collections (signatures include her d’Orsay flats and mules). Her eponymous boutiques also carry her picks from other designers, such as Victoria Morris pottery and Sophie Buhai jewelry.  614 N. Almont Drive, West Hollywood, 310.860.0123; Brentwood Country Mart, Suite 30 B, 225 26th St., Santa Monica, 424.268.4765, JUST ONE EYE This “future concept store” brings together creative minds from the worlds of fashion, art and design to create an ultra-luxe retail experience in a building once home to Howard Hughes’ headquarters. International and local designers, artists and brands represented include Daniela Villegas, Allison Read Smith, Puiforcat, Off-White and Sami Hayek.  7000 Romaine St., L.A., 323.969.9129, KELLY WEARSTLER In this flagship boutique from the renowned designer, find fine lifestyle products, luxury goods, furniture, curiosities, statement-making jewelry, vintage books and one-of-a-kind and bespoke designs from Wearstler’s own collections.  8440 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.895.7880, H KING BABY STUDIO An on-site jewelry factory (available for tours) in a cool industrial space


HELMUT LANGCL0000333553 The U.S. flagship of Helmut Lang, renowned for its elegant, pared-down aesthetic, houses the men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections, footwear and the brand’s signature fragrances.  8808 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.623.1900,

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featuring reclaimed Venice Pier planks makes a trip to this Santa Monica boutique no ordinary shopping experience. Skilled craftsmen create a variety of sterling-silver jewelry designs that have been worn by celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Tom Cruise. An additional location can be found in West Hollywood.  1621 12th St., Santa Monica, 310.828.4438; 8590 Sunset Blvd., Suite 8.2, West Hollywood, 310.439.5939, L’Eclaireur Martine and Armand Hadida founded their avant-garde concept shop in a gallery on the Champs-Élysées in 1980. Three-plus decades and five Parisian outposts later, L’Eclaireur has brought its eye for style stateside with a West Hollywood location, helmed by the Hadidas’ daughter Meryl Hadida Shabani. The three-story, continually evolving “residence” focuses on interior design and home accessories such as rare Fornasetti furniture and wares, in addition to limited-edition fashion pieces and temporary exhibitions.  450 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.360.0262, LE LABO The parfumerie’s hand-blended fragrances, developed from essences from Grasse, France, enjoy a cult following; now you can enjoy finding your signature scent at several L.A. locations. Black and white labels on the brand’s candles, lotions and perfumes share the boutiques’ apothecary-chic aesthetic.  189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 323.933.3305; 3531 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.522.6352; 1138 ½ Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.581.2233; 8385 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.0411, Lost & Found6 The beloved Hollywood store (actually six little storefronts under one roof) has expanded to Santa Monica. Find artisanal, globally inspired home goods and women’s fashions (including such earthy-luxe brands

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as Raquel Allegra and Nili Lotan), plus clothes for men and kids.  6320 Yucca St., Hollywood, 323.856.5872; 2230 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.450.9565; 2000 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.450.9782, MaxfieldCL0000022249 Asked to pick his favorite stores in the world, Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld named the exclusive Maxfield, a Melrose standout with a newer Malibu outpost. The boutique is a legend, hosting names such as Céline, Saint Laurent and Libertine.  8825 Melrose Ave., L.A., 310.274.8800; Malibu Lumber Yard, 3939 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.270.9009, MOHAWK general store Find your own artsy look at this hip line of stores. Gems include Mansur Gavriel bags and Rachel Comey shoes. Men can shop for clothing from top-tier and emerging designers at the guys’ store, steps from the Silver Lake women’s shop.  4011 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.669.1601; Taos_GBLA15_v1.indd (men’s) 4017 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.669.1602; 26 Smith Alley, Pasadena, 626.440.1603; 2929 Main St., Santa Monica, 424.268.4848,

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Neil Lane JewelryCL9000006297 All that glitters is gold, white gold, platinum or even diamond pavé at Neil Lane Jewelry. The upscale jeweler most often cited on awards-ceremony red carpets showcases celeb-worthy stunners at his flagship boutique off Melrose Place.  708 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.275.5015, OKCL9000007022 Owner Larry Schaffer’s love of modern and Japanese design shines in a diverse but aesthetically harmonious assortment of ceramics, tableware, jewelry, art books and more. Some great finds: Kothari moonstone earrings and Comme des


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RON ROBINSONCL0000022256 Since opening four decades ago, Ron Robinson has been discovering designers and setting trends worldwide. Find an eclectic, compelling mix of fashion and accessories brands for men and women (Chaser, Christian Lacroix), home (Tom Dixon, Missoni), kids (Sol Angeles, Munster) and vanity (Apothia, Kat Rudu, Retrouvé and Alba 1913).  1327 5th St., Santa Monica, 310.458.1160; 8118 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.651.1935,


Garçons wallets.  8303 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.653.3501; 1716 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A., 323.666.1868, OPENING CEREMONYCL9000006298 Taking its name and mission statement from the Olympics’ opening ceremony, this store showcases both American and international clothing designers. Lines include Rodarte, Acne Studios, Proenza Schouler and the shop’s own collection and collaborations.  451 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.1120, PYRRHA This celebrity-favored boutique offers a collection of handcrafted jewelry cast from wax impressions from the Victorian era, plus one-ofa-kind pieces rich in symbolism and inspiration. The whitewashed space is decorated with a mix of vintage and contemporary furniture and accessories.  8315 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.424.4807,

REBECCA MINKOFFCL0035 The SoCal-raised, New York-based designer pairs her cool handbags, accessories, timepieces, footwear, apparel and athleisure line with smart technology (like a video wall and interactive touch screens in the dressing rooms) at her West Hollywood boutique. Also find a shopalongside-shop that serves as brother Uri Minkoff’s first flagship for his men’s accessories.  8335 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.451.7414, RIMOWA The high-end luggage brand—established in Germany in 1898—remains one of Europe’s leading luggage manufacturers. Rimowa’s designs are unmistakable, due to the groove structure of its case shells. Shop the brand’s traditional aluminium cases and light luggage made with high-tech polycarbonate at its Rodeo Drive store.  313 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8686,

THE ROWCL9000400166 Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen chose the upscale Melrose Place as the location for their high-end brand’s first boutique. Shop the designers’ relaxed and timelessly elegant ready-to-wear pieces, handbags and eyewear in a space that feels like a Cali-cool home.  8440 Melrose Place, L.A., 310.853.1900, STRANGE INVISIBLE   PERFUMES Botanical perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis’ fragrances are crafted in-house from organic, wild-crafted, biodynamic and hydro-distilled essences. Visit her jewel-like boutique to select a scent from the intoxicating collection, which includes a line inspired by the signs of the zodiac.  1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.314.1505, H TAOS INDIAN TRADING CO. These fourth-generation Native American art dealers have amassed

arts and crafts from artisans representing more than 57 tribes in North America. Nothing is mass-produced or commonly available—the store carries only one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings, rugs and sculptures.  403 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.395.3652, VIOLET GREYCL0000022234  This petite boutique, which is styled like a sophisticated boudoir, boasts hard-to-find skin care, hair-care and cosmetic lines, including Dr. Barbara Sturm, Hanacure, RMS Beauty, Vintner’s Daughter, Utowa and Windle & Moodie. The products are handpicked and rigorously tested by Hollywood’s top makeup artists, experts and influencers.  8452 Melrose Place, L.A., 323.782.9700, H WESTIMECL0000022266 Family-owned Westime is a premier destination for top-of-the-line timepieces. It offers a range of classic mechanical watches, including rare and limited-edition styles. Luxury brands offered include MB&F, Harry Winston, Bulgari and Audemars Piguet. Its West Hollywood location employs a full-time watchmaker.  8569 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.289.0808; 216 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8880, WHAT GOES AROUND   COMES AROUNDCL0000022266 The celebrity-beloved destination for designer vintage clothing (e.g., classic rock tees and vintage Chanel bags) has a new West Coast flagship in the 90210.  9520 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.858.0250, WITTMORE It’s a good time to be a fashionable man in L.A. Witness: Wittmore, an online menswear retailer known for its global brands that now has two local brick-and-mortar shops.


RON HERMANCL0000022256 This minichain’s three local outposts offer a snapshot of casual, chic style. Browse for fetching dresses by the Great, Tibi and A.L.C., men’s denim from J Brand and Ron Herman Denim and jewelry by Carbon & Hyde.  8100 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.651.4129; 11677 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.207.0927; 3900 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.317.6705,

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Levi’s Vintage Clothing, Reigning Champ and Patagonia are just a few of the three dozen top-notch lines stocked.  8236 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.9791; the Yards at One Santa Fe, 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Suite 10, downtown, 213.626.0780,

gallery space is complemented by a sculpture-filled courtyard, L.A.’s first Artbook store, a special Book & Printed Matter Lab, a public garden and the on-site restaurant Manuela.  901 E. 3rd St., downtown, 213.943.1620,


LACECL0000022274 Celebrating its 40th anniversary (including 25 years in Hollywood), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions—L.A.’s longest-running artist space—fosters innovative, risk-taking artists (Mike Kelley is among those who received early support from the nonprofit venue).  6522 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.957.1777,

Blum & Poe CL0000022267 Within the walls of the Culver City Arts District’s original settler and flagship gallery, you may find works by emerging artists as well as by the likes of art-scene all-stars Sam Durant, Jim Shaw and Takashi Murakami. The gallery is famed for its festive openings.  2727 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.836.2062, Gagosian GalleryCL0000022271 The Los Angeles Times calls the venerated, Richard Meier-designed Gagosian Gallery “a Mount Olympus of the Los Angeles art world.” Blue-chip artists shown include Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso and Ed Ruscha.  456 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.9400, h Galerie MichaelCL0000022272 Galerie Michael specializes in European paintings, drawings and original prints from the 17th century to the present, including works by Marc Chagall, PierreAuguste Renoir and Joan Miró. The gallery also carries works by significant painters of the Barbizon school.  224 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.273.3377, HAUSER & WIRTH International gallery Hauser & Wirth is known for museum-caliber exhibitions of contemporary and modern art, representing more than 60 emerging and established artists, including notable Angelenos Mark Bradford and Diana Thater. At its downtown Arts District outpost,

LAxart0022274 Founded in 2005 and recently relocated from Culver City to Hollywood, this leading nonprofit gallery is a platform for emerging and under-recognized contemporary artists, architects and designers. Its experimental exhibitions and publicart initiatives increasingly engage with pressing social issues.  7000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, 323.871.4140,


sprÜth magers Across the street from LACMA is this European-based gallery, founded by German art-world feminists Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers. Known for their fierce devotion to their artists, the two have an impressive roster of up-and-coming, midcareer and senior artists—including many based on the West Coast, which contributed to Sprüth and Magers’ choosing L.A. as the gallery’s first stateside home.  5900 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.634.0600, 13604 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks 818.990.6128

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out of this world When experimental, experiential (and expensive) Vespertine opened last year, the restaurant's name was on everyone's lips— Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold, who described the overall Vespertine experience as akin to dining on Jupiter, named it Los Angeles' best   restaurant in 2017. Conceived by chef Jordan Kahn, the restaurant is housed in a wavy steel-andglass building (above) designed by architect Eric Owen Moss. Step into its 22-seat dining room for a meal of 18-plus courses—many

Angelini OsteriaCL00321  Italian. Neither elegant nor romantic, this nonetheless is one of L.A.’s premier Italian restaurants. Chef/ owner Gino Angelini demonstrates remarkable range and finesse, from sea-salt-crusted whole branzino to the heavenly lasagna in béchamel sauce, whose recipe he inherited from his grandmother. Casual spinoff Angelini Alimentari is steps away. L (M-F), D (nightly). 7313 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.297.0070, A.O.C.CL00421 Mediterranean. Explore a Mediterranean-inspired menu at the eatery that pioneered two L.A. culinary trends: the small-plates format and the wine bar. Chef/ owner Suzanne Goin, who won the 2016 James Beard Award for outstanding chef, offers addictive bacon-wrapped, Parmesan-stuffed dates and an excellent selection of cheeses and cured meats from a charcuterie bar. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  8700 W. 3rd St., L.A., 310.859.9859,

of which look more like modern art than food. Intrigued? Book a prepaid reservation online. For a lower-key, but still avant-garde, experience, check out Kahn's daytime spot down the street, Destroyer. Vespertine:   D (Tu-Sa). 3599 Hayden Ave., Culver City, 323.320.4023, Destroyer: B, L (M-F). 3578 Hayden Ave., Culver City, 310.360.3860,

Cecconi’sCL9000006247 Italian. This London-based restaurant caters to the well-heeled, who schmooze over Bellinis and cicchetti (small plates). Pastas and seafood are well-executed. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000, GustoCL9000400885 Italian. Chef Victor Casanova’s neighborhood ristorante has

moved to bigger digs down the street. Freshly made pastas, pizzas and dishes such as polpette (pork meatballs) plated over chilled, whipped ricotta deserve praise. D (nightly).  8022 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.9800, The Little DoorCL9006257  French. For a candlelit dinner in an elegant setting, the Little Door is the reservation ne plus ultra. Dine on rustic French-Mediterranean dishes (the pine-nut and mustard-crusted rack of lamb is a favorite) under the stars or by a crackling fireplace. French brasserie Little Next Door is adjacent. D (nightly).  8164 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.1210, LucquesCL0000022160 Mediterranean. Chef/owner Suzanne Goin (A.O.C.) delivers the next generation of Cal-Med cuisine, which includes dishes such as grilled salmon wrapped in grape leaves and served with green rice, feta, labneh and caper salsa. L (Tu-Sa), D (nightly).  8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.6277, the ponte California. Dine on contemporary Italian fare at this newer spot from award-winning chef Scott Conant. The patio, dominated by a magnificent tree and dotted with sparkling lights, is as romantic as they come. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  8265 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.746.5130, ProvidenceCL0000022181 Seafood. At this elegant restaurant, chef/owner Michael Cimarusti (who’s also behind Connie

and Ted’s, fish shop Cape Seafood and Provisions and Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles’ Best Girl) transforms sustainable seafood into sublime, oft-changing dishes. Outstanding cocktails complement the Michelin-recognized cuisine. L (F), D (nightly). 5955 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.460.4170, ROSALINÉCL0000022181 Peruvian. Acclaimed chef Ricardo Zarate is back with a sunny new restaurant—named after his mother—that introduces the “next phase of Peruvian dining” (think solterito, aceitunas, chicharron de paiche and chaufa paella in vegetarian and pescatarian versions). Sip cocktails by Jeremy Lake on the beautiful, boisterous back patio, or grab a seat at the ceviche bar, where you can watch chefs prepare creative dishes that change weekly. D (nightly).  8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.297.9500, Son of a GunCL0000333513 Seafood. Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the meat-loving chefs at Animal, turn to the sea for inspiration here. They cook up small shareable plates (e.g., miniature lobster rolls and shrimp-toast sandwiches), paired with seasonal cocktails, in a nautical space. L, D (daily).  8370 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.9033,

beverly hills  Culina  Italian. The Four Seasons’ acclaimed Italian restaurant boasts coastal influences and a sleek crudo bar. Adjacent is Vinoteca, an Italianinspired wine and espresso bar. B, D

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(daily); L (M-Sa); Br (Su).  Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.860.4000,

MR CHOWCL00000221 Chinese. The L.A. County editions of scene-y restaurants in New York and London serve Imperial Beijing cuisine. Beverly Hills: L (M-F), D (nightly). Malibu: D (nightly).  344 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.9911; Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, 18A, Malibu, 310.456.7600,

CUTCL0000022131 Steak. A collaboration between Getty Center architect Richard Meier and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, Cut is the place to savor genuine wagyu beef steaks or dry-aged Nebraska beef. D (M-Sa).  Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.276.8500, GEORGIECL0000022131 American. At this modern American restaurant from Food Network’s Geoffrey Zakarian, servers present familiar favorites with global influences—try the lobster roll and fresh spaghetti with veal meatballs at lunch. B, L, D (daily).  Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7970,

SPAGOCL0000022190 California. An L.A. institution, Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant features a modern dining room and a daily changing menu that may include dishes such as veal “Wiener schnitzel” and spicy tuna tartare. Glimpse some of the 30,000 wine bottles on offer in a glass-ensconced “wine wall.” L (Tu-Sa), D (nightly).  176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0880,

PIZZANACL9000006270 Italian. The founders of Sprinkles Cupcakes partnered with Chris O’Donnell and his wife, Caroline, to open this pizzeria, where handcrafted pies from Naples-born pizzaiolo Daniele Uditi feature light but sturdy “slow-dough” crusts with toppings like black truffles and fior di latte shipped from Italy. L, D (daily).  11712 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 310.481.7108,

JEAN-GEORGES   BEVERLY HILLSCL0000022131 California. Michelin-rated French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s namesake restaurant at the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is an opulent indoor/outdoor fine-dining destination, perfect for enjoying fresh, local cuisine. B, L, D (daily).  Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.860.6566, H MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSECL0000022161 Steak. Mastro’s serves USDA prime steaks in a sizzling atmosphere. Look for bone-in filet, sides such as lobster mashed potatoes, and a melt-in-your-mouth warm butter cake for dessert. D (nightly).  246 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8782; 2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805.418.1811,


TAVERNCL9000006270 California. Chef Suzanne Goin’s third L.A. restaurant explores rustic Cal-Med fare in chic environs, including a popular sunlit indoor patio. The frequently changing menu might include “devil’s chicken” with leeks and mustard breadcrumbs. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  11648 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 310.806.6464,

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his signature concept to L.A. The restaurant’s endless à la carte menu of contemporary American dishes includes fun, shareable plates such as roasted octopus and diver scallops with vermouth butter. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  10100 Constellation Blvd., L.A., 310.279.4180, HINOKI & THE BIRD California. Enjoy Japanese and Southeast Asian flavors in a hip environment inside luxury residential tower the Century. The lobster roll is infused with green curry and accented with Thai basil, while an entrée of black cod is scented with the smoke of the namesake hinoki wood. L (M-F), D (Tu-Sa).  10 W. Century Drive, L.A., 310.552.1200, SottoCL9000400899 Italian. This restaurant specializes in regionally inspired Italian cooking, including beautifully executed rustic trattoria dishes; soft, chewy

Neapolitan pizzas cooked in an 8-ton wood-burning oven; and intriguing housemade pastas. D (nightly).  9575 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.277.0210,

Culver City LUKSHON  Pan-Asian. Sang Yoon of Father’s Office is behind this Southeast Asian eatery with a selection of craft beers and a Far East-inspired cocktail program. The crispy whole market fish is not to be missed. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa).  3239 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.202.6808, N/NAKA Japanese. Chef/owner Niki Nakayama’s offerings are crafted in the kaiseki Japanese culinary tradition, with classic and modern interpretations. The 13-course menus are prepared with produce from the restaurant’s organic garden; there is an extensive sake and wine list as well. D (W-Sa). 3455 S. Overland Ave., L.A., 310.836.6252,

71above9000006267  American. At this restaurant on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower, expect skyline views as well as elevated modern-American dishes like a farm egg with crispy potato, chorizo, finger lime and cilantro. À la carte options are available at the bar, and prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus are offered in the main dining room and several private dining spaces. L (M-F), D (nightly).  633 W. 5th St., 71st Floor, downtown, 213.712.2683, BESTIA  Italian. Reservations for this hip Arts District restaurant are among the toughest in the city to get. Chef Ori Menashe, a Gino Angelini protégé, prepares “beast”-focused, multiregional Italian dishes, such as roasted marrow bone with spinach gnocchetti, and a selection of housecured meats. Menashe’s wife, pastry chef Genevieve Gergis, turns out treats such as a chocolate-budino tart and mascarpone rice pudding. D (nightly).  2121 E. 7th Place, downtown, 213.514.5724, Broken SPanish   Mexican. The upscale sister of B.S. Taqueria, this “modern Mexican” restaurant near L.A. Live serves classically trained chef Ray Garcia’s innovative twists on traditional dishes (e.g., duck-confit enchiladas). D (nightly).  1050 S. Flower St., Suite 102, downtown, 213.749.1460,

FAITH & FLOWER   California. Art deco splendor meets modern farm-to-table dining and masterfully made cocktails at this restaurant near L.A. Live. An eclectic menu of mesquite-grilled proteins and a raw bar are offered amid a sumptuous setting in the WaterMarke Tower. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (SaSu).  705 W. 9th St., downtown, 213.239.0642, Grand Central Market  Eclectic. See and taste L.A.’s international influences at downtown’s oldest and largest open-air market, in business since 1917. About 40 merchants sell delicacies from around the world at the continually evolving market, including pupusas, ramen, tacos, freshly made pasta, oysters and pizza. Eggslut sandwiches are worth the wait. B, L, D (daily).  317 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.624.2378, h l.a. Prime Steak. City views and dry-aged steaks at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites’ 35th-floor restaurant are sure to impress out-oftowners and dinner dates. Classic sides and starters fill an American surf-and-turf menu. D (nightly).  The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 404 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.624.1000, h morton’s The SteakhouseCL0000022197 Steak. The upscale steakhouse chain’s clubby ambiance is teamed with a show-and-tell menu and huge portions. Beverly Hills, Woodland Hills: D (nightly). Downtown, Burbank: L (M-F), D (nightly).  735 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.553.4566; SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, 435 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.1501; 6250 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills, 818.703.7272; the Pinnacle, 3400 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.238.0424,

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  California. Artfully presented seasonal fare is prepared with local and sustainable ingredients at this downtown Culver City restaurant. Start with duck rillettes or roasted cauliflower before tucking into entrées like short-rib ravioli. An inventive cocktail program rounds out the offerings. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  3833 Main St., Culver City, 310.202.6400,

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WP24CL9000007076 Pan-Asian. From its 24th-floor roost, WP24 proves that Wolfgang Puck, who pioneered Asian fusion, has still got the goods. Highlights include XO seafood dumplings and steamed bao filled with pork belly. The restaurant provides one of downtown’s best skyline views. Restaurant/lounge concept Nest at WP24 is adjacent. Dining room D (Tu-Sa). Nest D (nightly).  The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.743.8824,

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ORSA & WINSTON Eclectic. Chef/owner Josef Centeno draws on Japanese and Italian traditions at his acclaimed third restaurant. Select a vegetable, fish or meat grain bowl for lunch; for dinner, enjoy a daily changing six-course tasting menu with nightly supplements and an optional wine pairing. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa).  122 W. 4th St., downtown, 213.687.0300, otium9000006267 California. French Laundry alum Timothy Hollingsworth helms this modern restaurant adjacent to the Broad museum, preparing rustic, market-driven cuisine such as hamachi with coriander, avocado, lemon and dill. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (SaSu).  222 S. Hope St., downtown, 213.935.8500, PatinaCL0000022178 French. With Patina, the Walt Disney Concert Hall pairs classicalmusic offerings with fine dining. The

in-house restaurant, from master chef Joachim Splichal, might be the best game in town when it comes to game dishes, which appear frequently on the menu. D (Tu-Su).  141 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3331, Redbird American. Chef Neal Fraser’s contemporary American cuisine is offered in the rectory of the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana. Rack of red wattle pork and chicken potpie are part of an intriguing menu. An updated Spanish baroque decor and retro-inspired cocktails complete the scene. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  114 E. 2nd St., downtown, 213.788.1191, Rossoblu Italian. Chef Steve Samson (Sotto) and wife Dina recently opened this gorgeous Italian restaurant in City Market South, a new complex in the up-and-coming Fashion District, where he serves Bolognese family

chi SPACCA Italian. At the latest addition to the Mozza complex, owned and operated by Nancy Silverton and Joe Bastianich, expect a family-style, beefcentric menu. The meat portions are mammoth, most notably a 42-ounce bistecca fiorentina that takes nearly an hour to cook and can stuff a party of four. D (nightly).  6610 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.1133, Gwen American. Maude chef Curtis Stone and brother Luke’s restaurant—named after their maternal grandmother—features meat-centric tasting menus served in an art deco dining room and à la carte items served at the bar or on the patio. A European-style butcher shop in the front serves sandwiches. L (daily), D (Tu-Sa).  6600 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.946.7513,

contemporary Italian restaurants, which include this sophisticated osteria and its more casual (but also highly acclaimed) neighbor, Pizzeria Mozza. D (nightly).  6602 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.0100, PaleyCL0000333473 California. Located in historic Columbia Square, this glamorous restaurant (named after former CBS CEO William S. Paley) pays homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Dine on classic dishes with a modern twist, such as braised pork belly with applesauce, frisée and whole-grain mustard. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  6115 Sunset Blvd., Suite 100, Hollywood, 323.544.9430, h Rao’s Italian. Step inside the dark wooded interior of this home-style Neapolitan restaurant in Hollywood to experience East Coast Italian at its best. Settle into a room that re-creates the legendary Rao’s Manhattan location, and enjoy dishes like meatballs, bone-in veal Parmesan and pappardelle with short-rib ragu. Or, dine alfresco on the delightful patio. D (nightly).  1006 Seward St., L.A., 323.962.7267, TROIS MEC French. The foodie trinity of Ludo Lefebvre, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook is behind this hot restaurant in a 24-seat former pizzeria. Diners must purchase advance tickets via the restaurant’s website to enjoy Lefebvre’s prix-fixe, five-course meal, which changes often. Casual French-bar-style spinoff Petit Trois is next door. D (M-F).  716 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood,

La brea/MiD-CITY Osteria MozzaCL0000022174 Italian. Famed L.A.-based bread maker Nancy Silverton is a co-owner of Mozza’s international group of

Animal American. This bare-bones eatery from Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo is a carnivore’s dream.

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MATSUHISACL0000022162 Japanese. Superchef Nobu Matsuhisa’s modest, but highly acclaimed, original flagship incorporates luxurious Western ingredients and Latin American spices. Monkfish liver pâté with caviar, and lamb chops with miso anticucho sauce are just a couple of his creations. L (MF), D (nightly).  129 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.659.9639,


Dishes include marrow bone with chimichurri and caramelized onions; delectable takes on offal (such as crispy pig ear); and a bacon-chocolate-crunch bar for dessert. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 435 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.782.9225, JON & VINNY’S Italian. Family-friendly diner from chefs/owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun, Trois Mec) has it all: pastries, pizza, pasta (made in-house) and meat entrées. Takeout and delivery are also available. B, L, D (daily).  412 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.334.3369, RÉPUBLIQUE French. In a landmark built by Charlie Chaplin in 1928, fine-dining veteran Walter Manzke and pastrychef wife Margarita turn out bistro classics (e.g., escargots, duck confit and steak frites), pastas, toasts and more for a trendy clientele hud-

dling at communal tables. Café B, L (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Bistro D (nightly).  624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 310.362.6115,

LA CIENEGA   BOULEVARD/  RESTAURANT ROW THE BAZAAR BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS Spanish. Star chef José Andrés brings a whimsical set of Spanishstyle dining experiences to the SLS Hotel. Cuisine ranges from rustic fare to the cutting-edge. Somni at the Bazaar is a new concept. D (nightly).  465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.5555, E.P. & L.P.CL0000022162 Pan-Asian. This culinary concept finds executive chef Louis Tikaram serving up contemporary Southeast Asian dishes that draw from his Fijian-Chinese-Indian heritage and Australian roots. L.P., the “Asian eating house and rooftop,” consists of a rooftop deck that offers Asian-

NOBUCL9000006261 Japanese. Nobu Matsuhisa’s glitzy restaurant attracts celebrities and serious foodies. An extensive menu of traditional and avant-garde sushi includes many dishes with beguiling Peruvian accents. West Hollywood: D (nightly). Malibu: B (Sa-Su); L, D (daily).  903 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.5711; Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.9140,

MALIBU DUKE’S MALIBUCL0000022134 Seafood. Named after the father of international surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, this oceanfront restaurant captures the spirit of aloha. Not to be outdone by the spectacular views is the cuisine, which features a daily selection of fresh fish and tropical cocktails. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). Closed for lunch Mondays between Labor Day and Memorial Day.  21150 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.0777, H MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB CL0000022134 Steak. At this on-the-waterfront eatery—the views are pure Malibu— starters such as ahi tartare, lobster

cocktail, crab cakes and caviar are followed by fresh fish, whole Maine lobster, herb-roasted chicken and expertly prepared steaks. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.454.4357,

PASADENA ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE Steak. This luxurious interpretation of the classic American steakhouse incorporates Asian influences. Certified Angus beef and one of L.A.’s widest selections of domestic and imported wagyu star on the menu. Bull & Barrel bar serves the menu plus an expanded, whiskeyforward cocktail menu and a socialhour food menu with specialty items. D (nightly).  111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.486.1111, H ARROYO CHOP HOUSE0000333530 Steak. Find USDA prime beef, aged and hand-cut daily, plus fresh seafood, foie gras, classic steakhouse sides and an award-winning wine list at this handsome Arts and Craftsinspired, mahogany-clad steakhouse from the Smith Brothers. A mural by R. Kenton Nelson tops the bustling open kitchen. The Pasadena favorite is popular for business and special-occasion dinners and afterwork cocktails. D (nightly).  536 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, 626.577.7463, H PARKWAY GRILLCL0000333530 California. This casual yet sophisticated dining room, with its brick walls, barrel roof and exposed beams, offers some of Pasadena’s best meals. The innovative seasonal menu includes whole ginger-fried catfish, brick-oven-baked Cambozola-pear flatbread, lamb chops, seafood and salads featuring produce from an on-site organic garden. L (M-F), D (nightly).  510 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, 626.795.1001,


inspired street food and cocktails; a private bar, Frankie’s, is also on the roof. The indoor dining room, E.P., offers a menu of shareable dishes. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su at L.P.).  603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.855.9955,

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h Smitty’s Grill American. Comfort-food classics and a great wine selection round out the menu at this popular spot. Daily seafood specials, barbecued babyback ribs, iron-skillet cornbread and homemade chicken potpie are favorites. L (M-F), D (nightly).  110 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.792.9999, h sushi roku 0000333530 Japanese. Enjoy nouvelle Japanese sushi, sleek decor, great happy hours and a fashionable crowd at these goto spots. L, D (daily).  1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771; 33 Miller Alley, Pasadena, 626.683.3000, UNION0000333530 Italian. James Beard Awardnominated chef Bruce Kalman brings tastes of Northern Italy to this intimate spot in Old Pasadena. Standout dishes include Hope Ranch mussels with guanciale and spaghetti alla chitarra enhanced

with San Marzano tomatoes, garlic and Fresno chili. D (nightly).  37 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.795.5841,

Santa Monica h Boa steakhouse CL0000022134 Steak. See and be seen while you enjoy fine steaks, chops and outthere cocktails at this way hip, way fine modern steakhouse. Santa Monica: D (nightly). West Hollywood: L (M-F), D (nightly).  101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.4466; 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2050, CassiaCL0000022163  Eclectic. This bustling Southeast Asian-inspired brasserie finds chef Bryant Ng (The Spice Table) serving dishes like Vietnamese pot-au-feu and grilled Creekstone Farms steak frites. Seafood and charcuterie platters are among L.A.’s best. D (nightly).  1314 7th St., Santa Monica, 310.393.6699,

MélisseCL0000022163 French. At chef/owner Josiah Citrin’s Mélisse—among L.A.’s highest-rated restaurants—constantly changing four-, seven- and 10-course tasting menus feature sophisticated, contemporary French fare. Signatures include a soft-poached egg with smoked trout, lemon crème fraîche and sturgeon caviar. D (Tu-Sa). 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.395.0881, red oCL0000022163 Mexican. Rick Bayless, one of America’s leading authorities on Mexican cuisine, is culinary director of these sexy eateries, where creative dishes are grounded in tradition. West Hollywood: D (nightly). Santa Monica: L (Sa-Su), D (nightly).  1541 Ocean Ave., Suite 120, Santa Monica, 310.458.1600; 8155 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.5009, h robata bar CL002341 Japanese. Enjoy pub-style Japanese fare at this oceanside spot from the Sushi Roku, Boa and Katana team. D (nightly).  1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771, Rustic CanyonCL9000006265 California. Discover boutique wines while sampling small plates of market-driven, Mediterraneaninspired fare. Clam pozole is just

one of the winners. Hide in a cozy booth or mingle at the communal table. D (nightly).  1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.393.7050, ValentinoCL0000022196 Italian. For more than 40 years, Piero Selvaggio has maintained his flagship’s status as a pre-eminent temple of Italian gastronomy. A telephonebook-sized wine list—often cited as America’s best—is supported by a cellar containing more than 100,000 bottles. L (F), D (Tu-Sa).  3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.829.4313,

South Bay Fishing With dynamite Seafood. Among the old-school small plates in this tiny, charming restaurant from chef David LeFevre are New England-style clam chowder with Nueske’s bacon and Maryland blue-crab cakes with housemade pickles and remoulade. The oysters and cocktails are also top-notch. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.893.6299, LOVE & SALT California. Dine on creative CalItalian fare (e.g., duck-egg pizza, whole roasted pig head and homemade English muffins) in this buzzy South Bay spot. Chef de cuisine/ pastry chef Rebecca Merhej’s desserts are divine. D (nightly), Br (SaSu).  317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5252, M.B. PostCL0000333507 American. Chef David LeFevre (who also helms the nearby Fishing With Dynamite and the Arthur J) serves small plates of seafood, freshbaked breads, cured meats and more in the space of a former post office. L (F-Su), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5405,

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LUNETTA/LUNETTA ALL DAY California. In Lunetta’s dimly lit dining room and bar, enjoy elegant French-Cali dishes from “Surfing chef” Raphael Lunetta such as loup de mer and skirt steak with a Swiss-chard fritter. At next-door Lunetta All Day, find elevated diner fare (e.g., wood-fired eggs and avocado toast) served in a sunny space. Lunetta D (Tu-Sa). Lunetta All Day B, L (M-Th); D (M-Sa); Br (F-Su).  2424 and 2420 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.581.9888 / All Day 310.581.4201,

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Venice FELIXCL9000006250 Italian. Chef Evan Funke’s trattoria boasts an open kitchen, a wood-fired pizza oven, a Tuscan grill and a glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled pasta laboratorio where Funke’s masterpieces—pappardelle, tonnarelli, strascinati— take shape before diners’ eyes. D (nightly).  1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 424.387.8622,

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h restaurant 917 At this fine-dining restaurant on the second level of the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles, you can dine on seasonal fare while watching the action on the driver-development track. L (Tu-Sa), D (Th-Sa).  19800 S. Main St., Carson, 310.527.0917, The Strand HouseCL0000333505 American. This beachside restaurant boasts ocean and pier views and a breezy, stylish bar. The menu includes starters like charcuterie, which might be followed by branzino with black-truffle risotto. L (Tu-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470,

Valley The bellwetherCL0000333516 American. Ann-Marie Verdi and executive chef Ted Hopson’s seasonal New American fare and cocktails have earned this unfussy spot a local

following and critical praise. Dinner may be as comforting as a patty melt or as elegant as wagyu steak tartare. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  13251 Ventura Blvd., Suite A, Studio City, 818.285.8184, GIRASOL California. “Refined-rustic” California fare takes center stage at this inviting spot, which incorporates seasonal ingredients into an inventive menu (think Weiser Farms honey-nut squash with pomegranate, hen-ofthe-woods mushrooms, mint crème fraîche and sage). D (Tu-Su).  11334 Moorpark St., Studio City, 818.924.2323, Saddle Peak LodgeCL0000022184 American. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, this hunt-lodgethemed spot is a study in romantic rusticity, with moose heads overlooking candlelit tables. The menu focuses on game dishes such as grilled Blue Mountain wapiti elk tenderloin. Upstairs is the new Double Barrel

GjelinaCL9000006250 Mediterranean. Under the direction of chef Travis Lett, Cal-Med small plates and pizzas are served to chic Westsiders. It’s one of Venice’s most popular restaurants and the neighborhood’s liveliest patio. Gjelina Take Away is next door; Lett’s new izakaya concept MTN is down the street. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1429, The Tasting KitchenCL0000333516 California. Foodies flock to this loud but lovely dining room for a daily changing menu of innovative yet unpretentious cuisine from chef Casey Lane: small or large plates of cured meats, artisan cheeses, vegetables, seafood and pastas. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.6644,

West Hollywood catch L.A.CL9000400897 Seafood. This hopping N.Y. import has been reeling in an A-list crowd since opening its doors in 2016. The rooftop boasts an alfresco dining area where guests can enjoy views of L.A. and the Hollywood Hills while sipping cocktails and dining from a seafood-centric, internationally influenced menu. D (nightly),

Br (Sa-Su).  8715 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.347.6060, The EveleighCL9000400897 American. With a seasonal menu served in a country-chic space, the Eveleigh projects an image of cool rusticity. The kitchen endeavors to use housemade ingredients in both its dishes and cocktails. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  8752 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.239.1630, h katana0000333530 Japanese. Dine in style at this Sunset Strip spot known for its sushi bar, robata-style cuisine (openflame-grilled meat, vegetables and seafood on skewers) and celebrity spotting. Note: The dress code is upscale casual. D (nightly). 8439 W. Sunset Blvd.,West Hollywood, 323.650.8585, norahCL90004 American. At this beautiful, 120seat restaurant, a fashionable crowd mingles over seasonal cocktails at the wraparound marble bar. Chef Mike Williams designs the frequently changing menu of compelling dishes—the cast-iron cornbread with rosemary-honey butter is a hit. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  8279 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.450.4211, h roku0000333530 Japanese. This Sunset Strip hot spot from the Sushi Roku team presents elevated teppanyaki prepared at interactive grill tables, as well as sushi, a six-course omakase dining experience and an extensive selection of Japanese whiskeys. L (M-F), D (nightly).  9201 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2060,

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Room, an inviting whiskey lounge with a romantic patio. D (nightly), Br (Su).  419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas, 818.222.3888,

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MENU HIGHLIGHTS Starters Pan-roasted bone marrow Baked Blue Point oysters Rockefeller Blue fin tuna tartare Side Dishes Crispy Brussels sprouts Creamed bloomsdale spinach White cheddar mac and cheese

Located on the 35th floor of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, the award-winning L.A. Prime invites diners to experience a culinary adventure in a relaxed atmosphere with refined service. Known for its innovative and edgy cuisine, L.A. Prime offers wet-aged prime beef steaks, as well as beautiful lamb chops, double thick pork chops and fresh fish and shellfish. Dishes are enhanced with local produce and paired with wines from an award-winning list recognized by Wine Spectator. Our award-winning culinary team of chefs have created a masterful menu of artfully presented dishes made with fresh ingredients to please the palate. Stars wink through floor-to-ceiling windows as diners sit back, relax and enjoy all that downtown has to offer. D (nightly).

Steaks Bone-in Delmonico rib-eye 22 oz Primal-cut New York strip 14 oz Bone-in filet mignon 14 oz Composed Entrees 3-pound Maine lobster Double-thick-cut Niman Ranch pork chop Grilled free-range Colorado lamb chops Seared Mano de Leon jumbo scallop Pan-roasted wild king salmon Chilean sea bass SautĂŠed shrimp scampi King oyster mushroom

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a century of sound Renowned for its commitment to innovation, excellence and community engagement, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is turning up the volume during a yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary. The orchestra's centennial season, which kicks off this September at Walt Disney Concert Hall, comprises an ambitious lineup of artistic and community programs under the leadership of dynamic L.A. Phil music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel (above). Highlights include the presentation of 50 commissioned works, an expanded program of outsidethe-box collaborations, a new L.A. Phil Resident Fellows program, the establishment of a permanent facility for YOLA (L.A. Phil's youth orchestra program) designed by architect Frank Gehry and celebrations stretching from downtown to the Hollywood Bowl (the orchestra's summer home) for all of L.A.—and its visitors—to enjoy.

Autry Museum of   the American West Named for performer Gene Autry, this museum in Griffith Park presents exhibitions and programs that explore the stories of all peoples of the American West. It also houses one of the top U.S. collections of Native American materials.  4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A., 323.667.2000, California African   American MuseumCL0000022308 CAAM’s mission is to research, collect, preserve and interpret for public enrichment the history, art and culture of African-Americans, with an emphasis on California and the western United States. The permanent collection includes works ranging from traditional African wood masks to modern and contemporary compositions.  600 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 13.744.7432, h California SCIENCE CENTER Embark on a journey of discovery as you explore interactive exhibits in this hands-on museum’s galleries, including Ecosystems—a free permanent gallery featuring live animals, eight immersive zones and a 188,000-gallon kelp tank. See the space shuttle

Endeavour in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion, the spacecraft’s permanent home.  700 Exposition Park Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 323.724.3623, Descanso Gardens Collections at this peaceful retreat include coast live oaks, roses, an award-winning camellia garden and Oak Woodland, Center Circle and Ancient Forest gardens. Enjoy familyfriendly programs and explore the renovated Boddy House estate and the Sturt Haaga Gallery.  1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200, Disneyland “The happiest place on Earth” is home to Mickey Mouse and eight fantastic “lands.” Highlights include Space Mountain, Star Wars-themed attractions, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and a fireworks show that somehow always outdoes itself. Disney California Adventure is adjacent.  1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565, h DOLBY TheatreCL0023g8 The home of the Academy Awards, Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theatre at Hollywood & Highland has also been host to a range of musical artists and notable TV and performingarts events. Daily guided tours give visitors architectural and historical highlights and an insider’s look at the Oscars ceremony.  6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6380, El Pueblo de Los Angeles El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is the oldest section of Los Angeles, with 27 historic buildings

clustered around an old plaza. Olvera Street (Alameda Street between Main and Los Angeles streets) is a festive open-air Mexican marketplace with restaurants and shops.  125 Paseo de la Plaza, downtown, 213.628.1274, gRAMMY MUSEUM Explore 160-plus musical genres, see artifacts such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” jacket, learn to produce and record in the interactive In the Studio exhibit and more at this 30,000-square-foot museum at L.A. Live. The 200-seat Clive Davis Theater has hosted top artists including Imagine Dragons, Sheryl Crow, X and James Taylor.  800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245, downtown, 213.765.6800, Griffith Observatory The most visited public observatory in the world is a leader in public astronomy and also offers an ideal vantage point for observing the Hollywood sign. Awe-inspiring shows at the 290-seat Samuel Oschin Planetarium theater are presented by a live storyteller.  2800 E. Observatory Road, L.A., 213.473.0800, Griffith Park With more than 4,310 acres of natural terrain and landscaped parkland, Griffith Park is the country’s largest municipal park with urban wilderness area. Highlights include the Griffith Observatory, Autry Museum, Travel Town, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Greek Theatre, hiking trails and horseback riding.  4730 Crystal Springs Drive, L.A., 323.913.4688,

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H HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM In the historic Max Factor Building, just steps from the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum houses 10,000-plus authentic showbiz treasures that showcase a century of Hollywood’s entertainment industry. Don’t miss Max Factor’s makeup rooms, where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball a redhead.  1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776,


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HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME Terrazzo and brass stars line the sidewalks and offer a history of the entertainment industry, honoring those who have made significant contributions in radio, television, motion pictures, recording and live performance.  Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue, and Vine Street from Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, 323.469.8311, H HORNBLOWER   CRUISES & EVENTS Elevate your next dining experience by taking a cruise aboard a Hornblower yacht. Sip Champagne, dine, dance, relax on the sun deck and take in beautiful marina views. Choose from dinner and Champagne brunch options. Private charters are also available.  Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, 855.594.7226,

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H LOS ANGELES ZOO AND   BOTANICAL GARDENS The L.A. Zoo, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, is home to more than 250 different species, many of them endangered, living among immersive habitats and lush gardens. Enjoy live presentations and shows, a kids play park, the interactive California Condor Rescue Zone, a beautiful carousel with hand-carved animals and more. Ticket proceeds help protect endangered and vulnerable species.  5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200,

H MADAME TUSSAUDS  HOLLYWOODCL0000022332 The interactive museum allows visitors to check out wax sculptures of favorite celebrities, including Taylor Swift, Kobe Bryant, Kylie Jenner and Zac Efron. Guests can mingle with actors on the red carpet, challenge sports heroes or take the stage with music megastars.  6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1670, H MUSEUM OF TOLERANCECL0000022332 The Museum of Tolerance hosts powerful exhibits on the Holocaust and such subjects as human rights, intolerance, immigration and family. Exhibitions include Anne, about the life and legacy of Anne Frank.  Simon Wiesenthal Plaza, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.772.2506, H NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY00022308 The largest natural and historical museum in the western United States safeguards more than 35 million diverse specimens and artifacts. The historic building holds the largest collection of gold in the U.S., a kid-friendly Discovery Center and a Dinosaur Hall.  900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.3466, H THE ORIGINAL   FARMERS MARKET What started in the summer of 1934 as a farmers market with produce sold from truck tailgates has become an L.A. institution, with more than 100 restaurants; produce, gourmet grocery and retail stalls; international gift shops; and even a couple of bars. Du-par’s Restaurant is open 24/7. The Grove shopping center is adjacent.  6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211, PARAMOUNT PICTURES   STUDIO TOUR Go behind the scenes of filmmaking with an intimate two-hour tour

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of this iconic Hollywood studio. Explore more than a century of Hollywood history, and witness some in the making. Tours are offered daily. VIP and After Dark options are also available. Reservations recommended.  5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.1777, petersen   automotive museum Recently renovated museum displays about 150 vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles and features 25 rotating exhibitions. Additions include Forza Motorsport Racing Experience and Disney/Pixar Cars Mechanical Institute.  6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.930.2277, h Porsche   Experience Center At the luxury vehicle brand’s 53-acre experience center, speed demons 21 and over can drive Porsche’s latest models—from sports cars to SUVs— for 90 minutes on a specially built 4-mile driver-development track, with a pro driving coach riding shotgun. Also find state-of-the-art driving simulators, a store and Restaurant 917, where you can dine while watching the action.  19800 S. Main St., Carson, 888.204.7474, Queen Mary Guided and self-guided tours allow a view of the historic (and allegedly haunted) hotel and ocean liner, which is permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Enjoy a meal, shop and even spend the night in an original stateroom.  1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738, h San Diego Zoo It’s world famous for a reason. Visitors can get up close and personal with more than 3,500 creatures from nearly every corner of the world. Animals, both well-known and unfamiliar, live in habitats rich with features

and activities (such as the Elephant Odyssey and Australian Outback exhibits). The zoo, a landmark San Diego attraction, is a longtime leader in animal care and wildlife conservation.  2920 Zoo Drive, Balboa Park, 619.231.1515, h San Diego Zoo Safari Park The Serengeti is thousands of miles away, but the 1,800-acre Safari Park (formerly the Wild Animal Park) lets visitors experience a safari here. More than 300 species roam the extensive exhibits, designed to resemble natural habitats such as savannas, forests and lakes. Guided and self-guided tours bring animal adventurers safely close to elephants, giraffes, gorillas, lions, antelopes, zebras, rhinos and more.  15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, 760.747.8702, Santa Catalina IslandCL0000022311 Snorkel, kayak, take a zip-line tour or explore the west side of this 21-mile-long island, where buffalo run wild. Enjoy the ocean air, dine at seaside cafés, browse the shops and get pampered at Island Spa Catalina. The island, which is 22 miles southsouthwest of downtown Los Angeles, can be reached by ferries and helicopters departing from Long Beach and San Pedro.  310.510.1520, h Six Flags Magic Mountain This popular theme park’s roller coasters include Twisted Colossus, an update of the iconic wooden roller coaster. Justice League: Battle for Metropolis is the newest thrill ride; CraZanity, a 17-story pendulum ride, opens this year. Hurricane Harbor water park, open seasonally, is adjacent.  26101 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia, 661.255.4100, Sony Pictures StudiosCL0000022348 Sony Pictures Studios celebrates Hollywood’s glory days and offers an insider’s view of a working

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motion-picture studio. Tour guides lead a walking tour, illuminating the film and TV production process and sharing tales of Hollywood legends.  10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.244.8687,

tions including Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut, and see a film on a floor-to-ceiling Imax screen at the state-of-the-art AMC theater.  100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.9841,

h Starline ToursCL9000006387 Hollywood’s largest celebrity tour company offers its famous Movie Stars’ Homes tours throughout the day. Its broad repertoire also includes sightseeing tours to movie locations, beaches, theme parks and San Diego. The CitySightseeing double-decker hop-on, hop-off tour has 70 stops around L.A.  6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.463.3333,

h Universal Studios   HollywoodCL0000022350 The world’s biggest motion-picture/ TV studio features rides, shows and a behind-the-scenes studio tour, featuring Peter Jackson’s King Kong 360 3-D. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction is all the buzz. The VIP Experience gives you a private guided tour through a prop warehouse, working movie sets and soundstages and allows you to skip lines for attractions. Universal CityWalk is adjacent.  100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 866.258.6546,

TCL Chinese Theatre Built by master showman Sid Grauman, the theater—opened in 1927, declared a historical landmark in 1968 and recently renovated—is still a popular location for celebrity-packed studio premieres. The concrete handprints and footprints in the forecourt have immortalized some of Hollywood’s brightest stars.  6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3331, TMZ celebrity Tour The popular bus tour travels through Hollywood, West Hollywood, the Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills and, along the way, points out celebrity hot spots where stars eat, drink and get into trouble. The tour regularly encounters celebrities happy to interact with guests. Recently spotted stars include L.A. Dodger Yasiel Puig and Grammy winner Mariah Carey. Tours daily.  6822 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 844.869.8687, Universal CityWalkCL0000022351 The entertainment-themed dining and shopping promenade adjacent to Universal Studios features more than 65 restaurants, clubs, shops and movie theaters. Enjoy new dining op-

h Warner bros. studio   tour hollywoodCL0000022353 Guests are transported on electric carts for a three-hour excursion through the studio responsible for such classics as Casablanca and TV shows including The Big Bang Theory. The tour changes daily, based on where the action is.  3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 877.492.8687,

Performing Arts Ahmanson TheatreCL0000022282 One of the four main venues that make up the Music Center, the Ahmanson is at the theatrical forefront locally and nationally. The theater regularly hosts engagements of Tony Award-winning shows and world premieres.  135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772, The Broad StageC Santa Monica College’s state-of-theart theater features several monthly shows of dance, theater, voice, chamber music or film productions. Visitors might see a performance

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of contemporary dance or one of Shakespeare’s plays. A 99-seat theater, the Edye, features more experimental works.  1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200, Center for the art of performance at ucla CAP UCLA offers some of the Southland’s most consistently rewarding arts programming. Its schedule includes music, dance and theater from an international who’s who of artists and readings by best-selling authors. Most events take place in UCLA’s Royce Hall.  340 Royce Drive, L.A., 310.825.4401, Dorothy Chandler PavilioN The largest venue at the Music Center downtown is the 3,100-seat home of Los Angeles Opera and Dance at the Music Center. L.A. Opera, directed by Plácido Domingo, offers half a dozen major productions yearly. Dance at the Music Center hosts such companies as American Ballet Theatre.  135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211, The Forum Constructed in 1967 as an arena for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team, the Forum recently underwent a massive renovation and is once again a destination for some of music’s biggest acts, such as U2 and Jay Z.  3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300, Geffen PlayhouseCL0000022285 This UCLA-affiliated theater opened its doors in 1995 and has since presented a world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and second productions by leading playwrights.  10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454, Greek TheatreCL0000022286 Built in 1929, the Greek Theatre is in Griffith Park. The site of this 5,870-seat

outdoor amphitheater was chosen after a soprano revealed the quality of the outdoor bowl’s acoustics. The Aprilthrough-October schedule has offered headliners such as Grouplove and Sam Smith.  2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A., 844.524.7335, Hollywood BowlCL0000022287 The largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the country, with 17,500 seats, the Bowl offers music under the stars from spring through fall. A packed summer season features pop, jazz and rock groups, plus soloists and orchestras including the resident Los Angeles Philharmonic. Boxes in the orchestra seats have tables for picnicking; dining options are courtesy of James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne.  2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000, Hollywood Pantages TheatreCL0000022291 The Pantages is the Southern California flagship for the Nederlander Organization and its local presenting arm. Smash-hit Broadway imports including Hamilton and Wicked have stopped at this beautifully restored theater.  6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770, 000022293 Kirk Douglas TheatreCL0000022288 The Culver City sibling of the Ahmanson Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum fulfills the Center Theatre Group’s twin dreams for a Westside venue and a place to premiere adventurous works.  9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772, Mark Taper ForumCL0000022290 Since 1967, the Taper has been the socially conscious sibling on downtown’s Music Center campus. The theater landed early productions of such landmarks as Zoot Suit and Angels in America.  135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772,


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Staples CenterCL0000022349 This state-of-the-art sports arena is home to beloved L.A. teams: The Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks and the Los Angeles Kings all play here. The venue also hosts concerts by music’s biggest touring acts, such as Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.  1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7340, h THE WALLIS ANNENBERG CENTER FOR THE   PERFORMING ARTS Aka “the Wallis,” this venue transformed the historic Beverly Hills Post Office into the Lovelace Studio Theater, a theater school, a café and a gift shop. The 500-seat Goldsmith Theater is housed in a second state-of-the-art facility.  9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000, Walt Disney Concert Hall The Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, which opened in 2003, is one of the city’s most important performing-arts venues and architectural highlights. The $273 million, stainless-steel facility is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and nearly a dozen music series. Tours are offered most days.  111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000,

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Visual Arts h The Broad The Music Center-adjacent contemporary art museum, built by philanthropists and art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad, offers free general admission and is home to more than 2,000 works of postwar and contemporary art, displayed across two floors of gallery space. A lush outdoor plaza and Otium restaurant, helmed by French Laundry alum Timothy Hollingsworth, round out the complex.  221 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.232.6200,

Getty CenterCL0000022297 The magnificent, travertine-clad art institution welcomes more than 1 million visitors to its hilltop campus each year. It houses stunning collections of paintings, drawings, antiquities, photographs and decorative arts, as well as a beautiful Richard Meier-designed Central Garden with city views. It also hosts performances, films, lectures and conferences. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300, Getty VillaCL0000022298 The original site of the J. Paul Getty Museum, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is dedicated to the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria and houses 1,200 antiquities. Modeled after an ancient country home in Herculaneum, Italy, it offers reinterpretations of classical theater in its Villa Theater Lab.  17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300, Hammer MuseumCL0029 This UCLA-affiliated museum’s collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and European old master paintings is housed alongside groundbreaking temporary exhibitions and contemporary Hammer Projects by emerging international artists. The Billy Wilder Theater is the venue for public programs and screenings.  10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.443.7000, Huntington Library,   Art Collections,   and Botanical GardensCL0000022300 Visitors here are invited to explore 120 acres of rolling lawns and a dozen gardens, including the Japanese Garden and century-old Rose Garden. Library treasures include the Ellesmere manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and a Gutenberg Bible. A recently built visitors center, which houses a store, a café and an orientation gallery, welcomes guests.  1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2100,

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ICA LA The Santa Monica Museum of Art is now the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, housed in a renovated industrial building in downtown L.A. The free museum houses ambitious, bold and thought-provoking exhibitions by both local and international artists in its 12,700-square-foot facility, with a goal of making contemporary art relevant and accessible for all.  1717 E. 7th St., downtown, 310.284.8100, Los Angeles County Museum of ArtCL0000022301 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is the West Coast’s most comprehensive museum, housing European masterpieces, an extensive collection of American art and a pavilion for Japanese art. Additional art can be found in the Broad Contemporary Art Museum and the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Pavilion. Take a picture in Chris Burden’s iconic Urban Light, just off Wilshire.  5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000, Museum of Contemporary Art Committed to the collection, presentation and interpretation of work produced since 1940, MOCA’s three venues hold about 6,800 objects in all visual media. MOCA Grand Avenue, designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, is a gem combining pyramids, cubes and cylinders with uncommon materials.  MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave., downtown; MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 213.626.6222, Norton Simon MuseumCL0000022304 The Pasadena landmark houses a prestigious collection of European paintings, sculptures and works on paper, including masterpieces by Raphael, Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. Also on view is a celebrated collection of sculptures from South

and Southeast Asia.  411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.6840,

Nightlife THE ABBEY Open for more than 25 years, David Cooley’s gay bar, restaurant and nightclub has become world-famous, perennially making “Best Gay Bar” lists and spawning a reality show. Newer concept the Chapel at the Abbey, which has a more lounge-y vibe, is adjacent.  692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.289.8410, Arts District brewing co. This hip Arts District brewpub consists of a brewery, a tasting room, a patio and a takeout window, where patrons can order from chef Neal Fraser’s Fritzi. An entertainment area with games like darts, pingpong and skee ball completes the feel-good atmosphere. 828 Traction Ave., downtown, 213.519.5887,

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Highland park bowl The 1933 Group has perfectly restored this Prohibition-era bowling alley—L.A.’s oldest—to its former glory, with eight refurbished bowling lanes; a music room; a duo of horseshoe-shaped bars mixing up cult-classic-inspired drinks; and an open-air kitchen, which turns out Neapolitan-style pizzas.  5621 N. Figueroa St., L.A., 323.257.2695, La DescargaCL9000007758  Sipping a daiquiri in this rum bar, styled as if it were plucked from midcentury Havana, couldn’t be more chic. A jazz band and dancer entertain the crowd; an open-air cigar lounge is hidden in back.  1159 N. Western Ave., L.A., 323.466.1324, NIGHTINGALE PLAZA0P00006385 SBE’s exclusive, 6,500-square-foot nightclub has a high-energy main club room, two lounges/bars and an outdoor garden “oasis” for lounging and dancing. The sound system and LED lighting system are state-of-theart.  643 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 323.457.2211, PerchCL0000333562 Atop downtown’s Pershing Square building sits aptly named Perch, which has a glass-ensconced rooftop lounge with uninterrupted views of the city. The restaurant offers French cuisine, plus entertainment on various nights.  448 S. Hill St., downtown, 213.802.1770,


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Poppy This nightclub concept from the H.Wood Group boasts a storybookesque setting; it will make you feel like you’re Alice and you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. A-listers like Jared Leto and Drake have partied in its foliage-filled atrium and library-like lounge amid role-playing hostesses. Open Thursday nights only.  755 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.855.7185,

seven grandL0000333562 Take in hunting-club decor, seasonal cocktails, live jazz and blues and an international wall of whiskey at this trailblazing whiskey bar. Intimate Bar Jackalope, a “sipping library” featuring more than 120 premium whiskeys, is in a back room.  515 W. 7th St., Second Floor, downtown, 213.614.0736, SkybarCL0000022363 The beautiful, open-air bar at the Mondrian Los Angeles remains as chic today as when it opened. The ivy-covered exterior hovers over the pool. Inside, it’s light and breezy, with panoramas of the city.  8440 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.848.6025, UPStairs9000006385  Sip cocktails poolside, enjoy live entertainment and take in stunning city views atop Ace Hotel. The bar is a favorite spot of the increasingly hip crowd flocking to downtown’s revived Broadway Theater District.  929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233, The VarnishCL9000006385 Tucked behind Cole’s diner, the Varnish is a tiny, speakeasy-style bar that prides itself on its purist approach to classic cocktails. Its Prohibition-era and pre-Prohibition-era drinks are painstakingly crafted.  118 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.265.7089, Westbound On the former site of the historic La Grande Station, Westbound draws from its railway heritage, as evident in its railcar-style booths. Cozy up and enjoy classy cocktails and elegant bar bites.  300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Suite N, downtown, 213.262.9291,

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