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LOS ANGELES August 2017 THE FAMILY ISSUE

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DEPARTMENTS

THE GUIDE

5 Editor’s Note

56 DINING Notable restaurants by cuisine and neighborhood

Making memories.

6 Hot Dates

69 ENTERTAINMENT Special events, performing arts and sports

Sundance Next Fest pairs indie films and bands, while some of music’s biggest stars take over L.A.’s arenas this August.

72 ATTRACTIONS Theme parks, activities, studio tours, museums and more

96 30 Things We Love

80 SHOPPING The county’s major retail destinations

Tall drinks, low rides, starry nights and trippy treats.

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84 SPAS Havens for pampering and beauty

Take a walk on the wild side at these attractions offering hands-on animal encounters.

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86 NIGHTLIFE Buzzy bars and cool clubs

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A poison dart frog at the Aquarium of the Pacific

It’s finally happening: Hamilton arrives at the Hollywood Pantages this month. Meanwhile, LACMA re-creates the refugee experience with director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtualreality installation Carne y Arena.

Sandy stops along L.A.’s coastline

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12 Dining Universal CityWalk is undergoing a dining renaissance, thanks to newcomers like Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Dongpo Kitchen and Voodoo Doughnut.

89 TOURS + TRANSPORT Getting out, getting around and getting to know Los Angeles

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Making Memories

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I just got back from a family trip, during which I did not one lick of work. That shouldn’t be noteworthy, but I bet many of you can empathize with how hard it can be to unplug and give your full attention to your partner and kids, even when you’re supposed to be on vacation. Well, I’m here not only to say that it can and should be done, but also to help you make it happen.

WOMEN • MEN • KIDS • HOME

You see, research suggests that family vacations may have benefits that last far beyond one’s return flight. They can decrease stress, strengthen family bonds and even create happy memories that help kids cope with stress later in life. Kudos if you’re on a family vacation right now—nearly two-thirds of Americans won’t even take one this year. But I doubt you’ll reap all of the benefits if you’re glued to your laptop while the kids play in the hotel pool (been there, regret that). Instead, how about spending a day at Universal Studios with Harry Potter and the Minions, followed by a stop at CityWalk’s Voodoo Doughnut (pp. 74 and 12)? If you manage to score tickets to Hamilton, make a day of touring Hollywood followed by a night at the Pantages (pp. 38 and 10)—you’ll be your kids’ hero. Is feeding a giraffe more your family’s speed? We have just the ticket (p. 9). We’ve also devised three itineraries that’ll keep you all engaged day to night at the beach, in the Valley or downtown (p. 14). So go ahead and bring that smartphone, but save it for making reservations or taking photos. After all, work will always be there when you get home, but how many more summers will you have with your kids before they leave the nest? Unplug today, and years from now, your family will look back at their time in L.A. and think, “That was the best vacation ever.” —Suzanne Ennis

Family vacations may have benefits that last far beyond one’s return flight. They can decrease stress, strengthen family bonds and even create happy memories that help kids cope with stress later in life.

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let’s do this Because we just want to have fun in August International Surf Festival Aug. 3-6

Manhattan Beach hosts sand-and-sea events at the 56th edition of this fest, which celebrates the South Bay beach cities. p. 69

Raiders of the Lost Ark —in Concert Aug. 4-5

The L.A. Phil performs John Williams’ iconic score as Indiana Jones’ first adventure screens at the Hollywood Bowl. p. 70

Cinespia Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26

Music to Our Ears Rose Bowl Stadium. Head to the Forum on Aug. 8-9 to see pop princess Lady Gaga perform. Artists from near and far will light up Staples Center: See Compton’s own Kendrick Lamar on Aug. 6, 8 and 9, or catch English singer-songwriter

Indie bands fill the streets of hip Echo Park at this free music festival. p. 69

Taste of Brews Aug. 19

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 This month, music’s biggest stars are flocking to the City of Angels to fill concert venues with adoring fans and catchy tunes. First up, on Aug. 5, comeback kid Justin Bieber (pictured right) brings his Purpose World Tour to the

Echo Park Rising Aug. 17-20

Ed Sheeran from Aug. 10-12. Mega hip-hop and pop phenoms aren’t your dish? English indierock band alt-J plays the Shrine Auditorium on Aug. 9-10, and Foreigner and Cheap Trick take it waaay back at the Greek on Aug. 30. p. 70

Here for the weekend? Check out our Weekend Roundup at socalpulse.com for the up-to-the-minute lowdown on the coolest concerts, plays, sporting events, festivals, art exhibitions and restaurants.

Enjoy local microbrews, hard ciders and food trucks at Long Beach’s Shoreline Aquatic Park. p. 69

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival Aug. 24-27

This epicurean event showcases the best of L.A.’s food and drink culture. p. 69

Museum of Ice Cream All month

This sweet sensation has extended its stay in L.A., so you still have time to swim in a pool of sprinkles. museumoficecream.com

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Aug. 10-13 Next Best Thing

Movies, music and mischief collide at Sundance Next Fest—four days of keenly curated indie films, concerts and conversations at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, pictured above. The Sundance Institute’s made-for-L.A. festival kicks off with a 25th anniversary screening of Reservoir Dogs, where director Quentin Tarantino will receive the Vanguard Leadership Award. Other highlights include the L.A. premieres of Sundance favorites Lemon and Golden Exits, a screening of Boyle Heights-based series Gente-fied and sets by Sleigh Bells and L.A. duo Electric Guest. p. 69

The popular outdoor movie series continues at Hollywood Forever Cemetery with Some Like It Hot and an all-night stoner-movie marathon. p. 69

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Animal Attractions Visit these venues to meet cool creatures of land, sea and sky. Terranea RESORT Perched on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean, Terranea is a playground for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Unique among the great outdoor activities available to locals and guests alike is a meet-and-greet with the resort’s falconer and his birds of prey. The talk is complimentary, but spring for the 1.5-hour private Falconry Experience for $125 per person, and you’ll get to see the raptors (like the falcon pictured here) in flight. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.265.2851, terranea.com

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Clockwise from top left: A seep at La Brea Tar Pits; glyptodont admirers at NHMLA; a giraffe at the L.A. Zoo; a red-backed poison dart frog at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the pacific Hop on over to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach to get up close to fascinating animals, including nearly two dozen species of amphibians in the new exhibition Frogs: Dazzling and Disappearing. The aquarium is also swimming with opportunities for guests to interact with its inhabitants: Dive with tropical fish, cozy up to penguins and even wade into a pool with a shark! August is prime time to see fin and blue whales just off the coast, so purchase a combo ticket for aquarium admission and a 3.5-hour cruise with aquarium naturalists and experts. p. 72 DISCOVERY CUBE Dinosaurs come alive at Discovery Cube in the San Fernando Valley. The STEM-centered children’s museum’s newest exhibit, Dinosaurs Unearthed, will immerse you in a Jurassic world with life-size, lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, full-sized skeletons, real and replica fossils, a fossil dig site and more. The exhibit is geared to kids ages 5-13 and their

families, but even your youngest explorer will dig it, thanks to an Early Learner’s Explorer Experience in Cube Jr. for children ages 2-7. p. 76 la Brea Tar Pits AND MUSEUM During the ice age, mammoths and saber-toothed cats roamed L.A. The unlucky among them were swallowed by asphalt seeps, and now, more than 10,000 years later, you can observe scientists at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum engaged in real-life excavation and work on their fossils, including the preparation of a baby mammoth skull discovered during Metro digs under Wilshire Boulevard. Plus, thanks to a 3-D movie, Titans of the Ice Age, and an interactive show featuring a life-size adult saber-toothed-cat puppet (Friday-Sunday only), you’ll get as close as possible to interacting with real ice age animals. p. 78 Los Angeles zoo At the L.A. Zoo, visitors of all ages can not only get face-to-

face with Earth’s tallest land animals, they also can give them a snack during new interactive Giraffe Feedings, which the zoo just launched as part of its yearlong 50th anniversary "ZooLAbration.” Feedings take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily (weather permitting), and tickets cost $5 cash per person at the giraffe exhibit during feeding time. In addition to having food grabbed out of your hand by a Masai giraffe’s 14-inch-long tongue (!), you will learn about the giraffes’ lives at the zoo, where they can eat up to 80 pounds of as many as 100 different species of plants a day and feed for 16 to 20 hours. You may even get a peek at a baby giraffe, born this winter. p. 72

natural history museum of Los angeles county At the La Brea Tar Pits’ sister museum, the Natural History Museum of L.A. County, a new exhibit puts mammals from prehistory through the present under a microscope. Extreme Mammals: Odd Features. Unusual Creatures. pulls from NHMLA’s own collection (including standout specimens from the Tar Pits, a rare dwarf mammoth fossil from the Channel Islands and footage of L.A.’s own P-22, the Griffith Park mountain lion), as well as rare fossils and specimens from around the world, to examine evolutionary oddities of the last 200 million years. Paired with the specimens are vivid reconstructions, video installations and hands-on activities that help illustrate the shared ancestry of this diverse class of animal (which includes humans). Dinosaur eaters, walking whales, platypuses with venomous feet—your relatives are even weirder than you thought! p. 80 WHERE LOS ANGELES  9

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ART + CULTURE Mathenee Treco, Jordan Donica, Ruben J. Carbajal and Michael Luwoye in the touring production of Hamilton

The wait is finally over for Los Angeles theatergoers: The phenomenon that is Hamilton opens at the Hollywood Pantages on Aug. 11 and will run through the end of the year. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning, Grammywinning and even Pulitzer Prize-winning musical (which single-handedly made

history hip) has graced stages in New York, Chicago and San Francisco before arriving in L.A.—the latest stop on its national tour. Playing the titular founding father and treasury secretary is Michael Luwoye; Tony nominee Joshua Henry is portraying Aaron Burr; and The Book of Mormon actor Rory O’Malley steps

CROSSING BORDERS Carne y Arena (Virtually present, Physically invisible), a new conceptual virtual-reality installation from Mexican director, writer and producer Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman), takes LACMA visitors on an immersive and emotional 6 ½-minute journey in the footsteps of migrants and refugees. Online tickets for the exhibition are sold out through next month, but take heart: Same-day tickets may be available for purchase at the museum. p. 78

into the role of King George III. Hear them take on the show's groundbreaking soundtrack, which blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap and R&B with historical accuracy (good luck getting the songs out of your head afterward!). To snag one of the hot tickets, visit ticketmaster.com or call 800.982.2787. p. 69

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From Dongpo to Doughnuts on the patio or in the circular dining room, and feast on beloved Sichuan fare like roast-duck sliders, dan dan noodles and Bang Bang Chicken. In a hurry? Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s popular but now-defunct LudoTruck found a permanent road stop here with LudoBird, a fast-casual spot that offers the chef's signature fried chicken and fries—be sure to order a honey-lavender biscuit. And for dessert, Portland, Oregon-based pastry shop Voodoo Doughnut recently opened after months of anticipation. The bright pink shop offers a selection of 60 eclectic doughnuts in flavors like Grape Ape, the signature Voodoo Doll and the Hollywood Cream, which was created exclusively for CityWalk. Pair your treat with a cup of Stumptown Coffee, fittingly brewed in a pink espresso machine. See listing p. 74.

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Voodoo Doughnut’s sign (above) and roast duck at Dongpo Kitchen (below). The dining spots are among the great new additions to Universal CityWalk.

Universal CityWalk, the entertainment, shopping and dining destination right next to Universal Studios Hollywood, has always been a tourist hot spot, but the promenade has been stepping up its game recently with a number of high-profile restaurant tenants. Throw on a Hawaiian shirt and head to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, CityWalk’s newest eatery and a themed paradise for Parrotheads. Pair some coconut shrimp and a Cheeseburger in Paradise with one of 13 signature margaritas as you listen to live music by the Margaritaville house band. On your way out, pick up a shot glass or stuffed parrot from the gift shop. For a completely different dining experience, try Dongpo Kitchen, a casual dining concept from the team behind upscale Chinese restaurant Meizhou Dongpo. Take a seat

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Wild Western adventure First, we’re sending you west on the 101 to Calabasas and Agoura Hills for a brush with the county’s rugged side. Expect some local wildlife sightings along the way.

Afternoon

From left: On the trail with Malibu Riders; the Old Place restaurant; lambs at Leonis Adobe Museum; a brunch dish at Pedalers Fork

from left: courtesy malibu riders; courtesy the old place; leonis adobe museum staff; gideon kleinman

Morning Breakfast at Pedalers Fork » Start your day at this trendy eatery, which boasts a rustic vibe. Before you settle in for weekend brunch or a cup of joe at the in-house café, 10 Speed Coffee, walk around to enjoy the restaurant’s unique architectural details and fun decor. Oh, yes, and the food’s good, too! 23504 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, 818.225.8231, pedalersfork.com Tour Leonis Adobe Museum »It’s not every day that you get to meet a Texas longhorn. And across the street from Pedalers Fork, at Leonis Adobe, there are several, as well as a menagerie of Percheron horses, Black Spanish turkeys and other feathered and furry friends. Explore the historic grounds and Victorianstyle Plummer House, and stroll through Calabasas Creek Park to see a re-created Chumash village. 23537 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, 818.222.6511, leonisadobemuseum.org

Grab takeout from Sagebrush Cantina »The Sagebrush is a party all week long, so stop through to get a taste of the scene, but opt for takeout to continue your Western adventure. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu—popular dishes include the Sagebrush carne asada and the deepfried taquitos dorados, which are prepared with flour or corn tortillas made fresh daily. 23527 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, 818.222.6062, sagebrushcantina.com Picnic at Paramount Ranch National Park »Next, head to nearby Agoura Hills to step onto a motion-picture set at this ranch purchased by Paramount Pictures in 1927. There, in the Western Town, built in the 1950s for filming such TV shows as The Cisco Kid, enjoy a picnic in the shade, followed by a hike to learn about local plants and wildlife in the Santa Monica Mountains. 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, 805.370.2301, nps.gov/samo/ planyourvisit/paramountranch.htm

Giddyap with Malibu Riders »Now, give your feet a rest and hitch a ride at the ranch on a horse, care of Malibu Riders. Make sure to book your ride in advance—there are generally three afternoon ride times (note the minimum age is 6). Choose from two routes: Further explore Paramount Ranch, including its streams and forests, or discover Malibu Creek State Park, with its hills and a view of Malibou Lake. 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills, 818.510.2245, maliburiders.com

Evening Dine at the Old Place »There is perhaps no more fitting restaurant to bring your Western adventure to a close than the family-run Old Place, housed in an old general store and post office. Your kids will enjoy the noodle and cheese bake, while adventurous parents can try the “Chef’s Selection” of local game. Come as you are—there’s no dress code, “though some customers might come in their hillbilly-chic getups,” says owner Morgan Runyon. And look out for the wild peacocks that roam the property. 29983 Mulholland Hwy., Cornell, 818.706.9001, oldplacecornell.com WHERE LOS ANGELES  15

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Breakfast at Rose Cafe »This treasured eatery has been in Venice since 1979, which is a clue that it’s good. Today, acclaimed chef Jason Neroni offers a standout menu of SoCal cuisine using the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. Try the chorizo scramble with housemade chorizo or a Rose breakfast burrito with peanut-poblano mole, and share the board of pastries and viennoiseries. 220 Rose Ave., Venice, 310.399.0711, rosecafevenice.com

Dine at Back on the Beach Cafe »Just steps away from the Annenberg is this charming eatery, where you can dine on the beach with your feet in the sand. Watch the sun go down while sharing plates of grilled-shrimp skewers, fried calamari and salmon poke. 445 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, 310.393.8282, backonthebeachcafe.com

Instagram your fam at the Binoculars Building and Venice Beach Boardwalk »Close to the Rose is this famed Frank Gehry-designed Venice building: a must-have familyphoto backdrop. The binoculars sculpture itself is by artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. And just two blocks away is the beach, where you can take a dip or walk the famous boardwalk. 340 Main St., Venice

Swim and play at the Annenberg Community Beach House »This public facility at Santa Monica State Beach is more than just a place to swim. On the oceanfront property are a splash pad, a children’s play area, beach courts, a gallery, a historic pool and the 1920s Marion Davies Guest House. ACBH also offers community events, such as this month’s “Out of the Blue” series with sculptor Kiel Johnson (8/11–8/18), which invites visitors to contribute to a public sculpture, and the Cardboard Yacht Regatta (8/26), during which guests build and decorate a cardboard yacht to race across the pool. 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, 310.458.4904, annenbergbeachhouse.com

Amuse yourselves at Santa Monica Pier »The night’s not over yet. Head back down PCH to the Santa Monica Pier, where the West Coast’s only amusement park on a pier, Pacific Park, offers thrills like a roller coaster, a Ferris wheel and other fun and games. Plus, Thursday nights, the summer music series Twilight Concerts presents free live shows under the stars (indie rockers Warpaint perform at the season finale on 8/17). pp. 72 and 69

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Pack your swimsuits, sunscreen and towels, because you’ll want to take a couple of dips on this seaside jaunt.

Afternoon Enjoy the splendor and flavors of the Getty Villa »After you’ve dried off, take a scenic drive up Pacific Coast Highway for stunning ocean views, ancient works of art, lush gardens and Roman-inspired architecture at the villa. Saturday and Sunday afternoons through August, enjoy “Roman Holidays” with themed activities and live musical and comedy performances. Then, refuel with a laidback alfresco lunch of healthy quinoa salad and kid-friendly pasta at the café. p. 78 16 SOCALPULSE.COM

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Clockwise from top: Los Angeles State Historic Park; Union Station; a performance at the station; dim sum at Golden Dragon

Your family has different personalities, and so does downtown. This itinerary reflects that diversity—and is car-free to boot. Just get Metro TAP cards for each family member and you’ll be ready to ride.

Morning Dig into dim sum at Golden Dragon / Gold Line to Chinatown Station »Feast on an impressive selection of dim sum in Chinatown: from pork shumai and stuffed mushrooms to leek har gow. Watching the dim-sum cart make its rounds is entertaining for the whole family. Have each person choose a dish or two, and encourage different food colors for maximum flavor variety. Golden Dragon restaurant is oldschool Chinatown—it could use some sprucing—but the food is so delicious that you’ll forgive the needed paint job. 960 N. Broadway, Chinatown, 213.626.2039 Visit Los Angeles State Historic Park » Once satiated, take a short walk to this newly updated park for a lovely view of the downtown skyline. Check out the

orange groves, let the kids roll down the hills and venture onto the bridge for a fresh perspective of the city. 1245 N. Spring St., downtown, 213.620.6152, parks.ca.gov/lashp

People-watch at Union Station / Gold Line to Union Station »Where better to see Angelenos than where they all intersect? Metrolink, Metro and Amtrak trains, plus many bus lines, all stop at the station. The

architecture alone is breathtaking, and its August events are exciting as well: Capoeira Exchange (8/6), KCRW Summer Nights (8/11 and 8/25), an art and architecture tour (8/13) and Floor Improv Day (8/27) are on

clockwise from bottom left: teena apeles (2); courtesy union station (2)

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Welcome to the Neighborhood

(clockwise from top left): Grilliant, Red Maple Cafe, Juice Bar, Lou The French On The Block, Drybar, Cascabel

Burbank’s famed Media District combines world-class production studios with exciting dining options. Whether you’re looking to get a quick bite or the classic Hollywood blowout between auditions and studio tours, Riverside Dr. will make you feel like a star.

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the calendar, and rotating artists perform throughout the station daily. 800 N. Alameda St., downtown, 213.683.6875, unionstationla.com

Afternoon Lunch at Grand Central Market / Red Line or Purple Line to Pershing Square Station »Prepare for visual and culinary overload at this bustling market. Nosh on fresh fruit from grocers, sample dishes at food stands—

including buzzed-about eateries Eggslut, new Sari Sari Store (from pastry chef Margarita Manzke) and Horse Thief—and get a cool dessert to accompany you to the next destination. 317 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.624.2378, grandcentralmarket.com

Get lost in the Last Bookstore »Blocks away is a bookstore like no other—California’s largest— housed in a former bank with many Instagram-friendly reading nooks to immerse the family in new and used books and vinyl of all genres. On the mezzanine level, there is more shopping to be had with different vendors and artists selling their wares in smartly curated spaces. 453 S. Spring St. (entrance is on 5th Street), downtown, 213.488.0599, lastbookstorela.com

Take late-afternoon tea at the Millennium Biltmore Rendezvous Court »Take a short walk on 5th to the Biltmore to experience a little downtown opulence, starting with a glass of Prosecco for the adults. You deserve it. Then unwind over a pot of tea and a tower of kid-approved pastries and tasty parent-friendly sandwiches. Deviled egg and caviar, anyone? We say yes to any repast in a setting as beautiful as the Rendezvous Court. Weekend tea service is from 2–5 p.m., and the spread is so filling, you’re practically set for dinner. 506 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.612.1562, millenniumhotels. com/en/los-angeles

Evening Party at Pershing Square »Finally, cross the street to

Pershing Square, which presents entertainment three nights a week. Friday Night Flicks has films appropriate for the teenage set; outdoor screenings start at sunset (through 8/18). There’s Jazz on Spring on Thursday evenings (through 8/17) and the awesome Downtown Stage Saturday Night Concert Series (through 8/19). Food trucks offer your family plenty of options to recharge during the live music. Enjoy! 532 S. Olive St., downtown, 213.847.4970, laparks.org/pershingsquare

clockwise from top: melissa mondesir; courtesy l.a. dept. of recreation and parks/photo by sergio rodriguez; courtesy millennium biltmore los angeles

Clockwise from top: Grand Central Market; a concert at Pershing Square; the Millennium Biltmore Hotel’s afternoon tea

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LOS ANGELES’ RESTAURANTS RUN THE gamut from casual cafeterias to venerable fine-dining spots, and chef Jason Fullilove’s résumé includes stints at some of the best. But for the past two years, Fullilove has been busy nurturing Barbara Jean, his homestyle restaurant concept. “Concept” is the operative word, because until landing in its current residence on Melrose Avenue, Barbara Jean had no permanent location. Instead, it appeared for limited engagements around town. The pop-up model is just one of a growing number of alternative dining concepts— communal meals, culinary incubators, ticketed dinners and more—offering adventurous visitors and locals a fresh way to experience L.A.’s eclectic dining scene. One service that’s helping to connect diners with these alternative dining experiences is Feastly, a pop-up dining platform that allows guests to book a seat online (Fullilove was an early adopter). Some local Feastly events are held in private residences, but most are held in Feastly’s new, stylish venues in Venice and downtown L.A.’s Arts District. At any given time at eatfeastly.com, dozens of events are available (e.g., Italian steakhouse food, a Filipino brunch, Tuscan Farmhouse Adventure, a vegan pasta-making class followed by dinner, a Get Rooted Chakra Dinner that includes a guided meditation and many more). In addition to providing guests with oneof-a-kind meals, the format can be a boon for budding chefs. “I really started to hone in on the menu and really think about what the concept was [for Barbara Jean],” Fullilove says of his time at Feastly. “It just got more evolved because I was able to do, instead of a dinner once a month or once every two months, I could do them twice a month and really kind of develop a following and a brand. I think I was probably one of the first chefs who really attacked Feastly like, ‘This is an opportunity to build a restaurant concept.’”

ALTERNATIVES TO THE TRADITIONAL DINING EXPERIENCE ARE POPPING UP ALL OVER LOS ANGELES. HERE ARE A FEW TO WHET YOUR APPETITE. By Heather Platt “A great way to understand the concept of Feastly is to look at the art and music world,” says Adam Zolot, who heads operations for Feastly. “Painters don’t typically own the galleries where they exhibit their work. Musicians don’t own the venues where they play. They are creatives, and their expertise

BARBARA JEAN Where 7465 Melrose Ave., L.A. When ongoing; D (W-Su), Br (Sa-Su). How See barbarajeanla.com and make a reservation at yelpreservations.com. EATWITH Where private homes When ongoing; see website. How Browse options and book a seat at eatwith.com; advance purchase is necessary.

FEASTLY Where Venice and downtown L.A.’s Arts District (addresses shared upon seat purchase); private homes When ongoing; see website. How Browse options and book a seat at eatfeastly.com; advance purchase is necessary. THE ROGUE EXPERIENCE Where The Pacific Design Center, Blue Building, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood When ongoing; D (W-Sa). How Purchase tickets ($155/person for parties of two or four or Saturday buyouts for up to 10) at rogue-exp.com. Tickets (which sell out quickly) are released Mondays at 11 a.m. and can be purchased up to two weeks in advance.

lies in the art. By utilizing our marketplace platform and network of venues, we’re able to provide the chef community the opportunity to focus on the food and the experience.” That freedom to focus and experiment translates to flavor on the plate. “I think we really get to see the chef unfiltered,” Fullilove says. “I’m not cooking anything I don’t want to cook, and you taste it.” The supper-club platform can enhance the social aspect of dining, too. EatWith is another popular service that connects home cooks and chefs with dinner guests (it recently launched EatWith MasterChef, which gives diners the opportunity to dine with stars of the popular television show). For guests, who purchase tickets online, the experience is equivalent to attending a dinner party, only they’ve paid in advance for the meal, and they’re likely sitting with a group of strangers in a stranger’s home. Or, at least, they start the meal as strangers. “At these pop-up events, one of the main draws is the people,” says Christina Xenos, an L.A.-based chef who hosts EatWith dinners out of her Hollywood home. (Full disclosure—Xenos is a contributing writer/editor for Where Los Angeles and its sister website, socalpulse.com.) “They arrive not knowing each other, but by the end of the night are frequently erupting into laughter together and, I’ve been told, [planning to attend] other dinners with one another.” Xenos loves the intimacy of the eightperson events that she throws through EatWith but acknowledges that dinners held in Feastly’s permanent locations might be better suited to some. “I think people new to the pop-up scene feel better about going to a building sometimes, rather than a person’s house.” (It’s worth noting that the vetting process for both EatWith and Feastly involves an extensive and highly competitive application process.) That said, Xenos describes her experiences welcoming strangers into her home

OPPOSITE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: AMANDA MEYER; COURTESY WOLFGANG PUCK; COURTESY FEASTLY; HEATHER PLATT

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Clockwise from top left: Christina Xenos serves guests at a recent Greek-themed EatWith dinner; an uni dish at the Rogue Experience; chefs prepping at Feastly; Barbara Jean's shrimp mac ’n’ cheese

for her homemade Greek cuisine as magical. Plus, they’ve been the springboard to a new career. “It was nice to be able to host on my own schedule and do things on my own timeline to figure it out,” says Xenos. “That led me to starting my own personal-chef company, and the rest is history.” Young chefs working on their concepts aren’t the only ones offering these types of dining experiences. Even long-established leaders in the culinary world, such as chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck (whose L.A.-area restaurants include Spago, Cut and WP24), see limited-seating, dinner-partystyle dining as a complement to their more traditional venues. “Wolfgang knows we need to constantly evolve and continue to explore alternative platforms of dining outside of what we’re already doing in the fine-dining, catering and [rapidly growing] airport

business in order to remain relevant in this ever-evolving industry,” says Maggie Davis, a communications rep for Puck. In March, Puck announced the opening of the Rogue Experience, an eight-seat ticketed dinner in his West Hollywood experimental test kitchen that’s designed to create “thought-provoking experiences” for guests. Similar to the Feastly and EatWith structure, the Rogue Experience offers no à la carte menu from which to order. A rotating group of chefs from Puck’s international pool of culinary talent collaborate to create each meal (Puck himself occasionally makes an appearance). The untraditional tasting menus change weekly, allowing diners to witness these chefs at their most creative. Allowing his extensive staff to share the spotlight seems to be fundamental to Puck’s larger vision, too. “This project also allows

our incredibly talented executive chefs, CDCs [chefs de cuisine], sous chefs and pastry chefs a chance to shine in a way they don’t regularly get to in their restaurants. This is the talent that keeps our restaurants running on a daily basis, and to Wolfgang, them being recognized for their creativity is an important piece to the continued success of this company,” says Davis. Just as L.A. provides restaurants for all tastes, it now provides pop-ups for all palates. Whether you’re looking for an intimate luxury dinner with one of the city’s most famous chefs, a chance to challenge your taste buds with cuisines not easily found in restaurants (Ghanaian food, anyone?) or just want to be welcomed into a home, feel like a local and make new friends, these off-the-beaten-path experiences are sure to satisfy. WHERE LOS ANGELES  23

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THE NEW CENTURY CIT Y. IMAGINE WHERE IT TAKES YOU.

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marvin braude bike trail, photo by brown canNon III/intersection photos

DAIDO MORIYAMA, MISAWA, 1971. GELATIN SILVER PRINT. 40 × 50 IN. (101.6 × 127 CM). HAMMER MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES. GIFT OF SUSAN STEINHAUSER AND DANIEL GREENBERG. © DAIDO MORIYAMA PHOTO FOUNDATION / COURTESY OF LUHRING AUGUSTINE, NEW YORK, TAKA ISHII GALLERY, TOKYO, AND DAIDO MORIYAMA PHOTO FOUNDATION, TOKYO

Los Angeles is the most populous county in the nation and among the most culturally diverse. Its 4,000 square miles encompass dozens of cities and more than 200 neighborhoods, each with its own vibe. The pages that follow will guide you through the most visited among them, pointing out starring attractions and uncovering hidden gems along the way.

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/ RODEO DRIVE + GOLDEN TRIANGLE / THE INDUSTRY + THE ARTS / CENTURY CITY

BEVERLY HILLS square feet of red carpet annually to host the Golden Globe Awards.

THE MANSIONS The launch of Beverly Hills’ glamorous reputation dates to the early 20th century, when the opening of the Beverly Hills Hotel ushered in a frenzy of movie-star mansion-building in the hills north of Sunset Boulevard. Today, the population of 35,000 is more socioeconomically diverse than its depiction on TV and in movies might suggest. Nonetheless, the triumvirate of Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel-Air still attracts its share of famous residents. Hop on the Beverly Hills Trolley Tour, or book ahead with Starline Tours or Star Track Tours to see notable homes in the ‘hood, along with other local landmarks packed into the city’s 5 square miles. Among the more storied and oft-filmed estates nestled in the hills is the 19th-century English Revivalstyle Greystone Mansion, whose graceful city-owned grounds are open for strolling.

RODEO DRIVE + GOLDEN TRIANGLE From Greystone, head west on Sunset Boulevard, then hang on to your wallet as you turn south onto Rodeo Drive. After passing through a tony residential neighborhood, you enter the shopping district known as the Golden Triangle, bounded by Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards and Cañon Drive. Burberry, Balenciaga, Fendi and Gucci each recently debuted new or renovated flagships on Rodeo, reminding retailers that 90210 is still the most prestigious ZIP code in the States.

Ascend the Italian-esque side street to fine-art destination Galerie Michael and Tiffany & Co., perched atop Two Rodeo. Pause for the quintessential Beverly Hills snapshot before continuing on to the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel (of Pretty Woman fame) at the south end of Rodeo Drive. Continuing west, pass Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and recently revamped Barneys New York, the reigning luxury retail titans along this stretch of Wilshire. At Santa Monica Boulevard, you hit the Beverly Hilton hotel, which rolls out 30,000

THE INDUSTRY + THE ARTS Beverly Hills isn’t all shopping sprees and gated estates: Talent agencies William Morris Endeavor and United Talent Agency are just two of the entertainment businesses based here. Rub shoulders with the powerlunchers at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon or Wolfgang Puck’s legendary Spago on Cañon, or grab dinner and hear live music at Mastro’s Steakhouse just up the street. The city’s cultural treasure troves include the Paley Center for Media and the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, both of which hold screenings. There is even more cultural programming at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which transformed the historic Beverly Hills Post Office into an entertainment destination. CENTURY CITY Heading west from Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Boulevard, you enter the 0.7-square-mile

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A FINE VINTAGE Whether your taste runs toward classic Hermès bags or classicrock T-shirts, What Goes Around Comes Around’s world-class selection of luxury vintage clothing and accessories, which date from 1890 to 1980, will make you swoon. Its Chanel- and Levi’spacked Beverly Hills outpost is stylist and celebrity nirvana.  9520 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.858.0250, whatgoesaroundnyc.com

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: DALE BERMAN; COURTESY BEVERLY HILLS CONFERENCE AND VISITORS BUREAU; STEPHANIE KEENAN/GETTY IMAGES FOR WGACA. OPPOSITE: MATT HARTMAN

It’s only 5 square miles, but Beverly Hills looms large in pop culture as a posh locale that boasts some of the priciest mansions in L.A. County, not to mention the country’s most recognizable ZIP code. Rodeo Drive, perhaps the world’s most famous shopping street, offers virtually every luxury fashion brand.

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New In Town Bird Brooklyn

The stylish Brooklyn women’s boutique flies into Platform with a first-rate selection of designers.  8870 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.596.4200

Gratitude

An elevated concept from the Café Gratitude team, this plant-based eatery offers seasonal dishes and an organic beverage program.  419 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 424.389.1850

Oak + Fort

Shop minimalist designs for men and women at the Vancouver-based brand’s new Westfield Century City shop.  10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 1860, L.A., 424.335.0686

Storefronts along North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Opposite, clockwise from top left: Two Rodeo; a signpost at the intersection of luxury and commerce; What Goes Around Comes Around WHERE LOS ANGELES  27

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Platform in Culver City

modern acropolis of Century City. ICM Partners and Creative Artists Agency are located here, as are a Fox Studios lot and countless legal, financial, entertainment and hospitality firms. But those outside the biz won’t be excluded. Past Avenue of the Stars, you hit the upscale Westfield Century City shopping center, which is open for business as it undergoes a dramatic redevelopment. Nearby on Constellation Boulevard, epicures are drawn to Tom Colicchio’s Craft and Hinoki & the Bird, inside the towering residential complex the Century. (Candy Spelling claims the top two floors.) The Annenberg Space for Photography displays cutting-edge exhibits of digital and print photography.

UCLA A few miles northeast of Century City is the University of California, Los Angeles, one of the top public universities in the country. Visitors are welcome at several university attractions, including the Fowler Museum at UCLA and the outdoor Franklin D.

Murphy Sculpture Garden on the north campus, the planetarium on the south campus and the 7-acre Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens. The free Hammer Museum is nearby and houses impressionist paintings, as well as cutting-edge contemporary exhibitions. Paid parking is available in UCLA lots and structures throughout the 419-acre campus.

Westwood Village Just south of the campus, the pedestrian-friendly Westwood Village features independent shops and cafés among its Mediterranean Revival and art deco buildings, as well as two landmark movie theaters at Broxton and Weyburn avenues: the 1936 marquee-wrapped Bruin theater and the Fox theater across the street. Built circa 1931, the Fox is a favorite for movie premieres and thus is prime star-spotting territory. Another don’t-miss venue is the award-winning Geffen Playhouse, located on Le Conte Avenue in one of the oldest buildings in Westwood.

Culver City Covering 5 square miles southeast of Westwood, Culver City boasts a thriving downtown with bars and restaurants including Korean-barbecue spot Hanjip and seasonal California restaurant the Wallace. The Kirk Douglas Theatre and the Ivy Substation, home to the Actors’ Gang, bookend the downtown area and stage live productions throughout the year. As you travel east on Washington Boulevard, don’t miss the Helms Bakery complex, which contains dozens of high-end furniture showrooms. Moving along Washington, the scene-y Arts District has more than 30 art galleries and exhibition spaces clustered along Washington and La Cienega boulevards. Near the intersection of Washington and National boulevards is the ultra-hip Platform lifestyle complex, plus a stop on the Expo Line, a Metro light rail that, thanks to a recent expansion, connects downtown L.A. and Santa Monica. Hollywood gets all the attention, but it’s Culver City whose city seal proclaims it “The Heart of Screenland.” In 1915, Ince/ Triangle Studios opened on Washington; in 1924, the site became Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Classics including Singin’ in the Rain and The Wizard of Oz would eventually be filmed on its movie lots. (News reports of the time indicate that the “Munchkins” partied hard during their stay at the Culver Hotel.) Today, Culver City’s screen culture is still going strong, and the site is home to Sony Pictures Studios, where such hits as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are taped. Experience Culver City’s screen heritage by taking the Sony Pictures Studio Tour.

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The Spa at Beverly Wilshire

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have a spa day Beverly Hills offers the height of luxury, so why not further indulge at one of these posh spas? The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa 9641 Sunset Blvd., 310.887.2006 The Peninsula Spa 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., 310.975.2854 The Spa at Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel 9500 Wilshire Blvd., 310.385.7023 The Spa at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills 300 S. Doheny Drive, 310.273.4444 Spa Montage 225 N. Cañon Drive, 310.860.7840 The Spa at Waldorf Astoria by La Prairie 9850 Wilshire Blvd., 800.774.1500 Tomoko Spa 141 S. Beverly Drive, 310.205.7300

from left: benny chan; courtesy the spa at beverly wilshire

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/ MAIN STREET + MONTANA AVENUE / THE ARTS / MALIBU

SANTA MONICA The Arts Visitors can take in plays at Main Street’s Edgemar Center for the Arts, housed in an angular concrete structure designed by Frank Gehry. An even wider variety of entertainment is at the Broad Stage, Santa Monica College’s first-rate, 499-seat performing-arts, film, dance and theater venue. On Michigan Avenue, the Bergamot Station arts center— now a stop on the Expo Line— has emerged as a hub for L.A.’s creative community. It’s home to about 30 galleries and a café. Third Street + the Pier Third Street Promenade, three pedestrian-only blocks on 3rd Street between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard, perpetually teems with people. Visitors can hit dozens of boutiques, watch movies at two cinemas and gawk at the myriad street artists. If they don’t refuel at the many eateries along the Promenade, visitors can venture to the surrounding blocks to The Independence or the Misfit and enjoy drinks at The Bungalow or the many pubs, such as Ye Olde King’s Head, that hint at Santa Monica’s large population of British expats. Anchoring the promenade at Broadway is Santa Monica Place, a beautiful open-air shopping center with Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, 80 boutiques, ArcLight Cinemas and the toplevel Dining Deck. Steps away is the new western terminus of the Metro Expo Line, which connects Santa Monica by light rail to downtown Los Angeles.

Santa Monica Pier, built in 1909, is at the end of Colorado Avenue and features Pacific Park, a mini amusement park with food stands and rides, including a solar-powered, LED-lit Ferris wheel.

Main Street + Montana Avenue Compared with the hustle and bustle of Third Street Promenade, Montana Avenue is downright tranquil. Between 6th and 17th streets are plenty of fashionable boutiques and beauty destinations, including Moondance, Clare V. and Malin +

Goetz. Father’s Office is known for its burgers, and Sweet Lady Jane is famous for its cakes. Just minutes south of downtown Santa Monica, Main Street exudes a beachy, upscale vibe. The long stretch between Pico Boulevard and Rose Avenue contains a number of galleries, pubs, coffeehouses and restaurants, plus shops such as Lost & Found and Planet Blue. The California Heritage Museum is in a transplanted Victorian-era home, as is the aptly named Victorian, adjacent to the museum, which features a cool downstairs speakeasy, Basement Tavern.

Malibu A few miles north of Santa Monica on Pacific Coast Highway is Malibu. Formerly known as Rancho Malibu, Malibu’s land was once so coveted that May K. Rindge, who took ownership of it in 1905 after the death of her scion husband, used armed guards to defend it from trespassers. In the 1920s, Rindge’s hefty legal bills, racked up from fighting developers, forced her to invite stars to live in Malibu Colony in the 1920s, and the legacy of Malibu as celebrityhome central continues today.

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gimme sheltER Daryl Offer (a former stylist) and Allison Wright (who worked for Esprit Europe) circle the globe to bring high-end, exceedingly chic home wares to Tent the Shop, their new Santa Monica store. From handcrafted African baskets to L.A.-made ceramics, their finds will grace your corner of the world with beautiful, functional design. 1030 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 424.744.8746, tenttheshop.com

clockwise from top left: courtesy santa monica place; dale berman; courtesy tent the shop. opposite: Brown cannon III/intersection photos

In the 1800s, orator Tom Fitch called Santa Monica “the Zenith City by the Sunset Sea.” The 21st-century version of Santa Monica fulfills its early promise, with a bustling downtown and beach that attract millions of visitors per year. Pacific Coast Highway connects SaMo with draws such as Malibu and Marina del Rey.

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New In Town Felix

Chef Evan Funke (Bucato) is now serving plates of his acclaimed pasta at his new Italian restaurant.  1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 424.387.8622

Lunetta

This dining room and bar from chef Raphael Lunetta, part of a dual culinary concept, joins sunny and casual Lunetta All Day.  2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.581.9888

Saje Natural Wellness

This husband-andwife-owned brand is beloved for its wholly natural essential oils and remedies. 1421 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, saje.com

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The Getty Villa

Many of Malibu’s best destinations are visible from PCH, including renowned restaurants with ocean views, from the casual (Malibu Seafood) to the upscale (Nobu Malibu). Adjacent to the Malibu Lagoon and Bird Sanctuary, the Adamson House is filled with historic tile. The celebrity-frequented Malibu Country Mart serves as the area’s town square. Together with the adjacent Malibu Village and Malibu Lumber Yard, there are plenty of shops and restaurants for whiling away an afternoon. Inland, nearing Calabasas, is wine country, where you can sample the local vino at tasting rooms such as Malibu Wines.

Topanga + Pacific Palisades In the 1960s, hippies and musicians such as Neil Young hid out in idyllic Topanga, accessible by Topanga Canyon Boulevard from Pacific Coast Highway. Removed from urban activity, it retains its bohemian vibe and independently owned businesses. Hiking

trails allow visitors to bask in Topanga’s woodsy beauty, and restaurants such as Inn of the Seventh Ray accommodate creekside dining. There’s more than initially meets the eye in seemingly sleepy, family-friendly Pacific Palisades, south of Topanga on PCH and accessed from Temescal Canyon Road. Hikers love the shady trails in Temescal Gateway Park, and cafés and upscale mom-and-pop shops can be found between Via de la Paz and Monument Street near Sunset Boulevard. The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine on Sunset is a 10-acre oasis with a lush garden and koi- and swan-filled lake. The crown jewel of the Palisades is the Getty Villa. Styled as a Julius Caesar-era villa, it’s filled with Greco-Roman antiquities.

Venice Abbot Kinney won in a coin toss the land that would become Venice. He sought to develop it as an American version of the Italian city; the canals are still

there, lined with multimilliondollar bungalows. His namesake Abbot Kinney Boulevard is Venice’s coolest section, where Gjelina, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea and boutiques such as Bazar, Heist and Huset are the main attractions. Rose Avenue is also coming up, thanks to the emergence of hot restaurants such as reborn Rose Café-Restaurant and Café Gratitude, plus a smattering of hip shops including Parachute and new Monrow. Visitors strolling Ocean Front Walk get an eyeful, what with performers, vendors and Muscle Beach bodybuilders.

Brentwood Marilyn Monroe once called this affluent enclave northeast of Santa Monica home; it remains a favorite celebrity stomping ground. San Vicente Boulevard functions as the neighborhood’s main street, with copious independent shops, bakeries, cafés and restaurants. The petite Brentwood Country Mart, a charming open-air shopping center built in 1948, keeps retail offerings upscale. The area’s biggest draw is the Getty Center, the hilltop museum that boasts J. Paul Getty’s spectacular art collection and a beautiful central garden. Marina del Rey Marina del Rey’s main attraction is the marina, the largest man-made small-craft harbor in the world. Restaurants such as Cast & Plow and Cafe del Rey are positioned to take advantage of the views, and at the New England-style Fisherman’s Village, boat-rental and cruise companies such as Hornblower offer visitors assorted ways to get out on the water.

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Terrazza Lounge’s Caipirinha

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seaside sips These beachside bars and restaurants offer refreshing cocktails and unbeatable ocean views. Geoffrey’s Malibu 27400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.457.1519 The Lobster 1602 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.9294 Malibu Farm Restaurant 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.456.8850 Mastro’s Ocean Club 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.454.4357 Moonshadows 20356 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.456.3010 Nobu Malibu 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.9140 On the Waterfront Cafe 205 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, 310.392.0322 Terrazza Lounge Hotel Casa Del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, 310.581.5533

from left: courtesy Getty Villa; courtesy terrazza lounge

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SUNSET STRIP

/ SUNSET PLAZA / MELROSE Avenue / west hollywood DESIGN DISTRICT

WEST HOLLYWOOD

Sunset Strip After dark, this iconic strip of Sunset Boulevard between Doheny Drive and Crescent Heights Boulevard becomes one of the hottest stretches of asphalt in L.A. County. The club scene here rocks with legendary establishments like the Roxy, the Whisky a Go Go and the Viper Room, which have a long history of hosting performances by rock ‘n’ roll’s finest. Newer nightclubs include Rock & Reilly’s and 1 OAK. The Comedy Store continues to showcase leading names and emerging stars in stand-up, and restaurants such as Estrella and BOA Steakhouse offer upscale fare. During the day, boutiques such as beloved Book Soup draw traffic. Hotels are an integral part of the Sunset Strip scene. Chateau Marmont, a glorious and notorious celebrity hangout throughout the decades, remains a discreet local getaway. At the Sunset Tower Hotel, Bugsy Siegel’s former suite has been converted

into the Tower Bar. And across the street, the property once known as “Riot Hyatt,” thanks to overzealous guests like Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Guns N’ Roses, is now the chic Andaz West Hollywood.

Sunset Plaza Sunset Plaza, between La Cienega and San Vicente boulevards on Sunset Boulevard, is a collection of tony shops and bistros with an international flavor and free parking—a novelty in this neighborhood. This is the city’s Euro Zone, where you’re apt to hear more French and Italian

than Valley Girl. For up-to-theminute fashion, check out Wildfox, Nicole Miller, Zadig & Voltaire or either of the two H. Lorenzo shops. Pamper yourself with a facial at Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa, a blowout at Drybar or a makeover at Blushington. Then, refuel at Obicà Mozzarella Bar.

Melrose Avenue Melrose Avenue has become virtually synonymous with trendiness, and new expressions in fashion, art and food continue to percolate up and down this street that has mul-

tiple personalities. One part of Melrose, east of Fairfax Avenue, has a mix of indie boutiques, cafés, tattoo parlors and vintage shops. Stores such as Wasteland have wild facades and vibrant signage that add energy to the scene. Farther west, Melrose becomes très sophistiqué, showcasing upscale tastes at Assembly, Kelly Wearstler and Vivienne Westwood. Just off Melrose is the fashionable three-block stretch of Melrose Place, where Bentleys line up at chic Nine Zero One salon and such cutting-edge boutiques as Irene Neuwirth, Isabel Marant and the Apartment by the Line.

West Hollywood Design District Melrose Avenue’s flourishing art, fashion and design district runs along the pedestrianfriendly retail corridors of Melrose and Beverly and Robertson boulevards. Among its offerings are a Helmut Lang flagship and RH: The Gallery on Melrose Avenue. The district’s hub is the Pacific Design Center complex—monolithic blue, green and red buildings designed by celebrated architect Cesar

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in the framE In addition to selling hip-yet-affordable eyewear, Warby Parker’s new West Hollywood concept shop houses an apropos-to-L.A. attraction: a greenroom/photo booth in which customers can record silly 15-second videos against trippy backdrops, then send the clips to themselves. Being four-eyed has never been so fun.  8618 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.299.2269, warbyparker.com

clockwise from top left: edwin santiago; Courtesy Ole Henriksen; courtesy warby parker. opposite: Dale berman

For a municipality measuring less than 2 square miles and with fewer than 35,000 residents, West Hollywood wields enormous influence over the L.A. lifestyle. With a number of world-class art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters, it’s a frequent destination for locals and tourists alike.

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New In Town Fleishik’s

Eric Greenspan’s Jewish deli serves sandwiches and whiskey— with a rabbi on-site to make sure everything is kosher.  7563 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.746.5750

Gorman

The Aussie label brings its whimsically printed dresses and accessories to its first U.S. shop. 8483 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.592.3484

Verlaine

Lauded Latin chef Diego Hernandez’s new restaurant is gaining hype both for its modern Mexican cuisine and its pretty patio.  8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.288.4621

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/ ROBERTSON BOULEVARD / FAIRFAX + MID-WILSHIRE

The Petersen Automotive Museum

Pelli—which houses more than 130 showrooms catering to professional designers and luxury-home owners and contains a satellite of downtown’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and a stylish Wolfgang Puck eatery, Red Seven.

Beverly + West 3rd Beverly Boulevard and West 3rd Street, major east-west streets running through West Hollywood, are filled with restaurants, design showrooms and boutiques from some of the hottest up-and-coming clothing and accessories designers. The two streets bracket the landmark eight-level Beverly Center, which is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation. Bloomingdale’s, Fendi, Gucci and Jimmy Choo boutiques are among the center’s more than 160 establishments. On West 3rd Street east of Beverly Center, you’ll find favorite boutiques such as OK for design-oriented gifts, Pyrrha for handcrafted jewelry and Wittmore for contemporary

menswear. Great dining options include Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s seafood spot, Son of a Gun, and Vic Casanova’s cozy Italian restaurant Gusto. On Beverly Boulevard, you can shop for high-end home decor and accessories at Garde and fragrances at Eric Buterbaugh Florals.

Robertson Boulevard Robertson Boulevard is no longer a paparazzi magnet, but it’s still home to shops that appeal to the modish set. Hit Chaser for vintage-inspired T-shirts; Reservoir for cool, under-the-radar brands; and Kitross for L.A.-inspired gifts. A cutting-edge Chanel concept store illustrates the difference between Robertson Boulevard and more staid Rodeo Drive. For a breather between boutique-hopping, consider a cocktail with crab cakes on the picket-fenced patio of Ivy restaurant, legendary for its celebrity clientele. Cecconi’s, just off Robertson, is also popular for power lunches.

Fairfax + Mid-Wilshire L.A.’s Fairfax District and neighboring Mid-Wilshire are among the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the Mid-City/West Hollywood area. At Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), a renowned facility with more than 100,000 works dating from the ancient period to today. Adjacent to LACMA is the famous La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, where the ice age comes alive. Additional venues on this Museum Row include the newly renovated Petersen Automotive Museum and the Craft & Folk Art Museum. South of the museums is a neighborhood known as Little Ethiopia, where traditional restaurants are located. To the museums’ east is the burgeoning District La Brea, a walkable stretch filled with hot restaurants like Odys + Penelope and hip boutiques including American Rag Cie and A+R. One of the Fairfax District’s anchors is the Original Farmers Market, established in 1934, with more than 100 produce stalls, shops and eateries. There are spots to satisfy virtually any craving, including a wine bar, a taqueria and a stand with authentic Louisiana gumbo. Adjacent and connected by a vintage trolley is The Grove, an outdoor, pedestrian-only shopping center. The Grove has the character of an old-fashioned village square, with stained-glass streetlamps and a central fountain. Nordstrom, a movie theater and stores such as American Girl Place, Apple, Paige and the first-ever Elizabeth and James boutique are joined by myriad restaurants including Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill.

WFor bold items, see the where guide. For neighborhood maps, see pages 92-93.

Casa Perfect

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Design time Shop in style at these design depots in and around West Hollywood. A+R 171 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.692.0086 Arteriors 8620 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 424.249.6855 Casa Perfect thefutureperfect.com/ los_angeles, 323.202.2025 Consort 6918 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.930.5688 Heath Ceramics 7525 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.965.0800 Lawson-Fenning 6824 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.934.0048 L’Eclaireur 450 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.360.0262 Pacific Design Center 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.360.6494 RH Modern 8772 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.281.1326

from left: Matt hartman; lauren coleman

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Time-tested for 83 years and counting. Since 1934, The Original Farmers Market has been L . A .’s favorite gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. This living time capsule of Los Angeles history and culture is home to over 100 artisan grocers, eclectic shops and world-class eateries. No wonder it endures as one of L.A.’s favorite places to grab a bite, find the perfect souvenir and make a memory. Open daily.

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HOLLYWOOD + HIGHLAND

/ SHOWTIME / WALK OF FAME / MUSEUMS, HOLLYWOOD-STYLE / AROUND VINE

HOLLYWOOD “Hollywood is a state of mind” was a popular refrain when this legendary area of Los Angeles experienced a decline not long ago. But with hot new boutiques, restaurants, hotels and condos sprouting up, it has re-emerged as a bona fide destination, where throngs of international visitors mingle with colorful locals.

HOLLYWOOD + HIGHLAND Hollywood & Highland has been a catalyst for the rebirth of Hollywood Boulevard. Its Dolby Theatre is the home of the annual Academy Awards, and the central Babylon Court frames views of the iconic Hollywood sign (built in 1923 to advertise a housing development, the 45-foot-high letters originally read “Hollywoodland”). Other draws include Ohm nightclub, dining spots and shops such as Sweet! candy store and Louis Vuitton. Next door to Hollywood & Highland is the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre), famous for its celebrity hand- and footprints embedded in the concrete out front. SHOWTIME Just across the street from Hollywood & Highland is the ornate, lavishly illuminated El Capitan Theatre. Masterfully restored by Disney, it offers special presentations of the

studio’s releases, combined with performances using an antique Wurlitzer pipe organ and children-pleasing stage shows. Jimmy Kimmel Live! tapes in an ABC studio next door. The Egyptian Theatre— built in 1922 around the time that King Tut’s tomb was discovered—screens eclectic artsy and classic fare. The landmark Pantages Theatre regularly stages megahit musicals (highly anticipated Hamilton arrives this summer), and the Hollywood Palladium has a rich history of showcasing top-notch musicians.

WALK OF FAME The sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard (La Brea Avenue to Gower Street) and three blocks of Vine Street (Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard) are inlaid with the legendary brass-and-terrazzo stars honoring celebrities from the entertainment industry. More than 2,400 stars are enshrined beneath tourists’ feet, but the roster is not without its quirks— Pee-wee 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

MUSEUMS, HOLLYWOOD-STYLE Hollywood has museums, but don’t expect to encounter Picasso or Monet. Next to TCL Chinese Theatre is Madame Tussauds Hollywood, filled with more than 100 wax figures ranging from legends like Clark Gable to contemporary stars including Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo. You can ponder zany accomplishments at the Guinness World Record Museum, while the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium offers bizarre exhibitions. Movie buffs head to the Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building, which displays 10,000 artifacts showcasing 100 years of showbiz history, including Indiana Jones’ whip and the honeymoon dress worn by Marilyn Monroe after she married Joe DiMaggio. AROUND VINE The storied intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, the epicenter of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, boasted a large

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STOP AND STAIR Winding through many of L.A.’s neighborhoods are municipal staircases that allow hilltop residents to venture quickly down to the thoroughfares below. Over the years, artists have used these stairs as their canvases, and they’re stunning sights to see—especially in Silver Lake, where colorful designs greet your every step.  Visit facebook.com/groups/socalstairclimbers for free tours and maps.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: EDWIN SANTIAGO; MATT HARTMAN; CORINNECARREY.COM/@CORINNECARREY. OPPOSITE: EDWIN SANTIAGO

the Capitol Records Building, the landmark structure designed to resemble a stack of records.

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NEW IN TOWN Dream Hollywood The edgy hotel chain’s new outpost boasts an 11,000-squarefoot rooftop and hot dining concepts including Beauty & Essex and TAO.  6417 Selma Ave., Hollywood, 323.844.6417

The Parker Room This laid-back bar sits in the spot of 1940s jazz club Billy Berg’s, where Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday once played.  1358 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.745.0041

Viva Hollywood

Former Latin spot Beso is now this Mexican eatery from veteran L.A. chef Raymond Alvarez, whose menu is complemented by cocktails and live entertainment.  6350 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.467.1350

Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Opposite, clockwise from top left: Hollywood & Highland; an exhibit at the Hollywood Museum; artist Corinne Carrey on a Silver Lake staircase

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/ los feliz + silver lake / griffith park

The Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park

concentration of entertainmentindustry companies in the 1920s. It’s a different Hollywood today, but the magic of this location endures in the soaring W Hollywood Hotel & Residences and its Delphine brasserie. A Metro station is integrated into the hotel; Hollywood is particularly well served by mass transit. Across the street is boutique hotel the Redbury and its stylish Middle Eastern restaurant, Cleo, and bar, the Library. Sunset Boulevard and Vine is in transition, but dance clubs and eateries give this corner plenty of character. Serious cinephiles catch their flicks at ArcLight Cinemas, where it’s easy to spot a celeb. Close by is Amoeba Music, where music fans and collectors browse the aisles through 31,000 square feet of space packed with rare vinyl records, CDs and memorabilia. A couple of blocks west is the stylish minicomplex Space 15 Twenty, catering to shoppers well into the evening. The center is anchored by a supersize Urban Outfitters and complemented by cool boutiques.

Night crawling The revival of Hollywood has only enhanced its nightlife, and a lively bar-and-club scene permeates the district. On and around Hollywood Boulevard, you can party under the guise of literary advancement at library-themed the Study Hollywood, drink and dine at Houston Hospitality hot spot No Vacancy, and attempt to get past the velvet ropes at nightclubs like Playhouse and Project Club LA. Cahuenga Boulevard also is home to dozens of clubs and eateries, including chef Brendan Collins’ excellent Birch. Quintessentially L.A. but a galaxy removed from Hollywood Boulevard is the Hollywood Bowl, the largest outdoor amphitheater in the U.S., where the Los Angeles Philharmonic takes up residence from June to September. Picnicking under the stars here is among the most memorable experiences in L.A. Los Feliz + Silver Lake These neighborhoods are among the hippest in the county (and perhaps the country). Vermont Avenue, the main drag in Los

Feliz, presents a collection of shops and restaurants that range from bohemian to chic. Skylight Books and 24/7 diner Fred 62 are popular hangouts. Lounges such as Rockwell represent the neighborhood’s increasing sophistication. Nearby, a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard houses cult-favorite gift shop/gallery Soap Plant/Wacko and Bar Covell, and Barnsdall Art Park offers recreational opportunities including tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s recently restored Hollyhock House. At Sunset Junction, where Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards intersect, Los Feliz transitions into Silver Lake. Foodies hang at casual Forage or the Cheese Store of Silverlake, while aspiring screenwriters hammer at their laptops and sip lattes at Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea. Farther east on Sunset Boulevard, cool beach gear at Mollusk Surf Shop and chic handbags at the Clare V. flagship beckon.

Griffith Park Among the largest urban parks in America, Griffith Park is an ideal place to hike, take a train ride, picnic, golf and more. The Charlie Turner Trailhead begins at Griffith Observatory, one of the great planetariums in the world and a frequent film location. The hike up Mount Hollywood provides views of the Hollywood sign, and the Greek Theatre, a 5,700-seat amphitheater, is a legendary music venue. Also here are the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens and the Western-heritageoriented Autry Museum of the American West, both accessible from the Ventura (SR 134) or Golden State (I-5) freeways.

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Liaison Restaurant + Lounge

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after dark From intimate bars to thumping clubs, Hollywood’s hot nightlife venues keep it cool. Avenue 1601 Cahuenga Blvd., 323.593.7999 Black Rabbit Rose 1719 N. Hudson Ave., 323.461.1464 Boulevard3 6523 Sunset Blvd., 323.466.2144 Good Times at Davey Wayne’s 1611 N. El Centro Ave., 323.962.3804 La Descarga 1159 N. Western Ave., 323.466.1324 Liaison Restaurant + Lounge 1638 N. Las Palmas Ave., 310.984.6666 The Sayers Club 1645 Wilcox Ave., 323.871.8233 Spare Room 7000 Hollywood Blvd., mezzanine, 323.769.7296

from left: courtesy the Autry; courtesy liaison restaurant + Lounge

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UNION STATION

/ GRAND AVENUE / BUNKER HILL / OLVERA STREET / HISTORIC DISTRICTS

DOWNTOWN With new restaurants and shops opening daily, downtown Los Angeles could not be hotter. Historic art deco structures share the streetscape with glass-clad towers, and even movie stars are snapping up lofts in century-old buildings. The arts scene roars to life here, where the laid-back image of L.A. hardly applies.

Union Station Union Station was the last of the grand railroad terminals built in the U.S. Its importance faded as the automobile began to dominate life in L.A., but the 77-yearold station has staged a comeback, thanks to a renovation and downtown’s new energy. From the station—the hub of the Metro system—you can board the Red Line to Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley or connect to the Blue Line to Long Beach or the Expo Line to Santa Monica. The Gold Line runs to Pasadena. Nonstop bus service to LAX is available 24/7. Metrolink commuter trains connect distant suburbs, and Amtrak trains offer coastal journeys. Grand Avenue The heart of L.A.’s performingarts scene and the site of its most dramatic architecture, Grand Avenue is beginning to live up to its name. On Bunker Hill, once filled with Victorian mansions, four venues make up a

formidable collection of stages at the Music Center. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is home to L.A. Opera, and the Ahmanson Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum host theatrical productions. The flashiest venue is architect Frank Gehry’s lauded Walt Disney Concert Hall, winter home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by its vivacious music director, Gustavo Dudamel. Also housed at Disney Hall is REDCAT, which offers visual, performing and multimedia arts programming. After a show, take a stroll through the 12-acre Grand Park,

between Grand Avenue and Hill Street and 1st and Temple streets.

Bunker Hill Steps from the Ahmanson is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, designed by Spanish architect José Rafael Moneo. A short walk south on Grand is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and across from it is The Broad museum, built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. Both sites house premier collections of contemporary art. The Omni Hotel and California Plaza are adjacent to MOCA;

Olvera Street The origin of the city of Los Angeles, dating back to 1781, is El Pueblo de Los Angeles, a collection of 27 buildings along festive pedestrian concourse Olvera Street. The city’s oldest building, Avila Adobe (circa 1818), is here, along with Mexican restaurants, mariachi bands and merchants offering arts and crafts. A few blocks away is the city’s oldest restaurant, Philippe the Original (1908), where a cup of joe is just 49 cents. Historic Districts Undergoing a renaissance is the Broadway Theatre District, home to once-opulent movie palaces. Several, such as the United Artists theater (now the

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hidden gem The Echo Park outpost of Esqueleto, jewelry designer Lauren Wolf’s Oakland, Calif., store, stocks art, accessories, found and handmade objects and jewelry from the likes of Wwake and Rebecca Overmann. Cool brides-to-be love Wolf’s own line of one-of-a-kind engagement rings set with rare, ethically sourced diamonds.  1298 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 213.947.3508, shopesqueleto.com

clockwise from top left: iwan baan; dale berman; courtesy esqueleto. opposite: dale berman

nearby Angels Knoll is a welcome patch of greenery. Angels Flight, a vintage funicular (seen in La La Land) that climbs to California Plaza from Hill Street below, is due to reopen by Labor Day. At the foot of the hill, the Bunker Hill Steps rise five stories at the U.S. Bank Tower, and across the street is the art deco-style Central Library.

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New In Town Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Head to this East Coast import for friedchicken sandwiches and the signature, square-shaped crème brûlée doughnuts.  516 W. 6th St., downtown, 213.622.7876

Mama Lion

Chef Michael Hung (Faith & Flower, Viviane) is behind this glamorous new Koreatown supper club. Enjoy craft cocktails and playfully decadent fare.  601 S. Western Ave., L.A., 213.377.5277

Prank

This walk-up bar in DTLA’s South Park neighborhood offers “inventive pairings” and “imperfect mischief,” plus live music on the weekend.  1100 S. Hope St., downtown, 213.493.4786

Grand Park. Opposite, clockwise from top left: The Broad museum; Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center; a clutch at Esqueleto

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/ CHINATOWN / LITTLE TOKYO / L.A. LIVE / EXPOSITION PARK the sleek Japanese American National Museum. The Geffen Contemporary, a branch of MOCA, is next door. At 2nd and Main streets is the former St. Vibiana cathedral, now home to stylish Redbird restaurant. To Little Tokyo’s east is the Arts District, which boasts buzzy shops and markets; galleries including Hauser Wirth & Schimmel; a bevy of craft breweries; and such lauded restaurants as The Factory Kitchen, Officine Brera and Bestia.

ROW DTLA lifestyle complex, near the Arts District

stylish Theatre at Ace Hotel), have been revived or restored to their original grandeur. Cool shops such as Acne Studios and BNKR lend cachet to the area. The Bradbury Building, constructed in 1893 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, was featured in the film Blade Runner. Spring Street from 4th to 7th streets is a rapidly awakening area once referred to as the “Wall Street of the West.” Steps from this historic district is a row of trendy bars on 6th Street (between Main and Los Angeles streets) that includes the Varnish.

Shopping Districts Downtown’s heritage as a mercantile center is still evident in its historic shopping districts. The Jewelry District draws shoppers looking for deals on diamonds; in the neighboring Fashion District, you can find designer clothing items. At Santee Alley, an open-air bargain bazaar, designer trends breed low-priced knockoffs. The Flower District offers blooms at wholesale prices. For an

awesome mix of old-school produce vendors and lunch counters and new, upscale specialty stalls, Grand Central Market, near the foot of Angels Flight, is the place to go. And the FIGat7th shopping center is home to trendy boutiques and eateries.

Chinatown Chinatown is a great destination for sampling dim sum, dining at new foodie-favorite spots like Howlin’ Ray’s and Baohaus or browsing for clothing, tea or home goods. Cultural highlights include the ornate Thien Hau Temple. Pedestrianfriendly Chung King Road and Gin Ling Way are home to hip galleries; Broadway is lined with boutiques. Dodger Stadium is a short drive away, as is San Antonio Winery, which offers tours and tastings. Little Tokyo Little Tokyo’s bar scene is popping, and dining options range from traditional sushi at Japanese Village Plaza to seasonal small plates at Baldoria. Just a few steps down 1st Street is

L.A. Live The $2.5 billion L.A. Live project is home to Staples Center, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings, and it hosts top pop acts, as does Microsoft Theater, which boasts state-ofthe-art acoustics. The Grammy Museum honors myriad music genres with videos, artifacts and interactive exhibits. A dozen restaurants and nightlife venues—WP24, new Cleo and Lucky Strike Lanes, to name a few—face a massive urban plaza lined with LED screens. The Los Angeles Convention Center, encompassing 16-plus acres of exhibition space, is also here. Exposition Park Just south of downtown is Exposition Park, whose grounds hold major museums and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, temporary home of the L.A. Rams. The California African American Museum delves into black history, and the beauxarts-style Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County offers insight into prehistoric giants. The California Science Center has a 3-D Imax theater and exhibits the retired NASA space shuttle Endeavour.

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Let’s learn You know MOCA and the Broad, but DTLA’s also home to many great under-the-radar museums. A+D Museum 900 E. 4th St., downtown, 213.346.9734 The African American Firefighter Museum 1401 S. Central Ave., downtown, 213.744.1730 Beta Main 114 W. 4th St., downtown, 213.986.8500 FIDM Museum & Galleries 919 S. Grand Ave., Suite 250, downtown, 213.623.5821 Heritage Square Museum 3800 Homer St., L.A., 323.225.2700 Italian American Museum 644 N. Main St., downtown, 213.485.8432 USC Fisher Museum of Art 823 Exposition Blvd., L.A., 213.740.4561 Velveteria 711 New High St., downtown, 626.714.8545

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OLD PASADENA

/ PLAYHOUSE DISTRICT + SOUTH LAKE AVENUE / SAN MARINO + SAN GABRIEL VALLEY

PASADENA the Commons and Burlington Arcade. A drive south on Lake Avenue through one of the city’s most opulent residential neighborhoods leads to the Langham Huntington. Consider this grand, historic hotel for high tea, Japanese Kobe beef at its Royce steakhouse or pampering at its award-winning Chuan Spa.

Old Pasadena A tribute to foresighted urban planning is the 22-square-block shopping district known as Old Pasadena, roughly bounded by Walnut and Green streets, Arroyo Parkway and Pasadena Avenue. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s a collection of restored buildings filled with trendy boutiques, bistros and nightclubs. Merchants range from Tesla Motors to H&M, and eateries include Union, a top-rated Italian restaurant. Pedestrian-only alleys meander through the One Colorado project in the heart of Old Pasadena, where restaurants offer alfresco dining overlooking a sculpture-strewn square. Boutiques such as Vince and Cop. Copine draw shoppers, while iPic Theaters reimagines the moviegoing experience with state-of-the-art technology, plush seats and a bar/café. Nearby is the Norton Simon Museum, home to one of the finest art collections in the

West. The galleries are filled with works dating from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and the museum’s repertoire of impressionist masters (e.g., Monet, Cézanne, Van Gogh) is formidable. A sculpture garden features a major tribute to Degas. East of Old Pasadena is Paseo Colorado, a shopping center with an ArcLight movie theater, restaurants and shops lining garden promenades. Its open-air design frames views of Pasadena City Hall, a majestic landmark restored to its original beaux-arts grandeur.

Playhouse District + South Lake Avenue Anchored by the Mission-style Pasadena Playhouse, this district offers art-house cinema, antique shops and bookstores, as well as the famed Ice House Comedy Club, whose stage has hosted George Carlin and Jerry Seinfeld. Other cultural attractions include the Boston Court Performing Arts Center and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. East of the Playhouse District, South Lake Avenue provides a vibrant shopping environment. Inviting boutiques are set around European-style courtyards at

San Marino + San Gabriel Valley South of the Langham is San Marino and its primary attraction, The Huntington, whose library, art collections, botanical gardens and new education and visitor center occupy one of the most remarkable pieces of real estate in Southern California. Here, the Italianate mansion of railroad magnate Henry Huntington houses an extraordinary collection of 18th- and 19th-century art. A library with nearly 9 million rare books, photographs and manuscripts occupies another structure. Throughout the 200-acre property are more than a dozen distinct botanical environments, the Helen and Peter Bing Children’s Garden and a formal rose garden boasting more than 1,200 rose varieties.

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acres of woNDER Kidspace Children’s Museum celebrates nature in an imaginative way with the outdoor Arroyo Adventure, from its Hawk’s Nest bridge and rustic Wildlife Pond to its Strata Rock Climb wall. Indoors, the interactive adventures continue, with the awe-inspiring 40-foot-high Raindrop and Wisteria Climbers to ascend, plus so much more.  480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.9144, kidspacemuseum.org

clockwise from top left: dale berman; courtesy huntington gardens; courtesy kidspace children’s museum. opposite, from left: dale berman; courtesy bacari GDL

Minutes from downtown L.A. via the Arroyo Seco Parkway (Pasadena Freeway) or the Metro Gold Line commuter train is Pasadena. Its architectural pedigree is world-class, and renowned institutions including the Tournament of Roses and Caltech lend it cachet. The city’s diverse neighbors are also worth discovering.

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Pasadena’s Colorado Bridge. Opposite, clockwise from top left: Pasadena City Hall; Huntington Gardens; Kidspace Children’s Museum

Sharing Pasadena’s eastern border are the communities of Sierra Madre and Arcadia, home to Santa Anita Park, a storied thoroughbred-horse-racing venue. Arcadia is also home to the 127-acre Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, whose natural Southern California habitat is famous for its wild peacocks. Farther east, scattered along the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10), are the communities of San Gabriel, Temple City, Monterey Park and Alhambra, which have attracted large numbers of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants. This means the opportunity for enjoying Asian cuisine is virtually unrivaled in Southern California. Tourists passionate about history, architecture or faith can explore the 1771 San Gabriel Mission, and the rugged San Gabriel Mountains present hiking opportunities for nature lovers.

South Pasadena The scenic route to South Pasadena on Orange Grove Boulevard passes through a stretch once known as Millionaire’s Row. Some splendid homes remain, including the former Wrigley Mansion (Tournament House), which now houses the Tournament of Roses Association. North of Old Pasadena, the boulevard leads to the Gamble House. This, the most famous achievement of architects Greene and Greene, is a classic representation of the Arts and Crafts movement that left its imprint on Pasadena. South Pasadena is a tranquil community whose Craftsman homes range from bungalows to mansions, and its Mission West Historic District is lined with antique shops, art galleries, casual cafés and kid-friendly spots like Fair Oaks Pharmacy, a restored drugstore from 1915.

Eagle Rock + Glendale West of Pasadena is Eagle Rock, a quiet college town reinventing itself as a trendy L.A. neighborhood. Its main drag of Colorado Boulevard is lined with a diverse collection of restaurants including Casa Bianca, a venerable old-school pizza joint. In Eagle Rock, students from highly ranked Occidental College— where a young Barack Obama once studied—mingle with young couples who are snapping up hillside real estate. On the far side of Eagle Rock is Glendale, the third-largest city in Los Angeles County. There, office workers pour out of highrises for happy hour at The Americana at Brand, an open-air shopping, residential and entertainment development. Stylesavvy shoppers can browse in boutiques, catch a movie or recharge at the Americana’s restaurants, which include the Philippe Starck-designed Katsuya and celebrity chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak. Home to a large Armenian community, Glendale offers a wealth of ethnic eateries specializing in kebabs, shawarma and belly dancing. Marked by a towering neon obelisk is the Alex Theatre, a restored art deco masterpiece that hosts concerts and musicals. Steps from the Alex is the new Museum of Neon Art, dedicated to showcasing a quintessentially L.A. craft. North of Glendale is Montrose, whose main street of Honolulu Avenue is more Mayberry than L.A. Close by, in La Cañada Flintridge, is sprawling Descanso Gardens, with North America’s largest camellia collection—an awesome sight when in full bloom during January and February.

Bacari GDL’s Basil Breeze

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Eat, Sip, shop With all these spots to eat by the Americana at Brand, Glendale is a new dining destination. Bacari GDL 757 Americana Way, 818.696.1460 Eggslut 252 S. Brand Blvd., Suite D, 818.484.5911 Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop 252 S. Brand Blvd., 747.215.6768 The Halal Guys 201 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 110, 818.546.1926 Mainland Poke 252 S. Brand Blvd., Suite C, 818.291.9350 Philz Coffee 252 S. Brand Blvd., Suite A, 818.844.8492 Shake Shack 252 S. Brand Blvd., 818.858.1612 The Tsujita 769 Americana Way, 818.553.3822

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south bay among the specialty shops and eateries that line Pier Avenue. Farther east, Becker’s carries surfboards and beachwear.

Manhattan Beach Nineteen miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach boasts 2 miles of beaches with sand so fine that developers exported it to Waikiki Beach in the 1920s. Laid-back Manhattan Beach is home to many professional athletes: You might spot an L.A. Kings player as you walk along the Strand, the pedestrian promenade sandwiched between multimillion-dollar homes and the beachfront bike trail. At the end of the city’s picturesque pier, the Roundhouse Aquarium delights with touch tanks. The pier features plaques commemorating winners of the Manhattan Beach Open—the South Bay is die-hard beach-volleyball country. It’s also a playground for water-sports enthusiasts, including bodyboarders and surfers. East of the pier along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue are chic boutiques and a burgeoning dining scene, with restaurants

such as Fishing With Dynamite, Love & Salt, Little Sister and The Strand House drawing gourmets from across L.A. The Metlox center is a popular gathering place, with shops such as the Beehive and hot spots including Zinc at Shade hotel.

Hermosa Beach Head south on Manhattan Avenue to Pier Avenue, the heart of Hermosa Beach. Hermosa shares many characteristics with Manhattan Beach, including its own scenic 2-mile stretch of beachfront punctuated by volleyball nets, fitness buffs

weaving along the Strand (here merged with the bike path) and a pier studded with bronze plaques commemorating surfing legends. Come late afternoon, the pedestrian plaza at the foot of the pier becomes a different kind of South Bay scene, thanks to spillover from bars and restaurants such as Hennessey’s Tavern, Baja Sharkeez and Killer Shrimp at the Mermaid. Beyond Pier Plaza, on Hermosa Avenue, Jay Leno still draws crowds to the Comedy & Magic Club Sunday nights. To the plaza’s east, café/boutique Gum Tree and Steak & Whisky are standouts

Redondo Beach The largest of L.A. County’s beach cities, Redondo Beach is home to the 1,457-seat Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and a recreational waterfront featuring 2 miles of sandy beaches, the popular Redondo Beach Pier and King Harbor. Sepulveda Boulevard becomes Pacific Coast Highway as it enters town; signs point west to King Harbor’s Redondo Beach Marina, one of four marinas in the harbor. Here businesses such as Redondo Sportfishing offer fishing excursions and whale-watching tours, while other local outfitters rent out kayaks, paddleboats, bicycles and wave runners. South of the harbor, the historic Redondo Beach Pier has had its ups and downs, but it keeps rising from the ashes to attract locals and visitors to quick-and-casual eateries, amusements and souvenir shops. South of the pier, the gentle waves and somewhat narrow strip of Redondo State Beach

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True brew One standout in the growing South Bay craft-beer scene is Brouwerij West, which debuted its brewery tasting room in a sprawling Port of Los Angeles warehouse last winter. Visitors can order a tasting flight or full pour of its small-craft suds, then grab some grub from the on-site food trucks.  110 E. 22nd St., San Pedro, 310.833.9330, brouwerijwest.com

clockwise from top left: courtesy L.A. County Dept. of Beaches & Harbors; courtesy aquarium of the pacific; courtesy Brouwerij West. opposite: edwin santiago

In the South Bay, the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach occupy an idyllic coastal stretch known for surfing and volleyball. To the north is El Segundo; to the south are the beautiful bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the bustling waterfronts of San Pedro and Long Beach.

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New In Town Brewport Tap House

This craft-beer bar lets you select and pour your own drinks from 60 taps offering brews, wine and more.  204 Main St., El Segundo, 310.648.8972

Playa Hermosa Fish & Oyster

From three South Bay restaurant veterans comes this new seafood entry, serving up fresh fish by the ocean. 19 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.504.0088

SteelCraft

At this outdoor food court, local vendors like Smog City Brewing and Pig Pen Delicacy serve their goods out of repurposed shipping containers from nearby ports.  3768 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, steelcraftlb.com

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/ san pedro / long beach shops, and beyond it is the marina, part of the Cabrillo Beach Recreational Complex. The complex also includes the Frank Gehry-designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Cabrillo Beach— one of the county’s most popular windsurfing spots.

draw crowds during the summer, while the bike path meanders by on its way to its terminus at Torrance State Beach. One block east of the beach, the Riviera Village shopping district has a small-town feel, with restaurants and specialty boutiques such as Cami and the Catalina Cooking Store covering a six-block radius.

Palos Verdes Peninsula Beyond Redondo Beach rises the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a rugged 26-square-mile area known for majestic bluffs that afford sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Catalina Island. Head a few miles inland via Palos Verdes Drive North to the 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden, a year-round attraction boasting 200,000 plants. Or hug the coast on Palos Verdes Drive West to Rancho Palos Verdes’ Point Vicente Interpretive Center, a popular gray-whalewatching site. Just beyond the adjacent Point Vicente lighthouse is the Mediterranean-style Terranea Resort, which offers fine dining, a 50,000-square-

foot oceanfront spa and a public nine-hole golf course. Farther along is the Wayfarers Chapel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son Lloyd Wright. The impressive Swedenborgian “glass church” is a popular wedding venue.

San Pedro The multicultural community of San Pedro, on the southeastern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, was once the largest commercial fishing port in the nation. Today it’s home to the bustling 7,500-acre Port of Los Angeles, which features passenger and cargo terminals, as well as a crafts marketplace and new brewery Brouwerij West. Catalina Express operates from Berth 95, offering daily boat service to Catalina’s quaint city of Avalon and rustic village of Two Harbors. More than a million travelers pass through the World Cruise Center (Berths 91-93) annually; adjacent to the complex is the battleshipturned-museum Battleship USS Iowa. The New England-style Ports O’ Call Village offers waterfront restaurants and

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FAMILY time Manhattan Beach’s downtown is filled with spots sure to delight your whole brood. Bella Beach Kids 225 Manhattan Beach Blvd., 310.545.9990 Farmers Market 13th Street & Morningside Drive, mbfarmersmarket.com (Tuesdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.) Live Oak Park Tot Lot 1601 Valley Drive, citymb.info/visitors Manhattan Beach Creamery 1120 Manhattan Beach Ave., 310.372.1155 Nikau Kai Surf x Cafe 1140 Highland Ave., 310.545.7007 Pages: A Bookstore 904 Manhattan Ave., 310.318.0900 Roundhouse Aquarium Manhattan Beach Pier, 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd., 310.379.8117 Uncle Bill’s Pancake House 1305 Highland Ave., 310.545.5177

from left: Benjamin ginsberg; courtesy manhattan beach creamery

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Long Beach In the county’s southwest corner, Long Beach is home to a busy commercial port, an attractionpacked waterfront and more than 5 miles of beaches. A popular draw is the 1,020-foot-long Queen Mary, a historic, supposedly haunted ship-turned-hotel, dining and shopping attraction permanently moored in Long Beach Harbor. The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, the Pike Outlets, the Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village are nearby. From the village, you can follow the Shoreline pedestrian bike path 3.1 miles, past the Long Beach Museum of Art and into the Belmont Shore neighborhood. Here you’ll find shops and restaurants along 2nd Street, Bay Shore Beach, the Belmont Pier and windsurfing and kite-surfing lessons. Across a small channel is Naples, where you can take gondola rides through the canals and dine at restaurants such as Michael’s on Naples. Downtown, along 4th Street between Junipero and Cherry avenues, vintage-furniture and clothing shops make up funky “Retro Row.” In the emergent East Village Arts District, hip galleries and boutiques are sprouting where Linden Avenue meets Broadway. Farther east, an impressive collection of modern and contemporary works decks the walls of the Museum of Latin American Art.

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Summertime Sculpture The Hammer Museum and the Broad are hosting a duo of must-visit art exhibitions this summer. From June 4-Aug. 20, Westwood’s Hammer is displaying Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space on the heels of a buzzworthy Metropolitan Museum of Art run in New York. Merz, an Italian painter, sculptor and installation artist, was the sole female figure in the country’s Arte Povera movement of the 1960s. The exhibition—the first U.S. retrospective of the artist’s understudied body of work—explores five decades of her art, including pieces such as the aluminum Living Sculpture pictured above. Across town at the Broad, the contemporary-art museum’s socially conscious Oracle installation, running all summer, has filled the first-floor galleries with more than 30 works by artists including Andreas Gursky and Mark Bradford that respond to and attempt to decode globalization in today’s society. See museum listings for address details.

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/ Dining american 71above  Chef Vartan Abgaryan (Cliff’s Edge) heads up this restaurant on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower. In addition to skyline views, expect elevated modern American dishes like foie gras and 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 $$$$  Map H16 ANIMAL  Bare-bones eatery, from the guys known to Food Network fans as the “Two Dudes,” is a carnivore’s dream. Dishes include delectable takes on offal (such as crispy pig ear) and a bacon-chocolate-crunch bar for dessert. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  435 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.782.9225 $$$  Map I13 BIRCH  Cahuenga Corridor spot from chef Brendan Collins serves a seasonally driven menu in a whitewashed, clean-lined space. D (Tu-Su), Sunday roast noon-4 pm.  1634 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.960.3369 $$$  Map H13

Breezy, Boozy Bites Clear skies and cocktails go together like gin and tonic, and a couple of our favorite Eastside hangouts have mastered the mix. In Echo Park, the all-day, everyday spot Winsome occupies the bottom floor of an apartment building, so you’re bound to befriend locals while you sip your morning Bloody Mary— made with veggies like heirloom tomatoes and carrot and beet juice—or your happyhour sangrita and tequila on the shady, tucked-away patio (pictured above; 1115 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 213.415.1818). A few miles north, at Salazar (p. 63), spiked aguas frescas and mezcal-based cócteles accompany mesquite-grilled meats, seafood tostadas and carne asada tacos, all enjoyed in a festive outdoor dining space that’s the neighborhood hot spot when the sun sets.

Clifton’s  This kitschy downtown cafeteria, which dates to the 1930s, recently reopened after a multimilliondollar renovation. The multiple-story eatery offers oldschool cuisine, with a roast-meat-carving station and Jell-O for dessert, as well as a craft-beer bar and the new Pacific Seas Tiki bar. L, D (Tu-Su).  648 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.627.1673 $$  Map I16 CRAFT  New York chef Tom Colicchio of TV’s Top Chef brings his signature concept to L.A. The restaurant delivers an endless, contemporary American à la carte menu, with fun, shareable dishes including roasted octopus and diver scallops with vermouth butter. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  10100 Constellation Blvd., L.A., 310.279.4180 $$$$  Map K11 Delilah  This celebrity-favored restaurant/lounge from the H.Wood Group pays homage to the Roaring ‘20s and offers a menu of classic and modern American cuisine (think deviled eggs and chicken tenders, with desserts like funnel cake). It’s the perfect spot for drinks, dinner and dancing. Reservation-only. D (nightly).  7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.745.0600 $$$  Map H12 freds at barneys  Inside Beverly Hills retail destination Barneys New York, the first West Coast outpost of the retailer’s signature restaurant is a go-to for brunch, power lunches, shopping breaks and happy hour. Try the striking Robiola with truffle oil pizza or the Beverly Hills club sandwich. Balconies boast views of the Hollywood sign and Beverly Hills. L (daily), Br (Sa-Su).  9570 Wilshire Blvd., Fifth Floor, Beverly Hills, 310.777.5877 $$$  Map J11 Gwen  Maude chef Curtis Stone and brother Luke’s new restaurant—named after their maternal grandmother— features meat-centric tasting menus served in an art deco dining room, plus a European-style butcher shop in the front that offers sandwiches. D (Tu-Sa).  6600 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.946.7513 $$$  Map H14 The Independence  This bright, friendly tavern in downtown Santa Monica pays homage to the Los Angeles & Independence Railroad, which connected downtown L.A. with what is now the Santa Monica Pier back in 1875. The restaurant’s casual setting belies its refined food, featuring New American cuisine that includes a kale chopped salad. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su).  205 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310.458.2500 $$$  Map L8 ink.  The menu at Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio’s first restaurant offers compelling fish and vegetable dishes and a dry-aged-beef program alongside inventive riffs on steakhouse sides, such as king crab with curry ghee, grilled

guidelines

Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps in the back of this issue. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

index American........................56 Japanese........................62 Breweries/Gastropubs..58 Mediterranean...............62 British/Irish....................58 Mexican/Latin................62 California........................58 Pan-Asian.......................63 Chinese...........................58 Seafood...........................63 Eclectic/Fusion..............59 Spanish...........................64 French............................59 Steak...............................64 Italian..............................60 Thai.................................64

naan and pickles. D (nightly).  8360 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.651.5866 $$$  Map I12 Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern  This rusticyet-sophisticated restaurant offers creative takes on American regional classics. Try the Jimmy burger with jalapeño jam, pimento cheese and applewood smoked bacon. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 424.292.5222 $$  Map M8 Joan’s on Third  Celebrity-frequented café on busy West 3rd Street and a newer location in the Valley offer omelets, sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets, plus picnic baskets and gourmet items. B, L, D (daily).  8350 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.655.2285; 12059 Ventura Place, Studio City, 818.201.3900 $  Map I12, T18 LEDLOW/P.Y.T.  At Ledlow, chef Josef Centeno, who rules downtown’s Old Bank District (Bäco Mercat, Bar Amá, Orsa & Winston), offers twists on classic bistro dishes, American favorites and diverse cultural staples. Half of the space has now been transformed into the vegetable-focused concept P.Y.T. Ledlow: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). P.Y.T.: L (M-F), D (Tu-Sa), Br (Sa-Su).  400 S. Main St., downtown, 213.687.7015 $$  Map I17 m.b. post  Chef David LeFevre serves small plates of seafood, fresh-baked breads, cured meats and more in the space of a former post office. L (F-Su), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5405 $$$  Map L13 Odys + Penelope  Churrasco and grill from Karen and Quinn Hatfield features a live-fire grill and woodfired smoker. Eclectic, flavorful cuisine is accompanied by a menu of craft beer, wine and handcrafted cocktails. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options also available. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  127 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.939.1033 $$$  Map B2 Plan Check Kitchen + Bar  Minichain offers contemporary takes on American classics, complemented by craft beers and premium whiskeys. Try the acclaimed Plan Check burger. L.A., downtown: L, D (daily); Br (Su). Santa Monica: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su)  1800 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A., 310.444.1411; 351 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.591.0094; 1111 Wilshire Blvd., downtown, 213.403.1616; 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.857.1364 $$  Map K9, I12, H16, L8 Redbird  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 $$$  Map H17

W In April, Wolfgang Puck (Spago, p. 58, and WP24, p. 63) got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—the second chef ever to receive the honor.

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Dining CAVATINA  Esteemed East Coast chef Michael Schlow’s first L.A. restaurant serves simple, local, delicious cuisine inside the rock ‘n’ roll-steeped Sunset Marquis hotel. Don’t miss Schlow’s award-winning burger and the decadent Sunday brunch. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su).  1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, 310.358.3759 $$$  Map H12 Chaya  The original Chaya in Japan remains open after nearly 400 years. In L.A., the Japanese-Californian menus feature modern izakaya dishes in addition to fresh seafood from local waters and Kyushu, Japan. Check out the Venice location’s newly updated look and menu. Downtown: L (Su-F), D (M-Sa). Venice: L (M-F), D (nightly).  525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.236.9577; 110 Navy St., Venice, 310.396.1179 $$  Map H16, M8

Breweries/Gastropubs abigailE  A venture of Blackhouse Hospitality (Little Sister, Steak & Whisky, Día de Campo), this funky, graffitimuraled American brasserie with rooftop bar is lots of fun. Executive chef Tin Vuong presents escargot “poppers” washed down with house-brewed beer. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1301 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.798.8227 $$  Map L13 father’s office  Microbrew mecca; one of L.A.’s best burgers. A new downtown location is in the works. Santa Monica: L (Sa-Su), D (nightly). Culver City: L (F-Su), D (nightly).  1018 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; 3229 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.736.2224 $$  Map L8, L11 SIMMZY’S  Popular pub with locations in Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Burbank and just off the Venice pier serves up hearty burgers, sandwiches, salads and other fresh fare. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  3000 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.962.2500; 5271 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, 562.439.5590; 229 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.546.1201; 37 Washington Blvd., Venice, 424.835.6580 $ Map T20, O17, L13, N9

British/Irish TEA ROSE GARDEN  This whimsical, English-garden tearoom, an Old Pasadena fixture for 20 years, serves traditional fare including scones, finger sandwiches and salads sprinkled with flower petals. A florist and boutique selling tea trays and loose-leaf teas are also onsite. B, L, Br (daily).  70 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.578.1144 $$  Map Q20 Ye Olde King’s Head  Cozy pub/restaurant with traditional English fare, including acclaimed fish and chips. B, L, D (daily); high tea (M-Sa).  116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.451.1402 $  Map L8

California Cuisine 208 Rodeo  This gem of a café boasts a picturesque setting above Via Rodeo’s cobblestone street at luxe Two Rodeo, offering all-day California cuisine with pan-Asian and French influences. Dishes include Kobe burgers, seafood salad and penne arrabbiata. B, L, D (daily).  Two Rodeo, 208 Via Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.275.2428 $$  Map J11 cast & plow  The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey’s restaurant offers a sophisticated dining room and a romantic terrace with fire pits and water views. Its commitment to locally sourced and organic ingredients is evident in enticing entrées such as sustainably farmed salmon and seasonal salads. Enjoy wine flights and creative cocktails, as well as a late-night menu. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.823.1700 $$$  Map O9

commissary  Poolside eatery from Roy Choi in a greenhouse-like setting. Emphasis on fruit- and vegetablethemed dishes and drinks. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). The Line Hotel, Second-Floor Greenhouse, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 213.368.3030 $$  Map J14 Erven  At this acclaimed new plant-based restaurant and marketplace­—Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold is a fan—chef Nick Erven (Saint Martha) serves inventive dishes like a beer-battered-tofu sandwich and savory doughnut holes of sauerkraut and smoky applesauce. Dining room and marketplace: L, D (daily).  514-516 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.260.2255 $$  Map L8 eveleigh  With a menu chockablock with farm-fresh veggies and meats and a country-chic space, Eveleigh projects an image of cool rusticity. The kitchen endeavors to use housemade ingredients right down to the apple gomme syrup in your cocktail and the brioche toast slices with your Jidori-chicken-liver pâté. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  8752 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.239.1630 $$  Map H12 the front yard  This restaurant at the Garland hotel features fresh farm-to-table cuisine from chef Larry Greenwood. Start your meal with chive flatbread topped with chimichurri butter, then move on to entrées like Mary’s Chicken. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, 818.255.7290 $$  Map U19 hinoki & the bird  Inside luxury residential tower the Century, taste Japanese and Southeast Asian flavors in such dishes as lobster rolls with green curry and Thai basil, and black cod scented with the smoke of the namesake hinoki wood. L (M-F), D (Tu-Sa).  10 W. Century Drive, Century City, 310.552.1200 $$$  Map J10 Love & Salt  Dine on creative Cal-Italian fare (e.g., duck-egg pizza and whole roasted pig head) in this buzzy South Bay spot. Chef de cuisine/pastry chef Rebecca Merhej’s desserts are divine. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5252 $$$  Map L13 Maude  Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, an Aussie with a strong classical background, helms this intimate, 24-seat Beverly Hills restaurant named after his paternal grandmother. Every month a different seasonal ingredient is showcased and artfully presented in a 10-course menu. D (Tu-Sa).  212 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.3418 $$$$  Map J11 michael’s  Michael McCarty’s influential farm-totable restaurant, opened in 1979, is refreshed and back in the spotlight. New to the kitchen is acclaimed young chef Miles Thompson (Allumette, Nobu, Son of a Gun), whose menu includes such innovative, ingredient-driven dishes as housemade buckwheat sourdough bread with sunflower butter; duck confit with rose geranium, sweet potato and pomegranate; and dark-chocolate ganache for dessert. The nearby farmers market inspires the cocktail program and California producers star on the wine list (ask about California cult wines in the cellar collection). D (M–Sa).  1147 3rd St., Santa Monica, 310.451.0843 $$$  Map L8

milo & Olive  The husband-and-wife team from Rustic Canyon is behind this casual pizzeria and bakery. Zoe Nathan’s desserts and pastries shouldn’t be missed. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.453.6776 $$  Map K9 paley  Located in historic Columbia Square, this glamorous restaurant (named after former CBS CEO William S. Paley) pays homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Inside a midcentury-modern dining room, dine on classic dishes with a modern twist, such as braised pork belly with applesauce, frisée and whole-grain mustard, hanger steak and, for dessert, the popular popcorn ice cream. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  6115 Sunset Blvd., Suite 100, L.A., 323.544.9430 $$$  Map H14 Plant Food + Wine  Restaurant from Matthew Kenney takes a raw, locally sourced and plant-based approach to dining. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from an extensive organic and biodynamic selection. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1009 $$$  Map N9 Rustic Canyon  Discover boutique wines while sampling small plates of market-driven, Mediterraneaninspired fare. Clam pozole is just one of the winners. Hide in a cozy booth or mingle at the communal table. D (nightly).  1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.393.7050 $$$  Map L8 Spago  An L.A. institution, Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant features a modern dining room and a daily changing menu that may include dishes like 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 $$$$  Map I11 the strand house  This beachside restaurant boasts awesome ocean and pier views and a breezy, stylish bar. New executive chef Austin Cobb’s menu highlights award-winning Coastal California Cuisine. L (Tu-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470 $$$  Map L13 tar & Roses  Chef Andrew Kirschner’s first restaurant focuses on small, rustic shareable plates cooked in his wood-burning oven, but with a week’s notice, he can also whip up large, lavish family-style suppers of Moroccan-spiced goat or standing rib rack. D (nightly).  602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.587.0700 $$$  Map L8 THE tasting kitchen  Foodies come for the daily changing menu of innovative yet unpretentious cuisine from culinary-darling chef Casey Lane: small or large plates of cured meats, artisan cheeses, vegetables, seafood and pastas. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.6644 $$$  Map M9 tavern  James Beard Award-winning 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. The adjacent, more casual Larder offers divine housebaked pastries. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  11648 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 310.806.6464 $$$  Map J9 viviane  The Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills’ poolside restaurant features California takes on European and American dishes. 1950s-inspired seasonal cocktails complement the hotel’s midcentury-modern design. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.407.7791 $$$  Map J11

Chinese Bao Dim Sum  Enjoy delicious, authentic dim sum in a relaxing, lantern-lit atmosphere. Favorites include juicy pork dumplings and shrimp shumai, followed by bao milk buns for dessert. L, D (daily).  8256 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.655.6556 $$  Map I12

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DIN TAI FUNG  At this popular and critically acclaimed dumpling house, founded in Taiwan, foodies line up for soup dumplings with filling combinations such as pork and crab or truffle and pork. Vegetable dishes like cucumber salad and sautéed string beans are also favorites. L, D (daily).  177 Caruso Ave., Glendale, 818.551.5561; 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.446.8588 $$  Map U23, R23 MR CHOW  The L.A. County editions of scene-y restaurants in New York, London, Miami, Las Vegas and Mexico City offer Imperial Beijing cuisine. Beverly Hills: L (M-F), D (nightly). Malibu: D (nightly).  344 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.9911; Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, 18A, Malibu, 310.456.7600 $$$  Map I11, K7 ROC  At this Little Osaka dumpling house, popular menu items include a scallion pancake, three-cup chicken and made-from-scratch soup dumplings stuffed with pork and fresh crab. L, D (daily).  2049 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A., 310.235.2089; 8474 W. 3rd St., Suite 108, L.A., 323.782.8808; 12775 Millennium Drive, Suite 110, L.A., 424.835.4777 $$  Map K10, I12, 010 YANG CHOW  Fine Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine and an elegant atmosphere have made this restaurant a Chinatown mainstay since 1977. Don’t miss the worldfamous Slippery Shrimp, which have been featured on Food Network. Additional outposts are in the Valley and Pasadena. L, D (daily).  819 N. Broadway, downtown, 213.625.0811; 6443 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 818.347.2610; 3777 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.432.6868 $$  Map G17, west of A1, Q22

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ECLECTIC/FUSION BAROO  Tucked in a homely Hollywood strip mall, this highly acclaimed restaurant from chef Kwang Uh, who was raised in Korea and staged at Noma in Copenhagen, is a celebration of experimentation and fermentation. The concise, oft-changing menu includes bibim salads, rice bowls and handmade pastas. L, D (Tu-Sa).  5706 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323.819.4344 $$  Map H14 CASSIA  This bustling Southeast Asian-inspired brasserie, set inside a 1930s art deco building, finds chef Bryant Ng (Spice Table) serving dishes like Vietnamese pot au feu and, on the lunch menu, an updated version of Ng’s celebrated Spice Table burger. L (M-F), D (nightly).  1314 7th St., Santa Monica, 310.393.6699 $$$ Map L8 ORSA & WINSTON  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 $$$$  Map I16

FRENCH AVEC NOUS  Contemporary French bistro where chef Olivier Quignon, previously at Bar Boulud in New York City, offers dishes inspired by the French Riviera. B, L, D (daily).  Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.860.8660 $$$  Map J12

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LE PETIT PARIS  The L.A. iteration of David and Fanny Rolland’s original Le Petit Paris in Cannes is housed in the historic El Dorado building. By day, the brasserie is bright and tranquil, serving French classics such as steak frites and bourbon-vanilla crème brûlée, and at night it transforms into an upscale lounge, complete with a DJ. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  418 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.217.4445 $$$  Map I17 The Little Door  For a candlelit dinner in an elegant setting, this is the reservation ne plus ultra. Dine on rustic French-Mediterranean dishes under the stars or by a crackling fireplace. The restaurant’s casual extension, Little Next Door, serves modern French brasserie fare. D (nightly).  8164 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.1210 $$$  Map I12 Mélisse  At Mélisse, among L.A.’s highest-rated restaurants, chef/owner Josiah Citrin executes a sophisticated, modern French menu filled with luxe ingredients. Start with lobster bolognese with truffles before superb game dishes. D (Tu-Sa).  1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.395.0881 $$$$  Map M8 Patina  The Walt Disney Concert Hall pairs classicalmusic offerings with fine dining, thanks to its fine inhouse restaurant. Game dishes are a frequent presence on the menu. D (Tu-Su).  141 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3331 $$$$  Map H16 Petit trois  Trois Mec’s French-bar-style spinoff offers an à la carte menu of classic dishes such as confit-fried chicken leg, croque monsieur and a delectable omelet with Boursin cheese. L, D (daily).  718 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.468.8916 $$$  Map H13 république  In a landmark once occupied by Charlie Chaplin’s studio, fine-dining veteran Walter Manzke and pastry-chef wife Margarita turn out bistro classics (e.g., escargots, duck confit and steak frites) for a trendy clientele huddling at communal tables. Café B, L (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Bistro D (nightly).  624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 310.362.6115 $$$  Map I13 trois mec  The foodie trinity of Ludo Lefebvre, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook is behind this hot restaurant in a 26-seat former pizzeria. Diners must purchase advance tickets via the restaurant’s website to enjoy Lefebvre’s prix-fixe, five-course meal. D (M-F).  716 N. Highland Ave., L.A., troismec.com $$$$  Map H13

Italian Alimento  Zach Pollack, half of the talent behind acclaimed Sotto, is behind this tiny, hip space, where a clever menu features addictive chicken-liver crostone with quince mostarda, crudo and pastas. The tortellini in brodo features dumplings filled with a hot broth that explodes in your mouth. D (Tu-Su).  1710 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A., 323.928.2888 $$$  Map east of W23 bestia  Multiregional Italian restaurant in the hip Arts District. The former executive chef at Angelini Osteria serves up such “beast”-focused dishes as roasted marrow bone with spinach gnocchetti, breadcrumbs and aged balsamic, and a selection of house-cured meats. D (nightly).  2121 E. 7th Place, downtown, 213.514.5724 $$$  Map east of J17 bottega louie  This palatial Italian restaurant, decked out in white marble, is a hip, noisy hall where young professionals convene over brick-oven-cooked pizzas. There’s a gourmet market and patisserie, too. B, L (M-F), D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  700 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.802.1470 $$  Map I16

mangiamo! Chef Evan Funke’s new trattoria, Felix, 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. Family farms provide ingredients like the squash blossoms pictured here. D (nightly). 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 424.387.8622, felixla.com

cecconi’s  This London-based restaurant caters to well-heeled clients who schmooze over Bellinis and cicchetti (small plates). Pastas including a beautiful agnolotti del plin, and seafood such as grilled octopus are well-executed. Select regulars get a coveted key that comes with discounts and bragging rights. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000 $$$  Map I12 culina  The Four Seasons’ acclaimed Italian restaurant boasts coastal influences and a sleek crudo bar. Adjacent is new Vinoteca, an Italian-inspired wine and espressobar concept. B, D (daily), L (M-Sa); Br (Su).  Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.860.4000 $$$  Map J12 drago centro  Chef Celestino Drago’s well-executed Italian fare and extensive wine list are presented in a contemporary and handsome space. L (M-F), D (nightly).  525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.228.8998 $$$  Map H16 the FACtory kitchen  Former Valentino chef Angelo Auriana turns his attention to a casual, industrial-chic setting in the Arts District. Fresh-made pastas, beautiful cheeses and cured meats, complemented by an inventive cocktail program, contribute to a daily changing menu. L (M-F), D (nightly).  1300 Factory Place, downtown, 213.996.6000 $$$  Map J17 Il Fornaio  Trattoria-style favorite. Beverly Hills: B, L, D (daily). Manhattan Beach: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Pasadena: L, D (daily); Br (Su).  301 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.550.8330; 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.725.9555; 24 W. Union St., Pasadena, 626.683.9797 $$  Map J11, L13, Q19 Jon & Vinny’s  Family-friendly diner from chefs/ owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo has it all—pastries, pizza, pasta (made in-house) and meat entrées. Takeout and delivery are also available. B, L, D (daily).  412 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.334.3369 $$  Map B2 locanda del lago  Rustic family-owned restaurant overlooking Third Street Promenade. Chef Daniele Turchetti turns out traditional northern Italian cuisine made with sustainable proteins and locally sourced ingredients. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, 310.451.3525 $$  Map L8

matteo’s  An old favorite of the Rat Pack endures. Classic dishes include mussels in white wine and osso buco Milanese. D (Tu-Su).  2321 Westwood Blvd., L.A., 310.475.4521 $$  Map K10 Officine brera  From the team behind the Factory Kitchen, this stylish trattoria serves a daily changing, northern Italy-inspired menu in a rustic-meets-contemporary space. The rice dishes, spit-roasted meats and handmade pastas are superb. L (M-F), D (nightly).  1331 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.553.8006 $$$  Map J17 OSTERIA MOZZA  Famed L.A.-based bread maker Nancy Silverton teamed up with affable Mario Batali on Mozza’s group of contemporary Italian restaurants. Osteria Mozza is a more sophisticated dining room in which to experience the repertoire of these great transcontinental talents. D (nightly).  6602 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.0100 $$$  Map H13 Pizzeria Mozza/Mozza2go  The more relaxed sibling of Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali’s Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza features pizzas with Mediterranean ingredients, cheeses and salumi plates and rustic daily specials. Call ahead for delivery or takeout from Mozza2Go. L, D (daily).  Pizzeria Mozza: 641 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.297.0101. Mozza2Go: 6610 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.1130 $$  Map H13 SOTTO  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 $$$  Map J11 Terroni  Southern Italian cooking including excellent thin-crust pizza. Downtown: L (M-F), D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). L.A.: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  802 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.221.7234; 7605 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.954.0300 $$  Map I16, J13 Valentino  For more than 40 years, Piero Selvaggio has maintained his flagship’s status as a pre-eminent temple of Italian gastronomy. A telephone-book-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 $$$$  Map L9

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ASANEBO  Hidden in a strip mall but Michelin-rated, this cozy sushi bar and restaurant offers memorable sushi and inventive fare like seared toro and uni tempura in shiso leaf. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su).  11941 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.760.3348 $$  Map A1

Crossroads kitchen  Chef/partner Tal Ronnen creates exclusively plant-based dishes, many based on nonvegan comfort classics. Try the “crab cake” or, for brunch, the “chicken” and waffles. The wine list features organic and biodynamic labels. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  8284 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.782.9245 $$$  Map H12

Ise-Shima  Located in the Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Old Town Torrance, Ise-Shima provides fresh sushi and other exciting Japanese dishes, recalling the array of seafood and marine delicacies Japan’s Ise Shima region offers. The expansive restaurant consists of a sushi bar, lounge space, large communal table and terrace. B, L, D (daily).  21381 S. Western Ave., Torrance, 310.320.6700 $$  Map M14

Estérel  The redesigned restaurant at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills features lovely indoor and outdoor seating areas and farm-to-fork Mediterranean fare. B, D (daily); L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su).  8555 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.358.3979 $$$  Map I12

Katsuya  Sushi chef Katsuya Uechi turns out exotic delicacies in sultry spaces by designer Philippe Starck. L (varies by location), D (nightly).  11777 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.207.8744; 6300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.871.8777; 702 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.244.5900; L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 323.525.2400 $$$  Map K9, H14, northeast of T23, I15 Matsuhisa  Superchef Nobu Matsuhisa’s relatively modest original flagship incorporates luxurious Western ingredients and Latin American spices. Monkfish liver pâté with caviar, and lamb chops with miso anticucho sauce are just a couple of his creations. L (M-F), D (nightly).  129 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.659.9639 $$$$  Map I12 N/Naka  Offerings are crafted in the kaiseki Japanese culinary tradition, with both classic and modern interpretations. The 13-course menus are prepared with produce from N/Naka’s organic garden; there is an extensive sake and wine list as well. Chef/owner Niki Nakayama was one of six chefs featured in the first season of the Netflix documentary series Chef’s Table. D (W-Sa).  3455 S. Overland Ave., L.A., 310.836.6252 $$$$  Map L11 NOBU  The flagship of chef Nobu Matsuhisa offers an extensive menu of traditional and avant-garde sushi, including many dishes with beguiling Peruvian accents. West Hollywood: D (nightly). Malibu: B (Sa-Su); L, D (daily).  903 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.5711; Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.9140 $$$$  Map H12, east of A1 Q Sushi  The omakase-only experience at this intimate sushi bar showcases the artistry and discipline of chef Hiroyuki Naruke in items like seared toro and monkfish as rich as foie gras. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa).  521 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.225.6285 $$$$ Map I16 ROBATA BAR  Japanese grilling from the Sushi Roku, Katana and Boa team. Striking design by Dodd Mitchell. D (nightly).  1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771 $$$  Map L8 Roku  Sunset Strip hot spot from the team behind Sushi Roku presents elevated teppanyaki prepared at interactive grill tables, as well as sushi, omakase offerings and an extensive selection of Japanese whiskeys. L (M-F), D (nightly).  9201 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2060 $$$  Map H12 SUGARFISH  Kazunori Nozawa—chef/owner of Studio City’s famed former Sushi Nozawa—opens a cheery, casual spot offering preset menus. Tips are included, but prices are still about half those at the original. L, D (daily).  4722 1/4 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.306.6300; 11640 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.820.4477; 600 W. 7th St., Suite 150, downtown, 213.627.3000; 1345 2nd St., Santa Monica, 310.393.3338; 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas,

GJELINA  Under the direction of talented young 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. B, L (M-F), D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1429 $$  Map N9

home turf & surf Commerson, a neighborhood spot from veteran New York and L.A. chef Sascha Lyon, serves eclectic bistro fare with a French accent. Dine on menu highlights like a wild Pacific white shrimp and chorizo burger and roasted Creekstone Farms petit filet mignon with seared Rougié foie gras. The wine selection focuses on varietals from France and Italy; cocktails are fresh and simple. D (T-Su). 788 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.813.3000, commersonrestaurant.com

818.223.9966; 212 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.276.6900 (more locations at sugarfishsushi.com) $$  Map N9, K9, I16, L8, west of A1, J11 Sushi Roku  Nouvelle Japanese, sleek decor and a creative menu. For foodies 10 and under, Sushi Roku Pasadena offers a fun “okosama” kids’ menu with four bento-box options. L, D (daily).  1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771; 33 Miller Alley, Pasadena, 626.683.3000 $$$  Map L8, Q19

Mediterranean A.O.C.  Mediterranean-inspired pioneer of two L.A. culinary trends: the small-plates format and the wine bar. Chef/owner Suzanne Goin offers addictive baconwrapped, 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 $$  Map I12 The Belvedere  The Peninsula Beverly Hills’ elegant restaurant has a modernized interior, a lovely terrace and a Mediterranean menu from executive chef David Codney. Menu favorites include Dover sole and taramasalata. The extravagant, seafood-centric Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne brunch is a don’t-miss. B, D (daily), L (M-Sa); Br (Su).  9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.788.2306 $$$$  Map J11 BOWERY BUNGALOW  Restaurateur George Abou-Daoud honors his Middle Eastern heritage at this Silver Lake restaurant by applying exotic Silk Road flavors to all-American concepts like Southern baby-back

Lucques  James Beard Award-winning chef/owner Suzanne Goin delivers the next generation of Cal-Med cuisine, which includes dishes such as grilled club steak for two with potatoes parisienne. Nowhere do vegetables taste as good! L (Tu-Sa), D (nightly).  8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.6277 $$$  Map I13 MAMA SHELTER  Mediterranean menus at this hip hotel’s dining venues are helmed by chef Gerard Sampson, formerly of Laurel Hardware. The rooftop menu features such shareable plates as falafel and shawarma platters. Restaurant B, D (daily); L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su). Rooftop D (nightly).  6500 Selma Ave., Hollywood, 323.785.6600 $$$  Map H14

Mexican/Latin Broken Spanish  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. D (nightly).  1050 S. Flower St., Suite 102, downtown, 213.749.1460 $$$  Map I15 B.S. Taqueria  The colorful setting at this Ray Garcia-helmed spot—a casual sibling of Broken Spanish, above—offers the right vibe for lemon-pepper chicken chicharrones or clam-and-lardo tacos. A B.S. Taqueria concession stand serving tacos and churros recently debuted at Staples Center. L (M-F), D (nightly).  514 W. 7th St., L.A., 213.622.3744 $$  Map H15 DÍA DE CAMPO  Part of Blackhouse Hospitality (Little Sister, Abigaile, Steak & Whisky), this restaurant offers innovative Mexican dishes like chocolate-duck quesadillas, chorizo-stuffed dates and wood-grilled lobster with chili butter in a sexy surf-lodge setting. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1238 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.379.1829 $$  Map L13 Gracias Madre  Organic, plant-based Mexican fare is served at this beautiful restaurant (the patio’s ambiance can’t be beat) from the team behind Café Gratitude. Inventive dishes like coconut ceviche tostadas and flautas de papas please vegans and omnivores alike. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.978.2170 $$  Map I12 maestro  O.C. chef Daniel Godinez (Anepalco) brings Mexican fine dining and mezcal- and tequila-based craft cocktails to Old Pasadena. Try the lamb barbacoa and picadas with queso fresco. D (Tu-Su).  110 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.787.1512 $$  Map Q20 petty cash taqueria  Chef Walter Manzke’s “semi-authentic taqueria” serves Mexican street food (e.g., tacos, ceviche) featuring local, seasonal ingredients and refined technique. L (F-Su), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  7360 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.933.5300 $$  Map I13

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Katana  Robata-style cuisine: open-flame-grilled meat, vegetables, seafood on skewers. Stylish rooms, patio. D (nightly).  8439 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8585 $$$  Map H12

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Dining Red o  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. WeHo: D (nightly). Santa Monica: L (Sa-Su), D (nightly).  8155 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.5009; 1541 Ocean Ave., Suite 120, Santa Monica, 310.458.1600 $$$  Map I12, L8 salazar  This trendy taco destination—a colorful desert oasis set in a reworked Frogtown auto-body shop— specializes in outdoor dining, grilled meats and fun drinks. Pair tasty tacos with aguas frescas and cocktails like the joven y alocada, served in a fresh coconut.  2490 Fletcher Drive, L.A., salazarla.com $$  Map southeast of W23 Tortilla Republic  This casual-chic WeHo restaurant serves modern Mexican cuisine made with unusual ingredients. Sidle up to the white onyx bar or enjoy alfresco dining on the large patio. L (Tu-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  616 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.9888 $$  Map I12

Pan-Asian Crustacean  A glass-covered koi-filled stream meanders under the bar at this Cal-Vietnamese eatery, and diners indulge in items from a “secret kitchen” in which only the owners’ family members and select longtime staff members are allowed. The garlic noodles are a signature. L (M-F), D (nightly).  9646 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.205.8990 $$$  Map I11

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World Famous British Pub, Restaurant, Shoppe & Bakery

little sister  At these trendy spots from young chef Tin Vuong, sophisticated accents are added to panAsian cuisine, as evidenced in signatures like deep-fried Balinese meatballs with banana ketchup, Myanmar okra curry and salt-and-pepper lobster. M.B.: L (F-Su), D (nightly). Downtown: B, L, D (daily).  1131 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.2096; 523 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.628.3146 $$  Map L13, I16 lukshon  Sang Yoon of Father’s Office is behind this Southeast Asian eatery with a selection of craft beers and a Far East-inspired cocktail program. The crispy whole market fish is not to be missed. L (Tu-F), D (TuSa).  3239 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.202.6808 $$$  Map K12 wp24  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. 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 $$$$  Map I15

Seafood BLUE PLATE OYSTERETTE  Putting a “California twist on East Hampton summer lobster bakes,” this narrow restaurant near the Santa Monica Pier specializes in dishes such as oysters on the half shell, New England clam chowder and lobster rolls. Sit outside to take in Pacific views. L, D (daily).  355 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.576.3474 $$$  Map L8

British Fare, imported beers and world famous Fish & Chips. Heated patio. Call for soccer schedule. Stop by the gift shoppe for food and collectibles from the British Isles, including bone china, teapots, souvenir items, tea, candy, wine, freshly baked goods and much more. Open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner Weekdays 9 am | Weekends 8 am Happy Hour Afternoon Tea Karaoke Trivia Live Soccer

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cafe del rey  Ogle impressive pleasure boats in the marina at this waterfront restaurant with plentiful fresh catch, a raw bar and prime cuts of steak. Stop in for its great nightly happy hour, too. L (M–F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.823.6395 $$$  Map N9 Duke’s Malibu  Named after the father of international surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, this oceanfront restaurant captures the spirit of aloha. Not to be outshone by the spectacular views is the cuisine, which features a daily selection of fresh fish and tropical cocktails. L (M-Sa), D (nightly); Br (Su).  21150 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.0777 $$  Map west of K7

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Steak alexander’s steakhouse  This ultraluxurious interpretation of the classic American steakhouse incorporates Asian influences. Certified Angus beef and domestic and imported wagyu star on the menu. New Bull & Barrel bar concept offers the menu and a whiskey-forward cocktail menu. D (nightly).  111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.486.1111 $$$  Map Q20

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Enterprise fish co.  Established in 1979, this restaurant is a local favorite when it comes to seafood. Wild-caught fish, fresh seafood and steaks are cooked over a mesquite charcoal grill in an exhibition kitchen set in the middle of the dining room. L, D (daily).  174 Kinney St., Santa Monica, 310.392.8366 $$$  Map M9 FISHING WITH DYNAMITE  Chef David LeFevre (the Arthur J, M.B. Post) loads his menu with East Coast inspirations. Among the old-school small plates in this tiny, charming restaurant are New England-style clam chowder with Nueske’s bacon and Maryland blue-crab cakes with housemade pickles and remoulade. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.893.6299 $$$  Map L13 THE Hungry Cat  East Coast fare in a hip little spot. Dine on dishes such as crab cakes or chilled crab legs and you-peel or they-peel shrimp by the half-pound. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  Sunset + Vine, 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323.462.2155 $$  Map H14 The Lobster  Enjoy a view of the Pacific while indulging in seafood from this Santa Monica Pier-adjacent restaurant with a newly remodeled interior. The outdoor patio is most coveted for sampling the eponymous crustacean in various iterations. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  1602 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.9294 $$$  Map L8 MARé  Chef Eric Greenspan is behind this charming, seafood-focused restaurant in Silver Lake. Mix and match your shellfish and broth (try the shrimp with vadouvan curry and green apple). D (nightly).  2609 Hyperion Ave., L.A., 323.522.6656 $$$  Map east of W23 Providence  Michael Cimarusti transforms sustainable seafood into oft-changing dishes at this refined restaurant, which the Los Angeles Times rates as the best in the city. Outstanding cocktails complement Michelinrecognized cuisine. L (F), D (nightly).  5955 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.460.4170 $$$$  Map I14 SALT AIR  Seafood prepared with traditions from around the world is offered at this laid-back Venice eatery. Favorites include lobster rolls and monkey bread for dessert. A limited midday menu is served from 3-5 pm daily. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.396.9333 $$$  Map N9 Son of a GUN  Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the meat-loving chefs at Animal, turn to the sea for new inspiration. They cook up small shareable plates, such as miniature lobster rolls and shrimp-toast sandwiches, in a nautically themed space. L, D (daily).  8370 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.9033 $$$  Map I12

Spanish THE BAZAAR BY JOSé andrÉs  Star chef José Andrés brings a whimsical set of Spanish-style dining

The Arthur J  This Manhattan Beach steakhouse by chef David LeFevre (M.B. Post, Fishing With Dynamite) offers a classic menu that will delight any carnivore, but the seafood dishes and sides-with-a-twist are excellent as well. D (nightly).  903 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.878.9620 $$$$  Map C2 Baltaire  Helmed by executive chef Travis Strickland, this sophisticated Brentwood restaurant offers prime steaks, wines by the glass, old-school charm and sun-orstars dining on its 2,500-square-foot terrace. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  11647 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 424.273.1660 $$$$  Map J12 Boa  Way hip, way fine steakhouse. Steak rubs and dips; out-there cocktails on a recently revamped bar menu. New globally inspired burgers (e.g., chicken mac and tuna and ramen) are highlights on the lunch menu. Santa Monica: L, D (daily). West Hollywood: L (M-F), D (nightly).  101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.4466; 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2050 $$$  Map M8, H12 CUT  A collaboration between Getty Center architect Richard Meier and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, Cut is the place to savor genuine wagyu beef steaks or dryaged Nebraska beef. D (M-Sa).  Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.276.8500 $$$  Map J11 Fogo de Chão  Brazilian steakhouse-barbecue restaurants where guests are treated to an endless procession of meats carved right onto their plates. L (Su-F), D (nightly).  133 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.289.7755; 800 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.228.4300 $$$  Map J12, I16 THE Grill on the Alley  The Grill is a venerable industry hangout, where polished waiters deliver steaks, Cobb salads and other old-school fare. Beverly Hills: L (M-Sa), D (nightly). Westlake Village: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.276.0615; 120 E. Promenade Way, Westlake Village, 805.418.1760 $$$  Map I11, west of A1 MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB  At this on-the-waterfront eatery—the views are pure Malibu—starters like ahi tartare, lobster cocktail and caviar are followed by fresh fish, whole Maine lobster and expertly prepared steaks. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.454.4357 $$$$  Map west of K7 Mastro’s Steakhouse  Swanky “steakhouse with personality.” Bone-in filet reigns; warm butter cake melts in your mouth. Penthouse at Mastro’s is an upstairs lounge. D (nightly).  246 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8782 $$$  Map J11 Morton’s  Clubby ambiance, show-and-tell menu huge portions. Beverly Hills, Woodland Hills: D (nightly). Downtown, Burbank: L (M-F), D (nightly).  435 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.1501; 6250 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills, 818.703.7272; 735 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.553.4566; The Pinnacle, 3400 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.238.0424 $$$  Map I11, west of A1, I16, T20

Musso & Frank Grill  Hollywood’s oldest restaurant (1919). Enjoy flannel cakes, lobster Thermidor and Welsh rarebit with the martini; legend has it that this place invented the drink. B, L (Tu-Sa); D (Tu-Su).  6667 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7788 $$  Map H13 Nick + Stef’s  Bunker Hill institution Nick + Stef’s is a midcentury-modern vision whose menu includes showstopping meat dishes, as well as an expanded seafood menu. USDA Prime beef is aged on-site in a glassencased aging chamber. L (M-F), D (nightly).  Wells Fargo Building, 330 S. Hope St., downtown, 213.680.0330 $$$  Map H16 Steak & Whisky  Rustic meets modern at this South Bay spot from chef/partner Tin Vuong and partner Jed Sanford of Blackhouse Hospitality Management (also behind Little Sister). A blend of cultural influences updates American classics like traditional porterhouse and dry-aged beef. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  117 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.318.5555 $$$$  Map L13 The Stinking Rose  True to its motto, “We season our garlic with food,” this Restaurant Row mainstay offers eclectic, garlicky menu options and premium steaks. Pianist Gary Sherer performs Th-Sa evenings in the Gar Bar. L, D (daily).  55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.652.7673 $$  Map I12 STK  The One Group’s renowned steakhouse has a sleek and sultry new L.A. home inside the W hotel in Westwood. Expect signature steaks, shellfish platters and jalapeño-cheddar grits, as well as new dishes such as seared foie gras with spiced rum, and crispy lobster tails. D (nightly).  W Los Angeles—West Beverly Hills, 930 Hilgard Ave., L.A., 310.659.3535 $$$  Map J10

Thai jitlada Thai  The wait for a table is long at this top-rated restaurant in East Hollywood’s Thai Town, but the southern Thai specialties, such as moo mae chan (grilled pork southern-style with papaya salad and sticky rice), are authentic and exceptional. L, D (Tu-Su).  5233 1/2 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.667.9809 $$  Map W22 Natalee Thai  Traditional Thai dishes are served amid edgy, modern decor. Popular entrées include Nutty Chicken (a spicy combo of chicken, onion and dried chilies) and a sole filet in red curry sauce. Veggie lovers favor the spicy maha jumlong curry. L, D (daily).  10101 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.202.7003; 998 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.855.9380 $  Map L11, I11 Night + Market  For authentic Thai food, head to either the WeHo or Silver Lake location (the latter is Night + Market Song) of this hip spot from L.A.-born chef Kris Yenbamroong, who was named one of 2016’s best new chefs by Food & Wine. Celebrity diners include Gwyneth Paltrow and Lena Dunham. WeHo: L (Tu-Th), D (Tu-Su). Silver Lake: L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  9043 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.275.9724; 3322 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.665.5899 $$  Map I12, south of W23 Palms Thai  At this spot near the Pantages theater, Kavee Thongpreecha, “the Thai Elvis,” does campy interpretations of the King’s repertory. Unusual menu items include frog legs with chili and basil. L, D (daily).  5900 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.462.5073 $  Map H14

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experiences to the SLS Hotel. Cuisine ranges from rustic fare to the cutting-edge creations that have made Spain a culinary leader. Tasting room Saam offers an unforgettable 20-plus-course prix-fixe menu. Dining room D (nightly). Saam D (Th-Sa).  465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.5555 $$$  Map H16

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MENU HIGHLIGHTS Shared Plates Zucchini beignets Albacore tuna crudo Spanish octopus Braised pork belly Seared scallops Macaroni gratin

ESTÉREL RESTAURANT Located in the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the recently redesigned Estérel Restaurant boasts a range of dining settings in which to enjoy executive chef Pete Manfredini’s seasonally driven, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Guests can sip an aperitif in the French garden patio, Le Jardin, or host a private cocktail party in the Aviary. Two private dining rooms are available, as well; one serves as a chef’s table, where chef Manfredini blends French and California cuisines in custom tasting menus. In the open-plan main dining room, high-backed booths and deep blue walls create a sophisticated atmosphere, and an exhibition kitchen with a wood-burning oven provides a show. Additionally, guests can enjoy cocktails created by Frederic Zemmour, Riviera 31 Lounge Bar’s manager and resident mixologist. B,L,D (daily); Br (Su).

Plates Linguine alle vongole Albacore tuna Pan seared steelhead salmon Grass fed filet mignon Le jardin burger Braised lamb shank Poulet rôti

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LADINING MATTEO’S RESTAURANT Frequented in its early days by celebs including Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack, Matteo’s Restaurant has redefined its look and cuisine while maintaining its status as the epitome of classic cool. Now in its 50th year, Matteo’s continues to offer unique seasonal fare in a homey and hip setting. Executive chef Antonio Orlando’s menu features sumptuous, cosmopolitan Italian fare like veal tartufato, lamb and weekly game specials. Happy hour specials Tuesday through Friday and on Sunday include half-off drinks and a $7-and-under bar menu. Gluten-free and vegetarian options also available. For lunch, visit adjacent cafe Hoboken, open weekdays. D (Tu-Su).

2321 Westwood Blvd., L.A. 310.475.4521 • matteosla.com

JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN The JFAT family of restaurants is known for its artisanal approach to popular dishes from around the country. Certified green by the Green Restaurants Association, Jimmy’s strives to use locally raised, organic and sustainable ingredients and has partnered with the Long Beach Aquarium-based “Seafood for the Future” program. Enjoy brews, cocktails and wines at the bar before indulging in menu highlights such as buttermilk fried chicken with thyme gravy or spicy tequila shrimp pasta with green chili pesto cream, charred corn and pepitas, inside or on the covered patio. Jimmy’s also offers a weekday happy hour and weekend Champagne brunch. The new Santa Monica location is located just a few blocks from the pier. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica 424.292.5222 • j-fat.com

ENTERPRISE FISH CO. Serving fresh seafood since 1979, Enterprise Fish Co. is housed in a historic brick building that was renovated to resemble the quintessential wharfside eateries found along the Pacific Coast. Vintage photos of Venice Beach and other seaside locations on the walls set the beachy mood, as does the aquarium you pass by when entering. The restaurant’s open kitchen, set in the middle of the dining room, allows patrons to witness the catch of the day being cooked on a unique mesquite grill. Alternately, diners can eat alfresco on the cozy heated patio. The menu features favorites like wild-caught fish, Maine lobster and king crab legs, but don’t miss the steaks and decadent desserts. It’s no wonder Enterprise Fish Co. was voted locally as the No. 1 seafood restaurant in the area. Daily happy hour 4-7 pm. L, D (daily). 174 Kinney St., Santa Monica 310.392.8366 • enterprisefishcosantamonica.com

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LADINING LOCANDA DEL LAGO Locanda del Lago blends organic produce from the Santa Monica Farmers Market and many other local purveyors with Italian ingredients to create dishes from Northern Italy’s Lombardy region. This family-run restaurant attracts celebrities, foodies, locals and travelers with its authentic and traditional recipes. Dishes feature high-quality meats and pastas such as all-natural Niman Ranch veal shank, salt baked wild sea bass, housemade ravioli and home-made buckwheat pappardelle. A full vegetarian menu is also available. Enjoy the breads, desserts and gelato, made in-house daily. The warm interior and sidewalk patio overlooking the bustling Third Street Promenade also offers a daily happy hour that features specialty cocktails and local and Italian wines. B (Su), L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica 310.451.3525 • lagosantamonica.com

THE STINKING ROSE— A GARLIC RESTAURANT The Stinking Rose has been a mainstay on the dining scene since 1996. The restaurant’s latest addition is a supplemental Garlic Stake menu, which includes such premium beef specialties as the Little Devil petite filet mignon, Dracula’s Porterhouse (a carnivore’s dream of the perfectly prepared cut, with New York and filet mignon cooked separately), a bone-in filet mignon and the newest addition, a ribeye steak. The Gar Bar is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of standards and pop songs performed by piano man Gary Sherer, who tickles the ivories Thursday through Saturday nights. Settle into a cozy booth or find a seat at the bar and enjoy an evening of fine food and pure entertainment. L, D (daily). 55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills 310.652.7673 • thestinkingrose.com

LE PETIT PARIS Set in the 1913 El Dorado building downtown, French brasserie Le Petit Paris boasts unique architecture, art deco details and multiple dining spaces, including an expansive mezzanine, two opulent bars, a large patio, a gift shop showcasing artisanal French products and a grand staircase leading to a romantic room designed with date nights in mind. Under chandeliers and skylights, enjoy an all-day menu of French classics such as the restaurant’s world-famous cognac-flambéed truffle pasta, complemented by European and California wines from an extensive list. Sundays, sup on bottomless cocktails while feasting on a lavish, pastry-laden buffet brunch. As evening falls, the ambiance turns seductive, complete with a French DJ and live jazz on Wednesdays. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 418 S. Spring St., downtown 213.217.4445 • lepetitparisla.com

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RESTAURANTS CITY INDEX OUR SUPERGUIDE BY AREA, WITH CROSS REFERENCE TO LISTINGS BY CUISINE

BEVERLY HILLS

DOWNTOWN

JON & VINNY’S  (Italian)................................. 60

RUSTIC CANYON  (California)........................ 58

208 RODEO  (California)..................................... 58

71ABOVE  (American)..............................................56

ODYS + PENELOPE  (American)................... 56

SUGARFISH  (Japanese)............................................ 62

AVEC NOUS  (French).......................................... 59

BESTIA  (Italian)......................................................... 60

PLAN CHECK  (American)................................. 56

SUSHI ROKU  (Japanese).................................... 62

THE BELVEDERE  (Mediterranean)............... 62

BOTTEGA LOUIE  (Italian)............................. 60

RÉPUBLIQUE  (French)...................................... 60

TAR & ROSES  (California)................................. 58

BOUCHON  (French).............................................. 59

BROKEN SPANISH  (Mexican)......................... 62

LA CIENEGA BOULEVARD

VALENTINO  (Italian).......................................... 60

CRUSTACEAN  (Pan-Asian)............................... 63

B.S. TAQUERIA  (Mexican)................................. 62

RESTAURANT ROW

YE OLDE KING’S HEAD  (British).............. 58

CULINA  (Italian).................................................... 60

CAFÉ PINOT  (French)........................................... 59

THE BAZAAR  (Spanish)....................................64

SOUTH BAY/LONG BEACH

CUT  (Steak)................................................................... 64

CHAYA  (California)................................................. 58

FOGO DE CHAO  (Steak)..................................64

ABIGAILE  (Brew/Pub)................................................. 58

FREDS AT BARNEYS  (American).................... 56

CLIFTON’S  (American)..........................................56

MATSUHISA  (Japanese)..................................... 62

THE ARTHUR J  (Steak)...........................................64

IL FORNAIO  (Italian)......................................... 60

COMMISSARY  (California).................................. 58

MORTON’S  (Steak)..............................................64

DÍA DE CAMPO  (Mexican).................................... 62

THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY  (Steak).......64

DRAGO CENTRO  (Italian)................................ 60

NOBU  (Japanese)..................................................... 62

FISHING WITH DYNAMITE  (Seafood)....64

MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE  (Steak)..........64

FACTORY KITCHEN  (Italian)......................... 60

THE STINKING ROSE  (Steak)......................64

IL FORNAIO  (Italian)......................................... 60

MAUDE   (California)............................................... 58

FOGO DE CHAO  (Steak)................................... 64

MALIBU

ISE-SHIMA  (Japanese)......................................... 62

MORTON’S  (Steak)..............................................64

KATSUYA  (Japanese).............................................. 62

DUKE’S MALIBU  (Seafood)............................. 63

MR CHOW  (Chinese)............................................ 59

KENDALL’S BRASSERIE  (French).............. 59

MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB  (Steak)...........64

NATALEE THAI  (Thai)......................................64

LE PETIT PARIS  (French)................................... 59

MR CHOW  (Chinese)............................................ 59

SPAGO  (California)................................................. 58

LEDLOW/P.Y.T.  (American)...............................56

NOBU MALIBU  (Japanese)............................... 62

SUGARFISH  (Japanese)............................................ 62

LITTLE SISTER  (Pan-Asian)............................. 63

SUGARFISH  (Japanese)............................................ 62

VIVIANE  (California)............................................. 58

MORTON’S  (Steak)................................................ 64

MARINA DEL REY

BEVERLY BOULEVARD

NICK + STEF’S  (Steak)............................................64

CAFE DEL REY  (Seafood)................................ 63

3RD STREET

OFFICINE BRERA  (Italian)........................... 60

CAST & PLOW  (California)............................... 58

MELROSE AVENUE

ORSA & WINSTON  (Eclectic)........................ 59

ROC  (Chinese)............................................................... 59

A.O.C.  (Mediterranean).......................................... 62

PATINA  (French)....................................................... 60

SUGARFISH  (Japanese)............................................ 62

BAO DIM SUM  (Chinese)................................... 58

PLAN CHECK  (American)....................................56

PASADENA

CROSSROADS KITCHEN  (Mediterranean).62

Q SUSHI  (Japanese).................................................. 62

ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE  (Steak)...64

ESTÉREL  (Mediterranean)................................... 62

REDBIRD  (American)..............................................56

DIN TAI FUNG  (Chinese)................................... 59

GRACIAS MADRE  (Mexican)......................... 62

SALAZAR  (Mexican)...............................................63

IL FORNAIO  (Italian)......................................... 60

INK.  (American)........................................................ 56

SUGARFISH  (Japanese)............................................ 62

KATSUYA  (Japanese)........................................... 62

JOAN’S ON THIRD  (American).................... 56

TERRONI  (Italian).................................................... 60

MAESTRO  (Mexican)............................................. 62

THE LITTLE DOOR  (French)......................... 60

WP24  (Pan-Asian)......................................................63

SUSHI ROKU  (Japanese).................................... 62

LUCQUES  (Mediterranean)................................. 62

YANG CHOW  (Chinese)........................................ 59

TEA ROSE GARDEN  (British)...................... 58

OSTERIA MOZZA  (Italian)............................ 60

HOLLYWOOD/EASTSIDE

YANG CHOW  (Chinese)........................................ 59

PETTY CASH TAQUERIA  (Mexican)........ 62

ALIMENTO  (Italian)................................................ 60

SANTA MONICA

PIZZERIA MOZZA  (Italian)........................... 60

BAROO  (Eclectic)....................................................... 59

BLUE PLATE OYSTERETTE  (Seafood).. 63

PROVIDENCE  (Seafood)...................................64

BIRCH  (American)...................................................... 58

BOA  (Steak)...............................................................64

LITTLE SISTER  (Pan-Asian)............................. 63 LOVE & SALT  (California).................................. 58 M.B. POST  (American)......................................... 58 SIMMZY’S  (Brew/Pub)......................................... 58 STEAK & WHISKY  (Steak)...................................64 THE STRAND HOUSE  (California).............. 58

VALLEY ASANEBO  (Japanese).......................................... 62 THE FRONT YARD  (California)..................... 58 THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY  (Steak).......64 JOAN’S ON THIRD  (American).................... 56 MORTON’S  (Steak)..............................................64 SIMMZY’S  (Brew/Pub)......................................... 58 YANG CHOW  (Chinese)........................................ 59

VENICE CHAYA  (California)................................................. 58 GJELINA  (Mediterranean)................................... 62 PLANT FOOD + WINE  (California)............ 58 SALT AIR  (Seafood)..............................................64 SIMMZY’S  (Brew/Pub)......................................... 58 THE TASTING KITCHEN  (California)........ 58

WEST HOLLYWOOD BOA  (Steak)...............................................................64

RED O  (Mexican)..................................................... 63

BOWERY BUNGALOW  (Mediterranean)... 62

CASSIA  (Eclectic)................................................... 59

ROC  (Chinese)............................................................... 59

GWEN  (American)...................................................... 58

ENTERPRISE FISH CO.  (Seafood).............64

SON OF A GUN  (Seafood)...............................64

THE HUNGRY CAT  (Seafood)......................... 64

ERVEN  (California)................................................. 58

TERRONI  (Italian)................................................. 60

JITLADA THAI  (Thai).......................................... 64

FATHER’S OFFICE  (Brew/Pub).................... 58

BRENTWOOD

KATSUYA  (Japanese).............................................. 62

THE INDEPENDENCE  (American)................56

BALTAIRE  (Steak)........................................................64

MAMA SHELTER  (Mediterranean)................... 62

JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN

KATSUYA  (Japanese)........................................... 62

MARÉ  (Seafood)......................................................... 64

TAVERN  (American).............................................. 56

TAVERN  (California).............................................. 58

MUSSO & FRANK GRILL  (Steak)..............64

THE LOBSTER  (Seafood).................................... 64

CENTURY CITY

NIGHT + MARKET SONG  (Thai)................ 64

LOCANDA DEL LAGO  (Italian)................... 60

WESTSIDE

CRAFT  (American).................................................. 56

PALEY  (California)..................................................... 58

MÉLISSE  (French)................................................. 60

MATTEO’S  (Italian).............................................. 60

HINOKI & THE BIRD  (California)................. 58

PALMS THAI  (Thai)............................................... 64

MICHAEL’S  (California)....................................... 58

N/NAKA  (Japanese)................................................. 62

CULVER CITY

PETIT TROIS  (French)....................................... 60

MILO & OLIVE  (California)............................... 58

PLAN CHECK  (American)................................. 56

FATHER’S OFFICE   (Brew/Pub)..................... 58

TROIS MEC  (French).............................................. 60

PLAN CHECK  (American)................................. 56

ROC  (Chinese)............................................................... 59

LUKSHON  (Pan-Asian)...........................................63

LA BREA/MID-CITY

RED O  (Mexican)..................................................... 63

SOTTO  (Italian)...................................................... 60

NATALEE THAI  (Thai)........................................ 64

ANIMAL  (American).............................................. 56

ROBATA BAR  (Japanese).................................. 62

STK  (Steak).........................................................................64

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CAVATINA  (California)........................................ 58 CECCONI’S  (Italian)........................................... 60 DELILAH  (American)............................................ 56 EVELEIGH  (California)................................................ 58 KATANA  (Japanese).............................................. 62 NIGHT + MARKET  (Thai)................................64 ROKU  (Japanese)..................................................... 62 TORTILLA REPUBLIC  (Mexican)............... 63

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THE GUIDE SPECIAL EVENTS ROOFTOP CINEMA CLUB  Aug. 1-31 The U.K.’s “Number One Outdoor Cinema Series” returns to the rooftop of the historic Montalban Theatre for its third season in L.A. Enjoy street food and drinks while you take in views and watch classic (Casablanca), cult (Clueless) and contemporary (Beauty and the Beast, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) flicks. The series recently expanded to the terrace at Level in the heart of downtown. See website for full lineup and schedule. Ages 18-plus; Level screenings 21-plus. 8 pm. $19-$35.  1615 Vine St., L.A.; 888 S. Olive St., downtown, rooftopcinemaclub.com/la  Map H14, I16

INTERNATIONAL SURF FESTIVAL  Aug. 3-6 This summer festival, now in its 56th year, celebrates the South Bay beach cities and includes volleyball tournaments, swim races, surfing contests, a beach run and youth events. Check website for schedule and event locations. Free.  surffestival.org  GRAND PERFORMANCES  Aug 3-6, 10-13, 18-20, 26 This free outdoor summer concert series spotlights global performing arts with a lineup of high-quality music, dance, theater and more in downtown L.A. This month’s highlights include Daedelus Grooves for COLA20, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band and two performances of Peter & the Wolf set to different musical styles.  California Plaza, 300 & 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.687.2190, grandperformances.org  Map H16

TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES  Aug. 3, 10, 17 Annual summer concert series at the Santa Monica Pier features contemporary up-and-comers and classic bands. This month’s highlights include Valerie June and Warpaint. 7 pm. Free.  200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.458.8901, tcs.santamonicapier.org  Map M8 DOG FILM FESTIVAL  Aug. 5 This festival combines Angelenos’ love for film with their love for their fourlegged friends. Choose from two programs of short films (“Outdoor Adventure With Dogs“ at 5 pm and “Who Rescued Whom“ at 7 pm). Each program: $15.  Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, dogfilmfestival.com  Map J12 EAT/SEE/HEAR  Aug. 5, 12, 19, 25 Traveling outdoor movie-event series, presented by Showtime, boasts the largest outdoor inflatable screen on the West Coast, as well as food trucks and live musical performances. Venues include the Autry Museum in Griffith Park, Los Angeles State Historic Park and Rose Bowl Stadium. This month’s highlights include Mean Girls, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Depeche Mode: 101—a concert film recorded at Rose Bowl Stadium in 1988. See website for a full schedule and starting times. $7.20-$27, under 5 free.  213.267.4393, eatseehear.com

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CINESPIA  Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 Watch favorite films of yesterday and today projected on a mausoleum wall during this popular Amazon Studios-sponsored film series at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Also on hand are pre-movie DJs and themed photo booths. August highlights include Some Like It Hot and a slumber-party movie marathon featuring The Big Lebowski, Half Baked and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. See website for full schedule. Gates 7:15 pm; movie 9 pm. $16; marathon $20. Parking $12-$20.  6000 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 877.435.9849, cinespia.org  Map H14 STREET FOOD CINEMA  Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 Outdoor summer film series hosts screenings every Saturday night at various locations across L.A. Enjoy live music and food from the city’s top trucks. Highlights this month include Deadpool, Monsters, Inc. and Silver Linings Playbook. See website for a full schedule. Doors 5:30 pm; band 6:30 pm; movie 8:30 pm. $6-$21, under 6 free.  323.254.5068, streetfoodcinema.com

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GUIDELINES Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps in the back of this issue. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

INDEX Special Events.............. 69 Theater......................... 69 Music + Dance.............. 70 Sports........................... 70 Attractions.................... 72 Studio Tours................. 74 Studio Tapings.............. 76

Museums...................... 76 Shopping Destinations... 80 Spas.............................. 84 Nightlife........................ 86 Beaches........................ 88 Tours + Transport........ 89

SUNDANCE NEXT FEST  Aug. 10-13 Festival presented by the Sundance Institute includes L.A. premieres of independent films paired with musical performances by the likes of Sleigh Bells and Electric Guest. The fest kicks off with a 25th anniversary screening of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs followed by an afterparty. See website for schedule. $15-$25; opening night $35$500.  The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown, sundance.org/next  Map H16 ECHO PARK RISING  Aug. 17-20 This free, all-ages music festival focuses on the music, creativity, diversity and small businesses of Echo Park. Enjoy music on multiple stages and activities throughout the weekend. Check website for lineup and set times. Th 7 pm; F-Sa 2 pm; Su noon. Free.  Stages located on the main routes of Sunset and Glendale boulevards, Alvarado Street and Echo Park Avenue, L.A., epr.la  Map B3 TASTE OF BREWS  Aug. 19 Seventh annual craft-beer festival offers unlimited tastes of more than 100 styles of microbrews and hard ciders from both popular and startup breweries at an oceanfront venue. Noon-5 pm (alcohol service ends at 4 pm). Advance purchase $28– $40.  Shoreline Aquatic Park, 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 714.375.1132, tasteofbrews.com  Map O16 LOS ANGELES FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL  Aug. 24-27 This four-day epicurean event showcases the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles, as well as culinary personalities from throughout the nation. Previous years’ events offered tastings, cooking demonstrations, special events across L.A. and more. See website for this year’s schedule, locations and ticket information.  855.433.5239, lafw.com PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS  Through Aug. 31 Enjoy 90 minutes of tableaux vivants (“living pictures”), incredibly faithful re-creations by live models of classical and contemporary works of art, accompanied by live narration and orchestra. This year’s theme is “The Grand Tour.” Nightly 8:30 pm. $15-$230.  650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145, foapom.com  Map southeast of O17

THEATER HEISENBERG  Through Aug. 6 Visionary playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) explores human connection in this acclaimed play, which finds Georgie (Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds) pursuing a much older man, played by Denis Arndt (Basic Instinct).  Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772  Map H16 HAMILTON  Opening Aug. 11 The national tour of the Broadway sensation finally arrives in Los Angeles, bringing its brilliant raps about founding father Alexander Hamilton (played by Michael Luwoye) to the Pantages stage.  Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770  Map H13

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Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens’ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel of the same name, follows brilliant but socially awkward 15-year-old mathematician Christopher, who sets out to find the real culprit when he is suspected of killing his neighbor’s dog. Along the way, he makes an earth-shattering discovery and sets off on a journey that changes his life forever. The acclaimed play won five Tony Awards in 2015, including best play, best direction of a play and best actor in a play. See what the buzz is about yourself when the National Theatre’s production of the play, starring Adam Langdon (pictured above), opens Aug. 2 at the Ahmanson Theatre. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772

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Lumos! Universal Studios Hollywood’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter is already magical, but the immersive land’s new Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show (left) has cast a spell on the park. Multiple times nightly after sunset, muggles gather in Hogsmeade to hear the Sorting Hat narrate a spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts. Lights and projections of animals dance across the castle as a musical arrangement by John Williams fills the air. Grab a Butterbeer and prepare to be dazzled. p. 74

FORD THEATRES  Aug. 4 Brasil 70: Samba/Soul/Resistance. Aug. 5 Big World Fun: TaikoProject; 7th Annual Flypoet Summer Classic. Aug. 6 Youssou N’Dour. Aug. 7 Jam Session: Bollywood Dance. Aug. 11 James Vincent McMorrow. Aug. 12 Big World Fun: Kutturan Chamoru Foundation; Pacífico Dance Company. Aug. 14 Jam Session: Line Dance. Aug. 18 The Music Center on Location: Aszure Barton’s Awáa. Aug. 19 The Music Center on Location: An Evening With Jacob Jonas the Company and Tim Hecker. Aug. 20 The Music Center on Location: Northern Stars, an Evening With Rufus Wainwright. Aug. 21 Jam Session: Caribbean Dance. Aug. 25 Síntesis & Dayren Santamaria. Aug. 26 WordTheatre’s In the Cosmos: Where We Come From, Where We Are and Where We Are Going. Aug. 27 Thelma Houston: My Motown, Memories & More. Aug. 28 Jam Session: Salsa Dance.  2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood, 323.461.3673  Map G14 THE FORUM  Aug. 4 Barry Manilow. Aug. 5 Slayer. Aug. 8-9 Lady Gaga. Aug. 10, 12 Neil Diamond. Aug. 31 OneRepublic.  3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300  Map O12 GREEK THEATRE  Aug. 2 Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie. Aug. 10 Steve Miller Band With Peter Frampton. Aug. 11 The Avett Brothers With Dr. John & the Nite Trippers. Aug. 12 Straight No Chaser; Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox. Aug. 13 Deep Purple; Alice Cooper. Aug. 14 Bryson Tiller. Aug. 15-16 Sam Hunt. Aug. 19 Midnight Oil. Aug. 24 Slightly Stoopid. Aug. 25 The Australian Pink Floyd Show. Aug. 26 Moein. Aug. 27 Toto; Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo. Aug. 30 Foreigner With Cheap Trick.  2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park, L.A., 323.665.5857  Map V22 HOLLYWOOD BOWL  Aug. 1 Mirga & La Mer, featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Mirga GražinyteTyla, pianist Beatrice Rana. Aug. 2 The Brian Setzer Orchestra, JD McPherson. Aug. 3 L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Vasily Petrenko, trumpeter Tamás Pálfalvi. Aug. 4-5 Raiders of the Lost Ark—in Concert, featuring

L.A. Philharmonic, conductor David Newman. Aug. 6 Belle and Sebastian; Spoon; Kristin Kontrol. Aug. 8 All-Mendelssohn, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Karina Canellakis, violinist Martin Chalifour. Aug. 9 Gente de Zona; Angélique Kidjo’s Tribute to Salsa; The Pedrito Martinez Group; special guest Pedrito Martinez. Aug. 10 All-Vivaldi, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Nicholas McGegan, violinist Simone Porter, Pacific Chorale. Aug. 11-12 Diana Krall, featuring Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conductors Thomas Wilkins and Alan Broadbent. Aug. 13 Chris Botti; Jewel, featuring Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conductor Thomas Wilkins. Aug. 14 Incubus; Jimmy Eat World; Judah the Lion. Aug. 15 Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Krzysztof Urbanski, pianist Behzod Abduraimov. Aug. 16 Jill Scott; Robert Glasper Experiment. Aug. 17 Gershwin Under the Stars, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Bramwell Tovey, pianist Aaron Diehl. Aug. 18-19 Tchaikovsky Spectacular With Fireworks, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Bramwell Tovey, USC Trojan Marching Band. Aug. 20 Sweet Summer Jazz With Dave Koz and Larry Graham. Aug. 22 The Planets With Dudamel, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, violinist Pekka Kuusisto, Women of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Aug. 23 Herbie Hancock; Kamasi Washington. Aug. 24 Dudamel & Mozart’s Requiem, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Master Chorale. Aug. 25 Gipsy Kings. Aug. 26 Bryan Ferry With Orchestra; Cécile McLorin Salvant. Aug. 27 Pink Martini Featuring China Forbes and Storm Large; Charo. Aug. 29 Joshua Bell & the L.A. Phil. Aug. 30 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; St. Paul & The Broken Bones; Lake Street Dive. Aug. 31 All-Beethoven, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Bramwell Tovey, pianist PierreLaurent Aimard. See website for lease-event guidelines.  2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000, hollywoodbowl.com  Map G13 MICROSOFT THEATER  Aug. 13 Rastak Music Group. Aug. 16 Bring It! Live. Aug. 26 Noche De Recuerdos. Aug. 27 Shreya Ghoshal.  777 Chick Hearn Court, downtown, 213.763.6020  Map I15

ROSE BOWL STADIUM  Aug. 5 Justin Bieber— Purpose World Tour.  1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 626.577.3100  Map P18

SHRINE AUDITORIUM  Aug. 9-10 Alt-J. Aug. 11 Hans Zimmer Live on Tour. Aug. 12 Soulection Experience With Smino, Steve Lacy, Sabrina Claudio, SiR. Aug. 17 Willie Nelson & Family. Aug. 24 Die Antwoord.  665 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A., 213.748.5116  Map J15 STAPLES CENTER  Aug. 6, 8-9 Kendrick Lamar With Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. Aug. 10-12 Ed Sheeran. Aug. 19-20 KCON. Aug. 26 Mega Summer Concert, featuring Arcángel and more.  1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100  Map I15 THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL  Aug. 8-9 Tim and Eric Awesome Show 10-Year Anniversary. Aug. 10-13 Sundance Next Fest. Aug. 17-18 NPR’s Ask Me Another. Aug. 19 Demetri Martin. Aug. 22 Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour.  929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233  Map I16

SPORTS DODGER STADIUM  Aug. 11-13 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres. Aug. 15-16 Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox. Aug. 25-27 Dodgers vs. Milwaukee Brewers.  1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507  Map G17 STAPLES CENTER  Aug. 4 Los Angeles Sparks vs. New York Liberty. Aug. 13 BIG3. Aug. 22 Sparks vs. San Antonio Stars. Aug. 27 Sparks vs. Minnesota Lynx.  1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100  Map I15 STUBHUB CENTER  Aug. 2-5 USA Cycling Elite & Junior Track National Championships. Aug. 2 Los Angeles Galaxy II vs. Orange County SC. Aug. 3 USWNT Tournament of Nations. Aug. 5 Galaxy II vs. Phoenix Rising FC. Aug. 12 Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New York City FC. Aug. 26 Miguel Cotto vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai. Aug. 27 Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.  18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson, 310.630.2000  Map M15

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ATTRACTIONS and new Cleo; high-tech bowling lanes; a 14-screen cinema; the Ritz-Carlton Spa; and nightspots such as the Conga Room.  800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.5483  Map I15


ATTRACTIONS AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC  Focus is on Pacific Ocean sea life. Touch the ocean’s predators in Shark Lagoon and jellies in the Wonders of the Deep gallery, and meet penguins, sea otters, sea lions and 11,000 other animals. New Frogs: Dazzling and Disappearing exhibition. Daily 9 am-6 pm. $17.95-$29.95, under 3 free.  100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100  Map O16

L.A. ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS  Home to more than 250 animal species, many of them endangered, living among immersive habitats and lush gardens. Highlights include the Rainforest of the Americas exhibit. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Ticket sales cease one hour before closing. $15-$20, under 2 free.  5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200  Map T23

BARNSDALL ART PARK  Park in the Los Feliz/Hollywood area that features Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, as well as the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Center, Junior Art Center and Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. Park: daily 6 am-10 pm; Municipal Art Gallery: Th-Su noon-5 pm; Hollyhock House tours: Th-Su 11 am-4 pm. Hollyhock House tours $3-$7.  4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.913.4031  Map W22

CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS  Stunning contemporary cathedral opposite Music Center. M-F 6:30 am-6 pm; Sa 9 am-6 pm; Su 7 am-6 pm.  555 W. Temple St., downtown, 213.680.5200  Map H17

MADAME TUSSAUDS HOLLYWOOD  Re-create favorite film and musical moments at the world-famous museum of wax figures. Hours vary. $23.95-$30.95, under 3 free.  6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1670  Map H13

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CHINATOWN  Ornate architecture, dim sum, trendy eateries (Howlin’ Ray’s, Baohaus) and shops with Eastern wares surrounding a central plaza. Art and antiques on Chung King Road.  Between Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Bernard Street, Yale and Spring streets, downtown  Map G17

Fresh from its recent renovation, The Ford is in the midst of an eclectic summer season filled with world music, dance, theater, film and children’s programming that reflects L.A.’s diversity. On Aug. 6, Grammy-winning Senegalese vocalist Youssou N’Dour, pictured above, takes the stage. Other highlights include a performance by Rufus Wainwright (Aug. 20) and WordTheatre’s In the Cosmos (Aug. 26). p. 70

DESCANSO GARDENS  Collections include the Ancient Forest, the Japanese Garden and an award-winning camellia garden. New restaurant Maple is open for weekend brunch. M, F-Su 9 am-5 pm; Tu-Th 9 am-8 pm. $4-$9, under 5 free.  1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200  Map Q19

EXPOSITION ROSE GARDEN  Grassy pathways bisect 20,000 rosebushes of nearly 200 varieties. Daily 9 am-sunset. Free.  701 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.0114  Map K15

DISNEYLAND  Mickey Mouse’s theme park. Attractions include Pirates of the Caribbean and updated Star Tours. Disney California Adventure is adjacent. Call for hours. $97-$124, under 3 free.  1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565  Map D6

GAMBLE HOUSE  Landmark Arts and Crafts-style home. Advance tickets recommended for guided tours. See website for details. Th-Su noon-3 pm. $12.50-$15, under 12 free.  4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, 626.793.3334, gamblehouse.org  Map Q19

DOLBY THEATRE  Tour the home of the Academy Awards, formerly named the Kodak Theatre. M-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 10 am-4 pm. $18-$23, under 3 free.  6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300  Map H13

GRAND PARK  Pleasant urban park positioned between the Music Center and City Hall. Daily 5:30 am-10 pm. Free.  Entrances at 200 N. Grand Ave., 221 N. Hill St., 221 N. Broadway and 227 N. Spring St., downtown, 213.972.8080  Map H17

CENTRAL LIBRARY  Downtown beaux arts-style landmark is the nation’s third-largest public library in terms of book and periodical holdings. It also holds many archival collections. M-Th 10 am-8 pm; F-Sa 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Su 1-5 pm. Free.  630 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.228.7000  Map I16

EGYPTIAN THEATRE  Restored 1922 Hollywood landmark screens classics, cult favorites, indie films. Excellent Forever Hollywood screenings are exclusive to the theater. Call for schedule and pricing.  6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.3456  Map H13 EL CAPITAN THEATRE  1926 Spanish-style movie palace screens Disney films new and old. Musical preludes to many shows. Tours available. Call for schedule and pricing.  6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7674  Map H13 EL PUEBLO DE LOS ANGELES  Birthplace of Los Angeles; the site of this historical monument dates to 1781. Historic buildings, 11 of which are open to the public, include 1818 Avila Adobe, L.A.’s oldest.  125 Paseo de la Plaza, downtown, 213.628.1274  Map H17

ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET  Local landmark with 120 produce stalls, restaurants and gift shops in open-air setting. Adjacent to the Grove shopping center.  6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211  Map I13 OUE SKYSPACE L.A.  California’s tallest open-air observation deck, at nearly 1,000 feet above the city, boasts 360-degree views and a 45-foot-long glass “Skyslide” from the 70th to the 69th floor.  633 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.894.9000  Map I16 PACIFIC PARK  Amusement park at the end of the famous Santa Monica Pier offers games, food and rides, including a Ferris wheel. See pacpark.com for hours and ticket prices.  380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.260.8744  Map M8 POINT VICENTE INTERPRETIVE CENTER  Small park adjacent to the Point Vicente Lighthouse offers a whalewatching deck and an interpretive center featuring exhibits about local history and ecology.  31501 Palos Verdes Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.377.5370  Map O13 QUEEN MARY  Historic ocean liner permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, hotel, art deco lounge, a 4-D theater and restaurants. Daily self-guided and guided tours; night tours available. Check queenmary.com for hours and prices.  1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738  Map O16 RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! ODDITORIUM  Three hundred displays feature curiosities gathered by traveler Robert Ripley in the 1930s. Daily 10 ammidnight. $10-$20.  6780 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.6335  Map H13 RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM  Visit the Air Force One Pavilion and see a full-size replica of the White House Oval Office. Daily 10 am-5 pm. $16-$29, under 2 free.  40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800.410.8354  Map northwest of A1

GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY  Iconic attraction with spectacular views of L.A. and the Hollywood sign. Hourly shows at planetarium. Tu-F noon-10 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-10 pm. Admission free; planetarium shows $3-$7, under 5 free.  2800 E. Observatory Road, Griffith Park, L.A., 213.473.0800  Map U23

SAN ANTONIO WINERY  Complimentary tastings and tour of the only producing winery in L.A., which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Restaurant and wine shop on-site. M-Th 8 am-7 pm; F-Sa 8 am-8 pm; Su 8 am-6 pm.  737 Lamar St., downtown, 323.223.1401  Map G17

IFLY HOLLYWOOD  “Indoor skydiving” via a vertical wind tunnel. Two to four flights per session. Check website for hours. $59.95-$99.95.  Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.985.4359  Map G13

SAN FERNANDO MISSION  1797 mission with museum, archives and gardens. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm. $3-$5, under 7 free.  15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Mission Hills, 818.361.0186  Map north of A1

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SAN GABRIEL MISSION  Mission includes the oldest building (1771) in Southern California. M-Sa 9 am-4:30 pm; Su 10 am-4 pm. $3-$5, under 6 free.  427 S. Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel, 626.457.3035  Map B4

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BATTLESHIP USS IOWA  Former battleship is permanently docked as a floating museum. Continuing exhibit follows the ship’s history through World War II, Korean War and Cold War. Explore the missile decks, bridge, mess areas and captain’s cabin. Daily 10 am-5 pm; last ticket sold at 4 pm. $11.95-$19.95, under 5 free.  Pacific Battleship Center, USS Iowa BB-61, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, 877.446.9261  Map O15

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SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN  Theme park has 17 coasters, plus dozens of rides and attractions for kids and families including world’s tallest, fastest and longest flying coaster, Tatsu, the new virtual-reality coaster the New Revolution and the world’s tallest vertical drop, Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom. Call or visit sixflags.com for hours. $57.99-$82.99, under 3 free.  26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia, 661.255.4100  Map A2 SMORGASBURG  This popular Brooklyn transplant is a “market for food, design, vintage and events,” set on the 5-acre site of the weekday Alameda Produce Market, in downtown’s hip Row DTLA redevelopment complex. Participating local vendors include Amazebowls, Donut Friend, Cheezus and Wanderlust Creamery. Su 10 am-4 pm. Free.  746 Market Court, downtown, la.smorgasburg.com  Map J17 TCL CHINESE THEATRE  Historic, meticulously restored Hollywood movie palace (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) with Imax screen and walkway of stars’ handprints and footprints in the forecourt. Visit tclchinesetheatres.com or call for movie schedule.  6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3331  Map H13 

L.A., Let’s Play! Now on view, experience an exhibition of toys and games spanning the times and cultures of the American West. The fun extends outside with playground games, hands-on activities, and events for the entire family.

UNIVERSAL CITYWALK  Dining, shopping and entertainment promenade includes boutiques such as Fossil and Billabong; new restaurants such as Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Dongpo Kitchen, LudoBird and Voodoo Doughnut; novelty stores such as Magnet Max and Things From Another World; renovated, stateof-the-art Universal Cinema and Imax theater; and simulated skydiving wind tunnel iFly Hollywood. Call for hours.  100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4455  Map U20

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD  Movie-based theme park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and The Walking Dead Attraction are popular recent additions. Other attractions include Transformers: The Ride 3-D; Jurassic Park; Revenge of the Mummy— the Ride; Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and adjacent Super Silly Fun Land; and the Simpsons Ride and its immersive environment, Springfield. Tram studio tour includes Peter Jackson’s King Kong 360 3-D, film and TV sets and the Fast & Furious—Supercharged hydraulic motion-based thrill ride. Call or check universalstudioshollywood.com for hours and prices.  100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377  Map U20

STUDIO TOURS PARAMOUNT PICTURES STUDIO TOUR  Two-hour group tour of Hollywood’s longest-operating and only remaining major studio. Reservations recommended. Tours daily (except some holidays) every half-hour 9:30 am-3 pm. $55; VIP tour $178, under 10 not admitted. 2.5-hour After Dark Tour every 15 minutes F-Sa 7:30-8 pm. $78, under 12 not admitted.  5515 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.1777  Map I14 SONY PICTURES STUDIO TOUR  Two-hour walking tour of working motion-picture studio includes stages where television shows and movies including The Wizard of Oz and Spider-Man were filmed. Reservations, photo ID required. M-W, F 9:30 am-2:30 pm; Th 9:30 am-6 pm. $45, under 12 not admitted. Parking free.  10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.244.8687  Map L11 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD  Legendary studio tour (also see listing under “Attractions”). VIP Experience includes front-of-line privileges, gourmet lunch and other perks. Check universalstudioshollywood.com or call for hours and prices.  100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.3801  Map U20


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ATTRACTIONS WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR HOLLYWOOD  Three-hour tour of working TV and film studio includes backlots, prop warehouse, Stage 48: Script to Screen interactive soundstage, the real Central Perk set, original Batmobiles and observation of filming (when possible). The Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts exhibit is new. Pretty Little Liars: Made Here exhibit runs through Aug. 15. Deluxe tour available. Reservations recommended; photo ID required. Daily 8:30 am-4 pm. $55-$68, under 8 not admitted.  3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 877.492.8687  Map U20

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1IOTA  Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show With James Corden, The Voice and @midnight With Chris Hardwick, as well as special events. Minimum age 16-18, varies by show.  323.417.6550, 1iota.com AUDIENCES UNLIMITED  Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows on CBS, Fox, NBC, Netflix and the CW that are produced in the L.A. area, such as The Big Bang Theory and Fuller House. Minimum age 10-18, varies by show.  818.260.0041, ext. 1, tvtickets.com THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW  Free tickets to taping of comedian’s daytime talk show. Minimum age 14; minors must show photo ID and be accompanied by a parent. Day-of tickets, call before noon; advance tickets, go to ellen.warnerbros.com/tickets.  Warner Bros. Studios, 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.954.5929  Map U20 ON-CAMERA AUDIENCES  Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including America’s Got Talent, Dancing With the Stars and The Price Is Right. Minimum age 12-18, varies by show.  818.295.2700, mytvtickets.com

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MUSEUMS THE ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY  Cultural venue dedicated to digital and print photography. Multimedia studio and retail gallery Skylight Studios is across the park from the photography space. W-Su 11 am-6 pm. Free. Parking $3.50, $1 after 4:30 pm and all day Sa-Su.  2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 213.403.3000  Map J11 AUTRY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST  Museum explores the art, history and cultures of the American West. Houses one of the top U.S. collections of Native American materials. Tu-F 10 am-4 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. $6-$14, under 3 free.  4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.667.2000  Map H14 C

THE BROAD  Museum built by philanthropists and M art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad contains more than 2,000 works of contemporary art. Tu-W 11 am-5 pm; Y Th-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa 10 am-8 pm; Su 10 am-6 pm. Free. Online reservations encouraged.  221 S. Grand Ave., CM downtown, 213.232.6200  Map H16 MY

CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM  Exhibits showcasing the history, culture and art of AfriCY can-Americans, with an emphasis on California and the western United States. Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 11 am-5CMY pm. Free. Parking $12, $15 after 5 pm.  600 State Drive, K Exposition Park, L.A., 213.744.7432  Map M8 CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER  Interactive exhibits for budding scientists; Imax theater. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Permanent gallery, free; admission for other exhibits and Imax varies. Parking $12.  700 Exposition Park Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 323.724.3623  Map K15 CRAFT & FOLK ART MUSEUM  International folk and contemporary craft art. Tu-F 11 am-5 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-6 pm. $5-$7; pay what you can Su, under 10 free.  5814 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.937.4230  Map J13 DISCOVERY CUBE L.A.  71,000-square-foot children’s science center offers traveling and permanent high-tech

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GETTY VILLA  Getty Center’s exquisite coastal counterpart features Etruscan, Roman and Greek antiquities. W-F, Su-M 10 am-5 pm; Sa 10 am-9 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 3 pm. Advance timed tickets required for entry.  17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300  Map K7 GRAMMY MUSEUM  Museum on L.A. Live campus explores music, the creative and recording processes and Grammy Awards history. M-F 10:30 am-6:30 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-6:30 pm. $10.95-$12.95, under 6 free.  800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800  Map I15 HAMMER MUSEUM  UCLA-affiliated museum presents influential traveling shows and installations alongside its permanent collection. Tu-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. Free.  10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000  Map J10 HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM  In the historic Max Factor Building, steps from the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum houses 10,000 authentic showbiz treasures that showcase 100 years of Hollywood’s entertainment industry. W-Su 10 am-5 pm. $5-$15.  1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776  Map H13 HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS  Art, buildings and grounds, with a dozen themed gardens; new dining concepts; a beautiful gallery and an education and visitor center. W-M 10 am-5 pm. $10-$25, under 4 free.  1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2141  Map R21

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JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM  Promotes understanding of ethnic diversity with a focus on the Japanese-American experience. Tu-W, F-Su 11 am-5 pm; Th noon-8 pm. $6-$10, under 5 free, Th 5-8 pm and third Thursday of the month free.  100 N. Central Ave., downtown, 213.625.0414  Map H17 LA BREA TAR PITS AND MUSEUM  Watch paleontologists at work uncovering ice age L.A. Among the main attractions are the ever-bubbling tar pits, which make up the world’s most famous fossil-excavation site. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free.  5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.934.7243  Map J13 LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART  The largest art museum in the western U.S., with diverse, superb collections housed on a 20-acre campus. MTu, Th 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-7 pm. $10-$15, under 18 free.  5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000  Map J13 LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST  The West Coast’s largest archive of Holocaust-era documents, relics and other primarysource materials. Interactive and audiovisual exhibits include “The World That Was” touch-screen table. SaTh 10 am-5 pm; F 10 am-2 pm. Free.  Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. The Grove Drive, L.A., 323.651.3704  Map I12

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SHOPPING MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART  Premier contemporary-art museum housed in three facilities. GA and GC: M, W, F 11 am-6 pm; Th 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. PDC: Tu-F 11 am-5 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-6 pm. GA and GC: $8-$15, under 12 free; free at PDC.  MOCA Grand Avenue (GA), 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown; The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (GC), 152 N. Central Ave., downtown; MOCA Pacific Design Center (PDC), 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 213.626.6222  Map H16, H17, I12 MUSEUM OF FLYING  Exhibits detail the history of flight and the development of the aviation and aerospace industries in Southern California. Two dozen aircraft are on display; theater and screening room. W-Su 10 am-5 pm. $6-$10, under 3 free.  3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 310.398.2500  Map L9 MUSEUM OF JURASSIC TECHNOLOGY  Offbeat venue blends fact and fiction. Th 2-8 pm; F-Su noon-6 pm. $5-$8 suggested donation, under 13 free.  9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.836.6131  Map L11 MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART  Artists of the Americas; Robert Gumbiner Sculpture Garden. W-Su 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-9 pm. $6-$9, under 12 free.  628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, 562.437.1689  Map O6 MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE  Exhibits on prejudice and discrimination, legacy of the Holocaust, humanrights issues and Anne Frank’s life and legacy. Su-F 10 am-5 pm. $11.50-$15.50, under 5 free.  9786 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.553.8403  Map J11 NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY  Thirty-three million objects, from dinosaur fossils to fish. The 3.5-acre Nature Gardens, interactive Nature Lab and Tyrannosaurus rex growth series exhibit are highlights. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free.  900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.3466  Map K15

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NORTON SIMON MUSEUM  Stellar collection of Renaissance to 20th-century masterworks and sculpture garden. M, W-Th noon-5 pm; F-Sa 11 am-8 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. $9-$12; students with photo ID, under 19 free.  411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.6840  Map Q19 PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART  California art and design. W-Su noon-5 pm; third Thursdays noon-8 pm. $5-$7, under 13 free, first Friday and third Thursday (5-8 pm) of the month free.  490 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.568.3665  Map Q20

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SHOPPING BEVERLY CENTER  Trendsetting mall near West Hollywood is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation. It has more than 100 boutiques (Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, True Religion concept store, Uniqlo, Cos) and is anchored by Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.  8500 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.854.0070  Map I12 CITADEL OUTLETS  Assyrian architecture south of downtown stands out along the Golden State (5) Freeway; the center offers discounted clothes from Coach, Guess, H&M, Banana Republic, Levi’s and Converse, to name just a few.  100 Citadel Drive, L.A., 323.888.1724  Map B4 FIGAT7TH  Center features hip eateries such as Loteria Grill, Mendocino Farms, the Melt and Sprinkles Cupcakes, plus shops including City Target, Zara and H&M. Retail M-F 10 am-9 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-7 pm; dining M-F 11 am-9 pm, Sa-Su 11 am-7 pm.  735 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.955.7150  Map H16

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GLENDALE GALLERIA  Family-oriented mall with department stores and boutiques including Bloomingdale’s, Tadashi Shoji, Cotton On, Uniqlo, Zara, Steve Madden and Vans.  100 W. Broadway, Glendale, 818.240.9481  Map U23 THE GROVE  Popular outdoor center is home to 40 shops including Apple, Brandy Melville, Nordstrom and Elizabeth and James and nine restaurants including Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and Ladurée, all in a setting that suggests a grand old downtown. Movie theater, trolley and dancing fountain are draws. Adjacent to Original Farmers Market.  189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 888.315.8883  Map I13 HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND  Home of the Academy Awards’ Dolby Theatre. Tinseltown-themed retail, dining and entertainment center features restaurants, a cinema, high-tech bowling lanes, stores such as Louis Vuitton and Lucky Brand Jeans, a 28,000-square-foot Sweet! candy store and Ohm nightclub.  6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.6412  Map H13

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MALIBU COUNTRY MART  Outdoor center with upscale boutiques including new Paige and Victoire, plus Cie Sparks salon and restaurants such as Taverna Tony and Mr Chow. Malibu Lumber Yard and Malibu Village are adjacent.  3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7300  Map northwest of K7 ONE COLORADO  Quaint outdoor plaza with upscale boutiques such as OSKA, Cop. Copine, Mohawk General Store and Sugarfina, plus iPic Theaters and restaurants including Sushi Roku.  41 Hugus Alley, Old Pasadena, 626.564.1066  Map Q19 PLATFORM  Collection of cult-favorite retailers and restaurants (Magasin, The Edit by Freda Salvador + Janessa Leoné, Velvet, Aesop, Tenoverten, Bird, the Cannibal) curated by Runyon Group in Culver City’s up-and-coming Hayden Tract neighborhood. Next to the Metro Expo Line’s Culver City station.  8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, platformla.com  Map M11 THE POINT  Upscale outdoor South Bay shopping center features trendy retailers including Planet Blue, Prana, Lucky Brand and Madewell; top L.A. eateries (Mendocino Farms, Superba Food + Bread); and fitness destination SoulCycle. They’re all situated around an expansive outdoor plaza.  1850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, 310.414.5280, thepointsb.com  Map L13

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SPAS Gucci, Chloé, Bottega Veneta) and 40 restaurants, including new Water Grill. Concierge at four locations.  3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888  Map E6 SUNSET PLAZA  Upscale row of boutiques and sidewalk cafés is L.A.’s Euro hang. Calypso, Calleen Cordero and H. Lorenzo stores; Ole Henriksen spa and Eden by Eden Sassoon salon.  8600-8700 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.2622  Map H12 THIRD STREET PROMENADE  Pedestrian-only shopping zone includes shops (Zara, Cotton On, Converse, Anthropologie), kiosks and an array of entertaining street performers.  1351 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 310.393.8355  Map L8 TWO RODEO  Center with cobblestones in the heart of Beverly Hills features luxury boutiques including Versace, Lanvin, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co., plus fine-art gallery Galerie Michael and restaurants 208 Rodeo and Urasawa.  9478 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.247.7040  Map J11

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THE VILLAGE AT WESTFIELD TOPANGA  New lifestyle destination across the street from Westfield Topanga shopping center (with trolley service connecting the two) offers trendy retailers (Jonathan Adler, Rent the Runway, Everything But Water), restaurants with alfresco dining, Burke Williams Day Spa, Blushington, Drybar, a yoga studio, a children’s play area and much more.  6250 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, 818.594.8732  Map west of A1 WESTFIELD AT LAX  Travelers flying out of LAX can enjoy some of L.A.’s top retail and dining options curated by Westfield (Fred Segal, MAC Cosmetics, Wolfgang Puck, Spanx, SeaLegs Wine Bar, Porsche Design, Petrossian) available to travelers flying out of LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal, as well as terminals 1, 2, 3 and 6.  380 World Way, L.A., 310.646.1770, westfieldatlax.com  Map O10

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With over 75 destination shops, acclaimed restaurants and independent specialty stores West 3rd Street is the most walkable dining and shopping district in the center of Los Angeles.

Comprised of six connecting blocks between La Cienega Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, West 3rd Street is just moments from The Grove, The Original Farmers Market, The Beverly Center and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

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Aero Shade Co Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P Allan Jeffries Framing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E Area. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E Craft in America Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B Freehand Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B H.D. Buttercup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . V M. Cohen Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Michael Hittleman Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .B New Stone Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B Plastica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B Portola Paints & Glazes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G 2 Pyrrha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E Vintageweave Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U

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Grandpoint Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .N Mercer Vine Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S 4 Orlando Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q uBreakiFix. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q FOOD & DRINK

Belcampo Meat Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K Berri’s Cafe on Third . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P Carmela Ice Cream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U The Churchill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Juice Served Here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Doughboys Cafe & Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S El Carmen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S Electric Karma. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R Goal Sports Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Gusto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P Joan’s on Third . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q The Little Door. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S The Little Next Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S Magnolia Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C Mainland Poke. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Mama’s Secret Bakery & Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Matcha Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T Mercado. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U Pistola . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T Prime Cutts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Quality Food & Beverage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .T Simplethings Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Son of a Gun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Sweet E’s Bakery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G Sweetgreen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K Verve Coffee Roasters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K

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NIGHTLIFE Swiss line. Nestled in the hotel’s tropical gardens, the spa features a couples enclave, steam rooms, marble showers, relaxation room.  701 Stone Canyon Road, L.A., 310.909.1681  Map I10 KATE SOMERVILLE SKIN HEALTH EXPERTS  Hollywood’s favorite facials (try the DermalQuench Oxygen Treatment) are offered in a feminine salon on superexclusive Melrose Place.  8428 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, 323.655.7546  Map I12 OLE HENRIKSEN FACE/BODY SPA  Full-service spa to the stars specializes in face and body care and also offers nail services. Coed steam room.  Sunset Plaza, 8622 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 310.854.7700  Map H12 THE PENINSULA SPA  Rooftop spa with a variety of advanced body, nail and facial treatments, including personalized facial treatments using products by French luxury skin care line Biologique Recherche.  9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 310.975.2854  Map H12 SPA AT BEVERLY WILSHIRE  The spa features an aromatherapy crystal steam room; Natura Bissé, Évolué and Elemis products and services. The Nail Bar offers shellac manicures and pedicures while Pretty Woman plays on a loop.  9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.385.7023  Map J11 SPA DEL REY  The spa at the waterfront Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey has an extensive menu of luxurious, targeted treatments. Spa guests enjoy access to the pool, whirlpool and eucalyptus steam room with a 60-minute service.  4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.574.4356  Map O9 THE SPA AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL LOS ANGELES AT BEVERLY HILLS  Luxury spa with Eastern- and Western-style body treatments, an adjacent Nail Suite and facials such as the DNA Facial and the custom Organic Facial by Tata Harper.  300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.273.4444  Map J11 SPA MONTAGE  The last word in luxury spas, with deluxe services including L.Raphael facials and facilities including dry redwood saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools and a coed mineral pool. Also on-site are Kim Vo Salon, Gornik & Drucker barbershop and fitness facilities.  225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7840  Map J11 THIBIANT BEVERLY HILLS  Skin care doyenne Aida Thibiant founded this spa that has whipped famous faces into shape with European-style facials for nearly four decades. Steam room, steam showers.  449 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.7565  Map I11

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TIKKUN HOLISTIC SPA  Tucked underground in Santa Monica is this traditional Korean spa with contemporary style. Clay room, salt room, ice room, plus sauna, whirlpool, showers.  1460 4th St., Santa Monica, 310.319.1111  Map L8

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NIGHTLIFE 1 OAK  Strikingly seductive, art-filled club from New York.  9039 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.274.2326  Map H12 THE ABBEY  David Cooley’s world-famous gay bar and nightclub. A new concept, the Chapel at the Abbey, is adjacent.  692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.289.8410  Map H12 ARTS DISTRICT BREWING CO.  213 Hospitality’s Arts District brewery and tasting room with classic bar games and food from Neal Fraser’s Fritzi.  828 Traction Ave., downtown, 213.519.5887  Map I17 AVALON HOLLYWOOD  Recently renovated dance club and concert venue with a storied past: It hosted the Beatles’ first West Coast performance. More intimate club Bardot is upstairs.  1735 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.462.8900  Map H14

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NIGHTLIFE BASEMENT TAVERN  Underground speakeasy in a Victorian abode; live music.  The Victorian, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.396.2469  Map M8 BIGFOOT LODGE  Kitschy log-cabin-themed watering hole.  3172 Los Feliz Blvd., L.A., 323.662.9227; Bigfoot West, 10939 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.287.2200  Map northeast of V23, M11 BLIND BARBER  Craft-cocktail-driven speakeasy hidden in the rear of a barbershop.  10797 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.841.6679  Map L11 THE BLIND DONKEY  Impressive roster of premium whiskeys, whiskey cocktails and craft beers, with locations in Old Pasadena and Long Beach. The Long Beach location was featured in La La Land.  53 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.792.1833; 149 Linden Ave., Long Beach, 562.247.1511  Map Q19, N16

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BOOTSY BELLOWS  Nightclub with burlesque shows and other live entertainment.  9229 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.274.7500  Map H12 © 1981 LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

BRACK SHOP TAVERN  Cozy new cocktail pub from the team behind Silver Lake’s Same Same.  525 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.232.8657  Map I16

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LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC DAVID NEWMAN, CONDUCTOR

HOLLYWOOD BOWL ORCHESTRA THOMAS WILKINS, CONDUCTOR ALAN BROADBENT, CONDUCTOR

KCRW’S WORLD FESTIVAL

BREAK ROOM 86  1980s-style bar inside the Line Hotel with karaoke suites and live entertainment.  630 S. Ardmore Ave., L.A., 213.368.3056  Map west of H15 THE BUNGALOW  Seaside cottage-style nightspot with gourmet bites by Fig Restaurant.  The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.8530  Map L8 COVELL  Intimate Los Feliz neighborhood wine bar from Dustin Lancaster, who’s also behind Silver Lake’s L&E Oyster Bar and El Condor.  4628 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.660.4400  Map W23 DOHENY ROOM  Stylish art deco-style bar and lounge from the SBE Group offers a diverse menu by Cleo chef Danny Elmaleh.  9077 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.777.0266  Map H12 THE EDISON  Posh renovated power plant. Get there early. Dress code.  108 W. 2nd St., downtown, 213.613.0000  Map H17 EL REY THEATRE  Hot indie bands play art deco theater on Miracle Mile.  5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.936.6400  Map J13

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GRANDPA JOHNSON’S  Sophisticated art deco lounge.  1638 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A., 323.467.7300  Map H14

PINK MARTINI featuring

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CHINA FORBES & STORM LARGE CHARO

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HARLOWE  Spacious, vintage-glam restaurant and bar.  721 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.876.5839  Map H13 HYDE  SBE lounge with offshoots around the country. Reservations recommended; open during arena concerts and games.  Hyde at Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 323.330.8018  Map I15 LA DESCARGA  Cuban-inspired rum bar. Live band and dance performances. Reservations recommended. Upscale dress code.  1159 N. Western Ave., L.A., 323.466.1324  Map east of H14 LARGO AT THE CORONET  Comedy and music. Tickets needed for shows.  366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.855.0350  Map I12 LAS PERLAS  Festive tequila and mezcal bar with sophisticated cocktails.  107 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.988.8355  Map I16

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BEACHES LAUGH FACTORY  Famed comedy nightclub.  8001 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.656.1336; 151 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, 562.495.2844  Map H12, N16 MELROSE UMBRELLA CO.  Rustic-chic space with creative cocktails and inventive fare. Coffee is also offered during the day.  7465 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.951.0709  Map I12 THE NICE GUY  H.Wood Group’s reservations-only, Italian-inspired restaurant and mixology lounge.  401 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.360.9500  Map I12 NIGHTINGALE PLAZA  SBE’s exclusive new nightclub has a main club room outfitted with state-of-the-art sound technology and lighting, two bars/lounges and an outdoor garden “oasis.”  643 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 323.457.2211  Map I12 NO VACANCY  Gin cocktails and live entertainment in a Victorian boutique hotel.  1727 N. Hudson Ave., Hollywood, 323.465.1902  Map H14 PERCH  Open-air roost in a historic building; indoor cabaret lounge Bar Thirteen is underneath.  448 S. Hill St., downtown, 213.802.1770  Map I16 POUR VOUS  Parisian-inspired Champagne and cocktail salon. Upscale dress code.  5574 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.871.8699  Map I14 SASSAFRAS  Lounge styled as a (stylishly) decaying Savannah town house specializes in barrel-aged cocktails.  1233 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323.467.2800  Map H14 SEVEN GRAND  Whiskey bar with tongue-in-cheek hunt-club decor. Intimate Bar Jackalope hidden in the back features more than 120 premium whiskeys.  515 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.614.0737  Map I16 SKYBAR  Chic open-air roost with a view at the Mondrian hotel. Reservations required.  8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.6025  Map H12 THE SPARE ROOM  Gaming parlor and cocktail lounge with bowling lanes and fancy drinks.  Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.769.7296  Map H13 THE STANDARD DOWNTOWN  Rooftop bar with panoramic city views and a pool, red water beds, a rooftop beer garden and pingpong club Spin.  550 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.892.8080  Map I16 THE STANDARD HOLLYWOOD  Lounge with swinging seats, glowing purple walls.  8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.9090  Map H12 STARK BAR  Alfresco bar at LACMA with handcrafted cocktails and great small plates.  5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6180  Map J13 £10  Pronounced “ten pound,” this whiskey bar in the Montage Beverly Hills specializes in single-malt Scotch whisky from the Macallan.  225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7800  Map J11

“The Official Museum of Hollywood” WHISKY A GO GO  Legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Famer still rocks.  8901 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.4202  Map H12

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BEACHES BELMONT SHORE  Wide and sandy; on-site dog beach.  Along Ocean Boulevard, from 54th Place to Belmont Pier, Long Beach  Map O17

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CABRILLO BEACH  Inside the breakwater it’s a stillwater beach, and on the ocean it’s a surf beach. Public boat-launching ramp on harbor side.  40th Street and Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro  Map O15 DAN BLOCKER BEACH  Sandy, narrow beach draws surfers and divers. Great spot for scuba enthusiasts. Limited free roadside parking.  26000 block of Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu  Map northwest of K9 DOCKWEILER STATE BEACH  Wide expanse of beach near LAX. Bonfires permitted. Beach wheelchairs available.  12501 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey  Map C1 EL MATADOR STATE BEACH  One of the prettiest beaches in L.A. County. Steep stairs lead to 18 acres of narrow, sandy beach with scenic rock formations.  32350 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu  Map northwest of K9 EL PESCADOR STATE BEACH  Stairs lead to 10 acres of narrow, sandy beach.  32900 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu  Map north west of K9 HERMOSA BEACH  Two-mile stretch of beach along Santa Monica Bay with combination bike path/ boardwalk and pier. Metered street parking.  Hermosa Avenue and 33rd Street, Hermosa Beach  Map L13 LEO CARRILLO STATE BEACH  1.5 miles of beach plus tide pools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring. There are two sections of beach along a loop road of a campground.  36000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu  Map northwest of K9 MALIBU LAGOON STATE BEACH  167-acre beach includes Malibu Pier, Malibu Lagoon, Surfrider Beach, the Adamson House and a museum that highlights the area’s history.  23050 and 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu  Map northwest of K9 MALIBU SURFRIDER BEACH  World-renowned surfing area. Swimming areas are limited.  23050 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu  Map northwest of K9 MANHATTAN BEACH  Beach is dotted with beachvolleyball nets and bisected by a pier featuring a small aquarium and a café. Metered street and lot parking. Beach wheelchairs available.  400-4500 The Strand, Manhattan Beach  Map L13 MARINA/MOTHER’S BEACH  Non-ocean-facing beach suited for children and windsurfers. Beach wheelchairs available.  4135 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey  Map N9 NICHOLAS CANYON BEACH  23-acre beach is less crowded than many others in Malibu.  33850 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu  Map northwest of K9

TROUBADOUR  Historic spot books up-and-coming alt-rock and local bands.  9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.276.1158  Map H12

PENINSULA BEACH  Moderate width, sandy.  Along Ocean Boulevard, 54th Place to 72nd Place, Long Beach  Map O17

UPSTAIRS  Sip drinks and enjoy stunning city views atop Ace Hotel, in the historic United Artists Building.  929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233  Map I16

POINT DUME BEACH  Cliffs border the beach, one of the most beautiful along the L.A. coastline.  7103 Westward Beach Road, Malibu  Map northwest of K9

THE VARNISH  The mixing of Prohibition-era cocktails is an art form at this bar in the back of Cole’s diner.  118 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.265.7089  Map I17

REDONDO BEACH  A 1.5-mile beach that runs south of the pier to Torrance Beach.  400-1700 Esplanade, Redondo Beach  Map M13

THE VIPER ROOM  Tiny, nitty-gritty live-music venue.  8852 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.358.1881  Map H12

SANTA MONICA STATE BEACH  Wide, sandy expanses divided by Santa Monica Pier.  100-2900 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica  Map M8

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CATALINA EXPRESS  Year-round boat service to Catalina Island. Up to 30 daily departures from Long Beach, Dana Point, San Pedro. Reservations recommended. Ride Free on Your Birthday program. Call or check website for hours and prices.  800.481.3470, catalinaexpress.com DELISH TOURS  Culinary tour of “hidden gem” restaurants in Venice Beach. Reservations required. F-Su 11 am-2 pm; private tours available and offered daily. $65.  Westminster Avenue and Ocean Front Walk, Venice, 323.412.9077, delishtours.com  Map N9 DODGER STADIUM TOUR  Behind-the-scenes tour allows guests to visit the field and the dugout, walk through the Vin Scully Press Box and more. $15-$20, under 4 free.  1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 866.363.4377  Map G17

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DOWNTOWN ART WALK  Self-guided gallery tour/ party centered on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets. Second Thursday of every month, noon10 pm; lounge open from 6-10 pm. Free.  213.617.4929, ext. 206, downtownartwalk.org  Map I16 GLENDEVON MOTORS  This luxury-car-rental service offers only the best from iconic British brands—latemodel Rolls-Royces, Bentleys and Range Rovers—and offers free pickup and drop-off. Its Drive & Dine experience includes a scenic planned route and a wicker hamper filled with a gourmet picnic.  5550 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 170, Woodland Hills, 818.835.9016, glendevonmotors.com  Map west of A1 HORNBLOWER CRUISES & EVENTS  Dine, dance and take in beautiful harbor views aboard one of Hornblower’s cruises. Dinner and Champagne brunch options.  Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, 888.467.6256, hornblower.com  Map O9

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  Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles’ Takesada Matsutani exhibition. 213.943.1620

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