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FEB. 1-2 115TH GOLDEN DRAGON PARADE & CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL Happy Lunar New Year! Downtown’s historic Chinatown celebrates the arrival of the Year of the Horse with a float-filled parade on Feb. 1, plus two days of cultural performances, live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, a craft beer garden, family-friendly activities and more. p. 87 OPENING FEB. 2 FÚTBOL: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME On the eve of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, this Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition explores the significance of football (that’s soccer to Americans) in societies worldwide. Two room-size video installations anchor the exhibit, which also features works by Andy Warhol and Robin Rhode. p. 96 OPENING FEB. 4 THE BIRTHDAY PARTY Nobel laureate Harold Pinter’s classic play plumbs the complexities of the human condition at Geffen Playhouse. Academy Award winner William Friedkin directs a cast that includes Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, Lie to Me) as Stanley. p. 87
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Forbidden Romance Attraction, desire, heartbreak: The romantic triumvirate takes center stage in Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, an exuberant yet bittersweet Kneehigh Theatre adaptation making its Los Angeles premiere at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The production moves deftly between theater and film to tell the story of a suburban housewife who falls in love with a married doctor over a series of meetings at a railway station tearoom. Here, staid exteriors belie passion and longing within: Which will prevail? Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, this innovative mash-up of Coward’s original one-act play, Still Life, and the screenplay for the 1945 movie Brief Encounter has left audiences “swooning” (to borrow The New York Times’ word) on both sides of the pond. Now, it’s L.A.’s turn. p. 87 NEARBY Pre-show, sip a classic cocktail at The Bar Room at Porta Via (310.274.6534) then order porterhouse
for two at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse (310.385.0640). Dress the part with vintage-inspired pumps from Charlotte Olympia (310.276.1111), Tiffany & Co. pearls (310.273.8880) or a tailored suit from Burberry (310.550.4500).
FEB. 8-9 LOS ANGELES TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW Choose your own adventure at the largest travel show in the western United States, held at the Long Beach Convention Center. More than 400 exhibitors pitch trip-worthy destinations; a culinary stage, zipline and climbing wall entertain guests; and industry pros including Rick Steves and Pauline Frommer share travel tips. p. 87 FEB. 18 CLIPPERS VS. SPURS After trouncing San Antonio in the teams’ first matchup of the regular season, the Chris Paul-less Los Angeles Clippers fell to the Spurs in January. When the teams go headto-head for the third time this season at Staples Center, it’s anybody’s game. p. 88 FEB. 22 MILEY CYRUS Bust out your foam finger and get ready to twerk when pop music’s current enfant terrible brings her Bangerz Tour to Staples Center. Icona Pop, the Swedish duo behind the earworm “I Love It,” opens. p. 87 ALL MONTH TOTEM Cirque du Soleil’s fantastical new touring show continues its limited engagement under the “grand chapiteau” adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier. Atop a stage evoking a giant turtle, acrobats and other gravity-defying performers illustrate the journey of the human species from “its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly.” p. 87 Here for the weekend? Go to WhereLA.com for the Weekend Roundup, where you can get the lowdown on the coolest festivals, performing arts events, dining promotions and more.
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Pre-Show Prix Fixe Lucky you: You’ve scored tickets to a performance at the spectacular new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. But now you’re facing the age-old question for theatergoers: where to dine before the show? With the recent opening of the Montage Beverly Hills’ Wallis Supper Club, patrons of the Wallis have a deliciously convenient option. Only ticketholders may reserve seating in the private, 50-seat alcove restaurant, where they enjoy a three-course, prix-fixe dinner prepared by executive chef Gabriel Ask. Each menu is lightly themed to the evening’s performance, and service is expeditiously timed to deliver guests to the show before curtain-up. If you’re thinking it can’t get any easier, you’re wrong: Guests also enjoy complimentary valet parking and transportation to and from the theater. Add a reservation for a suite at the Montage that night and you’ve got the ingredients for a perfect Beverly Hills weekend. 225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 855.318.1059
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FRESH PICK Dining trends come and go, but one of the hottest of recent years—sustainable fare—seems poised to become the standard. Witness The Wallace, new to downtown Culver City. Here, alongside his general manager/wife, Carol, chef and co-owner Michael Teich prepares seasonal, shareable dishes categorized as “jarred,” “cured,” “vegetable,” “sea” or “land” with hand-selected ingredients that are as conscientiously sourced as they are flavorful. Produce, for example, stems from local farms and seafood choices are deemed “safe and sustainable” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium (think scallops with butternut squash, radicchio, prosciutto and balsamic brown butter). There’s a playful side here, too: At the bar, beverage director Holly Zack shakes and stirs up inventive cocktails with names such as Dream Catcher (vodka, ginger, yellow chartreuse and lime juice). Make ours a double. 3833 Main St., Culver City, 310.202.6400
Food Fabbrica The rebirth of downtown’s arts district as a dining destination continues with the opening of an authentic Italian trattoria, The Factory Kitchen, in the live/work Factory Place Arts Complex. The restaurant’s digs retain elements of their industrial past, such as concrete surfaces, reclaimed wood tables
and garage doors. The food, by contrast, harks back to the refined Italian restaurants where restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi and chef Angelo Auriana earned their chops. On the menu: traditional recipes, prepared with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Among the offerings is a house-made mandilli di seta (hand-
kerchief pasta, ligurian almond basil pesto, fiore sardo), which might be followed by vitello (pan seared veal loin, garden herbs, jus and black truffle sauce) and paired with a barbera or chianti selected by sommelier Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi. 1300 Factory Place, downtown, 213.996.6000
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SWEDE JEANS Since when have the young and hip aspired to add a little Acne to their looks? Since 1997, when a creative collective based in Stockholm gave 100 pairs of its raw five-pocket jeans to family and friends, establishing the brand’s now-global fashion line. The multidisciplinary collective, whose motto is “Ambition to Create Novel Expression” (hence Acne Studios), has finally landed in Los Angeles, choosing arts-minded downtown for its West Coast flagship boutique, the brand’s largest. A 5,000-square-foot space carved out of the historic Eastern Columbia Building offers men’s and women’s denim and edgy pret-a-porter fashions as well as bags, accessories and footwear. There’s also an inhouse Il Caffé, a coffee bar imported from Sweden. 855 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.243.0960
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What do French women do to look so fabulous? They rock threads from the très cool Paris-based brands Maje (350 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, scheduled to open mid-February; 8500 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.360.4888) and Sandro (310 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.281.0083; 8500 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.360.4882). The brands share more than neighborhoods and a corporate parent: They’re designed by sisters and share a similar stylistic DNA, with Maje being the slightly more downtown counterpart to the uptown sophisticate, Sandro (which has a men’s line, too).
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Hypnotherapy room at Ole Henriksen Face/ Body Spa in West Hollywood
Ole-la the tone for the start of our guests’ experience. It’s so important to master the senses immediately upon guests’ arrival.”
Not for nothing is Ole Henriksen (pronounced “oohlah”) called the skin guru to the stars. The Denmark native has been tending some of Hollywood’s most famous faces and bods since he opened his first spa in Beverly Hills in 1975. He offered us the scoop on the treatments most requested by celebs at his West Hollywood haven, Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa (8622 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.854.7700). THE TREATMENT: Hydrotherapy Soak THE STAR CLIENTS: Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi
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THE TREATMENT: Hot Stone and Deep Tissue Combination Massage THE STAR CLIENTS: Katy Perry, Hugh Jackman
“This treatment required very intensive training, and it’s traditionally a difficult modality to master. We use 54 hot stones uniquely used and placed on the body.” THE TREATMENT: Ole Henriksen Head to Toe Spa Ritual THE STAR CLIENTS: Kate Beckinsale, Paris Hilton
“Everyone loves to feel clean with baby-fresh skin. Think of this treatment as a nurturing facial but over your entire body. [It’s meant] not only to help with circulation and relaxation but also to detoxify
and to give your entire body that beautiful glow.” THE TREATMENT: 8-Step Purifying Complexion Treatment THE STAR CLIENTS: Charlize Theron, Lisa Kudrow
In the quest for a youthful appearance, we submit to treatments that might seem extreme, injections, incisions and chemical concoctions of mysterious origin among them. By comparison, slathering our faces with 24k gold— all the rage in anti-aging skin care these days—sounds decidedly more pleasurable and infinitely more glamorous. Enter Orogold, new to the Glendale Galleria, which offers a range of targeted skin-care products from collagen-building serums to bio-brightening masks to mousse foundations, all formulated with the precious metal and costing $58 to $1,500. According to the company, their formulation helps improve the skin’s firmness and elasticity while minimizing the effects of aging as well as sun and environmental damage. You’ll have to judge for yourself whether the products are your fountains of youth, but who can deny the allure of a little bling in your balm? 100 W. Broadway, Glendale, 818.409.0995
“Based on my own personal experience with cystic acne, this treatment targets just that. It’s also highly customizable because guests may be experiencing a multitude of concerns.” THE TREATMENT: Advanced HydraDermabrasion Experience THE STAR CLIENTS: Daniel Craig, Amy Adams, Mark Wahlberg, Shakira
“This treatment is a step above IPL for skin rejuvenation. I am a huge advocate for proper exfoliation. The diamond tip [microdermabrasion wand] really rejuvenates the skin and allows for deep penetration of our skin-care products.”
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RICHIE RICHES Nicole Richie has come a long way since her days as Paris Hilton’s sidekick on the reality show The Simple Life. Since then, Richie, daughter of music icon Lionel, has forged her own path, establishing herself not only as a fashion force to be reckoned with on the red carpets, but in the design realm, too. Her first line, House of Harlow 1960, made its debut in 2009 with a collection of bold statement-making jewelry pieces, large paparazzi-proof sunglasses and exotic skin bags and shoes. In 2010, her more ethereal line, Winter Kate, followed in its footsteps. One year later, the diminutive mother of two made a triumphant return to television as a judge for both seasons of NBC’s reality show Fashion Star. This spring, she officially launches House of Harlow 1960’s ready-to-wear line, which previously appeared in the form of a capsule collection. “The collection really is reflective of the way I like to dress,” explains the L.A. native. “It’s relaxed but with a lot of detail-oriented design elements, and it’s very easy to wear. There’s a carefree vibe that I love, especially for spring/summer dressing.” Wallets at the ready! —Lesley McKenzie
Why did you decide to branch into clothing for House of Harlow? We have such loyal fans for the brand’s accessories, so it felt like the natural next step to offer ready-to-wear. We wanted to tell the full story of the brand by offering something to pair back to the accessories, for a complete head-to-toe look. From where do you draw your design influences? For the debut spring/summer 2014 collection, we were very much influenced by the eclectic European style of the 1920s, and the 1960s and ‘70s. So there’s a bit of a vintage feel that makes the styles feel classic and timeless. What will we see you wearing from the spring collection? Definitely the silk pieces. There is a great pair of silk overalls that I can’t wait to throw on. I love the cropped tanks, too—they’re clean and simple with a tailored, structured design.
When can we expect to see a kids line? Hopefully soon. I’d love to keep growing the line to incorporate other categories. You’ll just have to stay tuned! Who do you consider your personal style icon? My mother; she was fearless in her fashion choices. What is your fashion mantra? Take risks. What are some of the stores you like to shop at in Los Angeles? Barneys, and for vintage finds, I love Decades. Where do you like to get pampered on a day off? The Argyle at Sunset Tower Hotel. I like their hot stone massage. DETAILS Argyle Salon & Spa Sunset Tower Hotel, 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.623.9000 Barneys New York 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.276.4400 Decades 8214 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.655.1960
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For a camera-ready close-up, turn to the eyelash genies at the LashDip studio in José Eber’s Beverly Hills salon. Here, an expertly trained technician employs baby-fine silk lash inserts to create covetable, customized lashes. Whether you’re looking to go big with long, fluttery lashes, or simply enhance your natural look, LashDip’s semi-permanent extensions and waterproof coating are a gentle, lasting option. In the mood for more oomph? Turn to the brand’s new makeup line, featuring colored mascaras and Swarovski crystal embellishments, designed for use over the extensions. Applications range from $200 to $300. 360 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.858.4000
BEST Brow SHAPER For serious brow wow, head to Kelley Baker Brows. Venicebased Kelley Baker has tweezed her way to the top of the beauty world. Boasting a client base that has included Kelly Rowland and Jaime Pressly, Baker and her team sculpt eyebrows according
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All treatments are based upon the studio’s namesake potent, all-natural product line, including the signature facial contouring; the spa touts it as an alternative to cosmetic surgery. Expect a full-face workout during this massage, which tones and tightens the visage while draining lymph nodes. Opt for the RedCarpet Radiance Treatment, which includes contouring, oxygen spray and LED therapy. 80 minutes, $175. 425 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310.458.3800
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to face shape from the comforts of her petite Abbot Kinney Boulevard salon. Maintain your brows with Baker’s eponymous makeup line, including a must-have eyebrow highlighter. Brow-shaping starts at $45. 1636-38 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.314.2769
BEST Facial Celebs swear by Santa Monica’s Arcona Studio, which has been keeping fans aglow since 1989.
Pamper your inner celebrity at the spa at the iconic Sunset Marquis hotel, Los Angeles’ most renowned A-lister haven. Privacy is top of mind at this historic 50-year-old property, where each of four lavish treatment rooms comes equipped with a locker room and cascading shower. Slip into the lap of luxury with the Rock Star Body Tune, complete with a hot-stone body treatment and head massage, topped off with a shot of Scotch. 80 minutes, $220. 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, 310.358.3700
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Once again, awards season is upon us and red carpets are being rolled out across town. But the big-screen players aren’t the only ones deserving of accolades. Herewith, we round up the most noteworthy fashion and beauty players around town to primp and prime you for your own red-carpet moment. And the awards go to ...
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Jennifer Lawrence (right) and Kristin Chenoweth on the red carpet at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood
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As the co-host of E!’s Fashion Police and a celebrity stylist, George Kotsiopolous has an eye for all things fabulous. Just in time for awards season, he channeled his expertise into his book Glamorous by George: The Key to Creating Movie-Star Style (Abrams Image), out now. Here, he divulges his go-to spots for guys across town.
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“Brooks Brothers (310.274.4003) on Rodeo Drive has something for every man, from superskinny fits to more traditional sizing. ... It’s one-stop shopping.” “George Esquivel (714.670.2200) makes gorgeous shoes. They are classic with a twist, varying from slight to extreme. ... The old adage is true: You can tell a lot [about] a man from his shoes.” “Barneys New York (310.276.4400) in Beverly Hills has a great selection of accessories ... from Prada, [Alexander] McQueen, Band of Outsiders, Lanvin, Dries van Noten and Paul Smith.” “The Gap Factory Store (323.720.4144) at Citadel Outlets for white shirting. Great quality, great price and let's face it—white shirts get trashed so quickly, there is no reason to spend a fortune.” “The Art of Shaving (424.777.4140) on Brighton in Beverly Hills is really a barber spa, which is great because you can [get] pretty much any treatment ... in a very manly, yet incredibly elegant environment.”
BEST HairSTYLISTS To tame your mane, look no further than the dream team of Johnny Ramirez and Anh Co Tran, partners in Beverly Hills’ Ramirez Tran Salon. Celebrity colorist Ramirez has earned major industry cred for his ability to create natural-looking, sunkissed California tresses and color-correct damaged hair. Stylist Co Tran’s scissors have worked their magic on luminaries including Brooke Shields, Vera Wang, Kevin Costner and Aubrey Plaza. Score appointments with this formidable duo for a gamechanging hair experience. Color starts at $150; cut with Anh $300. 8912 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.724.8167
For this season’s most coveted looks, head to the Grove’s members-only boutique StyleHaus, where an in-house team of stylists is on hand to customize your own show-stopping look. Membership benefits include a personal style consultation for which results will be kept on file for future pulls and clothing requests. Need a gown in a hurry? Not to worry. A personal stylist will make selections based on your preferences and send them to your location. Prices vary. 189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 323.655.5900
BEST Workout Move over, Bikram yoga. Things are really heating up in the fitness world with the arrival of the first U.S. Iobella studio in Santa Monica. Developed in Argentina, the method entails exercises with pulleys in pods heated to the body’s natural temperature of 98 degrees Fahrenheit. Results include toning and conditioning as well as strengthening of the immune system. Thirty-minute workouts at the women-only spa are followed by downtime in a private oxygenated lounge. $150 per session. 507 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.579.2078
BEST Personal Shopper In the immortal words of Clueless’ Cher Horowitz: “Do you prefer ‘fashion victim’ or ‘ensembly challenged’?” Employ the assistance of LaLaLuxe founder and luxury lifestyle expert Nicole Pollard and neither label will apply to you. In-the-know Pollard whisks you off to Elyse Walker’s Pacific Palisades fashion emporium to help select a hard-to-find J. Mendel or Alexander McQueen stunner. Or, you might head to Des Kohan to pick up the latest ethereal Juan Carlos Obando gowns, then to Jimmy Choo for sexy stilettos. Celebrity tailor Paul Fox is on Pollard’s speed dial to ensure that gowns fit like a glove. Shopping trips start at $400. lalaluxe.com
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The LashDip Suite inside the José Eber Salon in Beverly Hills. Below: Johnny Ramirez of Ramirez Tran Salon in Beverly Hills. Below right: Nicole Pollard of LaLaLuxe
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ANITA PATRICKSON When it comes to fashion experts, Anita Patrickson is one of our mainstays. Styling the likes of Emma Watson and shoots for Target are all in a day’s work for this pro, who shares her go-to spots for glamourous clothing and accessories. “In my mind, Monique Lhuillier (323.655.1088) is your one-stop shop. Not only is Monique one of the front-runners in red-carpet fashion, she now has the most gorgeous shoes as well! Her store on Melrose Place is divine.” “The Christian Louboutin (310.247.9300) store is synonymous with celebrities, glamour and the red carpet. They have every shape, color and style imaginable. Don’t forget your pedicure and your gel foot petals for comfort!” “Judith Leiber (available at Neiman Marcus, 310.550.5900) is the queen of clutches! I always like to choose the clutch last, after the shoes, jewelry and dress [are] decided.” “Decades (323.655.1960) is becoming a staple on the L.A. boutique circuit. The secret, however, is the upstairs room of this vintage store where all the red-carpet pieces are housed.”
Red-carpet beauty Jessica Chastain in Armani at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood.
“Located on La Cienega, Neil Lane (310.275.5015) is what red carpet dreams are made of. All over the wall are pictures of celebs winning Oscars in Neil’s fabulous diamonds. ... They have an amazing collection of vintage and one-off pieces.”
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Legends of the silver screen shopping arm-in-arm have always been part of the scene in Downtown Burbank. You are invited to mirror their footsteps with your very own romantic getaway in the heart of where dreams are made. Before or after a TV taping or studio tour, disappear into Downtown Burbank's one-of-kind shops and patio restaurants. Take in a movie at the AMC 16. Rub shoulders with the stars and experience this celebrity enclave at its most starry-eyed!
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FLAPPERS COMEDY CLUB 102 E Magnolia Boulevard
Comedian Kira Soltanovich headlines a hilariously romantic Valentine's Day Date Night dinner and show on February 14 at 7pm and 9pm. Tickets are $99 per couple and include dinner for two, a bottle of wine, and a rose for the ladies. www.ﬂapperscomedy.com
COLONY THEATER 555 N 3rd Street
The Colony’s spring season includes Sex and Education by Lissa Levin starring Stephanie Zimbalist. For tickets, please visit www.colonytheatre.org. Show runs through March 16.
310 N San Fernando Boulevard
Offering unique specials and familiar favorites, Chadaka Thai is an elegant venue for parties with a bar featuring delectable martinis, cocktails, beers, wines and sakes.
GRANVILLE CAFÉ 121 N San Fernando Boulevard
Voted Burbank’s Most Romantic Restaurant by the Burbank Leader, Granville Café is the ideal date destination. Start your evening with a Tipsy Lemonade martini and savor the famous Uptown Mac and Cheese. It’ll be love at ﬁrst sight!
CRYSTAL VIEW LOUNGE 150 E Angeleno Avenue
For a New York-style metropolitan experience, check out the Crystal View Lounge on the 18th ﬂoor of the Holiday Inn. You'll enjoy breathtaking panoramic views and an eclectic mix of cocktails in a sleek contemporary setting.
RA ORGANIC SPA 119 N San Fernando Boulevard
Valentine’s Weekend will turn lavish with roses throughout the spa, a chocolate fountain, complimentary chocolate-covered fruits, champagne, juices and snacks. Check out the Ra 2 Spa Package for couples!
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Herbivoracious FINALLY, THERE ARE GREAT FINE-DINING OPTIONS FOR VEGETARIANS (AND THE CARNIVORES WHO LOVE THEM). by KATIE McCARTHY
in the not-too-distant past, following a vegetarian mushrooms atop artichoke leaves. Other highlights or vegan diet entailed having extremely limited, boring, include flaky kale spanakopita with a molten hot, fluffy often tasteless options when eating at fine restaurants. center and tomato-harissa dipping sauce as well as a Too often these diners would get stuck with plain green trio of "crab" cakes, which mimic the texture and fromsalads and simply sauced pastas while the carnivorous the-sea brininess of crab with macerated hearts of palm. folks around them had many more—and more excitWhile it's one of the world's most healthful cuisines, ing—dishes to choose from. Japanese food as it's consumed in the U.S. relies heavily But much has changed, and there’s never been a on animal proteins: sushi, grilled meats, udon or ramen better time to find great plant-based dining in L.A. than in meat stocks. Even miso soup is made with flakes of Peewee potato salad now—something that animal-rights group PETA (Peodried bonito (a type of fish). However, most Americans and (opposite) artichoke “oysters” from ple for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) recognized aren't familiar with shojin-ryori, the vegan or vegetarian Crossroads Kitchen on when it recently named Los Angeles the third most vegBuddhist diet eaten in Japan. Shojin, which has a location Melrose Avenue an-friendly city in the nation. Beyond the plentiful vegan downtown and recently arrived in Culver City, re-creates fast-casual options in town, there are now many upscale restaurants Japan's nonvegetarian favorites in the shojin style. Spicy tuna on crispy serving plant-based cuisine so innovative and tasty that even nonvegrice, a dish popularized at the legendary Katsu-ya in Studio City, is made etarians regard these places as dining destinations. Additionally, chefs at the downtown restaurant with spicy tofu and organic brown rice at some traditional fine restaurants are becoming more conscientious instead of white. Other items include pan-fried seitan seasoned with about making the vegetarian and vegan dining experience a special one. garlic tamari soy sauce and a range of whimsically named veggie sushi The premier upscale vegan restaurant in L.A. is undoubtedly Melrose rolls, including Purple Treasure (a fried tempeh and avocado cut roll with Avenue's Crossroads Kitchen. With its espresso hardwood floors, soft fried eggplant, chili and sweet miso on top). The downtown location tufted banquettes and faceted Edison bulb chandeliers, it's nothing also offers a selection of veggie ramen bowls that get a healthy Califorlike the stereotypical crunchy, New Age-y vegan restaurant. Chef Tal nia twist with slices of avocado and wilted kale. (Gluten-sensitive diners, Ronnen is a longtime vegan and began cooking to make up for the lack rejoice: Most dishes are gluten-free, and are noted as such.) of fine plant-based food he encountered in his own life. "I decided to Shojin isn't the only local restaurant to take an exotic cuisine and pursue a career as a chef out of sheer frustration of not being satisfied make it vegan. Humble Rahel is the sole restaurant in L.A.'s Little with being served steamed vegetables as entrees when dining out," Ethiopia whose menu is entirely plant-based. In a spartan dining room, he says. Ronnen counts a number of vegan celebrities as fans, includgroups of diners share generously spiced wots (stews) made with an ing Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, but believes that his food is array of steamed vegetables and legumes—zucchini, chickpeas, onions, most popular with mainstream diners. "I would say 90% of our guests lentils. Dine American-style over white tablecloths with silverware, or are not vegan or vegetarian," he says. "They are there because they're go authentic by eating with your hands, scooping up each bite with a interested in reducing their meat consumption and don't want to sacripiece of injera, a flat, spongy, sour bread. The restaurant also encourfice a good dining experience." ages gursha, in which companions eat over the same large plate; tradiRonnen's accessible Mediterranean menu includes many dishes tionally, they also hand-feed bites of food to one another. that reference nonvegan comfort-food favorites—for instance, tortelNot being able to work with animal products could be limiting for loni filled with almond cheese and oven-dried tomatoes and sauced in even a talented chef. But what if he were to eschew his oven as well? At nondairy spinach cream. Tree-nut cheeses figure heavily in Ronnen's M.A.K.E. in Santa Monica, raw-cuisine master Matthew Kenney heats cuisine; in fact, the chef helped create a brand of nut cheeses, Kite Hill, none of his dishes above 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The two-time James which can be ordered from the menu or a to-go counter at Crossroads. Beard Award nominee worked many traditional restaurant kitchens, A platter arrives with a dill, truffle and chive cheese, which gets most including his own Matthew's in New York City, before joining the rawof its flavor from the herbs and is spongy in texture. However, an aged volution. "I was introduced to raw food, reluctantly, by a friend in New almond macadamia White Alder cheese is convincingly dense, with a York about 10 years ago," he remembers. "I had no idea what to expect, brie-like bloomy rind. His creative artichoke "oysters" are hugely popuand left the restaurant with a clear understanding that my role and paslar: kelp caviar, dollops of yellow tomato béarnaise and crunchy oyster sion as a chef was to bring together culinary art and health." Kenney
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PLANTS ON THE PLATE
Acabar 1510 N. Stanley Ave., Hollywood, 323.876.1400 Allumette 1320 Echo Park Ave., Echo Park, 213.935.8787 Crossroads Kitchen 8284 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.782.9245 Elf Cafe 2135 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park, 213.484.6829 Hatfield's 6703 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.935.2977 M.A.K.E. Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place Suite 333, Santa Monica, 310.394.7046 MĂŠlisse 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.395.0881 Mohawk Bend 2141 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park, 213.483.2337 N/Naka 3455 S. Overland Ave., Palms, 310.836.6252 Patina 141 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3331 Rahel 1047 S. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.937.8401 Red Medicine 8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 323.651.5500 Shojin 333 S. Alameda St., Suite 310, downtown, 213.617.0305; 12406 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.390.0033
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with bits of bacon and served with a side of almond-honey butter. But utilizes kitchen technologies such as dehydrators and thermal immerBecerra embraces his vegetarian clientele with a designated menu of sion circulators to prepare his dishes at lower temperatures, ensuring plant-based offerings, which is hardly a concession for this produce-lovmaximum preservation of essential nutrients and enzymes. ing culinarian. "One of my greatest cooking influences comes from the Although M.A.K.E.'s setting is informal—it's inside the Market, Santa farmers and families that grow our foods," he says. "Without them, my Monica Place's answer to San Francisco's Ferry Building, and surroundpalette is dull. Fruits and vegetables are the cornerstone of my cuisine." ed by charming shops and carts selling gifts and foodstuffs—it has all the Becerra offers a 10-item vegetarian menu that takes a couple of trappings of a fine restaurant. The chic wood-paneled dining room and meat-y items from the regular menu and thoughtfully tweaks them Kenney's elevated New American cooking style are completely atypical for the herbivores in the house. A pair of steamed Chinese bao buns, of the traditional mall dining experience. It's one of those vegetarian reswhich on the regular menu are filled with pork belly, are folded in half taurants that occupies the stratum just under fine dining, similar to the like tacos and stuffed with a spicy, toothsome blend of sauteed foraged stylish Mohawk Bend and petite Elf Cafe, both in Echo Park. mushrooms, onion relish and kumquats. The prime 32-ounce côte de In spite of the limitations of raw cuisine, Kenney's wealth of experibeouf on the traditional menu becomes côte de cauliflower on the ence and intelligent use of kitchen gadgets combine to produce some vegetarian menu: a head of cauliflower grilled with chili and lime with a extremely innovative results. The standout on a plate of tree-nut side of turmeric carrots. And if you're a lacto-vegetarian, flip over your cheeses is Kenney's cheddar, which has the deliciously sharp taste of the menu: There are dozens of artisanal cheeses on offer. real thing and is served with fennel crackers. His tomato lasagna—with A preoccupation with fine cheese and sensitivity to vegetarians are zucchini ribbons, macadamia ricotta, red pepper marinara, pistachio things that Becerra might share with chef Josiah Citrin, whose epic pesto and basil—bursts with fresh, bright flavors. Kelp noodles served cheese cart presentation is a highlight of dining at Mélisse. The Santa with mushrooms and snap peas are perfectly al dente, even if their flavor Monica restaurant is perhaps one of the county's finest restaurants; is overpowered by a heavy sprinkling of black pepper. One of Kenney's when Michelin began publishing its short-lived L.A. dining guide in most popular dishes is the pungent kimchi dumplings, encapsulated in a 2008, it was one of only three restaurants in town to earn two stars. brilliantly conceived dough made from dehydrated coconut puree. (None received three stars.) "We’ve served a vegetarian tasting menu But what if your party is composed of vegetarians and nonvegetarsince I opened Mélisse almost 15 years ago," says Citrin. "People often ians—and neither group is willing to compromise? A select group of come to Mélisse for special occasions, and I’ve always said that those fine restaurants excel at accommodating both types of diners. Rather who dine with us and have specific diet restrictions deserve to have just than simply throwing in a token vegetarian entree, or lazily compiling as incredible of an experience as they would should they had come in a list of vegetable-based options from the regular menu, these chefs with no restrictions at all." The vegetarian tasting menu he crafted with seem interested in ensuring that both herbivores and carnivores are chef de cuisine Ken Takayama might begin with kuri squash velouté treated to a full and interesting dining experience. before a baked Okinawa yam stuffed with toasted buckwheat seeds, The aforementioned shojin style of Japanese cuisine predated porcini mushroom butter and créme fraîche and a hearty cassoulet. The kaiseki-ryori, small vegetarian dishes that were originally enjoyed with aforementioned selection of artisanal cheeses and a choice of dessert tea by Kyoto's upper class. N/Naka chef Niki Nakayama shares the art ensure the meal ends on a high note. of kaiseki in her elegant, unmarked restaurant in the L.A. neighborhood Hatfield's, spearheaded by chef Quinn Hatfield and his wife, pastry of Palms. Though today's kaiseki chefs typically utilize meat and fish, chef Karen Hatfield, has long offered a four-course, pre-fixe option for Nakayama also serves a vegetarian version of her gorgeously preherbivores featuring three rotating seasional dishes; one thoughtful sented, 13-course modern kaiseki menu. For the suimono (essentially, example is a wild-mushroom-and-buckwheat crêpe filled with proteinsoup) course, the vegetarian gets a bowl of matsutake mushrooms packed wheatberries and marinated beets. They also get to choose one in their own broth while her meat-eating companion gets a bowl of of Karen's heavenly desserts. A favorite is her sugar-and-spice beignets sea bream in bamboo broth. For the mushimono (steamed) course, with Venezuelan chocolate fondue plus a shot-size milkshake in flavors the carnivore enjoys Horsehair crab with Jidori chicken egg, while the such as Earl Grey or ginger. Likewise, Patina downtown has come to be herbivore dines on soft Japanese turnips with shaved white truffles. known for its flesh-heavy fare—particularly game, such During the niku (meat) course, the veggie diner might as a saddle of Millbrook Farms venison with roasted instead get abura-age (tofu) oozing with mochi, sizzling beets and Medjool dates—but the restaurant also offers over a bowl of charcoal. Nakayama says that tailoring a six-item vegetarian tasting. kaiseki for the vegetarian is a welcome challenge. “In In addition to these restaurants with designated vegJapanese cuisine, vegetables have always been widely etarian menus, there are many more venues that are celebrated because it’s reflective of the seasons and sensitive to herbivores. Acclaimed restaurants such as nature that surrounds us." molecular-gastronomy-inclined Red Medicine and the At new Acabar in Hollywood, there is plenty to satiate yearling Allumette in Echo Park are examples of resa meat-eating crowd on chef Octavio Becerra's eclectic taurants whose chefs will devise a menu of vegetarian menu, which was influenced by French fare and the Bao with foraged mushoptions with a few days' notice. Vegetarians might be cuisines along the "spice trail." Savory braised lamb is rooms at Acabar in Hollywood. Opposite: King accustomed to getting the short end of the dinner menu, added to the crispy risotto in the arancini, and the addicOyster mushroom salad at but in L.A., it no longer has to be that way. tive "porn bread" (house-made cornbread) is packed M.A.K.E. in Santa Monica
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Beverly Hills BEVERLY HILLS IS A LUXURY LOVER’S MECCA: DESIGNER SHOPPING, FINE DINING, MANSIONS. CENTURY CITY, WESTWOOD AND CULVER CITY ARE POCKETS WITH THEIR OWN DRAWS.
➺It’s only five square miles, but Beverly Hills looms large in pop culture as a posh locale that boasts The Mansions
The launch of Beverly Hills’ glamorous reputation dates to the early 20th century, when the then-new Beverly Hills Hotel ushered in a frenzy of movie-star mansionbuilding in the hills north of Sunset Boulevard. Today, the population of 35,000 is more economically diverse than Tinseltown might suggest. Nonetheless, the triumvirate of Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel-Air still attracts its share of famous residents, including the Stefani-Rossdale and Beckham families. Hop on the Beverly Hills Trolley Tour or book ahead with Starline Tours to see notable homes in the ‘hood, along with other local landmarks packed into the city’s nearly six square miles. Among the more storied and oft-filmed estates nestled in the hills is the 19th-century English Revivalstyle Greystone Mansion & Park, 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. Céline and Rolex each recently opened flagships on Rodeo, reminding retailers that 90210 is still the most prestigious ZIP code in the States. Ascend the Italian-esque side street to Tiffany & Co., perched atop Two Rodeo. Pause for the quintessential Beverly Hills snapshot before continuing on to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (of Pretty Woman fame) at the south end of Rodeo. Continuing west, pass Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and 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 square feet of red carpet annually to host the Golden Globe Awards.
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 three of the entertainment business powerhouses based here. Witness fierce negotia-
tions and wooing over three-martini lunches at Scarpetta at the Montage Beverly Hills and newly revamped Spago across 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 new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which transforms the historic Beverly Hills Post Office into an entertainment destination.
Heading west from Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Boulevard, you enter the 0.3-squaremile modern acropolis of Century City. International Creative Management and Creative Artists Association are located here, as is a Fox Studio lot and countless legal, financial, entertainment and hospitality firms. But those outside the biz won’t be excluded. Just past Avenue of the Stars, you hit the upscale Westfield Century City shopping center, with luxury boutiques and dining venues to rival those of Beverly Hills. Nearby on Constellation Boulevard, epicures are drawn to Craft,
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more mansions than any other area of L.A. County, not to mention the world’s most notorious ZIP code. Rodeo Drive, perhaps the world’s most famous shopping street, offers virtually every label worth its logo.
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NEW IN TOWN Charlotte Olympia
The British designer of vertiginous pumps and wedges launches her first West Coast boutique. 474 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.276.1111
Upscale women’s clothing boutique records your purchases in a digital database. 427 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.276.8200
Lauded sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa opens a bar serving 20-course omakase feasts inside Sugarfish. 212 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.276.6900
The premier spinning gym includes a boutique and Soul Listening Bar. 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.675.7685
Prada boutique on North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Opposite, from left: Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City; 208 Rodeo restaurant in Beverly Hills
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The pedestrian-friendly Westwood Village features independent shops and cafes among its Mediterranean Revival and art deco buildings.
Bruin Theatre in Westwood
from Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, and new 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.
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 of Cultural History and the outdoor Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden in the north campus, the planetarium on the south campus and the seven-acre Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens (100 Stein Plaza Driveway). The Hammer Museum is nearby and houses works by Degas and Rembrandt as well as contemporary works and installations. Paid parking is available in UCLA lots and structures throughout the 419-acre campus.
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Just south of the campus, the pedestrianfriendly Westwood Village features independent shops and cafes among its Mediterranean Revival and art deco buildings, as well as two landmark movie theaters at the intersection of Broxton and Weyburn avenues: the 1936 marquee-wrapped Bruin Theatre, and the Fox Theater across the street. Built circa 1931, the Fox Theater is a favorite for movie premieres and thus prime star-spotting territory. Another don’t-miss venue is the award-winning Geffen Playhouse, located on LeConte Avenue in one of the oldest buildings in Westwood.
Covering five square miles about four miles southeast of Westwood, Culver City has benefited from a polish in the past few years, and now boasts a thriving downtown. The Kirk Douglas Theatre and the Ivy Substation, home to the Actors’ Gang, bookend
the downtown area and stage excellent live productions throughout the year. Traveling east on Washington Boulevard, don’t miss the sprawling 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. At the intersection of Washington and National boulevards is one end of the Expo Line, a Metro light rail that traverses from Culver City to Exposition Park and the University of Southern California to downtown. Hollywood gets all the attention, but it’s Culver City that claims the official motto “The Heart of Screenland.” In 1915, Ince/Triangle Studios, today Sony Pictures Studios, opened at 10202 W. Washington Blvd. Classics including The Wizard of Oz would eventually be filmed on the lots of the movie studio. (News reports of the time indicate that the “Munchkins” partied hard during their stay at the Culver Hotel.) The stately Thomas H. Ince Studio opened in 1918. Today, Culver City’s screen culture is still going strong, with the TV series Arrested Development among the productions filmed at Culver Studios, and the Spider-Man franchise among the hits produced on the historic lots at Sony. Fully experience Culver City’s screen heritage by taking a studio tour at Sony. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see pages 116–117.
/ good on paper
Copper Willow Paper Studio. The stationery shop in Culver City prints greeting cards, note sets and other paper goods in-shop using nearly century-old, castiron presses. Owners Jill Velez and Leora Mauck design their own calligraphy, and then use the presses by hand to deeply engrave it into the soft paper, creating textured keepsakes for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and other special events. Cards are simple, with an emphasis on wordplay. Shoppers can also find gift tags, ribbons, twine, place cards, napkins and other accessories for the big dates on their calendars. 8530-B Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.836.6004, copperwillow.com —Kelsey Kloss
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➺The designs may be cute and contemporary, but the technique is antique at
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Santa Monica SANTA MONICA HAS THE APPROACHABLE VIBE OF A BEACH TOWN WITH THE ATTRACTIONS OF A MAJOR CITY. MALIBU, VENICE AND MARINA DEL REY ARE APPEALING OPTIONS NEARBY.
➺In the 1800s, a real estate agent called Santa Monica “the Zenith City by the Sunset Sea.” The 21st-century Third Street + the Pier
Third Street Promenade, three pedestrianonly blocks on 3rd Street between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard, is perpetually teeming with people. Visitors can hit dozens of boutiques, watch movies at three cinemas or gawk at the myriad street artists. If they don’t refuel at the many eateries along 3rd, visitors can venture to the surrounding blocks to Tinga 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 and a top-level Dining Deck with a food court, upscale restaurants and a gourmet marketplace. East on Broadway is the legendary Fred Segal, an emporium of high-end shops on each side of 5th Street. Santa Monica Pier, built in 1909, is at the end of Colorado Avenue and features Pacific Park, a miniamusement park with food stands and rides, including a solar-powered, LED-lit Ferris wheel.
More Hot Blocks
Compared to the hustle and bustle of Third Street Promenade, Montana Avenue is downright tranquil. Between 6th and 17th streets are plenty of independent boutiques, including Aura and Roseark. Father’s Office, known for its stellar burger, Locanda Portofino and R+D Kitchen are tops for dining; dessert lovers might venture to Sweet Lady Jane for its famous cakes, adored by celebs. Just minutes south of downtown Santa Monica, Main Street is a quieter destination that still retains Santa Monica’s beachyupscale vibe. The long stretch between Pico Boulevard and Rose Avenue contains a number of galleries, restaurants, British pubs and boutiques (mostly femme-friendly) such as Casmaine and Paris 1900. The California Heritage Museum is in a transplanted Victorian-era home, as is the Victorian, adjacent to the museum, which features a cool downstairs speak-easy, Basement Tavern.
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. As L.A. has emerged as a fine-arts capital, the campuslike Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave.) has become an important destination. It’s home to 30 galleries, the Santa Monica Museum of Art and a cafe.
Twenty 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 celebrity-home central continues today. Much of Malibu’s best destinations are visible from PCH, such as the many restaurants with ocean views, from the supercasual (Malibu Seafood) to the upscale (Geoffrey’s). Adjacent to the Malibu Lagoon and
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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 Brentwood.
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NEW IN TOWN A Real Treat
Candy shop inside the sweet Books & Cookies boutique. 2230 Main St., Santa Monica, 424.272.5416
Bohemian knits, wovens, denim, dresses and accessories at the Malibu Country Mart. 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.317.9977
Boutique sells eponymous brand of California-made clothing basics. 1144 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.314.4041
Govind Armstrong’s stylish ode to Lowcountry fare. 1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.2425
Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Opposite: Geoffrey’s Malibu restaurant; Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades
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Malibu’s land was once so coveted that heiress May K. Rindge, who took ownership of it in 1905, used armed guards to defend it from trespassers.
tions. Rose Avenue is also coming up thanks to the emergence of hot restaurants such as Superba Snack Bar, a smattering of hip shopping and industrial-chic lofts. Looky-loos stroll Ocean Front Walk to ogle the vendors and performers, or bodybuilders at Muscle Beach.
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 adjacent Malibu Village and Malibu Lumber Yard shopping centers, there are enough trendy shops and restaurants to while away an afternoon. Inland, nearing Calabasas, are many wineries such as Malibu Family Wines and Sip Malibu, which offer tastings.
Topanga + Pacific Palisades
In the counterculture 1960s, hippies and musicians such as Neil Young hid out in idyllic Topanga, accessed by Topanga Canyon Boulevard from PCH. 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
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Palisades, south of Topanga on PCH and accessed from Temescal Canyon Road. Hikers love the shady trails in Temescal Gateway Park, and cafes and upscale momand-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.
Abbot Kinney won the land that would become Venice in a coin toss. He sought to develop it as an American version of the Italian city; the canals are still there, today lined with million-dollar bungalows. His namesake Abbot Kinney Boulevard is Venice’s coolest section, where The Tasting Kitchen, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea and boutiques such as Alexis Bittar and Satine are the main attrac-
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ment business. Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Usher, Taylor Swift, Nikki Sixx, Lil Wayne, Drew Barrymore, Tommy Lee and the late Elizabeth Taylor have donned owner/designer Mitchell Binder’s bold, handcrafted jewelry designs, which utilize sterling silver, 18k gold, precious stones, beads and leather. The appeal is undeniable: Whether they’re wearing chunky heart-shaped lockets or gem-eyed skull rings the size of tiny fists, the tough look tougher and the wholesome look edgier in Binder’s designs. If you’ve got your own rock ‘n’ roll spirit, embrace it at King Baby Studio. After all, even the bad boys gotta look good. 1621 12th St., Santa Monica, 310.828.4438, kingbabystudio.com — Suzanne Ennis
Marina del Rey
Marina del Rey’s main attraction is the marina, the largest manmade small-craft harbor in the world. Restaurants in the fisherman’s wharf are positioned to take advantage of the views. Rent kayaks from UCLA Marina Aquatic Center (14001 Fiji Way), or shop and dine at Waterside at the Marina, located at Lincoln Boulevard and Fiji Way. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 116.
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The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades
Reese Witherspoon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are some of the celebrities who live in this affluent enclave northeast of Santa Monica. San Vicente Boulevard functions as the neighborhood’s main street, with copious independent shops, bakeries, cafes and restaurants between Bundy Drive and where San Vicente becomes Federal Avenue. The petite Brentwood Country Mart, a unique open-air shopping center built in 1948, keeps retail offerings contemporary and upscale. The area’s biggest draw is the Getty Center, the hilltop museum that houses J. Paul Getty’s spectacular art collection.
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West Hollywood TRENDS IN FASHION, DESIGN AND FOOD OFTEN BEGIN IN L.A., AND MANY OF THOSE INNOVATIONS CAN BE TRACED TO THE PIONEERING COMMUNITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD.
➺For a municipality measuring less than two 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. After dark, this iconic stretch of Sunset Boulevard between Doheny Drive and Crescent Heights Avenue becomes the hottest stretch of asphalt in L.A. County. The club scene rocks here with many legendary establishments. The Roxy, the Whisky a Go-Go and The Viper Room have a long history of hosting performances from rock ‘n’ roll’s finest. Other Sunset Strip nightclubs include Bootsy Bellows and Rock & Reilly’s. The Comedy Store continues to showcase the leading names in standup as well as emerging stars. 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. Skybar, at the style-conscious Mondrian, retains its aura of exclusivity. At the Sunset Tower Hotel, Bugsy Siegel’s former suite has been converted into the Tower Bar.
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-tothe-minute fashion, check out the collections at Oliver Peoples or either of the two H. Lorenzo shops. Pamper yourself with a facial and massage at Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa, a blowout at Drybar or a makeover at Blushington.
Melrose Avenue has become virtually synonymous with trendiness, and new expressions in fashion, art and food continue to percolate up and down this street with multiple personalities. One stretch of Melrose, east of Fairfax Avenue, has an eclectic mix of indie boutiques, cafes and coffeehouses interspersed with tattoo parlors and vintage shops. Stores such as Wasteland and Ed Hardy have wild façades and vibrant signage that add energy to the scene. Farther west, Melrose becomes très sophistiqué, showcasing upscale tastes at Ron Herman, Kelly Wearstler, TenOverSix and Vivienne
Westwood. Just off Melrose is the quiet, fashionable three-block street of Melrose Place, where Bentleys line up for chic salons such as Frédéric Fekkai and cutting-edge boutiques such as Zero + Maria Cornejo, Monique Lhuillier or new Isabel Marant.
Melrose Avenue’s massive Pacific Design Center is the hub of L.A.’s flourishing art, fashion and design district known as the Avenues, which runs along Melrose Avenue and Beverly and Robertson boulevards. The complex itself—monolithic blue, green and red buildings designed by celebrated architect Cesar Pelli—is itself noteworthy (you’ll either love it or hate it), but its 1.2 million square feet houses more than 130 showrooms catering to professional designers and luxury homeowners. PDC is also home to 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 are major east-west streets running through
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Boutique and art gallery offering the high-end German cameras and accessories. 8783 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.777.0341
Lounge-y restaurant serving up Russian cuisine and karaoke. 8475 Melrose Place, L.A., 323.655.1977
Max & Moritz
A “not-so-general store” selling bath products, home décor, jewelry and gifts. 7209 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.851.2200
Books and hip frames from the vintageinspired eyewear brand. 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.370.6690
Chris Burden’s installation Urban Light at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Opposite, from left: the Farmers Market; a Melrose Avenue boutique
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Beverly Hills may be the toniest shopping district in L.A., but Robertson Boulevard is not far behind.
The Pacific Design Center, aka “the Blue Whale,” anchors the design district called the Avenues.
West Hollywood, filled with trendy restaurants, design showrooms and boutiques from some of the hottest up-and-coming clothing designers. The two streets bracket the landmark eight-level Beverly Center, whose design is reminiscent of Paris’ Pompidou Center. Bloomingdale’s, Henri Bendel, Fendi, Gucci, Stuart Weitzman and the Capital Grille are among more than 160 establishments drawing consumers. On West 3rd Street east of Beverly Center, you’ll find favorite boutiques such as Shareen, BedHead for chic pajamas and Duncan Quinn for bespoke tailored suits. There are many dining options such as Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s Son of a Gun, plus a branch of Magnolia Bakery. On Beverly Boulevard, you can browse vintage Lanvin at Beige or midcentury home décor at Espionage Boutique. Afterward, you can experience market-fresh American cuisine at Cooks County or hearty Italian on the romantic patio at Dominick’s.
Beverly Hills may be the toniest shopping district in L.A., but Robertson Boulevard is not far behind, particularly if you’re young and hot and have your own reality show. The celebutante set hits Monika Chiang for womenswear, Zimmermann for haute swimwear and Kitson for trendy accessories. 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, where famous faces practically outnumber those of civilians.
Technically part of the city of Los Angeles, the Fairfax District is one of the most culturally diverse and artsy neighborhoods in the West Hollywood area. At Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), a renowned
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multifaceted facility with more than 100,000 works from around the world. The Broad Contemporary Art Museum, designed by architect Renzo Piano, showcases art from the contemporary and modern eras, while the latest additions to the LACMA campus include the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion and Ray’s & Stark Bar. Adjacent to LACMA is the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. Additional venues at this formidable Museum Row include the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Architecture and Design Museum. South of the museums is a surprise for curious foodies: a neighborhood known as Little Ethiopia, where acclaimed Ethiopian restaurants are located. Be prepared to eat with your hands! One of the district’s anchors is the historic Farmers Market, with more than 100 open-air produce stalls, shops and eateries. There are spots to satisfy virtually any craving, including a wine bar, taquería and stands with authentic Louisiana gumbo and Korean barbecue. 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 street lamps and central fountain. Nordstrom, a movie theater and stores such as new Topshop Topman are joined by eateries and restaurants. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of West Hollywood, see pages 116–117.
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Handmade sterling silver and 14k gold jewelry cast from 19th-century wax seals rich in inspirational imagery.
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Hollywood HOLLYWOOD IS IN THE MIDST OF A NEW GOLDEN AGE, AND ITS HIP, UP-AND-COMING NEIGHBORS LOS FELIZ, SILVER LAKE AND ECHO PARK SHARE IN THE LIMELIGHT.
➺“Hollywood is a state of mind” was a popular refrain when this part of Los Angeles was in the midst Hollywood + Highland
The Hollywood & Highland Center has been a catalyst for the rebirth of Hollywood Boulevard. Its Dolby Theatre is the home of the Academy Awards. The center’s shops are varied, including Lucky Brand and Louis Vuitton, and it boasts nightclub Level 3. 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.” Next door to Hollywood & Highland is the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) famous for its celebrity handprints embedded in the cement out front.
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 animated 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 fare. The landmark Pantages Theatre has staged megahit musicals including The Book of Mormon, and the Hollywood Palladium has a rich history of showcasing headlining 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 the feet of tourists, but the roster is not without its quirks—Pee-wee Herman has one but Clint Eastwood doesn’t. Marilyn Monroe’s star is steps from Hollywood & Highland, and John Lennon’s is appropriately located in front of the Capitol Records Building, the structure designed to resemble a stack of records.
Hollywood has its museums, but don’t expect to encounter Picasso or Monet, or even a T. rex skeleton. Next to TCL Chinese Theatre
is Madame Tussauds Hollywood, filled with more than 100 wax figures ranging from legends Clark Gable and Audrey Hepburn to contemporary icons such as Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. You can ponder some zany accomplishments at the Guinness World Records Museum, while the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum offers bizarre exhibitions on double-headed animals and shrunken human heads. Serious movie buffs, however, head to the Hollywood Museum, which occupies four floors of the historic Max Factor Building. Among the 10,000 costumes and artifacts on display are Indiana Jones’ whip, Rocky Balboa’s boxing gloves and W.C. Fields’ top hat.
The storied intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, the epicenter of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, boasted a large concentration of entertainment industry companies in the 1920s. It’s a different Hollywood today, but the magic of this location endures in the soaring W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, which boasts Delphine brasserie A Metro station is integrated into the hotel; Hollywood is particularly well served by mass
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of its decline not long ago. But with hot new boutiques, restaurants, hotels and condos sprouting up, it has reemerged as a bona fide destination, and waves of international visitors mingle with colorful locals.
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NEW IN TOWN Acabar
Jaw-droppingly glamorous, Moroccanstyle restaurant and lounge. 1510 N. Stanley Ave., Hollywood, 323.876.1400
The Houston brothers’ chic new watering hole. 1723 Hudson Ave., Hollywood, 323.462.6531
The design-conscious couple behind Mohawk General Store opens a men’s boutique and gallery. 4017 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, 323.669.1602
Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. Opposite, from left: the Capitol Records building and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Hollywood
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The largest urban park in America, the sprawling Griffith Park is an ideal place to hike, picnic, golf, ride horses and more.
Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park offers stunning views of the L.A. Basin.
transit. Across the street is boutique hotel the Redbury and its stylish Middle Eastern restaurant, Cleo. 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 other hip boutiques.
The revival of Hollywood has only enhanced its endless nightlife opportunities, and a lively bar and club scene permeates the district. On Hollywood Boulevard, you can party under
Los Feliz + Silver Lake
These neighborhoods are among the bestkept secrets in the county. 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. Newer
The largest urban park in America, the sprawling Griffith Park is an ideal place to hike, picnic, golf, ride horses and more. The Charlie Turner Trailhead begins at the 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 located here are the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens and the Western heritage-oriented Autry National Center, both accessible from the Ventura (SR 134) or Golden State (I-5) freeways. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see pages 117–118.
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➺Some women are born in stilettos. The rest of us are on a lifelong quest for flats that feel comfy but exude cool-girl style. In the Beatrice Valenzuela flagship boutique in Echo Park, we’ve found our holy grail: soft-as-butter leather slip-on booties, ankle-tie thong sandals, intricately woven zip-up boots and more, all designed in L.A. and handmade in Valenzuela’s hometown of Mexico City. The shoes’ soles are made from recycled rubber and uppers are leather—“green” qualities appropriate for shoes with a bohemian, earthy vibe. But it’s the look and feel, inspired by ancient Mexican design yet painlessly fashion-forward, that make this footwear perfect for padding around your hometown’s hippest neighborhoods. 1547 Echo Park Ave., Echo Park, 213.986.8914, beatricevalenzuela.com —S.E.
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the guise of literary advancement at librarythemed Hemingway’s, or attempt to get past the velvet rope at Playhouse or Lure on Ivar Avenue. Cahuenga Boulevard also hosts dozens of clubs. 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 October. Picnicking under the stars here is among the most memorable experiences in L.A. Nearby is the Ford Amphitheatre, featuring a more intimate environment for international music, dance and family fare.
lounges such as Rockwell represent the neighborhood’s increasing sophistication. A once-forgotten stretch of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Feliz now hosts trendy boutiques such as Confederacy and restaurants including cult fave Umami Burger. Fully transformed is Silver Lake Boulevard, now crowded with eateries and upscale retailers. At Sunset Junction, where Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards intersect and the eponymous music festival takes place in summer, is where 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.
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Downtown L.A.’S URBAN CENTER REFLECTS THE CULTURAL DIVERSITY, WORLD-CLASS ARCHITECTURE AND DYNAMIC COMMERCE THAT MAKE THE CITY A SUPERSTAR ON THE GLOBAL STAGE.
➺Beverly Hills and Santa Monica may be favorite tourist spots, but don’t overlook downtown. Historic art
deco structures share the street-scape 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 image of L.A. as “laid-back” hardly applies. The ornate 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 Union Station has staged a comeback, thanks to a renovation and downtown’s new energy. From Union Station, the hub of the Metro system, you can board the Red Line to Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley or the light rail Gold Line to Pasadena, Blue Line to Long Beach and Expo Line to Culver City. Nonstop bus service to LAX is available 24/7. Metrolink commuter trains connect distant suburbs, and you can jump on an Amtrak train for a scenic journey along the coast.
Grand Avenue + Music Center
The heart of L.A.’s performing-arts 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 3,200-seat 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 curvaceous Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Its music director, Gustavo Dudamel, exudes an energy that rivals the building’s audacious design. Also housed at Disney Hall is REDCAT, which offers performance and visual arts productions. After a show, take a stroll through the new 12-acre Grand Park, between Grand Avenue and Hill Street and First and Temple streets.
Descending Bunker Hill
Steps from the Music Center 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), Southern California’s premier contemporary art museum. The Omni Hotel and California Plaza are adjacent. Nearby Angels Knoll is a welcome patch of greenery amid the concrete jungle. Angels Flight, a vintage funicular that climbs to California Plaza from Hill Street below, is billed as “The Shortest Railway in the World” (just 298 feet!). At the foot of the hill, the Bunker Hill Steps rise five stories
at the U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Across the street is the Los Angeles Public Library, an art deco masterpiece.
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 located 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 45 cents.
Often overlooked by tourists is the Broadway Theatre District, home to once-opulent movie palaces. A few, such as the Orpheum Theatre, have been restored to their original grandeur. Hip restaurants such as Terroni lend cachet to the area. The Bradbury Building (304 S. Broadway), built in 1893 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, was featured in the film Blade Runner.
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Artisanal cocktail bar with a light-up dance floor. 819 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.688.0888
Enhancements to the Natural History Museum include the Nature Lab, the Otis Booth Pavilion and 3.5-acre Nature Gardens. 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, 213.763.3466
Orsa & Winston
Josef Centenoâ€™s new restaurant is inspired by Japanese and Italian cuisines. 122 W. 4th St., downtown, 213.687.0300
Walt Disney Concert Hall. Opposite, from left: Fans at Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine; Grand Park
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Downtown’s heritage as a mercantile center can still be experienced in its historic shopping districts, popular with bargain hunters.
sleek Japanese American National Museum. The Geffen Contemporary, a branch of MOCA, is next door. At 2nd and Main streets is the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, former home of the Los Angeles Archdiocese.
The retired NASA space shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center in Exposition Park
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 hip bars on 6th Street (between Main and Los Angeles streets) that includes The Varnish.
Downtown’s heritage as a mercantile center can still be experienced in its historic shopping districts, popular with bargain hunters. The Jewelry District draws shoppers to markets such as St. Vincent Jewelry Center (650 S. Hill St.), where 500 merchants offer gold, diamonds and baubles. In the neighboring Fashion District, 115 blocks centered around the California Market Center, 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. And for an awesome array of produce and international foods, Grand Central Market, near
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the foot of Angels Flight, is the place to go. Many vendors here deal in cash only.
Chinatown remains a great destination for sampling dim sum or browsing for authentic clothing, tea or home goods. Cultural highlights include the ornate Thien Hau Temple (750 Yale St.) and the Chinese American Museum. Pedestrian-oriented Chung King Road and Gin Ling Way are home to galleries, while Broadway boasts boutiques. Dodger Stadium is a short drive away, as is San Antonio Winery, which offers tours and tastings.
Little Tokyo is still a proud ethnic enclave, but it, too, is emerging as an up-and-coming hipster ’hood. The dining scene is popping, led by newer restaurants such as The Spice Table, and you can nibble on traditional sushi prepared by veteran chefs at Japanese Village Plaza. Just a few steps down 1st Street is the
The $2.5 billion L.A. Live project has been called the epicenter of the downtown renaissance. Staples Center, home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings, hosts top pop acts, as does Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, which boasts state-of-the-art acoustics. The Grammy Museum honors myriad music genres with videos, artifacts and interactive exhibits. A dozen restaurants and nightlife venues—WP24, Trader Vic’s 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.
Just south of downtown is Exposition Park, whose grounds hold major museums and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The California African American Museum touches on African American 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. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of downtown, see page 117.
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clothing line Sub_Urban Riot reflects a progressive, urban downtown where farmers markets are as hip as skipping the car for a bike, with edgy tops stamped with “Kale” or “Be Better.” For the less linguistically inclined, the newly opened flagship shop offers chic pieces such as chiffon maxi skirts for women and shawl cardigans for men. Store owner and designer Nate Koach contributes apparel to the sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and shoppers can snag show favorites in-store. Yet he says the inspiration is ultimately the L.A. lifestyle, and accordingly, many items are manufactured locally. Other products include Dr. Bronner’s soaps and Casio digital watches. 111 W. 7th St. Suite R1, downtown, 213.689.3271, suburbanriot.com —K.K.
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Pasadena PASADENA BRINGS A BLEND OF SMALL-TOWN CHARM AND COSMOPOLITAN ENERGY. NEIGHBORING TERRITORIES EAGLE ROCK, GLENDALE AND THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY ARE ALSO WORTH DISCOVERING.
➺Pasadena is no ordinary bedroom community, with Craftsman-style bungalows hinting of a worldOld Pasadena
A tribute to foresighted urban planning is the 22-square block shopping district known as Old Pasadena, roughly bounded by Walnut Street and Del Mar Boulevard, Arroyo Parkway and Pasadena Avenue. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the district contains restored buildings and the city’s trendiest boutiques, clubs and restaurants such as Cheval Bistro and Haven Gastropub + Brewery. Pedestrian-only alleys meander through One Colorado, where an eclectic collection of restaurants have alfresco dining overlooking a sculpture-strewn square. A few steps east of Old Pasadena lies Paseo Colorado, an inviting shopping center with ArcLight Cinemas and upscale shops such as Coach and BCBG Max Azria lining garden promenades. A variety of dining options is offered at this mixed-use development, whose open-air design frames views of such historic structures as Pasadena City Hall (100 N. Garfield Ave.).
Anchored by the Mission-style Pasadena Playhouse, this district is filled with upscale
antique shops, boutiques and dining rooms with ornate façades. Also present is the Le Cordon Bleu-affiliated College of Culinary Arts, with a restaurant open to the public, and the famed Ice House comedy club. The neighboring Boston Court Performing Arts Center presents dramas and musicals. The pagodacrowned Pacific Asia Museum features exotic decorative arts from every corner of Asia, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art celebrates Golden State painters and sculptors from 1850 to the present. Dining choices include Pie ’n Burger, a favorite Caltech dive. Just east of the Playhouse District, South Lake Avenue provides a vibrant shopping environment. At the Commons and Burlington Arcade, charming boutiques are set around European-style courtyards. A drive farther south on Lake Avenue reveals the opulent, historic Langham Huntington Hotel.
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This wide boulevard, once called Millionaire’s Row, is still lined with splendid estates, including the former Wrigley Mansion, which now houses the Tournament of Roses Association and is open for tours.
The immediate neighborhood features the legacy of architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Wallace Neff and Paul Williams. The genius of Greene & Greene, pioneers of the Arts & Crafts movement, is evident at the Gamble House, also open to the public. Just around the corner on Colorado Boulevard is the Norton Simon Museum, home to one of the finest art collections in America. The galleries at this museum are filled with masterpieces from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and its repertoire of Impressionist masters (Degas, Cézanne, van Gogh) is impressive. It also features extensive art from India and a tribute to Monet in a lovely sculpture garden.
San Marino + South Pasadena
In the exclusive residential community of San Marino is the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, one of the most remarkable pieces of real estate in Southern California. Here the beautifully restored Italianate mansion of railroad magnate Henry Huntington is packed with 18th- and 19th-century art including Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy and Sir Thomas
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renowned architectural heritage, and institutions such as the Tournament of Roses and Caltech giving the community a gravitas far beyond its size. In nearby San Gabriel Valley, additional treasures await.
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Upscale department store opens at Glendale Galleria. 101 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818.638.4100
Former Chateau Marmont sous chef serves rustic New American cuisine in a Craftsman bungalow. 1496 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, 323.341.5899
Features of the store include Bar Verde restaurant and an expansive beauty department. 102 Caruso Ave., Glendale, 818.502.9922
Japanese shabu-shabu, sushi and izakaya fare from a Chaya Brasserie alum. 77 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.683.1150
Gamble House in Pasadena. Opposite, from left: Window shoppers on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena; the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino
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The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s natural Southern California habitat is famous for its wild peafowl.
ering neon obelisk is the Alex Theatre (216 N. Brand Blvd.), an art deco masterpiece that hosts concerts and musicals. Just north of downtown Glendale is the delightful community of Montrose, with its homespun shops and all-American diners. Nearby is sprawling Descanso Gardens, home to North America’s largest camellia collection, fully in bloom from January to February.
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Public art near Pasadena City Hall
Lawrence’s Pinkie. A library with 600,000 rare books and manuscripts occupies another structure. Throughout the 200-acre property are more than one dozen distinct botanical environments, re-creating native habitats from England, China and elsewhere. Tea service is offered in a cottage amid a formal rose garden. Directly south of Old Pasadena is the independent municipality of South Pasadena, a shady, tranquil community. The Mission West historic district, particularly Mission Street, is packed with antique shops, galleries and cafes. The town is particularly kidfriendly, thanks to adorable shops such as the Dinosaur Farm and Fair Oaks Pharmacy, a 1915 restored drugstore with a soda fountain.
Eagle Rock + Glendale
Just west of Pasadena is Eagle Rock, a quiet college town that is reinventing itself as a hip neighborhood with an understated bohochic vibe. Students from Occidental College,
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where a young Barack Obama studied, mingle with young couples who have snapped up the hillside real estate. Its main drag of Colorado Boulevard is suddenly lined with one trendy cafe after another, from Vietnamese to French to vegetarian. On the other side of Eagle Rock is Glendale. Office workers pour out of high-rises for happy hour at The Americana at Brand, an open-air shopping, residential and entertainment development. Here, find value at H&M or splurge at boutiques such as Kate Spade. It’s a great place for a movie followed by a snack from Crumbs Bake Shop or sushi and cocktails at Katsuya. The trilevel indoor shopping center Glendale Galleria is adjacent. Its department stores include Nordstrom, Macy’s and Target, and specialty boutiques include Banana Republic, Coach and Tilly’s. Glendale’s diverse population—it’s home to one of the largest Armenian communities in America—provides plenty of flavor, including elaborate restaurants. Marked by a tow-
Kissing Pasadena’s eastern border is Sierra Madre, a quaint community that refuses to be paved over. Arcadia is home to Santa Anita Park, one of the most storied thoroughbred horse racing venues in the world. Adjacent to the racetrack is Westfield Santa Anita, an ever-expanding shopping center. The 127-acre Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s natural Southern California habitat is famous for its wild peafowl; you might see a flock crossing nearby streets. The 1771 San Gabriel Mission is a notable landmark in the neighboring city of San Gabriel. The San Gabriel Valley cities of San Gabriel, Temple City, Alhambra and Monterey Park have drawn large numbers of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants in recent decades, and some of the best Chinese restaurants in America are found here, including Hong Kong-style seafood houses that are great fun for dim sum brunches. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 118.
perfume say to you? If it’s saying, “You could do better,” it’s time to meet your personal scent stylist at Original Scent in Old Pasadena. Cofounded by celebrity perfumer Sarah Horowitz, who trains and certifies each stylist, the shop specializes in personalized custom fragrances delivered as a perfume, cologne or one of many other home or body products. Even the process is intimate: After teasing out your most charming personality traits, happiest memories and innermost loves, your stylist will help you refine your “fragrance palate” and arrive at your very own custom blend. Shhh … hear that? That’s your new scent saying, “You’re worth it.” 34 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, 626.657.2226, originalscent.com —S.E.
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situated along the Metro Gold Line, Old Pasadena is a vibrant hub of world-class shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment. Comprised of 22 blocks of nationally-registered historic architecture, Old Pasadena is widely recognized as a premier
destination and one of the few truly walkable urban districts in California. Come explore more than 300 specialty boutiques, exclusive retailers, sidewalk cafĂŠs, and fine restaurants in this authentic main street experience.
A contemporary cabinet of curiosities with a museum perspective on current artists, jewelers, and designers.
Take a walk down memory lane in this candy emporium filled with retro sodas, salt water taffy, novelties, tin signs, gags, and more.
22 E. Union St. 626.744.9963 goldbugpasadena.com
111 W. Green St. 626.449.SODA rocketfizz.com
Famous for their 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef burger, as well as a passion for gourmet comfort food and craft beer.
61 N. Raymond Ave. 626.765.9700 slaters5050.com
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Artful living boutique that mixes new upscale furnishings with vintage and renovated second-hand treasures.
Bistro cuisine, a vast selection of wine and craft cocktails. Now serving Sunday Jazz brunch. Happy Hour all day Sunday.
Shopping is fun at this high-end designer resale store, offering the best of recent and vintage Chanel, Vuitton, Prada and more!
Vertical Wine Bistro
55 E. Holly St. 626.577.3400 maudewoods.com
70 N. Raymond Ave. 626.795.3999 verticalwinebistro.com
111 E. Union St. 626.440.0929 clothesheaven.com
An eclectic blend of fresh ingredients and creative eats, in a cool, hip scene, where ‘The Art of Eating Healthy’ is the order of the day!
The first healthy and authentic Korean restaurant in Old Pasadena. “A perfectly balanced and healthy diet!”
1810 Restaurant brings Argentina to Old Pasadena with authentic cuisine, great wines and charming atmosphere.
Pita Jungle 43 E. Colorado Blvd. 626.432.7482 pitajungle.com
67 N. Raymond Ave. 626 644 1299 osekpasadena.com
121 W. Colorado Blvd. 626.795 5658 1810restaurant.com
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The Valley HOLLYWOOD MIGHT BE THE SPIRITUAL CENTER OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, BUT THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, AKA “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HILL,” IS WHERE MOVIE-MAKING MAGIC HAPPENS.
➺The Valley is a sprawling collection of bedroom communities whose population approaches
2 million. Immortalized in movies as diverse as Chinatown and Valley Girl, the area derives its name from Mission San Fernando Rey de España, the historic landmark on the Valley’s northernmost edge. Just a couple of Metro stops north of the heart of Hollywood is Universal City, a major entertainment industry outpost. The highlight is certainly Universal Studios Hollywood, which offers a behind-thescenes peek into moviemaking. The theme park offers some rollicking roller coasters as well as high-tech virtual-reality action rides such as the new Transformers Ride and King Kong 360 3-D, created by film director Peter Jackson. Make like Brad and Angelina and splurge for Universal’s VIP Experience. Its guests are pampered like celebrities, getting tours of the studio’s prop warehouses and cutting to the front of the line for every ride. Among the wide-ranging attractions next door at pedestrian-only Universal CityWalk are sky-diving simulations at iFLY Hollywood, an exhilarating wind tunnel, mechanical bull riding at Saddle Ranch Chop House, stand-up performances at Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, raucous performances at piano bar Howl at the Moon and rockand-roll bowling at Jillian’s Hi Life Lanes. Boutiques such as Abercrombie & Fitch,
Lush Cosmetics and Guess Accessories will loosen your wallet.
The “beautiful downtown Burbank” that Johnny Carson used to poke fun at has grown into a cosmopolitan hub with 80 restaurants, 200 shops and 30 movie screens. Burbank Town Center (201 E. Magnolia Blvd.) offers a major mall shopping experience, but surrounding streets, such as historic San Fernando Boulevard, have a more homegrown feel with hip shops and trendy bistros such as Granville Café. Magnolia Park, a quaint commercial district centered at Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way, offers cafes, antique shops and boutiques including Encore Nouveau and Swift. Massive Porto’s Bakery offers excellent pastries and sandwiches from the owners’ native Cuba and from Europe, too, and the iconic Bob’s Big Boy hosts a classiccar show every Friday. DeBell Golf Club is open to the public and offers a challenging 18-hole course and a par-three course. If you’re jetting into or out of L.A., you can escape the hassles of LAX by opting for
convenient, uncongested Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. It offers nonstop flights to many cities across the country and reduces stress, especially for visitors to the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena or San Gabriel Valley communities.
While the Valley may be dismissed by Westside hipsters, there’s as much Hollywood going on here as in Hollywood itself, thanks to the presence of several studios in Burbank. Warner Bros. Studios and NBC Studios offer back-lot tours similar to those at Universal, and all of the studios recruit audience members for tapings of sitcoms and talk shows. Audiences Unlimited is among the ticketing agencies offering the best opportunities to score free tickets to tapings. For The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, contact NBC directly.
North Hollywood wasn’t much of a tourist destination until the community transformed its commercial core into the NoHo Arts District, now filled with nearly two
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dozen professional theaters, including the landmark El Portal Theatre. These venues present some of the most innovative stage performances in L.A., as neighboring dance studios and art galleries contribute to the scene. With the addition of new restaurants like the Federal Bar, a lively gastropub with a full calendar of music and comedy, the momentum continues for this transit-linked urban village. From NoHo’s Metro station, you can access central Hollywood and downtown via the Red Line subway, or board the Orange Line, a surprisingly sleek express bus that traverses the entire San Fernando Valley.
This iconic, palm-lined boulevard stretches 20 miles from one end of the San Fernando Valley to the other. Immortalized in music by Frank Zappa and Tom Petty, the boulevard is an integral part of L.A. culture. As it stretches through Studio City, it’s lined with an eclectic mix of eateries, from entertainment-industry-favored Art’s Deli to elegant Bistro Garden, not to mention a greater concentration of acclaimed sushi bars (Katsu-ya, Asanebo) than Little Tokyo. For shopping, there are hip boutiques including Dari and stylish retreats such as Belle Visage Day Spa, owned by Kirsten Dunst’s mother. Hip bars and supper clubs including Firefly have helped to launch a nightlife scene. You’ll see plenty of famous faces in the Valley, where celebrities treasure its more family-oriented lifestyle. Farther west, as the boulevard winds its way through Sherman Oaks, you’ll encounter laid-back trattorias and bistros as well as shops such as Abundance, a boutique showcasing plus-size designer fashions. Sherman Oaks is also home to Westfield Fashion Square, anchored by Bloomingdale’s and featuring Betsey Johnson, BCBG Max Azria and Lucky Brand boutiques in a particularly pleasant, upscale environment. Sherman Oaks Galleria is near the junction of the 405 and 101 freeways; draws include ArcLight Cinemas.
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The Warner Center is a high-rise mixeduse development in Woodland Hills with restaurants such as Roy’s. Neighboring Westfield Topanga shopping center is loaded with exclusive designer boutiques, including Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Cartier and Hugo Boss, plus anchoring department stores Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Macy’s. Farther westbound on the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) is Calabasas, where celebrities move for clean air and more elbow room. Upscale shopping and casual eateries live at the Commons at Calabasas
(4799 Commons Way), a pleasant open-air destination. A few exits beyond that is Westlake Village, where locals hit the spa or do lunch at the Four Seasons. Air Force One is permanently grounded at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in neighboring Simi Valley. North on the Golden State Freeway (I-5) in Valencia, coaster enthusiasts gather at Six Flags Magic Mountain for rides too wild for Disneyland. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 110.
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South Bay THE SOUTH BAY’S BEACHES AND HARBORS ARE ACTION-PACKED, BUT THE LIVING IS EASY. LOOK FOR OCEAN-VIEW DINING, MOM-AND-POP SHOPS AND SEASIDE ATTRACTIONS.
➺In the South Bay, the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach occupy an idyllic Manhattan Beach
Nineteen miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach boasts two miles of beaches with sand so fine that developers from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu imported it in the 1920s. One of the more affluent cities in the county, Manhattan Beach is home to many professional athletes: You may 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 928-foot-long Manhattan Beach Pier, the Roundhouse Aquarium delights with touch tanks. The pier features bronze 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 boogie-boarders and surfers who congregate near the pier. East of the pier, casual cafes, laid-back bars and shops radiate from the intersection of Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue. Metlox plaza is a popular gathering spot, with such stores as Bloume Baby and the Beehive and hot spots including Zinc at the Shade Hotel.
Heading south on Manhattan Avenue brings you to Pier Avenue, the heart of Hermosa Beach. Hermosa shares many characteristics of Manhattan Beach, including a scenic twomile 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 Pier Avenue west of Hermosa Avenue becomes a different kind of South Bay scene, thanks to spillover from hopping bars and restaurants such as Hennessey’s and Mediterraneo. Beyond Pier Plaza to the south, on Hermosa Avenue, Jay Leno draws crowds to the Comedy & Magic Club with Sunday night shows. To the plaza’s east, the ecofriendly cafe/ boutique Gum Tree is a charming standout among the specialty shops and bistros that line Pier Avenue. Across the street, Becker’s carries surfboards and beachwear.
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 two 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, you find businesses such as Redondo Sportfishing offering recreational fishing excursions and whale-watching tours, while other local outfitters rent kayaks, paddle boats, 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-andcasual eateries, amusements and souvenir shops. South of the pier, the gentle waves and somewhat narrow beach of Redondo State Beach 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 Lisa Z. and MPressions covering a six-block radius.
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coastal stretch renowned for surfing, volleyball and expensive real estate. Farther south beckon the bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and beyond them, the bustling waterfronts of San Pedro and Long Beach.
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Beauty bar is located inside Hush Up Salon. 1100 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.372.2600
The Federal Bar North Hollywoodâ€™s popular upscale gastropub is replicated. 102 Pine Ave., Long Beach, 562.435.2000
Gum Tree Kids
Beachy-modern Hermosa Beach gift shop Gum Tree expands its family with Gum Tree Kids. 323 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.376.5107
Korean Bell of Friendship in San Pedro. Opposite, from left: Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach; Gum Tree boutique in Hermosa Beach
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Among Long Beach’s most popular draws is the 1,020-foot-long Queen Mary, a historic, supposedly haunted ship-turned-hotel.
Manhattan Beach is prime surfing territory and renowned for its fine sand.
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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. Hugging the coast on Palos Verdes Drive West brings you to Rancho Palos Verdes’ Point Vicente Interpretive Center, a marine museum and popular gray-whale-watching site during the annual northbound migration. Eight miles inland on Crenshaw Boulevard sprawls the 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden in tony Palos Verdes Estates. Just beyond the interpretive center on Palos Verdes Drive West is the Wayfarers Chapel, designed by Lloyd Wright. The impressive Swedenborgian “glass church” is a popular wedding venue. The Mediterranean-style Terranea Resort, just south of the chapel, has a public ninehole golf course. A couple of miles south, the 18-hole public course at Trump National Golf Club is top-ranked.
The multicultural city 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 Port of Los Angeles, a container port that also serves travelers on the Catalina Express and more than 1 million cruise passengers annually. From the port’s World Cruise Center, a trolley takes visitors downtown to the waterfront restaurants and shops of the New England-style Ports O’ Call Village, and then to the marina, part of the Cabrillo Beach Recreational Complex. The complex includes the Frank Gehry-designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, located next to Cabrillo Beach. Windsurfers of all abilities congregate here, with outfitters including Captain Kirk’s (525 N. Harbor Blvd.) offering rentals and lessons.
In the southwest corner of L.A. County, Long Beach boasts a busy commercial port,
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➺The fun of flaunting a fabulous new party dress isn’t just for adults. That’s the idea behind Lollipop, the children’s boutique where owner Veronica Maguire presents a sweet selection of simple, modern playclothes with splashes of embellishment. The shop, which sells for boys up to 8 years old and girls as old as 14, offers in-demand boho styles and apparel in trendy colors such as light teals and soft pinks. Customer favorites include the Pink Chicken, Splendid and Charlie Rocket brands, and a children’s favorite is the store’s designated play space. Maguire’s methodology: When you feel great in a party tutu, everything else in life seems pretty great, too. Even when you’re missing some teeth. 1813 S. Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, 310.375.8787, lollipopredondobeach.com —K.K.
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an attraction-packed waterfront and more than five miles of beaches. Among its most popular draws is the 1,020-foot-long Queen Mary, a historic, supposedly haunted shipturned-hotel, dining and shopping attraction permanently moored in Long Beach Harbor. Alongside it is the Cold War-era Russian Foxtrot Submarine. The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and the Pike at Rainbow Harbor entertainment complex are nearby, as is the Aquarium of the Pacific and the familyfriendly Shoreline Village. From the village, you can rent bicycles and follow the Shoreline pedestrian bike path 3.1 miles along the water, passing the Long Beach Museum of Art. The path ends at the tony Belmont Shore neighborhood. Here you’ll find restaurants and shops along 2nd street, Bay Shore Beach, the Belmont Pier, windsurfing and kite-surfing lessons, and even gondola rides through the canals of Naples. Downtown, along 4th Street between Junipero and Cherry avenues, vintage furniture and clothing shops such as the Vintage Collective 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. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 117.
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Dig It The Page Museum in the Miracle Mile District is celebrating 100 years of excavation and paleontological discoveries at the remarkable La Brea Tar Pits. The worldâ€™s only active Ice Age excavation site in an urban environment, the tar pits have yielded 5.5 million plant and animal fossils since the first specimens were extracted in 1913, some dating as old as 55,000 years. Check out these pieces of history in the museum and ogle paleontologists in the Fishbowl Lab as they work on new finds. You can even see fossils still in the ground from the Pit 91 Viewing Station. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6300
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ALLUMETTE Diners here are urged to devise their own tasting menus from small plates of “avant-garde comfort food.” Start with rising chef Miles Thompson’s carrot salad with sunchokes, radishes and pickled turnips, moving on to a luscious cavatelli with uni ragù. With so many petite plates, it’s all too easy to rack up a big bill. D (Tu–Sa). 1320 Echo Park Ave., Echo Park, 213.935.8787 $$$$ Map southeast of W23
ANIMAL Bare-bones eatery, from the guys known as the “Two Dudes” to Food Network fans, is a carnivore’s dream. Think delectable takes on offal (such as crispy pig’s ear) and a bacon-chocolate crunch bar for dessert. D (nightly). 435 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.782.9225 $$$ Map I13 CLAIM JUMPER Saloon-styled eatery features hearty grill fare and its own label of craft beer. L, D (daily). 3500 W. Olive Ave, Burbank, 818.260.0505; 820 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia, 626.359.0463; 9429 Tampa Ave., Northridge, 818.718.2882; 25740 The Old Road, Valencia, 661.254.2628; 2150 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, 805.494.9656; 6501 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, 562.431.1321 $ Map T22, Q23, northeast of A1, D4
Hollywood has a new star to boast about, and a tasty one at that. New York’s iconic eatery Rao’s has made its West Coast debut, occupying the former home of the Hollywood Canteen. The landmark New York locale has a hallowed place in the city’s dining world, and if history is any measure, the L.A. spot is destined to earn its own culinary accolades in town. Exec chef Nicole Grimes helms the kitchen, which turns out Southern Italian cuisine including Rao’s famous veal meatballs (pictured) and lemon chicken as well as dishes exclusive to this location. Opt for indoor or outdoor seating, and prepare for a family-style dining experience—and an unforgettable one at that. p. 76
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 with romesco and diver scallops with vermouth butter. L (M–F), D (M–Sa). 10100 Constellation Blvd., L.A., 310.279.4180 $$$$ Map K11 DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE Internationally inspired specialties such as tuna tartare tacos and plus comforting chophouse fare and steaks. Dining room offers views of the Santa Monica Pier. Br (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). 1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.395.7333 $$ Map L8 ENGINE CO. NO. 28 Comfort fare in 1912 fire station with pressed-tin ceiling and fire poles. Br, L, D (daily). 644 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.624.6996 $$ Map H16 EVELEIGH With a menu chockablock with farm-fresh veggies and meats and a country-chic space, Eveleigh projects an image of cool rusticity. The kitchen endeavors to use house-made ingredients right down to the brioche toast slices with your Jidori chicken liver pâté. Br (Sa–Su), D (nightly). 8752 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.239.1630 $$ Map H12 HARD ROCK CAFE Hard Rock can be counted on for fun, indulgent fare such as pulled pork sandwiches, twisted mac, chicken & cheese and barbecued ribs. L, D (daily). Universal CityWalk, 1000 Universal Studios Blvd., Universal City, 818.622.7625; Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.464.7625 $$ Map U19, H13 HINOKI & THE BIRD David Myers (Comme Ça) shows his admiration of Japanese and Southeast Asian flavors in dishes such as lobster rolls with green curry and Thai basil and black cod scented with the smoke of the namesake hinoki wood. D (Tu–Sa). 10 W. Century Drive, Century City, 310.552.1200 $$$ Map J10 INK. L.A.’s culinary darling du jour, Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio, showcases daring, thoughtful molecular gastronomy at his first restaurant. Get a fivecourse tasting menu or explore à la carte small plates including tuna with dashi “sponge,” poutine with lamb neck gravy and chickpea fries, and brussels sprouts with pig ears and cuttlefish. D (nightly). 8360 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.651.5866 $$$ Map I12
Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps in the back of this issue. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.
American.............................. 72 Breweries/Gastropubs.... 73 British...................................... 73 California............................... 73 Chinese.................................. 74 Eclectic/Fusion................... 74 French..................................... 74 Italian...................................... 75 Japanese................................ 77
Korean.................................... 78 Mediterranean.................... 78 Mexican/Latin....................79 Pan-Asian..............................80 Quick Bites...........................80 Seafood..................................80 Spanish..................................80 Steak.......................................80
JAR Chef Suzanne Tracht presents an L.A. take on traditional, comforting American fare in a chic interpretation of an old-school chophouse. A meal might begin with crab-deviled eggs before moving on to the signature pot roast. Br (Su), D (nightly). 8225 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.655.6566 $$$ Map I12 M.B. POST Small plates of seafood, fresh-baked breads, cured meats and more in the space of a former post office. “Eat Your Vegetables” menu makes green beans, brussels sprouts and cauliflower look tantalizing. Br (Sa–Su), L (F), D (nightly). 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5405 $$$ Map L13 NOÉ Visitors heading to the Museum of Contemporary Art or Walt Disney Concert Hall find Noé a convenient spot for a classy repaste. Noé serves a “neobistro” menu with Mediterranean turbot meunière with sauteed watercress and rigatoni with house-cured sausage. D (nightly). Omni Hotel, 251 S. Olive St., downtown, 213.356.4100 $$ Map H16 SADDLE PEAK LODGE Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, this hunt-lodge-themed spot is a study in romantic rusticity, with moose heads overlooking candlelit tables. The menu focuses on game dishes such as seared New Zealand elk tenderloin or grilled Texas nilgai antelope. Br (Su), D (W–Su). 419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas, 818.222.3888 $$$$ Map northwest of A1 SEASONS 52 No deep-frying. No dish more than 475 calories. Lots of flavor. Stylish decor, eclectic seasonal menu, Mini Indulgences desserts and a superior wine list. L, D (daily). 1501 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.451.1152; Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.277.5252 $$ Maps L8, J11 SLATER’S 50/50 Slater’s legacy is the 50/50 burger, featuring a patty with 50 percent ground beef and 50 percent bacon. There are other bacon-inflected dishes including bacon brownies and bacon mac ‘n’ cheese balls in addition to a Pop Rocks milkshake, plus more than 100 craft, imported and domestic beers. L, D (daily). 61 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.765.9700 $ Map Q20 SMITTY’S GRILL Soul-warming American classics round out the menu here. Market-fresh fish, braised short rib and roast chicken are favorites. L (M–F), D (nightly). 110 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.792.9999 $$ Map R21 THE STRAND HOUSE This South Bay new-comer with awesome ocean views is sophisticated enough to compete with any restaurant in L.A. County’s hipper parts. House-made charcuterie precedes dishes such as hamachi crudo and lobster cavatelli. Blueberry glazed doughnuts end the meal with a bang. Br (Sa–Su), L (Tu–F), D (Tu–Su). 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470 $$$ Map L13
Red Medicine chef Jordan Kahn’s impeccable attention to detail extends to the restaurant’s tableware: He works with a ceramicist to design different plates and bowls for specific dishes.
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leandro traveled 5,000 miles to bring you his lamb chops. As you can imagine, a few stories came along for the ride. The Southern Brazilian open-fire cooking method called “churrasco” has been handed down for centuries, with each new generation of gauchos adding their own touch of culture and refinement. You can taste that tradition today at Fogo De Chão. Where gaucho chefs like Leandro prepare, cook and serve a variety of grilled meats, including steaks, sausage, tender chicken, lamb, ribs, and Leandro’s favorite, a traditionally-seasoned sirloin called “picanha.”
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Dining TINHORN FLATS Modern-day saloon with tempting indulgences such as jalapeño mac and cheese brûlée and bison hot dogs. L, D (daily). 1724 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.462.2210; 2623 Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, 818.567.2470 $ Map G13, T22 UMAMI BURGER Hot specialty burger joint; try the signature Umami Burger with tempura onion rings. (No alcohol served at La Brea Avenue location.) L, D (daily). 4655 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz, 323.669.3922; 1520 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.469.3100; Fred Segal, 500 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310.451.1300; 12159 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.286.9004; additional locations at umami.com $ Map W22, H14, L8, A2 VERTICAL WINE BISTRO Seventy wines by the glass, more than 400 on the list. New American menu plus fun small plates, cheeses and charcuterie. D (Tu–Su). 70 N. Raymond Ave. (upstairs), Pasadena, 626.795.3999 $$$ Map Q19 WILSHIRE The woodsy, romantic deck is a coveted spot to hang out; the candle-laden bar inside is one of the Westside’s hottest. Market-driven California fare includes roasted half chicken with porcini mushroom risotto. L (M–F), D (M–Sa). 2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.586.1707 $$$ Map L8 WOLFGANG PUCK AT THE HOTEL BEL-AIR A favorite hideaway of Hollywood elite, the Hotel Bel-Air offers an indoor-outdoor retreat helmed by the father of California cuisine. Puck’s Cantonese roasted duck gets an L.A. twist with figs and fresh pea tendrils, while his take on wiener schnitzel with a marinated fingerling potato salad reminds diners of his Austrian heritage. B, D (daily), L (M–Sa), Br (Su), tea (F–Sa). 701 Stone Canyon Road, Bel-Air, 310.909.1644 $$$$ Map I10
Breweries/Gastropubs FATHER’S OFFICE Microbrew mecca; one of L.A.’s best burgers. Santa Monica: L (Sa–Su), D (nightly). Culver City: L (F–Su), D (nightly). 1018 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Father’s Office 2, 3229 Helms Ave., Culver City. 310.736.2224 $$ Map L8, L11 HAVEN GASTROPUB + BREWERY L.A. importing an Orange County restaurant is rare, and so are the animals and exotic parts on Chef Greg Daniels’ menu, a love letter to meat. Begin with an appetizer of pork rillettes and end with red velvet beet cake. Many ingredients are house-made—even the truffle salt! L, D (daily). 42 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena, 626.768.9555 $$ Map Q19 PUBLIC KITCHEN & BAR Meat-heavy but still refined menu includes chicken liver terrine with strawberry-rhubarb marmalade sweetbreads; bar serves cured meats, cheeses and fresh, hand-crafted cocktails. Br (Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.7000 $$$ Map G13
British ROSE TREE COTTAGE Sweet, homey spot for English afternoon tea with gracious service from husband-andwife owners. Seatings at 1, 2:30 and 4 pm. Adjacent gift shop. High tea (Tu–Su). 801 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena, 626.793.3337 $$ Map R19 YE OLDE KING’S HEAD Pub/restaurant with cozy dining rooms, fish and chips, high tea, gift shop. B, L, D (daily), high tea (Sa). 116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.451.1402 $ Map L8
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CAFE 140 SOUTH California cuisine gets hearty at the redesigned and renamed Crocodile Cafe. Woodfired oven pizzas, thick hand-formed bugers, oakwood-
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Dining POLO LOUNGE Legendary celeb watering hole. McCarthy salad is a perennial favorite; great people watching. Reservation recommended. B, D (daily), L (M–Sa), Br (Su). Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.887.2777 $$$ Map I11 RUSTIC CANYON Discover boutique wines while sampling small plates of market-driven, Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Farro salad with roasted quince, papardelle with braised beef cheeks and pumpkin polenta are just a few of the winners. Hide in a cozy booth or mingle at the communal table. D (nightly). 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.393.7050 $$$ Map L8
grilled meats. L, D (daily). 140 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.449.9900 $$ Map R21 CHAYA The original Chaya in Japan remains open after 390 years, and Chaya’s popularity endures in Los Angeles, too. The Japanese-accented French/ Italian menus are accomplished and innovative. L (M–F), D (nightly). 8741 Alden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.8833; 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.236.9577; 110 Navy St., Venice, 310.396.1179 $$ Map I11, H16, M8 COOKS COUNTY The owners of Silver Lake’s beloved Barbrix open another winner. An edited menu of pastas, seafood, braised and slow-roasted meats, and simple starters lists the dozens of family farms from which the restaurant sources. The kitchen makes many of its own ingredients, down to condiments and cured meats. Br (Sa–Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). 8009 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.653.8009 $$ Map I12 FARMSHOP Cheery bakery and restaurant with a killer brunch—try salmon rillettes with caper berries and toasted rye. Three-course family-style dinners are served nightly, with the restaurant’s famous fried chicken the star of the meal on Sundays. B, L (M–F), Br (Sa–Su), D (nightly). Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Santa Monica, 310.566.2400 $$ Map K8 GEOFFREY’S Prettiest patio in paradise? Offers 180-degree Pacific views; creative seafood. Br (Sa–Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). 27400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.457.1519 $$$ Map northwest of K7 HATFIELD’S Husband-and-wife chef team Quinn and Karen Hatfield combine their talents in the savory and sweet departments, respectively. Guests might dine on Quinn’s reinvented croque madame with yellowtail sashimi, prosciutto and quail egg, or Karen’s heavenly sugar-and-spice beignets. D (nightly). 6703 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.935.2977 $$$ Map I13 MAR’SEL Sustainable menu with produce and herbs from chef’s on-site garden. Overlooks sparkling peninsula. D (nightly), Br (Sa–Su). Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.265.2836 $$$$ Map O13 MILO & OLIVE The husband-and-wife team behind Rustic Canyon opens a tiny, casual pizzeria and bakery. Expect to make friends with your neighbors; seating is communal tables and bar only. Zoe Nathan’s desserts and pastries shouldn’t be missed. B, L, D (daily). 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.453.6776 $$ Map K9 PARKWAY GRILL Handsome dining room; one of Pasadena’s best restaurants. Diverse menu includes tiger shrimp corndogs, prosciutto-and-arugula pizza, duck breast with cherry reduction. L (M–F), D (nightly). 510 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, 626.795.1001 $$$ Map N16
SPAGO Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant is remodeled and reimagined on the heels of its 30th anniversary. Among changes are a refreshingly modern dining room and small-plate offerings of barbecued sting ray with spicy sambal, and Santa Barbara spot prawns with suckling pig and persimmons. Glimpse some of the 30,000 wine bottles on offer in a glass-ensconced “wine wall.” L (M–Sa), D (nightly). 176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0880 $$$ Map I11 TAR & ROSES Ex-Wilshire Restaurant chef Andrew Kirschner’s first restaurant focuses on small, rustic shareable plates cooked in his wood-burning oven, but with a few days’ notice he can also whip up large, lavish family-style suppers of Moroccan-spiced goat or standing rib rack. D (Tu–Su). 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.587.0700 $$$ Map L8 THE TASTING KITCHEN Hipster foodies come for the daily changing menu of innovative yet unpretentious cuisine from new culinary darling chef Casey Lane: small or large plates of cured meats, artisan cheeses, vegetables, seafood and pastas. Br (Sa– Su), D (nightly). 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.6644 $$$ Map M9 TAVERN Chef Suzanne Goin’s third L.A. restaurant explores rustic Cal fare in chic environs, including a popular sunlit indoor patio. The frequently changing menu might include “devil’s chicken” with leeks and mustard breadcrumbs or Arctic char with orangefennel salad. B, L, D (daily), Br (Sa–Su). 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.806.6464 $$$ Map J9 208 RODEO Café spills onto cobblestone via at luxe Two Rodeo. A gem. Pan-Asian, French influences. B, L, D (daily). Two Rodeo, 208 Via Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.275.2428 $$ Map J11
Chinese CHI LIN Chinese goes Hollywood! Cecile Tang of Beverly Hills’ Joss Cuisine consulted on the Cal-Chinese menu, served in a strikingly sexy dining room featuring hundreds of pendant lamps and striking optical art with real butterfly wings. D (nightly). 9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2068 $$$$ Map I12 MR. CHOW L.A. edition of sceney restaurants in New York and London. Imperial Beijing cuisine. Beverly Hills: L (M–F), D (nightly). Malibu: D (nightly). 344 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.9911; Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7600 $$$ Map I11, K7 OCEAN SEAFOOD Vast and boisterous spot serves amazing array of traditional dishes, superfresh seafood, top-of-the-line dim sum. B, L, D (daily). 750 N. Hill St., Chinatown, 213.687.3088 $$ Map G17
Eclectic/Fusion A-FRAME Roy Choi, whose Kogi launched a thousand food trucks, offers a bizarro comfort-food menu (beer-can chicken, furikake kettle corn) with Korean
influences. List of craft beers and signature cocktails. L (Sa–Su), D (nightly). 12565 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.398.7700 $$ Map M10 BÄCO MERCAT Sizzling hot chef Josef Centeno has drawn international praise for his uniquely inspired creations. The bäco, a flatbread sandwich filled with ingredients such as oxtail hash or chicken escabeche, is his signature dish. Other selections on the diverse menu include buttermilk-fried quail and spicy hamachi crudo. L, D (daily). 408 S. Main St., downtown, 213.687.8808 $$ Map I16 GORDON RAMSAY The tyrant from TV’s Hell’s Kitchen arrives in L.A. to demonstrate why he has racked up more than a dozen Michelin stars. The restaurant is a hip setting in which to enjoy eclectically inspired dishes. Boxwood Café is adjacent. D (nightly). London West Hollywood, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.358.7788 $$$$ Map H11 MAISON AKIRA Fine French cuisine with Japanese flair (such as a bento box with Kobe beef, miso sea bass and chawanmushi) in Pasadena’s playhouse district. Ten-course omakase available. Br (Su), L (F), D (Tu–Su). 713 E. Green St., Pasadena, 626.796.9501 $$$ Map Q20 RED MEDICINE The slightly Vietnamese-inspired restaurant doesn’t hew to traditions, but the results are intriguing—and visually delicious—presentations. The menu also includes some Pan-Asian dishes such as chicken dumplings, green papaya salad and lamb belly with hoisin sauce. Open late. D (nightly). 8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 323.651.5500 $$$ Map J12 TROIS MEC New. The holy foodie trinity of Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites) and Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook (Animal, Son of a Gun) open the year’s most hotly anticipated restaurant in a 24-seat former pizzeria. Diners must purchase advance tickets via the restaurant’s website to enjoy Lefebvre’s prix-fixe, five-course meal, which might include peas and asparagus topped with salmon roe, and potato “pulp” with brown butter, bonito flakes, onion soubise and salers cheese. D (M–F). 716 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, troismec.com $$$$ Map H13
French BOUCHON The Bouchon bistros from chef Thomas Keller (the French Laundry, Per Se) have become popular for their authentic good looks and superbly executed cuisine. One might begin with salmon rillettes followed by poulet rôti or a croque madame. Br (Sa–Su), L (M–F), D (daily). 235 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.9910 $$$ Map J11 CHEVAL BISTRO The Smith Brothers (Smitty’s Grill, Arroyo Chophouse) take on the classics of French bistro fare—bouillabaisse, steak frites, coq au vin. Br (Su), D (Wu–Su). 41 S. DeLacey Ave., Pasadena, 626.577.4141 $$$ Map Q19 CHURCH & STATE Located in the historic Biscuit Co. Lofts, this downtown eatery has a hip clientele—downtown residents and commuters waiting out rush hour—who crowd the dining room or linger on the patio to soak up the vibe of an authentic French brasserie. L (M–F), D (nightly). 1850 Industrial St., downtown, 213.405.1434 $$ Map J17 COMME ÇA Chef David Myers has turned his attention to more casual French fare at this inviting brasserie with a sophisticated modern aesthetic. All the classics are here, including tarte flambé, escargot, coq au vin, bouillabaisse and duck confit. Br (Sa–Su), D (Tu–Sa). 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.782.1104 $$ Map I12 DELPHINE Just off the soaring lobby of the chic W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, demure Delphine establishes a laid-back ambience with vintage photo murals and wood barreled ceilings. Chef Sascha Lyon’s entrees include braised short ribs with roasted root
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Dining vegetables. B, L, D (daily), Br (Sa–Su). W Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1355 $$$ Map H13 ESTÉREL Provençal fare in exotic indoor-outdoor space at the Sofitel. B, L, D (daily). 8555 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.358.3979 $$$ Map I12 KENDALL’S BRASSERIE Located at the Music Center, Kendall’s is a convenient spot before or after a performance. In addition to dishes with a contemporary flair, all the brasserie favorites are here: fruits de mer, moules frites and braised lamb shank. L (daily), D (Tu–Su; M varies). 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7322 $$ Map H16 MAISON GIRAUD Alain Giraud’s simple neighborhood restaurant dishes out classic bistro fare and specialties influenced by Alsace and his native Provence; wife Catherine runs the adjacent home-goods boutique, Lavender Blue. B, L, D (daily). 1032 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, 310.459.7561 $$$ Map K7 MÉLISSE At Mélisse, consistently among L.A.’s highest-rated restaurants, chef-owner Josiah Citrin executes a sophisticated modern French menu filled with luxe ingredients. Start with lobster bolognese with black truffles before superb game dishes and selections from a nonpareil cheese cart. D (Tu–Sa). 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.395.0881 $$$$ Map M8 MONSIEUR MARCEL Charming bistro, wine bar and gourmet market at Farmers Market and Third Street Promenade; Beverly Hills location is more upscale. Br (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.939.7792; 1260 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 310.587.1166; 447 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.274.7300 $$ Map I13, L8, I11 PATINA The Walt Disney Concert Hall is a winning composition of impressive classical music offerings and fine dining at its in-house restaurant, Patina. Game dishes are a frequent presence on the menu, such as wood pigeon with yams, celeriac and pear. D (Tu–Sa). 141 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3331 $$$$ Map H17 PETROSSIAN Chef Giselle Wellman works with the brand’s signature caviar in creative ways. Highlights include caviar- and roe-topped blinis, vanilla panna cotta with espresso “caviar” (actually tapioca). B, L (daily), D (M–Sa). 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.271.6300 $$$ Map J12
Be magically transported to colorful Morocco and the beginning of a never ending feast. Babouch serves exquisite, authentic Moroccan cuisine in a tent like atmosphere with belly dancing nightly. Specialties include lamb, brochette of beef, cous cous, seafood and shrimp.
ANGELINI OSTERIA Hardly elegant or romantic, this is nonetheless one of L.A.’s premier Italian restaurants. Chef-owner Gino Angelini demonstrates remarkable range and finesse, from sea-salt-crusted whole branzino to the heavenly lasagna in herb sauce he inherited from his grandmother. Reservation required for dinner, recommended for lunch. L (Tu–F), D (Tu–Su). 7313 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.297.0070 $$$ Map I13 BESTIA Multiregional Italian restaurant in the hip Arts District. The former executive chef at Angelini Osteria serves up such “beast”-focused dishes as hand-rolled fusilli and braised goat with housemade ricotta salata and pistachio oil, and a selection of house-cured meats. D (Tu–Su). 2121 E. 7th Place, downtown, 213.514.5724 $$$ Map east of J17 CECCONI’S This London-based restaurant caters to a well-heeled clientele who come to schmooze over bellinis and ciccheti (small plates). Pastas including a beautiful artichoke tortelli and seafood such as grilled octopus with capers are well executed. B, L, D (daily), Br (Sa–Su). 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000 $$$ Map I12
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Dining inspirations are evident on the menu. The modern design includes a sleek crudo bar and an impressive 25-foot chandelier. B (daily), L (M–Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.860.4000 $$$ Map J12 DRAGO CENTRO Celestino Drago’s executed Italian fare—garganelli with pork sausage and fennel seeds, truffle-crusted Jidori chicken—and extensive wine list in a contemporary and handsome space. L (M–F), D (nightly). 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.228.8998 $$$ Map H16 ENOTECA DRAGO Sicilian chef Celestino Drago, whose family has built an Italian dining dynasty in L.A., offers an enoteca menu and wine bar dispensing 50 labels by the glass. Dishes include miniature ravioli in foie gras-truffle sauce and whole striped bass in salmoriglio sauce. L (M–Sa), D (daily). 410 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.786.8236 $$ Map J11 GUSTO Former Culina chef Vic Casanova opens an intimate neighborhood ristorante with a look and feel remniscent of his native Bronx. Dishes such as polpette (pork meatballs) plated over chilled whipped ricotta, baccalà (salt cod) croquettes and fresh-made pastas deserve praise. D (nightly). 8432 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.1778 $$ Map I12 IL FORNAIO Trattoria-style favoritest. Beverly Hills: B, L, D (daily). Manhattan Beach: Br (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). Pasadena: Br (Su), L, D (daily). 301 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.550.8330; 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.725.9555; 1 Colorado, Pasadena, 626.683.9797 $$ Map J11, L13, Q19 MATTEO’S An old favorite of the Rat Pack endures. Burrata campana salad, mussels in white wine, ossobuco Milanese. D (Tu–Su). 2321 Westwood Blvd., L.A., 310.475.4521 $$ Map K10 OSTERIA DRAGO Prolific restaurateur/chef and Sicilian native Celestino Drago opens another outpost serving his reliably delicious and comforting cuisine. Shellfish with a citrus vinaigrette is served atop a smooth sea urchin panna cotta, while a raviolo stuffed with ricotta and egg yolk is topped with truffles. L (M–F), D (nightly). 8741 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 310.657.1182 $$$ Map H12 OSTERIA MOZZA Famed L.A.-based bread maker Nancy Silverton teamed up with affable Mario Batali on Mozza’s duo 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 $$$ Map H13 PAPARAZZI RISTORANTE Contemporary Italian, steaks and comforting sides. D (M–Sa). Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 Century Blvd., Westchester, 310.642.4820 $$ Map O11
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PIZZERIA MOZZA The other half of Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali’s Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza is a more relaxed dining experience, and it’s far easier to get a table than at its sibling, Osteria Mozza, next door. It features pizzas with Mediterranean ingredients, cheeses and salumi plates, and rustic daily specials. L, D (daily). 641 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.297.0101 $$ Map H13 RAO’S New. New York’s highly exclusive, family-owned eatery, a legendary celeb and mob hangout, goes Hollywood. Red-sauce specialties galore; the veal meatballs are a Rao’s signature. D (M–F). 1006 Seward St., Hollywood, 323.962.7267 $$$$ Map H13 RIVABELLA Beloved Gino Angelini (Angelini Osteria) steps in as chef-partner of this rustic Italian concept from Innovative Dining Group. L (M–F), D (nightly). 9201 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2060 $$$$ Map I12
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SCARPETTA Scott Conant’s much-lauded NYC-based concept is replicated at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel. Conant is deservedly famous for dishes such as a simple, unbeatable spaghetti with tomato and basil. Br (Su), D (nightly). 225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7970 $$$ Map I11 SOLETO TRATTORIA & PIZZA BAR Contemporary Southern Italian in spacious, warehouse-chic environs. Antipasti such as grilled oyster mushrooms sprinkled white with truffle oil precede gourmet pizzas (potatoand-bacon, spicy smoked speck) and pastas accented with house-made sausages. L (M–F), D (M–Sa). 801 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.622.3255 $$ Map I16 SUPERBA SNACK BAR At Jason Neroni and Paul Hibler’s pastaria, house-made noodles are given the most attention, occasionally smoked and infused for maximum flavor. A short wine list includes only California labels, and a selection of beer- and wine-based cocktails is available. Reservations available for parties of six or more only. Br (Sa–Su), L (F), D (nightly). 533 Rose Ave., Venice, 310.399.6400 $$$ Map M8 TRATTORIA NEAPOLIS New. Pastas, gourmet Neapolitan pizzas and specialties such as rabbit porchetta and cod saltimbocca cooked using a wood-burning oven or grill. Mixologist Vincenzo Marianella handles the artisanal cocktail program, “Beer Chick” Christina Perozzi the craft beer menu. Br (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). 336 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.792.3000 $$$ Map R21
Japanese BENIHANA This restaurant sees teppanyaki chefs slicing and dicing at each table and grilling up simple fare such as tender steak and chicken, savory vegetables, and shrimp and lobster, which is delivered sizzling to diners’ plates. Encino: L, D (daily). Beverly Hills: L, D (daily). Torrance: L, D (daily). Santa Monica: L, D (daily). 38 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 323.655.7311; 1447 4th St., Santa Monica, 310.260.1423; Encino, 818.788.7121; Torrance, 310.316.7777 $$ Map I12, L8, G9, M14
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KATSUYA Sushi chef Katsuya Uechi turns out exotic delicacies in sultry spaces by designer Philippe Starck. From signature cocktails to king crab cooked over the robata grill to exotically flavored crème brûlées, Katsuya is never boring. L (varies by location), D (nightly). Downtown: 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, 213.747.9797 $$$ Map K9, H14, northeast of T23, I15 KATSU-YA Top sushi bar along the Valley’s Sushi Row; no-frills décor. Expect a crowd. Studio City: L (M–Sa), D (nightly). Encino: L (M–Sa), D (nightly). 11680 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.985.6976; 16542 Ventura Blvd., Encino, 818.788.2396 $$ Map U18, A1 MATSUHISA Superchef Nobu Matsuhisa’s more modest original flagship incorporates luxurious Western ingredients and Latin American spices. Monkfish liver pâté with caviar and Chilean sea bass with truffles are just a couple of his creations. L (M–F), D (nightly). 129 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.659.9639 $$$$ Map I12 NOBU The glitzy flagship of Nobu Matsuhisa attracts celebrities as well as serious foodies. An extensive menu of traditional and avant-garde sushi includes many dishes with beguiling Peruvian accents. Sakes and omakase feasts result in soaring tabs, but the cuisine measures up. West Hollywood: D (nightly). Malibu: L, D (daily). 903 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.5711; Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.9140 $$$$ Map H12, east of A1
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SUGARFISH Kazunori Nozawa—aka the “Sushi Nazi,” chef/owner of Studio City’s famed former Sushi Nozawa—opens a cheery, casual spot offering preset menus. Tips are included, but prices are about half those at the original. L, D (daily). 47221/4 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.306.6300; 11640 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.820.4477; 600 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.627.3000; 1345 2nd St., Santa Monica, 310.393.3338; 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas, 818.223.9966; 212 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.276.6900 $$ Map N9, K9, I16, L8, west of A1, J11 SUSHI ROKU Nouvelle Japanese, sleek décor. Creative menu includes albacore tacos, salmon sashimi with black truffles shaved tableside. L.A.: L (M–Sa), D (nightly). Santa Monica and Pasadena: L, D (daily). 8445 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.655.6767; 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771; 33 Miller Alley, Pasadena, 626.683.3000 $$$ Map I12, L8, Q19 SUSHI SASABUNE Don’t ask for a California or spicy tuna roll—you’ll be swiftly denied—but do expect incredibly fresh, authentically prepared sushi. The impressive omakase is recommended. L (M–F), D (M–Sa). 11917 Wilshire Blvd., West L.A., 310.478.3596 $$$$ Map K9 URASAWA If you’re serious about sushi, make a date to sit at the maple bar of Urasawa. Here you’ll be treated to an incredible omakase dinner—don’t even ask about price—that features the freshest, most artfully presented sushi, sashimi and shabu-shabu dishes. Reservation required. D (Tu–Sa). 218 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.247.8939 $$$$ Map I11
Korean CHOSUN GALBEE Korean barbecue restaurant offers a more upscale ambience than most, with an elegant open-air patio. L, D (daily) 3330 W. Olympic Blvd., Koreatown, 323.734.3330 $$$ Map OSEK Traditional specialties including bibimbap, galbi, bulgogi and tofu soup. L, D (Tu–Su). 67 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.644.1299 $ Map Q19
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Ye Olde King’s Head
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Mediterranean AOC Explore a Mediterranean-inspired menu at the eatery that pioneered two L.A. culinary trends: the smallplates format and the wine bar. Chef-owner Suzanne Goin offers addictive bacon-wrapped, Parmesan-stuffed dates and an excellent selection of cheeses and cured meats from a charcuterie bar. Br (Sa–Su), D (nightly). 8700 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.653.6359 $$ Map I12 BARBRIX Of the small-plate eateries, this restaurant, in a converted schoolhouse, is one of the best. Solo diners eat at the bar while couples relax on a charming patio and revelers toast near an exhibition kitchen. Among the standouts are pappardelle with pork and pancetta ragú. D (nightly). 2442 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake, 323.662.2442 $$$ Map east of W23 CLEO The SBE group’s noisy mezze bar is an unquestionable high point of the Hollywood dining scene. Chef Daniel Elmaleh’s eastern and southern Mediterranean small plates include kebabs of pork belly and blood sausage and wood-burned flatbreads. Cocktails are expensive but irresistible. D (nightly). The Redbury, 1717 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.962.1711 $$$ Map H14 CROSSROADS KITCHEN Chef/partner Tal Ronnen creates exclusively plant-based dishes, many based on nonvegan comfort classics. Try the creative “crab cake” comprising hearts of palm, apples and beets, or the attractive artichoke “oysters” topped with crispy oyster mushrooms, tomato béarnaise and kelp caviar. The wine list features organic and biodynamic labels. D (nightly). 8284 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.782.9245 $$ Map H12
British Fare, imported beers and world famous Fish & Chips. Open for breakfast weekends at 8am, Fabulous happy hour Mon–Fri 4-7pm. Traditional Afternoon Tea is served Mon-Sat 11:30am-4:30pm. Karaoke Sundays at 9pm. Heated patio. Quiz shows every Wednesday. 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.
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Dining FIG & OLIVE New York-based restaurant’s cuisine is an ode to olive oil: pumpkin sage ravioli drizzled with porcini olive oil, grilled branzino glazed with fig and picholine olive oil. Br (Sa–Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). 8490 Melrose Place, L.A., 310.360.9100 $$$ Map I12 GJELINA Under the direction of talented young chef Travis Lett, hipster servers in T-shirts and newsboy caps serve seasonal Cal-Med small plates and pizzas to chic Westsiders. It’s one of Venice’s most popular restaurants and the neighborhood’s most lively patio. Br (Sa–Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1429 $$ Map N9 LUCQUES Chef-owner Suzanne Goin delivers the next generation of California cuisine, which includes dishes such as turmeric-spiced root vegetable tagine, and 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 $$$ Map I13 RAY’S & STARK BAR Petite, Renzo Piano–designed eatery at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Contemporary Med-inspired cuisine including vegetables cooked in wood-burning oven. Adjacent Stark Bar offers designer cocktails on an outdoor patio. L, D (Th–Tu). 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6180 $$ Map J13
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BORDER GRILL At Border Grill, chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger combine their unabashed love for Mexico’s market vendors, home cooks and taco stands. The result: bold, fresh and innovative Mexican cuisine. The downtown location offers a free shuttle to L.A. Live and the Music Center. Santa Monica: Br (Sa– Su), L, D (daily). Downtown: L (M–F), D (nightly). 1445 4th St., Santa Monica, 310.451.1655; 445 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.486.5171 $$ Map L8, H16 CABO WABO CANTINA New. Musician Sammy Hagar’s rock ‘n’ roll restaurant and bar offers festive tacos, burritos, tableside guacamole and grill fare. L, D (daily). 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.860.1881 $ Map H13 1810 An eclectic menu features specialties from the Americas and Italy—everything from Argentine sausage to sauteed zucchini, plus some reasonably priced steaks—in casual, brick-clad environs. L, D (daily). 121 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.795.5658 $$ Map Q20 MO-CHICA The Peruvian food-court stand that earned Ricardo Zarate the title of Best New Chef from Food & Wine is reinvented as a fine-dining destination. Comfort-food small plates populate the menu; check out the traditional lomo saltado or the alpaca stew topped with a fried egg. D (M–Sa). 514 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.622.3744 $$$ Map I16
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PETTY CASH TAQUERÍA New. Chef Walter Manzke, previously known for his restrained French fare at Bastide and Church & State, delivers in-yourface Mexican street food using local, seasonal ingredients and refined technique. Winning dishes include pig ear nachos with crema poblana topped with a soft egg, and savory churros, oozing cheese and served with a green mole–corn dip. D (nightly). 7360 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.933.5300 $$ Map I13 PICCA Ricardo Zarate’s second Peruvian restaurant has grand ambitions and a Japanese twist, with a more dressed-up dining room and larger menu featuring small plates of ceviches, tiraditos, anticuchos and Peruvian-style sushi. Mezzanine bar serves pisco cocktails. D (M–Su). 9575 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A., 310.277.0133 $$ Map J11 RED O Rick Bayless, one of the leading authorities on Mexican cuisine in America, is consulting chef at this sexy, transporting Melrose eatery. Many of his
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Seafood FISHING WITH DYNAMITE David LeFevre, a Water Grill alum, loads his menu with East Coast inspirations as well as some innovative dishes. Among the old-school small plates are New England–style clam chowder with Nueske’s bacon and Maryland blue crab cakes with housemade pickles and remoulade. L, D (daily). 1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.893.6299 $$$ Map L13
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thoughtful dishes are grounded in tradition, such as Pacific sole and Mazatlan blue shrimp ceviches and cochinita pibil. Br (Su), D (nightly). 8155 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.5009 $$$ Map I12 RIVERA Chef John Sedlar showcases his flair for pan-Latin flavors and attention to detail; consider the housemade nixtamal tortillas inlaid with edible flowers or plates with intricate designs stenciled in spices. A pioneer of the craft cocktail movement, Rivera has an unbeatable menu of tequila tipples. L (M–F), D (nightly). 1050 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.749.1460 $$$ Map I16 ROSA MEXICANO Guacamole en molcajete and pomegranate margaritas in lounge-y, dramatic atmosphere. Br (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.746.0001; 8570 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.4991 $$ Map I15, H12
Pan-Asian BUGIS STREET BRASSERIE Specialties from Singapore, Malaysia and China—Hainanese chicken rice, nasi goreng, char siu roast pork, chicken satay and more—at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Wines, sakes and beers. L, D (daily). 501 S. Olive St., downtown, 213.624.1100 $ Map I16 LUKSHON Sang Yoon of Father’s Office opens a slick Southeast Asian eatery with a selection of craft beers and Far East-inspired cocktail program. The crispy whole market fish is not to be missed. L (Tu–F), D (M–Sa). 3239 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.202.6808 $$$ Map K12 WP24 From its 24th-floor roost, WP24 proves that Wolfgang Puck, who pioneered Asian fusion, has still got the goods. The restaurant might offer downtown’s best skyline views. Highlights include “Not Too Classic” hot and sour soup and steamed bao filled with pork belly. D (nightly). The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.743.8824 $$$$ Map I15
Quick Bites IN-N-OUT SoCal’s iconic burgers, cooked to order— try the off-menu “animal style”—plus fries and shakes. Seating and drive-through. Open late. B, L, D (daily). 7009 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 800.786.1000 and 10 other locations $ Map H13 PINK’S HOT DOGS There’s a perpetual queue in front of this hot dog stand, open since 1939, which serves 30 kinds of dogs and chili cheeseburgers, too. Open late. B, L, D (daily). 709 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.931.4223 $ Map I13
GLADSTONE’S MALIBU One of SoCal’s biggest hits with a million visitors each year. Dramatic ocean views. B (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.454.3474 $$ Map west of K7 THE HUNGRY CAT East Coast fare in hip little spots. Dungeness crab benedict; you-peel or they-peel shrimp by the half-pound. Hollywood: Br (Sa–Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). Santa Monica: D (nightly). Sunset+Vine, 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323.462.2155; 100 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, 310.459.3337 $$ Map H14, L7 LITTLEFORK While many of L.A.’s restaurants look to the Far East for inspiration, executive chef Jason Travi zeroed in on the East Coast, drawing on his Boston roots and utilizing his favorite New England purveyors. Signature seafood dishes include clams casino and crispy oyster sliders with pickled hot peppers, and nonseafood items include the favorite maple eggs. Br (Sa–Su), D (nightly). 1600 Wilcox Ave., Hollywood, 323.465.3675 $$$ Map H14 THE LOBSTER Enjoy a view of the Pacific while indulging in superlative seafood from this Santa Monica Pieradjacent restaurant. The outdoor patio is most coveted for sampling the eponymous crustacean in various iterations. Chef Collin Crannell does a fine job with other seafood dishes, too. L, D (daily). 1602 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.9294 $$$ Map L8 McCORMICK & SCHMICK’S Classy wood, glass and brass space; seafood any way you like it. Happy hour. L (varies by location), D (nightly). 206 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.0434; 111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.405.0064; 633 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.629.1929; 2101 Rosecrans Ave., El Segundo, 310.416.1123 $$ Map Q19, I11, H16, L13 PROVIDENCE Chef-owner Michael Cimarusti transforms seafood from the world’s most pristine waters into inventive dishes such as kampachi with miso, buttermilk and green grapes, and striped bass with bacon and Bordelaise sauce. Outstanding cocktails complement Michelin-recognized cuisine. L (F), D (nightly). 5955 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.460.4170 $$$$ Map I14 SON OF A GUN Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the meat-loving chefs at Animal, turn to the sea for new inspiration. They cook up small shareable plates such as salmon collar, miniature lobster rolls and shrimp toast sandwiches in a nautically themed space. L (M–F), D (nightly). 8370 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.9033 $$$ Map I12 WATER GRILL The premier seafood restaurant is famed for its huge platters of fruits de mer from the oyster bar. Low-temperature cooking methods are used in dishes such as sauteed Columbia River sturgeon, yielding sensational results. There’s no corkage fee, so why not BYOB? Downtown: L (M–F), D (nightly). Santa Monica: L, D (daily). 544 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.891.0900; 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.394.5669 $$$$ Map H16, L8
Spanish THE BAZAAR BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS Star chef José Andrés brings whimsical set of Spanish-style dining experiences to the eminently stylish SLS Hotel. Cuisine ranges from rustic fare to the molecular gastronomy creations that have made Spain a culinary leader. Tasting room Saam offers an unforgettable 22-course prix fixe menu. D (nightly). 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.5555 $$$ Map H16 CAFE SEVILLA Authentic Spanish fare and tapas bar on a bustling strip in downtown Long Beach. Dinner show on Saturdays; nightclub upstairs. D (nightly). 140 Pine Ave., Long Beach, 562.495.1111 $$ Map N16
Steak ARROYO CHOPHOUSE Exclusively USDA Prime at handsome spot from the Smith Brothers. D (nightly). 536 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, 626.577.7463 $$$$ Map R20 BOA Way hip, way fine steakhouse. Steak rubs and dips; out-there cocktails. Santa Monica: L, D (daily). West Hollywood: L (M–F), D (nightly). 101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.4466; 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2050 $$$ Map M8, H11 CUT A collaboration between Getty Center architect Richard Meier and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, Cut is the place to savor genuine Kobe beef steaks ($120plus) or dry-aged Nebraska beef. Puck’s menu is short on nostalgia but long on flavor. D (M–Sa). Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.276.8500 $$$$ Map J11 THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY The Grill is a venerable industry hangout, where the maître d’ juggles Hollywood heavyweights, each demanding his favorite table for dealmaking lunches. Polished waiters deliver steaks, Cobb salads and chicken pot pies in a dining room with classic good looks. Beverly Hills: L (M–Sa), D (nightly). Hollywood: L, D (daily), Br (Su). Thousand Oaks: L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.276.0615; The Grill on Hollywood, Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.856.5530; 120 E. Promenade Way, Thousand Oaks, 805.418.1760 $$$ Map I11, H13, north of A10 MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE Swanky “steakhouse with personality.” Bone-in-filet reigns; warm butter cake melts in your mouth. New Penthouse at Mastro’s is an upstairs lounge. D (nightly). 246 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8782 $$$ Map J11 MORTON’S Clubby ambience, show-and-tell menu, huge portions. L (M–F), D (nightly). 435 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.1501;735 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.553.4566; The Pinnacle, 3400 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.238.0424 $$$ Map I11, I16, T20 THE STINKING ROSE “We season our garlic with food,” from Gartini cocktail to garlic ice cream. 40-Clove Garlic Chicken, Silence of the Lamb Shank, Vladimir’s Garlic “Stakes” menu with six steak options. L, D (daily). 55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.652.7673 $$ Map I12 WOLFGANG’S STEAKHOUSE Chef Wolfgang Zwiener opens outpost of his New York steakhouse. Try the dry-aged porterhouse steak for two, three or four. L (M–F), D (nightly). 445 N. Cañ on Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0640 $$$$ Map J11
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PITA JUNGLE Light, fast-casual Mediterranean staples such as dolmades and gyros mixed with Mexican, Italian and even Caribbean fare. 43 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.432.7482 $ Map Q19
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208 RODEO Set atop the stairs on Via Rodeo’s cobblestone street, 208 Rodeo serves up luxury and bistro fare in a unique, romantic setting. Exuding Rodeo Drive elegance, the restaurant’s flagstone patio overlooks the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, setting of the film Pretty Woman. 208 Rodeo is a gem among the ritzy shops of Two Rodeo. Whether it is for breakfast, lunch, happy hour or dinner, for a quick bite or a full meal, 208 Rodeo offers it all amid warm regency décor. Offering California cuisine with pan-Asian and French influences, the eatery serves dishes that are beautifully presented and imaginatively prepared with seasonal ingredients. Menu highlights include tomato roasted salmon and grilled steak. 208 Rodeo also serves cocktails, wines and beers, delectable desserts such as chocolate Florentine and tiramisu, and Illy coffee drinks. A children’s menu is available for all meals. B, L, D (daily).
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Breakfast Organic oatmeal Almond-and-berry French toast Eggs Benedict Eggs Florentine Huevos rancheros Omelet Frittata Fruit salad and yogurt Starters Dungeness crab cake Crispy calamari French onion soup Spicy tuna tartare Roasted baby beet Truffled and sweet fries Tomato bisque Sesame prawns Cheese platter Entrees Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich Seafood salad Seared ahi sandwich Chicken-and-goat-cheese salad Kobe beef burger Chicken sandwich Niçoise salad Penne arrabiata Grilled filet mignon Mushroom and salmon pasta Diver scallops Roasted miso salmon Grilled striped bass Pork chop Chicken schnitzel Desserts Chocolate Florentine cannoli Mix berry rolada Caramel napoleon Tiramisu Triple-layer chocolate mousse White chocolate cheesecake Fruit tart
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BENIHANA BEVERLY HILLS Benihana Beverly Hills has been a landmark on Restaurant Row since 1971. At the heart of the experience lies the teppanyaki table, where masterful chefs expertly prepare favorites such as filet mignon, colossal shrimp with butter and lemon, cold-water lobster and the signature hibachi chicken fried rice cooked to order in front of guests. Benihana chefs are as well-known for their culinary theatrics as they are for their outstanding cooking. The appetizer menu includes sushi rolls, nigiri and tempura selections. Wines, premium imported sakes, colorful cocktails and deliciously flavored iced teas are featured on the beverage menu. Children 12 and under can choose from the Kabuki Kids menu. Benihana is the perfect place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and any other special occasion. L, D (daily).
Starters Assorted maki (sushi rolls) Hand roll combination Sushi sampler Sashimi sampler Calamari, shrimp or scallop tempura Beef sashimi Shrimp, scallop or calamari sautĂŠ Edamame Miso soup Hibachi chicken rice Spicy seafood soup Entrees Filet mignon Hibachi steak Hibachi lemon chicken Colossal mango shrimp Spicy hibachi chicken Hibachi Chateaubriand Hibachi mango salmon Hibachi tuna steak Hibachi scallops Hibachi shrimp Twin lobster tails Spicy tofu steak Seafood Diablo with udon noodles Yakisoba Emperors salad Desserts HĂ¤agen-Dazs ice cream Green tea ice cream Fresh pineapple boat Banana tempura
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PAPARAZZI RISTORANTE Ranked one of the top 10 Italian restaurants in Southern California by Gayot, Paparazzi Ristorante is a hidden gem in the heart of L.A. Executive chef Orazio Parisi inspires the senses with his simple, classic Italian cuisine with a nod to Southern Italy, which earned him the title of Chef of the Year from the Southern California Food Writer Association in 2011. Paparazzi Ristorante delights diners with fresh pastas in authentic sauces as well as skillfully prepared seafood, steaks and poultry. House specialties include Il Cioppino dei Paparazzi, an enticing combination of seafood in a fennel pomodoro broth served with classic garlic ciabatta, as well as lasagna al brasato, fresh pasta layered with braised short ribs, rich cream, garlic sauteed spinach and mozzarella. Other favorites include garganelli alla salsiccia, spaghetti alla chitarra, ossobuco and pizzetta boscaiola. All feature robust flavors and beautiful wine pairings. Want to throw a party? The elegant private dining room can accommodate up to 40 people and is equipped with audio-visual needs for your entertainment. It’s the perfect setting for you and your friends to have a great evening and enjoy chef Parisi’s creations. Your taste buds will thank you. D (M–Sa).
Starters Burrata Lattughe miste Cavoletto Toscano Little Gem “Caesar” Melanzane Gamberoni al guanciale Cinghiale Polipo Crostini Calamari Formaggi Salumi Pizzetta al prosciutto Pizzetta boscaiola Pizzetta Margherita Pastas Bolognese Lasagna al brasato Pappardelle Mezzaluna Garganelli Chitarra Kobe beef ravioli Entrees Cioppino Salmone Branzino Vaccaro Filetto Bistecca Ossobuco Pollo Abbacchio Maiale
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Rose Tree Cottage
Hong Kong has the Peninsula hotel. London, Claridge’s. And L.A.’s premier afternoon tea spot is Rose Tree Cottage. Enjoy a traditional English-style afternoon tea accompanied by mouth-watering finger sandwiches and freshly baked sweets served with Devon cream and preserves at this charming tearoom. Dining on fine Royal Crown Derby and Royal Doulton bone china, guests sit in an indoor tearoom or an outdoor safari-themed pavilion amid a garden. Surrounded by gift items sourced from England, the sounds of clinking teacups and soft music, the scents of fresh roses and baked goods, you will think you’re in another time and place far, far away. Reservations taken by telephone only. Tea served at 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 (Tu–Su).
801 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena 626.793.3337 rosetreecottage.com
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 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 feature 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
Celebrate living well. This grill and wine bar invites you to discover the sensational flavors of seasonally inspired dishes and an award-winning international wine list. Menu items contain market-fresh ingredients and are prepared using cooking techniques such as oak-fire grilling and brick-oven roasting. The result is dishes that are lighter in calories, thoughtfully prepared in appropriate portion sizes, so guests can feel free to indulge in a number of dishes including flatbreads and signature miniature desserts. The casually sophisticated ambience evokes the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright using solid Honduran mahogany and autumn ledgestone. There are more than 100 wines on the list with more than 52 available by the glass. L, D (daily).
1501 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica 310.451.1152 seasons52.com special advertising section
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Il Fornaio’s award-winning authentic Italian cuisine is a favorite in Los Angeles. Specialties include house-made pastas, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto, and rotisserie meats. Fresh pastas are made daily. Each month a special menu from a different region of Italy is featured. With an event coordinator on-site to handle all of your needs, Il Fornaio is the perfect location for special events and business functions. Repeat recipient of The Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence”.
301 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.550.8330 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.725.9555 1 Colorado, Pasadena, 626.683.9797 ilfornaio.com
Sonoma Wine GArden Sonoma Wine Garden showcases bold Mediterranean flavors with a California touch. Its chefs source produce at local farmers markets to ensure the menu reflects the freshest ingredients. With almost 50 by-the-glass offerings, the extensive wine list complements a diverse menu of small plates. The main dining room features a mammoth chandelier made with wine bottles, a floor-to-ceiling wine cellar, and walls paneled with genuine wine cases. A picture window provides views of the Pacific Ocean, and the deck affords an excellent view of the restaurant’s bar and gardens. Sample some of the world’s finest wines by the ounce or glass via the 16-bottle Enomatic wine-dispensing machine. Br (Sa-Su), L (M-F), D (nightly).
395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica 424.214.4560 sonomawinegardensantamonica.com
The Stinking Rose
Located on Beverly Hills’ famed Restaurant Row, The Stinking Rose has made a name for itself, and its popularity is evident—people fill the unique dining rooms to partake of the tasty food enhanced by the fragrant bulb. Specialties include two pounds of whole, garlic-roasted Dungeness crab in a secret garlic sauce and the ever-popular forty-clove garlic chicken. “The Best Steak I Ever Tasted was in a Garlic Restaurant—The Stinking Rose in Beverly Hills”—Vladimir. L, D (daily).
55 N. La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire Blvd.), Beverly Hills 310.652.7673 thestinkingrose.com special advertising section
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Restaurants City Index Our superguide by area, with cross reference to listings by cuisine. BEVERLY HILLS
LA CIENEGA boulevard
SOUTH BAY/Long Beach
THE BAZAAR (Spanish)............................................ 80
a-Frame (Eclectic)......................................................... 74
BENIHANA (Japanese).................................................. 77
BOUCHON (French)....................................................... 74
father’s office 2 (Brew/Pub)...................... 73
fig & olive (Mediterranean).................................... 79
CHAYA (California)............................................................ 74
MATSUHISA (Japanese)............................................... 77
CULINA (Italian)............................................................... 75 CUT (Steak)..........................................................................80 ENOTECA DRAGO (Italian).................................... 76 THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY (Steak)................ 86 IL CIELO (Italian)............................................................. 76 IL FORNAIO (Italian).................................................... 76 MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE (Steak)...................80 McCORMICK & SCHMICK’S (Seafood)...........80 MONSIEUR MARCEL (French).............................. 75 MORTON’S (Steak)........................................................80
NOBU (Japanese)............................................................... 77
downtown bestia (Italian)................................................................. 75
chaya (California)............................................................ 74
geoffrey’s (California)............................................ 74
chosun galbee (Korean).................................... 78
gladstone’s malibu (Seafood)....................80
church & State (French)..................................... 74
maison giraud (French)...................................... 75
drago centro (Italian)........................................ 76
mr. chow (Chinese).................................................... 74
engine co. no. 28 (American)........................... 72
MR. CHOW (Chinese).................................................... 74
katsuya (Japanese)...................................................... 77 kendall’s brasserie (French)..................... 75
RED MEDICINE (Eclectic).......................................... 74
McCORMICK & SCHMICK’S (Seafood)............80
SCARPETTA (Italian).................................................... 77
mo-chica (Latin).......................................................... 79
SPAGO (California)............................................................ 74
208 RODEO (California).............................................. 74
NOÉ (American).................................................................. 72
URASAWA (Japanese)................................................... 78
patina (French)................................................................ 75
WOLFGANG PUCK (American)............................. 73
BEVERLY Boulevard 3RD street MELROSE avenue Angelini osteria (Italian)................................ 75 AOC (Mediterranean)......................................................... 78 Comme çA (French)..................................................... 74 COOKS COUNTY (California).................................. 74 crossroads kitchen (Mediterranean)..... 78
rosa mexicano Mexican)...................................80 soleto trattoria (Italian).............................. 77 SUGARFISH (Japanese)................................................ 78 water grill (Seafood)............................................80 WP24 (Pan-Asian).............................................................80
HOLLYWOOD/EASTSIDE allumette (American).............................................. 72 barbrix (Mediterranean)............................................ 78
Gusto (Italian)................................................................. 76
cabo wabo cantina (Mexican).................. 79
hatfield’s (California)............................................ 74
cleo (Mediterranean)...................................................... 78
ink. (American)................................................................... 72
delphine (French)........................................................ 74
jar (American).................................................................... 72
the grill on hollywood (Steak).........80
lucques (Mediterranean)........................................... 79
HARD ROCK CAFE (American)............................. 72
OSTERIA MOZZA (Italian)....................................... 76
the HUNGRY CAT (Seafood).................................80
Pizzeria Mozza (Italian)..................................... 76
in-n-out BURGER (Quick Bites).........................80
providence (Seafood).............................................80 red o (Mexican)............................................................... 79 son of a gun (Seafood)........................................80 sushi roku (Japanese)............................................. 78
Brentwood KATSUYA (Japanese)...................................................... 77 sugarfish (Japanese)................................................ 78
KATSUYA (Japanese)...................................................... 77
fishing with dynamite (Seafood)............80 il fornaio (Italian).................................................... 76 MAR’SEL (California)....................................................... 74
bÄco mercat (Eclectic).......................................... 74
POLO LOUNGE (California)....................................... 74
WOLFGANG’S STEAKHOUSE (Steak).........80
THE STINKING ROSE (Steak)...............................80
cafe sevilla (Spanish)..........................................80
NOBU MALIBU (Japanese)........................................ 77 saddle peak lodge (American)................... 72
m.b. post (American)................................................... 72 mccormick & schmick’s (Seafood)............80 the strand house (American)....................... 72
Valley BENIHANA (Japanese).................................................. 77
claim jumper (American)..................................... 72
arroyo chophouse (Steak)..........................80
KATSU-YA (Japanese).................................................... 77
cafe 140 south (California)................................ 73
cheval bistro (French)........................................ 74 1810 (Latin)........................................................................... 79 haven gastropub (Brew/Pub)....................... 73
tinhorn flats (American).................................. 73 umami burger (American)................................... 73
il fornaio (Italian).................................................... 76 KATSUYA (Japanese)...................................................... 77
maison akira (Eclectic)......................................... 74
chaya (California)............................................................ 74
mccormick & schmick’s (Seafood)............80
GJELINA (Mediterranean)............................................. 79
parkway grill (California).................................. 74 pita jungle (Quick Bites)........................................80 rose tree cottage (British).......................... 73
superba snack bar (Italian)......................... 77 the tasting kitchen (California)................. 74
slater’s 50/50 (American)................................... 72 smitty’s grill (American).................................... 72 sushi roku (Japanese)............................................. 78 trattoria neapolis (Italian)........................ 77 vertical wine bistro (American)............. 73
WEST HOLLYWOOD BOA (Steak)..........................................................................80 cecconi’s (Italian)....................................................... 75 chi lin (Chinese)............................................................. 74
santa monica boa (Steak)..........................................................................80
estérel (French)............................................................ 75 EVELEIGH (American)................................................... 72
Border Grill (Mexican)........................................ 79 del frisco’s grille (American).................... 72
Gordon Ramsay (Eclectic)................................. 74
farmshop (California)................................................ 74
osteria drago (Italian)....................................... 76
father’s office (Brew/Pub)........................... 73
petrossian (French)............................................... 78
public kitchen + Bar (Brew/Pub).............. 73
the hungry cat (Seafood).................................80
rao’s (Italian).................................................................... 76
THE LOBSTER (Seafood)............................................80
tinhorn flats (American).................................. 73
MÉLISSE (French)............................................................. 75
trois mec (Eclectic).................................................... 74
MILO & OLIVE (California)......................................... 74
umami burger (American)................................... 73
monsieur marcel (French).............................. 75 rustic canyon (California)................................. 74
TAVERN (California)....................................................... 74
rivabella (Italian)...................................................... 76 rosa mexicano Mexican)...................................80
WESTSIDE matteo’s (Italian)....................................................... 76
seasons 52 (American)............................................ 72
ANIMAL (American)........................................................ 72
sushi roku (Japanese)............................................. 78
CRAFT (American)............................................................ 72
CUBE (Italian)..................................................................... 74
TAR & ROSES (California)........................................... 74
hinoki & the bird (American).......................... 72
pink’s hot dogs (Quick Bites)...........................80
wilshire (California)................................................... 73
sotto (Italian).................................................................. 77
Seasons 52 (American)............................................ 72
ray’s & stark bar (Mediterranean)............... 79
YE OLDE KING’S HEAD (British)....................... 73
sushi sasabune (Japanese)............................ 80
paparazzi (Italian)..................................................... 76 picca (Latin)...................................................................... 79
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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....................87 Theater.................................87 Music + Dance....................87 Sports....................................88
Museums............................92 Shopping Destinations.... 97 Spas.......................................98 Nightlife................................98 Attractions..........................88 Beaches.............................102 Studio Tours/Tapings......90 Tours + Transport............103
Special Events art los angeles contemporary Through Feb. 2. Contemporary art fair with 70 international blue-chip and emerging galleries. Call for ticket prices, hours. Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 323.851.7530 Map L9 115th Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year FestivaL Feb. 1- 2. Golden Dragon parade (Feb. 1 1-3 pm) plus a festival (Feb. 1-2 12-8 pm) with cultural performances, food trucks and a beer garden. Parade: From Hill and Ord streets toward Bernard Street, then to Broadway and Cesar Chavez Avenue, Chinatown. Performance site: Central Plaza and West Plaza, 943-951 N. Broadway, Chinatown. 213.680.0243 Map G17 LOS ANGELES TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW Feb. 8–9. The largest travel show in the western United States features rock climbing, ziplining, Taste of Travel Stage, live music and travel tips from speakers. 10 am–5 pm both days. $10–$24, under 16 free. Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 562.436.3636 Map O16
Theater Jason and the argonauts Through Feb. 2. A comedic take on the classic Greek myth from Visible Fictions Theatre Company. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000 Map I11 THE BIRTHDAY PARTY Opening Feb. 4. Harold Pinter’s most famous work is about two strangers who arrive at an English boardinghouse to find Stanley, an out-of-work pianist who is celebrating his birthday. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454 Map J10 I’ll GO ON Through Feb. 9. Renowned Samuel Beckett interpreter Barry McGovern reprises his role in the play he helped develop 25 years ago. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772 Map L11 A WORD OR TWO Through Feb. 9. One-man show stars stage and silver-screen actor Christopher Plummer, who reflects on his lifelong love of literature. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16 NoËl Coward’s BRIEF ENCOUNTER Opening Feb. 15. A mashup of Coward’s original stage play Still Life and the screenplay for Brief Encounter. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000 Map I11
TOTEM Continuing. Cirque du Soleil’s touring show depicts “the evolutionary progress of species” under the big top at the Santa Monica Pier. 1550 Palisades Beach Road, Santa Monica, 800.450.1480 Map M8 VANYA AND SONIA ANd MASHA AND SPIKE Continuing. David Hyde Pierce directs this play about stepsisters Vanya and Sonia, who are visited by their sibling Masha, a Hollywood star, and her young boyfriend. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16 THE BOOK OF MORMON Continuing. The irreverent, Tony Award-winning musical comedy from the creators of South Park. Explicit language. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Map H13
Music + Dance club nokia Feb. 1 The Dan Band. Feb. 7 One OK Rock. Feb. 9 The University of MMA: Fight Night 5. Feb. 16 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.936.6400 Map J13 House of Blues Feb. 1 Parkway Drive. Feb. 2 Kirk Franklin. Feb. 5 Stone Sour. Feb. 6 Immortal Technique, Chino XL, CF, Poison Pen. Feb. 7 Chippendales. Feb. 8 Savoy. Feb. 12 Michael Schenker, Doogie White, Gary Hoey. Feb. 14 The Devil Makes Three, the Brothers Comatose. Feb. 15 Clannad. Feb. 16 Gospel Brunch. Feb. 16-17 Nipsey Hussle. Feb. 20 Karmin. Feb. 22 Dark Tranquility. Feb. 23 The Pretty Reckless. Feb. 27 The Wailers. 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.5100 Map H12 nokia theatre l.a. live Feb. 1 Ehsan Khaje Amiri. Feb. 8-9 Fresh Beat Band. Feb. 14 Power 106’s Valentine’s Crush. Feb. 15 Charlie Wilson, Keith Sweat. Feb. 16 Roberto Tapia. 777 Chick Hearn Court, downtown, 213.763.6020 Map I15 staples center Feb. 8 George Strait. Feb. 22 Miley Cyrus L.A. Live, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.745.3000 Map I15 THE TROUBADOUR Feb. 1 Yuck. Feb. 4 Lucius. Feb. 6 Los Lonely Boys. Feb. 7-8 White Denim. Feb. 9 Dani Ivory. Feb. 11 Augustines. Feb. 12 Greg Laswell. Feb. 13 Animation Block Valentine’s Day Showcase. Feb. 15 Roses Are Red and Rock’s Not Dead. Feb. 16 BEATS BISTRO: LA Soul. Feb. 19 New Politics. Feb. 20 ALO. Feb. 21 Noah Gundersen. Feb. 22 The Thermals. Feb. 23-25, 27-28 David Crosby. 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.276.1158 Map I12 WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL Feb. 1–2 Violinist Hilary Hahn, conductor Andrey Boreyko, Los Angeles Philharmonic. Feb. 4 Members of the L.A. Philharmonic. Feb. 5 Venice Baroque Orchestra, conductor Andrea Marcon, countertenor Philippe Jaroussky. Feb. 8 Mary Chapin Carpenter, L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Vince Mendoza. Feb. 9 Herbie Hancock, Christian McBride, Dianne Reeves. Feb. 13, 15–16 L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Lionel Bringuier, soprano Camilla Tilling. Feb. 14 Maria Rita. Feb. 20 Simón Bolívar String Quartet, members of the L.A. Philharmonic. Feb. 21–23 L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Feb. 21 Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezela, Gustavo Dudamel, violinist Alina Pogostkina. Feb. 22, 26 Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Feb. 25 Pianist Emanuel Ax, cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Feb. 27–28 L.A. Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, cellist Alisa Weilerstein. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000 Map H16 THE WILTERN Feb. 7 Citizen Cope. Feb. 15 Amon Amarth. Feb. 16 Panic! at the Disco. Feb. 21 Amos Lee. Feb. 22 Phantogram. Feb. 27 Dr. Dog. 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 877.598.8698 Map J13
Fans still mourn the demise of Taraji P. Henson’s character on the CBS drama Person of Interest, but perhaps television’s loss is theater’s gain. The Academy Award- and Emmy Award-nominated actress returns to the spotlight in the world premiere of Bernard Weinraub’s Above the Fold, playing at the Pasadena Playhouse through Feb. 23. Henson stars as Jane, an African American newspaper reporter from New York who travels to a Southern university where three white fraternity members are accused of raping an African American woman. The hard-hitting story takes place amid the transition from print to digital journalism—a fraught setting, indeed. 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529
More than 100,000 spectators are expected to line Chinatown’s streets during the 115th Golden Dragon Parade. Past Grand Marshals have included Bruce Lee and Hugh Hefner.
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Attractions + Museums Chinatown Ornate architecture, dim sum, shops with Eastern wares. Art and antiques on Chung King Road. Between Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Bernard Street, Yale and Spring streets, downtown Map G17 Disney California Adventure Park Soarin’ Over California, A Bug’s Land, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania!. Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is newest attraction. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $74–$80, under 2 free. 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map I10
Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach
Sports Staples center Feb. 1 Los Angeles Kings vs. Philadelphia; Los Angeles Clippers vs. Utah. Feb. 3 Kings vs. Chicago. Feb. 5 Clippers vs. Miami. Feb. 6 Kings vs. Columbus. Feb. 7 Clippers vs. Toronto. Feb. 8 George Strait. Feb. 9 Lakers vs. Chicago; Clippers vs. Philadelphia. Feb. 10 WWE Raw. Feb. 11 Lakers vs. Utah. Feb. 12 Clippers vs. Portland. Feb. 13 Lakers vs. Oklahoma City. Feb. 15 Gonzales vs. Mares. Feb. 16 Harlem Globetrotters. Feb. 18 Clippers vs. San Antonio. Feb. 19 Lakers vs. Houston. Feb. 21 Lakers vs. Boston. Feb. 23 Lakers vs. Brooklyn. Feb. 28 Lakers vs. Sacramento. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.745.3000 Map I15
Attractions Adamson House 1930s home filled with famed Malibu Potteries tile. Grounds open daily; house W–Sa 11 am–3 pm. $2–$7, under 6 free. No credit cards. 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.456.8432 Map west of K7 AMERICAN GIRL PLACE Boutique, bookstore and cafe dedicated to the designer dolls. M–Th 10 am–8 pm; F–Sa 10 am–9 pm; Su 10 am–7 pm. The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 877.247.5223 Map J13 annenberg community beach house Public facility with pool, play area, beach volleyball and tennis courts, gardens, cafe. Free tours of Marion Davies Guest House. Daily 8:30 am–8:30 pm. Pool: Tu–Su 10 am–6 pm; M 10 am–8 pm. Pool pass: $4–$10, family of four (two youth, two adults) $24; admission to other facilities, free. Parking $3/hour, $8/day. 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, 310.458.4904 Map L8 Aquarium of the Pacific Focus is on Pacific Ocean sea life. Pet the sharks at Shark Lagoon; Lorikeet Forest, Turtle Vision 4-D. The June Keyes Penguin Habitat is new. Daily 9 am–6 pm. $13.95–$24.95, under 3 free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100 Map O16
Disneyland Mickey Mouse’s theme park. Attractions include Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Updated Star Tours, Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain. Fireworks, fantastic Fantasmic! continues. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $74–$80, under 2 free. 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map I10 DESCANSO GARDENS North America’s largest camellia collection (34,000 plants amid 20 acres of oaks) and much more, including lilacs, azaleas, irises. 9 am–5 pm daily. $3–$8, under 5 free. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200 Map Q19 Dolby Theatre Tour the home of the Academy Awards formerly named the Kodak Theatre. M–F 10:30 am–4 pm; Sa–Su 8:30–10:30 am. $10–$15, under 4 free. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300 Map H13 Egyptian TheatRE Restored 1922 Hollywood landmark screens classics, cult favorites, indie films. Excellent Forever Hollywood screens daily. Call for schedule. $7–$11. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.3456 Map H13 El Capitan TheatrE 1926 Spanish-style movie palace screens Disney films new and old. Musical accompaniment to many shows. Call for schedule. $13–$16. VIP admission with reserved seat $26. 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7674 Map H13 El Pueblo de Los Angeles Birthplace of Los Angeles. Twenty-seven buildings include 1818 Avila Adobe, L.A.’s oldest. 130 Paseo de la Plaza, downtown, 213.628.1274 Map H17 Farmers Market Local landmark with 120 produce stalls, restaurants and gift shops in open-air setting. M–F 9 am–9 pm; Sa 9 am–8 pm; Su 10 am–7 pm. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211 Map I13 fig at 7th Center features hip, casual eateries and food purveyors such as Juicy Lucy, Lotería Grill, Mendocino Farms and Sprinkles Cupcakes, plus City Target and Gold’s Gym. M–F 10 am–7 pm, Sa 10 am–6 pm, Su noon–5 pm. Restaurant hours vary. 735 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.955.7150 Map H16 GAMBLE HOUSE Landmark Arts & Crafts–style home. First come, first served; reservations for daily 2 pm tour one week in advance. Th–Su noon–3 pm. $7–$12.50, under 12 free. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, 626.793.3334 Map Q19 grand park Pleasant urban park positioned between the Music Center and City Hall offers draws such as a farmers market, lunchtime yoga classes, concerts and more community entertainment. Splash pad for kids. 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
Guinness World Record Museum Shrine to amazing achievements. Su–Th 10 am–midnight; F–Sa until 1 am. $8.99–$15.99, under 5 free. 6764 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.463.6433 Map H13 Hollywood Walk of Fame Celebs’ names are enshrined in bronze-and-terrazzo stars. Free. Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue and Vine Street from Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, 323.469.8311 Map H13 ifly hollywood “Indoor skydiving” via a vertical wind tunnel. Two to four flights per session. Su–Th 11 am–9 pm; F–Sa 11 am–11 pm. $59.95–$99.95. Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.985.4359 Map G13 L.A. LIVE Burgeoning entertainment center is home to the Grammy Museum, Nokia Theatre and Club Nokia; restaurants, high-tech bowling lanes and nightspots such as the Conga Room. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.5483 Map I15 L.A. Zoo AND Botanical Gardens Wildlife in parklike setting. Daily 10 am–5 pm. $9–$14, under 2 free. Golden State (5) and Ventura (134) freeways, 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200 Map T23 LEGOLAND Find 50-plus rides and shows and Sea Life Aquarium’s seven-foot-long Lego submarine. Check out the new waterpark complete with a lazy river (open seasonally). $70–$80 (add $13/ticket for admission to aquarium or water park; add $19/ticket for admission to all three). Aquarium-only: $15–$20. Parking $12–20. Call for hours. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346
LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM & BOTANIC GARDEN Peafowl roam the grounds and roost overhead at 127-acre garden. Make your own idyllic route or take the tram tour. Daily 9 am–5 pm (last admission 4:30 pm). Free third Tuesday of the month. $3–$8, under 5 free. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.821.3222 Map Q22 Queen Mary Ship and Seaport Historic ocean liner—bigger than the Titanic!—permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, dining, art deco lounge and restaurant Sir Winston’s. The Russian Foxtrot Submarine is adjacent. Su–Th 10 am–6 pm, F–Sa 10 am–7 pm for self-guided and guided tours. $13.95–$24.95, under 5 free. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.435.3511 Map O16 Ripley’s Believe It or Not! MUSEUM Three hundred displays feature curiosities gathered by traveler Robert Ripley in the 1930s. Daily 10 am–midnight. $8.99–$16.99, under 5 free. 6780 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.6335 Map H13 Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum Air Force One Pavilion houses the Flying White House. Daily 10 am–5 pm. $9–$15, under 11 free. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800.410.8354 Map northwest of A1 Russian Foxtrot Submarine Tour the Scorpion, moored next to historic Queen Mary ocean liner. Daily 10 am–6 pm. $9.95–$10.95, under 5 free. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.432.0424 Map O16
Catalina Express Year-round boat service to Catalina Island; daily departures from Long Beach, Dana Point, San Pedro. Reservation recommended. Call for hours. San Pedro, Long Beach: $27.50–$35.25 one-way, $55–$70.50 round-trip; Dana Point: $28.50–$35.25 one-way, $57– $72.50 round-trip; under 2 $2.50–$5. 800.995.4386, catalinaexpress.com
Greystone MANSION AND PARK Gardens and park grounds open daily. Tours on Saturdays. 10 am–6 pm most days. Free. 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.285.6830 Map I11
san antonio winery Complimentary tastings and tour of the only producing winery in L.A., which celebrates its 96th anniversary this year. Restaurant and wine shop on site. Daily 9 am–7 pm. 737 Lamar St., downtown, 323.223.1401 Map G17
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
Griffith Observatory Iconic attraction overlooking Hollywood. Hourly shows at planetarium. W–F noon–10 pm; Sa–Su 10 am–10 pm. Free; donations accepted. 2800 E. Observatory Road, L.A., 213.473.0800 Map U23
San Fernando Mission 1797 mission with museum, archives and gardens. Daily 9 am–4:30 pm. $3–$4, under 7 free. 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Mission Hills, 818.361.0186 Map north of A1
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Attractions + Museums San Gabriel Mission Mission includes the oldest building (1771) in Southern California. Daily 9 am–4:30 pm. $3–$5, under 6 free. 427 S. Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel, 626.457.3048 Map B4 Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area Hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching on 150,000 acres. National Park Service Visitor Center open daily 9 am–5 pm (holidays exempt). 26976 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas, 805.370.2301 Map west of B1 Six Flags Magic Mountain Theme park has 17 coasters, plus dozens of rides and attractions for kids and families. Call for hours. $36.99–$61.99, under 3 free. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia, 661.255.4111 Map A2 TCL Chinese Theatre Historic Hollywood venue (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) with walkway of stars’ hand- and footprints in the forecourt. Call for movie schedule. 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.464.8111 Map H13
The GRAMMY Museum® Exhibit Opens June 12, 2013
Universal CityWalk Eye-popping dining, shopping and entertainment promenade includes boutiques such as Fossil, Guess? and Abercrombie & Fitch, novelty stores and state-of-the-art cinema and IMAX theater. iFLY Hollywood is a simulated sky-diving wind tunnel. Call for hours. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4455 Map U20 Universal Studios Hollywood World’s biggest motion picture/TV studio. Rides include new Transformers: The Ride 3-D, Jurassic Park, the Simpsons Ride and Revenge of the Mummy—the Ride. Tram studio tour includes King Kong 360 3-D and film and TV sets. VIP Experience is private guided tour through prop warehouse, working movie sets, soundstages. Call for hours. $72–$80, under 3 free. Front-of-line pass, $139–$149. VIP Experience $269. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377 Map U20
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Walt Disney Concert Hall Frank Gehry-designed architectural landmark at the Music Center. Tour options include 45-minute self-guided audio tour narrated by John Lithgow; guided tours at noon and 1 pm; pre-matinee guided tours. Guided tours for 15 or more by reservation. 10 am–2 pm most days. Free. 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4399 Map H16 Watts Towers Monumental folk-art sculpture in South Central Los Angeles was built by Simon Rodia alone from 1921 to 1954. The tallest tower is about 100 feet. 1727 E. 107th St., L.A., 213.485.1795 Map C3
Studio Tours Sony Pictures Studios tour Two-hour walking tour of working motion picture studio includes sets of television shows and films including Spider-Man. Reservation, photo ID required. M–F 9:30 am–2:30 pm. $33; under 12 not admitted. Parking free. 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.244.8687 Map L11 THE STUDIOS AT PARAMOUNT Two-hour group tour of the longest-operating and only remaining major studio in Hollywood. Reservation required. Tours M–F (holidays exempt) at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm. $45. 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.4848 Map I14
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the ellen degeneres show Free tickets for taping of comedienne’s daytime talk show. Minimum age 14; minors must show photo ID and be accompanied by a parent. Advance tickets, go to ellen.warnerbros.com/tickets; day-of tickets, call before noon. Warner Bros. Studios, 3400 Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.954.5929 Map U20 Jimmy Kimmel live Free tickets for live tapings of late-night ABC show. Minimum age 18. Phone line open M–F 1–4 pm. El Capitan Entertainment Center, 6840 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 866.546.6984 Map H13 nBc television Reserve seats for sitcoms and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno day of show only at NBC Ticket Box. Two tickets per person, first come, first served. Advance tickets except The Tonight Show through Audiences Unlimited. Minimum age 16. 3000 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, 818.840.3537 Map T21 on-camera aUdiences Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including American Idol, Family Feud, The X Factor, Chelsea Lately. Minimum age 12–18, varies by show. 818.295.2700, ocatv.com paramoUnt stUdios Tickets to show tapings offered first come, first served five days in advance and via website. Minimum age 12–18, varies by show. (Dr. Phil tickets, 323.461.7445, Audience@CBSParamount.com.) 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.1777, paramount.com Map I14
Museums academy oF motion pictUre arts and sciences The organization that presents the Academy Awards offers exhibits. Tu–F 10 am–5 pm; Sa–Su noon–6 pm. Free. 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.247.3600 Map J11 the annenBerg space For photography Ten thousand square feet with digital projection gallery, print exhibit area. Continuing The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years. W–F 11 am–6 pm, Sa 11 am–9 pm, Su 11 am–6 pm. Parking $3.50, $1 after 4:30 pm and all day Sa–Su. Admission free. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 310.209.4560 Map J11
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Just two years after Victoria became queen of Great Britain, photography was invented. Queen Victoria immediately began commissioning both family and individual portraits, and the royal interest in the new art form catapulted photography into the popular imagination. Important loans from the Royal Collection, alongside masterpieces from the Getty Museum, reveal the queen’s life—from early intimate family portraits to staged images of a commanding monarch.
Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Portrait (detail), July 1893, W. & D. Downey. Carbon print. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013. Text and design: © 2013 J. Paul Getty Trust
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Attractions + Museums aUtry national center Opening Feb. 1 Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. Ongoing Western Frontiers; Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery; Collection and Conservation Highlights of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection; Art of the West; Western Frontiers: Stories of Fact and Fiction. Tu–Sa 10 am–4 pm, Su 11 am–5 pm. $4–$10, under 3 free. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.667.2000 Map H14 caliFornia aFrican american mUseUm History, culture, art. Through Feb. 23 The March on Washington: A Tribute, 50 Years Later. Continuing Question Bridge; Soul Stirring: African American Self-Taught Artists From the South. Ongoing Gallery of Discovery. Tu–Sa 10 am–5 pm; Su 11 am–5 pm. Free. Parking $10. 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, 213.744.7432 Map M8 caliFornia heritage mUseUm American decorative arts, folk art. Through Feb. 23 5 New Artists—On The Map. W–Su 11 am–4 pm. $5–$8, children under 12 free. 2612 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.392.8537 Map M8 caliFornia science center Interactive exhibits for budding scientists. Continuing Destination Station. Ongoing Mission 26: The Big Endeavour. Daily 10 am–5 pm. Permanent exhibition gallery, free; admission for other exhibits and Imax varies. Parking $8. 700 State Drive, Exposition Park, downtown, 323.724.3623 Map K15 chinese american mUseUm Housed in oldest structure of L.A.’s original Chinatown. Ongoing Journeys; Sun Wing Wo General Store and Herb Shop; Origins: The Birth and Rise of Chinese American Communities in Los Angeles. Tu–Su 10 am–3 pm. $1–$3 donation. El Pueblo de Los Angeles, 425 N. Los Angeles St., downtown, 213.485.8567 Map H17 claremont mUseUm oF art Local and changing exhibits. ”Museum without walls” operates exhibits, events and family art projects at various locations. Hours and admission vary. 909.621.3200, Map southeast of S23
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Attractions + Museums Getty Center Travertine-clad hilltop facility houses stunning collections of paintings, drawings, antiquities, photographs and decorative arts. Fabulous Central Garden and city views. Opening Feb. 4 A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography; Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense. Through Feb. 9 Gods and Heroes: European Drawings of Classic Mythology. Continuing Connecting Seas: A Visual History of Discoveries and Encounters; In Focus: Architecture; Miracles and Martyrs: Saints in the Middle Ages; Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures From Church and Cloister. Ongoing The Life of Art: Context, Collecting and Display. Tu–F, Su 10 am–5:30 pm; Sa 10 am–9 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 F–Sa after 5 pm. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300 Map K7 Getty Villa Getty Center’s exquisite coastal counterpart features Roman and Greek antiquities. Continuing Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor; Relief With Antiochos and Herakles. Ongoing Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity. W–M 10 am–5 pm. Free. Parking $15. 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 Award history. Continuing Cheap Trick: I Want You to Want Me!; Ringo: Peace & Love; Jenni Rivera, la Gran Señora; Plácido Domingo: A Tenor’s Story. Ongoing Michael Jackson. M–F 11:30 am–7:30 pm, Sa–Su 10 am–7:30 pm. $10.95–$12.95, under 6 free. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800 Map I15 Hammer Museum Traveling shows and installations and permanent collection. Opening Feb. 9 Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology. Through Feb. 23 Kelly Nipper: Black Forest. Continuing Hammer Projects: Nathaniel Mellors; Tea and Morphine: Women in Paris, 1880-1914. Tu–F 11 am–8 pm, Sa–Su 11 am–5 pm. $5–$10, free on Thursdays. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000 Map J10 Hollywood Museum Ten thousand artifacts on four floors: costumes such as Robert Pattinson’s and Taylor Lautner’s in Twilight; sets including Hannibal Lecter’s cell, props, photos, movie posters, scripts; and Max Factor’s makeup rooms, where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball a redhead. In restored Max Factor Building. W–Su 10 am–5 pm. $12–$15. 1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776 Map H13 Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Stellar art, buildings and grounds, with more than a dozen themed gardens. Gallery includes Pinkie and The Blue Boy. Continuing Seduction in Stone: Jean-Antoine Houdon’s Bust of Madame de Vermenoux. W–M 10:30 am–4:30 pm. $8–$23, under 5 free. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2141 Map R21 Los Angeles County Museum of Art Premiere art collections and programs. Opening Feb. 1 David Hockney: The Jugglers. Feb. 2 Fútbol: The Beautiful Game. Continuing Kaz Oshiro: Chasing Ghosts; Four Abstract Classicists; Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic; Agnès Varda in Californialand; John Divola: As Far as I Could Get; See the Light—Photography, Perception, Cognition: The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection; James Turrell: A Retrospective. Ongoing Levitated Mass; Metropolis II. M–Tu, Th 11 am–5 pm, F until 8 pm; Sa–Su 10 am–7 pm. $10–$15, under 18 free. LACMA West free. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.; LACMA West, 6067 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 primary source materials. Interactive and audiovisual exhibits include The World That Was touch-screen table; models include a recreation of a train car used to transport prisoners and
the Sobibor death camp. Sa–Th 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 Museum of Contemporary Art Premier contemporary art venue. Opening Feb. 8 Selections From the Permanent Collection (GA). Continuing Room to Live: Recent Acquisitions and Works From the Collections (GA). GA and GC: M, F 11 am–5 pm, Th 11 am–8 pm, Sa–Su 11 am–6 pm. PDC: Tu–F 11 am–5 pm, Sa–Su until 6 pm. $7–$12, under 12 free, Th 5–8 pm free; free at PDC. MOCA Grand Avenue (GA), 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Geffen Contemporary (GC), 152 N. Central Ave., downtown; MOCA Gallery at 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 5 free. 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 310.398.2500 Map L9 Museum of Jurassic Technology Subversive venue blends fact and fiction. Th 2–8 pm, F–Su noon–6 pm. $3–$5 suggested donation. 9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.836.6131 Map L11
Museum of Tolerance Exhibits on prejudice and discrimination, legacy of the Holocaust and humanrights issues. Continuing Anne. M–W 10 am–5 pm, Th 10 am–9:30 pm, F 10 am–3:30 pm, Su 11 am–5 pm. $11.50–$15.50, under 5 free. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A., 310.553.8403 Map J11 Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Thirty-three million objects from dino fossils to fish. The 3.5-acre Nature Gardens and interactive Nature Lab are new to the museum. The Tyrannosaurus rex growth series is a highlight of the Dinosaur Hall. Continuing Traveling the Silk Road; Just Add Water. Ongoing Age of Mammals; Becoming Los Angeles. Daily 9:30 am–5 pm. $5–$12, under 5 free. 900 Exposition Blvd., downtown, 213.763.3466 Map K15 Norton Simon Museum Stellar collection of Renaissance to 20th-century masterworks and sculpture garden. Continuing Goya’s Don Pedro, Duque de Osuna, on Loan From the Frick Collection, New York; Unflinching Vision: Goya’s Rare Prints. W–M noon–6 pm, F until 9 pm. $7–$10; students with photo ID, under 18 free. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.6840 Map Q19 Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits Ice Age L.A.; the main attraction is the ever-bubbling tar pit, one of the world’s most famous fossil-excavation sites. Daily 9:30 am–5 pm. $5–$11, under 5 free. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.934.7243 Map J13 PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA Exhibits, screenings and radio-listening series; tens of thousands of programs on view. Ongoing Television Out of the Box. W–Su noon–5 pm. Free, suggested donation $5–$10. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.786.1000 Map I11 Pasadena Museum of California Art California art, architecture, design. Continuing Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California; Serigrafía; Flora Kao: Homestead. W–Su noon–5 pm. $5–$7, under 12 free. 490 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.568.3665 Map Q19 Skirball Cultural Center The American Jewish experience. Continuing Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie. Ongoing Noah’s Ark at the Skirball; Visions and Values: Jewish Life From Antiquity to America. Tu–F noon–5 pm; Sa–Su 10 am–5 pm. $5–10, children under 2 free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500 Map G9
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Shopping Destinations THE AMERICANA AT BRAND Huge downtown Glendale hot spot with Main Street, U.S.A., atmosphere and trolley from the creators of the Grove. Ninety stores and dining options. Boutiques include a Tiffany & Co. concept store, Kate Spade and Kiehl’s; other draws include H&M, Barneys CO-OP and Pacific Theatre cinema. Brand Boulevard and Americana Way, Glendale, 818.637.8900 Map southeast of T23
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Beverly Center Trendsetting mall near West Hollywood has 160 boutiques (Tiffany & Co., Versace Collection, Fendi, Henri Bendel, Prada) and restaurants including the Capital Grille. Anchors include Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. La Cienega and Beverly boulevards, L.A., 310.854.0070 Map I12
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Del Amo Fashion Center More than 300 stores with Macy’s and MAC, and 18 movie screens. High-tech Lucky Strike Lanes draws a young crowd for hip bowling, and TJ Maxx draws bargain hunters of all ages. 3525 Carson St., Torrance, 310.542.8525 Map D2 Fashion District A bargain hunter’s paradise. More than 1,000 stores sell to the public at 30%–70% discounts on apparel, accessories, textiles and flowers. Between Main and San Pedro streets; Olympic Boulevard and 7th Street, downtown, 213.488.1153 Map J16 Fred Segal A multitude of international trends since 1968 began in what may be L.A.’s most famous store, an emporium of individually owned boutiques. Cafe and salon are popular for shoppers and drop-ins. 8100 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.394.1271; 420 and 500 Broadway, Santa Monica, 323.651.1935 Map I13, L8 Glendale Galleria Family-oriented mall with department stores and boutiques including Nordstrom, Crabtree & Evelyn and Vans. Colorado Boulevard and Central Avenue, Glendale, 818.240.9481 Map U23
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Citadel Outlets Assyrian architecture south of downtown stands out along the Golden State (5) Freeway; the center offers discount duds from BCBG, Banana Republic, Levi’s and Converse, to name just a few. 100 Citadel Drive, Commerce, 323.888.1724 Map B4
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The Grove Popular outdoor center has more than 50 shops, Nordstrom and nine restaurants in a setting that suggests a grand old downtown. Movie theater, trolley and dancing fountain are draws. The Wall Street Journal rates concierge services No. 1 in the nation. Privileges membership program offers benefits including complimentary valet parking, private shopping events, restaurant tastings and personal styling service. Adjacent to Farmers Market. 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue, L.A., 888.315.8883 Map I13 Hollywood & Highland CENTER Home of the Academy Awards’ Dolby Theatre. Tinseltown-themed retail, dining and entertainment center features several restaurants, cinema, high-tech bowling lanes and stores such as Louis Vuitton and Lucky Brand Jeans. Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, Hollywood, 323.467.6412 Map H13 Japanese Village Plaza Popular plaza in Little Tokyo features some 40 shops selling Japanese books, art, gifts and sundries. Restaurants are Japanese, though one serves excellent Korean barbecue. Mikawaya sells mochi ice cream. 335 E. 2nd St., downtown Map H17 Jewelry District Retailers offer 50%–70% savings on gems, watches and fine jewelry. At the St. Vincent’s Jewelry Center (645–650 S. Hill St.), you’ll find 500 jewelry merchants. Between Olive Street and Broadway, from 6th to 8th streets, downtown Map I16
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Sunset Plaza Upscale row of boutiques and sidewalk cafes is L.A.’s Euro hang. Calypso, Ole Henriksen spa and H. Lorenzo stores. 8600–8700 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood Map H12 Third Street Promenade Pedestrian-only shopping zone includes Zara, Cotton On, Converse, Anthropologie, kiosks and a wide array of very entertaining street performers. 3rd Street between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Map L8 Two Rodeo Center with cobblestones in the heart of Beverly Hills features Versace, Stephen Webster and other high-end boutiques, plus restaurants including 208 Rodeo. At Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, 310.247.7040 Map J11
malibu country mart Outdoor center with upscale boutiques such as Ron Herman, Yosemite by James Perse, Madison; galleries, spas, children’s play area. Restaurants include Tra di Noi. 3835 and 3900 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7300 Map northwest of K7 malibu lumber yard Small collection of upscale retailers adjacent to Malibu Country Mart, including Alice + Olivia, Maxfield, Kitson and Tory Burch. 3939 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7395 Manhattan Village This mall by the shore features a Diane’s Beachwear as well as a Macy’s and Macy’s Men’s and Home. Concierges assist with taxies, strollers and even lottery tickets. 3200 Sepulveda Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.546.5555 Map L13 METLOX Pottery factory converted to upscale shopping destination; Trilogy Spa, the Beehive and Bloume Baby boutiques and restaurants including Petros Greek Cuisine. Between Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Valley and Morningside drives and Manhattan Beach Civic Center Map L13 One COlorado Outdoor plaza with boutiques such as Gold Bug, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, Oska, Armani A/X and deluxe movie theater Ipic Theaters. Refuel after retail therapy at Italian restaurant Il Fornaio or Sushi Roku. 41 Hugus Alley, Old Pasadena, 626.564.1066 Map Q19 ontario mills outlets California’s largest outlet shopping destination. Among 200 stores are Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss Factory Store, DKNY, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom Rack. Thirty-screen cineplex. 1 Mills Circle, Ontario, 909.484.8300 Map east of B6 Paseo Colorado Outdoor shopping promenade near Old Town features Loft, Coach and an ArcLight Cinemas. Los Robles Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, 626.795.8891 Map Q20 the pike at Rainbow Harbor Shopping and entertainment district links the Long Beach Convention Center to Rainbow Harbor’s waterfront and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Shops include Restoration Hardware Outlet and Piccolo Books. 95 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, 562.432.8325 Map N16
Westfield Century City Sleek open-air mall with more than 175 stores, including Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Tiffany & Co. Luxe AMC multiplex with Imax screen, beautifully designed food court atrium and terrace and fine dining including Seasons 52 and Toscanova. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.277.3898 Map J11 Westside Pavilion Center south of Westwood Village is anchored by Nordstrom and Macy’s. Landmark theater is the country’s most spectacular indie cineplex. 10800 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A., 310.474.6255 Map J11
Spas Anastasia BEVERLY HILLS Celebrity brow guru Anastasia Soare’s beauty haven offers facials plus brow shaping and other waxing services. West L.A. spa has full-service hair salon. 438 N. Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.273.3155; 11933 Wilshire Blvd., West L.A., 310.479.8300 Map J11, K9 bliss SPA Hotel spa goes hip. Full-service spa also includes nail stations, expansive boutique with Bliss products. Sauna, steam showers. W Westwood, 930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood, 310.443.8228; W Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 877.862.5477 Map J10, H14 ciel spa Heavenly, all-white retreat at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills does face, body, nail and hair treatments. Access to fitness center and Altitude pool deck. Steam room, showers. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.246.5560 Map I12 face place Specialty studio offers just one facial, featuring an antiaging formulation whose penetration is aided by the application of galvanic current. 8701 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.855.1150; Face Place at Stark Waxing Studio, 12324 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.505.3665 Map H12, U18 hotel bel-air spa by la prairie The skin-care products of the Swiss luxury brand La Prairie are spotlighted at the Hotel Bel-Air. Steam rooms, showers, relaxation room. 701 Stone Canyon Road, Bel-Air, 310.909.1681 Map I10 Kate somerville Skin health experts Hollywood’s favorite facials (try Somerville’s signature, the DermalQuench Therapy) are offered in a feminine salon on superexclusive Melrose Place. 8428 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, 323.655.7546 Map I12
Santa monica place Sleek outdoor mall at one end of Third Street Promenade, two blocks from Santa Monica State Beach. Anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. More than 80 boutiques including 7 for All Mankind, CB2 and Barneys CO-OP. Rooftop Dining Deck with food court, nine restaurants and gourmet market. 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, 310.394.1049 Map L8
ole henriksen FACE/BODY spa Full-service spa to the stars specializes in face and body care and also offers nail and makeup services. Co-ed steam room. Sunset Plaza, 8622 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 310.854.7700 Map H12
South Coast Plaza High-end center boasts nearly 300 boutiques, 30 restaurants and several spas. Stores include Chanel, Gucci, Valentino, Chloé, Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior. Concierge at five locations. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888 Map E6
spa at the beverly wilshire The spa’s aromatherapy crystal steam room is as delightful to look at as it is to experience. The Nail Bar offers CND Shellac manicures and pedicures. Showers available. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.385.7023 Map J11
spa montage The last word in luxury spas. Also includes Kim Vo Salon, Gornik & Drucker barber shop and fitness facilities. Sauna, steam room, whirlpools, showers. 225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7800 Map J11 thibiant BEVERLY HILLS Skin-care doyenne Aida Thibiant founded this spa that has whipped famous faces into shape for nearly four decades. Treatments include the OxyFusion PurActive facial for blemishprone skin. Steam room, steam showers. 449 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.7565 Map I11 TIKKUN SPA Tucked underground in Santa Monica is this traditional Korean spa with contemporary style. Three co-ed sweat rooms plus sauna, whirlpool, showers. 1460 4th St., Santa Monica, 310.319.1111 Map L8
Nightlife THE ABBEY Fixture of Boys Town offers flavored martinis galore. 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.289.8410 Map H12 AKBAR Laid-back gay bar is a “neighborhood oasis” with Moroccan murals and mellow music. 4356 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, 323.665.6810 Map W23 ALIBI ROOM Modern neighborhood bar; serves food from Kogi, a trendy Korean barbecue truck. 12236 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.390.9300 Map M10 angel city brewery Small-batch craft brewery in the Arts District. 216 S. Alameda St., downtown, 213.622.1261 Map H17 BAR MARMONT Dreamy bar next door to historic Chateau Marmont. 8171 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.0575 Map H12 basement tavern Underground speakeasy in a Victorian abode; live music. The Victorian, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.392.4956 Map M8 Beauty Bar Retro-style bar for martinis and manicures. 1638 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.464.7676 Map H13 beer belly Tiny craft beer bar focusing on Southern California-brewed beers. 532 S. Western Ave., Koreatown, 213.387.2337 Map B2 Blind Barber Craft-cocktail-driven speakeasy hidden in the rear of a barbershop. 10797 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.841.6679 Map L11 the blind donkey Impressive roster of premium whiskeys, whiskey cocktails and craft beers in Old Pasadena. 53 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.792.1833 Map Q19 Bootsy bellows Exclusive lounge with dinner theater and burlesque shows. 9229 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.274.7500 Map H12 bow & truss Spanish-style tavern with Mediterranean food and cocktails. 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, 818.985.8787 Map north of T19 Broadway Bar 1940s glam. Huge circular bar downstairs; lounge upstairs. 830 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.614.9909 Map I16 Cameo Bar Extends outside around pool and cabanas. The Viceroy, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.260.7500 Map L8 caña RUM BAR at the doheny Premium rum bar with some 140 small-batch rums and cigar pairings. 714 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.745.7090 Map I16
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Nightlife canter’s KiBitZ room Live music nightly; attached to beloved deli. 419 Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood, 323.651.2030 Map I13 catalina Bar & grill Top club for jazz and jazz fusion. 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.2210 Map H13 city tavern Brews, California wines and cocktails. Booths outfitted with computerized craft brew taps; patrons pour their own. 9739 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.838.9739 Map L11 covell Intimate neighborhood wine bar. 4628 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz, 323.660.4400 Map W23 crocKer clUB Nightclub inside an old bank; back room is in the vault. 453 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.239.9099 Map I17 crown Bar The team behind Winston’s and tiny Dime opens lounge with Old (West) Hollywood décor. 7321 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.882.6774 Map H13 cUlver hotel loBBy loUnge Charming, historic hotel bar in the heart of Culver City. 9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.558.9400 Map L11
dime Teensy cocktail spot frequented by entertainment-industry insiders. 442 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.651.4421 Map H13 drai’s Vegas nightlife king Victor Drai’s flashy rooftop spot. W Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.962.1111 Map H14 eagle rocK Brewery Family-run microbrewery with tasting room. 3056 Roswell St., Eagle Rock, 323.257.7866 Map northeast of W23 the echo Hip Echo Park dance club books local and indie bands. DJs, dancing; Echoplex is downstairs. 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park, 213.413.8200; Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park, 213.413.8200 Map G16 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 the emerson theatre Dance club featuring burlesque and live music. 7080 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.525.2453 Map H13 greystone manor sUpperclUB Neo-Gothic dance club with entertainment from aerialists and other performers. 643 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.652.2012 Map I12
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harvard & stone Fine cocktails in a grittychic industrial space. 5221 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.466.6063 Map W22 harvelle’s Burlesque and music in dark digs. 1432 4th St., Santa Monica, 310.395.1676; 201 E. Broadway, Long Beach, 562.239.3700 Map L8, N16 hoUse oF BlUes Name bands in faux bayou setting. 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.5100 Map H12 hyde SBE lounge that spawned offshoots around the country. Reservation recommended. 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. Reservation recommended; upscale dress code. 1159 N. Western Ave., Hollywood, 323.466.1324 Map east of H14
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Nightlife LAS PERLAS Festive tequila and mezcal bar with sophisticated cocktails. 107 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.988.8355 Map I16 LOS ANGELES BREWING COMPANY Two-level bar with 100 taps of beer. 750 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.622.0500 Map I16 LUCKY STRIKE LANES High-tech bowling lounges. Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7776; Del Amo Fashion Center, 3525 Carson St., Torrance, 310.802.7020; L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 877.893.8259 Map H14, D3, I15
MOHAWK BEND Hipster bar in the shell of an art deco theater with more than 70 craft beers on tap. 2141 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park, 213.483.2337 Map south of W23 NEXT DOOR LOUNGE Classic cocktails and 1920s panache. 1154 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.465.5505 Map H15 NO VACANCY Gin cocktails and live entertainment in a Victorian boutique hotel. 1727 N. Hudson Ave., Hollywood, 323.465.1902 Map H14 ONE-EYED GYPSY Lounge is styled as a retro carnival with 1930s decor and midway games; tickets are redeemable for food and drink at the bar. 901 E. 1st St., downtown, one-eyedgypsy.com Map I17 THE ORPHEUM THEATRE Historic venue offers alt rock and special events. 842 S. Broadway, downtown, 877.677.4386 Map I16
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THE OTHEROOM Microbrews and wines by the glass, New York City-style. 1201 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.396.6230 Map N9 PAGODA BAR Poolside lounge at palatial restaurant with panoramic views of Hollywood. Yamashiro Restaurant, 1999 Sycamore Ave., Hollywood, 323.466.5125 Map H13 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 THE PIKEY London meets Los Angeles at British gastropub and cocktail bar. 7617 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.850.5400 Map H13 POUR VOUS Parisian-inspired champagne and cocktail salon. Upscale dress code. 5574 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.871.8699 Map I14 THE ROGER ROOM Hidden speakeasy with creative cocktails. 370 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.854.1300 Map J12 THE ROXY THEATRE Historic rock ‘n’ roll venue on the strip. 9009 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.276.2222 Map H12 RUSH STREET Culver City’s full of wine bars, but this huge Chicago-style hangout has all the libations. 9546 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.837.9546 Map L11 SASSAFRAS Lounge styled as a (stylishly) decaying Savannah townhouse specializes in barrel-aged cocktails. 1233 N. Vine St., L.A., 323.467.2800 Map H14 THE SATELLITE Alt-music venue (formerly known as Spaceland) books under-the-radar indie bands. 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake, 323.661.4380 Map W23
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Nightlife the sayers club Exclusive neo-speak-easy with a secret entrance from inside hot-dog joint Papaya King. 1645 Wilcox Ave., Hollywood, 323.871.8233 SEVEN GRAND Whiskey bar with tongue-in-cheek hunt-club décor. 515 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.614.0737 Map I16 seventy 7 Hidden, mixology-focused speak-easy; look for the alley entrance. 3843 Main St., Culver City, 310.559.7707 Map L11 shorebar Swanky, Cape Cod-style drinking den. 112 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, 310.429.1851 Map L7 silverlake lounge Small, divey music venue that frequently offers free shows. 2906 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, 323.663.9636 Map south of W23 Skybar Chic open-air roost with a view at the Mondrian hotel. Reservations required. 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.6025 Map H12 smithhouse TAP & GRILL Sports bar boasts 120 beers; five booths are equipped with built-in taps. 10351 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.432.4360 Map J10 The Spare Room Lounge with bowling lanes and fa cocktails. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.7000 Map H13
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The Standard DOWNTOWN Rooftop bar with panoramic city views, pool, vibrating red waterbeds. 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 £10 Pronounced “ten pound,” this whisky bar in the Montage Beverly Hills specializes in single-malt whisky from the Macallan. 225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7800 Map J11 THE TERRACE Old Hollywood ambience poolside; cabanas. Sunset Tower Hotel, 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.654.7100 Map H12 Tower Bar Tony bar at Sunset Tower Hotel; pianist in tails plays at the baby grand. 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.6677 Map H12
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TROUBADOUR Historic spot books up-and-coming alt-rock and local bands. 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.276.6168 Map H12
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vampire lounge & Tasting ROom Gothic wine bar with Vampire Vineyards wines, small plates and cheeses. 9865 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.826.7473 Map I11
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Tropicana Bar Poolside hot spot at the Roosevelt Hotel. 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.7000 Map H13
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villains tavern Stylish haunt in the Arts District. Indoor bar for cocktails, outdoor bar for craft beers and flavor-paired shots. 1356 Palmetto St., downtown, 213.613.0766 Map east of I17 Viper Room Tiny, nitty-gritty live-music venue. 8852 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.358.1880 Map H12
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Whiskey Blue Rande Gerber goes Polynesian. W Hotel, 930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood, 310.208.8765 Map J10 Whisky a Go Go Rock and Roll Hall of Famer still rocks. 8901 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.4202 Map H12
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the writers room The refurbished “back room” of Musso & Frank does mixology. 6685 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.491.4148 Map H16 wUrstKÜche Exotic sausage and beer hall is a popular, boisterous neighborhood hangout. Try the duckbacon-jalapeño frank. 800 E. Third St., downtown; 625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. 213.687.4444 Map I17, M9 x Bar Indoor-outdoor playpen for CAA and ICM talent agents. Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 310.228.1234 Map J11 xen loUnge Cool club near the studios. 10628 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.505.3513 Map U19
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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 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. Beach wheelchairs available. 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 Near LAX. Wide expanse of beach: 3.7 miles of ocean frontage and 255 acres of beach. 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
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el pescador state Beach Stairs lead to 10 acres of narrow, sandy beach. 32900 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu Map northwest of K9 hermosa Beach Two-mile stretch of beach along Santa Monica Bay extending toward the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Metered street parking. Hermosa Avenue and 33rd Street, Hermosa Map L13 la piedra state Beach Stairs lead to nine acres of narrow, sandy beach. 32700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu. Map northwest of K9 leo carrillo state Beach One-and-a-half miles of beach for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, surf fishing and beachcombing. 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 Beach One hundred sixty-seven-acre beach includes Malibu Pier and Malibu Lagoon with museum. 23050 and 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu Map northwest of K9 maliBU sUrFrider Beach World-renowned surfing area. Swimming areas exist but are limited. 23050 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu Map northwest of K9
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POINT VICENTE Located on the southwestern corner of the peninsula, the small Point Vicente Park offers a whale-watching deck and displays of local history and ecology. Palos Verdes Drive, Palos Verdes Map O13 REDONDO BEACH A 1.5-mile beach that runs south of the pier to Torrance Beach. 400–1700 Esplanade, Redondo Beach Map M13 SANTA MONICA STATE BEACH Wide, sandy expanses divided by Santa Monica Pier. 100–2900 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica Map M8
TOPANGA BEACH The first real beach in Malibu is rocky and narrow. A popular surfing spot, but too rocky for safe swimming. Beach wheelchairs available. 18700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Topanga Map northwest of K9
VENICE CITY BEACH Boardwalk with street performers and shops is one of SoCal’s biggest attractions. The north end is home to “Muscle Beach.” Beach wheelchairs available. 2700–3100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Map N9
WHITE POINT BEACH/ROYAL PALMS Rugged, rocky shoreline is popular with divers, shell collectors and surf casters. Tide pools. 1799 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro Map O14
WILL ROGERS STATE BEACH Sandy three-mile beach is starting point for the Marvin Braude Bicycle Trail. Beach wheelchairs available. 17700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades Map K7 ZUMA BEACH The ultimate SoCal beach. Food stands at each end of its four-mile expanse along PCH. Beach wheelchairs available. 30050 block of Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu Map northwest of K7
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AMTRAK Train and bus service within the county, along the coast and to major California locations. Nationwide connections, multiple-day rail passes. Stations in Burbank, downtown (Union Station), Long Beach, Pasadena and Van Nuys. The Coast Starlight connects L.A. to Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. 800.872.7245, amtrak.com ANOTHER SIDE OF LOS ANGELES TOURS A wide variety of focused tours, organized by interest—whale watching, shopping, celebrity homes—or mode of transportation (kayak, Segway, horseback, helicopter). 1102 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.289.8687 A-LIST LIMOUSINE SERVICE Full transportation company. Nationwide and worldwide chauffeured services. Also private custom city tours. 888.886.6644
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ART MUSE LOS ANGELES Illuminating art-museum tours. $125 per person, museum admission included. 773.350.9094, artmusela.com BEVERLY HILLS RENT-A-CAR Luxury and exotic rentals with pickup service. Hollywood, 310.659.5555; Beverly Hills, 310.274.6969; LAX, 310.670.2020; Marina del Rey, 310.862.1900
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Tours +Transport Beverly Hills Trolley Tour Forty-minute tour of landmarks, attractions; departs from Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way. Sa-Su 11 am–4 pm. $5–$10. 310.285.2442 Map J11 BIG BLUE BUS Santa Monica city bus line covers the Westside. Well-kept environmentally friendly buses burn cleaner gas. 50¢–$2. 310.451.5444, bigbluebus.com bikes & SAIL ADVENTURE Biking and/or sailing tours in customizable or preset itineraries. Exclusive Bike & Hike Sail Adventure includes all three activities. Halfor full-day bike rentals. 8743 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.796.8555 Map I12 black & white car rental Specializes in hybrid, luxury, exotic cars; chauffer services. 8800 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.274.1144 Map I12 budget Rent-a-Car Cars for rent—mostly luxury vehicles including Porsches and Hummers—at competitive prices. 9815 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.274.9174; 1723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.586.9719 Map J11, L8 California Yellow Cab Transportation in sedans, town cars, minivans to/from airports, restaurants, nightlife, attractions, shopping destinations. 877.935.5692 Cali’Fun Guided tours of Los Angeles in French and English. Transportation services and outdoor activities throughout Southern California. 877.225.9386, cali-fun.com CityPass Hollywood CityPass offers discounted admission to Starline Movie Stars Homes Tour, Behindthe-Scenes Hollywood walking tour with Red Line Tours, Hollywood Wax Museum and either the Dolby Theatre tour or Hollywood Museum access. $59, ages 3–11 $39, under 3 free. Purchase pass at attractions. Southern California CityPass ($279) includes admission to theme parks from L.A. to San Diego. 888.330.5008, citypass.com downtown art walk Pedestrians fill the streets of downtown for this self-guided gallery tour. Second Thursday of every month, noon–10 pm; lounge open from 6–10 pm. Free. 213.617.4929, downtownartwalk.com Eagle Rider Motorcycle rentals from top brands such as Harley-Davidson, Honda, BMW; tours offered. ATVs, watercraft also available. 4110 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey, 310.302.1239; 11860 S. La Cienega Blvd., Hawthorne, 310.536.6777; 2125 E. Spring St., Long Beach, 562.426.1106 Map N9, C1 and N16 ELITE ADVENTURE TOURS Unique, upscale tours, including helicopter and wine tours, with first class service. Includes pick-up and drop off at hotel or airport. Reservations Required. 888.328.6871, eliteadventuretours.com enterprise rent-a-car Dependable car rental service. 1944 S. Figueroa Blvd., downtown; 1234 S. La Brea Ave., L.A.; 8367 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; 265 N. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills. 866.458.9227, enterprise.com Map J15, J13, H12, J12 execucar Premier luxury sedan service. Sedan and SUV service, flat rates, special group services, and frequent-flier points and miles with select airlines. 800.410.4444, execucar.com glitterati tours Private tours at locations across the county and beyond include Coastal Access (beach communities), Underbelly L.A. (local scandals and infamous crime scenes) and Just the Hills (celebrity homes). Reservation required. 310.720.3809, glitteratitours.com HOLLYWOOD SKIES Helicopter tours of downtown, the coastline, canyons and other areas of interest. Level Four tours include Santa Barbara or a Malibu vineyard dinner. $198–$1,475 per person. 888.497.8687, hollywoodskies.com
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Tours +Transport los angeles conservancy Self-walking tours with a focus on architecture. More than a dozen fascinating tours focus variously on Broadway’s historic theater district, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles City Hall and downtown’s central business district. Call for specialty tours. 213.623.2489, laconservancy.org maliBU discovery toUrs Themed tours in and around Malibu include the six-hour Malibu Wine Trail Tour with wine tastings, Sunrise Hiing Tour, Malibu Movie and Celebrity Tour, Twilight Wine and Dine Tour and Spectacular Santa Monica Tour. 310.393.6555, malibudiscovery.com
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Includes over 40 celebrity Homes, views of Hollywood Sign, Sunset Strip, Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre and Rodeo Drive.
Los Angeles World’s Largest Open-Top double-decker narrated city tour. Over 70 stops including Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Venice & Downtown LA. Tickets valid 24, 48 or 72 hours.
Hollywood as only TMZ can show you! Inside info about celebrities & hotspots.
Grand City tour of La 5½ Hour Escorted City Tour This Multilingual Tour is available in: English
1-hour Hollywood Fun Tours, Beach Tours, Night Tours, Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags, Warner Brothers VIP Tour, San Diego and Tijuana
Tel: 1-800-959-3131 or 1-323-463-3333 Main Starline Terminal is at TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd. Santa Monica Office is on Santa Monica Pier Anaheim Terminal is at Travelodge, 2060 S. Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92802
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metrolinK Regional train system connects Los Angeles County with Ventura, Orange and San Diego counties. Six of seven Metrolink rail lines (including the Orange County lines, San Bernardino lines and Ventura County lines) begin at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. 800.371.5465, metrolinktrains.com midway car rental Luxury car rentals: Aston Martin, Ferrari F430, Maserati Quattroporte. Locations in downtown; Mid-Wilshire district; Beverly Hilton; West L.A.; North Hollywood; Santa Monica; Burbank Airport; LAX; Van Nuys Airport. 800.824.5260, midwaycarrental.com
More than a Tour...It’s a Show on Wheels!
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metro City bus, light rail and subway. Rail lines connect downtown, Hollywood, Pasadena, Long Beach. Underground Red Line from Union Station through Hollywood to San Fernando Valley; Gold Line from Union Station to Pasadena; Blue Line from Union Station to Long Beach; Green Line from Norwalk to Redondo Beach; Expo Line from Culver City to downtown. $6 day pass. 323.466.3876, metro.net
SPECIAL WHERE OFFER *VALID FOR ANY STARLINE TOUR EXCLUDING “SPECIALS”. HOTEL PICK-UPS AVAILABLE. NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER DISCOUNT. NOT VALID FOR ONLINE RESERVATIONS OR PRIOR BOOKINGS. VALID ONLY FOR CUSTOMERS WHO PURCHASE TICKETS DIRECTLY AT STARLINE KIOSK AT CHINESE THEATRE OR CONTACT STARLINE DIRECTLY AT 1-323-463-3333 OR 1-800-959-3131. VALID THROUGH 3/31/14.
perry’s Beach clUB Rent bikes or skates for the boardwalk. Legends Bike Tour ($35) explores Venice and its hidden canals; guided tour includes architecture and celebrity lore. Eight rental locations along the beach from Santa Monica to Venice. 310.939.0000 starline toUrs Movie Stars’ Home Tour, Trolley Fun Tour, Grand Tour of L.A. Prices vary. Tours begin at TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 800.959.3131 Map H13 sUpershUttle Shared-ride shuttle service to and from airport. Group rates, charters, and frequent-flier points and miles with select airlines. 800.258.3826, supershuttle.com taKe my mother please Enthusiastic, “curly headed” Arkansas native packs up to five of your visiting relatives (or other VIPs) in a new hybrid SUV for customized tour of “gloriously unusual” sights. 323.737.2200 tmZ hollywood toUr Bus tour with state-of-theart audio/video system explores celebrity haunts and sites of famous scandals. TMZ Guides are at the ready to interview celebrities and send footage back to the newsroom. $53–$63. Starline Tours, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 855.486.9868 Map H13 toUriFic escapes Husband-and-wife team offer sightseeing and food tours such as Hollywood Sites and Bites and Chocolate Indulgence. Prices vary. 424.248.8687, tourificescapes.com
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GO METRO Despite what you may have heard, you can get to many Los Angeles attractions without a car. Metro is the nation’s second-largest public transportation agency, operating 2,200 buses and six rail lines, including a subway that can take you from downtown to Hollywood in about 15 minutes. Whether you’re interested in seeing stars along the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame, catching rays at Santa Monica Beach or touring any number of L.A. landmarks, Metro can take you there.
Where to Start
Use the Trip Planner at metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO for customized travel itineraries. Note that some popular attractions served by Metro Rail are listed to the right.
Metro’s base fare is $1.50. Pay each time you board a Metro bus (drivers don’t carry change, so you’ll need exact fare) or at a self-service ticket vending machine when entering Metro Rail stations. For complete information, check metro.net. Two children under the age of 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult. Eating and drinking is not permitted on any Metro bus or train. Note: Metro has installed turnstiles at many Metro Rail stations; others simply operate on the honor system. However, fare inspectors randomly check passengers for valid tickets or passes. You may never be checked, but if you are and you don’t have proof of valid fare, the inspector may issue a citation and you may be fined.
Most bus and rail lines start around 4 a.m. and keep running past midnight. But they’re less frequent in the late evening, so check the timetables at metro.net regarding your return trip.
Metro Rail Destinations
Here’s a sampling of attractions that are within easy walking distance of Metro Rail stations: METRO RED/PURPLE LINE Union Station • Olvera Street
Civic Center • Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels • Museum of Contemporary Art • Music Center • Walt Disney Concert Hall 7th Street/Metro Center • Macy’s Plaza (dining, shops) • 7th+Fig (dining, shops) Hollywood/Vine • Capitol Records Tower • Hollywood Walk of Fame • Pantages Theatre Hollywood/Highland • TCL Chinese Theatre • Hollywood & Highland (dining, shops) Universal City/Studio City • Universal CityWalk (dining, shops) • Universal Studios Hollywood North Hollywood • El Portal Center for the Arts • NoHo Arts District (dining, shops, theatres)
METRO BLUE LINE
Pico • Los Angeles Convention Center • STAPLES Center/L.A. LIVE 103rd Street • Watts Towers Transit Mall • Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific • Pine Avenue (dining, shops) • Queen Mary
METRO GOLD LINE
Little Tokyo/Arts District • Japanese American National Museum Memorial Park • Norton Simon Museum Lake Avenue • Pasadena Playhouse
METRO EXPO LINE
Expo Park/USC Station • California Science Center SEE THE METRO ROUTE MAP ON PAGE 111
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Delectable Key lime pie at Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach. p. 80
The new fine-jewelry line at Burning Torch in Venice. 310.399.1920
Slip-on leather booties from the Beatrice Valenzuela flagship in Echo Park. 213.986.8914
Shopping and celeb-spotting at the Malibu Country Mart. 310.456.7300
Fierce footwear at the hot new Acne Studios flagship downtown. p. 12
The chicken liver toast at Animal on Fairfax Avenue. p. 72
Every soda under the sun at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in Highland Park. 323.255.7115
Blowouts ‘n’ braids at Blow ‘n’ Go in Century City. 424.245.4949
The open kitchen at Bucato in Culver City. 310.876.0286
Otaat’s ultra-soft lambskin wristlets at Weltenbuerger in Los Feliz. 323.300.5990
The delicious vegan offerings at Crossroads Kitchen on Melrose Avenue. p. 36 The minimalist cuckoo clock and chic bathroom accessories from Muji in Hollywood. 323.785.2013 Unfussy, feminine French frocks at Sandro in Beverly Hills. p. 12 Sharp suiting at
Ermenegildo Zegna in Beverly Hills. 310.247.8827 Shrimp and grits with maque choux at Messhall Kitchen in Los Feliz. 323.660.6377
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Sweet treats for Valentine’s Day at Magnolia Bakery on West 3rd Street. 323.951.0636 Geek chic glasses and sunnies at A. Kinney Court in Venice. 310.392.3400 Tequila served with a side of sangrita, Mexican-style, at Frida in Beverly Hills. 310.278.7666 Build-your-own (amazing) tasting menus at Allumette in Echo Park. p. 72 Pig ear nachos at Petty Cash Taquería on Beverly Boulevard. p. 79 Handmade ballet flats from Pretty Ballerinas in Beverly Hills. 310.550.2424
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The quail risotto at Al Bacio in West Hollywood. 310.657.1182 Dasein’s made-in-L.A. fragrance at Lake Boutique in Silver Lake. 323.664.6522 The pretty/punky fine jewelry collection at Alexis Bittar in Venice. 310.452.6901 Feel-good handmade gifts at the Made by DWC boutique downtown. 213.225.8020 The Ultimate Lift facial at Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa in West Hollywood. 310.854.7700
The ocean front Discovery Trail at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. 310.265.2800 The Pure Relaxation massage at Burke Williams in West Hollywood. 323.822.9007 Lounging waterside at Catalina Island’s Descanso Beach Club. 310.510.7410 The Halston Heritage boutique at the Beverly Center on Beverly Boulevard. p. 93
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