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5 Editor’s Note
50 Dining Notable restaurants by cuisine and neighborhood
Oldies and goodies.
6 Hot Dates PaleyFest brings small-screen stars to the Dolby Theatre stage; six fun food-and-drink events fete L.A.’s thriving culinary scene.
61 Entertainment Special events, performing arts and sports
80 30 Things We Love
64 Attractions Theme parks, activities, studio tours, museums and more
This month, we’re exploring local landmarks and exciting exhibitions.
72 shopping The county’s major retail destinations
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9 Shopping Chic footwear designer Charlotte Stone sets up shop at Culver City’s Platform; Knoll and Converso open their first West Coast retail locations.
72 TOURS + TRANSPORT Getting out, getting around and getting to know Los Angeles
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City Tours 18 Beverly Hills 22 Santa Monica 26 West Hollywood 30 Hollywood 34 Downtown 38 Pasadena 40 The Valley 42 South Bay
10 Arts + Culture L.A. artist Mark Bradford presents new works at Hauser & Wirth downtown; Fahey/ Klein Gallery displays celebrity photographer Matthew Rolston’s portraits of A-listers. ON THE COVER Angels Flight. Photo by Dale Berman. See p. 16
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My family’s favorite place to celebrate special occasions is Pancho’s in Manhattan Beach, which, while consistently good, is neither chef-driven nor hip. The restaurant is 40 years old, and many of its waiters have been there nearly as long. In an era when restaurants are lucky to last six months, there’s something very comforting about being a regular at a place that’s so entrenched in the community it’s become a landmark.
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Most neighborhoods in L.A. have at least one gathering place that’s been around forever, impervious to fads. We may be dazzled by shiny new pennies in L.A., but our affection for these time-honored spots reveals that we’re a pretty nostalgic bunch after all. We are also very loyal, which is why, when it comes to picking the quintessentially “L.A.” destinations and attractions that are outstanding enough to qualify as “classic,” there are as many opinions as there are contenders. In our feature “Classic L.A.,” Andrea Richards, author of the books Los Angeles Cocktails: Spirits in the City of Angels and The 500 Hidden Secrets of Los Angeles, shares some of the establishments that are nearly universally cherished among Angelenos. Among them is the Apple Pan, beloved since 1947 for its Hickoryburger and apple pie, as well as dueling French dip sandwich joints Cole’s and Philippe’s. You’ll also find bars that predate Prohibition and attractions such as the Santa Monica Pier and the Original Farmers Market, which, as heavily visited as they are, still operate much like they did a century ago. We’ve sprinkled plenty more classic and iconic local spots throughout our pages, but if you’re eager to explore what makes L.A. tick, the destinations on pages 12-16 simply must be on your bucket list. And if you’re starting out from anywhere near Manhattan Beach, I recommend that you plan your itinerary over margaritas at Pancho’s. —SUZANNE ENNIS
. . . our affection for these time-honored spots reveals that we’re a pretty nostalgic bunch after all.
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LET’S DO THIS Because we just want to have fun IN MARCH Air + Style March 3-4
The action-sports and music festival returns to Exposition Park, this year with new skateboarding competitions. p. 61
Romeo & Juliet March 9, 11, 17
The Joffrey Ballet reimagines Shakespeare’s classic tragedy as a story of love, dance and violence in Mussolini-era Italy at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. p. 62
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The Paley Center for Media’s annual PaleyFest—full of interactive panels and premiere screenings—is the can’t-miss event of the year for TV lovers, and 2018 marks the festival’s 35th anniversary. Head to Dolby Theatre to hear stars and creators of fanfavorite shows and critical darlings (The Handmaid’s Tale, Riverdale and Stranger Things— pictured above—to name a few) share insider knowledge about their programs. The festival kicks off with a conversation with Barbra Streisand, this year’s PaleyFest Icon. p. 61
Thousands of runners from around the world turn out to take on this “Stadium to the Sea” course. p. 61
King Tut Opening March 24
Foodie Frenzy March brings a smorgasbord of food events to L.A. First up is PPLA Food Fare, taking place March 1 at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar. The Planned Parenthood fundraiser features more than 150 top restaurants, from Akasha to new XO on Beverly. Next, Food Book Fair has teamed up with
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Ace Hotel DTLA, Now Serving and Smorgasburg for its first West Coast event celebrating food and food media, from March 2-4 (foodbookfair.com). Beer drinkers will love Mohawk Bend’s L.A. IPA Fest (pictured right), where 60 breweries compete for the top title March 3-4. Some of the world’s best chefs
convene at L.A. Live for the All-Star Chef Classic, March 7-10, to cook dishes in a stadium setting. Cochon555 presents a porcine feast at Viceroy Santa Monica on March 11. And March 23-24’s ¡Latin Food Fest! finds chefs Aarón Sánchez and Enrique Olvera cooking at Santa Monica Pier. p. 61
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The California Science Center welcomes the largest King Tut exhibition ever toured, boasting more than 150 artifacts from the pharaoh’s tomb. p. 70
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The Boys in Blue are back, taking on the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium in the home opener. p. 64
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See works spanning six decades by the iconic American artist at the Broad’s special exhibition. p. 70
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The Grammy-winning “Royals” and “Green Light” singer takes the stage at Staples Center. p. 62
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WHERE NOW The best in dining, shopping and arts + culture
NoMad L.A. Checks In with executive chef Chris Flint and executive pastry chef Mark Welker. Multiple dining and drinking venues include the Coffee Bar (modeled after Caffè Florian in Venice), the Lobby (which offers the Milk & Honey ice-cream sandwich pictured here), the Giannini Bar and the Rooftop (which
opens in the spring for hotel guests). The main attraction, however, is the Mezzanine, where dishes inspired by L.A.’s seasonal and local produce are served, along with menu favorites from NoMad New York. Showcased is Humm’s legendary roast chicken for two, with blacktruffle-brioche stuffing,
as well as butter-dipped radishes, pan-roasted duck and suckling pig. The settings are dazzling, too, as the 1923 structure’s gilded neoclassical details have been meticulously restored and buffed to perfection. 649 S. Olive St., downtown, 213.358.0000, thenomadhotel.com
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Recently debuting in downtown’s historic Giannini Place is the long-awaited NoMad Los Angeles—the hotel’s first location outside of New York. The project features the culinary mastery of chef Daniel Humm—his Eleven Madison Park sparkles with three Michelin stars—along
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PLATFORM SHOES Footwear designer Charlotte Stone nails that colorful, chic and just-a-little-offbeat aesthetic for which SoCal style-setters are renowned, which has garnered her line a cult following and retail partners including Anthropologie and Row DTLA’s Myrtle. Now, the Ventura-based FIDM alum has opened her first stand-alone pop-up at Culver City lifestyle complex Platform. The shop’s displays and furniture—built from wood offcuts by Stone’s husband, Steve Nasker of Pacific Wonderland Inc.—and a magnificent weaving by Ojai fiber artist Annette Heully create an earthy backdrop for Stone’s rainbow of flats, heels, boots and sandals. Top picks include Stone’s signature cork-bottom Gloria sandals and the Goodyear-welted Ava boots pictured right, which feature tumbled Italian leather, a merino wool elastic gore and a cork midsole that molds to your feet. They’re made in L.A. at a family-run factory that also makes boots for the LAPD, so you know they’re made for walking. 8820 Washington Blvd., Space 105, Culver City, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: JOEY REEDY OF @AWESOMECAMERAS; COURTESY CONVERSO; ERIC STAUDENMAIER
Walk your new shoes next door to Hayden for oysters and vino (hayden.la); in WeHo, check out the new La Peer Hotel’s trattoria Viale dei Romani (vialedeiromani.com).
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From left: Mercer tables at Knoll Home Design Shop; Rufus Blunk redwood table at Converso L.A.
Modern Classics KNOLL HOME DESIGN SHOP Coinciding with its 80th anniversary, Knoll has opened its first West Coast retail location: a 4,000-square-foot, terrazzo-clad mecca of modern and contemporary design in the West Hollywood Design District. Find classic pieces from Florence Knoll, Eero Saarinen, Marcel Breuer, Harry Bertoia and other design icons offered in an expanded range of fabrics and finishes, as well as new designs from David Adjaye, Marc Krusin and David Rockwell. 314 N. Robertson Blvd., 310.620.2680, West Hollywood, knoll.com
CONVERSO L.A. A couple of miles east, Converso, a renowned Chicago- and New York-based dealer of modern furnishings and objects, has also opened its first West Coast showroom (you can’t miss its awnings, which sport a colorful camouflage print by Artsu Ono). Examples of the rare and important works on hand include a torch-cut table by Isamu Noguchi, a George Nakashima chaise in black walnut and a rare Tripod lamp designed by Philip Johnson for his Glass House. 7257 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.852.3035, conversomod.com WHERE LOS ANGELES 9
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With a collection of compelling new shows, these downtown finearts destinations put L.A. artists in the spotlight.
Hauser & Wirth's Manuela is a top Arts District spot (manuela-la.com); delish wood-fired dishes at Odys + Penelope (p. 50) are just a skip from Fahey/Klein.
HAUSER & WIRTH L.A. 901 E. 3rd St., downtown, 213.943.1620 Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles is presenting Mark Bradford. New Works, the artist’s first gallery exhibition in his hometown in over 15 years. A mixed-media master, Bradford (pictured above) is one of the most acclaimed artists working today.
the under-construction Main Museum’s experimental space, is bittersweet: De Larios, a renowned L.A.-born MexicanAmerican ceramist, passed away shortly before the show opened. A second exhibition, Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves, focuses on L.A.-based Portuguese artist Rigo 23’s socially charged works.
BETA MAIN 114 W. 4th St., downtown, 213.986.8500 Dora De Larios: Other Worlds, a new exhibition at
MOCA p. 72 Beginning March 4, Lauren Halsey: we still here, there invites visitors to explore an immersive, evolving system of
caves at MOCA Grand Avenue. Halsey’s site-specific installation is described as a “visionary archive” of the diversity of black cultural experience in South Central L.A., where the artist has lived since childhood. ICA LA p. 70 Incorporating various ephemera including maps, video clips and a smuggled truffle, Skip Arnold: Truffle Hunt, a new show at downtown L.A.’s newest museum, follows Arnold, an L.A.-based performance artist, on an international quest.
VISIONS OF STARDOM Discovered by Andy Warhol in 1977, L.A.-based photographer Matthew Rolston rose to prominence in the 1980s shooting portraits of the era’s biggest celebrities for the likes of Interview, Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone; his photographs since have been shown at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and at LACMA. Beginning March 2, see more than 30 portraits selected from Rolston’s new book, Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles, at a new exhibition at Fahey/ Klein Gallery. Prince (featured on the book’s cover, above), Michael Jackson, Madonna, Drew Barrymore, Cyndi Lauper and supermodels Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington (the latter of whom is featured in the 1987 photo below) are among the iconic artists, actors and models immortalized by Rolston in their 1980s heydays. 148 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.934.2250, faheykleingallery.com
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In a city known for trends, the places that endure matter most. by ANDREA RICHARDS
Classic Restaurants and Bars
Los Angeles is one of the top restaurant cities in the world now. While much of the focus is on the new, it’s the old standbys that reveal the city’s DNA. It’s not just that these classic locales—places best termed “joints” for their timeless flair—offer a vision of what L.A. used to be; their survival tells us what the city continues to be.
hen Midwesterners migrated west in the early 20th century, they brought their culinary traditions with them. For many, a Hickoryburger and a piece of homemade pie from West L.A.’s Apple Pan (p. 56) satiated a hankering for home. For more than 70 years, this charming restaurant has fed Angelenos a quick and hearty meal at its horseshoe-shaped counter. Another iconic coffee shop is Bob’s Big Boy (4211 W. Riverside Drive, 818.843.9334) in Burbank, the oldest remaining outpost of the burger chain and a breathtaking example of Los
Angeles’ homegrown Googiestyle architecture. L.A. boasts many historic Jewish delis that merit mention (Canter’s, Nate ’n Al), but the legendary #19 at Langer’s (704 S. Alvarado St., 213.483.8050), near MacArthur Park in Westlake, is arguably the best pastrami sandwich in the world. Outside, the bustling streets are filled with vendors, but inside, the atmosphere appears hermetically sealed since Al Langer opened the spot in 1947. Today, his son boasts that his sandwiches are indistinguishable from his dad’s. Lest you think classic L.A. is limited to the lunch counter, the city’s vintage restaurants
really shine at suppertime. This is Hollywood, after all, and film stars from every era need sophisticated backdrops for off-screen antics. The names of legendary restaurants such as the Cocoanut Grove, Perino’s and Romanoff’s were, in their day, as well-known as their famous patrons (sadly, all three are long gone). But filmdom’s glamorous past can still be found at Musso & Frank Grill (p. 57). Established in 1919, this venerable Hollywood institution was birthed at the same time as film celebrity. All the titans ate here—Chaplin, Bogart, Garbo, Monroe—as well as the great American writers— Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Chandler—
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Opening page: Classic cocktails at the Varnish. Spread, top and bottom: The dining room at Musso & Frank Grill
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»The Chopped Salad«
L.A. has long known that a salad is more than a few sad pieces of lettuce. Legend has it that the ubiquitous Cobb salad was invented at Hollywood’s Brown Derby. While the Derby is gone, another legacy salad lives on at Beverly Hills’ La Scala (434 N. Cañon Drive, 310.275.0579): the finely diced combo of lettuce, mozzarella cheese, salami and garbanzo beans known as the “Leon” chopped salad (above).
»The French Dip Sandwich«
For more than a century, Cole’s (118 E. 6th St., 213.622.4090) and Philippe the Original (p. 56; above) in downtown L.A. have been fighting over the provenance of the French dip sandwich. Instead of taking sides, try both.
L.A. did “fusion food” long before the phrase existed. While firsts are hard to prove (see above), several mash-ups are nonetheless forever linked to L.A., including Kogi’s Korean barbecue short-rib taco (3500 Overland Ave.; see kogibbq.com for a truck schedule), Roscoe’s chicken and waffles (roscoeschickenandwaffles.com lists locations) and California rolls. WHERE LOS ANGELES 13
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Clockwise from top left: Signage and a martini at Musso & Frank; the bar and a cocktail at the Varnish
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who were drawn to the promise of easy money in scriptwriting. Today, the servers, clad in their trademark red jackets, offer a direct lineage to the dream factory via flannel cakes and perfectly crafted cocktails. More casual—and harder to get a reservation at—is Dan Tana’s in West Hollywood (9071 Santa Monica Blvd., 310.275.9444), which looks like a typical redsauce Italian joint but has served as the de facto clubhouse for the entertainment biz since 1964. In Koreatown, the Naugahyde booths at Taylor’s Steakhouse (3361 W. 8th St., 213.382.8449) might as well be wormholes, transporting diners back to the midcentury, when a rare steak and a martini were de rigueur and spinach came swimming in cream sauce. For more than 50 years, locals have been coming for a fine meal at a reasonable price with a heavy side of noirish atmosphere. A more upscale option is downtown’s Pacific Dining Car (p. 57), the apogee of an elegant steakhouse, which is open 24 hours so you can enjoy an afternoon tea or a 3 a.m. baseball steak. Such convenience—or
decadence, depending on your leaning—seems so very L.A. While trying to get to the bottom of the French dip sandwich controversy (see p. 13), you should certainly have a drink at Cole’s, opened in 1908, and visit The Varnish (118 E. 6th St.), the speakeasy in the back that is renowned for perfectly rendered classic cocktails. Musso’s is the place for a martini, served with a chilled decanter on the side. On the other side of the spectrum in Hollywood is the famous Frolic Room (6245 Hollywood Blvd., 323.462.5890), a divey mainstay (opened in 1934) next to the Pantages Theatre. Don’t miss the Al Hirschfeld mural inside. Location agents love the period decor of The Prince (3198 1/2
W. 7th St., 213.389.2007) in Koreatown, which you’ve seen on screen in TV’s Mad Men, as well as in the film Chinatown. Similarly cinematic is Los Feliz’s Dresden Room (1760 N. Vermont Ave., 323.665.4294), a midcentury relic that features the lounge act of Marty and Elayne, who’ve been crooning out jazz standards at the Dresden for more than 35 years. Venice’s Townhouse (52 Windward Ave., 310.392.4040) is one of the oldest bars in L.A.—during Prohibition, it was disguised as a grocery store. A subterranean space (now part of the bar) was linked to the maintenance tunnels of the Venice Canals, which facilitated the transportation of liquor from ships offshore.
The Moscow Mule (the Varnish’s is pictured below) purportedly was invented at Hollywood’s nowshuttered Cock’n Bull. Today, the version served at the Walt Disney-beloved Tam O’Shanter (2980 Los Feliz Blvd., 323.664.0228) in Atwater Village is considered the most authentic.
The tropical delight known as the Zombie was invented at Don the Beachcomber; today, the best place to order one is Los Feliz’s Tiki-Ti (4427 Sunset Blvd., 323.669.9381), whose owner worked at Don’s.
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Looking to get the night lit? The Flaming Margarita at Echo Park’s El Compadre (1449 W. Sunset Blvd., 323.250.4505) does the trick. Since 1975, the restaurant has kept the recipe for this signature cocktail under lock and key.
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Clockwise from top left: A canal in Venice; Clark Street Bread at Grand Central Market; Sticker Planet at the Original Farmers Market
Home to both the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park (4730 Crystal Springs Drive, 323.644.2050) has much to offer, including 53 miles of trails and the historic merry-go-round that inspired Walt Disney to create Disneyland more than 60 years ago.
A ride on downtown’s recently reopened Angels Flight railway (350 S. Grand Ave. and 351 S. Hill St.)—the one-way fare is $1—takes you back in time more than a century. The small funicular, built in 1901, connects Bunker Hill to the Broadway Theater District and is a great way to access the fantastic Grand Central Market (317 S. Broadway, 213.624.2378), which celebrated its centennial last year. The market is a cultural and culinary crossroads, with more than three dozen vendors ranging from old-school taco stands to gourmet eateries run by acclaimed L.A. chefs. Speaking of historic markets, the Original Farmers Market (p. 66) in the Fairfax District has been a mainstay for tourists and locals alike since 1934. Many
vendors have been there for decades, including quintessential stops for sweet treats Bob’s Coffee & Doughnuts, Bennett’s Ice Cream and Littlejohn’s Candies. A century-old landmark, the Santa Monica Pier (200 Santa Monica Pier) boasts amusement park Pacific Park, restaurants, shops, a merrygo-round and a gorgeous neon sign at its entrance.
For sea breezes with a side of history, explore the Venice Canals (200 Linnie Canal). Abbot Kinney’s “Venice of America” resort, opened in 1905, included an entertainment pier and an elaborate series of canals filled with ocean water. Most of the original canals were filled in; the few that remain offer an idyllic reminder that the “folly” of dreamers has always been part of what makes L.A. unique.
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For more than just a taste of what’s timeless in L.A., visit these iconic attractions.
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Los Angeles is the most populous county in the nation and among the most culturally diverse. Its 4,000 square miles encompass dozens of cities and more than 200 neighborhoods, each with its own vibe. The pages that follow will guide you through the most visited among them, pointing out starring attractions and uncovering hidden gems along the way.
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BEVERLY HILLS It’s only 5 square miles, but Beverly Hills looms large in pop culture as a posh locale that’s home to some of the priciest mansions in L.A. County, not to mention the country’s most recognizable ZIP code. Rodeo Drive, perhaps the world’s most famous shopping street, offers virtually every luxury fashion brand.
THE MANSIONS The launch of Beverly Hills’ glamorous reputation dates to the early 20th century, when the opening of the Beverly Hills Hotel ushered in a frenzy of movie-star mansion-building in the hills north of Sunset Boulevard. Today, the population of 35,000 is more socioeconomically diverse than its depiction on TV and in movies might suggest. Nonetheless, the triumvirate of Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel-Air still attracts famous and fabulously wealthy residents. Hop on the Beverly Hills Trolley Tour, or book with Starline Tours or Star Track Tours to see notable homes in the ‘hood, along with other local landmarks packed into the city’s 5 square miles. Among the more storied and oft-filmed estates nestled in the hills is the 19th-century English Revivalstyle Greystone Mansion, whose graceful city-owned grounds are open for strolling.
RODEO DRIVE + GOLDEN TRIANGLE From Greystone, head west on Sunset Boulevard, then hang on to your wallet as you turn south onto Rodeo Drive. After passing through a tony residential neighborhood, you enter the shopping district known as the Golden Triangle, bounded by Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards and Cañon Drive. Goyard and Stuart Weitzman recently debuted new or renovated flagships on Rodeo, reminding shoppers that 90210 is still the most prestigious ZIP code in the States. Ascend the
Italian-esque side street to fineart destination Galerie Michael and Tiffany & Co., perched atop Two Rodeo. Pause for the quintessential Beverly Hills snapshot before continuing on to the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel (of Pretty Woman fame) at the south end of Rodeo Drive. Continuing west, pass Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York, the reigning luxury retail titans along this stretch of Wilshire. At Santa Monica Boulevard, you hit the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, which boasts dining concepts by chef Jean-Georges
THE INDUSTRY + THE ARTS Beverly Hills isn’t all shopping sprees and gated estates: Talent agencies William Morris Endeavor and United Talent Agency are just two of the entertainment businesses based here. Rub shoulders with the powerlunchers at E. Baldi, La Scala or Wolfgang Puck’s legendary Spago on Cañon Drive. 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. Even more cultural programming can be found at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which transformed the historic Beverly Hills Post Office into an entertainment destination. CENTURY CITY Heading west from Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Boulevard, you enter the 0.7-square-mile modern acropolis of Century
NO PLACE LIKE HOME Since the Culver Hotel opened in 1924, it’s hosted high-profile guests like Clark Gable, Greta Garbo—and all of the "Munchkins" during the filming of 1939’s The Wizard of Oz. Today, the National Historic Landmark has 46 rooms, dining, live music in the Grand Lobby and a speakeasy where you can order Oz-themed drinks. 9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.558.9400, culverhotel.com
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Vongerichten, and beside it, the Beverly Hilton hotel, which rolls out 30,000 square feet of red carpet annually to host the Golden Globe Awards.
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NEW IN TOWN Gerard Darel
The celeb-favored Parisian brand has a new boutique at the remodeled Westfield Century City. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 1912, L.A., 424.382.1138
The Swiss brand known for luxurious innerwear opens its first West Coast store near Rodeo Drive. 9475 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 213.221.2835
The luxury luggage brand’s pop-up shop— designed to evoke a baggage-claim conveyor belt—sells suitcases and luxe travel essentials. 201 N. Rodeo Drive, Suite A, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8686
Storefronts along North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Opposite, from left: Two Rodeo; a signpost at the intersection of luxury and commerce WHERE LOS ANGELES 19
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Platform in Culver City
City. ICM Partners and Creative Artists Agency are located here, as are a Fox Studios lot and countless legal, financial, entertainment and hospitality firms. But those outside the biz won’t be excluded. Past Avenue of the Stars, you hit the upscale Westfield Century City shopping center, which recently unveiled dozens of new boutiques and eateries after a dramatic redevelopment. Nearby on Constellation Boulevard, epicures are drawn to Tom Colicchio’s Craft and Hinoki & the Bird, the latter of which is in the residential complex the Century. (Candy Spelling claims the top two floors.) The Annenberg Space for Photography displays cutting-edge exhibits of digital and print photography.
UCLA A few miles northeast of Century City is the University of California, Los Angeles, one of the top public universities in the country. Visitors are welcome at several university attractions, including the Fowler Museum at UCLA and the outdoor Franklin D.
Murphy Sculpture Garden on the north campus, the planetarium on the south campus and the 7-acre Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens. The free Hammer Museum is nearby and houses impressionist paintings, as well as cutting-edge contemporary exhibitions. Paid parking is available in UCLA lots and structures throughout the 419-acre campus.
WESTWOOD VILLAGE Just south of the campus, the pedestrian-friendly Westwood Village features independent shops and cafés among its Mediterranean Revival and art deco buildings, as well as two landmark movie theaters at Broxton and Weyburn avenues: the 1936 marquee-wrapped Bruin theater and the Fox theater across the street. Built circa 1931, the Fox is a favorite for movie premieres and thus is prime star-spotting territory. Another don’t-miss venue is the award-winning Geffen Playhouse, located on Le Conte Avenue in one of the oldest buildings in Westwood.
CULVER CITY Covering 5 square miles southeast of Westwood, Culver City boasts a thriving downtown with bars and restaurants including Italian spot AR Cucina and seasonal California restaurant the Wallace. The Kirk Douglas Theatre and the Ivy Substation, home to the Actors’ Gang, bookend the downtown area and stage live productions throughout the year. As you travel east on Washington Boulevard, don’t miss the Helms Bakery complex, which contains dozens of high-end furniture showrooms. Moving along Washington, the scene-y Arts District has more than 30 art galleries and exhibition spaces clustered along Washington and La Cienega boulevards. Near the intersection of Washington and National boulevards is the ultra-hip Platform lifestyle complex, plus a stop on the Expo Line, a Metro light rail that, thanks to a recent expansion, connects downtown L.A. and Santa Monica. Hollywood gets all the attention, but it’s Culver City whose city seal proclaims it “The Heart of Screenland.” In 1915, Ince/ Triangle Studios opened on Washington; in 1924, the site became Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Classics including Singin’ in the Rain and The Wizard of Oz would eventually be filmed on its movie lots. (News reports of the time indicate that the “Munchkins” partied hard during their stay at the Culver Hotel.) Today, Culver City’s screen culture is still going strong, and the site is home to Sony Pictures Studios, where such hits as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are taped. Experience Culver City’s screen heritage by taking the Sony Pictures Studio Tour.
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The mai tai at Citizen
RAISE A GLASS Spend happy hour—or an entire evening—in one of these fine Beverly Hills establishments. Citizen 184 N. Cañon Drive, 310.402.5885 Georgie 225 N. Cañon Drive, 310.860.7970 Gratitude 419 N. Cañon Drive, 424.389.1850 Nerano 9960 S. Santa Monica Blvd., 310.405.0155 Ocean Prime 9595 Wilshire Blvd., 310.859.4818 The Polo Lounge 9641 Sunset Blvd., 310.887.2777 The Rooftop by JG 9850 Wilshire Blvd., 310.860.6566 Viviane 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., 310.407.7791
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OSKA 9693 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA 90212 310 271 2806 OSKA 13 Douglas Alley Pasadena, CA 91103 626 432 1729 Shop online beverlyhills.oska.com
Beverly Hills / Chicago / Minneapolis / Healdsburg / Mill Valley / New York / Pasadena / Seattle / Calgary / Vancouver London / Paris / Munich / Amsterdam / Stockholm
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THIRD STREET + THE PIER
/ MAIN STREET + MONTANA AVENUE / THE ARTS / MALIBU
SANTA MONICA THE ARTS Visitors can take in plays at Main Street’s Edgemar Center for the Arts, housed in an angular concrete structure designed by Frank Gehry. An even wider variety of entertainment is at the Broad Stage, Santa Monica College’s first-rate, 499-seat performing-arts, film, dance and theater venue. On Michigan Avenue, the Bergamot Station arts center— now a stop on the Expo Line— has emerged as a hub for L.A.’s creative community. It’s home to about 30 galleries and a café. THIRD STREET + THE PIER Third Street Promenade, three pedestrian-only blocks on 3rd Street between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard, perpetually teems with people. Visitors can hit dozens of boutiques, watch movies at two cinemas and gawk at the myriad street artists. If they don’t refuel at the many eateries along the Promenade, visitors can venture to the surrounding blocks to the Independence or the Misfit and enjoy drinks at the Bungalow or the many pubs, such as Ye Olde King’s Head, that hint at Santa Monica’s large population of British expats. Anchoring the promenade at Broadway is Santa Monica Place, a beautiful open-air shopping center with Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, 80 boutiques, ArcLight Cinemas and the toplevel Dining Deck. Steps away is the new western terminus of the Metro Expo Line, which connects Santa Monica by light rail to downtown Los Angeles.
Santa Monica Pier, built in 1909, is at the end of Colorado Avenue and features Pacific Park, a mini amusement park with food stands and rides, including a solar-powered, LED-lit Ferris wheel.
MAIN STREET + MONTANA AVENUE Compared with the hustle and bustle of Third Street Promenade, Montana Avenue is downright tranquil. Between 6th and 17th streets are plenty of fashionable boutiques and beauty destinations, including Moondance, Clare V. and Malin +
Goetz. Father’s Office is known for its burgers, and Sweet Lady Jane is famous for its cakes. Just minutes south of downtown Santa Monica, Main Street exudes a beachy, upscale vibe. The long stretch between Pico Boulevard and Rose Avenue contains a number of galleries, pubs, coffeehouses and restaurants, plus shops such as Lost & Found and Planet Blue. The California Heritage Museum is in a transplanted Victorian-era home, as is the aptly named Victorian, adjacent to the museum, which features a cool downstairs speakeasy, Basement Tavern.
MALIBU A few miles north of Santa Monica on Pacific Coast Highway is Malibu. Formerly known as Rancho Malibu, Malibu’s land was once so coveted that May K. Rindge, who took ownership of it in 1905 after the death of her scion husband, used armed guards to defend it from trespassers. In the 1920s, Rindge’s hefty legal bills, racked up from fighting developers, forced her to invite stars to live in Malibu Colony, and the legacy of Malibu as celebrityhome central continues today.
BODY AND SOUL In Brentwood Village, Illuminate Face & Body Bar nurtures your spirit with crystals, meditation and aromatherapy. Next, it nourishes your body with healthy snacks, kombucha and vitamin injections. Finally, it banishes visible signs of aging with fillers, peels, Botox, lasers and other tools. The result? Gorgeous glow, from the inside out. 11710 Barrington Court, L.A., 424.363.9980, illuminatespa.com
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In the 1800s, orator Tom Fitch called Santa Monica “the Zenith City by the Sunset Sea.” The 21st-century version of Santa Monica fulfills its early promise, with a bustling downtown and beach that attract millions of visitors per year. Pacific Coast Highway connects SaMo with draws such as Malibu and Marina del Rey.
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NEW IN TOWN Allen Schwartz
Shop sportswear and classic dresses at the made-in-DTLA brand’s revamped flagship. 1533 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310.393.8770
This fashion and footwear boutique carries exclusive brands from Paris and Milan, plus cool-girl labels like Rodarte and the Row. 208 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.452.4070
Night + Market Sahm
The long-awaited third location of Kris Yenbamroong’s colorful Thai restaurant arrives on the Westside. 2533 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.301.0333
Santa Monica State Beach. Opposite, from left: Santa Monica Place’s Dining Deck; Abbot Kinney Boulevard WHERE LOS ANGELES 23
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The Getty Villa
Many of Malibu’s best destinations are visible from PCH, including renowned restaurants with ocean views, from the casual (Malibu Seafood) to the upscale (Nobu Malibu). Adjacent to the Malibu Lagoon and Bird Sanctuary, the Adamson House is filled with historic tile. The celebrity-frequented Malibu Country Mart serves as the area’s town square. Together with the adjacent Malibu Village and Malibu Lumber Yard, there are plenty of shops and restaurants for whiling away an afternoon. Inland, nearing Calabasas, is wine country, where you can sample the local vino at tasting rooms such as Malibu Wines.
TOPANGA + PACIFIC PALISADES In the 1960s, hippies and musicians such as Neil Young hid out in idyllic Topanga, accessible by Topanga Canyon Boulevard from Pacific Coast Highway. Removed from urban activity, it retains its bohemian vibe and independently owned businesses. Hiking
trails allow visitors to bask in Topanga’s woodsy beauty, and restaurants such as Inn of the Seventh Ray accommodate creekside dining. There’s more than initially meets the eye in seemingly sleepy, family-friendly Pacific Palisades, south of Topanga on PCH and accessed from Temescal Canyon Road. Hikers love the shady trails in Temescal Gateway Park, and cafés and upscale mom-and-pop shops can be found between Via de la Paz and Monument Street near Sunset Boulevard. The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine on Sunset is a 10-acre oasis with a lush garden and koi- and swan-filled lake. The crown jewel of the Palisades is the Getty Villa. Styled as a Julius Caesar-era villa, it’s filled with Greco-Roman antiquities.
VENICE Abbot Kinney won in a coin toss the land that would become Venice. He sought to develop it as an American version of the Italian city; the canals are still
there, lined with multimilliondollar bungalows. His namesake Abbot Kinney Boulevard is Venice’s coolest section, where Gjelina, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea and boutiques such as Bazar, Heist and Huset are the main attractions. Rose Avenue is also coming up, thanks to the emergence of hot restaurants such as reborn Rose Café-Restaurant and Café Gratitude, plus a smattering of hip shops including Parachute and new Monrow. Visitors strolling Ocean Front Walk get an eyeful, what with performers, vendors and Muscle Beach bodybuilders.
BRENTWOOD Marilyn Monroe once called this affluent enclave northeast of Santa Monica home; it remains a favorite celebrity stomping ground. San Vicente Boulevard functions as the neighborhood’s main street, with copious independent shops, bakeries, cafés and restaurants. The petite Brentwood Country Mart, a charming open-air shopping center built in 1948, keeps retail offerings upscale. The area’s biggest draw is the Getty Center, the hilltop museum that boasts J. Paul Getty’s spectacular art collection and a beautiful central garden. MARINA DEL REY Marina del Rey’s main attraction is the marina, the largest man-made small-craft harbor in the world. Restaurants such as Cast & Plow and Cafe del Rey are positioned to take advantage of the views, and at the New England-style Fisherman’s Village, boat-rental and cruise companies such as Hornblower offer visitors assorted ways to get out on the water.
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A burger at Little Ruby
ALL-DAY DINING Satisfy cravings with uninterrupted service from morning to night. Blue Daisy 609 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310.395.9777 The Butcher’s Daughter 1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.981.3004 Café Gratitude 512 Rose Ave., Venice, 424.231.8000 Gjelina 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1429 Gjusta 320 Sunset Ave., Venice, 310.314.0320 Little Ruby 109 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 424.322.8353 Lunetta All Day 2420 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.581.4201 Milo & Olive 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.453.6776 Superba Food + Bread 1900 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.907.5075
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TOPANGA + PACIFIC PALISADES
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SUNSET STRIP After dark, this iconic strip of Sunset Boulevard between Doheny Drive and Crescent Heights Boulevard becomes one of the hottest stretches of asphalt in L.A. County. The club scene here rocks with legendary establishments like the Roxy, the Whisky a Go Go and the Viper Room, which have a long history of hosting performances by rock ‘n’ roll’s finest. Newer nightclubs include Rock & Reilly’s and 1 OAK. The Comedy Store continues to showcase leading names and emerging stars in stand-up, and restaurants such as Estrella and BOA Steakhouse offer upscale fare. During the day, boutiques such as beloved Book Soup draw traffic. Hotels are an integral part of the Sunset Strip scene. Chateau Marmont, a glorious and notorious celebrity hangout throughout the decades, remains a discreet local getaway. At the Sunset Tower Hotel, Bugsy Siegel’s former suite has been converted
into the Tower Bar. And across the street, the property once known as “Riot Hyatt,” thanks to overzealous guests like Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Guns N’ Roses, is now the chic Andaz West Hollywood.
SUNSET PLAZA Sunset Plaza, between La Cienega and San Vicente boulevards on Sunset Boulevard, is a collection of tony shops and bistros with an international flavor and free parking—a novelty in this neighborhood. This is the city’s Euro Zone, where you’re apt to hear more French and Italian
than Valley Girl. For up-to-theminute fashion, check out Wildfox, Nicole Miller, Zadig & Voltaire or either of the two H. Lorenzo shops. Pamper yourself with a facial at Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa, a blowout at Drybar or a makeover at Blushington. Then, refuel at Obicà Mozzarella Bar.
MELROSE AVENUE Melrose Avenue has become virtually synonymous with trendiness, and new expressions in fashion, art and food continue to percolate up and down this street that has mul-
tiple personalities. One part of Melrose, east of Fairfax Avenue, has a mix of indie boutiques, cafés, tattoo parlors and vintage shops. Stores such as Wasteland have wild facades and vibrant signage that add energy to the scene. Farther west, Melrose becomes très sophistiqué, showcasing upscale tastes at Assembly, Kelly Wearstler and Vivienne Westwood. Just off Melrose is the fashionable three-block stretch of Melrose Place, where Bentleys line up at chic Nine Zero One salon and cutting-edge boutiques such as Irene Neuwirth, Isabel Marant and the Apartment by the Line.
WEST HOLLYWOOD DESIGN DISTRICT Melrose Avenue’s flourishing art, fashion and design district runs along the pedestrianfriendly retail corridors of Melrose and Beverly and Robertson boulevards. Among its offerings are a Helmut Lang flagship and RH: The Gallery on Melrose Avenue. The district’s hub is the Pacific Design Center complex—monolithic blue, green and red buildings designed by celebrated architect Cesar
STYLE BLOSSOMS The seed for Mansur Gavriel was planted in DTLA’s flower market, making L.A. a natural fit for the brand’s first West Coast store. Inside, find its signature clothing and accessories and limited-edition pieces in vintage Italian fabrics, as well as handpicked housewares. The adjoining Café Flora and plants for sale on the porch extend the leafy theme. 8475 Melrose Place, L.A., 323.591.0434, mansurgavriel.com
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For a municipality measuring less than 2 square miles and with fewer than 35,000 residents, West Hollywood wields enormous influence over the L.A. lifestyle. With a number of world-class art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters, it’s a frequent destination for locals and tourists alike.
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NEW IN TOWN Chef’s Not Here
This playful rooftop tapas joint serves global small plates alongside neighbor Sea Salt Poke. 8457 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.272.4681
Grand Central Market’s crazy-popular eggcentric spot continues to expand with a location at the renovated Beverly Center. 8500 Beverly Blvd., Suite 101, L.A., 310.975.3822
The chic athleisure brand puts down roots in L.A. with a sunny new shop and an emphasis on #DoingThings. 8425 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.591.0284
The Grove. Opposite, from left: Robertson Boulevard; Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa WHERE LOS ANGELES 27
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The Petersen Automotive Museum
Pelli—which houses more than 130 showrooms catering to professional designers and luxury-home owners and contains a satellite of downtown’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and a stylish Wolfgang Puck eatery, Red Seven.
BEVERLY + WEST 3RD Beverly Boulevard and West 3rd Street, major east-west streets running through West Hollywood, are filled with restaurants, design showrooms and boutiques from some of the hottest up-and-coming clothing and accessories designers. The two streets bracket the landmark eight-level Beverly Center, which is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation. Bloomingdale’s, Fendi, Gucci and Jimmy Choo boutiques are among the center’s more than 160 establishments. On West 3rd Street east of Beverly Center, you’ll find favorite boutiques such as OK for design-oriented gifts, Pyrrha for handcrafted jewelry and Wittmore for contemporary
menswear. Great dining options include Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s seafood spot, Son of a Gun, and Vic Casanova’s Italian restaurant Gusto. On Beverly Boulevard, you can shop for high-end home decor and accessories at Garde and fragrances at Eric Buterbaugh Florals.
ROBERTSON BOULEVARD Robertson Boulevard is no longer a paparazzi magnet, but it’s still home to shops that appeal to the modish set. Hit Chaser for vintage-inspired T-shirts, Peri.A for trend-driven looks and Kitross and Kitross Kids for L.A.-inspired gifts. A Chanel concept store and edgy multibrand boutique Curve illustrate the difference between Robertson Boulevard and more staid Rodeo Drive. For a breather between boutique-hopping, consider a cocktail with crab cakes on the picket-fenced patio of Ivy restaurant, legendary for its celebrity clientele. The District by Hannah An and Cecconi’s, popular for power lunches, are just off Robertson.
FAIRFAX + MID-WILSHIRE L.A.’s Fairfax District and neighboring Mid-Wilshire are among the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the Mid-City/West Hollywood area. At Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), a renowned facility with more than 100,000 works dating from the ancient period to today. Adjacent to LACMA is the famous La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, where the ice age comes alive. Additional venues on this Museum Row include the newly renovated Petersen Automotive Museum and the Craft & Folk Art Museum. South of the museums is a neighborhood known as Little Ethiopia, where traditional restaurants are located. To the museums’ east is the burgeoning District La Brea, a walkable stretch filled with dining spots like Odys + Penelope and La Brea Bakery and hip boutiques including American Rag Cie. One of the Fairfax District’s anchors is the Original Farmers Market, established in 1934, with more than 100 produce stalls, shops and eateries. There are spots to satisfy virtually any craving, including a wine bar, a taqueria and a stand with authentic Louisiana gumbo. Adjacent and connected by a vintage trolley is The Grove, an outdoor, pedestrianonly shopping center. The Grove has the character of an oldfashioned village square, with stained-glass streetlamps and a central fountain. Nordstrom, a movie theater and stores such as American Girl Place, Apple and Elizabeth and James are joined by myriad restaurants including new 189 by Dominique Ansel (inventor of the Cronut).
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Verve Coffee Roasters
COFFEE BREAK Get your caffeine fix in West Hollywood. Alfred in the Alley 8509 Melrose Ave., 424.288.4126 The Assembly 634 N. Robertson Blvd., 424.245.4954 Black Bicycle Cafe 1051 N. Havenhurst Drive, 323.848.4383 Cafe If 7962 Fountain Ave., 323.656.8553 Coffee Coffee 1040 N. Fairfax Ave., 323.952.6590 Demitasse 8700 Santa Monica Blvd., 818.452.3520 Madison & Park Coffee 7494 Santa Monica Blvd., 323.378.6770 Smith & Tait 866 Huntley Drive, 424.335.0359 Verve Coffee Roasters 8925 Melrose Ave., 310.385.9605
FROM LEFT: MATT HARTMAN; COURTESY VERVE COFFEE ROASTERS
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Time-tested for 83 years and counting. Since 1934, The Original Farmers Market has been L . A .’s favorite gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. This living time capsule of Los Angeles history and culture is home to over 100 artisan grocers, eclectic shops and world-class eateries. No wonder it endures as one of L.A.’s favorite places to grab a bite, find the perfect souvenir and make a memory. Open daily.
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HOLLYWOOD + HIGHLAND
/ SHOWTIME / WALK OF FAME / MUSEUMS, HOLLYWOOD-STYLE / AROUND VINE
HOLLYWOOD “Hollywood is a state of mind” was a popular refrain when this legendary area of Los Angeles experienced a decline not long ago. But with hot new boutiques, restaurants, hotels and condos sprouting up, it has re-emerged as a bona fide destination, where throngs of international visitors mingle with colorful locals.
HOLLYWOOD + HIGHLAND Hollywood & Highland has been a catalyst for the rebirth of Hollywood Boulevard. Its Dolby Theatre is the home of the annual Academy Awards, and the central Babylon Court frames views of the iconic Hollywood sign (built in 1923 to advertise a housing development, the 45-foot-high letters originally read “Hollywoodland”). Other draws include Ohm nightclub, dining spots and shops such as Sweet! candy store and Louis Vuitton. Next door to Hollywood & Highland is the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre), famous for its celebrity hand- and footprints embedded in the concrete out front. SHOWTIME Just across the street from Hollywood & Highland is the ornate, lavishly illuminated El Capitan Theatre. Masterfully restored by Disney, it offers special presentations of the
studio’s releases, combined with performances using an antique Wurlitzer pipe organ and children-pleasing stage shows. Jimmy Kimmel Live! tapes in an ABC studio next door. The Egyptian Theatre— built in 1922 around the time that King Tut’s tomb was discovered—screens eclectic artsy and classic fare. The landmark Pantages Theatre regularly stages megahit musicals (such as The Book of Mormon and Hamilton), and the Hollywood Palladium has a rich history of showcasing top-notch musicians.
WALK OF FAME The sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard (La Brea Avenue to Gower Street) and three blocks of Vine Street (Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard) are inlaid with the legendary brass-and-terrazzo stars honoring celebrities from the entertainment industry. More than 2,400 stars are enshrined beneath tourists’ feet, but the roster is not without its quirks— Pee-wee Herman has a star, but Clint Eastwood doesn’t. Marilyn Monroe’s star is steps from Hollywood & Highland, and John Lennon’s is in front of
MUSEUMS, HOLLYWOOD-STYLE Hollywood has museums, but don’t expect to encounter Picasso or Monet. Next to TCL Chinese Theatre is Madame Tussauds Hollywood, filled with more than 100 wax figures ranging from legends like Clark Gable to contemporary stars including Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo. You can ponder zany accomplishments at the Guinness World Record Museum, while the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium offers bizarre exhibitions. Movie buffs head to the Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building, which displays 10,000 artifacts showcasing 100 years of showbiz history, including Indiana Jones’ whip and the honeymoon dress worn by Marilyn Monroe after she married Joe DiMaggio. AROUND VINE The storied intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, the epicenter of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, boasted a large
ESCAPE FROM REALITY Next to the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Virtual Room L.A. opens a portal to another dimension. Here, teams of up to four people don the latest virtual-reality gear and work together to complete a high-stakes mission. The immersive escape-room, video-game and action-movie mash-up is out of this world. 6434 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.960.9208, losangeles.virtual-room.com
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the Capitol Records Building, the landmark structure designed to resemble a stack of records.
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NEW IN TOWN La Colombe
The East Coast coffee company continues its L.A. expansion with a flagship location and roastery in Frogtown (2828 Newell St.) and a café in Silver Lake (3900 Sunset Blvd., 323.375.5370). lacolombe.com
Glendale’s popular organic Mexican-food restaurant expands to Silver Lake, taking over the former Mare space. 2609 Hyperion Ave., L.A., 323.522.3320
Shop hot sneaker launches and collaborations at this fashionable fitness boutique for women, located within the Foot Locker at Hollywood & Highland. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 147, L.A., 323.871.4869
Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Opposite, from left: Hollywood & Highland; an exhibit at the Hollywood Museum
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The Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park
concentration of entertainmentindustry companies in the 1920s. It’s a different Hollywood today, but the magic of this location endures in the soaring W Hollywood Hotel & Residences and its Delphine brasserie. A Metro station is integrated into the hotel; Hollywood is particularly well served by mass transit. Across Hollywood Boulevard is boutique hotel the Redbury; across Vine Street is chic Japanese restaurant Katsuya. Sunset Boulevard and Vine is in transition, but dance clubs and eateries give this corner plenty of character. Serious cinephiles catch their flicks at ArcLight Cinemas, where it’s easy to spot a celeb. Close by is Amoeba Music, where music fans and collectors browse the aisles through 31,000 square feet of space packed with rare vinyl records, CDs and memorabilia. A couple of blocks west is the stylish minicomplex Space 15 Twenty, catering to shoppers well into the evening. The center is anchored by a supersize Urban Outfitters and complemented by cool boutiques.
NIGHT CRAWLING The revival of Hollywood has only enhanced its nightlife, and a lively bar-and-club scene permeates the district. On and around Hollywood Boulevard, you can party under the guise of literary advancement at library-themed the Study Hollywood, drink and dine at Houston Hospitality hot spot No Vacancy, and attempt to get past the velvet ropes at nightclubs like Playhouse. Cahuenga Boulevard also is home to clubs and eateries, including TAO Group’s Beauty & Essex at the new Dream Hotel. Quintessentially L.A. but a galaxy removed from Hollywood Boulevard is the Hollywood Bowl, the largest outdoor amphitheater in the U.S., where the Los Angeles Philharmonic takes up residence from June to September. Picnicking under the stars here is among the most memorable experiences in L.A. LOS FELIZ + SILVER LAKE These neighborhoods are among the hippest in the county (and perhaps the country). Vermont Avenue, the main drag in Los
Feliz, presents a collection of shops and restaurants that range from bohemian to chic. Skylight Books and 24/7 diner Fred 62 are popular hangouts. Lounges such as Rockwell represent the neighborhood’s increasing sophistication. Nearby, a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard houses cult-favorite gift shop/gallery Soap Plant/Wacko and Bar Covell, and Barnsdall Art Park offers recreational opportunities including tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s recently restored Hollyhock House. At Sunset Junction, where Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards intersect, Los Feliz transitions into Silver Lake. Foodies hang at casual Forage or the Cheese Store of Silverlake, while aspiring screenwriters hammer at their laptops and sip lattes at Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea. Farther east on Sunset Boulevard, cool beach gear at Mollusk Surf Shop and chic handbags at the Clare V. flagship beckon.
GRIFFITH PARK Among the largest urban parks in America, Griffith Park is an ideal place to hike, take a train ride, picnic, golf and more. The Charlie Turner Trailhead begins at Griffith Observatory, one of the great planetariums in the world and a frequent film location. The hike up Mount Hollywood provides views of the Hollywood sign, and the Greek Theatre, a 5,700-seat amphitheater, is a legendary music venue. Also here are the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens and the Western-heritage-oriented Autry Museum of the American West, both accessible from the Ventura (SR 134) or Golden State (I-5) freeways.
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OLD HOLLYWOOD Tinseltown teems with historic landmarks. Capitol Records Building 1750 Vine St. Cinerama Dome 6360 Sunset Blvd., 323.464.1478 Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Blvd., 323.461.2020 El Capitan Theatre 6838 Hollywood Blvd., 800.DISNEY6 Hollywood Palladium 6215 Sunset Blvd., 323.962.7600 Hollywood Pantages Theatre 6233 Hollywood Blvd., 323.468.1770 Max Factor Building 1660 N. Highland Ave., 323.464.7776 TCL Chinese Theatre 6925 Hollywood Blvd., 323.461.3331 Yamashiro 1999 N. Sycamore Ave., 323.466.5125
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DOWNTOWN With new restaurants and shops opening daily, downtown Los Angeles could not be hotter. Historic art deco structures share the streetscape with glass-clad towers, and even movie stars are snapping up lofts in century-old buildings. The arts scene roars to life here, where the laid-back image of L.A. hardly applies.
UNION STATION Union Station was the last of the grand railroad terminals built in the U.S. Its importance faded as the automobile began to dominate life in L.A., but the 78-yearold station has staged a comeback, thanks to a renovation and downtown’s new energy. From the station—the hub of the Metro system—you can board the Red Line to Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley or connect to the Blue Line to Long Beach or the Expo Line to Santa Monica. The Gold Line runs to Pasadena. Nonstop bus service to LAX is available 24/7. Metrolink commuter trains connect distant suburbs, and Amtrak trains offer coastal journeys. GRAND AVENUE The heart of L.A.’s performingarts scene and the site of its most dramatic architecture, Grand Avenue is beginning to live up to its name. On Bunker Hill, once filled with Victorian mansions, four venues make up a
formidable collection of stages at the Music Center. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is home to L.A. Opera, and the Ahmanson Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum host theatrical productions. The flashiest venue is architect Frank Gehry’s lauded Walt Disney Concert Hall, winter home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by its vivacious music director, Gustavo Dudamel. Also housed at Disney Hall is REDCAT, which offers visual, performing and multimedia arts programming. After a show, take a stroll through the 12-acre Grand Park,
between Grand Avenue and Hill Street and 1st and Temple streets.
BUNKER HILL Steps from the Ahmanson is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, designed by Spanish architect José Rafael Moneo. A short walk south on Grand is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and across from it is The Broad museum, built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. Both sites house premier collections of contemporary art. The Omni Hotel and California Plaza are adjacent to MOCA.
OLVERA STREET The origin of the city of Los Angeles, dating back to 1781, is El Pueblo de Los Angeles, a collection of 27 buildings along festive pedestrian concourse Olvera Street. The city’s oldest building, Avila Adobe (circa 1818), is here, along with Mexican restaurants, mariachi bands and merchants offering arts and crafts. A few blocks away is the city’s oldest restaurant, Philippe the Original (1908), where a cup of joe is just 49 cents. HISTORIC DISTRICTS Undergoing a renaissance is the Broadway Theatre District, home to once-opulent movie palaces. Several, such as the United Artists theater (now the stylish Theatre at Ace Hotel),
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Angels Flight, a vintage funicular (seen in La La Land) that climbs to California Plaza from Hill Street below, reopened last year after repairs. Farther down Grand, at 5th Street, the Bunker Hill Steps rise five stories at the U.S. Bank Tower, site of the OUE Skyspace L.A. attraction. Across the street is the art deco-style Central Library.
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Grand Park. Opposite, from left: The Broad museum; Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center
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/ CHINATOWN / LITTLE TOKYO / L.A. LIVE / EXPOSITION PARK the sleek Japanese American National Museum. The Geffen Contemporary, a branch of MOCA, is next door. At 2nd and Main streets is the former St. Vibiana cathedral, now home to stylish Redbird restaurant. To Little Tokyo’s east is the Arts District, which boasts buzzy shops and markets; galleries including Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles; a bevy of craft breweries; and such lauded restaurants as The Factory Kitchen, Officine Brera and Bestia.
Row DTLA lifestyle complex, near the Arts District
have been revived or restored to their original grandeur. Cool shops such as Acne Studios and BNKR lend cachet to the area. The Bradbury Building, constructed in 1893 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, was featured in the film Blade Runner. Spring Street from 4th to 7th streets is a rapidly awakening area once referred to as the “Wall Street of the West.” Steps from this historic district is a row of trendy bars on 6th Street (between Main and Los Angeles streets) that includes the Varnish.
SHOPPING DISTRICTS Downtown’s heritage as a mercantile center is still evident in its historic shopping districts. The Jewelry District draws shoppers looking for deals on diamonds; in the neighboring Fashion District, you can find designer clothing items. At Santee Alley, an open-air bargain bazaar, designer trends breed low-priced knockoffs. The Flower District offers blooms at wholesale prices. For an awesome mix of old-school
produce vendors and lunch counters and new, upscale specialty stalls, Grand Central Market, near the foot of Angels Flight, is the place to go. And the Figat7th shopping center is home to trendy boutiques and eateries.
CHINATOWN Chinatown is a great destination for sampling dim sum, dining at foodie-favorite spots like Howlin’ Ray’s and Baohaus or browsing for clothing, tea or home goods. Cultural highlights include the ornate Thien Hau Temple. Pedestrian-friendly Chung King Road and Gin Ling Way are home to hip galleries; Broadway is lined with boutiques. Dodger Stadium is a short drive away, as is San Antonio Winery, which offers tours and tastings. LITTLE TOKYO Little Tokyo’s bar scene is popping, and dining options range from traditional sushi at Japanese Village Plaza to seasonal small plates at Baldoria. Just a few steps down 1st Street is
L.A. LIVE The $2.5 billion L.A. Live project is home to Staples Center, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings, and it hosts top pop acts, as does Microsoft Theater, which boasts state-ofthe-art acoustics. The Grammy Museum honors myriad music genres with videos, artifacts and interactive exhibits. A dozen restaurants and nightlife venues— WP24, Cleo and Lucky Strike Lanes, to name a few—face a massive urban plaza lined with LED screens. The Los Angeles Convention Center, encompassing 16-plus acres of exhibition space, is also here. EXPOSITION PARK Just south of downtown is Exposition Park, whose grounds hold major museums and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, temporary home of the L.A. Rams. The California African American Museum delves into black history, and the beauxarts-style Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County offers insight into prehistoric giants. The California Science Center has a 3-D Imax theater and exhibits the retired NASA space shuttle Endeavour.
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PASADENA the Commons and Burlington Arcade. A drive south on Lake Avenue through one of the city’s most opulent residential neighborhoods leads to the Langham Huntington. Consider this grand, historic hotel for high tea, Japanese Kobe beef at its Royce steakhouse or pampering at its award-winning Chuan Spa.
OLD PASADENA A tribute to foresighted urban planning is the 22-square-block shopping district known as Old Pasadena, roughly bounded by Walnut and Green streets, Arroyo Parkway and Pasadena Avenue. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s a collection of restored buildings filled with trendy boutiques, bistros and nightclubs. Merchants range from Tesla Motors to H&M, and eateries include Union, a top-rated Italian restaurant. Pedestrian-only alleys meander through the One Colorado project in the heart of Old Pasadena, where restaurants offer alfresco dining overlooking a sculpture-strewn square. Boutiques such as Vince and Cop. Copine draw shoppers, while iPic Theaters reimagines the moviegoing experience with state-of-the-art technology, plush seats and a bar/café. Nearby is the Norton Simon Museum, home to one of the finest art collections in the
West. The galleries are filled with works dating from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and the museum’s repertoire of impressionist masters (e.g., Monet, Cézanne, Van Gogh) is formidable. A sculpture garden features a major tribute to Degas. East of Old Pasadena is Paseo Colorado, a shopping center with an ArcLight movie theater, restaurants and shops lining garden promenades. Its open-air design frames views of Pasadena City Hall, a majestic landmark restored to its original beaux-arts grandeur.
PLAYHOUSE DISTRICT + SOUTH LAKE AVENUE Anchored by the Mission-style Pasadena Playhouse, this district offers art-house cinema, antique shops and bookstores, as well as the famed Ice House Comedy Club, whose stage has hosted George Carlin and Jerry Seinfeld. Other cultural attractions include the Boston Court Performing Arts Center and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. East of the Playhouse District, South Lake Avenue provides a vibrant shopping environment. Inviting boutiques are set around European-style courtyards at
SAN MARINO + SAN GABRIEL VALLEY South of the Langham is San Marino and its primary attraction, The Huntington, whose library, art collections, botanical gardens and new education and visitor center occupy one of the most remarkable pieces of real estate in Southern California. Here, the Italianate mansion of railroad magnate Henry Huntington houses an extraordinary collection of 18th- and 19th-century art. A library with nearly 9 million rare books, photographs and manuscripts occupies another structure. Throughout the 200-acre property are more than a dozen distinct botanical environments, the Helen and Peter Bing Children’s Garden and a formal rose garden boasting more than 1,200 rose varieties.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE In the early 1900s, chewing-gum mogul William Wrigley Jr. and his family viewed the annual Rose Parade from the front lawn of their Millionaire’s Row home. Today, you can tour both the mansion (left)— now Tournament House, HQ of the parade’s organizers—and its lovely gardens for free Thursdays at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.4100, tournamentofroses.com
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Minutes from downtown L.A. via the Arroyo Seco Parkway (Pasadena Freeway) or the Metro Gold Line commuter train is Pasadena. Its architectural pedigree is world-class, and renowned institutions including the Tournament of Roses and Caltech lend it cachet. The city’s diverse neighbors are also worth discovering.
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/ SOUTH PASADENA / EAGLE ROCK + GLENDALE
Pasadena’s Colorado Bridge. Opposite, from left: Pasadena City Hall; Huntington Gardens
Sharing Pasadena’s eastern border are the communities of Sierra Madre and Arcadia, home to Santa Anita Park, a storied thoroughbred-horse-racing venue. Arcadia is also home to the 127-acre Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, whose natural Southern California habitat is famous for its wild peacocks. Farther east, scattered along the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10), are the communities of San Gabriel, Temple City, Monterey Park and Alhambra, which have attracted large numbers of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants. This means the opportunity for enjoying Asian cuisine is virtually unrivaled in Southern California. Tourists passionate about history, architecture or faith can explore the 1771 San Gabriel Mission, and the rugged San Gabriel Mountains present hiking opportunities for nature lovers.
SOUTH PASADENA The scenic route to South Pasadena on Orange Grove Boulevard passes through a stretch once known as Millionaire’s Row. Some splendid homes remain, including the former Wrigley Mansion (Tournament House), which now houses the Tournament of Roses Association. North of Old Pasadena, the boulevard leads to the Gamble House. This, the most famous achievement of architects Greene and Greene, is a classic representation of the Arts and Crafts movement that left its imprint on Pasadena. South Pasadena is a tranquil community whose Craftsman homes range from bungalows to mansions, and its Mission West Historic District is lined with antique shops, art galleries, casual cafés and kid-friendly spots like Fair Oaks Pharmacy, a restored drugstore from 1915.
EAGLE ROCK + GLENDALE West of Pasadena is Eagle Rock, a quiet college town reinventing itself as a trendy L.A. neighborhood. Its main drag of Colorado Boulevard is lined with a diverse collection of restaurants including Casa Bianca, a venerable old-school pizza joint. In Eagle Rock, students from highly ranked Occidental College— where a young Barack Obama once studied—mingle with young couples who are snapping up hillside real estate. On the far side of Eagle Rock is Glendale, the third-largest city in Los Angeles County. There, office workers pour out of highrises for happy hour at The Americana at Brand, an open-air shopping, residential and entertainment development. Stylesavvy shoppers can browse in boutiques, catch a movie or recharge at the Americana’s restaurants, which include the Philippe Starck-designed Katsuya and celebrity chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak. Home to a large Armenian community, Glendale offers a wealth of ethnic eateries specializing in kebabs, shawarma and belly dancing. Marked by a towering neon obelisk is the Alex Theatre, a restored art deco masterpiece that hosts concerts and musicals. Steps from the Alex is the new Museum of Neon Art, dedicated to showcasing a quintessentially L.A. craft. North of Glendale is Montrose, whose main street of Honolulu Avenue is more Mayberry than L.A. Close by, in La Cañada Flintridge, is sprawling Descanso Gardens, with North America’s largest camellia collection—an awesome sight when in full bloom during January and February.
Pasadena Civic Auditorium
SHOW TIME In Pasadena, plentiful venues put performing arts center stage. A Noise Within Theatre 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., 626.356.3100 Boston Court Performing Arts Center 70 N. Mentor Ave., 626.683.6801 Ice House Comedy Club 24 N. Mentor Ave., 626.577.1894 Levitt Pavilion Pasadena Memorial Park, 85 E. Holly St., 626.683.3230 Lineage Performing Arts Center 89 S. Fair Oaks Ave., 626.844.7008 Pasadena Civic Auditorium 300 E. Green St., 626.795.9311 Pasadena Playhouse 39 S. El Molino Ave., 626.356.7529 The Rose Paseo Colorado, 245 E. Green St., 888.645.5006
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/ BURBANK / NORTH HOLLYWOOD / VENTURA BOULEVARD / DEEP IN THE VALLEY
UNIVERSAL CITY A couple of Metro stops north of the heart of Hollywood is Universal City, a major entertainment-industry outpost. The highlight is Universal Studios Hollywood, which offers a behind-the-scenes peek into moviemaking, plus a theme park with high-tech virtual-reality action rides. The new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction is all the buzz; also thrilling are the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attraction and the Simpsons Ride and its adjacent Springfield-themed “world.” Splurge for Universal’s VIP Experience, which pampers its guests with such perks as private tour guides, exclusive backlot access and unlimited front-of-line access in the theme park. Among the wide-ranging attractions next door at pedestrian-only Universal CityWalk are skydiving simulations at iFly Hollywood and the latest films at the state-of-the-art Universal Cinema. Restaurants include
new Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Dongpo Kitchen, chef Ludo Lefebvre’s LudoBird and Voodoo Doughnut.
BURBANK Burbank calls itself the “media capital of the world”—and with good reason. The city is home to some of the most famous players in the entertainment business, including Walt Disney Studios, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Get a taste of the action on a Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood or as part of the studio audience at a taping of one of
your favorite programs, such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The media district, which encompasses most of these companies, also boasts some newer cafés and dining destinations, including Coffee Commissary and Simmzy’s, as well as the iconic Bob’s Big Boy, which hosts a classic-car show every Friday. Burbank’s entertainment industry is hardly the city’s only draw. More than 160 restaurants and shops cater to locals and visitors alike. The downtown district offers a major-mall shopping experience, movie theaters and the country’s largest Ikea,
but surrounding streets, such as historic San Fernando Boulevard, have a more homegrown feel, with shops and trendy bistros such as Granville Cafe. Another must-visit district is hip Magnolia Park, centered at Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way, which offers indie cafés, antique shops and the area’s best retro and vintage boutiques (Playclothes and Pinup Girl are favorites). Always-packed Porto’s Bakery offers excellent pastries and sandwiches from Europe and the owners’ native Cuba. Do you like the outdoors? Burbank is a gateway to the Verdugo Mountains, which are crisscrossed with hiking trails. A workout here is rewarded with spectacular views of Burbank, the Hollywood Hills and downtown L.A. For golf enthusiasts, DeBell Golf Club features regulation 18-hole and par-3 courses. And during the summer, outdoor amphitheater the Starlight Bowl hosts a music series. If you’re jetting into or out of L.A., you can escape the hassles of LAX by opting for uncongested Hollywood Burbank Airport. It offers nonstop flights to many cities across the country and
SAGE ADVICE In the heart of quaint Toluca Lake, you’ll find chic women’s boutique Rose & Sage. Owner Soraya Ardakani carefully curates the shop’s selection of apparel, accessories and gifts—everything you need for a picture-perfect look. “I select premium pieces that appeal to all ages and are attainable for everyone,” says Ardakani. 10143 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake, 818.509.7886, roseandsage.com
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The Valley is a sprawling collection of communities, each with its own attractions and charms. 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.
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Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios Hollywood. Opposite, from left: Universal CityWalk; Idle Hour in North Hollywood
is centrally located, with easy access to Hollywood, downtown L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD 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 dozen professional theaters, including the landmark El Portal Theatre. These venues present some of the most innovative stage performances in L.A., and neighboring dance studios and art galleries contribute to the scene. With restaurants like the Federal Bar, a lively gastropub, and Idle Hour, a bar in a barrel-shaped, refurbished landmark building from the 1940s, the momentum continues for this transit-linked urban village. From NoHo’s Metro station, you can access central Holly-
wood and downtown via the Red Line subway or board the Orange Line, a sleek express bus that traverses the entire San Fernando Valley.
VENTURA BOULEVARD This iconic, palm-lined boulevard stretches 20 miles across the San Fernando Valley. Immortalized in music by Frank Zappa and Tom Petty, the boulevard is an integral part of L.A. culture and home to a burgeoning dining scene. In Studio City, it’s lined with eateries, including entertainment-industry-favored Art’s Deli, newer favorite the Bellwether and a greater concentration of acclaimed sushi bars (such as Asanebo) than Little Tokyo claims. For shopping, there are charming boutiques and beauty retreats such as Face Haus facial bar. Hip bars and restaurants including Firefly have helped to launch a nightlife scene.
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 Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s and featuring upscale boutiques. Sherman Oaks Galleria is near the junction of the 405 and 101 freeways; draws include ArcLight Cinemas, where there’s a chance you’ll see famous faces drawn to the Valley by its family-oriented lifestyle.
DEEP IN THE VALLEY Westfield Topanga shopping center is loaded with exclusive designer boutiques, including Louis Vuitton and David Yurman. The Village lifestyle destination opened recently, expanding the center’s retail and dining options. Farther west off the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) is Calabasas, where celebrities move for more elbow room. Upscale shopping and casual eateries live at the Commons at Calabasas, an elegant open-air destination. A few exits beyond that is Westlake Village, where locals hit the luxurious spa or do lunch at the Four Seasons. Visitors to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in neighboring Simi Valley can step aboard an actual Air Force One, visit a full-size replica of the White House Oval Office and learn all about America’s 40th president. North on the Golden State Freeway (I-5) in Valencia, coaster lovers gather at Six Flags Magic Mountain for rides too wild for Disneyland.
Nigiri at Sugarfish
SUSHI SPOTS Studio City’s “Sushi Row” along Ventura Boulevard is home to some of L.A.’s most highly acclaimed sushi restaurants. Asanebo 11941 Ventura Blvd., 818.760.3348 Iroha Sushi of Tokyo 12953 Ventura Blvd., 818.990.9559 Shiki Sushi 12745 ½ Ventura Blvd., 818.487.3938 Sugarfish 11288 Ventura Blvd., 818.762.2322 Sushi Dan 11056 Ventura Blvd., 818.985.2254 The Sushi House 11388 Ventura Blvd., 818.506.3162 Sushi Katsu-Ya 11680 Ventura Blvd., 818.985.6976 Teru Sushi 11940 Ventura Blvd., 818.763.6201
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In the South Bay, the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach occupy an idyllic coastal stretch known for surfing and volleyball. To the north is El Segundo; to the south are the beautiful bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the bustling waterfronts of San Pedro and Long Beach. the Comedy & Magic Club Sunday nights. To the plaza’s east, café/boutique Gum Tree and the Hook & Plow are standouts among the specialty shops and eateries that line Pier Avenue. Farther east, Becker’s carries surfboards and beachwear.
MANHATTAN BEACH Less than 5 miles south of LAX, Manhattan Beach boasts 2 miles of beaches with sand so fine that developers exported it to Waikiki Beach in the 1920s. Laid-back Manhattan Beach is home to many professional athletes: You might spot an L.A. Kings player as you walk along the Strand, the pedestrian promenade sandwiched between multimillion-dollar homes and the beachfront bike trail. The city’s picturesque pier (whose Roundhouse Aquarium is undergoing improvements) features plaques commemorating winners of the Manhattan Beach Open—the South Bay is die-hard beach-volleyball country. It’s also a playground for water-sports enthusiasts, including bodyboarders and surfers. East of the pier along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue are chic boutiques and a burgeoning dining scene, with restaurants such as Fishing With Dynamite,
Love & Salt, Little Sister and The Strand House drawing gourmets from across L.A. The Metlox center is a popular gathering place, with shops like the Beehive and hot spots including Zinc at Shade hotel. Between Manhattan Beach and LAX to the north is El Segundo, an industrial city with a quaint downtown and upscale shopping and dining centers including the Point.
HERMOSA BEACH Head south on Manhattan Avenue to Pier Avenue, the heart of Hermosa Beach. Hermosa
shares many characteristics with Manhattan Beach, including its own scenic stretch of beach punctuated by volleyball nets, fitness buffs weaving along the Strand (here merged with the bike path) and a pier studded with bronze plaques commemorating surfing legends. Come late afternoon, the pedestrian plaza at the foot of the pier becomes a different kind of South Bay scene, thanks to spillover from bars and restaurants such as Hennessey’s Tavern and Tower 12. Close to Pier Plaza, on Hermosa Avenue, Jay Leno still draws crowds to
REDONDO BEACH The largest of L.A. County’s beach cities, Redondo Beach is home to the 1,457-seat Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and a recreational waterfront featuring 2 miles of sandy beaches, the popular Redondo Beach Pier and King Harbor. Sepulveda Boulevard becomes Pacific Coast Highway as it enters town; signs point west to King Harbor’s Redondo Beach Marina, one of four marinas in the harbor. Here businesses such as Redondo Sportfishing offer fishing excursions and whalewatching tours, while other local outfitters rent out kayaks, paddleboats, bicycles and wave runners. South of the harbor, the historic Redondo Beach Pier attracts locals and visitors with quick-and-casual eateries, amusements and souvenir shops. South of the pier, the
C’EST CHEESE Travel + Leisure named Andrew Steiner’s Santa Monica fromagerie one of America’s best. Now, Andrew’s Cheese Shop has a South Bay outpost steps from the sand. Elevate your beach picnic with artisanal cheeses sourced from around the world, plus baguettes, Sqirl jams, Marou chocolate and other gourmet treats. 1141 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, 424.390.4345, andrewscheeseshopmb.com
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY L.A. COUNTY DEPT. OF BEACHES & HARBORS; COURTESY AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC; FROM MOUNTAIN TO SEA PHOTOGRAPHY. OPPOSITE: EDWIN SANTIAGO
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NEW IN TOWN Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
The beloved Memphisstyle spot opens its third L.A. location, serving up spicy chicken, sides and chess pie. 2580 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, 562.276.1819
This stylish restaurant and mezcaleria offers authentic Oaxacan cuisine—including six moles and some two dozen mezcals. 1261 Cabrillo Ave., Suite 100, Torrance, 310.974.8005
Dine on involtini, housemade gnocchi and tiramisu at this family-owned and -operated restaurant— its name means “roots” in Italian. 934 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.318.0778
The Redondo Beach Pier. Opposite, from left: The Manhattan Beach Pier; an exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific WHERE LOS ANGELES 43
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/ SAN PEDRO / LONG BEACH miles south is the Cabrillo Beach Recreational Complex, which includes a marina, the Frank Gehry-designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Cabrillo Beach— one of the county’s most popular windsurfing spots.
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gentle waves and somewhat narrow strip 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 Cami and the Catalina Cooking Store covering a six-block radius.
PALOS VERDES PENINSULA Beyond Redondo Beach rises the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a rugged 26-square-mile area known for majestic bluffs that afford sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Catalina Island. Head a few miles inland via Palos Verdes Drive North to the 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden, a year-round attraction featuring 200,000 plants. Or hug the coast on Palos Verdes Drive West to Rancho Palos Verdes’ Point Vicente Interpretive Center, a popular graywhale-watching site. Just past the adjacent Point Vicente Light-
house is the Mediterranean-style Terranea Resort, which offers fine dining, a 50,000-squarefoot oceanfront spa and a public nine-hole golf course. Farther along is the Wayfarers Chapel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son Lloyd Wright. The impressive Swedenborgian “glass church” is a popular wedding venue.
SAN PEDRO The multicultural community of San Pedro, on the southeastern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, was once the largest commercial fishing port in the nation. Today it’s home to the bustling 7,500-acre Port of Los Angeles, which features passenger and cargo terminals, as well as a crafts marketplace and brewery. Catalina Express operates from Berth 95, offering daily boat service to Catalina’s quaint city of Avalon and rustic village of Two Harbors. More than a million travelers pass through the World Cruise Center (Berths 91-93) annually; adjacent to the complex is the battleship-turned-museum Battleship USS Iowa. A few
LONG BEACH In the county’s southwestern corner, Long Beach is home to a busy commercial port, an attraction-packed waterfront and more than 5 miles of beaches. A popular draw is the 1,020-foot-long Queen Mary, a historic, supposedly haunted ship-turned-hotel, dining and shopping attraction permanently moored in Long Beach Harbor. The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, the Pike Outlets, the Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village are nearby. From the village, you can follow the Shoreline pedestrian bike path 3.1 miles, past the Long Beach Museum of Art and into the Belmont Shore neighborhood. Here you’ll find shops and restaurants along 2nd Street, Bay Shore Beach, the Belmont Pier and windsurfing and kite-surfing lessons. Across a small channel is Naples, where you can take gondola rides through the canals and dine at restaurants such as Michael’s on Naples. Downtown, along 4th Street between Junipero and Cherry avenues, vintage-furniture and clothing shops make up funky “Retro Row.” In the emergent East Village Arts District, hip galleries and boutiques are sprouting where Linden Avenue meets Broadway. Farther east, an impressive collection of modern and contemporary works decks the walls of the Museum of Latin American Art.
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PREFLIGHT BITES LAX-bound? Fuel up in downtown El Segundo. Aristo Café 310 E. Grand Ave., 310.414.0400 Beach Mex 409 E. Grand Ave., 310.356.6393 Blue Butterfly Coffee Co. 351 Main St., 310.640.7687 Brewport Tap House 204 Main St., 310.648.8972 Britt’s BBQ and Catering 408 Main St., 310.640.0408 Chef Hannes Restaurant 411 Main St., 310.640.0164
Deluca Trattoria 225 Richmond St., 310.640.7600
Kagura El Segundo 403 Main St., 310.333.0689 Petros Kafe 131 W. Grand Ave., 310.322.6200 Rock & Brews 143 Main St., 310.615.9890 Sausal 219 Main St., 310.322.2721
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With over 75 destination shops, acclaimed restaurants and independent specialty stores West 3rd Street is the most walkable dining and shopping district in the center of Los Angeles.
Comprised of six connecting blocks between La Cienega Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, West 3rd Street is just moments from The Grove, The Original Farmers Market, The Beverly Center and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
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BEAUTY & FITNESS (cont.)
Alexis Bittar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C August. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E Bead Boutique (+ Men) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E 4 Bedhead Pajamas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C Elaine Kim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C KFK Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E M. Cohen Designs (+ Men). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Mom’s the Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U Monserat De Lucca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P Nathalie Seaver Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q NFP New Form Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R noodle stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E Parliament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Polkadots & Moonbeams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C 2 Pyrrha . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E Ragdoll LA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P Raquel Allegra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Shopaholic Sample Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T Social Butterflies LA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R Wardrobe Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q
Drybar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C Face Haus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C Glamour Beauty Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Murad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G SkinSense Wellness Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P Spoke & Weal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G Stript Wax Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R Swerve Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R Taboo Hair Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P Uvasun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R OPTICAL & SERVICES
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Aero Shade Co Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P Allan Jeffries Framing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E Area. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E Craft in America Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B Freehand Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B M. Cohen Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Michael Hittleman Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B MUD Australia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R New Stone Age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B Portola Paints & Glazes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G Vintageweave Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U MEN
Douglas Fir. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E Lot Stock and Barrel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C M. Cohen Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q 1 Wittmore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R KIDS
Eggy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J
BEAUTY & FITNESS
Aesop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q AIR - Aerial Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P AuraCycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F The Bar Method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P Benefit Cosmetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C Clark Nova Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S Credo Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E
8384 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048 (800) 624-6835 theorlando.com
8336 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 653-8336 bedheadpjs.com
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Belcampo Meat Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K Berri’s Cafe on Third . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P Blending Lab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U Carmela Ice Cream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U Cleo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q El Carmen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S Electric Karma. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R Gelataria Uli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T Goal Sports Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Gusto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T JAFFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S Joan’s on Third . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q The Little Door. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S The Little Next Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S Magnolia Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C Mainland Poke. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Mama’s Secret Bakery & Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Matcha Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T Mercado. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U Plancha Tacos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R Prime Cutts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Quality Food & Beverage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . T Simplethings Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Socherbit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .U Son of a Gun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Sweetfin Poke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K Sweetgreen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K Toast Bakery Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . G Verve Coffee Roasters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K Vanderpump Dogs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S
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Porsche Power Get your motor running at the most comprehensive Porsche display outside of Stuttgart, Germany: The Porsche Effect, a new exhibit and vault tour at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Organized in conjunction with Porsche Cars North America, The Porsche Effect traces the evolution and impact of the celebrated automaker, featuring 50 of its most historically significant street and race cars, including a 1939 Type 64 Berlin-Rome car (the granddaddy of all Porsches), Steve McQueenâ€™s 356 Speedster and the 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder pictured above. Feeling the call of the road? Head to the Porsche Experience Center in Carson to pilot the latest Porsche models on a 4-mile driver-development track, with a Porsche Drive Coach riding shotgun. See listings for items in bold.
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/ DINING AMERICAN 71ABOVE Chef Vartan Abgaryan (Cliff’s Edge) heads up this restaurant on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower. In addition to skyline views, expect elevated modern American dishes like foie gras and a farm egg with crispy potato, chorizo, finger lime and cilantro. À la carte options are available at the bar, and prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus are offered in the main dining room and several private dining spaces. L (M-F), D (nightly). 633 W. 5th St., 71st Floor, downtown, 213.712.2683 $$$$ Map H16 ANIMAL Bare-bones eatery, from the guys known to Food Network fans as the “Two Dudes,” is a carnivore’s dream. Dishes include delectable takes on offal (such as crispy pig ear) and a bacon-chocolate-crunch bar for dessert. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 435 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.782.9225 $$$ Map I13 CLIFTON’S This kitschy downtown cafeteria, which dates to the 1930s, recently reopened after a multimilliondollar renovation. The multiple-story eatery offers oldschool cuisine, with a roast-meat-carving station and JellO for dessert, as well as a craft-beer bar and the Pacific Seas Tiki bar. L, D (Th-Su). 648 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.627.1673 $$ Map I16
Crown City Gem New to Pasadena is The Arbour, where chef Ian Gresik (previously of Patina and Drago Centro) turns out a menu that’s sophisticated both in execution and in presentation. Starters include chili that arrives with a beef-fat candle melting into the stew, a gorgeously plated bison tartare, a raviolo that oozes fresh egg, and albacore on a crispy rice cake with avocado cream and olive oil “pearls.” Main courses include sirloin with horseradish cream and sous-vide garlic-crusted chicken. The former pastry chef also offers a riff on baked Alaska flambéed with dark rum—one of many updated nods to fine dining. The space (pictured above) is relaxed but refined, with a handsome bar and generously spaced tables. L (M-F), D (nightly). 527 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.396.4925, thearbourpasadena.com
CRAFT New York chef Tom Colicchio of TV’s Top Chef brings his signature concept to L.A. The restaurant delivers a contemporary American à la carte menu, with fun, shareable dishes including roasted octopus and diver scallops with vermouth butter. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 10100 Constellation Blvd., L.A., 310.279.4180 $$$$ Map K11 DELILAH This celebrity-favored restaurant/lounge from the H.Wood Group pays homage to the Roaring ‘20s and offers a menu of classic and modern American cuisine (e.g., deviled eggs, chicken tenders and funnel cake). It’s the perfect spot for drinks, dinner and dancing. Reservation-only. D (Tu-Su). 7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.745.0600 $$$ Map H12 GWEN Maude chef Curtis Stone and brother Luke’s restaurant—named after their maternal grandmother— features meat-centric tasting menus served in an art deco dining room, plus a European-style butcher shop in the front that offers sandwiches. D (Tu-Sa). 6600 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.946.7513 $$$ Map H14 THE INDEPENDENCE This bright, friendly tavern in downtown Santa Monica, which pays homage to the Los Angeles & Independence Railroad, offers a great happy hour and a menu of New American cuisine that includes blistered shishito peppers and seafood stew with chorizo and shrimp broth. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 205 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310.458.2500 $$$ Map L8 INK.WELL The approachable menu at this new location of Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio’s first restaurant, ink., incorporates menu signatures and classics from the ink. program, and the detached bar area is triple the size of the original. D (nightly). 826 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.358.9058 $$$ Map J12 JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN This rusticyet-sophisticated restaurant offers creative takes on American regional classics. Try the Jimmy burger with jalapeño jam, pimento cheese and applewood-smoked bacon, followed by the “Bananageddon” sundae for dessert. Santa Monica: L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). Woodland Hills: L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 424.292.5222; The Village at Westfield Topanga, 6250 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, 818.369.0005 $$ Map M8, northwest of A1 JOAN’S ON THIRD Celebrity-frequented café on busy West 3rd Street and a newer location in the Valley offer
Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps in the back of this issue. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.
INDEX American........................50 Mediterranean...............55 Breweries/Gastropubs..50 Mexican/Latin................55 British/Irish....................51 Pan-Asian.......................56 California........................51 Quick Bites.....................56 Chinese...........................52 Seafood...........................56 Eclectic/Fusion..............52 Spanish...........................56 French............................52 Steak...............................56 Italian..............................53 Thai............................................57 Japanese........................54
omelets, sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets, plus picnic baskets and gourmet items. B, L, D (daily). 8350 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.655.2285; 12059 Ventura Place, Studio City, 818.201.3900 $ Map I12, T18 LEDLOW/P.Y.T. At Ledlow, chef Josef Centeno, who rules downtown’s Old Bank District (Bäco Mercat, Bar Amá, Orsa & Winston), offers twists on classic bistro dishes, American favorites and diverse cultural staples. Half of the space has now been transformed into the vegetable-focused concept P.Y.T. Ledlow: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). P.Y.T.: L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa), Br (Sa-Su). 400 S. Main St., downtown, 213.687.7015 $$ Map I17 M.B. POST Chef David LeFevre serves small plates of seafood, fresh-baked breads, cured meats and more in the space of a former post office. The “Eat Your Vegetables” menu makes green beans and Brussels sprouts look tantalizing. L (F-Su), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5405 $$$ Map L13 ODYS + PENELOPE Churrasco and grill from Karen and Quinn Hatfield features a live-fire grill and woodfired smoker. Eclectic, flavorful cuisine is accompanied by a menu of craft beer, wine and handcrafted cocktails. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options also available. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 127 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.939.1033 $$$ Map B2 PLAN CHECK KITCHEN + BAR Minichain offers contemporary takes on American classics, complemented by craft beers and premium whiskeys. Try the acclaimed Plan Check burger. L.A., downtown: L, D (daily); Br (Su). Santa Monica: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A., 310.444.1411; 351 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.591.0094; 1111 Wilshire Blvd., downtown, 213.403.1616; 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.857.1364 $$ Map K9, I12, H16, L8 REDBIRD Chef Neal Fraser’s contemporary American cuisine is offered in the rectory of the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana. Rack of red wattle pork and chicken potpie are part of an intriguing menu. An updated Spanish Baroque decor and retro-inspired cocktails complete the scene. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 114 E. 2nd St., downtown, 213.788.1191 $$$ Map H17
BREWERIES/GASTROPUBS ABIGAILE A venture of Blackhouse Hospitality (Little Sister, Steak & Whisky, Día de Campo), this funky, graffitimuraled American brasserie with a rooftop bar is lots of fun. Executive chef Tin Vuong presents escargot “poppers” washed down with house-brewed beer. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1301 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.798.8227 $$ Map L13
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DINING FATHER’S OFFICE Microbrew mecca; one of L.A.’s best burgers. A new downtown location is in the works. Santa Monica: L (Sa-Su), D (nightly). Culver City: L (F-Su), D (nightly). 1018 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; 3229 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.736.2224 $$ Map L8, L11 SIMMZY’S Popular pub with locations in Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Burbank and just off the Venice pier serves up hearty burgers (try the classic Simmzy’s), sandwiches, salads and other fresh fare. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 3000 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.962.2500; 5271 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, 562.439.5590; 229 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.546.1201; 37 Washington Blvd., Venice, 424.835.6580 $ Map T20, O17, L13, N9
BRITISH/IRISH TEA ROSE GARDEN This whimsical, English-garden tearoom, an Old Pasadena fixture for 20 years, serves traditional fare including scones, finger sandwiches and salads sprinkled with flower petals. A florist and boutique selling tea trays and loose-leaf teas are also on-site. B, L, Br (daily). 70 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.578.1144 $$ Map Q20 YE OLDE KING’S HEAD Cozy pub/restaurant with traditional English fare, including acclaimed fish and chips. B, L, D (daily); high tea (M-Sa). 116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.451.1402 $ Map L8
CALIFORNIA CUISINE 208 RODEO This gem of a café boasts a picturesque setting above Via Rodeo’s cobblestone street at luxe Two Rodeo—the perfect place to while away an afternoon and enjoy all-day California cuisine with pan-Asian and French influences. Standout dishes include wagyu burgers, seafood salad and penne arrabbiata. B, L, D (daily). Two Rodeo, 208 Via Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.275.2428 $$ Map J11 BARAN’S 2239 This South Bay restaurant from brothers Jonathan and Jason Baran serves up shareable dishes in an intimate space that belies its strip-mall setting. Chef Tyler Gugliotta (the Tasting Kitchen) incorporates produce from his family’s farm into seasonal specialties with multicultural influences. After your entrée, opt for a dessert-and-local-beer pairing for a memorable finale. D (Tu-Su). 502 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach, 424.247.8468 $$ Map L13 CAVATINA Esteemed East Coast chef Michael Schlow’s first L.A. restaurant serves local, delicious cuisine inside the rock ‘n’ roll-steeped Sunset Marquis hotel. Don’t miss Schlow’s award-winning burger and the decadent Sunday brunch. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, 310.358.3759 $$$ Map H12 COMMERSON Newer neighborhood spot serves eclectic bistro fare with a French accent. Dine on menu highlights like roasted Creekstone Farms petit filet mignon with seared Rougié foie gras. The wine selection focuses on varietals from France and Italy; cocktails are fresh and simple. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 788 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.813.3000 $$ Map B2 DIALOGUE James Beard Award-winning chef Dave Beran, formerly of Chicago’s celebrated Alinea, is behind this 18-seat restaurant (eight seats at a kitchen counter, plus three tables). One market-driven 15- to 21-course tasting menu is offered; tickets must be pre-purchased online. D (Tu-Su). Gallery Food Hall, 1315 3rd Street Promenade, Second Floor, Santa Monica, dialoguerestaurant.com $$$$ Map L8 EVELEIGH With a menu chockablock with farmers market veggies and meats in a country-chic space, Eveleigh projects an image of cool rusticity. The kitchen
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endeavors to use housemade ingredients right down to the apple gomme syrup in your cocktail and the brioche toast slices with your Jidori-chicken-liver pâté. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8752 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.239.1630 $$ Map H12 THE FRONT YARD This restaurant at the Garland hotel features fresh farm-to-table cuisine from chef Larry Greenwood. Start your meal with chive flatbread topped with chimichurri butter, then move on to entrées like Mary’s Chicken. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, 818.255.7290 $$ Map U19 FUNDAMENTAL L.A. This under-the-radar spot boasts a chef with a fine-dining pedigree and a seasonal menu more refined than its bare-bones space would suggest. An all-day sibling of the Westwood original, Fundamental DTLA, offers freshly baked pastries and breads and creative takes on comfort fare, such as furikake sesame tots with Sriracha aioli. Westwood: L (Tu–F), D (Tu-Sa). Downtown: B, L, D (daily). 1303 Westwood Blvd., L.A., 310.444.7581; 750 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.935.8180 $$ Map J10, I16 HINOKI & THE BIRD Inside luxury residential tower the Century, taste Japanese and Southeast Asian flavors in such dishes as lobster rolls with green curry and Thai basil, and black cod scented with the smoke of the namesake hinoki wood. L (M-F), D (Tu-Sa). 10 W. Century Drive, Century City, 310.552.1200 $$$ Map J10 JEAN-GEORGES BEVERLY HILLS Michelin-rated French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s namesake restaurant at the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is an opulent indoor/outdoor fine-dining destination, perfect for enjoying fresh, local cuisine. B, L, D (daily). 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.860.6566 $$$ Map J11 LOVE & SALT Dine on creative Cal-Italian fare (e.g., duck-egg pizza and whole roasted pig head) in this buzzy South Bay spot. Chef de cuisine/pastry chef Rebecca Merhej’s desserts are divine. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5252 $$$ Map L13 MICHAEL’S Michael McCarty’s influential farm-to-table restaurant, opened in 1979, is refreshed and back in the spotlight. New to the kitchen is acclaimed chef Miles Thompson (Allumette, Nobu, Son of a Gun), whose menu includes such innovative, ingredient-driven dishes as duck confit with rose geranium, sweet potato and pomegranate. Ask about California cult wines in the
cellar collection. D (M–Sa). 1147 3rd St., Santa Monica, 310.451.0843 $$$ Map L8 MILO & OLIVE The husband-and-wife team from Rustic Canyon is behind this casual pizzeria and bakery. 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); Br (SaSu). 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.453.6776 $$ Map K9 PALEY Located in historic Columbia Square, this glamorous restaurant (named after former CBS CEO William S. Paley) pays homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Inside a midcentury-modern dining room, dine on classic dishes with a modern twist, such as braised pork belly with applesauce, frisée and whole-grain mustard. L (M-F), D (nightly). 6115 Sunset Blvd., Suite 100, L.A., 323.544.9430 $$$ Map H14 PLANT FOOD + WINE Restaurant from Matthew Kenney takes a raw, locally sourced and plant-based approach to dining. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from an extensive organic and biodynamic selection. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1009 $$$ Map N9 RUSTIC CANYON Discover boutique wines while sampling small plates of market-driven, Mediterraneaninspired fare. Clam pozole is just one of the winners. Hide in a cozy booth or mingle at the communal table. D (nightly). 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.393.7050 $$$ Map L8 SADDLE PEAK LODGE Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, this elegant hunt-lodge-themed spot is a study in romantic rusticity, with moose heads overlooking candlelit tables. The menu focuses on game dishes such as grilled Blue Mountain wapiti elk tenderloin or pan-roasted Australian kangaroo sirloin. D (nightly), Br (Su). 419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas, 818.222.3888 $$$$ Map northwest of A1 SPAGO An L.A. institution, Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant features a modern dining room and a daily changing menu that may include dishes like veal “Wiener schnitzel” and spicy tuna tartare. L (TuSa), D (nightly). 176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0880 $$$$ Map I11 THE STRAND HOUSE This beachside restaurant boasts awesome ocean and pier views and a breezy, stylish bar. New executive chef Austin Cobb’s menu
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DINING VESPERTINE Chef Jordan Kahn’s mysterious, pricey “gastronomical experiment”—which tops L.A. Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold’s 2017 list of the city’s top 101 best restaurants—is disrupting the L.A. dining scene. Expect a space-age meal of 18-plus courses, some of which look more like art than food. Reservations must be made in advance online. D (Tu-Sa). 3599 Hayden Ave., Culver City, 323.320.4023, vespertine.la $$$$ Map L12 XO Chef Michael Hung’s Cal-Asian eatery/marketplace offers everything from Burmese salad to a Pacific Rim version of matzo-ball soup, even steak frites, while lemon-ricotta pancakes brighten a casual brunch. L (M-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 7475 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.903.0016 $$ Map I13
FRENCH AVEC NOUS Contemporary French bistro inside the Viceroy L’Ermitage hotel offers dishes inspired by the French Riviera, such as escargots with persillade butter; sea scallops with cauliflower purée, samphire and orange; and whole oven-roasted cauliflower with vadouvan curry. B, L, D (daily). Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.860.8660 $$$ Map J12
highlights award-winning Coastal California Cuisine. The street-level bar is a great spot for a sunset cocktail. L (Tu-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470 $$$ Map L13
L (M-F), D (nightly). Malibu: D (nightly). 344 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.9911; Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, 18A, Malibu, 310.456.7600 $$$ Map I11, K7
TAR & ROSES Chef Andrew Kirschner’s first restaurant focuses on small, rustic shareable plates cooked in his wood-burning oven, but with a week’s notice, he can also whip up large, lavish family-style suppers of Moroccan-spiced goat or standing rib rack. D (nightly). 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.587.0700 $$$ Map L8
ROC At this Little Osaka dumpling house, popular menu items include a scallion pancake, three-cup chicken and made-from-scratch soup dumplings stuffed with pork and fresh crab. L, D (daily). 2049 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A., 310.235.2089; 8474 W. 3rd St., Suite 108, L.A., 323.782.8808; 12775 Millennium Drive, Suite 110, L.A., 424.835.4777 $$ Map K10, I12, 010
THE TASTING KITCHEN Foodies come for the daily changing menu of innovative yet unpretentious cuisine from culinary-darling chef Casey Lane: small or large plates of cured meats, artisan cheeses, vegetables, seafood and pastas. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.6644 $$$ Map M9
YANG CHOW Fine Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine and an elegant atmosphere have made this restaurant a Chinatown mainstay since 1977. Don’t miss the worldfamous Slippery Shrimp, which have been featured on Food Network. Additional outposts are in the Valley and Pasadena. L, D (daily). 819 N. Broadway, downtown, 213.625.0811; 6443 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 818.347.2610; 3777 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.432.6868 $$ Map G17, west of A1, Q22
TAVERN James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin’s third L.A. restaurant explores rustic Cal-Med fare in chic environs, including a popular sunlit indoor patio. The frequently changing menu might include “devil’s chicken” with leeks and mustard breadcrumbs. The adjacent, more casual Larder offers divine housebaked pastries. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 11648 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 310.806.6464 $$$ Map J9
CHINESE BAO DIM SUM Enjoy delicious, authentic dim sum in a relaxing, lantern-lit atmosphere. Favorites include juicy pork dumplings and shrimp shumai, followed by bao milk buns for dessert. L, D (daily). 8256 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.655.6556 $$ Map I12 DIN TAI FUNG Foodies line up at this dumpling house for soup dumplings with filling combinations such as pork and crab or truffle and pork. L, D (daily). 177 Caruso Ave., Glendale, 818.551.5561; 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.446.8588; 21540 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 519, Torrance, 310.214.1175 $$ Map U23, R23, D2 MR CHOW The L.A. County editions of scene-y restaurants in New York, London, Miami, Las Vegas and Mexico City offer Imperial Beijing cuisine. Beverly Hills:
ECLECTIC/FUSION BAROO Tucked in a homely Hollywood strip mall, this highly acclaimed restaurant from chef Kwang Uh, who was raised in Korea and staged at Noma in Copenhagen, is a celebration of experimentation and fermentation. The concise, oft-changing menu includes bibim salads, rice bowls and handmade pastas. L, D (Tu-Sa). 5706 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323.819.4344 $$ Map H14 CASSIA This bustling Southeast Asian-inspired brasserie, set inside a 1930s art deco building, finds chef Bryant Ng (the Spice Table) serving dishes like Vietnamese pot au feu, black cod with anchovy broth, and grilled pork-belly vermicelli. Sister concept Esters Wine Shop & Bar is adjacent. D (nightly). 1314 7th St., Santa Monica, 310.393.6699 $$$ Map L8 ORSA & WINSTON Chef/owner Josef Centeno draws on Japanese and Italian traditions at his acclaimed third restaurant. Select a vegetable, fish or meat grain bowl for lunch; for dinner, enjoy a daily changing six-course tasting menu with nightly supplements and an optional wine pairing. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa). 122 W. 4th St., downtown, 213.687.0300 $$$$ Map I16
KENDALL’S BRASSERIE AND BAR Located at the Music Center, Kendall’s is a convenient spot for before or after a performance. In addition to dishes with a contemporary flair, all the brasserie favorites are here (e.g., moules frites). The BoardRoom, a new Parisianinspired lounge with live music, is adjacent. L (M-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7322 $$ Map H16 LE PETIT PARIS The L.A. iteration of David and Fanny Rolland’s original Le Petit Paris in Cannes is housed in the historic El Dorado building. By day, the brasserie is bright and tranquil, serving French classics such as steak frites and bourbon-vanilla crème brûlée, and at night it transforms into an upscale lounge, complete with a DJ. The Sunday brunch buffet menu offers an egg station, a chocolate fountain and bottomless mimosas. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 418 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.217.4445 $$$ Map I17 THE LITTLE DOOR For a candlelit dinner, this is the reservation ne plus ultra. Dine on rustic FrenchMediterranean dishes under the stars or by a crackling fireplace. The restaurant’s casual extension, Little Next Door, serves modern French brasserie fare. D (nightly). 8164 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.1210 $$$ Map I12 MÉLISSE At Mélisse, among L.A.’s highest-rated restaurants, chef/owner Josiah Citrin executes a sophisticated, modern French menu filled with luxe ingredients. Start with lobster Bolognese with truffles before superb game dishes. D (Tu-Sa). 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.395.0881 $$$$ Map M8 PATINA The Walt Disney Concert Hall pairs classicalmusic offerings with fine dining, thanks to its fine inhouse restaurant. Game dishes are a frequent presence on the menu. D (Tu-Su). 141 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3331 $$$$ Map H16 PETIT TROIS Trois Mec’s French-bar-style spinoff offers an à la carte menu of classic dishes such as a confit-fried chicken leg, croque monsieur and delectable omelet with Boursin cheese. L, D (daily). 718 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.468.8916 $$$ Map H13 RÉPUBLIQUE In a landmark once occupied by Charlie Chaplin’s studio, fine-dining veteran Walter Manzke and pastry-chef wife Margarita turn out bistro classics
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CAFÉ PINOT This glass box of a restaurant adjacent to Central Library offers romantic outdoor dining, skyline views—from the bottom up—and contemporary Cal-French cuisine from the Patina Group. D (M-Sa). 700 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.239.6500 $$$ Map H16
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(e.g., escargots, duck confit and steak frites) for a trendy clientele huddling at communal tables. Café B, L (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Bistro D (nightly). 624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 310.362.6115 $$$ Map I13 TROIS MEC The foodie trinity of Ludo Lefebvre, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook is behind this hot restaurant in a 26-seat former pizzeria. Diners must purchase advance tickets via the restaurant’s website to enjoy Lefebvre’s prix-fixe, five-course meal. D (M-F). 716 N. Highland Ave., L.A., troismec.com $$$$ Map H13
ITALIAN ALIMENTO Zach Pollack, who recently opened Cosa Buona in Echo Park, is behind this tiny, hip space, where a clever menu includes addictive chicken-liver crostone with quince mostarda, crudo and pastas. The tortellini in brodo features dumplings filled with a hot broth that explodes in your mouth. D (Tu-Su). 1710 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A., 323.928.2888 $$$ Map east of W23 BESTIA Multiregional Italian restaurant in the hip Arts District serves up such “beast”-focused dishes as roasted marrow bone with spinach gnocchetti, breadcrumbs and aged balsamic, and a selection of housecured meats. D (nightly). 2121 E. 7th Place, downtown, 213.514.5724 $$$ Map east of J17
British Fare, imported beers and world famous Fish & Chips. Heated patio. Call for soccer schedule. Stop by the gift shoppe for food and collectibles from the British Isles, including bone china, teapots, souvenir items, tea, candy, wine, freshly baked goods and much more. Open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner Weekdays 9 am | Weekends 8 am Happy Hour Afternoon Tea Karaoke Trivia Live Soccer
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2O8 RODEO Beverly Hills Since 1991
BOTTEGA LOUIE This palatial Italian restaurant, decked out in white marble, is a hip, noisy hall where young professionals convene over brick-oven-cooked pizzas. There’s a gourmet market and patisserie, too. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). 700 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.802.1470 $$ Map I16 CECCONI’S This London-based restaurant caters to well-heeled clients who schmooze over Bellinis and cicchetti (small plates). B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000 $$$ Map I12
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CULINA The Four Seasons’ acclaimed Italian restaurant boasts coastal influences and a sleek crudo bar. Adjacent is Vinoteca, an Italian-inspired wine- and espresso-bar concept. B, D (daily); L (M-Sa); Br (Su). Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.860.4000 $$$ Map J12 DELUCA TRATTORIA This rustic, inviting Tuscan trattoria serves authentic Italian dishes such as polpette al forno con mozzarella, pappardelle all’uovo all’aragosta and tortellini di formaggio al pesto. D (M-Sa). 225 Richmond St., El Segundo, 310.640.7600 $$ Map C2 DRAGO CENTRO Chef Celestino Drago’s well-executed Italian fare and extensive wine list are presented in a contemporary and handsome space. L (M-F), D (nightly). 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.228.8998 $$$ Map H16 THE FACTORY KITCHEN Former Valentino chef Angelo Auriana turns his attention to a casual, industrial-chic setting in the Arts District. Fresh-made pastas, beautiful cheeses and cured meats, complemented by an inventive cocktail program, contribute to a daily changing menu. L (M-F), D (nightly). 1300 Factory Place, downtown, 213.996.6000 $$$ Map J17 FELIX Chef Evan Funke’s trattoria, Felix, boasts an open kitchen, a wood-fired pizza oven, a Tuscan grill and a glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled pasta laboratorio where Funke’s masterpieces—pappardelle, tonnarelli, strascinati—take shape before diners’ eyes. D (nightly). 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 424.387.8622 $$$ Map M9
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JON & VINNY’S Popular, stylish yet family-friendly diner from chefs/owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo has it all—pastries, pizza, pasta (made in-house) and meat entrées. Takeout and delivery are also available. B, L, D (daily). 412 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.334.3369 $$ Map B2
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DINING enhanced with San Marzano tomatoes, garlic and a hint of Fresno chili. D (nightly). 37 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.795.5841 $$ Map Q20 VALENTINO For more than 40 years, Piero Selvaggio has maintained his flagship’s status as a pre-eminent temple of Italian gastronomy. A telephone-book-sized wine list—often cited as America’s best—is supported by a cellar containing more than 100,000 bottles. L (F), D (Tu-Sa). 3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.829.4313 $$$$ Map L9
JAPANESE ISE-SHIMA Located in the Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Old Town Torrance, Ise-Shima provides fresh sushi and other exciting Japanese dishes, recalling the array of seafood and marine delicacies Japan’s Ise Shima region offers. The expansive restaurant consists of a sushi bar, lounge space, large communal table and terrace. B, L, D (daily). 21381 S. Western Ave., Torrance, 310.320.6700 $$ Map M14 KATANA Sunset Strip restaurant with a sushi bar and robata-style cuisine: open-flame-grilled meat, vegetables, seafood. Stylish rooms, patio. Upscale-casual dress code. L (M-F), D (nightly). 8439 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8585 $$$ Map H12
LA VECCHIA CUCINA Rustic Northern Italian cuisine is served in a laid-back bistro. Find more than a dozen pastas for dinner, plus pizzas, osso buco alla Romana and other traditional favorites. L, D (daily). 2654 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.399.7979 $$ Map M8 LOCANDA DEL LAGO Northern Italian restaurant features organic produce from Santa Monica farmers markets. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, 310.451.3525 $$ Map L8
ROSSOBLU Chef Steve Samson (Sotto) and wife Dina recently opened this gorgeous Italian restaurant in City Market South, a new complex in the up-and-coming Fashion District, where he serves Bolognese family favorites. Pastas and salumi are made in workshops visible from the cellar wine room, which is available for private dining. D (nightly). 1124 San Julian St., downtown, 213.749.10990 $$$ Map J16
MATTEO’S An old favorite of the Rat Pack endures. Classic dishes include mussels in white wine and osso buco Milanese. D (Tu-Su). 2321 Westwood Blvd., L.A., 310.475.4521 $$ Map K10
SCOPA ITALIAN ROOTS Chef Antonia Lofaso’s popular Italian-American restaurant serves up old-school dishes like rice balls, crispy squash blossoms and squidink calamari, plus traditional desserts (think cannoli, spumoni and Italian cookies). 2905 Washington Blvd., Venice, 310.821.1100 $$$ Map N10
OFFICINE BRERA From the team behind the Factory Kitchen, this stylish trattoria serves a daily changing, Northern Italy-inspired menu in a rustic-meets-contemporary space. The rice dishes, spit-roasted meats and handmade pastas are superb. L (M-F), D (nightly). 1331 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.553.8006 $$$ Map J17
SOTTO This restaurant specializes in regionally inspired Italian cooking, including beautifully executed rustic trattoria dishes; soft, chewy Neapolitan pizzas cooked in an 8-ton wood-burning oven; and intriguing housemade pastas. D (nightly). 9575 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.277.0210 $$$ Map J11
OSTERIA MOZZA Famed L.A.-based bread maker Nancy Silverton is a partner in Mozza’s group of contemporary Italian restaurants, which include this sophisticated dining room. D (nightly). 6602 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.0100 $$$ Map H13
TERRONI Reliable Southern Italian cooking, including excellent thin-crust pizza, from a Toronto-based chain. Great happy-hour specials. Downtown: L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). L.A.: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 802 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.221.7234; 7605 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.954.0300 $$ Map I16, J13
PIZZERIA MOZZA/MOZZA2GO The more relaxed sibling of Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza features pizzas with Mediterranean ingredients, cheeses and salumi plates and rustic daily specials. Call ahead for delivery or takeout from Mozza2Go. L, D (daily). Pizzeria Mozza: 641 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.297.0101. Mozza2Go: 6610 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.1130 $$ Map H13
UNION James Beard Award-nominated chef Bruce Kalman (who also helms Knead & Co. pasta bar at Grand Central Market) brings tastes of Northern Italy to this intimate spot in Old Pasadena. The recent Top Chef contestant’s standout dishes include Hope Ranch mussels with guanciale, and spaghetti alla chitarra
MATSUHISA Superchef Nobu Matsuhisa’s relatively modest original flagship incorporates luxurious Western ingredients and Latin American spices. Monkfish liver pâté with caviar, and lamb chops with miso anticucho sauce are just a couple of his creations. L (M-F), D (nightly). 129 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.659.9639 $$$$ Map I12 MTN Chef Travis Lett (Gjelina/Gjusta) is behind this new California izakaya, pronounced “mountain,” where foodies perch on bar stools to dine on fare like charred Japanese sweet potato and slurp up bowls of housemade ramen. D (nightly). 1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 424.465.3313 $$ Map N9 NOBU The flagship of chef Nobu Matsuhisa offers an extensive menu of traditional and avant-garde sushi, including many dishes with beguiling Peruvian accents. West Hollywood: D (nightly). Malibu: B (Sa-Su); L, D (daily). 903 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.5711; Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.9140 $$$$ Map H12, east of A1 Q SUSHI The omakase-only experience at this intimate sushi bar showcases the artistry and discipline of chef Hiroyuki Naruke in items like seared toro and monkfish as rich as foie gras. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa). 521 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.225.6285 $$$$ Map I16 ROBATA BAR Japanese grilling from the Sushi Roku, Katana and BOA team. Striking design by Dodd Mitchell. D (nightly). 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771 $$$ Map L8 ROKU Sunset Strip hot spot from the team behind Sushi Roku presents elevated teppanyaki prepared at interactive grill tables, as well as sushi, omakase offerings and an extensive selection of Japanese whiskeys. L (M-F), D (nightly). 9201 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2060 $$$ Map H12 SUSHI ROKU Nouvelle Japanese, sleek decor and a creative menu. L, D (daily). 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771; 33 Miller Alley, Pasadena, 626.683.3000 $$$ Map L8, Q19
MAUDE, TAKE TWO Celebrity chef Curtis Stone’s widely acclaimed restaurant Maude has unveiled a new concept: Four times a year, Stone and his team will offer a tasting menu and optional wine pairings inspired by their travel to a great wine region of the world. The concept debuted in January with a celebration of Rioja, Spain (including the dish of mahogany clams, garlic, bell pepper and Valencia oranges pictured above); a new region of focus steps into the limelight April 1. D (Tu-Sa). 212 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.3418 $$$$ Map J11
KATSUYA Sushi chef Katsuya Uechi turns out exotic delicacies in sultry spaces by designer Philippe Starck. L (varies by location), D (nightly). 11777 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.207.8744; 6300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.871.8777; 702 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.244.5900; L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 323.525.2400 $$$ Map K9, H14, northeast of T23, I15
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DINING MEDITERRANEAN A.O.C. Explore a Mediterranean-inspired menu at the eatery that pioneered two L.A. culinary trends—the small-plates format and the wine bar—from James Beard Award-winning chef/owner Suzanne Goin. Try the addictive bacon-wrapped, Parmesan-stuffed dates. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8700 W. 3rd St., L.A., 310.859.9859 $$ Map I12 THE BELVEDERE The Peninsula Beverly Hills’ elegant restaurant has a modernized interior, a lovely terrace and a Mediterranean menu from executive chef David Codney. The Champagne brunch is a don’t-miss. B, D (daily); L (M-Sa); Br (Su). 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.788.2306 $$$$ Map J11 BOWERY BUNGALOW Restaurateur George AbouDaoud honors his Middle Eastern heritage at this Silver Lake restaurant by applying Silk Road flavors to all-American concepts like Southern baby back ribs and a Brooklyn-style Reuben sandwich. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 4156 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323.663.1500 $$ Map south of W23 CLEO Executive chef Danny Elmaleh’s eastern and southern Mediterranean small plates include kebabs of pork belly and lamb, and wood-burned flatbreads. Note: The Hollywood location is temporarily closed for renovation. Downtown and L.A.: L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). The Redbury, 1717 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.962.1711; L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 424.888.7818; The Orlando Hotel, 8384 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.658.6600 $$$ Map H13, J15, I12 CROSSROADS KITCHEN Chef/partner Tal Ronnen creates exclusively plant-based dishes, many based on nonvegan comfort-food classics. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8284 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.782.9245 $$$ Map H12 ESTÉREL The restaurant at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills features a French garden, Le Jardin, which offers alfresco seating, as well as an indoor private-party area called the Aviary, an open-plan main dining room, two private dining rooms and the adjacent Riviera 31 lounge. B, D (daily); L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su). 8555 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.358.3979 $$$ Map I12 GJELINA Under the direction of talented young chef Travis Lett (also behind Gjusta and new MTN), CalMed small plates and pizzas are served to chic Westsiders. It’s one of Venice’s most popular restaurants and the neighborhood’s liveliest patio. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1429 $$ Map N9 LUCQUES Chef/owner Suzanne Goin (A.O.C.) delivers the next generation of Cal-Med cuisine, which includes dishes such as grilled salmon wrapped in grape leaves and served with green rice, feta, labneh and caper salsa. L (Tu-Sa), D (nightly). 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.6277 $$$ Map I13 MIRO Executive chef Gavin Mills oversees a pan-Mediterranean menu of shareable dishes such as wood-fired pizzas, charcuterie and pasta at this stylish Financial District restaurant. Downstairs is a glamorous whiskey lounge and an invitation-only “vault” filled with some of the world’s rarest labels. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 888 Wilshire Blvd., downtown, 213.988.8880 $$$ Map I16
MEXICAN/LATIN BROKEN SPANISH The upscale sister of B.S. Taqueria, this “modern Mexican” restaurant near L.A. Live serves classically trained chef Ray Garcia’s innovative twists on traditional dishes. D (nightly). 1050 S. Flower St., Suite 102, downtown, 213.749.1460 $$$ Map I15 B.S. TAQUERIA The colorful setting at this Ray Garcia-helmed spot—a casual sibling of Broken Spanish,
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QUICK BITES THE APPLE PAN Move quickly to grab a seat at the counter of this tiny joint, open since 1927. Burger aficionados wax on about the classic, drippy Steakburger and Hickoryburger. Cash only. Open late. L, D (Tu-Su). 10801 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A., 310.475.3585 $ Map K10
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above—offers the right vibe for lemon-pepper chicken chicharrones or clam-and-lardo tacos. A B.S. Taqueria concession stand serves tacos and churros at Staples Center. L (M-F), D (nightly). 514 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.622.3744 $$ Map H15 DÍA DE CAMPO Part of Blackhouse Hospitality (Little Sister, Abigaile, Steak & Whisky), this restaurant offers innovative Mexican dishes such as chocolate-duck quesadillas, chorizo-stuffed dates and wood-grilled lobster with chili butter in a sexy surf-lodge setting. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1238 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.379.1829 $$ Map L13 GRACIAS MADRE Organic, plant-based Mexican fare is served at this beautiful restaurant (the patio’s ambiance can’t be beat) from the team behind Café Gratitude. Inventive dishes like coconut-ceviche tostadas and flautas de papas please vegans and omnivores alike. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.978.2170 $$ Map I12 SALAZAR This trendy taco destination—a colorful desert oasis set in a reworked Frogtown auto-body shop—specializes in outdoor dining, grilled meats and fun drinks. Pair tasty tacos with aguas frescas and cocktails. L, D (Tu-Su); Br (Sa-Su). 2490 Fletcher Drive, L.A., salazarla.com $$ Map southeast of W23 TALLULA’S At this colorful new entry from Rustic Canyon’s Zoe Nathan, Josh Loeb and chef Jeremy Fox, dine on fresh Mexican fare (think: grilled swordfish tacos, yellowtail ceviche and organic turkey enchiladas) by the beach. Pair with refreshing cocktails like the passion fruit mezcal margarita. D (nightly). 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica, 310.526.0027 $$$ Map L8
PAN-ASIAN THE DISTRICT BY HANNAH AN One of the celebrated An sisters—her family introduced Beverly Hills’ Crustacean—offers cuisine that reflects her Vietnamese heritage while incorporating California sensibilities. Dishes such as Wok Lobster with handmade noodles, and Vietnamese chicken curry are enjoyed with Southeast Asia-inspired cocktails. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 8722 W. 3rd St., L.A., 310.278.2345 $$$ Map I12 LITTLE SISTER Signatures at chef Tin Vuong’s panAsian spots include deep-fried Balinese meatballs with banana ketchup and salt-and-pepper lobster. M.B.: L (F-Su), D (nightly). Downtown: B, L, D (daily). 1131 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.2096; 523 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.628.3146 $$ Map L13, I16 LUKSHON Sang Yoon of Father’s Office is behind this Southeast Asian eatery with a selection of craft beers and a Far East-inspired cocktail program. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa). 3239 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.202.6808 $$$ Map K12
PHILIPPE THE ORIGINAL The purported birthplace of the French dip sandwich, this down-home cafeteria is an L.A. institution, established in 1908. Try the 45-cent coffee. Cash only. B, L, D (daily). 1001 N. Alameda St., downtown, 213.628.3781 $ Map G17 PINK’S HOT DOGS There’s a perpetual queue in front of this hot-dog stand, open since 1939, which serves 30 kinds of dogs and chili cheeseburgers, too. Open late. B, L, D (daily). 709 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.931.4223 $ Map I13
SEAFOOD BLUE PLATE OYSTERETTE Putting a “California twist on East Hampton summer lobster bakes,” this narrow restaurant near the Santa Monica Pier specializes in dishes such as oysters on the half shell, New England clam chowder and lobster rolls. Sit outside to take in Pacific views. L, D (daily). 355 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.576.3474 $$$ Map L8 CAFE DEL REY Ogle impressive pleasure boats in the marina at this waterfront restaurant with plentiful fresh catch, a raw bar and prime cuts of steak. Stop in for its great nightly happy hour, too. L (M–F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.823.6395 $$$ Map N9 CAL MARE This sophisticated Cal-Italian seafood restaurant from chef Adam Sobel in collaboration with superchef/restaurateur Michael Mina is on the ground floor of the Beverly Center. D (nightly). 131 La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 424.332.4595 $$$ Map I12 DUKE’S MALIBU Named after the father of international surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, this oceanfront restaurant captures the spirit of aloha. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 21150 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.0777 $$ Map west of K7 ENTERPRISE FISH CO. Established in 1979, this restaurant is a local favorite when it comes to seafood. Wild-caught fish, fresh seafood and steaks are cooked over a mesquite charcoal grill. L, D (daily). 174 Kinney St., Santa Monica, 310.392.8366 $$$ Map M9
contemporary Hawaiian-inspired restaurants with stylish tropical decor. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 6363 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, 818.888.4801; 641 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.356.4066 $$$ Map west of A1, Q21 SON OF A GUN Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the meat-loving chefs at Animal, turn to the sea for new inspiration. They cook up small shareable plates, such as miniature lobster rolls and shrimp-toast sandwiches, in a nautically themed space. L, D (daily). 8370 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.9033 $$$ Map I12
SPANISH THE BAZAAR BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS Star chef José Andrés brings a whimsical Spanish-style dining experience to the SLS Hotel. Cuisine ranges from rustic fare to the cutting-edge creations that have made Spain a culinary leader. New concept Somni is billed as a “multisensory culinary experience” with an ever-evolving, 20-plus course tasting menu. Purchase tickets ($235 per person) at exploretock.com. The Bazaar: D (nightly). Somni: D (Tu-Sa). 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.5555 $$$ Map H16
STEAK ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE This ultraluxurious interpretation of the classic American steakhouse incorporates Asian influences. Certified Angus beef and domestic and imported wagyu star on the menu. Bull & Barrel bar concept offers the menu and a whiskeyforward cocktail menu. D (nightly). 111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.486.1111 $$$ Map Q20 THE ARTHUR J This Manhattan Beach steakhouse by chef David LeFevre (M.B. Post, Fishing With Dynamite) offers a classic menu that will delight any carnivore, but the seafood dishes and sides-with-a-twist are excellent as well. D (nightly). 903 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.878.9620 $$$$ Map C2 BALTAIRE Helmed by executive chef Travis Strickland, this sophisticated Brentwood restaurant offers prime steaks, wines by the glass, old-school charm and sun-orstars dining on its 2,500-square-foot terrace. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 11647 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 424.273.1660 $$$$ Map J12 BOA STEAKHOUSE Way hip, way fine steakhouse. Steak rubs and dips; out-there cocktails on a recently revamped bar menu. New globally inspired burgers (e.g., tuna and ramen) are highlights on the lunch menu. Santa Monica: D (nightly). West Hollywood: L (M-F), D (nightly). 101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.4466; 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2050 $$$ Map M8, H12 CUT A collaboration between Getty Center architect Richard Meier and Wolfgang Puck, Cut is the place to savor genuine wagyu beef steaks or dry-aged Nebraska beef. D (M-Sa). Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.276.8500 $$$ Map J11
FISHING WITH DYNAMITE Chef David LeFevre (the Arthur J, M.B. Post) loads his menu with East Coast inspirations. Among the old-school small plates in this tiny, charming restaurant are New England-style clam chowder with Nueske’s bacon and Maryland blue-crab cakes with housemade pickles and remoulade. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.893.6299 $$$ Map L13
THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY The Grill is a venerable industry hangout, where polished waiters deliver steaks, Cobb salads and other old-school fare. Beverly Hills: L (M-Sa), D (nightly). Westlake Village: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.276.0615; 120 E. Promenade Way, Westlake Village, 805.418.1760 $$$ Map I11, west of A1
PROVIDENCE Michael Cimarusti transforms sustainable seafood into oft-changing dishes at this refined restaurant, which the Los Angeles Times rates as one of the best in the city. Outstanding cocktails complement Michelin-recognized cuisine. L (F), D (nightly). 5955 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.460.4170 $$$$ Map I14
L.A. PRIME Enjoy city views and wet-aged steaks at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites’ 35th-floor restaurant. An award-winning wine list complements a surf-and-turf menu. D (nightly). The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 404 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 310.624.1000 $$$$ Map I16
ROY’S James Beard Award-winning chef Roy Yamaguchi, who pioneered innovative Pacific Rim cuisine in L.A. more than 30 years ago, is behind this chain of
MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB At this on-the-waterfront eatery—the views are pure Malibu—starters like ahi tartare and caviar are followed by fresh fish, whole
WP24 From its 24th-floor roost, WP24 proves that Wolfgang Puck, who pioneered Asian fusion, has still got the goods. Highlights include XO seafood dumplings and steamed bao filled with pork belly. Restaurant/lounge concept Nest at WP24 is adjacent. Dining room D (Tu-Sa). Nest D (nightly). The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.743.8824 $$$$ Map I15
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DINING Maine lobster and expertly prepared steaks. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.454.4357 $$$$ Map west of K7 MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE Swanky “steakhouse with personality.” Bone-in filet reigns; warm butter cake melts in your mouth. Penthouse at Mastro’s is an upstairs lounge. D (nightly). 246 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8782 $$$ Map J11 MORTON’S Clubby ambiance, show-and-tell menu, huge portions. Beverly Hills, Woodland Hills: D (nightly). Downtown, Burbank: L (M-F), D (nightly). 435 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.1501; 6250 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills, 818.703.7272; 735 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.553.4566; The Pinnacle, 3400 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.238.0424 $$$ Map I11, west of A1, I16, T20 MUSSO & FRANK GRILL Hollywood’s oldest restaurant (1919). Enjoy flannel cakes, lobster Thermidor and Welsh rarebit with the martini; legend has it that this place invented the drink. B, L (Tu-Sa); D (Tu-Su). 6667 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7788 $$ Map H13 NICK + STEF’S Bunker Hill institution Nick + Stef’s is a midcentury-modern vision whose menu includes showstopping meat dishes, as well as an expanded seafood menu. USDA prime beef is aged on-site in a glassencased aging chamber. L (M-F), D (nightly). Wells Fargo Building, 330 S. Hope St., downtown, 213.680.0330 $$$ Map H16 PACIFIC DINING CAR Filet mignon at 3 am? It can be had at L.A.’s grandest 24-hour eatery, open since 1921. B, L, D (daily). 1310 W. 6th St., downtown, 213.483.6000; 2700 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.453.4000 $$$ Map H16, K8 THE STINKING ROSE True to its motto, “We season our garlic with food,” this Restaurant Row mainstay offers eclectic, garlicky menu options and premium steaks. Pianist Gary Sherer performs Th-Sa evenings in the Gar Bar. L, D (daily). 55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.652.7673 $$ Map I12
THAI JITLADA THAI The wait for a table is long at this top-rated restaurant in East Hollywood’s Thai Town, but the southern Thai specialties are authentic and exceptional. L, D (Tu-Su). 5233 1/2 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.667.9809 $$ Map W22 NATALEE THAI Traditional Thai dishes are served amid edgy, modern decor. Popular entrées include Nutty Chicken (a spicy combo of chicken, onion and dried chilies) and a sole filet in red curry sauce. Veggie lovers favor the spicy maha jumlong curry. L, D (daily). 10101 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.202.7003; 998 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.855.9380 $ Map L11, I11
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Venice (310) 202-7003 10101 Venice Blvd. Full Bar | Sushi Bar Beverly Hills (310) 855-9380 998 S. Robertson Blvd. Full Bar | Valet Parking
NIGHT + MARKET For authentic Thai food, head to the WeHo, Silver Lake (Night + Market Song) or new Venice outpost (Night + Market Sahm) of this hip spot from L.A.-born chef Kris Yenbamroong—one of 2016’s best new chefs, per Food & Wine. WeHo: L (Tu-Th), D (Tu-Su). Silver Lake: L (M-F), D (M-Sa). Venice: D (W-M). 9043 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.275.9724; 3322 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.665.5899; 2533 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.301.0333 $$ Map I12, south of W23, M9
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MENU HIGHLIGHTS Starters Grilled octopus Mussels cataplana Scallop crudo Lamb kefta Duck confit Stuffed portobello
ESTÉREL RESTAURANT Welcome to the South of France! Located in the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the beautiful Provence-inspired Estérel Restaurant boasts a range of dining settings in which to enjoy Executive Chef Pete Manfredini’s seasonally driven cuisine. Taking inspiration in the traditional French Gastronomy as well as his Italian background, he takes classics and revisit them with the modernism and boldness of the unique California touch, focusing on organic and local grown ingredients. In the openplan main dining room, high-backed booths and deep blue walls create a sophisticated atmosphere, and an exhibition kitchen with a woodburning oven provides a show. Guests can sip an fresh aperitif outdoor in Le Jardin at Estérel, a Provençal garden patio with colorful seating ideal for alfresco afternoon and evening dining. The Aviary, private part of the patio, is ideal for intimate cocktail parties or sit-down dinners for 20 to 50 guests, along with two private dining rooms. And continue the night at Riviera 31, Sofitel Los Angeles’ famous bar lounge, for exclusive mixology cocktails and daily live performances! B,L,D (daily); Br (Su).
Entrees Mushroom risotto Ciopino 1/ 2 Grilled lobster Tuna putanesca Filet mignon Lamb rack
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LADINING THE STINKING ROSE— A GARLIC RESTAURANT The Stinking Rose has been a mainstay on the dining scene since 1996. The restaurant’s latest addition is a supplemental Garlic Stake menu, which includes such premium beef specialties as the Little Devil petite filet mignon, Dracula’s Porterhouse (a carnivore’s dream of the perfectly prepared cut, with New York and filet mignon cooked separately), a bone-in filet mignon and the newest addition, a ribeye steak. The Gar Bar is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of standards and pop songs performed by piano man Gary Sherer, who tickles the ivories Thursday through Saturday nights. Settle into a cozy booth or find a seat at the bar and enjoy an evening of fine food and pure entertainment. L, D (daily). 55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills 310.652.7673 • thestinkingrose.com
LOCANDA DEL LAGO Locanda del Lago blends organic produce from the Santa Monica Farmers Market and many other local purveyors with Italian ingredients to create dishes from Northern Italy’s Lombardy region. This family-run restaurant attracts celebrities, foodies, locals and travelers with its authentic and traditional recipes. Dishes feature high-quality meats and pastas such as all-natural Niman Ranch veal shank, salt baked wild sea bass, housemade ravioli and home-made buckwheat pappardelle. A full vegetarian menu is also available. Enjoy the breads, desserts and gelato, made in-house daily. The warm interior and sidewalk patio overlooking the bustling Third Street Promenade also offers a daily happy hour that features specialty cocktails and local and Italian wines. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica 310.451.3525 • lagosantamonica.com
THE DISTRICT BY HANNAH AN Hannah An—one of the celebrated An sisters whose family introduced Beverly Hills’ beloved Crustacean—celebrates her Vietnamese heritage at her sophisticated yet welcoming West 3rd Street restaurant, “where strangers become family.” The menu celebrates the five elements of Vietnamese cuisine—spicy, sour, bitter, salty and sweet—in dishes that are inspired by both street vendors and French-trained Vietnamese chefs. Standout lunch and dinner options include Wok Lobster with Hannah’s signature handmade noodles, shaken beef and oxtail pho. For brunch, the soft-shell-crab Benedict and pork-belly breakfast banh mi are must-try dishes, and cocktails infused with Southeast Asian flavors complement every meal. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).
8722 W. 3rd St., L.A. 310.278.2345 • thedistrictbyha.com
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Restaurants city index Our superguide by area, with cross reference to listings by cuisine
pink’s hot dogs (Quick Bites).................. 56
Valentino (Italian)........................................... 54
208 RODEO (California)...................................... 51
71above (American)............................................. 50
plan check (American).................................50
YE OLDE KING’S HEAD (British)............... 51
AVEC NOUS (French).......................................... 52
bestia (Italian).......................................................... 53
république (French)....................................... 52
SOUTH BAY/Long Beach
The belvedere (Mediterranean)............... 55
BOTtega louie (Italian).............................. 53
LA CIENEGA boulevard
CULINA (Italian).................................................... 54
Broken Spanish (Mexican)......................... 55
The Arthur J (Steak)........................................... 56
B.S. Taqueria (Mexican)................................. 55
THE BAZAAR (Spanish).................................... 56
Baran’s 2239 (California)..................................... 51
the grill on the alley (Steak).......56
cafÉ pinot (French)........................................... 52
ink.well (American)........................................... 50
deluca trattoria (Italian)......................... 53
cleo (Mediterranean)............................................ 55
MATSUHISA (Japanese)..................................... 54
Día de Campo (Mexican).................................... 56
hills (California)..................................................... 51
clifton’s (American)......................................... 50
MORTON’S (Steak).............................................. 57
fishing with dynamite (Seafood).... 56
mastro’s steakhouse (Steak).......... 57
drago centro (Italian)................................. 53
NOBU (Japanese)..................................................... 54
ise-shima (Japanese)......................................... 54
factory kitchen (Italian).......................... 53
THE STINKING ROSE (Steak)...................... 57
Little sister (Pan-Asian)............................. 56
fundamental DTla (California).............. 51
love & salt (California)................................... 51
Duke’s Malibu (Seafood)............................. 56
m.b. post (American).........................................50
kendall’s brasserie (French).............. 52
mastro’s ocean club (Steak)........... 56
Simmzy’s (Brew/Pub).......................................... 51 the strand house (California)............... 51
maude (California)............................................... 54 Morton’s (Steak)............................................... 57 MR CHOW (Chinese)............................................ 52 NATALEE THAI (Thai)....................................... 57
L.A. prime (Steak)..............................................56
mr chow (Chinese)............................................ 52
Le petit paris (French)................................... 52
NOBU MALIBU (Japanese)............................... 54
ledlow/P.Y.T. (American).............................. 50
MArina del rey
The Front Yard (California)...................... 51
Little sister (Pan-Asian)............................. 56
Cafe del rey (Seafood)................................ 56
the grill on the alley (Steak)....... 56
SPAGO (California).................................................. 51
A.O.C. (Mediterranean).......................................... 55 Bao Dim Sum (Chinese)................................... 52 cleo (Mediterranean)............................................ 55 crossroads kitchen (Mediterranean).55 the district by hannah an . (Pan-Asian).....................................................................56
Estérel (Mediterranean)................................... 55 Gracias Madre (Mexican).........................56 joan’s on third (American)................... 50 the little door (French).......................... 52 lucques (Mediterranean)................................. 55 OSTERIA MOZZA (Italian)............................. 54 Pizzeria Mozza (Italian)........................... 54 providence (Seafood)....................................56 ROC (Chinese)........................................................... 52 Rosaliné (Latin)................................................. 55
Miro (Mediterranean)............................................... 55
ROC (Chinese)............................................................... 52
joan’s on third (American)....................50
MORTON’s (Steak)................................................. 57
morton’s (Steak).............................................. 57
Nick + stef’s (Steak)............................................ 57
the arbour (Italian).......................................50
roy’s (Seafood)...................................................... 56
officine brera (Italian)............................ 54
Alexander’s Steakhouse (Steak)... 56
saddle peak lodge (California)........... 51
ORsa & winston (Eclectic)........................ 52
Din Tai Fung (Chinese)................................... 52
simmzy’s (Brew/Pub).......................................... 51
patina (French)........................................................ 52
KATSUYA (Japanese)........................................... 54
Yang Chow (Chinese)........................................ 52
phillipe the original (Quick Bites). 56
roy’s (Seafood)...................................................... 56
VENICE FELIX (Italian).......................................................... 53
plan check (American)................................... 50
sushi roku (Japanese).................................... 54
q sushi (Japanese)..................................................54
Tea Rose Garden (British)....................... 51
GJELINA (Mediterranean)................................... 55
redbird (American)............................................. 50
UNION (Italian)........................................................ 54
Night + Market Sahm (Thai)............... 57
Yang Chow (Chinese)........................................ 52
MTN (Japanese)......................................................... 54
Plant food + wine (California)............. 51
blue Plate Oysterette (Seafood).. 56
scopa italian roots (Italian)............. 54
boa (Steak)............................................................... 56
Simmzy’s (Brew/Pub).......................................... 51
Yang Chow (Chinese)........................................ 52
cassia (Eclectic)................................................... 52
the tasting kitchen (California)........ 52
Dialogue (California)........................................ 51
alimento (Italian)................................................. 53
Enterprise fish co. (Seafood)............. 56
BOA (Steak)............................................................... 56
son of a gun (Seafood)...............................56
baroo (Eclectic)....................................................... 52
father’s office (Brew/Pub)..................... 51
cal mare (Seafood)........................................... 56
terroni (Italian)................................................. 54
bowery bungalow (Mediterranean)... 55
the independence (American)............... 50
cAVATINA (California)......................................... 51 cecconi’s (Italian)............................................ 53
xo (Fusion).................................................................. 53
gwen (American)..................................................... 50
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Jitlada thai (Thai)........................................... 57
la vecchia cucina (Italian)................... 54
EVELEIGH (California)................................................. 51
KATSUYA (Japanese)........................................... 54
musso & Frank grill (Steak).............. 57
locanda del lago (Italian)....................54
Katana (Japanese).............................................. 54
TAVERN (California).............................................. 52
Night + Market song (Thai)................. 57
MÉLISSE (French).................................................. 52
Night + Market (Thai)................................ 57
Paley (California)...................................................... 51
Michael’s (California)........................................ 51
roku (Japanese)..................................................... 54
CRAFT (American)................................................. 50
petit trois (French)........................................ 52
MILO & OLIVE (California)................................ 51
WESTSIDE the apple pan (Quick Bites)............................. 56
hinoki & the bird (California).................. 51
Trois mec (French)............................................... 53
plan check (American).................................50
robata bar (Japanese).................................. 54
Fundamental L.A. (California)................ 51
father’s office (Brew/Pub).................... 51
rustic canyon (California)......................... 51
Matteo’s (Italian)............................................... 54
Commerson (California).................................... 51
sushi roku (Japanese).................................... 54
plan check (American).................................50
natalee thai (Thai)....................................... 57
Jon & Vinny’s (Italian).................................. 53
tar & roses (California)................................. 52
ROC (Chinese)............................................................... 52
Vespertine (Eclectic)...................................... 52
odys + penelope (American)...................50
tallula’s (Mexican/Latin).............................. 56
sotto (Italian)....................................................... 54
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THE GUIDE SPECIAL EVENTS
PPLA FOOD FARE March 1 Thirty-ninth annual food event—it started as a cooking demonstration with Julia Child—features tastings from more than 150 restaurants, caterers, vendors, wineries and breweries. Participating venues include AR Cucina, Baltaire, Lucques, Michael’s Santa Monica and Salazar. Salt’s Cure’s Chris Phelps is being recognized as chef of the year. Proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. Daytime session 11 am-2 pm; evening session 6:30-9:30 pm. $150-$350. Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 213.284.3300, pplafoodfare.com Map L9
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.
AIR + STYLE March 3-4 This snowboarding, skateboarding and music festival returns to L.A. with a full lineup of athletes including Shaun White and Louif Paradis, action sports—including Streetstyle Snowboarding and new skateboarding competitions—and musical headliners like Phoenix, Zedd and BadBadNotGood. 1 pm. One-day pass $79; VIP $129. Two-day pass $149; VIP $239. Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive, L.A., airandstyle.com Map K15
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L.A. IPA FEST March 3-4 This fifth-annual festival organized and hosted by Echo Park’s Mohawk Bend celebrates the most dominant player in L.A.’s craft-beer scene: the India Pale Ale. Taste top IPA offerings from over 60 breweries; Saturday is the main event and beer competition, and the tasting continues Sunday. Sa 9:30 am, $5 per 8-ounce pour; Su $15 build-your-own flights. 21+. Mohawk Bend, 2141 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 213.483.2337, laipafestival.com Map north of G16 ALL-STAR CHEF CLASSIC March 7-10 This fifthannual culinary experience showcases over 40 awardwinning chefs from across the globe, including José Andrés, Ludo Lefebvre, Michael Voltaggio, Nyesha Arrington and Jose Garces. See them cook in the venue’s Restaurant Stadium, then taste the results in the Chefs’ Tasting Arena. This year’s American Masters Dinner spotlights America’s exemplary immigrant talent, and new events include a Vegetable Masters Dinner, All-Star Women Masters Dinner and more. See website for schedule. Tickets start at $125. L.A. Live Event Deck, 1005 W. Chick Hearn Court, downtown, allstarchefclassic.com Map I15 COCHON555 March 11 This “nose-to-tail” culinary tour celebrating heritage-breed pigs and family farms returns to Viceroy Santa Monica, where attendees can dine, drink and vote for their favorite bite of the day. Chefs Sammy Monsour of Preux & Proper, Hugo Bolanos of Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air and Thomas Bille of Otium are among the five chefs participating in a culinary competition that involves cooking an entire heritagebreed pig. 5-7:30 pm; VIP entrance 4 pm. $130; VIP $200. 21+. Viceroy Santa Monica, 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, cochon555.com Map L8
PALEYFEST March 16-25 The Paley Center for Media hosts this annual event—celebrating its 35th anniversary this year—with screenings and panels featuring creators and stars from top TV shows. This year’s lineup includes The Handmaid’s Tale, Riverdale and Stranger Things, plus a conversation with PaleyFest’s 2018 Icon, Barbra Streisand. Visit website for schedule and tickets. Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 310.786.1000, paleyfest.org Map H13 CASEY’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY STREET FESTIVAL March 17 This annual all-day street festival enlivens downtown L.A. with Irish food, drink specials (green beer, anyone?) and sets by live DJs. Headquartered at Casey’s Irish Pub, the street festival takes place in front of the pub; enter at Wilshire Boulevard and Hope Street. 6 am-1 am; festival starts at 11 am. Free general admission before 3:30 pm. 21+. 613 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.629.2353, caseysirishpub.com Map I16
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L.A. MARATHON March 18 Established in 1986, the city’s famed race is still going strong, attracting thousands of runners from around the world who take on the “Stadium to the Sea” course. 6:30 am. Registration $220. Starting point: Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 213.542.3000, lamarathon.com Map G17 WESTWEEK 2018 March 21-22 The West Coast’s definitive showcase for global design debuts an array of luxury furnishings and interior resources crafted by today’s foremost design innovators. This year’s “Design Is Global”-themed event features keynote programs, product introductions and showroom happenings, plus presentations from the nation’s leading shelter publications, editors and tastemakers. 9 am-6 pm. Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.657.0800, pacificdesigncenter.com Map I12 ¡LATIN FOOD FEST! March 23-24 This sixth-annual Hispanic culinary celebration consists of a festival kickoff party, “Chefs Night Out,” and its signature event, “Gran Tasting,” featuring food, wine, spirits and beer tasting tents; demos by chefs Aarón Sánchez, Marcela Valladolid and Enrique Olvera; live music; a michelada bar; and a spirits expo. F 6:30 pm; Sa noon, VIP entry 11 am. Tickets $19-$99; VIP $149. 21+. Santa Monica Beach, Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, latinfoodfest.com Map M8 YOUNGARTS LOS ANGELES March 24-29 Enjoy multidisciplinary performances, a cinematic arts screening and a visual arts exhibition from rising stars who were selected by the National YoungArts Foundation to receive mentoring and national awards (Viola Davis and Nicki Minaj are among the program’s esteemed alumni). See website for public performance schedule and tickets. Most events take place on UCLA’s campus. UCLA, 445 Charles E. Young Drive E, L.A., 800.970.2787, youngarts.org/youngarts-la Map J10
THEATER IRONBOUND Through March 4 This moving work by award-winning playwright Martyna Majok spans 22 years to tell the story of Darja, a Polish immigrant who gets by with a cleaning job and her sheer will. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454 Map J10 WATER BY THE SPOONFUL Through March 11 The second in Quiara Alegría Hudes’ (In the Heights) Elliott Trilogy of plays, Water follows the four disparate members of an online chat room for recovering addicts. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16 BLOCK PARTY Opening March 29 This celebration of the L.A. theater scene spotlights three encore productions from outstanding local theater companies. Bloodletting opens March 29. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772 Map L11
Living Legends This month, several of the world’s most celebrated musicians are playing shows in L.A. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma (above), violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Emanuel Ax perform three piano trios by Johannes Brahms at Walt Disney Concert Hall on March 4 (p. 62), and on March 15, violinist Joshua Bell leads the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields at the Valley Performing Arts Center (18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, 818.677.3000). March 11, 81-year-old legendary guitarist Buddy Guy keeps the blues alive at the Novo by Microsoft (800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.7000). And on March 2, Led Zeppelin frontman and rock royalty Robert Plant plays the historic Orpheum Theatre (842 S. Broadway, downtown, 877.677.4386) with his Sensational Space Shifters.
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ENTERTAINMENT DISNEY’S ALADDIN Through March 31 This new theatrical event from the producer of The Lion King features popular songs from the Disney film, as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Map H13 SELL/BUY/DATE All month In her new solo show, Tony Award-winning writer/performer/comedian Sarah Jones brings to life characters who provide commentary on gender, sex and modern times. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454 Map J10
MUSIC + DANCE CENTER FOR THE ART OF PERFORMANCE AT UCLA AT ROYCE HALL March 3 Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya in Tribute to the Jazz Epistles. March 9 Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert and Vân Ánh Võ: My Lai. 340 Royce Drive, L.A., 310.825.2101 Map J10 DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION March 9, 11, 17 Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center: Romeo & Juliet, Joffrey Ballet, with live orchestra. March 10, 15, 18, 21, 24-25 L.A. Opera, Orpheus and Eurydice, conductor James Conlon. Directed and choreographed by John Neumeier. In French with projected English translations. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H16 THE FORUM March 2 Demi Lovato & DJ Khaled. March 3 Los Tigres Del Norte. March 11 iHeartRadio Music Awards. March 30-31 Romeo Santos: Golden Tour. 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300 Map O12 REDCAT March 5 Across Times, Bodies and Space: Films by Vivienne Dick. March 26 Steven Arnold’s Luminous Procuress. 631 W. 2nd St., downtown, 213.237.2800 Map H16
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STAPLES CENTER March 14 Lorde. March 31 Recordando a los Compas, featuring Banda Machos, El Coyote y Su Banda Tierra Santa and Los Tiranos del Norte. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100 Map I15 THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL March 1 Idan Raichel. March 2 P.T. Anderson’s Phantom Thread Live Score. March 2-4 Food Book Fair L.A. March 3 An Evening With David Rawlings. March 5 k.d. lang. March 10 Buffering the Vampire Slayer Presents: The Prom. March 15 KCAP UCLA, The Theatre at Ace Hotel and Pomegranate Arts present: Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (CHAPTER 1). March 17 Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (CHAPTER 2). March 22 Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (CHAPTER 3). March 24 Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (CHAPTER 4). March 27 Jake Bugg. March 31 Bianca Del Rio. 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233 Map I16 WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL March 2-3 A Trip to the Moon, featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Teddy Abrams, director Yuval Sharon, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. March 4 Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, pianist Emanuel Ax. March 8 Baroque Brass, featuring members of the L.A. Philharmonic brass section. March 9 Monk + MONK’estra, a Cinematic Experience With John Beasley; Geri Allen’s Erroll Garner Project: Concert by the Sea. March 10, 24, 31 Toyota Symphonies for Youth, featuring L.A. Philharmonic. March 10 Glen Hansard. March 16-18 Beethoven & Sibelius, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Herbert Blomstedt. March 20 Chamber Music, featuring members of the L.A. Philharmonic. March 22, 24-25 Brahms & Dvorák, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Lionel Bringuier, violinist Martin Chalifour. March 23 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra & Chick Corea; Kurt Elling. March 25 American Youth Symphony, conductor Carlos Izcaray,
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ATTRACTIONS pianist Vladimir Feltsman. March 27 San Francisco Symphony, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, violinist Gil Shaham. March 29-31 Mozart & Vaughan Williams, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Andrew Manze, pianist Richard Goode. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000 Map H16
SPORTS DODGER STADIUM March 29-31 Dodgers Home Opener: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants. 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507 Map G17 STAPLES CENTER March 1 Los Angeles Kings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets. March 2 Los Angeles Clippers vs. New York Knicks. March 3 Kings vs. Chicago Blackhawks. March 4 Clippers vs. Brooklyn Nets. March 5 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers. March 6 Clippers vs. New Orleans Pelicans. March 7 Lakers vs. Orlando Magic. March 8 Kings vs. Washington Capitals. March 9 Clippers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers. March 10 Kings vs. St. Louis Blues; Clippers vs. Orlando Magic. March 11 Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers. March 12 Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks. March 13 Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets. March 15 Kings vs. Detroit Red Wings. March 16 Lakers vs. Miami Heat. March 17 Kings vs. New Jersey Devils. March 18 Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers. March 22, 24 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. March 26 Kings vs. Calgary Flames. March 27 Clippers vs. Milwaukee Bucks. March 28 Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks. March 29 Kings vs. Arizona Coyotes. March 30 Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100 Map I15 STUBHUB CENTER March 4 Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers. March 10 World Championship Boxing: Valdez vs. Quigg. March 31 Galaxy vs. Los Angeles FC. 18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson, 310.630.2000 Map M15
ATTRACTIONS AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC Focus is on Pacific Ocean sea life. Touch the ocean’s predators in Shark Lagoon and the jellies in the Wonders of the Deep gallery, and meet penguins, sea otters, sea lions and 11,000 other animals. Daily 9 am-6 pm. $17.95-$29.95, under 3 free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100 Map O16 BATTLESHIP USS IOWA Former battleship is permanently docked as a floating museum. Ongoing exhibit follows the ship’s history through World War II, Korean War and Cold War. Explore the missile decks, bridge, mess areas and captain’s cabin. Daily 10 am-5 pm; last ticket sold at 4 pm. $11.95-$19.95, under 5 free. Pacific Battleship Center, USS Iowa BB-61, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, 877.446.9261 Map O15 DESCANSO GARDENS Collections include coast live oaks, roses, the Oak Woodland, the Ancient Forest, the Japanese Garden and an award-winning camellia garden. Enjoy family-friendly festivals, performances, classes and activities for children. F-M 9 am-5 pm; Tu-Th 9 am-8 pm. $4-$9, under 5 free. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200 Map Q19 DISNEYLAND Mickey Mouse’s theme park. Attractions include Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion and updated Star Tours. Disney California Adventure is adjacent. Call for hours. $117$135, under 3 free. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map D6
Connect with wildlife at the L.A. Zoo! Hang with tree-dwelling lemurs. Flock to the World of Birds Show. Prowl through the rainforest with jaguars. And start a staring contest with a cobra. Around here, fun comes naturally. Open daily. Free parking. Plan your adventure today at LAZoo.org
DOLBY THEATRE Tour the home of the Academy Awards, formerly named the Kodak Theatre. M-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 10 am-4 pm. $18-$23, under 3 free. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300 Map H13
EL CAPITAN THEATRE 1926 Spanish-style movie palace screens Disney films new and old. Musical TM
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ATTRACTIONS preludes on Wurlitzer pipe organ before shows. Tours available. Call for schedule and pricing. 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7674 Map H13 EL PUEBLO DE LOS ANGELES Birthplace of Los Angeles; the site of this historical monument dates to 1781. Historic buildings, 11 of which are open to the public, include 1818 Avila Adobe, L.A.’s oldest. 125 Paseo de la Plaza, downtown, 213.628.1274 Map H17 GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY Iconic attraction with spectacular views of L.A. and the Hollywood sign. Hourly shows at planetarium. Tu-F noon-10 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-10 pm. Admission free; planetarium shows $3-$7, under 5 free. 2800 E. Observatory Road, Griffith Park, L.A., 213.473.0800 Map U23 L.A. LIVE Bustling entertainment center is home to the Grammy Museum, Microsoft Theater and the Novo by Microsoft (formerly Club Nokia), restaurants including Cleo and Ford’s Filling Station, 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 Home to more than 250 animal species, many of them endangered, living among immersive habitats and lush gardens. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Ticket sales cease one hour before closing. $15-$20, under 2 free. 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200 Map T23 LEGOLAND Resort features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Hotel. New Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Miniland model display. See legoland.com for hours, ticket packages, hotel accommodations and discounts. Parking $17-$25. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346 MADAME TUSSAUDS HOLLYWOOD World-famous museum of wax figures. Likenesses of more than 125 well-known personalities are on display. Hours vary. $23.95-$30.95, under 3 free. 6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1670 Map H13 ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET Local landmark, open since 1934, with 120 produce stalls, restaurants and gift shops in open-air setting. Adjacent to the Grove shopping center. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211 Map I13 OUE SKYSPACE L.A. California’s tallest open-air observation deck, at nearly 1,000 feet above the city, boasts 360-degree views and a 45-foot-long glass “Skyslide” from the 70th to the 69th floor. 633 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.894.9000 Map I16 PORSCHE EXPERIENCE CENTER At the luxury vehicle brand’s 53-acre experience center, speed demons 21 and over can drive Porsche’s latest models—from sports cars to SUVs—for 90 minutes on a specially built 4-mile driver-development track, with a pro driving coach riding shotgun. Also find state-of-the-art driving simulators, a store and Restaurant 917, where you can dine while watching the action. 19800 S. Main St., Carson, 888.204.7474 Map M15 QUEEN MARY Historic ocean liner permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Tours, shops, hotel, art deco lounge, a 4-D theater and restaurants. Check queenmary.com for hours and prices. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738 Map O16 RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Visit the Air Force One Pavilion and see a full-size replica of the White House Oval Office. Daily 10 am-5 pm. $16-$29, under 2 free. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800.410.8354 Map northwest of A1 SEAWORLD The 189-acre adventure park features thousands of marine animals including fish, reptiles and birds. New Orca Encounter show. Open daily; call for hours, ticket packages and discounts. $88.99-$94.99, under 3 free. Parking $17-$30. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, 619.222.4732
ome to the Aquarium of the Pacific where you and your family can get in touch with nature and marine life, any time you want. Touch sharks. Feed lorikeet birds. Watch penguins play. over 11,000 animals await you. 562.590.3100 100 AquArium WAy, Long BeAch, cA 90802
ﬁlming the camps
John Ford Samuel Fuller George Stevens
from Hollywood to Nuremberg
On exhibit at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust through April 30, 2018 An exhibit exploring the work of three Hollywood ﬁlmmakers who documented the liberation of concentration camps for the U.S. Armed Forces in 1945, creating footage that was used as evidence at the Nuremberg Trials. The exhibition, curated by historian and ﬁlm director Christian Delage, was designed, created, and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France), and made possible through the generous support of SNCF.
100 The Grove Drive Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 651-3704 | www.lamoth.org Photo: George Stevens and his crew, France, 1944 © Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Beverly Hills, CA
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TCL CHINESE THEATRE Historic, meticulously restored Hollywood movie palace (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) with Imax screen and walkway of stars’ handprints and footprints in the forecourt. Visit tclchinesetheatres.com or call for movie schedule. 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3331 Map H13
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UNIVERSAL CITYWALK Dining, shopping and entertainment promenade includes new eateries such as Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Dongpo Kitchen, LudoBird and Voodoo Doughnut; clothing boutiques and novelty stores; a state-of-the-art Universal Cinema and Imax theater; and simulated skydiving wind tunnel iFly Hollywood. Call for hours. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4455 Map U20
SONY PICTURES STUDIO TOUR Two-hour walking tour of working motion-picture studio includes stages where television shows and movies including The Wizard of Oz and Spider-Man were filmed. Reservations, photo ID required. M-W, F 9:30 am-2:30 pm; Th 9:30 am-6 pm. $45, under 12 not admitted. Parking free. 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.244.8687 Map L11
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STUDIO TOURS PARAMOUNT PICTURES STUDIO TOUR Two-hour group tour of Hollywood’s longest-operating and only remaining major studio. Reservations recommended. Tours daily (except some holidays) every half-hour 9:30 am-3 pm. $58; VIP tour $178, under 10 not admitted. 2.5-hour After Dark Tour every 15 minutes F-Sa 7:30-8 pm. $78, under 12 not admitted. 5515 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.1777 Map I14
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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD Movie-based theme park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and The Walking Dead Attraction are popular recent additions. Studio Tour includes Peter Jackson’s King Kong 360 3-D, film and TV sets and the Fast & Furious—Supercharged hydraulic motion-based thrill ride. Call or check universalstudioshollywood.com for hours and prices. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377 Map U20
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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD Legendary studio tour (also see listing under “Attractions”). VIP Experience includes front-of-line privileges, an expert tour guide, a gourmet lunch, visits to the new Will & Grace set and other perks. For hours and prices, call or check universalstudioshollywood.com. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.3801 Map U20 WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR HOLLYWOOD Three-hour tour of working TV and film studio includes backlots, prop warehouse, Stage 48: Script to Screen interactive soundstage, the real Central Perk set, original Batmobiles and observation of filming (when possible). The Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts exhibit is new. Deluxe tour available. Reservations recommended; photo ID required. Daily 8:30 am-4 pm. $55-$68, under 8 not admitted. Parking $12. 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 877.492.8687 Map U20
STUDIO TAPINGS 1IOTA Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show With James Corden and The Voice, as well as special events. Minimum age varies by show. 323.417.6550, 1iota.com AUDIENCES UNLIMITED Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows on CBS, Fox, NBC, Netflix and the CW that are produced in the L.A. area, such as The Big Bang Theory and Man With a Plan. Minimum age 10-18, varies by show. 818.260.0041, ext. 1, tvtickets.com ON-CAMERA AUDIENCES Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including America’s Got Talent, Dancing With the Stars and The Price Is Right. Minimum age 12-18, varies by show. 818.295.2700, mytvtickets.com
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ATTRACTIONS MUSEUMS AUTRY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST Museum explores the art, history and cultures of the American West. Houses one of the top U.S. collections of Native American materials. Tu-F 10 am-4 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. $6-$14, under 3 free. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.667.2000 Map H14 THE BROAD Museum built by philanthropists and art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad contains more than 2,000 works of contemporary art. Tu-W 11 am-5 pm; Th-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa 10 am-8 pm; Su 10 am-6 pm. Free. See thebroad.org for special-exhibition ticket prices. Online reservations encouraged. 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.232.6200 Map H16
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CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER Interactive exhibits for budding scientists; Imax theater. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Permanent gallery, free; admission for other exhibits and Imax varies. Parking $12. 700 Exposition Park Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 323.724.3623 Map K15 FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AND MERCHANDISING (FIDM) Museum and galleries on fashion-school campus focus on the design merits of high fashion with objects covering more than 200 years of history. Tu–Sa 10 am–5 pm. Free. 919 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.623.5821 Map I16 GETTY CENTER Travertine-clad hilltop facility houses collections of paintings, drawings, antiquities, photographs and decorative arts. Fabulous Central Garden and city views. Tu-F, Su 10 am-5:30 pm; Sa 10 am-9 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 3 pm. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300 Map H9 GETTY VILLA Getty Center’s exquisite coastal counterpart features Etruscan, Roman and Greek antiquities. W-M 10 am-5 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 3 pm. Advance timed tickets required for entry. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300 Map K7
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SHOPPING LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART The largest art museum in the western U.S., with diverse, superb collections housed on a 20-acre campus. M-Tu, Th 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-7 pm. $10-$15, under 18 free. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000 Map J13 LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST The West Coast’s largest archive of Holocaust-era documents, relics and other primary-source materials. Interactive and audiovisual exhibits include “The World That Was” touch-screen table. Sa-Th 10 am-5 pm; F 10 am-2 pm. Free. Pan Pacific Park, 100 The Grove Drive, L.A., 323.651.3704 Map I12 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Premier contemporary-art museum housed in three facilities. GC and GA: M, W, F 11 am-6 pm; Th 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. PDC: Tu-F 11 am-5 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-6 pm. GA and GC: $8-$15, under 12 free; free at PDC. MOCA Grand Avenue (GA), 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown; The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (GC), 152 N. Central Ave., downtown; MOCA Pacific Design Center (PDC), 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 213.626.6222 Map H16, H17, I12
Gabbana, True Religion concept store, Uniqlo, Cos) and is anchored by Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. New dining options include Cal Mare and EggSlut. 8500 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.854.0070 Map I12 CITADEL OUTLETS Assyrian architecture south of downtown stands out along the Golden State (5) Freeway; the center offers discounted clothes from Coach, Guess, H&M, Banana Republic, Levi’s and Converse, to name just a few. 100 Citadel Drive, L.A., 323.888.1724 Map B4 THE GROVE Popular outdoor center is home to 40 upscale shops and nine restaurants including new 189 by Dominique Ansel (creator of the Cronut) and Ladurée, all in a setting that suggests a grand old downtown. Movie theater, trolley and dancing fountain are draws. Adjacent to Original Farmers Market. 189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 888.315.8883 Map I13 PLATFORM Collection of cult-favorite retailers and restaurants curated by Runyon Group. Fitness destination SoulCycle is also on-site. Next to the Metro Expo Line’s Culver City station. 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, platformla.com Map M11
MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART Leading museum of modern and contemporary Latin American art; Robert Gumbiner Sculpture Garden. W-Th, Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-9 pm. $7-$10, under 12 free. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, 562.437.1689 Map O6
SANTA MONICA PLACE Sleek outdoor mall at south end of Third Street Promenade anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. More than 80 boutiques, including Chan Luu and Barneys New York, plus a rooftop Dining Deck and ArcLight Cinemas. 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, 310.394.1049 Map L8
MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE Exhibits on prejudice and discrimination, legacy of the Holocaust, human-rights issues and Anne Frank’s life and legacy. Su-F 10 am-5 pm. $11.50-$15.50, under 5 free. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.553.8403 Map J11
SOUTH COAST PLAZA High-end center in Orange County boasts nearly 300 boutiques (including new Alexander McQueen and Givenchy) and 30 restaurants, including Water Grill. Concierge at four locations. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888 Map E6
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY Thirty-three million objects, from dinosaur fossils to fish. The 3.5-acre Nature Gardens, interactive Nature Lab and Tyrannosaurus rex growth series exhibit are highlights. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free. 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.3466 Map K15 PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Recently renovated museum displays about 135 vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles in permanent and rotating exhibits. Daily 10 am-6 pm. $7-$15, under 3 free. Vault tours $20, under 10 not admitted. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.930.2277 Map J13 USC PACIFIC ASIA MUSEUM Southern California’s only museum devoted exclusively to the arts of Asia and the Pacific recently reopened following a $5 million seismic retrofit. New visitor center and gift shop. W, F-Su 11 am-5 pm. Th 11 am-8 pm. $7-$10, under 18 free. 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.449.2742 Map Q20 THE WENDE MUSEUM Founded in 2002, this worldclass resource for art and artifacts from Cold War-era Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union now has a permanent home for its more than 100,000 treasures: Culver City’s former National Guard Armory. F 10 am-9 pm. Sa-Su 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.216.1600 Map M11
SHOPPING THE AMERICANA AT BRAND Downtown Glendale hot spot from the creators of the Grove with a Main Street, U.S.A., atmosphere and trolley. Kate Spade and Toms are among the 90 or so stores. Dining options include Din Tai Fung and Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina. 889 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.637.8900 Map U23 BEVERLY CENTER Trendsetting mall near West Hollywood is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation. It has more than 100 boutiques (Burberry, Dolce &
THIRD STREET PROMENADE Pedestrian-only shopping zone includes shops (Anthropologie, Converse, Cotton On, Zara), kiosks and an array of entertaining street performers. 1351 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 310.393.8355 Map L8 TWO RODEO Center with cobblestones in the heart of Beverly Hills features luxury boutiques including Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co., plus fine-art gallery Galerie Michael and restaurant 208 Rodeo. 9478 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.247.7040 Map J11 WESTFIELD AT LAX Travelers flying out of LAX can enjoy some of L.A.’s top retail and dining options curated by Westfield (Fred Segal, MAC Cosmetics, Petrossian, Porsche Design, SeaLegs Wine Bar, Spanx) in LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal, as well as terminals 1, 2, 3 and 6. 380 World Way, L.A., 310.646.1770, westfieldairports.com/lax Map O10 WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY Open-air shopping center fresh from a $1 billion revitalization has more than 175 stores, including new Compartés Chocolatier and Equipment; a Luxe AMC multiplex with Imax screen; a food-court atrium and terrace; and the West Coast’s first Eataly. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.277.3898 Map J11
TOURS + TRANSPORT AMTRAK Train and bus service within the county, along the coast and to major California locations, with nationwide connections. 800.872.7245, amtrak.com BEVERLY HILLS RENT-A-CAR Luxury and exotic rentals. 9732 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.274.6969; 6085 Venice Blvd., Hollywood, 310.659.5555; LAX, 9220 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.670.2020, bhrentacar.com Map K12, J11, O10 BIKES AND HIKES L.A. Biking and hiking tours include L.A. in a Day and Movie Star Homes bike tours and Hollywood Hills hiking tours. Reservations required.
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DODGER STADIUM TOUR Behind-the-scenes tour of the legendary stadium allows guests to visit the field and the dugout, walk through the Vin Scully Press Box and more. $15-$20, under 4 free. 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 866.363.4377 Map G17 DOWNTOWN ART WALK Self-guided gallery tour centered on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets. Second Thursday of every month, noon-10 pm; lounge open from 6-10 pm. Free. 213.617.4929, ext. 206, downtownartwalk.org Map I16 HORNBLOWER CRUISES & EVENTS Dine, dance and take in harbor views aboard one of Hornblower’s cruises. Choose from dinner and Champagne brunch options. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, 888.467.6256, hornblower.com Map O9
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