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Beverly Hills may be the toniest shopping district in L.A., but Robertson Boulevard is not far behind.

The Pacific Design Center, aka “the Blue Whale,” anchors the West Hollywood Design District.

rants, design showrooms and boutiques from some of the hottest up-and-coming clothing designers. The two streets bracket the landmark eight-level Beverly Center, whose design is reminiscent of Paris’ Pompidou Center. Bloomingdale’s, Henri Bendel, Fendi, Gucci, Stuart Weitzman, the Capital Grille and Maje and Sandro boutiques are among more than 160 establishments drawing consumers. On West 3rd Street east of Beverly Center, you’ll find favorite boutiques such as BedHead for chic pajamas and Duncan Quinn for bespoke tailored suits. There are many dining options such as Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s Son of a Gun, plus a branch of Magnolia Bakery. On Beverly Boulevard, you can browse vintage couture at Beige or high-end home décor and accessories at Garde. Afterward, you can experience market-fresh American cuisine at Cooks County or hearty Italian on the romantic patio at Dominick’s.

Beverly Hills may be the county’s toniest shopping district, but Robertson Boulevard is not far behind, particularly if you’re young and hot and have your own reality show. The celebutante set hits Rebecca Taylor for womenswear, Zimmermann for haute swimwear and Kitson for trendy accessories. A cutting-edge Chanel concept store illustrates the difference between Robertson Boulevard and more staid Rodeo Drive. For a breather between boutique-hopping, consider a cocktail with crab cakes on the picket-fenced patio of Ivy Restaurant, where famous faces practically outnumber those of civilians.

Fairfax District

Technically part of the city of Los Angeles, the Fairfax District is one of the most culturally diverse and artsy neighborhoods in the West Hollywood area. At Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), a renowned

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➺Jewelry can seem to hold special powers, as anyone who wears a wedding ring can attest. Pyrrha designers designers Danielle Wilmore and Wade Papin elaborate on that notion, casting reclaimed sterling silver or bronze necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and cufflinks from 19th-century wax seals imbued with symbolic meaning. Are you seeking courage or good fortune? At Pyrrha’s West Hollywood store, there’s a talisman for that—and it’s edgy, beautiful and deeply personal, with unisex appeal (celebrities including Rooney Mara and Jeremy Renner are said to be fans). This fall sees the launch of a 14k gold collection, set with precious and semiprecious stones including black and white diamonds. Much nicer than a lucky penny, wouldn’t you say? 8315 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood, 323.424.4807,



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multifaceted facility with more than 100,000 works from around the world. The Broad Contemporary Art Museum, designed by architect Renzo Piano, showcases art from the contemporary and modern eras, while the latest additions to the LACMA campus include the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion and Ray’s & Stark Bar. Adjacent to LACMA is The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. Additional venues on this formidable Museum Row include the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Architecture and Design Museum. South of the museums is a surprise for curious foodies: a neighborhood known as Little Ethiopia, where acclaimed traditional restaurants are located. Be prepared to eat with your hands! One of the district’s anchors is the historic Farmers Market, with more than 100 open-air produce stalls, shops and eateries. There are spots to satisfy virtually any craving, including a wine bar, taqueria and stands with authentic Louisiana gumbo and Korean barbecue. Adjacent and connected by a vintage trolley is The Grove, an outdoor, pedestrian-only shopping center. The Grove has the character of an old-fashioned village square, with stained-glass street lamps and a central fountain. Nordstrom, a movie theater and stores such as Topshop Topman are joined by myriad restaurants. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of West Hollywood, see pages 100-101.


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WHERE Los Angeles Magazine September 2014  

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Where Los Angeles Magazine gives visitors and locals a portal for essential, immediate and accurate information on the best things to do in...