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los angeles September 2017 The shopping issue
5 Editor’s Note
54 Dining Notable restaurants by cuisine and neighborhood
What’s in store.
6 Hot Dates SoCal museums shine a light on Latino art during Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA; three culinary events combine cocktails, food and fun; and fairs and festivals help usher in fall.
65 Entertainment Special events, performing arts and sports
80 30 Things We Love
71 shopping The county’s major retail destinations
66 Attractions Theme parks, activities, studio tours, museums and more
All of our favorite shops, drinks, designs, festivals, fashions, bites and performances this month.
8 Q+A Local designer Jenni Kayne shares her style philosophy, her favorite L.A. artisans and her top places to dine and shop in the city.
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10 Dining A new all-day eatery, Hayden, brings oysters and rosé to Culver City’s Platform; chef Raphael Lunetta is back in Santa Monica with side-by-side concepts Lunetta and Lunetta All Day; and DTLA’s new Blacksmiths offers contemporary American cuisine in a stylish space.
73 TOURS + TRANSPORT Getting out, getting around and getting to know Los Angeles
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City Tours 22 Beverly Hills 26 Santa Monica 30 West Hollywood 34 Hollywood 38 Downtown 42 Pasadena 44 The Valley 46 South Bay
12 Retail Details
ON THE COVER Shopping at Platform’s Cynthia Rowley pop-up. Photo by Katie Gibbs
Across Los Angeles, new stores are creating buzz on famed shopping streets and in trendsetting retail developments. We’ve got the skinny on where to shop, from cool pop-ups to glamorous flagships.
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LOST & FOUND
A Note From the Editor
What’s in Store
If you follow business news—or, heck, if you just look around—you know that many brick-and-mortar stores are struggling, and our changing spending habits are hastening their demise. When I was a teenager, the local mall was my mecca. But younger generations, surveys say, would rather take an Uber, attend a concert and splurge on fine dining than spend every
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penny on stuff. The convenience of online shopping has not done the brick-and-mortars any favors, either. Don’t get me wrong—I, too, prioritize experiences over possessions, and I spend liberally on conveniences. But I haven’t quite kicked my shopping habit. And although I appreciate the ease of click-to-buy and free next-day shipping, I am not ready to give up shopping IRL. I prefer to touch, try on, smell and taste before I commit, and I value personal customer service. Plus, I need to get up from behind my computer and interact with other human beings occasionally. I love discovering local brands and makers. When I shop locally, my money goes back to my community and to small-business owners, which is gratifying. And, frankly, I get real pleasure from seeing pretty things and bringing them home, too. So, I find it heartening that so many stores are opening—not closing—their doors in L.A. We’ve stocked this issue with information about some of the newest and most exciting (p. 12), which range from small, locally owned boutiques to revitalized shopping centers. In a changing and challenging retail landscape, it’s hard to predict what shopping will look like just a few years from now, but I hope that the pendulum is swinging to a place where storefronts and e-tailers thrive together. As for me, I pledge to hit the shops and do my part. —Suzanne Ennis
When I shop locally, my money goes back into my community and supports small-business owners, which is gratifying. And, frankly, I get real pleasure from seeing pretty things and bringing them home, too.
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Hot Dates September 2017
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L.A. County Fair Sept. 1-24
Head to Fairplex in Pomona to cheer on a racing pig, ride a roller coaster, chow down on deep-fried everything and catch concerts by bands like Chicago. p. 65
Made in L.A. Sept. 2-3
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A collaborative artistic effort more than five years in the making, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is an ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art. The Getty leads the initiative, but about 70 cultural institutions and 65 art galleries across Southern California also will take part by hosting thematically linked exhibitions and programs. Participating museums include LACMA and the Annenberg Space for Photography, where you can see works like the above photo by Leysis Quesada Vera as part of its Cuba Is exhibition. Visit pacificstandardtime.org. Sept. 1-23
Foodie Fun L.A. hosts a trio of fun food-and-drink events this month. First up, Los Angeles Times-presented festival The Taste takes over the Paramount lot from Sept. 1-3 with five themed parties, where you can sample bites from some of the city’s
best restaurants (see right). Up next, on Sept. 9, is one of the city’s most beloved culinary fundraisers, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, which benefits the fight against childhood cancer. Superstar chefs like Scott Conant and Giada De
Laurentiis offer tastes of signature dishes at UCLA’s Royce Quad. Lastly, British beverage event Cocktails in the City arrives at the Majestic Downtown on Sept. 23, when 30 of the city’s best bars will be on hand to pour patrons specialty drinks. p. 65
Here for the weekend? Check out our Weekend Roundup at socalpulse.com for the up-to-the-minute lowdown on the coolest concerts, plays, sporting events, festivals, art exhibitions and restaurants.
Celebrate Labor Day weekend at this arts and crafts festival in downtown Hermosa Beach. p. 65
Tarfest Sept. 16
Enjoy free live music, food trucks, a biergarten and more at La Brea Tar Pits Park. p. 65
Nautica Malibu Triathlon Sept. 16-17 Athletes, philanthropists and celebrities turn out to swim, run and bike at Zuma Beach in support of pediatric-cancer research. p. 65
Abbot Kinney Festival Sept. 24
Celebrate Venice’s coolest drag with shopping, food trucks, live music, kids rides and more. p. 65
Hamilton All Month
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton continues its L.A. run at the Pantages. p. 66
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Hear sets by Warren G and Yacht and sip freshly brewed beers at Golden Road Brewing’s new music and arts festival. p. 65
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Style Files The winsome world of Jenni Kayne If you have d’Orsay flats or mule slides in your closet, you can probably thank Jenni Kayne. The L.A. native’s signature shoes are staples in chic wardrobes everywhere, managing to be at once timeless and au courant, easy and elegant and luxurious and accessible—basically, the epitome of the Jenni Kayne brand. In addition to five namesake stores, which carry her clothing and shoe collections along with a pitchperfect selection of accessories, home wares and apothecary items, Kayne maintains an inspiring blog, Rip & Tan, filled with recipes, entertaining tips, interviews and more. We asked her to share a few L.A.-insider picks with Where, and, unsurprisingly, each one is a gem. Kayne may call herself boring, but we call her sublime. —Suzanne Ennis
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What’s your style philosophy? I like to wear pieces that are comfortable, effortless and timeless while still feeling special. Practical, functional items done in luxurious fabric or finished with a special design detail are a big focus for my collection as well as my personal wardrobe. And good shoes are key: made in Italy, comfortable but chic and done in a luxe material that elevates your outfit. What makes your stores a destination for visitors to L.A.? My stores are beautiful and wellcurated. I approach designing my collection from a distinctly Californian perspective, and we carry a lot of local designers you don’t find in a lot of places. In that sense, my stores are a great place to take in the West Coast spirit and to get to know the makers out here. Aside from your own stores, where do you shop locally? Midland, Céline, General Store and The Row are my go-to spots for fashion in L.A.
left and opposite: Nicki Sebastian; right: courtesy Jenni kayne
What’s on your fall shopping list? Velvet, plaid and cozy knits. There are a lot of these elements in my fall collection. I am also coveting the Row’s Ascot small velvet tote right now. Where do you like to eat in your neighborhood, and what do you order? Gjusta; the mushroom bowl and their sourdough toast. Croft Alley; the vermicelli. Farmshop; pretty much anything on the brunch menu. Gjelina; any of their veggies. Which local spas and salons do you frequent? I love Andy Lecompte Salon behind my store. They have the best stylists. For a mani-pedi I love MiniLuxe; they just opened in Brentwood near my house and do a great job. For a facial, Terri Lawton in West Hollywood is
THE DETAILS Andy Lecompte Salon 616 N. Almont Drive, West Hollywood, 310.273.4100 Bonpoint 9521 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.278.1161 Bonbon (Bonton) 8473 Melrose Place, L.A., 323.746.5151 Céline 319 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.0120 Croft Alley 8428 Melrose Place, Suite E, L.A., croftalley.com Elysia Life Care 1821 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Santa Monica, 424.744.8366 Farmshop Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Suite 25, Santa Monica, 310.566.2400 General Store 1801 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.751.6393 Giorgio Baldi 114 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, 310.573.1660 Gjelina p. 59 Gjusta 320 Sunset Ave., Venice, 310.314.0320 J. Crew See jcrew.com Jenni Kayne 614 N. Almont Drive, West Hollywood, 310.860.0123; Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Suite 30B, Santa Monica, 424.268.4765 LACMA p. 70 Malibu Farm 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.456.1112 Midland 8634 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 424.298.8333 MiniLuxe 11961 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 424.442.1630 Moon Juice See moonjuice.com Rimowa 313 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8686 The Row 8440 Melrose Place, L.A., 310.853.1900 Schindler House 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood, 323.651.1510 Striiike 9278 Civic Center Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.205.2600 Terri Lawton 931 ½ N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.855.0895 Trico Field 9460 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.786.8290
Jenni Kayne in the Brentwood Country Mart. Left: Croft Alley’s house-made yogurt with chlorophyll and market berries
the best. I like Elysia Life Care in Santa Monica for acupuncture on the Westside. Striiike in Beverly Hills for brows; they do the best job for thick, natural brows. You often feature local makers on your blog, Rip & Tan. Which L.A. artisans and designers have recently caught your eye? I love Mt. Washington Pottery, which we just started carrying. Beth Katz is the ceramic artist behind the line and is so talented. I love the textures she carves into her pieces and her talisman wall hangings. Garrett Leight is another one of our new brands and someone we interviewed on Rip & Tan recently. He is the son of Larry Leight, who founded Oliver Peoples, so eyewear sort of runs in his blood. I love his understated, somewhat masculine frames, and the quality is amazing. The blog is named after your children, Ripley and Tanner. Where do you shop for them? I love Bonton, Bonpoint, Nico Nico, J. Crew and Trico Field. When you travel, what are your must-bring items, and what’s your luggage of choice? It depends on where I am going, but I usually bring at least one really great sweater, a widebrim hat, my favorite high-waist jeans and at least two basic cotton tops. I buy all of my favorite natural beauty products in smaller sizes when I can so
that I feel at home no matter where I’m going. For luggage, I use Filson or Rimowa. What’s always in your carry-on bag? Moon Juice almonds and other healthy snacks. A book, an iPod, hand sanitizer and wipes, essential oils and too many small bags and pouches to count. What kinds of souvenirs do you seek out when you travel? I always get something for my kids and then whatever locally made items I stumble across. You can find great gifts when you’re traveling, or little odds and ends for the home like pottery, spices, candles, etc. Which L.A. destinations should every tourist visit? LACMA. A day or night spent eating and exploring Venice or Malibu. A hike in the Santa Monica Mountains. An architectural tour of one of the city’s many historical homes. I love Schindler House in West Hollywood. How would you spend a perfect day in L.A.? Breakfast or brunch with my kids at Gjusta, horseback riding with my daughter, lunch at Malibu Farm and then take the kids to the beach or a hike up West Ridge. Maybe dinner at Giorgio Baldi with my husband. I’m pretty boring! WHERE LOS ANGELES 9
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The Pearl of Platform Culver City’s Hayden Tract has gone from industrial to directional, largely thanks to the arrival of Platform. Now, the lifestyle complex’s latest dining entry, Hayden, keeps this creative community fed all day long. Helmed by chef/ partner Ari Kolender—who worked for Red Medicine and Providence in L.A. before
temporarily decamping to Charleston, S.C., and earning a James Beard Award nomination—Hayden opens with Kolender’s signature waffles and Vittoria coffee, transitions to tartines and salads during the day and eases into oysters, charcuterie and rare California wines (curated by beverage director
Anthony Cailan) as happy hour approaches. The space shares an address and aesthetic with Tom Dixon’s West Coast showroom, boasting a handsome Italian marble bar and custom woodwork so you can shop and dine in style. 8820 Washington Blvd., Suite 101, Culver City, 310.593.4777, hayden.la
Downtown L.A.'s Fashion District is home to an industrialchic new restaurant: Blacksmiths, from chef Edgar Ramos and renowned mixologist Deysi Alvarez. Enjoy flavorful twists on American dishes paired with vibrant cocktails (such as Speaking in Tongues, pictured below) while seated underneath glamorous chandeliers or on the patio. Blacksmiths offers dinner, happy hour and late-night dining, with brunch on the way. 117 Winston St., downtown, 213.628.3847, blacksmithsla.com
Oysters at Hayden
the power of two Chef Raphael Lunetta (formerly of JiRaffe) has partnered with the Maple Block Meat Co. team to bring Lunetta and Lunetta All Day to Santa Monica. In Lunetta’s dimly lit dining room and bar, the “surfing chef” serves elegant French-Cali dishes such as loup de mer and skirt steak
with a Swiss-chard fritter. Next door, elevated diner fare—wood-fired eggs, avocado toast—keeps a bustling crowd content in a sunny space that spills out onto a pretty back patio. 2420 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.581.9888 / All Day 310.581.4201, lunettasm.com
Pan-roasted Jidori chicken at Lunetta
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Details You’re never too old for back-to-school shopping. Head to these new boutiques and lifestyle centers to invest in the classics and stock up on the season’s coolest looks.
Necklaces from Kendra Scott, one of many stylish new shops at the reimagined Westfield Century City
Seeking to attract today’s consumers, who increasingly prefer all-in-one lifestyle complexes to 1980s-style enclosed malls, shopping centers are blowing off their roofs, expanding their green spaces and installing hip retailers and eateries. This fall, Westfield Century City is emerging from such a transformation (under the creative direction of L.A. designer Kelly Wearstler), to the tune of $1 billion. Nordstrom’s new three-level L.A. flagship store, as well as a new Macy’s and remodeled Bloomingdale’s, anchor the complex, and when all is said and done, there will be acres of community-oriented space, the West Coast’s first Eataly and new boutiques from fragrance brand Jo Malone London, Canada-based clothing brands Oak + Fort and Aritzia, L.A.-based Sama Eyewear, NYX Professional Makeup, swimwear designer Seafolly, contemporary
jewelry designer Kendra Scott, Compartes Chocolatier and dozens more, bringing the total number of retailers—and number of reasons to visit—to more than 200. Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 310.277.3898, westfield.com/centurycity
Downtown The revitalization of L.A.’s central business district shows no sign of waning, with neighborhoods previously considered retail deserts sprouting sprawling mixed-use developments. Case in point: Row DTLA, inhabiting 30 acres of buildings adjacent to the Arts District, on the site of a historic produce market. Since last year, it’s hosted Smorgasburg on Sundays, plus pop-ups and festivals. Now, modern design stores Poketo and A+R, ethical fine jeweler Vrai & Oro, contemporary clothing companies dRA and Paris-based 13
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Clockwise from top left: A+R at Row DTLA; a building on the Arts Districtadjacent site; a look from Banks Journal; Reformation at Platform in Culver City
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Balmain’s glamorous new West Coast flagship on Melrose Place. Opposite, clockwise from top: Culver City’s Platform; Victoire at Malibu Country Mart; Smashbox Venice
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: KATIE GIBBS; COURTESY MALIBU COUNTRY MART; COURTESY SMASHBOX. OPPOSITE: COURTESY BALMAIN
Bonaparte, independent bicycle company Tokyobike, earthy clothing and home-goods shop Midland, menswear brand Banks Journal, sneaker brand Bodega and several other cult-favorite businesses, many L.A.-based, are either up and running or are set to open in the coming months. Row DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St., downtown, rowdtla.com
Melrose Place & Avenue Charming Melrose Place is a frequent haunt of fashion insiders and other tastemakers. Here you’ll find the sole L.A. boutiques of “it” girl brands including Isabel Marant, L’Agence, Rachel Comey and the Row. This summer, famed French fashion house Balmain’s first West Coast boutique joined those ranks (creative director Olivier Rousteing and fan Kim Kardashian West were on hand for the opening party). Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, for which some of the world’s most important perfumers have created scents, bowed in June with a fresco by
L.A.-based Konstantin Kakanias adorning its walls. Around the corner, on Melrose Avenue, direct-to-consumer travel brand Away (tagline: First-class luggage at a coach price) recently opened its first West Coast brick-andmortar. Its suitcases take smart to the next level, with unbreakable shells, nesting sizes and batteries built into the carry-ons so you’ll never have to scour an airport for an outlet again. Away, 8400 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.424.3561, awaytravel.com / Balmain, 8421 Melrose Place, L.A., 323.230.6364, balmain.com / Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, 8417 Melrose Place, L.A., 323.879.9727, fredericmalle.com
Culver City Runyon Group, the developers behind Row DTLA, have assembled a similarly spot-on group of tenants at Platform in Culver City (hatmaker Janessa Leoné and designer Tom Dixon, to name just two). Among the latest retailers to join the party are L.A.-based menswear and womenswear label Shades of Grey, Reformation (whose corporate offices are upstairs) and Brooklyn-based boutique Bird. A rotating roster of pop-up shops round out the retail offerings, which, in September, include Cynthia Rowley, GOAT sneakers, fine-jewelry trendsetter Anna Sheffield and denim brand DSTLD. Along with the nearby Metro Expo Line, the complex has helped to turn the Hayden Tract neighborhood into a creative hub. Platform, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, platformla.com
Malibu The Malibu Country Mart looks laid-back, but its retail offerings pack a wallop. Last spring, joining the likes of
Curve, Chrome Hearts and John Varvatos, the first U.S. boutique from France-based multibrand womenswear boutique Victoire opened, bridging Parisian flair and seaside chic. L.A.-based Paige also bowed, boasting the brand’s premium denim staples and lifestyle collections, plus an outdoor courtyard area inspired by co-founder and creative director Paige Adams-Geller’s Pacific Palisades home. Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7300, malibucountrymart.com WHERE LOS ANGELES 15
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From top: Avec Les Filles on La Brea Avenue; Goyard’s limitededition Monte Carlo clutch
On perpetually packed Abbot Kinney, widely known brands (Iro, Rag & Bone, Pixi Cosmetics) mix with beloved local merchants (Tortoise General Store, Heist, Huset). New kid on the block Smashbox Cosmetics straddles those categories. The world-renowned cosmetics company was born at the legendary Smashbox Studios in Culver City, where it still maintains headquarters. Its new Abbot Kinney flagship is its first in the U.S., offering not only a kaleidoscopic range of makeup, but a 3-D lipstick printer, a custom lipgloss bar, pro makeup applications and a fun, photo-studio-inspired corner where you can snap and share your look. Smashbox, 1335 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.314.3851, smashbox.com
La Brea The La Brea design district might be less widely known than some of L.A.’s other shopping corridors, but it’s home to some of the city’s most influential fashion, design and streetwear stores (American Rag Cie, A+R, Undefeated, Union). In recent months, it’s seen several new arrivals, including Canadian outdoor-gear and clothing brand Arc’teryx—its first outpost
in L.A.—next to performance-wear brand Aether. This summer, new French-girlinspired, millennial-focused womenswear brand Avec Les Filles, from Joyce Azria (daughter of BCBG founder Max Azria), launched its first pop-up here, in the company’s new headquarters (Macy’s also carries the brand). You can expect well-priced, feminine, versatile separates, dresses and footwear, all offered in a sweet space drenched in—what else?— millennial pink. Arc’teryx, 159 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.933.3270, arcteryx.com / Avec Les Filles, 217 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 213.358.2752, aveclesfilles.com
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Beverly Hills If you’re seeking luxury nonpareil, make a beeline to Beverly Hills. All of the big boys—Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Céline—have boutiques here, as do major department stores, including a gorgeous, recently refreshed Neiman Marcus. Among this fall’s most prominent openings is a flagship from the house of Goyard: a sun-drenched, 1,400-square-foot boutique dripping with 1940s Hollywood-meets-Paris glamour. Travel pieces, handbags, pet accessories and more items covered with Goyard’s signature Y pattern (the choice of luminaries from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to Karl Lagerfeld) mingle with pieces from the brand’s archive. To commemorate your Rodeo Drive visit, opt for the limitededition Monte Carlo clutch in PM size and gold Goyardine canvas, specially offered in celebration of the boutique’s opening. Goyard, 405 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.237.5745, goyard.com
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DI N I NG I N L.A.’S NEW HOTEL RESTAURANTS ARE DESTINATIONS UNTO THEMSELVES.
By Roger Grody
LOS ANGELES is experiencing a flurry of hotel construction, with historic buildings reimagined as boutique hostelries and luxury brands transforming the skyline with glitzy towers. Not long ago, a hotel restaurant was the last place an ambitious chef would aspire to work—but now, to the benefit of visitors as well as locals, that’s exactly where you’ll find some of L.A.’s top culinary talent. WHERE LOS ANGELES 17
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L.A.’s culinary clout is on the rise, and underscoring that point is the arrival of JeanGeorges Vongerichten. The New York-based chef/restaurateur with a galaxy of Michelin stars and more than 35 restaurants worldwide recently debuted Jean-Georges Beverly Hills at the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, a sleek tower next to the Beverly Hilton. Designer Pierre-Yves Rochon created a light and airy space for the dining room of JeanGeorges Beverly Hills, with a wavy bronzeinlaid terrazzo floor, long leather banquettes, boxed lemon trees and an atmosphere that lacks the solemnity usually associated with temples of gastronomy. Additionally, year-round alfresco dining is available on a Mediterranean-garden-inspired patio that celebrates L.A.’s laid-back lifestyle. One might begin with artistically presented toasted egg yolks with caviar, a Jean-Georges signature, or vibrantly colored Santa Barbara uni seasoned with jalapeño and yuzu, served on black-bread crostini. For entrées, a caramelized beef tenderloin is complemented by miso-mustard, while Parmesan-crusted chicken is sauced in a lemon beurre blanc. Another big splash in L.A.’s dining scene came courtesy of Tao—famous in Manhattan and Las Vegas for its dazzling decor, lychee martinis, lobster wontons and Peking duck. The local branch is part of a complex anchored by Hollywood’s new Dream Hotel, an emerging modern luxury chain with properties in New York, Florida’s South Beach and Bangkok. A stunning 20-foot statue of Quan Yin, the goddess of mercy, rises from a koi pond to dominate Tao Los Angeles’ soaring dining room. It is a dramatic, sexy dining spot,
and the quality of the pan-Asian fare exceeds expectations for this kind of clubby scene. Tao Group created other venues at Dream Hollywood, as well: new concept Luchini Pizzeria & Bar, Avenue nightclub, The Highlight Room—an 11,000-square-foot, poolside rooftop lounge with a retractable canopy—and a third location of Beauty & Essex. Consistent with the company’s DNA, Beauty & Essex features over-the-top theatrical decor, and the fun, eclectic fare from Chopped judge Chris Santos extends far beyond the Pacific Rim. Starters include steak tartare on sticky rice cakes and grilled-cheesesandwich-like dumplings, each presented in a spoon filled with tomato soup. Main courses include tandoori-spiced chicken, followed by riffs on all-American desserts. Another new lodging opportunity in Hollywood is the Kimpton-branded Everly Hotel, where all-day Jane Q offers great versatility. Duck-confit monkey bread and a croque monsieur may appear as breakfast items, while black-truffle calzone and roasted skirt steak with chimichurri are among the lunch and dinner offerings. Jane Q accommodates casual suppers before a show at the Pantages Theatre, and the hotel’s Ever Bar offers a large repertoire of creative mixology. Recently opening at Wilshire Grand Center—thanks to a spire piercing the clouds, the building is now the tallest west of Chicago—is the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. The 889-room hotel supports multiple eating and drinking establishments, several of which use height to their advantage. On the 69th floor is an all-day buffet-style restaurant named Dekkadance, as well as sushi restau-
rant Sora, while Spire 73—the highest openair bar in the Western Hemisphere—offers a creative lounge menu and spectacular views. The most ambitious dining option at the InterContinental is La Boucherie on 71, featuring a French-influenced steakhouse menu. Given La Boucherie’s lofty location, floor-toceiling windows capture stunning downtown views from tables of richly striated marble slabs, paired with curvy club chairs and tufted booths. Wine racks are ensconced behind smoky glass, while modern lighting fixtures complete a sophisticated scene. A French accent permeates the appetizer page at La Boucherie, with dishes such as salmon en croute, seared foie gras with appletarte tatin and onion-soup gratinée. Shareable starters also include ris de veau (sweetbreads) with chanterelles and even veal kidneys—increasingly hard to find in Paris, let alone L.A.—plated with grape mustard and morels. Dry-aged USDA Prime beef takes center stage for entrées, as well as game and fish. The experience at La Boucherie on 71 includes diners choosing their steak knives from an international collection and selecting from an even wider array of mustards and sea salts. A $55 million makeover is concluding at the historic Hotel Figueroa, where an ornate Moroccan decor has been stripped in favor of an updated version of the original Spanish Mission Revival interior. With close proximity to L.A. Live, the Fig (slated for an October 2017 reopening) is sure to reassert itself as a significant downtown destination, driven in
FROM TOP: WARREN JAGGER; BILLY FARRELL, COURTESY WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS. OPPOSITE, FROM LEFT: AVABLU; COURTESY FREEHAND HOTEL
From top: Tao Los Angeles’ dramatic dining room; chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten of Jean-Georges Beverly Hills. Opposite, left: Grilled cheese, smoked bacon and tomato-soup dumplings at Beauty & Essex. Opening page: Tao’s tuna Pringles
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part by local celebrity chef Casey Lane. At Breva, the hotel’s main dining room, Lane has created a contemporary Basqueinspired menu, accompanied by drinks from innovative mixologist Dushan Zaric of New York’s Employees Only and Macao Trading Co. Zaric also dispenses his liquid specialties and accompanying pintxos from the two-story, curvilinear Bar Figueroa, while Bar Alta is a reservations-only bartender’s table at which guests enjoy personalized, interactive service from Zaric and other nationally recognized mixologists. Another dining concept developed by Lane, Viale dei Romani, opens imminently at Kimpton La Peer Hotel in West Hollywood.
Less than a block away from the Fig is the new 18-story Hotel Indigo, part of the $1 billion Metropolis project rising above the 110 Freeway as it meanders through downtown. For dining, the Indigo offers Metropole Bar + Kitchen, a ground-floor restaurant whose design was inspired by the service tunnels crisscrossing beneath downtown L.A., which were used as secret passageways to illicit speakeasies during Prohibition. Executive chef Kevin Harry, a veteran of luxury hotels, offers starters like the W.T.F. (compressed watermelon, tomato and feta) and sexy foie-gras wontons with mango mustard before turning out a contemporary twist on steak frites, hoisin barbecue salmon and a vegetarian tagine from his eclectic menu. For a nightcap, an elevator ride to 18 Social, the Indigo’s top-floor cocktail lounge, is a no-brainer. Downtown’s Fashion District, long a secret destination for savvy shoppers, has suddenly
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become, for lack of a better term, fashionable. New loft residences are creating demand for trendy cafés and shops, and ambitious redevelopment projects are reshaping the neighborhood. Capitalizing on the district’s newfound appeal is Tuck Hotel, a boutique property with 14 sleek, fashion-forward rooms. Delicat, the hotel’s restaurant, is a chic study in grays and browns, with modern art and a polished live-edge wooden bar. For brunch, Delicat serves breakfast dishes and sandwiches that include 24-hour-smoked brisket with caramelized onions, and pancetta with potatoes and a fried egg—the last ingredient is a popular accoutrement to several other sandwiches on the menu. Delicat also offers an authentic tortilla de patata (Spanish omelet) served with silky aioli, and chef/hotelier Juan Pablo Torre shows off more of his Spanish heritage on a dinner menu that includes croquetas de azafrán (saffron croquettes) and crispy paella with artichokes and mushrooms. Also new to downtown is Sydell Group’s Freehand LA, part of a small chain that emphasizes local culture. Occupying the repurposed historic Commercial Exchange Building, the hotel offers a blend of traditional rooms and communal accommodations. For dining, the Freehand presents The Exchange, where, in true L.A. multicultural style, an Israeliinspired menu is prepared by chef Alex Chang, who is Mexican-Chinese. The restaurant’s decor, from designers Roman and Williams, retains restored mosaic owls in the tile floor, from when an Owl Drug Store occupied the space. Desert plants line broad windows, while modern lighting fixtures illuminate a scene that seems to straddle two eras. Chang, whose résumé includes L.A.’s Animal and Mexico City’s world-renowned Pujol, offers chili-spiked hummus and a chicken-liver-foie gras pâté with tangerine jam and fermented date honey. Larger plates include trout with black-olive-seaweed chermoula, and hanger steak with black harissa. France, Italy, Lebanon and Israel are all represented on the wine list, while cocktails incorporate Middle Eastern ingredients. Creative cocktails (along with street-foodinspired snacks) star at laid-back Broken Shaker, on the Freehand’s lushly landscaped rooftop pool deck. The award-winning bar debuted at the Freehand Miami, but it is a particularly fitting—and compelling—example of L.A.’s revitalized hotel-dining scene.
THE HOT(EL) SPOTS 18 Social, Hotel Indigo, 899 Francisco St., downtown, 213.232.8800 Avenue, Dream Hotel, 1601 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.593.7999 Bar Alta, Hotel Figueroa, 939 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 877.724.1973 Bar Figueroa, Hotel Figueroa, 939 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 877.724.1973 Beauty & Essex, Dream Hotel, 1615 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.676.8880 Breva, Hotel Figueroa, 939 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 877.724.1973 Broken Shaker, Freehand LA, 416 W. 8th St., downtown, 213.612.0021 Dekkadance, InterContinental, 900 Wilshire Blvd., downtown, 213.688.7777 Delicat, Tuck Hotel, 820 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.947.3815 Ever Bar, Everly Hotel, 1800 Argyle Ave., Hollywood, 213.279.3534 The Exchange (pictured above), Freehand LA, 416 W. 8th St., downtown, 213.395.9531 The Highlight Room, Dream Hotel, 6417 Selma Ave., Hollywood, 323.844.6417 Jane Q, Everly Hotel, 1800 Argyle Ave., Hollywood, 213.279.3534 Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.860.6666 La Boucherie on 71, InterContinental, 900 Wilshire Blvd., downtown, 213.688.7777 Luchini Pizzeria & Bar, Dream Hotel, 1607 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.593.7771 Metropole Bar + Kitchen, Hotel Indigo, 899 Francisco St., downtown, 213.232.8800 Sora, InterContinental, 900 Wilshire Blvd., downtown, 213.688.7777 Spire 73, InterContinental, 900 Wilshire Blvd., downtown, 213.688.7777 Tao Los Angeles, Dream Hotel, 6421 Selma Ave., Hollywood, 323.593.7888 Viale dei Romani, La Peer Hotel, 627 N. La Peer Drive, West Hollywood, 855.239.4324
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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 Santa Monica West Hollywood Hollywood Downtown Pasadena The Valley South Bay
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/ RODEO DRIVE + GOLDEN TRIANGLE / THE INDUSTRY + THE ARTS / CENTURY CITY
BEVERLY HILLS It’s only 5 square miles, but Beverly Hills looms large in pop culture as a posh locale that boasts some of the priciest mansions in L.A. County, not to mention the country’s most recognizable ZIP code. Rodeo Drive, perhaps the world’s most famous shopping street, offers virtually every luxury fashion brand.
THE MANSIONS The launch of Beverly Hills’ glamorous reputation dates to the early 20th century, when the opening of the Beverly Hills Hotel ushered in a frenzy of movie-star mansion-building in the hills north of Sunset Boulevard. Today, the population of 35,000 is more socioeconomically diverse than its depiction on TV and in movies might suggest. Nonetheless, the triumvirate of Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel-Air still attracts its share of famous residents. Hop on the Beverly Hills Trolley Tour, or book ahead with Starline Tours or Star Track Tours to see notable homes in the ‘hood, along with other local landmarks packed into the city’s 5 square miles. Among the more storied and oft-filmed estates nestled in the hills is the 19th-century English Revivalstyle Greystone Mansion, whose graceful city-owned grounds are open for strolling.
RODEO DRIVE + GOLDEN TRIANGLE From Greystone, head west on Sunset Boulevard, then hang on to your wallet as you turn south onto Rodeo Drive. After passing through a tony residential neighborhood, you enter the shopping district known as the Golden Triangle, bounded by Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards and Cañon Drive. Burberry, Balenciaga, Fendi and Gucci each recently debuted new or renovated flagships on Rodeo, reminding shoppers that 90210 is still the most prestigious ZIP code in the States.
Ascend the Italian-esque side street to fine-art destination Galerie Michael and Tiffany & Co., perched atop Two Rodeo. Pause for the quintessential Beverly Hills snapshot before continuing on to the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel (of Pretty Woman fame) at the south end of Rodeo Drive. Continuing west, pass Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and recently revamped Barneys New York, the reigning luxury retail titans along this stretch of Wilshire. At Santa Monica Boulevard, you hit the Beverly Hilton hotel, which rolls out
THE INDUSTRY + THE ARTS Beverly Hills isn’t all shopping sprees and gated estates: Talent agencies William Morris Endeavor and United Talent Agency are just two of the entertainment businesses based here. Rub shoulders with the powerlunchers at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon or Wolfgang Puck’s legendary Spago on Cañon, or grab dinner and hear live music at Mastro’s Steakhouse just up the street. The city’s cultural treasure troves include the Paley Center for Media and the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, both of which hold screenings. There is even more cultural programming at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which transformed the historic Beverly Hills Post Office into an entertainment destination. CENTURY CITY Heading west from Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Boulevard, you enter the 0.7-square-mile
A CHIP OFF THE AUCTION BLOCK Esteemed British auction house Christie’s has a new flagship in Beverly Hills: a two-story testament to L.A.’s thriving arts scene. The gallery facilitates private sales, hosts selling exhibitions and showcases auction highlights, such as items from the collection of Audrey Hepburn, on view Sept. 12-13 before they head to London for sale. 336 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.385.2600, christies.com/la
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: DALE BERMAN; COURTESY BEVERLY HILLS CONFERENCE AND VISITORS BUREAU; ADRIAN TIEMANS. OPPOSITE: MATT HARTMAN
30,000 square feet of red carpet annually to host the Golden Globe Awards.
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NEW IN TOWN Jean-Georges Beverly Hills
Visit chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s namesake restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills for opulence and fine dining. 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.860.6566
Shop the L.A.-based clothing line’s sustainable styles and gorgeous dresses at Platform. 8810 Washington Blvd., Suite 102, Culver City, 855.756.0560
Chef Jordan Kahn’s mysterious, pricey “gastronomical experiment” is disrupting the L.A. culinary scene. 3599 Hayden Ave., Culver City, vespertine.la
Storefronts along North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Opposite, clockwise from top left: Two Rodeo; a signpost at the intersection of luxury and commerce WHERE LOS ANGELES 23
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Platform in Culver City
modern acropolis of Century City. ICM Partners and Creative Artists Agency are located here, as are a Fox Studios lot and countless legal, financial, entertainment and hospitality firms. But those outside the biz won’t be excluded. Past Avenue of the Stars, you hit the upscale Westfield Century City shopping center, which is near completion of a dramatic redevelopment. Nearby on Constellation Boulevard, epicures are drawn to Tom Colicchio’s Craft and Hinoki & the Bird, inside the towering residential complex the Century. (Candy Spelling claims the top two floors.) The Annenberg Space for Photography displays cutting-edge exhibits of digital and print photography.
UCLA A few miles northeast of Century City is the University of California, Los Angeles, one of the top public universities in the country. Visitors are welcome at several university attractions, including the Fowler Museum at UCLA and the outdoor Franklin D.
Murphy Sculpture Garden on the north campus, the planetarium on the south campus and the 7-acre Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens. The free Hammer Museum is nearby and houses impressionist paintings, as well as cutting-edge contemporary exhibitions. Paid parking is available in UCLA lots and structures throughout the 419-acre campus.
WESTWOOD VILLAGE Just south of the campus, the pedestrian-friendly Westwood Village features independent shops and cafés among its Mediterranean Revival and art deco buildings, as well as two landmark movie theaters at Broxton and Weyburn avenues: the 1936 marquee-wrapped Bruin theater and the Fox theater across the street. Built circa 1931, the Fox is a favorite for movie premieres and thus is prime star-spotting territory. Another don’t-miss venue is the award-winning Geffen Playhouse, located on Le Conte Avenue in one of the oldest buildings in Westwood.
CULVER CITY Covering 5 square miles southeast of Westwood, Culver City boasts a thriving downtown with bars and restaurants including Korean-barbecue spot Hanjip and seasonal California restaurant the Wallace. The Kirk Douglas Theatre and the Ivy Substation, home to the Actors’ Gang, bookend the downtown area and stage live productions throughout the year. As you travel east on Washington Boulevard, don’t miss the Helms Bakery complex, which contains dozens of high-end furniture showrooms. Moving along Washington, the scene-y Arts District has more than 30 art galleries and exhibition spaces clustered along Washington and La Cienega boulevards. Near the intersection of Washington and National boulevards is the ultra-hip Platform lifestyle complex, plus a stop on the Expo Line, a Metro light rail that, thanks to a recent expansion, connects downtown L.A. and Santa Monica. Hollywood gets all the attention, but it’s Culver City whose city seal proclaims it “The Heart of Screenland.” In 1915, Ince/ Triangle Studios opened on Washington; in 1924, the site became Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Classics including Singin’ in the Rain and The Wizard of Oz would eventually be filmed on its movie lots. (News reports of the time indicate that the “Munchkins” partied hard during their stay at the Culver Hotel.) Today, Culver City’s screen culture is still going strong, and the site is home to Sony Pictures Studios, where such hits as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are taped. Experience Culver City’s screen heritage by taking the Sony Pictures Studio Tour.
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A massage at the Peninsula Spa
HAVE A SPA DAY Beverly Hills offers the height of luxury, so why not further indulge at one of these posh spas? The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa 9641 Sunset Blvd., 310.887.2006 The Peninsula Spa 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., 310.975.2854 The Spa at Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel 9500 Wilshire Blvd., 310.385.7023 The Spa at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills 300 S. Doheny Drive, 310.273.4444 Spa Montage 225 N. Cañon Drive, 310.860.7840 The Spa at Waldorf Astoria by La Prairie 9850 Wilshire Blvd., 800.774.1500 Tomoko Spa 141 S. Beverly Drive, 310.205.7300
FROM LEFT: BENNY CHAN; COURTESY THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS
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THE PERFECT BLEND THE NEW CENTURY CIT Y. IMAGINE WHERE IT WILL TAKE YOU.
BLOOMINGDALE’S | EVERYTHING BUT WATER | JO MALONE KATE SPADE NEW YORK | MACY’S | SEPHORA | TED BAKER westfield.com/centurycity
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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.
Perfect Fit Explore designer Sid Mashburn’s take on menswear essentials in his Brentwood Country Mart outpost: a locale as stylish and crisp as his clothing. The streamlined offering includes the brand’s full line, as well as classics and hard-to-find favorites from other labels. Worth noting: GQ has named Sid Mashburn America’s top men’s store. 225 26th St., Santa Monica, 310.319.1339, sidmashburn.com
clockwise from top left: courtesy santa monica place; dale berman; courtesy sid Mashburn. opposite: Brown cannon III/intersection photos
In the 1800s, orator Tom Fitch called Santa Monica “the Zenith City by the Sunset Sea.” The 21st-century version of Santa Monica fulfills its early promise, with a bustling downtown and beach that attract millions of visitors per year. Pacific Coast Highway connects SaMo with draws such as Malibu and Marina del Rey.
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NEW IN TOWN Malibu Burger Co.
This beachy burger joint offers healthy options (grass-fed beef, vegan patties), Kennebec french fries, milkshakes and more. 3874 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.317.0153
Chef Travis Lett (Gjelina/Gjusta) is behind this new Japanese izakaya, pronounced “mountain.” 1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, mtnvenice.com
Enjoy fresh Mexican fare at this colorful new eatery from the Rustic Canyon restaurant family. 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica, 310.526.0027
Santa Monica State Beach. Opposite, clockwise from top left: Santa Monica Place’s Dining Deck; Abbot Kinney Boulevard WHERE LOS ANGELES 27
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The Getty Villa
Many of Malibu’s best destinations are visible from PCH, including renowned restaurants with ocean views, from the casual (Malibu Seafood) to the upscale (Nobu Malibu). Adjacent to the Malibu Lagoon and Bird Sanctuary, the Adamson House is filled with historic tile. The celebrity-frequented Malibu Country Mart serves as the area’s town square. Together with the adjacent Malibu Village and Malibu Lumber Yard, there are plenty of shops and restaurants for whiling away an afternoon. Inland, nearing Calabasas, is wine country, where you can sample the local vino at tasting rooms such as Malibu Wines.
Topanga + Pacific Palisades In the 1960s, hippies and musicians such as Neil Young hid out in idyllic Topanga, accessible by Topanga Canyon Boulevard from Pacific Coast Highway. Removed from urban activity, it retains its bohemian vibe and independently owned businesses. Hiking
trails allow visitors to bask in Topanga’s woodsy beauty, and restaurants such as Inn of the Seventh Ray accommodate creekside dining. There’s more than initially meets the eye in seemingly sleepy, family-friendly Pacific Palisades, south of Topanga on PCH and accessed from Temescal Canyon Road. Hikers love the shady trails in Temescal Gateway Park, and cafés and upscale mom-and-pop shops can be found between Via de la Paz and Monument Street near Sunset Boulevard. The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine on Sunset is a 10-acre oasis with a lush garden and koi- and swan-filled lake. The crown jewel of the Palisades is the Getty Villa. Styled as a Julius Caesar-era villa, it’s filled with Greco-Roman antiquities.
Venice Abbot Kinney won in a coin toss the land that would become Venice. He sought to develop it as an American version of the Italian city; the canals are still
there, lined with multimilliondollar bungalows. His namesake Abbot Kinney Boulevard is Venice’s coolest section, where Gjelina, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea and boutiques such as Bazar, Heist and Huset are the main attractions. Rose Avenue is also coming up, thanks to the emergence of hot restaurants such as reborn Rose Café-Restaurant and Café Gratitude, plus a smattering of hip shops including Parachute and new Monrow. Visitors strolling Ocean Front Walk get an eyeful, what with performers, vendors and Muscle Beach bodybuilders.
Brentwood Marilyn Monroe once called this affluent enclave northeast of Santa Monica home; it remains a favorite celebrity stomping ground. San Vicente Boulevard functions as the neighborhood’s main street, with copious independent shops, bakeries, cafés and restaurants. The petite Brentwood Country Mart, a charming open-air shopping center built in 1948, keeps retail offerings upscale. The area’s biggest draw is the Getty Center, the hilltop museum that boasts J. Paul Getty’s spectacular art collection and a beautiful central garden. Marina del Rey Marina del Rey’s main attraction is the marina, the largest man-made small-craft harbor in the world. Restaurants such as Cast & Plow and Cafe del Rey are positioned to take advantage of the views, and at the New England-style Fisherman’s Village, boat-rental and cruise companies such as Hornblower offer visitors assorted ways to get out on the water.
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Terrazza Lounge’s Tequila Honeysuckle cocktail
seaside sips These beachside bars and restaurants offer refreshing cocktails and unbeatable ocean views. Geoffrey’s Malibu 27400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.457.1519 The Lobster 1602 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.9294 Malibu Farm Restaurant 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.456.8850 Mastro’s Ocean Club 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.454.4357 Moonshadows 20356 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.456.3010 Nobu Malibu 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.9140 On the Waterfront Cafe 205 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, 310.392.0322 Terrazza Lounge Hotel Casa Del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, 310.581.5533
from left: courtesy Getty Villa; courtesy terrazza lounge
TOPANGA + PACIFIC PALISADES
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A WORLD AWAY FROM THE ORDINARY, A BLOCK AWAY FROM THE BEACH
The Bike Shop
2640 Main Street 310 396 2469 basementtavern.com
2400 Main Street 310.581.8014 bikeshopsantamonica.com
Enterprise Fish Co.
2807 Main Street 310 392 3300 ashlandhill.com
174 Kinney Street 310 392 8366 enterprisefishco.com
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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
SCENTS OF STYLE Fragrance fans may not know the name Orris Perfumery, but they’ve likely spritzed on its nuanced creations. Now, all six of the L.A.-based, husband-and-wife-owned perfumery’s brands are sold in a new flagship store, where each scent—like Musc et Madame Ambrette Rose, pictured left—is handcrafted in small batches. 7970 ½ Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.556.6026, orrisperfumery.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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Shop edgy styles for both men and women at the British fashion house’s fifth L.A. boutique. 8585 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.499.0021
Acclaimed chef Ricardo Zarate is back with a new restaurant— named after his mother —which introduces the “next phase of Peruvian dining.” 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.297.9500
This private whiskey lounge in the attic of Irish pub Tom Bergin’s stocks over 200 rare bourbons and ryes. 840 S. Fairfax Ave., L.A., vestryla.com
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Pelli—which houses more than 130 showrooms catering to professional designers and luxury-home owners and contains a satellite of downtown’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and a stylish Wolfgang Puck eatery, Red Seven.
BEVERLY + WEST 3RD Beverly Boulevard and West 3rd Street, major east-west streets running through West Hollywood, are filled with restaurants, design showrooms and boutiques from some of the hottest up-and-coming clothing and accessories designers. The two streets bracket the landmark eight-level Beverly Center, which is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation. Bloomingdale’s, Fendi, Gucci and Jimmy Choo boutiques are among the center’s more than 160 establishments. On West 3rd Street east of Beverly Center, you’ll find favorite boutiques such as OK for design-oriented gifts, Pyrrha for handcrafted jewelry and Wittmore for contemporary
menswear. Great dining options include Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s seafood spot, Son of a Gun, and Vic Casanova’s cozy Italian restaurant Gusto. On Beverly Boulevard, you can shop for high-end home decor and accessories at Garde and fragrances at Eric Buterbaugh Florals.
ROBERTSON BOULEVARD Robertson Boulevard is no longer a paparazzi magnet, but it’s still home to shops that appeal to the modish set. Hit Chaser for vintage-inspired T-shirts; Reservoir for cool, under-the-radar brands; and Kitross for L.A.-inspired gifts. A cutting-edge Chanel concept store illustrates the difference between Robertson Boulevard and more staid Rodeo Drive. For a breather between boutique-hopping, consider a cocktail with crab cakes on the picket-fenced patio of Ivy restaurant, legendary for its celebrity clientele. Cecconi’s, just off Robertson, is also popular for power lunches.
FAIRFAX + MID-WILSHIRE L.A.’s Fairfax District and neighboring Mid-Wilshire are among the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the Mid-City/West Hollywood area. At Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), a renowned facility with more than 100,000 works dating from the ancient period to today. Adjacent to LACMA is the famous La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, where the ice age comes alive. Additional venues on this Museum Row include the newly renovated Petersen Automotive Museum and the Craft & Folk Art Museum. South of the museums is a neighborhood known as Little Ethiopia, where traditional restaurants are located. To the museums’ east is the burgeoning District La Brea, a walkable stretch filled with hot restaurants like Odys + Penelope and hip boutiques including American Rag Cie and A+R. One of the Fairfax District’s anchors is the Original Farmers Market, established in 1934, with more than 100 produce stalls, shops and eateries. There are spots to satisfy virtually any craving, including a wine bar, a taqueria and a stand with authentic Louisiana gumbo. Adjacent and connected by a vintage trolley is The Grove, an outdoor, pedestrian-only shopping center. The Grove has the character of an old-fashioned village square, with stained-glass streetlamps and a central fountain. Nordstrom, a movie theater and stores such as American Girl Place, Apple, Paige and the first-ever Elizabeth and James boutique are joined by myriad restaurants including Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill.
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DESIGN TIME Shop in style at these design depots in and around West Hollywood. A+R 171 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.692.0086 Arteriors 8620 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 424.249.6855 Casa Perfect thefutureperfect.com/ los_angeles, 323.202.2025 Consort 6918 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.930.5688 Heath Ceramics 7525 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.965.0800 Lawson-Fenning 6824 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.934.0048 L’Eclaireur 450 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.360.0262 Pacific Design Center 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.360.6494 RH Modern 8772 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.281.1326
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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 highly anticipated 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
SILVER LAKE CHIC Laura and Jason O’Dell channel California cool at The ODells Shop, a destination for men’s and women’s clothing (including their easy, colorful namesake line), jewelry, decor and more with a vintage-inspired, but distinctly modern, look. Don’t miss the yurt in the backyard (pictured left), which hosts exhibitions and pop-ups. 3906 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.741.0039, theodellsshop.com
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: EDWIN SANTIAGO; MATT HARTMAN; JASON O’DELL. OPPOSITE: EDWIN SANTIAGO
the Capitol Records Building, the landmark structure designed to resemble a stack of records.
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NEW IN TOWN The Highlight Room
Tao Group’s new dining and nightlife concept at Dream Hollywood boasts a rooftop lounge, a pool, a grill and views of the Hollywood sign and L.A. skyline. 6417 Selma Ave., L.A., 323.844.6417
Dine on seafoodcentric Mexican fare at this pretty Silver Lake restaurant from chef Maycoll Calderón. 2815 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.741.0055.
Located next to her fried-rice spot, Hot Hot Food, Coly Den Haan’s new Silver Lake wine shop stocks wines from around the world, with a focus on female wine producers. 616 N. Hoover St., L.A., vino-vore.com
Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Opposite, clockwise from top 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 the street is boutique hotel the Redbury and its stylish Middle Eastern restaurant, Cleo, and bar, the Library. Sunset Boulevard and Vine is in transition, but dance clubs and eateries give this corner plenty of character. Serious cinephiles catch their flicks at ArcLight Cinemas, where it’s easy to spot a celeb. Close by is Amoeba Music, where music fans and collectors browse the aisles through 31,000 square feet of space packed with rare vinyl records, CDs and memorabilia. A couple of blocks west is the stylish minicomplex Space 15 Twenty, catering to shoppers well into the evening. The center is anchored by a supersize Urban Outfitters and complemented by cool boutiques.
Night crawling The revival of Hollywood has only enhanced its nightlife, and a lively bar-and-club scene permeates the district. On and around Hollywood Boulevard, you can party under the guise of literary advancement at library-themed the Study Hollywood, drink and dine at Houston Hospitality hot spot No Vacancy, and attempt to get past the velvet ropes at nightclubs like Playhouse and Project Club LA. Cahuenga Boulevard also is home to dozens of clubs and eateries, including chef Brendan Collins’ excellent Birch. Quintessentially L.A. but a galaxy removed from Hollywood Boulevard is the Hollywood Bowl, the largest outdoor amphitheater in the U.S., where the Los Angeles Philharmonic takes up residence from June to September. Picnicking under the stars here is among the most memorable experiences in L.A. Los Feliz + Silver Lake These neighborhoods are among the hippest in the county (and perhaps the country). Vermont Avenue, the main drag in Los
Feliz, presents a collection of shops and restaurants that range from bohemian to chic. Skylight Books and 24/7 diner Fred 62 are popular hangouts. Lounges such as Rockwell represent the neighborhood’s increasing sophistication. Nearby, a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard houses cult-favorite gift shop/gallery Soap Plant/Wacko and Bar Covell, and Barnsdall Art Park offers recreational opportunities including tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s recently restored Hollyhock House. At Sunset Junction, where Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards intersect, Los Feliz transitions into Silver Lake. Foodies hang at casual Forage or the Cheese Store of Silverlake, while aspiring screenwriters hammer at their laptops and sip lattes at Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea. Farther east on Sunset Boulevard, cool beach gear at Mollusk Surf Shop and chic handbags at the Clare V. flagship beckon.
Griffith Park Among the largest urban parks in America, Griffith Park is an ideal place to hike, take a train ride, picnic, golf and more. The Charlie Turner Trailhead begins at Griffith Observatory, one of the great planetariums in the world and a frequent film location. The hike up Mount Hollywood provides views of the Hollywood sign, and the Greek Theatre, a 5,700-seat amphitheater, is a legendary music venue. Also here are the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens and the Western-heritageoriented Autry Museum of the American West, both accessible from the Ventura (SR 134) or Golden State (I-5) freeways.
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after dark From intimate bars to thumping clubs, Hollywood’s hot nightlife venues keep it cool. Avenue 1601 Cahuenga Blvd., 323.593.7999 Black Rabbit Rose 1719 N. Hudson Ave., 323.461.1464 Boulevard3 6523 Sunset Blvd., 323.466.2144 Good Times at Davey Wayne’s 1611 N. El Centro Ave., 323.962.3804 La Descarga 1159 N. Western Ave., 323.466.1324 Liaison 1638 N. Las Palmas Ave., 310.984.6666 The Sayers Club 1645 Wilcox Ave., 323.871.8233 Spare Room Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., 323.769.7296
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/ GRAND AVENUE / BUNKER HILL / OLVERA STREET / HISTORIC DISTRICTS
DOWNTOWN With new restaurants and shops opening daily, downtown Los Angeles could not be hotter. Historic art deco structures share the streetscape with glass-clad towers, and even movie stars are snapping up lofts in century-old buildings. The arts scene roars to life here, where the laid-back image of L.A. hardly applies.
Union Station Union Station was the last of the grand railroad terminals built in the U.S. Its importance faded as the automobile began to dominate life in L.A., but the 77-yearold station has staged a comeback, thanks to a renovation and downtown’s new energy. From the station—the hub of the Metro system—you can board the Red Line to Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley or connect to the Blue Line to Long Beach or the Expo Line to Santa Monica. The Gold Line runs to Pasadena. Nonstop bus service to LAX is available 24/7. Metrolink commuter trains connect distant suburbs, and Amtrak trains offer coastal journeys. Grand Avenue The heart of L.A.’s performingarts scene and the site of its most dramatic architecture, Grand Avenue is beginning to live up to its name. On Bunker Hill, once filled with Victorian mansions, four venues make up a
formidable collection of stages at the Music Center. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is home to L.A. Opera, and the Ahmanson Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum host theatrical productions. The flashiest venue is architect Frank Gehry’s lauded Walt Disney Concert Hall, winter home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by its vivacious music director, Gustavo Dudamel. Also housed at Disney Hall is REDCAT, which offers visual, performing and multimedia arts programming. After a show, take a stroll through the 12-acre Grand Park,
between Grand Avenue and Hill Street and 1st and Temple streets.
Bunker Hill Steps from the Ahmanson is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, designed by Spanish architect José Rafael Moneo. A short walk south on Grand is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and across from it is The Broad museum, built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. Both sites house premier collections of contemporary art. The Omni Hotel and California Plaza are adjacent to MOCA;
Olvera Street The origin of the city of Los Angeles, dating back to 1781, is El Pueblo de Los Angeles, a collection of 27 buildings along festive pedestrian concourse Olvera Street. The city’s oldest building, Avila Adobe (circa 1818), is here, along with Mexican restaurants, mariachi bands and merchants offering arts and crafts. A few blocks away is the city’s oldest restaurant, Philippe the Original (1908), where a cup of joe is just 49 cents. Historic Districts Undergoing a renaissance is the Broadway Theatre District, home to once-opulent movie palaces. Several, such as the United Artists theater (now the
Fine Prints Founded by sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman, Block Shop brings India’s textile culture to L.A. with its woodblock-printed products, created in cooperation with a family of printers and dyers in Bagru, Rajasthan. Email email@example.com to visit Block Shop’s studio and shop for framed prints, rugs, linens and more. 453 S. Spring St., Suite 1118, downtown, blockshoptextiles.com
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nearby Angels Knoll is a welcome patch of greenery. Angels Flight, a vintage funicular (seen in La La Land) that climbs to California Plaza from Hill Street below, is due to reopen by Labor Day. At the foot of the hill, the Bunker Hill Steps rise five stories at the U.S. Bank Tower, and across the street is the art deco-style Central Library.
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The celebrated designer known for his chic-yet-effortless designs has relocated his L.A. flagship from Robertson to the Arts District. 734 E. 3rd St., downtown, 213.246.2588
Sotto chef Steve Samson’s personal new project is dishing up Bologna-inspired Italian cuisine in the City Market South complex. 1124 San Julian St., downtown, 213.749.1099
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République pastry chef and James Beard Award nominee Margarita Manzke is behind this new Filipinofood stall at Grand Central Market. 317 S. Broadway, downtown, 323.320.4020
Grand Park. Opposite, clockwise from top 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.
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stylish Theatre at Ace Hotel), have been revived or restored to their original grandeur. Cool shops such as Acne Studios and BNKR lend cachet to the area. The Bradbury Building, constructed in 1893 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, was featured in the film Blade Runner. Spring Street from 4th to 7th streets is a rapidly awakening area once referred to as the “Wall Street of the West.” Steps from this historic district is a row of trendy bars on 6th Street (between Main and Los Angeles streets) that includes the Varnish.
Shopping Districts Downtown’s heritage as a mercantile center is still evident in its historic shopping districts. The Jewelry District draws shoppers looking for deals on diamonds; in the neighboring Fashion District, you can find designer clothing items. At Santee Alley, an open-air bargain bazaar, designer trends breed low-priced knockoffs. The Flower District offers blooms at wholesale prices. For an
awesome mix of old-school produce vendors and lunch counters and new, upscale specialty stalls, Grand Central Market, near the foot of Angels Flight, is the place to go. And the FIGat7th shopping center is home to trendy boutiques and eateries.
Chinatown Chinatown is a great destination for sampling dim sum, dining at new foodie-favorite spots like Howlin’ Ray’s and Baohaus or browsing for clothing, tea or home goods. Cultural highlights include the ornate Thien Hau Temple. Pedestrianfriendly Chung King Road and Gin Ling Way are home to hip galleries; Broadway is lined with boutiques. Dodger Stadium is a short drive away, as is San Antonio Winery, which offers tours and tastings. Little Tokyo Little Tokyo’s bar scene is popping, and dining options range from traditional sushi at Japanese Village Plaza to seasonal small plates at Baldoria. Just a few steps down 1st Street is
L.A. Live The $2.5 billion L.A. Live project is home to Staples Center, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings, and it hosts top pop acts, as does Microsoft Theater, which boasts state-ofthe-art acoustics. The Grammy Museum honors myriad music genres with videos, artifacts and interactive exhibits. A dozen restaurants and nightlife venues—WP24, new Cleo and Lucky Strike Lanes, to name a few—face a massive urban plaza lined with LED screens. The Los Angeles Convention Center, encompassing 16-plus acres of exhibition space, is also here. Exposition Park Just south of downtown is Exposition Park, whose grounds hold major museums and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, temporary home of the L.A. Rams. The California African American Museum delves into black history, and the beauxarts-style Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County offers insight into prehistoric giants. The California Science Center has a 3-D Imax theater and exhibits the retired NASA space shuttle Endeavour.
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Let’s learn You know MOCA and the Broad, but DTLA’s also home to many great under-the-radar museums. A+D Museum 900 E. 4th St., downtown, 213.346.9734 The African American Firefighter Museum 1401 S. Central Ave., downtown, 213.744.1730 Beta Main 114 W. 4th St., downtown, 213.986.8500 FIDM Museum & Galleries 919 S. Grand Ave., Suite 250, downtown, 213.623.5821 Heritage Square Museum 3800 Homer St., L.A., 323.225.2700 Italian American Museum 644 N. Main St., downtown, 213.485.8432 USC Fisher Museum of Art 823 Exposition Blvd., L.A., 213.740.4561 Velveteria 711 New High St., downtown, 626.714.8545
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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.
FOWL PLAY The 127-acre Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden has much more to offer guests than just the pretty plumage of the peacocks that roam its grounds (pictured left). Explore gardens with collections of rare and endangered plants and historic structures including the ornate Queen Anne Cottage, built in 1885. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.821.3222, arboretum.org
TOP LEFT: DALE BERMAN; BOTTOM, COURTESY L.A. COUNTY ARBORETUM & BOTANIC GARDEN. OPPOSITE, FROM LEFT: DALE BERMAN; COURTESY BACARI GDL
Minutes from downtown L.A. via the Arroyo Seco Parkway (Pasadena Freeway) or the Metro Gold Line commuter train is Pasadena. Its architectural pedigree is world-class, and renowned institutions including the Tournament of Roses and Caltech lend it cachet. The city’s diverse neighbors are also worth discovering.
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Pasadena’s Colorado Bridge. Opposite, clockwise from top left: Pasadena City Hall; Huntington Gardens
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.
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EAT, SIP, SHOP With all these spots to eat by the Americana at Brand, Glendale is a new dining destination. Bacari GDL 757 Americana Way, 818.696.1460 Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina 237 S. Brand Blvd., 818.839.4130 Din Tai Fung 177 Caruso Ave., 818.551.5561 Eggslut 252 S. Brand Blvd., Suite D, 818.484.5911 The Halal Guys 201 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 110, 818.546.1926 Mainland Poke Shop 252 S. Brand Blvd., Suite C, 818.291.9350 Shake Shack 252 S. Brand Blvd., 818.858.1612 The Tsujita 769 Americana Way, 818.553.3822
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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 mechanical bull riding at Saddle Ranch Chop House. 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
Su(shH!)I Chef Phillip Frankland Lee’s drinks-and-bites gem Woodley Proper has a secret: Hidden behind a chalk-wall waitlist is an omakase speakeasy called Sushi|Bar. Wednesday through Sunday, three times per night at eight counter seats, guests can enjoy 16 playful courses that might include fresh scallop (pictured left) and yellowtail brushed with sweet-corn pudding. (See Insider Tips, opposite.)
clockwise from top left: Dale berman (2); jakob layman. Opposite, from left: Dale berman; courtesy soca
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, clockwise from top 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 last fall, 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.
Soca’s Southeast Asian steak salad
GOURMET GEMS The Valley’s dining renaissance is evident at these restaurants along Ventura Boulevard. Asanebo 11941 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.760.3348 Augustine Wine Bar 13456 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818.990.0938 Barrel & Ashes 11801 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.623.8883 The Bellwether 13251 Ventura Blvd., Suite A, Studio City, 818.285.8184 Firefly 11720 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.762.1833 Soca 14015 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818.301.4300 Sushi Katsu-ya 11680 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.985.6976 Woodley Proper 16101 Ventura Blvd., Suite 242, Encino, 818.906.9775
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SOUTH BAY the specialty shops and eateries that line Pier Avenue. Farther east, Becker’s carries surfboards and beachwear.
MANHATTAN BEACH Nineteen miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach boasts 2 miles of beaches with sand so fine that developers exported it to Waikiki Beach in the 1920s. Laid-back Manhattan Beach is home to many professional athletes: You might spot an L.A. Kings player as you walk along the Strand, the pedestrian promenade sandwiched between multimillion-dollar homes and the beachfront bike trail. At the end of the city’s picturesque pier, the Roundhouse Aquarium delights with touch tanks. The pier features plaques commemorating winners of the Manhattan Beach Open—the South Bay is die-hard beach-volleyball country. It’s also a playground for water-sports enthusiasts, including bodyboarders and surfers. East of the pier along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue are chic boutiques and a burgeoning dining scene, with restaurants
such as Fishing With Dynamite, Love & Salt, Little Sister and The Strand House drawing gourmets from across L.A. The Metlox center is a popular gathering place, with shops such as the Beehive and hot spots including Zinc at Shade hotel.
HERMOSA BEACH Head south on Manhattan Avenue to Pier Avenue, the heart of Hermosa Beach. Hermosa shares many characteristics with Manhattan Beach, including its own scenic 2-mile stretch of beachfront punctuated by volleyball nets, fitness buffs
weaving along the Strand (here merged with the bike path) and a pier studded with bronze plaques commemorating surfing legends. Come late afternoon, the pedestrian plaza at the foot of the pier becomes a different kind of South Bay scene, thanks to spillover from bars and restaurants such as Hennessey’s Tavern and Playa Hermosa Fish and Oyster. Beyond Pier Plaza, on Hermosa Avenue, Jay Leno still draws crowds to the Comedy & Magic Club Sunday nights. To the plaza’s east, café/boutique Gum Tree and the Hook & Plow are standouts among
REDONDO BEACH The largest of L.A. County’s beach cities, Redondo Beach is home to the 1,457-seat Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and a recreational waterfront featuring 2 miles of sandy beaches, the popular Redondo Beach Pier and King Harbor. Sepulveda Boulevard becomes Pacific Coast Highway as it enters town; signs point west to King Harbor’s Redondo Beach Marina, one of four marinas in the harbor. Here businesses such as Redondo Sportfishing offer fishing excursions and whale-watching tours, while other local outfitters rent out kayaks, paddleboats, bicycles and wave runners. South of the harbor, the historic Redondo Beach Pier has had its ups and downs, but it keeps rising from the ashes to attract locals and visitors to quick-and-casual eateries, amusements and souvenir shops. South of the pier, the gentle waves and somewhat narrow strip of Redondo State Beach
SHOP THE SPECTRUM Anthropologie alum Dayna Mance’s free-spirited style is writ large in her colorful Belmont Heights store, Prism Boutique. Stop by for festival-ready apparel and accessories, vintage and new jewelry, locally made home decor (like the Prism x LOREM plant hangers pictured left) and pretty gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself. 406 Termino Ave., Long Beach, 562.433.4341, prismboutique.com
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: COURTESY L.A. COUNTY DEPT. OF BEACHES & HARBORS; COURTESY AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC; COURTESY PRISM BOUTIQUE. OPPOSITE: EDWIN SANTIAGO
In the South Bay, the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach occupy an idyllic coastal stretch known for surfing and volleyball. To the north is El Segundo; to the south are the beautiful bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the bustling waterfronts of San Pedro and Long Beach.
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Shop affordable, feminine fashions at this cute brand’s Plaza El Segundo boutique. 2008 Park Place, El Segundo, 310.616.3488
After five years, this local-favorite restaurant reopens in Belmont Shore with its beloved meatloaf and clam chowder—and a new casual bent. 5295 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, 562.343.7228
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The New Zealandinspired Manhattan Beach coffee favorite opens a second South Bay outpost, serving all-day breakfast and lunch along with its premium espresso and flat whites. 321 Main St., El Segundo, 310.416.9194
The Redondo Beach Pier. Opposite, clockwise from top left: The Manhattan Beach Pier; an exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific WHERE LOS ANGELES 47
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/ san pedro / long beach shops, and beyond it is the marina, part of the Cabrillo Beach Recreational Complex. The complex also includes the Frank Gehry-designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Cabrillo Beach— one of the county’s most popular windsurfing spots.
draw crowds during the summer, while the bike path meanders by on its way to its terminus at Torrance State Beach. One block east of the beach, the Riviera Village shopping district has a small-town feel, with restaurants and specialty boutiques such as Cami and the Catalina Cooking Store covering a six-block radius.
Palos Verdes Peninsula Beyond Redondo Beach rises the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a rugged 26-square-mile area known for majestic bluffs that afford sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Catalina Island. Head a few miles inland via Palos Verdes Drive North to the 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden, a year-round attraction boasting 200,000 plants. Or hug the coast on Palos Verdes Drive West to Rancho Palos Verdes’ Point Vicente Interpretive Center, a popular gray-whalewatching site. Just beyond the adjacent Point Vicente lighthouse is the Mediterranean-style Terranea Resort, which offers fine dining, a 50,000-square-
foot oceanfront spa and a public nine-hole golf course. Farther along is the Wayfarers Chapel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son Lloyd Wright. The impressive Swedenborgian “glass church” is a popular wedding venue.
San Pedro The multicultural community of San Pedro, on the southeastern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, was once the largest commercial fishing port in the nation. Today it’s home to the bustling 7,500-acre Port of Los Angeles, which features passenger and cargo terminals, as well as a crafts marketplace and new brewery Brouwerij West. Catalina Express operates from Berth 95, offering daily boat service to Catalina’s quaint city of Avalon and rustic village of Two Harbors. More than a million travelers pass through the World Cruise Center (Berths 91-93) annually; adjacent to the complex is the battleshipturned-museum Battleship USS Iowa. The New England-style Ports O’ Call Village offers waterfront restaurants and
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Long Beach In the county’s southwest corner, Long Beach is home to a busy commercial port, an attractionpacked waterfront and more than 5 miles of beaches. A popular draw is the 1,020-foot-long Queen Mary, a historic, supposedly haunted ship-turned-hotel, dining and shopping attraction permanently moored in Long Beach Harbor. The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, the Pike Outlets, the Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village are nearby. From the village, you can follow the Shoreline pedestrian bike path 3.1 miles, past the Long Beach Museum of Art and into the Belmont Shore neighborhood. Here you’ll find shops and restaurants along 2nd Street, Bay Shore Beach, the Belmont Pier and windsurfing and kite-surfing lessons. Across a small channel is Naples, where you can take gondola rides through the canals and dine at restaurants such as Michael’s on Naples. Downtown, along 4th Street between Junipero and Cherry avenues, vintage-furniture and clothing shops make up funky “Retro Row.” In the emergent East Village Arts District, hip galleries and boutiques are sprouting where Linden Avenue meets Broadway. Farther east, an impressive collection of modern and contemporary works decks the walls of the Museum of Latin American Art.
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The Art of Fantasy Los Angeles County Museum of Art takes visitors on a tour of a whimsical wonderland conjured by Russian artist Marc Chagall in Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage, continuing through Jan. 7, 2018. The ticketed exhibition celebrates the role music and dance played in Chagall’s artistic practice by focusing on his dream-inspired, handpainted set and costume designs, chiefly from four stage productions: the ballet Aleko, set to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1942); The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky (1945); Daphnis and Chloe by Maurice Ravel (1958); and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute (1967), a costume from which is pictured here. The exhibition also presents a selection of Chagall’s paintings, nearly 100 sketches and rare 1942 footage of the original Aleko performance, all shedding light on a side of this leading artist rarely seen by the public. See listing under Museums for address details.
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/ DINING AMERICAN 71ABOVE Chef Vartan Abgaryan (Cliff’s Edge) heads up this restaurant on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower. In addition to skyline views, expect elevated modern American dishes like foie gras and a farm egg with crispy potato, chorizo, finger lime and cilantro. À la carte options are available at the bar, and prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus are offered in the main dining room and several private dining spaces. L (M-F), D (nightly). 633 W. 5th St., 71st Floor, downtown, 213.712.2683 $$$$ Map H16 ANIMAL Bare-bones eatery, from the guys known to Food Network fans as the “Two Dudes,” is a carnivore’s dream. Dishes include delectable takes on offal (such as crispy pig ear) and a bacon-chocolate-crunch bar for dessert. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 435 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.782.9225 $$$ Map I13 BIRCH Cahuenga Corridor spot from chef Brendan Collins serves a seasonally driven menu in a whitewashed, clean-lined space. D (Tu-Su), Sunday roast noon-4 pm. 1634 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.960.3369 $$$ Map H13
Italia Meets L.A. New restaurants from renowned chefs are serving traditional Italian fare with a SoCal accent. Chef Steve Samson of Sotto (p. 58) recently opened stylish Rossoblu in the Fashion District, where he serves Bolognese family favorites (1124 San Julian St., downtown, 213.749.1099). Chef Evan Funke, who also honed his culinary craft in Bologna, now wows diners (and critics) with handmade pastas at Felix in Venice (p. 58). Wood-fired pizzas are king at casual Cosa Buona (2100 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 213.908.5211), chef Zach Pollack’s Echo Park sequel to Alimento (p. 58). And chef Vic Casanova’s beloved Gusto has moved into Pistola’s former space, giving the chef more spacious digs in which dishes like eggplant parmigiana (pictured above) can shine (8022 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.1778).
CLIFTON’S This kitschy downtown cafeteria, which dates to the 1930s, recently reopened after a multimilliondollar renovation. The multiple-story eatery offers oldschool cuisine, with a roast-meat-carving station and JellO for dessert, as well as a craft-beer bar and the Pacific Seas Tiki bar. L, D (Tu-Su). 648 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.627.1673 $$ Map I16 CRAFT New York chef Tom Colicchio of TV’s Top Chef brings his signature concept to L.A. The restaurant delivers 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 $$$$ Map K11 DELILAH This celebrity-favored restaurant/lounge from the H.Wood Group pays homage to the Roaring ‘20s and offers a menu of classic and modern American cuisine (e.g., deviled eggs, chicken tenders and funnel cake). It’s the perfect spot for drinks, dinner and dancing. Reservation-only. D (nightly). 7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.745.0600 $$$ Map H12 FREDS AT BARNEYS Inside Beverly Hills retail destination Barneys New York, the first West Coast outpost of the retailer’s signature restaurant is a go-to for brunch, power lunches, shopping breaks and happy hour. Try the striking pizza with Robiola and truffle oil or the Beverly Hills club sandwich. Balconies boast views of the Hollywood sign and Beverly Hills. L (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 9570 Wilshire Blvd., Fifth Floor, Beverly Hills, 310.777.5877 $$$ Map J11 GWEN Maude chef Curtis Stone and brother Luke’s restaurant—named after their maternal grandmother— features meat-centric tasting menus served in an art deco dining room, plus a European-style butcher shop in the front that offers sandwiches. D (Tu-Sa). 6600 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.946.7513 $$$ 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 $$$ Map L8 INK.WELL The approachable menu at this new location of Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio’s first restaurant, ink., incorporates menu signatures and classics from the ink. program, and the detached bar area is triple the size of the original. D (nightly). 826 N. La Cienega, L.A., 310.358.9058 $$$ Map J12
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........................54 Japanese........................58 Breweries/Gastropubs..56 Mediterranean...............59 British/Irish....................56 Mexican/Latin................60 California........................56 Pan-Asian.......................60 Chinese...........................56 Seafood...........................60 Eclectic/Fusion..............57 Spanish...........................60 French............................57 Steak...............................60 Italian..............................58 Thai.................................61
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. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 424.292.5222 $$ Map M8 JOAN’S ON THIRD Celebrity-frequented café on busy West 3rd Street and a newer location in the Valley offer omelets, sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets, plus picnic baskets and gourmet items. B, L, D (daily). 8350 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.655.2285; 12059 Ventura Place, Studio City, 818.201.3900 $ Map I12, T18 LEDLOW/P.Y.T. At Ledlow, chef Josef Centeno, who rules downtown’s Old Bank District (Bäco Mercat, Bar Amá, Orsa & Winston), offers twists on classic bistro dishes, American favorites and diverse cultural staples. Half of the space has now been transformed into the vegetable-focused concept P.Y.T. Ledlow: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). P.Y.T.: L (M-F), D (Tu-Sa), Br (Sa-Su). 400 S. Main St., downtown, 213.687.7015 $$ Map I17 M.B. POST Chef David LeFevre serves small plates of seafood, fresh-baked breads, cured meats and more in the space of a former post office. 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
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DINING COMMERSON Newer neighborhood spot Commerson serves eclectic bistro fare with a French accent. Dine on menu highlights like a wild Pacific white shrimp and chorizo burger and roasted Creekstone Farms petit filet mignon with seared Rougié foie gras. The wine selection focuses on varietals from France and Italy; cocktails are fresh and simple. D (Tu-Su). 788 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.813.3000 $$ Map B2 EVELEIGH With a menu chockablock with farm-fresh veggies and meats and a country-chic space, Eveleigh projects an image of cool rusticity. The kitchen endeavors to use housemade ingredients right down to the apple gomme syrup in your cocktail and the brioche toast slices with your Jidori-chicken-liver pâté. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8752 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.239.1630 $$ Map H12
THE FRONT YARD This restaurant at the Garland hotel features fresh farm-to-table cuisine from chef Larry Greenwood. Start your meal with chive flatbread topped with chimichurri butter, then move on to entrées like Mary’s Chicken. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, 818.255.7290 $$ Map U19
ABIGAILE A venture of Blackhouse Hospitality (Little Sister, Steak & Whisky, Día de Campo), this funky, graffitimuraled American brasserie with a rooftop bar is lots of fun. Executive chef Tin Vuong presents escargot “poppers” washed down with house-brewed beer. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1301 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.798.8227 $$ Map L13
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 $$$ Map J10
FATHER’S OFFICE Microbrew mecca; one of L.A.’s best burgers. A new downtown location is in the works. Santa Monica: L (Sa-Su), D (nightly). Culver City: L (F-Su), D (nightly). 1018 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; 3229 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.736.2224 $$ Map L8, L11
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 $$$ Map J11
SIMMZY’S Popular pub with locations in Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Burbank and just off the Venice pier serves up hearty burgers (try the classic Simmzy’s), sandwiches, salads and other fresh fare. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 3000 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.962.2500; 5271 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, 562.439.5590; 229 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.546.1201; 37 Washington Blvd., Venice, 424.835.6580 $ Map T20, O17, L13, N9
LOVE & SALT Dine on creative Cal-Italian fare (e.g., duck-egg pizza and whole roasted pig head) in this buzzy South Bay spot. Chef de cuisine/pastry chef Rebecca Merhej’s desserts are divine. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5252 $$$ Map L13
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 CAVATINA Esteemed East Coast chef Michael Schlow’s first L.A. restaurant serves simple, local, delicious cuisine inside the rock ‘n’ roll-steeped Sunset Marquis hotel. Don’t miss Schlow’s award-winning burger and the decadent Sunday brunch. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, 310.358.3759 $$$ Map H12
MAUDE Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, an Aussie with a strong classical background, helms this intimate, 24-seat Beverly Hills restaurant named after his paternal grandmother. Every month a different seasonal ingredient is showcased and artfully presented in a 10-course menu. D (Tu-Sa). 212 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.3418 $$$$ Map J11 MICHAEL’S Michael McCarty’s influential farm-to-table restaurant, opened in 1979, is refreshed and back in the spotlight. New to the kitchen is acclaimed chef Miles Thompson (Allumette, Nobu, Son of a Gun), whose menu includes such innovative, ingredient-driven dishes as duck confit with rose geranium, sweet potato and pomegranate. Ask about California cult wines in the cellar collection. D (M–Sa). 1147 3rd St., Santa Monica, 310.451.0843 $$$ Map L8 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, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 6115 Sunset Blvd., Suite 100, L.A., 323.544.9430 $$$ Map H14 PLANT FOOD + WINE Restaurant from Matthew Kenney takes a raw, locally sourced and plant-based approach to dining. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from an extensive organic and biodynamic selection. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1009 $$$ Map N9 RUSTIC CANYON Discover boutique wines while sampling small plates of market-driven, Mediterraneaninspired fare. Clam pozole is just one of the winners.
Hide in a cozy booth or mingle at the communal table. D (nightly). 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.393.7050 $$$ Map L8 SPAGO An L.A. institution, Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant features a modern dining room and a daily changing menu that may include dishes like veal “Wiener schnitzel” and spicy tuna tartare. Glimpse some of the 30,000 wine bottles on offer in a glass-ensconced “wine wall.” L (Tu-Sa), D (nightly). 176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0880 $$$$ Map I11 THE STRAND HOUSE This beachside restaurant boasts awesome ocean and pier views and a breezy, stylish bar. New executive chef Austin Cobb’s menu highlights award-winning Coastal California Cuisine. L (Tu-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470 $$$ Map L13 TAR & ROSES Chef Andrew Kirschner’s first restaurant focuses on small, rustic shareable plates cooked in his wood-burning oven, but with a week’s notice, he can also whip up large, lavish family-style suppers of Moroccan-spiced goat or standing rib rack. D (nightly). 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.587.0700 $$$ Map L8 THE TASTING KITCHEN Foodies come for the daily changing menu of innovative yet unpretentious cuisine from culinary-darling chef Casey Lane: small or large plates of cured meats, artisan cheeses, vegetables, seafood and pastas. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.6644 $$$ Map M9 TAVERN James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin’s third L.A. restaurant explores rustic Cal-Med fare in chic environs, including a popular sunlit indoor patio. The frequently changing menu might include “devil’s chicken” with leeks and mustard breadcrumbs. The adjacent, more casual Larder offers divine housebaked pastries. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 11648 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 310.806.6464 $$$ Map J9 VIVIANE The menu at the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills’ poolside restaurant features California takes on European and American dishes. 1950s-inspired seasonal cocktails complement the hotel’s midcentury-modern design by Kelly Wearstler. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.407.7791 $$$ Map J11
CHINESE BAO DIM SUM Enjoy delicious, authentic dim sum in a relaxing, lantern-lit atmosphere. Favorites include juicy pork dumplings and shrimp shumai, followed by bao milk buns for dessert. L, D (daily). 8256 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.655.6556 $$ Map I12 DIN TAI FUNG At this popular and critically acclaimed dumpling house, founded in Taiwan, foodies line up for soup dumplings with filling combinations such as pork and crab or truffle and pork. Vegetable dishes like cucumber salad and sautéed string beans are also favorites. L, D (daily). 177 Caruso Ave., Glendale, 818.551.5561; 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.446.8588 $$ Map U23, R23 MR CHOW The L.A. County editions of scene-y restaurants in New York, London, Miami, Las Vegas and Mexico City offer Imperial Beijing cuisine. Beverly Hills: L (M-F), D (nightly). Malibu: D (nightly). 344 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.9911; Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, 18A, Malibu, 310.456.7600 $$$ Map I11, K7 ROC At this Little Osaka dumpling house, popular menu items include a scallion pancake, three-cup chicken and made-from-scratch soup dumplings stuffed with pork and fresh crab. L, D (daily). 2049 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A., 310.235.2089; 8474 W. 3rd St., Suite 108, L.A., 323.782.8808; 12775 Millennium Drive, Suite 110, L.A., 424.835.4777 $$ Map K10, I12, 010
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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 $$ Map G17, west of A1, Q22
ECLECTIC/FUSION BAROO Tucked in a homely Hollywood strip mall, this highly acclaimed restaurant from chef Kwang Uh, who was raised in Korea and staged at Noma in Copenhagen, is a celebration of experimentation and fermentation. The concise, oft-changing menu includes bibim salads, rice bowls and handmade pastas. L, D (Tu-Sa). 5706 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323.819.4344 $$ Map H14
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CASSIA This bustling Southeast Asian-inspired brasserie, set inside a 1930s art deco building, finds chef Bryant Ng (Spice Table) serving dishes like Vietnamese pot au feu, 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 $$$ Map L8
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ORSA & WINSTON Chef/owner Josef Centeno draws on Japanese and Italian traditions at his acclaimed third restaurant. Select a vegetable, fish or meat grain bowl for lunch; for dinner, enjoy a daily changing six-course tasting menu with nightly supplements and an optional wine pairing. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa). 122 W. 4th St., downtown, 213.687.0300 $$$$ Map I16
AVEC NOUS Contemporary French bistro where chef Olivier Quignon, previously at Bar Boulud in New York City, offers dishes inspired by the French Riviera, such as escargot; sea scallops with mushy broccoli, turmeric chermoula and squid-ink crisp; and whole oven-roasted cauliflower 5/5/17 11:13 AM vadouvan curry, served tableside. B, L, D (daily). Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.860.8660 $$$ Map J12
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BOUCHON The Bouchon bistros from chef Thomas Keller (the French Laundry, Per Se) have become popular for their authentic good looks and superbly executed cuisine. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 235 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.9910 $$$ Map J11 CAFÉ PINOT This glass box of a restaurant adjacent to Central Library offers romantic outdoor dining, skyline views—from the bottom up—and contemporary Cal-French cuisine from the Patina Group. D (M-Sa). 700 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.239.6500 $$$ Map H16 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 $$ Map H16 LE PETIT PARIS The L.A. iteration of David and Fanny Rolland’s original Le Petit Paris in Cannes is housed in the historic El Dorado building. By day, the brasserie is bright and tranquil, serving French classics such as steak frites and bourbon-vanilla crème brûlée, and at night it transforms into an upscale lounge, complete with a DJ. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 418 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.217.4445 $$$ Map I17
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DINING French brasserie fare. D (nightly). 8164 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.1210 $$$ Map I12
MATTEO’S An old favorite of the Rat Pack endures. Classic dishes include mussels in white wine and osso buco Milanese. D (Tu-Su). 2321 Westwood Blvd., L.A., 310.475.4521 $$ Map K10
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 $$$$ Map M8
OFFICINE BRERA From the team behind the Factory Kitchen, this stylish trattoria serves a daily changing, Northern Italy-inspired menu in a rustic-meets-contemporary space. The rice dishes, spit-roasted meats and handmade pastas are superb. L (M-F), D (nightly). 1331 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.553.8006 $$$ Map J17
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 $$$$ Map H16
OSTERIA MOZZA Famed L.A.-based bread maker Nancy Silverton teamed up with affable Mario Batali on Mozza’s group of contemporary Italian restaurants. Osteria Mozza is a more sophisticated dining room in which to experience the repertoire of these great transcontinental talents. D (nightly). 6602 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.0100 $$$ Map H13
RÉPUBLIQUE In a landmark once occupied by Charlie Chaplin’s studio, fine-dining veteran Walter Manzke and pastry-chef wife Margarita turn out bistro classics (e.g., escargots, duck confit and steak frites) for a trendy clientele huddling at communal tables. Café B, L (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Bistro D (nightly). 624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 310.362.6115 $$$ Map I13 TROIS MEC The foodie trinity of Ludo Lefebvre, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook is behind this hot restaurant in a 26-seat former pizzeria. Diners must purchase advance tickets via the restaurant’s website to enjoy Lefebvre’s prix-fixe, five-course meal. D (M-F). 716 N. Highland Ave., L.A., troismec.com $$$$ Map H13
ITALIAN ALIMENTO Zach Pollack, who recently opened Cosa Buona in Echo Park, is behind this tiny, hip space, where a clever menu includes addictive chicken-liver crostone with quince mostarda, crudo and pastas. The tortellini in brodo features dumplings filled with a hot broth that explodes in your mouth. D (Tu-Su). 1710 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A., 323.928.2888 $$$ Map east of W23 BESTIA Multiregional Italian restaurant in the hip Arts District. The former executive chef at Angelini Osteria serves up such “beast”-focused dishes as roasted marrow bone with spinach gnocchetti, breadcrumbs and aged balsamic, and a selection of house-cured meats. D (nightly). 2121 E. 7th Place, downtown, 213.514.5724 $$$ Map east of J17 BOTTEGA LOUIE This palatial Italian restaurant, decked out in white marble, is a hip, noisy hall where young professionals convene over brick-oven-cooked pizzas. There’s a gourmet market and patisserie, too. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). 700 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.802.1470 $$ Map I16 CECCONI’S This London-based restaurant caters to well-heeled clients who schmooze over Bellinis and cicchetti (small plates). Pastas including a beautiful agnolotti del plin, and seafood such as grilled octopus are well-executed. Select regulars get a coveted key that comes with discounts and bragging rights. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000 $$$ Map I12 CULINA The Four Seasons’ acclaimed Italian restaurant boasts coastal influences and a sleek crudo bar. Adjacent is new Vinoteca, an Italian-inspired wine and espresso-bar concept. B, D (daily); L (M-Sa); Br (Su). Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.860.4000 $$$ Map J12 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 $$$ Map H16
BARAN’S 2239 This South Bay restaurant from brothers Jonathan and Jason Baran serves up shareable dishes in an intimate space that belies its stripmall setting. Chef Tyler Gugliotta (the Tasting Kitchen) incorporates produce from his family’s farm into seasonal specialties with multicultural influences, including the bistro filet with cherry demi-glace, celeryroot latke and horseradish pictured above. After your entrée, opt for a dessert-and-local-beer pairing for a memorable finale. D (Tu-Su). 502 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach, 424.247.8468 $$ Map L13
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 JON & VINNY’S Family-friendly diner from chefs/ owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo has it all—pastries, pizza, pasta (made in-house) and meat entrées. Takeout and delivery are also available. B, L, D (daily). 412 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.334.3369 $$ Map B2 LA VECCHIA CUCINA Rustic Northern Italian in a laid-back bistro. More than a dozen pastas for dinner, plus pizzas, osso buco alla Romana and other traditional favorites. L, D (daily). 2654 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.399.7979 $$ Map M8 LOCANDA DEL LAGO Northern Italian restaurant featuring organic produce from Santa Monica farmers markets. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, 310.451.3525 $$ Map L8
PIZZERIA MOZZA/MOZZA2GO The more relaxed sibling of Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali’s Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza features pizzas with Mediterranean ingredients, cheeses and salumi plates and rustic daily specials. Call ahead for delivery or takeout from Mozza2Go. L, D (daily). Pizzeria Mozza: 641 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.297.0101. Mozza2Go: 6610 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.1130 $$ Map H13 SOTTO This restaurant specializes in regionally inspired Italian cooking, including beautifully executed rustic trattoria dishes; soft, chewy Neapolitan pizzas cooked in an 8-ton wood-burning oven; and intriguing housemade pastas. D (nightly). 9575 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.277.0210 $$$ Map J11 TERRONI Southern Italian cooking including excellent thin-crust pizza. Downtown: L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). L.A.: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 802 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.221.7234; 7605 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.954.0300 $$ Map I16, J13 VALENTINO For more than 40 years, Piero Selvaggio has maintained his flagship’s status as a pre-eminent temple of Italian gastronomy. A telephone-book-sized wine list—often cited as America’s best—is supported by a cellar containing more than 100,000 bottles. L (F), D (Tu-Sa). 3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.829.4313 $$$$ Map L9
JAPANESE ISE-SHIMA Located in the Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Old Town Torrance, Ise-Shima provides fresh sushi and other exciting Japanese dishes, recalling the array of seafood and marine delicacies Japan’s Ise Shima region offers. The expansive restaurant consists of a sushi bar, lounge space, large communal table and terrace. B, L, D (daily). 21381 S. Western Ave., Torrance, 310.320.6700 $$ Map M14 KATANA Sunset Strip restaurant with sushi bar and robata-style cuisine: open-flame-grilled meat, vegetables, seafood on skewers. Stylish rooms, patio. Upscalecasual dress code. D (nightly). 8439 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8585 $$$ Map H12 KATSUYA Sushi chef Katsuya Uechi turns out exotic delicacies in sultry spaces by designer Philippe Starck. L (varies by location), D (nightly). 11777 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.207.8744; 6300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.871.8777; 702 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.244.5900; L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 323.525.2400 $$$ Map K9, H14, northeast of T23, I15 MATSUHISA Superchef Nobu Matsuhisa’s relatively modest original flagship incorporates luxurious Western ingredients and Latin American spices. Monkfish liver pâté with caviar, and lamb chops with miso anticucho sauce are just a couple of his creations. L (M-F), D (nightly). 129 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.659.9639 $$$$ Map I12
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PETIT TROIS Trois Mec’s French-bar-style spinoff offers an à la carte menu of classic dishes such as confit-fried chicken leg, croque monsieur and a delectable omelet with Boursin cheese. L, D (daily). 718 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.468.8916 $$$ Map H13
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DINING NOBU The flagship of chef Nobu Matsuhisa offers an extensive menu of traditional and avant-garde sushi, including many dishes with beguiling Peruvian accents. West Hollywood: D (nightly). Malibu: B (Sa-Su); L, D (daily). 903 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.5711; Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.9140 $$$$ Map H12, east of A1 Q SUSHI The omakase-only experience at this intimate sushi bar showcases the artistry and discipline of chef Hiroyuki Naruke in items like seared toro and monkfish as rich as foie gras. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa). 521 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.225.6285 $$$$ Map I16 ROBATA BAR Japanese grilling from the Sushi Roku, Katana and BOA team. Striking design by Dodd Mitchell. D (nightly). 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771 $$$ Map L8 ROKU Sunset Strip hot spot from the team behind Sushi Roku presents elevated teppanyaki prepared at interactive grill tables, as well as sushi, omakase offerings and an extensive selection of Japanese whiskeys. L (M-F), D (nightly). 9201 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2060 $$$ Map H12 SUGARFISH Kazunori Nozawa—chef/owner of Studio City’s famed former Sushi Nozawa—opened these cheery, casual spots offering preset menus. Tips are included, but prices are still about half those at the original. L, D (daily). 4722 1/4 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.306.6300; 11640 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.820.4477; 600 W. 7th St., Suite 150, downtown, 213.627.3000; 1345 2nd St., Santa Monica, 310.393.3338; 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas, 818.223.9966; 212 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.276.6900 (more locations at sugarfishsushi.com) $$ Map N9, K9, I16, L8, west of A1, J11
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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 $$$ Map L8, Q19
MEDITERRANEAN A.O.C. Mediterranean-inspired pioneer of two L.A. culinary trends—the small-plates format and the wine bar— from James Beard Award-winning chef/owner Suzanne Goin. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8700 W. 3rd St., L.A., 310.859.9859 $$ 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 $$$$ Map J11 BOWERY BUNGALOW Restaurateur George AbouDaoud honors his Middle Eastern heritage at this Silver Lake restaurant by applying Silk Road flavors to all-American concepts like Southern baby-back ribs. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 4156 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323.663.1500 $$ Map south of W23
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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, Cal-Med small plates and pizzas are served to chic Westsiders. It’s one of Venice’s most popular
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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 (Tavern) oversees a pan-Mediterranean menu of shareable dishes such as wood-fired pizzas, charcuterie and pasta at this stylish Financial District restaurant. A glamorous, intimate whiskey lounge is downstairs. 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, 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 $$ Map I12
more than 30 years ago, is behind this chain of contemporary Hawaiian-inspired restaurants with stylish tropical decor. D (nightly). 6363 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, 818.888.4801; 641 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.356.4066 $$$ Map I16, west of A1, Q21
LITTLE SISTER At these trendy spots from young chef Tin Vuong, sophisticated accents are added to panAsian cuisine, as evidenced in signatures like deep-fried Balinese meatballs with banana ketchup, Myanmar okra curry and salt-and-pepper lobster. M.B.: L (F-Su), D (nightly). Downtown: B, L, D (daily). 1131 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.2096; 523 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.628.3146 $$ Map L13, I16
SON OF A GUN Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the meat-loving chefs at Animal, turn to the sea for new inspiration. They cook up small shareable plates, such as miniature lobster rolls and shrimp-toast sandwiches, in a nautically themed space. L, D (daily). 8370 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.9033 $$$ Map I12
LUKSHON Sang Yoon of Father’s Office is behind this Southeast Asian eatery with a selection of craft beers and a Far East-inspired cocktail program. The crispy whole market fish is not to be missed. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa). 3239 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.202.6808 $$$ Map K12
THE BAZAAR BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS Star chef José Andrés brings a whimsical Spanish-style dining experience to the SLS Hotel. Cuisine ranges from rustic fare to the cutting-edge creations that have made Spain a culinary leader. D (nightly). 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.5555 $$$ Map H16
WP24 From its 24th-floor roost, WP24 proves that Wolfgang Puck, who pioneered Asian fusion, has still got the goods. Highlights include XO seafood dumplings and steamed bao filled with pork belly. Restaurant/lounge concept Nest at WP24 is adjacent. Dining room D (Tu-Sa). Nest D (nightly). The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.743.8824 $$$$ Map I15
SEAFOOD BLUE PLATE OYSTERETTE Putting a “California twist on East Hampton summer lobster bakes,” this narrow restaurant near the Santa Monica Pier specializes in dishes such as oysters on the half shell, New England clam chowder and lobster rolls. Sit outside to take in Pacific views. L, D (daily). 355 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.576.3474 $$$ Map L8 CAFE DEL REY Ogle impressive pleasure boats in the marina at this waterfront restaurant with plentiful fresh catch, a raw bar and prime cuts of steak. Stop in for its great nightly happy hour, too. L (M–F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.823.6395 $$$ Map N9 DUKE’S MALIBU Named after the father of international surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, this oceanfront restaurant captures the spirit of aloha. Not to be outshone by the spectacular views is the cuisine, which features a daily selection of fresh fish and tropical cocktails. L (M-Sa); D (nightly); Br (Su). 21150 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.0777 $$ Map west of K7 ENTERPRISE FISH CO. Established in 1979, this restaurant is a local favorite when it comes to seafood. Wild-caught fish, fresh seafood and steaks are cooked over a mesquite charcoal grill in an exhibition kitchen set in the middle of the dining room. L, D (daily). 174 Kinney St., Santa Monica, 310.392.8366 $$$ Map M9 FISHING WITH DYNAMITE Chef David LeFevre (the Arthur J, M.B. Post) loads his menu with East Coast inspirations. Among the old-school small plates in this tiny, charming restaurant are New England-style clam chowder with Nueske’s bacon and Maryland blue-crab cakes with house-made pickles and remoulade. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.893.6299 $$$ Map L13
RED O Rick Bayless, one of America’s leading authorities on Mexican cuisine, is culinary director of these sexy eateries, where creative dishes are grounded in tradition. WeHo: D (nightly). Santa Monica: L (Sa-Su), D (nightly). 8155 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.5009; 1541 Ocean Ave., Suite 120, Santa Monica, 310.458.1600 $$$ Map I12, L8
PROVIDENCE Michael Cimarusti transforms sustainable seafood into oft-changing dishes at this refined restaurant, which the Los Angeles Times rates as the best in the city. Outstanding cocktails complement Michelinrecognized cuisine. L (F), D (nightly). 5955 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.460.4170 $$$$ Map I14
SALAZAR This trendy taco destination—a colorful desert oasis set in a reworked Frogtown auto-body
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STEAK ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE This ultraluxurious interpretation of the classic American steakhouse incorporates Asian influences. Certified Angus beef and domestic and imported wagyu star on the menu. New Bull & Barrel bar concept offers the menu and a whiskey-forward cocktail menu. D (nightly). 111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.486.1111 $$$ Map Q20 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 $$$$ Map C2 BALTAIRE Helmed by executive chef Travis Strickland, this sophisticated Brentwood restaurant offers prime steaks, wines by the glass, old-school charm and sun-orstars dining on its 2,500-square-foot terrace. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 11647 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 424.273.1660 $$$$ Map J12 BOA STEAKHOUSE Way hip, way fine steakhouse. Steak rubs and dips; out-there cocktails on a recently revamped bar menu. New globally inspired burgers (e.g., tuna and ramen) are highlights on the lunch menu. Santa Monica: L, D (daily). West Hollywood: L (M-F), D (nightly). 101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.4466; 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2050 $$$ Map M8, H12 CUT A collaboration between Getty Center architect Richard Meier and 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 $$$ Map J11 FOGO DE CHÃO Brazilian steakhouse-barbecue restaurants where guests are treated to an endless procession of meats carved right onto their plates. L (Su-F), D (nightly). 133 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.289.7755; 800 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.228.4300 $$$ Map J12, I16 THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY The Grill is a venerable industry hangout, where polished waiters deliver steaks, Cobb salads and other old-school fare. Beverly Hills: L (M-Sa), D (nightly). Westlake Village: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.276.0615; 120 E. Promenade Way, Westlake Village, 805.418.1760 $$$ Map I11, west of A1 MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB At this on-the-waterfront eatery—the views are pure Malibu—starters like ahi tartare and caviar are followed by fresh fish, whole Maine lobster and expertly prepared steaks. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.454.4357 $$$$ Map west of K7
shop—specializes in outdoor dining, grilled meats and fun drinks. Pair tasty tacos with aguas frescas and cocktails. L, D (T-Su); Br (Sa-Su). 2490 Fletcher Drive, L.A., salazarla.com $$ Map southeast of W23
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DINING 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 $$$ Map J11
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MORTON’S Clubby ambiance, show-and-tell menu, huge portions. Beverly Hills, Woodland Hills: D (nightly). Downtown, Burbank: L (M-F), D (nightly). 435 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.1501; 6250 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills, 818.703.7272; 735 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.553.4566; The Pinnacle, 3400 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.238.0424 $$$ 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 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 $$ Map I12
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STK The One Group’s renowned steakhouse has a sleek and sultry new L.A. home inside the W hotel in Westwood. Expect signature steaks, shellfish platters and jalapeño-cheddar grits, as well as new dishes such as seared foie gras with spiced rum, and crispy lobster tails. D (nightly). W Los Angeles—West Beverly Hills, 930 Hilgard Ave., L.A., 310.659.3535 $$$ Map J10
THAI JITLADA THAI The wait for a table is long at this top-rated restaurant in East Hollywood’s Thai Town, but the southern Thai specialties, such as moo mae chan (grilled pork southern-style with papaya salad and sticky rice), are authentic and exceptional. L, D (Tu-Su). 5233 1/2 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.667.9809 $$ Map W22
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NATALEE THAI Traditional Thai dishes are served amid edgy, modern decor. Popular entrées include Nutty Chicken (a spicy combo of chicken, onion and dried chilies) and a sole filet in red curry sauce. Veggie lovers favor the spicy maha jumlong curry. L, D (daily). 10101 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.202.7003; 998 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.855.9380 $ Map L11, I11
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NIGHT + MARKET For authentic Thai food, head to either the WeHo or Silver Lake location (the latter is Venice Night 8/4/17 3:22 PM + Market Song) of this hip spot from L.A.-born (310) 202-7003 chef Kris Yenbamroong, who was named one of 2016’s 10101 Venice Blvd. best new chefs by Food & Wine. Celebrity diners include Full Bar | Sushi Bar Gwyneth Paltrow and Lena Dunham. WeHo: L (Tu-Th), D (Tu-Su). Silver Lake: L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 9043 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.275.9724; 3322 W. Sunset Beverly Hills Blvd., L.A., 323.665.5899 $$ Map I12, south of W23 (310) 855-9380 998 S. Robertson Blvd. Full Bar | Valet Parking
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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).
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LADINING MATTEO’S RESTAURANT Frequented in its early days by celebs including Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack, Matteo’s Restaurant has redefined its look and cuisine while maintaining its status as the epitome of classic cool. Now in its 50th year, Matteo’s continues to offer unique seasonal fare in a homey and hip setting. Executive chef Antonio Orlando’s menu features sumptuous, cosmopolitan Italian fare like veal tartufato, lamb and weekly game specials. Happy hour specials Tuesday through Friday and on Sunday include half-off drinks and a $7-and-under bar menu. Gluten-free and vegetarian options also available. For lunch, visit adjacent cafe Hoboken, open weekdays. D (Tu-Su).
2321 Westwood Blvd., L.A. 310.475.4521 • matteosla.com
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
JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN The JFAT family of restaurants is known for its artisanal approach to popular dishes from around the country. Certified green by the Green Restaurants Association, Jimmy’s strives to use locally raised, organic and sustainable ingredients and has partnered with the Long Beach Aquarium-based “Seafood for the Future” program. Enjoy brews, cocktails and wines at the bar before indulging in menu highlights such as buttermilk fried chicken with thyme gravy or spicy tequila shrimp pasta with green chili pesto cream, charred corn and pepitas inside or on the covered patio. Jimmy’s also offers a weekday happy hour and weekend Champagne brunch. The new Santa Monica location is located just a few blocks from the pier. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica 424.292.5222 • j-fat.com
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RESTAURANTS CITY INDEX OUR SUPERGUIDE BY AREA, WITH CROSS REFERENCE TO LISTINGS BY CUISINE
LUKSHON (Pan-Asian).......................................... 60
208 RODEO (California)..................................... 56 AVEC NOUS (French).......................................... 57
ROBATA BAR (Japanese).................................. 59
NATALEE THAI (Thai).......................................... 61
JON & VINNY’S (Italian).................................. 58
RUSTIC CANYON (California)........................ 56
ODYS + PENELOPE (American)................... 54
SUGARFISH (Japanese)............................................ 59
THE BELVEDERE (Mediterranean)............... 59
PLAN CHECK (American)................................. 54
SUSHI ROKU (Japanese).................................... 59
BOUCHON (French).............................................. 57
BESTIA (Italian).......................................................... 58
RÉPUBLIQUE (French)....................................... 58
TAR & ROSES (California)................................. 56
CULINA (Italian)..................................................... 58
BOTTEGA LOUIE (Italian).............................. 58
LA CIENEGA BOULEVARD
VALENTINO (Italian)........................................... 58
CUT (Steak)................................................................... 60
BROKEN SPANISH (Mexican)........................ 60
YE OLDE KING’S HEAD (British).............. 56
B.S. TAQUERIA (Mexican)................................ 60
THE BAZAAR (Spanish)................................... 60
SOUTH BAY/LONG BEACH
FREDS AT BARNEYS (American)....................54 THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY (Steak)...... 60 JEAN-GEORGES BEVERLY HILLS (California).................................................... 56 MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE (Steak)........... 61 MAUDE (California)............................................... 56 MORTON’S (Steak)............................................... 61 MR CHOW (Chinese)............................................ 56 NATALEE THAI (Thai)....................................... 61 SPAGO (California)................................................. 56 SUGARFISH (Japanese)............................................ 59 VIVIANE (California)............................................. 56
BEVERLY BOULEVARD 3RD STREET MELROSE AVENUE A.O.C. (Mediterranean).......................................... 59 BAO DIM SUM (Chinese)................................... 56 CROSSROADS KITCHEN (Mediterranean).5 9 ESTÉREL (Mediterranean)................................... 59 GRACIAS MADRE (Mexican)........................ 60 JOAN’S ON THIRD (American).................... 54 THE LITTLE DOOR (French).......................... 57 LUCQUES (Mediterranean)................................ 60 OSTERIA MOZZA (Italian)............................. 58
CAFÉ PINOT (French)........................................... 57
FOGO DE CHAO (Steak)................................. 60
ABIGAILE (Brew/Pub)................................................. 56
THE ARTHUR J (Steak).......................................... 60
DRAGO CENTRO (Italian)................................. 58
MATSUHISA (Japanese)..................................... 58
BARAN’S 2239 (California).................................... 56
FACTORY KITCHEN (Italian).......................... 58 FOGO DE CHAO (Steak)................................... 60 KATSUYA (Japanese).............................................. 58 KENDALL’S BRASSERIE (French).............. 57 LE PETIT PARIS (French)................................... 57 LEDLOW/P.Y.T. (American)...............................54 LITTLE SISTER (Pan-Asian)............................ 60 MIRO (Mediterranean).............................................. 60 MORTON’S (Steak).................................................. 61 NICK + STEF’S (Steak)............................................. 61 OFFICINE BRERA (Italian)............................ 58 ORSA & WINSTON (Eclectic)........................ 57 PATINA (French)........................................................ 58 PLAN CHECK (American)....................................54 Q SUSHI (Japanese).................................................. 59 REDBIRD (American)..............................................54 SALAZAR (Mexican).............................................. 60 SUGARFISH (Japanese)............................................ 59 TERRONI (Italian)..................................................... 58 WP24 (Pan-Asian)..................................................... 60 YANG CHOW (Chinese)........................................ 57
MORTON’S (Steak)............................................... 61 NOBU (Japanese)..................................................... 59 THE STINKING ROSE (Steak)....................... 61
MALIBU DUKE’S MALIBU (Seafood)............................ 60 MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB (Steak).......... 60 MR CHOW (Chinese)............................................ 56 NOBU MALIBU (Japanese)............................... 59 SUGARFISH (Japanese)............................................ 59
MARINA DEL REY CAFE DEL REY (Seafood)............................... 60 ROC (Chinese)...............................................................56 SUGARFISH (Japanese)............................................ 59
PASADENA ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE (Steak).. 60 DIN TAI FUNG (Chinese)................................... 56 KATSUYA (Japanese)........................................... 59 SUSHI ROKU (Japanese).................................... 59 TEA ROSE GARDEN (British)...................... 56 YANG CHOW (Chinese)........................................ 57
DÍA DE CAMPO (Mexican)................................... 60 FISHING WITH DYNAMITE (Seafood)... 60 ISE-SHIMA (Japanese)......................................... 58 LITTLE SISTER (Pan-Asian)............................ 60 LOVE & SALT (California).................................. 56 M.B. POST (American)......................................... 54 SIMMZY’S (Brew/Pub)......................................... 56 THE STRAND HOUSE (California).............. 56
VALLEY THE FRONT YARD (California)..................... 56 THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY (Steak)...... 60 JOAN’S ON THIRD (American).................... 54 MORTON’S (Steak)............................................... 61 SIMMZY’S (Brew/Pub)......................................... 56 YANG CHOW (Chinese)........................................ 57
VENICE FELIX (Italian).......................................................... 58 GJELINA (Mediterranean)................................... 59 PLANT FOOD + WINE (California)............ 56 SIMMZY’S (Brew/Pub)......................................... 56 THE TASTING KITCHEN (California)........ 56
ALIMENTO (Italian)................................................. 58
BLUE PLATE OYSTERETTE (Seafood). 60
RED O (Mexican).................................................... 60
BAROO (Eclectic)....................................................... 57
BOA (Steak).............................................................. 60
CASSIA (Eclectic)................................................... 57
SON OF A GUN (Seafood).............................. 60
BOWERY BUNGALOW (Mediterranean)... 59
ENTERPRISE FISH CO. (Seafood)............ 60
DELILAH (American)............................................ 54
TERRONI (Italian).................................................. 58
FATHER’S OFFICE (Brew/Pub).................... 56
EVELEIGH (California)................................................ 56
PIZZERIA MOZZA (Italian)............................ 58 PROVIDENCE (Seafood).................................. 60
WEST HOLLYWOOD BOA (Steak).............................................................. 60 CAVATINA (California)........................................ 56 CECCONI’S (Italian)............................................ 58
JITLADA THAI (Thai)............................................ 61
THE INDEPENDENCE (American)................54
KATANA (Japanese).............................................. 58
BALTAIRE (Steak)....................................................... 60
KATSUYA (Japanese).............................................. 58
JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN
NIGHT + MARKET (Thai)................................. 61
KATSUYA (Japanese)........................................... 58
ROKU (Japanese)..................................................... 59
MUSSO & FRANK GRILL (Steak)............... 61
TAVERN (American).............................................. 54
TAVERN (California).............................................. 56
NIGHT + MARKET SONG (Thai).................. 61
LA VECCHIA CUCINA (Italian)................... 58
LOCANDA DEL LAGO (Italian).................... 58
MATTEO’S (Italian)............................................... 58
CRAFT (American).................................................. 54
PETIT TROIS (French)........................................ 58
MÉLISSE (French).................................................. 58
PLAN CHECK (American)................................. 54
HINOKI & THE BIRD (California)................. 56
TROIS MEC (French)............................................... 58
MICHAEL’S (California)....................................... 56
PLAN CHECK (American)................................. 54
SOTTO (Italian)....................................................... 58
FATHER’S OFFICE (Brew/Pub).....................56
ANIMAL (American).............................................. 54
RED O (Mexican).................................................... 60
STK (Steak).......................................................................... 61
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THE GUIDE SPECIAL EVENTS THE TASTE Sept. 1-3 During the Los Angeles Times’ annual food and wine fest, L.A.’s buzziest restaurants come together for five food events over Labor Day weekend. Enjoy food, wine seminars, cooking demos and great spirits. Check website for schedule. $95$180. 21 and up. Paramount Pictures Studios, 783 N. Van Ness Ave., L.A., 213.237.5000, events.latimes. com/taste Map I14 L.A. COUNTY FAIR Sept. 1-24 Head to the outskirts of L.A. to cheer on a racing pig, learn about farming, ride a Ferris wheel, attend a concert and dine on deep-fried food. W noon-10 pm; Th noon-11 pm; F noon-midnight; Sa 10 am-midnight; Su 10 am-10 pm. (Check website for special Labor Day weekend hours.) $8-$20, under 6 free. Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, 909.623.3111, lacountyfair.com Map east of B5 ROOFTOP CINEMA CLUB Sept. 1-30 The U.K.’s “Number One Outdoor Cinema Series” returns to Hollywood’s Montalban Theatre and—new this year—to the Terrace at Level downtown to screen classic (Casablanca), cult (The Goonies) and contemporary (Get Out) flicks. Highlights this month include a Tarantino Weekender, featuring Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs from Sept. 1-2 at Level, and Sci-Fi Week from Sept. 12-16 at the Montalban. See website for full lineup and schedule. Ages 18-plus; Level screenings 21-plus. 8 pm. $19-$35. 1615 Vine St., L.A.; 888 S. Olive St., downtown, rooftopcinemaclub. com/la Map H14, I16
MADE IN L.A. Sept. 2-3 Golden Road Brewing’s inaugural music and arts festival brings together L.A.-based creators in celebration of local art, music and beer. Enjoy performances by Warren G, Yacht, Buyepongo and more, plus artist and vendor booths, tasty food and fresh craft beer brewed right next door. All ticket proceeds go to local charities. Check website for set times. Weekend pass (including two beer tickets) $30. 5410 W. San Fernando Road, L.A., goldenroad.la Map T23
GUIDELINES Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps in the back of this issue. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.
INDEX Special Events.............. 65 Studio Tapings.............. 68 Theater......................... 65 Museums...................... 68 Music + Dance.............. 66 Shopping Destinations... 71 Sports........................... 66 Nightlife........................ 72 Attractions.................... 66 Tours + Transport........ 73 Studio Tours................. 68
BURBANK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Sept. 6-10 Ninth annual festival champions up-and-coming filmmakers and features film premieres, a red-carpet reception and an awards-show gala. This year’s opening-night film is The List, starring Once Upon a Time’s Jennifer Morrison. Check website for schedule and ticket prices. AMC Burbank 16, 125 E. Palm Ave., Burbank, burbankfilmfest.org Map north of T21 L.A. LOVES ALEX’S LEMONADE Sept. 9 Over 50 top chefs—including Suzanne Goin, Giada De Laurentiis and Scott Conant—and mixologists serve signature menu items at this philanthropic culinary event that helps fund the fight against childhood cancer. 12:30 pm–4:30 pm. $195, under 13 free; meet-and-greet $1,200. Royce Quad, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., L.A., 610.649.3034, alexslemonade.org Map I10 TARFEST Sept. 16 Enjoy live music, a biergarten, food trucks, kids activities and more at the 15th annual edition of this fun cultural event. 2–10 pm. Free. La Brea Tar Pits Park, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.899.1363, tarfest. com Map J13
FIESTA HERMOSA Sept. 2-4 This semiannual festival features about 300 artists and crafters, as well as food, live music, a “kiddie carnival,” a charity beer and wine garden and more. 10 am-6 pm. Free. See website for free bike valet, parking and shuttle information. Downtown Hermosa Beach on Pier Plaza, Hermosa Avenue and lower Pier Avenue, 310.376.0951, fiestahermosa.net Map L13
NAUTICA MALIBU TRIATHLON PRESENTED BY EQUINOX Sept. 16-17 Athletes, philanthropists and celebrities are among those who turn out to swim, bike and run at this annual Zuma Beach event, all to benefit the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ pediatric-cancer research program. Races begins at 7 am. There’s also a Nautica Kids Run and Tot Trot. Check website for registration prices. 30050 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 818.707.8866, nauticamalibutri.com Map west of K7
CINESPIA Sept. 2, 3, 9, 16 Watch favorite films of yesterday and today projected on a mausoleum wall during this popular Amazon Studios-sponsored film series at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Also on hand are pre-movie DJs and themed photo booths. This month’s highlights include Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Coming to America with special guest Questlove. See website for full schedule and start times. $16. Parking $12-$15. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 877.435.9849, cinespia.org Map H14
COCKTAILS IN THE CITY Sept. 23 Thirty of the best bars and bartenders from across the city gather to celebrate L.A.’s bar culture. Sip on cocktails from Melrose Umbrella Company, Birds and Bees, Sassafras, Big Bar and more. A bar school, food and live music will also be on-site. Pre-dinner cocktail party 4:30 pm-8:30 pm; after-dinner cocktail party 9 pm-1 am. Tickets (including one free cocktail) $25; additional cocktail tokens $10. The Majestic Downtown, 650 S. Spring St., downtown, cocktailsinthecity.com Map I16
EAT/SEE/HEAR Sept. 2, 9, 16 Traveling outdoor movieevent series, presented by Showtime, boasts the largest outdoor inflatable screen on the West Coast, as well as food trucks and live musical performances. This month’s highlights include Goodfellas and Amélie. See website for a full schedule. 5 pm. $8-$21, under 5 free. 213.267.4393, eatseehear.com
ABBOT KINNEY FESTIVAL Sept. 24 This festival, now in its 33rd year, spotlights the eclectic boutiques, artisan eateries and influential art galleries along the “coolest block in America.“ Enjoy top food trucks and booths, kids’ rides and games, four music stages and three beer gardens. 10 am-6 pm. Free. Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, 310.396.3772, abbotkinney.org Map N9
STREET FOOD CINEMA Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 Outdoor film series hosts screenings every Saturday night at locations across L.A. Enjoy live music and food from the city’s top trucks. Highlights this month include Dirty Dancing, Jaws, The Princess Bride and Edward Scissorhands. See the website for a full schedule. Doors 5:30 pm; band 6:30 pm; movie 8 pm. $6-$21, under 6 free. 323.254.5068, streetfoodcinema.com
BIG NIGHT Opening Sept. 10 Master satirist Paul Rudnick’s new play—having its world premiere at the Douglas—explores family and fame by following the stressful night of an Oscar nominee. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772 Map L11
A Tragic Beauty
Unrequited love can be a deadly thing, and Georges Bizet’s nearly 150-year-old opera Carmen could not capture the unfolding of such a scenario—among a bullfighter, a gypsy woman and her scorned corporal lover—more intensely or melodiously. On Sept. 9, L.A. Opera opens its 2017-18 season with a production of the opera conducted by James Conlon, whose many accolades include a Grammy and France’s Legion of Honour. Grammy Award winner Ana María Martínez, pictured above center, mesmerizes with her come-hither gaze in the title role. Bonus: At 7 p.m. on Sept. 23, a free simulcast of the performance will transmit live from Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to large LED screens at Exposition Park and Santa Monica Pier (visit laopera.org for more information). p. 66
W The Beverly Center is a popular filming location. Look out for cameos in L.A. Story, Volcano, Body Double, Clueless and Scenes From a Mall. p. 71 WHERE LOS ANGELES 65
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THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME Through Sept. 10 Simon Stephens’ Tony-winning play follows brilliant but socially awkward 15-year-old Christopher, who sets out to find the real culprit when he is suspected of killing his neighbor’s dog. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16 HEAD OF PASSES Opening Sept. 13 This moving new drama from MacArthur “Genius Award”-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney stars Tony winner Phylicia Rashad. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16
THE RED SHOES Opening Sept. 15 Choreographer Matthew Bourne’s ballet adaptation of the beloved fairy tale and Academy Award-winning movie, set to the music of Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, has its U.S. premiere. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16 HAMILTON All month The national tour of the Broadway sensation has finally arrived in Los Angeles, bringing its brilliant raps about founding father Alexander Hamilton (played by Michael Luwoye) to the Pantages stage. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Map H13
MUSIC + DANCE DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION Sept. 9, 14, 17, 20, 23 L.A. Opera, Carmen, conductor James Conlon, starring Ana María Martínez. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H16 FORD THEATRES Sept. 2 Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company. Sept. 8 Jesús Carmona—Impetus. Sept. 9 Hollywood Blues Bash Featuring Booker T’s Stax Revue. Sept. 10 Fiesta Mexicana: Tequila Con Limón. Sept. 11 Jam Session: Japanese Folk Dance. Sept. 15 Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts. Sept. 17 Astral Progressions With Josef Leimberg + Friends. Sept. 18 Jam Session: Chicago Style Stepping. Sept. 22 Viver Brasil. Sept. 23 Wind Whisperers From India. Sept. 24 100: The Apollo Theater Celebrates Ella’s 100th Birthday! Sept. 25 Jam Session: Tango Dance. Sept. 28 Allan Rayman. Sept. 30 ¡Viva la Tradición! 30 Años de “Canciones de Mi Padre.” 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood, 323.461.3673 Map G14 THE FORUM Sept. 9 Ricardo Arjona. Sept. 13, 15-16, 18 Eric Clapton. Sept. 28 Ruff Ryders, featuring DMX, Eve, Swizz Beatz, The Lox and Drag-On. Sept. 29 The xx with special guest Perfume Genius. 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300 Map O12 GREEK THEATRE Sept. 2 Mary J. Blige with LeToya Luckett. Sept. 8 Nickelback with Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest. Sept. 9 Lifehouse & Switchfoot with Brynn Elliot. Sept. 13 Goo Goo Dolls with Phillip Phillips. Sept. 16 Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia, performed by
Pete Townshend, Billy Idol and Alfie Boe with symphony orchestra and choir. Sept. 17 George Benson and Kenny G. Sept. 18 Explosions in the Sky. Sept. 19 Future Islands with FR/BLCK/PR. Sept. 20 Harry Styles with Muna. Sept. 22 Thomas Rhett with Old Dominion and Walker Hayes. Sept. 24 truTV Impractical Jokers “Santiago Sent Us” Tour. Sept. 26 Paramore with Best Coast. Sept. 27 Bonobo with Bob Moses. Sept. 28 Tom Jones. Sept. 29 The Shins with Foxygen and Day Wave. Sept. 30 Adam Ant with L7. 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park, L.A., 323.665.5857 Map V22 HOLLYWOOD BOWL Sept. 1-3 John Williams: Maestro of the Movies, featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductors John Williams and David Newman. Sept. 5 “New World” Symphony, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Ken-David Masur, pianist Inon Barnatan. Sept. 6 Quincy Jones: The A&M Years, featuring Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano, Jonah Nilsson and more. Sept. 7 Singin’ in the Rain: Film With Orchestra, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor David Newman. Sept. 8-10 Fireworks Finale: The Muppets Take the Bowl, featuring the Muppets, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conductor Thomas Wilkins. Sept. 12 Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach. Sept. 13 Steve Winwood; Mavis Staples. Sept. 14 All-Mozart, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Nicholas McGegan, violinist Kristóf Baráti. Sept. 16 Cumbia at the Bowl! featuring Los Ángeles Azules, L.A. Philharmonic, Grupo Cañaveral, La Sonora Dinamita. Sept. 17 Café Tacvba; La Santa Cecilia; Mon Laferte, featuring Gustavo Dudamel and the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. Sept. 18 New Order, featuring special guest Goldfrapp. Sept. 21-22, 25 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; Lucinda Williams. Sept. 23 Fleet Foxes; Beach House. Sept. 24 Cosmic Journey: Solange Plus Blood Orange and Special Guests KING, Kelela, Moses Sumney, Kelsey Lu and more. See website for lease-event guidelines. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000, hollywoodbowl.com Map G13 ROSE BOWL STADIUM Sept. 16 Green Day with special guest Catfish and the Bottlemen. 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 626.577.3100 Map P18 THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL Sept. 7-9 Jim Gaffigan. Sept. 12 Indigo Girls. Sept. 15 Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau. Sept. 16 IN-Q Presents: “The Echo Chamber.” Sept. 24 Ben Folds. Sept. 28-30 Banks. 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233 Map I16
SPORTS DODGER STADIUM Sept. 4-6 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks. Sept. 7-10 Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies. Sept. 22-24 Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants. Sept. 25-27 Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres. 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507 Map G17 LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM Sept. 10 Los Angeles Rams vs. Indianapolis Colts. Sept. 17 Rams vs. Washington Redskins. Sept. 23 Coliseum Gladiator MMA. 3911 S. Figueroa St., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.747.7111 Map K15 STAPLES CENTER Sept. 1 Los Angeles Sparks vs. Atlanta Dream. Sept. 3 Sparks vs. Connecticut Sun. Sept. 16 Los Angeles Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks—Preseason. Sept. 24 WWE No Mercy. Sept. 28 Kings vs. Arizona Coyotes—Preseason. Sept. 30 Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks—Preseason. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100 Map I15 STUBHUB CENTER Sept. 2 Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids. Sept. 3 Los Angeles Galaxy II vs. Rio Grande Valley FC. Sept. 6 Galaxy II vs. Reno 1868 FC. Sept. 9 Rungvisai vs Chocolatito 2; Galaxy II vs. San Antonio FC. Sept. 16 Galaxy vs. Toronto FC. Sept. 30 Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake. 18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson, 310.630.2000 Map M15
jellies in the Wonders of the Deep gallery, and meet penguins, sea otters, sea lions and 11,000 other animals. New Frogs: Dazzling and Disappearing exhibition. Daily 9 am-6 pm. $17.95-$29.95, under 3 free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100 Map O16 BATTLESHIP USS IOWA Former battleship is permanently docked as a floating museum. Continuing exhibit follows the ship’s history through World War II, Korean War and Cold War. Explore the missile decks, bridge, mess areas and captain’s cabin. Daily 10 am-5 pm; last ticket sold at 4 pm. $11.95-$19.95, under 5 free. Pacific Battleship Center, USS Iowa BB-61, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, 877.446.9261 Map O15 DESCANSO GARDENS Collections include the Ancient Forest, the Japanese Garden and an award-winning camellia garden. New restaurant Maple is open for weekend brunch. M, F-Su 9 am-5 pm; Tu-Th 9 am-8 pm. $4-$9, under 5 free. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200 Map Q19 DISNEYLAND Mickey Mouse’s theme park. Attractions include Pirates of the Caribbean and updated Star Tours. Disney California Adventure is adjacent. Call for hours. $97-$124, under 3 free. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map D6 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 IFLY HOLLYWOOD “Indoor skydiving” via a vertical wind tunnel. Two to four flights per session. Check website for hours. $59.95-$99.95. Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.985.4359 Map G13 L.A. LIVE Bustling entertainment center is home to the Grammy Museum, Los Angeles Convention Center, Microsoft Theater and the Novo by Microsoft (formerly Club Nokia); restaurants including Katsuya and new Cleo; high-tech bowling lanes; a 14-screen cinema; the Ritz-Carlton Spa; and nightspots such as the Conga Room. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.5483 Map I15 L.A. ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS Home to more than 250 animal species, many of them endangered, living among immersive habitats and lush gardens. Highlights include the Rainforest of the Americas exhibit. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Ticket sales cease one hour before closing. $15-$20, under 2 free. 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200 Map T23 LEGOLAND Resort features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Water Park and Legoland Hotel. New Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Miniland model display. See legoland.com for hours, ticket packages. Parking $17-$25. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346 MADAME TUSSAUDS HOLLYWOOD Re-create favorite film and musical moments at the world-famous museum of wax figures. Hours vary. $23.95-$30.95, under 3 free. 6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1670 Map H13
ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET Local landmark with 120 produce stalls, restaurants and gift shops in open-air setting. Adjacent to the Grove shopping center. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211 Map I13
AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC Focus is on Pacific Ocean sea life. Touch the ocean’s predators in Shark Lagoon and
OUE SKYSPACE L.A. California’s tallest open-air observation deck, at nearly 1,000 feet above the city,
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Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts, Sept. 15 at Ford Theatres (below)
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ATTRACTIONS 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 QUEEN MARY Historic ocean liner permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, hotel, art deco lounge, a 4-D theater and restaurants. Daily self-guided and guided tours; night tours available. Check queenmary. com for hours and prices. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738 Map O16 SEAWORLD The 189-acre adventure park features thousands of marine animals including killer whales, 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 SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN Theme park has 17 coasters, plus dozens of rides and attractions for kids and families including world’s tallest, fastest and longest flying coaster, Tatsu, the new virtual-reality coaster the New Revolution and the world’s tallest vertical drop, Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom. Call or visit sixflags.com for hours. $57.99-$82.99, under 3 free. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia, 661.255.4100 Map A2 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 UNIVERSAL CITYWALK Dining, shopping and entertainment promenade includes boutiques such as Fossil and Billabong; new restaurants such as Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Dongpo Kitchen, LudoBird and Voodoo Doughnut; novelty stores such as Magnet Max and Things From Another World; renovated, stateof-the-art Universal Cinema and Imax theater; and simulated skydiving wind tunnel iFly Hollywood. Call for hours. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4455 Map U20 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD Movie-based theme park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and The Walking Dead Attraction are popular recent additions. Other attractions include Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and adjacent Super Silly Fun Land; and the Simpsons Ride and its immersive environment, Springfield. Studio Tour includes Peter Jackson’s King Kong 360 3-D, film and TV sets and the Fast & Furious—Supercharged hydraulic motion-based thrill ride. Call or check universalstudioshollywood.com for hours and prices. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377 Map U20
STUDIO TOURS PARAMOUNT PICTURES STUDIO TOUR Two-hour group tour of Hollywood’s longest-operating and only remaining major studio. Reservations recommended. Tours daily (except some holidays) every half-hour 9:30 am-3 pm. $55; VIP tour $178, under 10 not admitted. 2.5-hour After Dark Tour every 15 minutes F-Sa 7:30-8 pm. $78, under 12 not admitted. 5515 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.1777 Map I14 SONY PICTURES STUDIO TOUR Two-hour walking tour of working motion-picture studio includes stages where television shows and movies including The Wizard of Oz and Spider-Man were filmed. Reservations, photo ID required. M-W, F 9:30 am-2:30 pm; Th 9:30 am-6 pm. $45, under 12 not admitted. Parking free. 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.244.8687 Map L11 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD Legendary studio tour (also see listing under “Attractions”). VIP Experience includes front-of-line privileges, gourmet lunch and other perks. Check universalstudioshollywood.com or call for hours and prices. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.3801 Map U20
“The Official Museum of Hollywood” 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 9 am-3 pm. $55-$68, under 8 not admitted. 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 877.492.8687 Map U20
-Hollywood’s Honorary Mayor, Johnny Grant
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STUDIO TAPINGS 1IOTA Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show With James Corden, The Voice and The Talk, as well as special events. Minimum age 16-18, varies by show. 323.417.6550, 1iota.com AUDIENCES UNLIMITED Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows on CBS, Fox, NBC, Netflix and the CW that are produced in the L.A. area, such as The Big Bang Theory and Fuller House. Minimum age 10-18, varies by show. 818.260.0041, ext. 1, tvtickets.com 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
MUSEUMS THE ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY Cultural venue dedicated to digital and print photography. Multimedia studio and retail gallery Skylight Studios is across the park from the photography space. W-Su 11 am-6 pm. Free. Parking $3.50, $1 after 4:30 pm and all day Sa-Su. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 213.403.3000 Map J11 AUTRY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST Museum explores the art, history and cultures of the American West. Houses one of the top U.S. collections of Native American materials. Tu-F 10 am-4 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. $6-$14, under 3 free. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.667.2000 Map H14 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. Online reservations encouraged. 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.232.6200 Map H16 CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM Exhibits showcasing the history, culture and art of African-Americans, with an emphasis on California and the western United States. Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. Free. Parking $12, $15 after 5 pm. 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 213.744.7432 Map M8 CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER Interactive exhibits for budding scientists; Imax theater. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Permanent gallery, free; admission for other exhibits and Imax varies. Parking $12. 700 Exposition Park Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 323.724.3623 Map K15 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 GRAMMY MUSEUM Museum on L.A. Live campus explores music, the creative and recording processes and Grammy Awards history. M-F 10:30 am-6:30 pm;
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September 15–December 31, 2017 RADICAL WOMEN: LATIN AMERICAN ART, 1960–1985 IS ORGANIZED BY THE HAMMER MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES, AS PART OF PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: LA/LA, AN INITIATIVE OF THE GETTY WITH ARTS INSTITUTIONS ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. THE EXHIBITION IS GUEST CURATED BY CECILIA FAJARDO-HILL AND ANDREA GIUNTA WITH MARCELA GUERRERO, FORMER CURATORIAL FELLOW, HAMMER MUSEUM. RADICAL WOMEN: LATIN AMERICAN ART, 1960–1985 IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH LEAD GRANTS FROM THE GETTY FOUNDATION. MAJOR FUNDING IS PROVIDED BY THE DIANE AND BRUCE HALLE FOUNDATION AND EUGENIO LÓPEZ ALONSO. GENEROUS SUPPORT IS PROVIDED BY VERA R. CAMPBELL FOUNDATION, MARCY CARSEY, BETTY AND BRACK DUKER, SUSAN BAY NIMOY, AND VISIONARY WOMEN. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT IS PROVIDED BY THE RADICAL WOMEN LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE AND THE FRIENDS OF RADICAL WOMEN.
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ATTRACTIONS Sa-Su 10 am-6:30 pm. $10.95-$12.95, under 6 free. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800 Map I15 HAMMER MUSEUM UCLA-affiliated museum presents influential traveling shows and installations alongside its permanent collection. Tu-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. Free. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000 Map J10 HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM In the historic Max Factor Building, steps from the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum houses 10,000 authentic showbiz treasures that showcase 100 years of Hollywood’s entertainment industry. W-Su 10 am-5 pm. $5-$15. 1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776 Map H13 HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS Art, buildings and grounds, with a dozen themed gardens; new dining concepts; a beautiful gallery and an education and visitor center. W-M 10 am-5 pm. $13-$25, under 4 free. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2141 Map R21 JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM Promotes understanding of ethnic diversity with a focus on the Japanese-American experience. Tu-W, F-Su 11 am-5 pm; Th noon-8 pm. $6-$12, under 5 free, Th 5-8 pm and third Thursday of the month free. 100 N. Central Ave., downtown, 213.625.0414 Map H17 LA BREA TAR PITS AND MUSEUM Watch paleontologists at work uncovering ice age L.A. Among the main attractions are the ever-bubbling tar pits, which make up the world’s most famous fossil-excavation site. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.934.7243 Map J13
L.A., Let’s Play! Now on view, experience an exhibition of toys and games spanning the times and cultures of the American West. The fun extends outside with playground games, hands-on activities, and events for the entire family. SPONSORED BY
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LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART The largest art museum in the western U.S., with diverse, superb collections housed on a 20-acre campus. MTu, Th 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-7 pm. $10-$15, under 18 free. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000 Map J13 LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST The West Coast’s largest archive of Holocaust-era documents, relics and other primarysource materials. Interactive and audiovisual exhibits include “The World That Was” touch-screen table. Sa-Th 10 am-5 pm; F 10 am-2 pm. Free. Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. The Grove Drive, L.A., 323.651.3704 Map I12 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Premier contemporary-art museum housed in three facilities. GC (reopening in Oct.) 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 MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART Leading museum of modern and contemporary Latin American art; Robert Gumbiner Sculpture Garden. W-Su 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-9 pm. $6-$9, under 12 free. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, 562.437.1689 Map O6 MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE Exhibits on prejudice and discrimination, legacy of the Holocaust, humanrights issues and Anne Frank’s life and legacy. Su-F 10 am-5 pm. $11.50-$15.50, under 5 free. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.553.8403 Map J11 NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY Thirty-three million objects, from dinosaur fossils to fish. The 3.5-acre Nature Gardens, interactive Nature Lab and Tyrannosaurus rex growth series exhibit are highlights. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free. 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.3466 Map K15
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SHOPPING NORTON SIMON MUSEUM Stellar collection of Renaissance to 20th-century masterworks and sculpture garden. M, W-Th noon-5 pm; F-Sa 11 am-8 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. $9-$12; students with photo ID, under 19 free. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.6840 Map Q19
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 SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER Cultural venue highlights the American Jewish experience through engaging exhibitions and programs. The awardwinning Noah’s Ark attraction is great for tots. Tu-F noon-5 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. $7-$12, under 2 free, free Thursdays. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500 Map G9
SHOPPING DESTINATIONS THE AMERICANA AT BRAND Downtown Glendale hot spot from the creators of the Grove with Main Street, U.S.A., atmosphere and trolley. Some 90 stores such as Kate Spade and Toms. Dining options include Din Tai Fung and Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina. 889 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.637.8900 Map U23
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BEVERLY CENTER Trendsetting mall near West Hollywood is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation. It has more than 100 boutiques (Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, True Religion concept store, Uniqlo, Cos) and is anchored by Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. 8500 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.854.0070 Map I12 CITADEL OUTLETS Assyrian architecture south of downtown stands out along the Golden State (5) Freeway; the center offers discounted clothes from Coach, Guess, H&M, Banana Republic, Levi’s and Converse, to name just a few. 100 Citadel Drive, L.A., 323.888.1724 Map B4 THE GROVE Popular outdoor center is home to 40 shops including Apple, Brandy Melville, Nordstrom and Elizabeth and James and nine restaurants including Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and Ladurée, all in a setting that suggests a grand old downtown. Movie theater, trolley and dancing fountain are draws. Adjacent to Original Farmers Market. 189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 888.315.8883 Map I13
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MALIBU COUNTRY MART Outdoor center with upscale boutiques including new Paige and Victoire, plus Cie Sparks salon and restaurants such as Taverna Tony and Mr Chow. Malibu Lumber Yard and Malibu Village are adjacent. 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7300 Map northwest of K7 PLATFORM Collection of cult-favorite retailers and restaurants (Magasin, The Edit by Freda Salvador + Janessa Leoné, Velvet, Aesop, Tenoverten, Bird, the Cannibal) curated by Runyon Group in Culver City’s up-and-coming Hayden Tract neighborhood. Next to the Metro Expo Line’s Culver City station. 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, platformla.com Map M11 THE POINT Upscale outdoor South Bay shopping center features trendy retailers including Planet Blue, Prana, Lucky Brand and Madewell; top L.A. eateries (Mendocino Farms, Superba Food + Bread); and fitness destination SoulCycle. 1850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, 310.414.5280, thepointsb.com Map L13 SANTA MONICA PLACE Sleek outdoor mall at south end of Third Street Promenade anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. More than 80 boutiques, including Lorna Jane, Coach, 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
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SOUTH COAST PLAZA High-end center in Orange County boasts nearly 300 boutiques (Chanel, Céline, Gucci, Chloé, Bottega Veneta) and 40 restaurants, including new Water Grill. Concierge at four locations. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888 Map E6 THIRD STREET PROMENADE Pedestrian-only shopping zone includes shops (Zara, Cotton On, Converse, Anthropologie), kiosks and an array of entertaining street performers. 1351 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 310.393.8355 Map L8 TWO RODEO Center with cobblestones in the heart of Beverly Hills features luxury boutiques including 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, Wolfgang Puck, Spanx, SeaLegs Wine Bar, Porsche Design, Petrossian) available to travelers flying out of LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal, as well as terminals 1, 2, 3 and 6. 380 World Way, L.A., 310.646.1770, westfieldatlax.com Map O10 WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY Open-air mall in the midst of an $800 million-plus revitalization has more than 175 stores. Luxe AMC multiplex with Imax screen, food-court atrium and terrace; restaurants include Toscanova. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.277.3898 Map J11
NIGHTLIFE 1 OAK Strikingly seductive, art-filled club from New York. 9039 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.274.2326 Map H12 THE ABBEY David Cooley’s world-famous gay bar and nightclub. A new concept, the Chapel at the Abbey, is adjacent. 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.289.8410 Map H12 ARTS DISTRICT BREWING CO. 213 Hospitality’s Arts District brewery and tasting room with classic bar games and food from Neal Fraser’s Fritzi. 828 Traction Ave., downtown, 213.519.5887 Map I17 AVALON HOLLYWOOD Recently renovated dance club and concert venue with a storied past: It hosted the Beatles’ first West Coast performance. More intimate club Bardot is upstairs. 1735 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.462.8900 Map H14 BREAK ROOM 86 1980s-style bar inside the Line Hotel with karaoke suites and live entertainment. 630 S. Ardmore Ave., L.A., 213.368.3056 Map west of H15 THE BUNGALOW Seaside cottage-style nightspot with gourmet bites by Fig Restaurant. The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.8530 Map L8
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COVELL Intimate Los Feliz neighborhood wine bar from Dustin Lancaster, who’s also behind Silver Lake’s L&E Oyster Bar and El Condor. 4628 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.660.4400 Map W23 DOHENY ROOM Stylish art deco-style bar and lounge from the SBE Group offers a diverse menu by Cleo chef Danny Elmaleh. 9077 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.777.0266 Map H12 GOOD TIMES AT DAVEY WAYNE’S ’70s-themed bar from the Houston brothers. 1611 N. El Centro Ave., L.A., 323.962.3804 Map H14 LA DESCARGA Cuban-inspired rum bar. Live band and dance performances. Reservations recommended. Upscale dress code. 1159 N. Western Ave., L.A., 323.466.1324 Map east of H14
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TOURS + TRANSPORT LAUGH FACTORY Famed comedy nightclub. 8001 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.656.1336; 151 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, 562.495.2844 Map H12, N16 MELROSE UMBRELLA CO. Rustic-chic space with creative cocktails and inventive fare. Coffee is also offered during the day. 7465 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.951.0709 Map I12 THE NICE GUY H.Wood Group’s reservations-only, Italian-inspired restaurant and mixology lounge. 401 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.360.9500 Map I12 NIGHTINGALE PLAZA SBE’s exclusive nightclub has a high-tech main club room, two bars/lounges and an outdoor garden “oasis.” 643 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 323.457.2211 Map I12 NO VACANCY Gin cocktails and live entertainment in a Victorian boutique hotel. 1727 N. Hudson Ave., Hollywood, 323.465.1902 Map H14
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PERCH Open-air roost in a historic building; indoor cabaret lounge Bar Thirteen is underneath. 448 S. Hill St., downtown, 213.802.1770 Map I16 POUR VOUS Parisian-inspired Champagne and cocktail salon. Upscale dress code. 5574 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.871.8699 Map I14
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THE SPARE ROOM Gaming parlor and cocktail lounge with bowling lanes and fancy drinks. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.769.7296 Map H13 TROUBADOUR Historic spot books up-and-coming alt-rock and local bands. 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.276.1158 Map H12 UPSTAIRS Sip drinks and enjoy stunning city views atop Ace Hotel, in the historic United Artists Building. 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233 Map I16
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 in customizable or preset itineraries. Daily tours include L.A. in a Day, Movie Star Homes and Hollywood bike tours. Daily 9 am-5 pm. 8743 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.796.8555, bikeshikes.com Map H12 CATALINA EXPRESS Year-round boat service to Catalina Island. Up to 30 daily departures from Long Beach, Dana Point, San Pedro. Reservations recommended. Ride Free on Your Birthday program. Call or check website for hours and prices. 800.481.3470, catalinaexpress.com
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DODGER STADIUM TOUR Behind-the-scenes tour allows guests to visit the field and the dugout, walk through the Vin Scully Press Box and more. $15-$20, under 4 free. 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 866.363.4377 Map G17 DOWNTOWN ART WALK Self-guided gallery tour/ party centered on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets. Second Thursday of every month, noon10 pm; lounge open from 6-10 pm. Free. 213.617.4929, ext. 206, downtownartwalk.org Map I16
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TOURS + TRANSPORT GLENDEVON MOTORS This luxury-car-rental service offers only the best from iconic British brands—latemodel Rolls-Royces, Bentleys and Range Rovers—and offers free pickup and drop-off. Its Drive & Dine experience includes a scenic planned route and a wicker hamper filled with a gourmet picnic. 5550 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 170, Woodland Hills, 818.835.9016, glendevonmotors.com Map west of A1 HORNBLOWER CRUISES & EVENTS Dine, dance and take in beautiful harbor views aboard one of Hornblower’s cruises. Dinner and Champagne brunch options. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, 888.467.6256, hornblower.com Map O9 MELTING POT FOOD TOURS Tasting tours of foodie destinations such as Thai Town (hosted by chef Jet Tila), the Original Farmers Market and select restaurants. Private tours available. Reservation required. 424.247.9666; tickets, 800.979.3370, meltingpottours.com METRO City bus, light rail and subway. Rail lines connect downtown, Hollywood, Pasadena, Long Beach; underground Red Line from Union Station through Hollywood to San Fernando Valley; Gold Line from Union Station to East L.A. and through Pasadena to Azusa; Blue Line from downtown to Long Beach; Green Line from Norwalk to Redondo Beach; Expo Line from Santa Monica to downtown. 323.466.3876, metro.net METROLINK Regional train system connects Los Angeles County with Ventura, Orange and San Diego counties. Six of seven Metrolink rail lines (including the Orange County lines, San Bernardino lines and Ventura County lines) begin at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. 800.371.5465, metrolinktrains.com OLD HOLLYWOOD TOUR The Hollywood Entertainment District BID’s new guided walking tour explores Tinseltown’s history, stopping at early movie theaters, residences, restaurants, celebrity haunts and more. Tours begin at the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance. Last Friday of the month, 10-11:30 am. $20. 6562 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., onlyinhollywood.org/oldhollywoodwalkingtour Map H13
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The Penicillin cocktail at Gratitude in Beverly Hills. 424.389.1850 The Cinecon Classic Film Festival, through Sept. 4 at the Egyptian Theatre. cinecon.org Battleship USS Iowa’s new Battleship Flight exhibit and virtual-reality flight theater. p. 66 Vino-Palooza, Sept. 10 at the Marina Del Rey Hotel. vino-palooza.com Voodoo Doughnut’s over-the-top treats at Universal CityWalk. 818.622.6646 Catching film premieres at the Burbank International Film Festival from Sept. 6-10. p. 65 Nachos at XOC Tequila Grill in the Village at Westfield Topanga. 818.992.7930 Fireworks and Muppets at the Hollywood Bowl. p. 66
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Free admission to participating museums on Sept. 23 with a Museum Day Live! ticket. smithsonianmag.com
“Salted Covfefe” ice cream in a black, activated-charcoal cone at downtown’s Little Damage. 213.534.8363
The Independent Shakespeare Co.’s free performances at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park, through Sept. 3. 818.710.6306
Dean leather goods, featured at Handcrafted LA at the Bloc, downtown. handcraftedla.com
Personalized St. Louis Totes at Goyard’s new Beverly Hills flagship. p. 16
Vegan fare at The Butcher’s Daughter on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. 310.981.3004
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, playing a free show at California Plaza on Sept. 22. grandperformances.org
Premium steaks and panoramic views at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown’s La Boucherie on 71. p. 18
Spicy wings at Burbank’s new Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. 747.231.3990
L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden’s Arcadia Moon Festival, on Sept. 30. p. 42
True Botanicals skin care products at Violet Grey on Melrose Place. 323.782.9700
Dirty Mint Chip ice cream at Coolhaus in Culver City. 310.838.5559 The luxe Black Label collection at L.A.-based fine-jewelry brand Vrai & Oro’s new shop at Row DTLA. 213.537.1217 The California-inspired avocado pizza at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills. p. 56
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