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74 ENTERTAINMENT Special events, performing arts and sports
The Hammer Museum shines a light on Black Mountain College with its Leap Before You Look exhibition. Spring is in bloom at Descanso’s Cherry Blossom Festival and the L.A. Zoo’s Big Bunny Spring Fling.
76 ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS Theme parks, activities, studio tapings, exhibitions and more 83 SHOPPING The county’s major retail destinations
96 30 Things We Love Pretty pastels, inspired decor and plenty of sunshine put spring in our steps.
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10 Shopping Style is in the house! New local design shops offer fresh furnishings and chic home accessories.
The star of Fox’s Lucifer, the U.K.’s Tom Ellis, tells Where about his devilish new role—and where to get the best British meal in L.A.
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88 BEACHES Sandy stops along L.A.’s coastline 89 TOURS + TRANSPORT Getting out, getting around and getting to know Los Angeles
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MAKE TIME FOR DESIGN As anyone who has fallen down the rabbit hole of Houzz or HGTV can attest, home design and decor can be positively addictive. When I renovated my home several years ago, I spent countless hours not just on the Internet, but also peeking into the West Hollywood Design District’s showrooms and poking around the cool design shops springing up farther east on Melrose Avenue (and beyond). I also bought tickets for every local home tour and wandered through neighborhoods pondering paint schemes and rooflines. Along the way, I found more than fixtures and inspiration—I gained a deeper appreciation of L.A.’s built environment and understanding of its history, which, naturally, made me want to share that experience with visitors. Dismiss any preconceptions: Although many Southern California structures may be—ahem—uninspired, you’ll find some of the country’s most beautiful Craftsman, midcentury-modern, Victorian, art deco, Spanish colonial revival and contemporary buildings here, too—and what’s more, you can tour several noteworthy examples (see page 16). Turning to interiors, our world-class design shops are too numerous to list, but a great place to start is the roundup of newcomers on pages 10-11. While you’re checking them out, take time to explore the
surrounding neighborhoods, where you’re sure to find other terrific design resources. (Tip: Linens make excellent, unbreakable souvenirs.) As for me, it’s been long enough since I redecorated that it’s nearly time for a refresh. I can hardly wait. —Suzanne Ennis
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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ARTS AND CULTURE
THROUGH MARCH 13 OH, LORDY The divine Sean Hayes channels the Almighty in An Act of God at the Ahmanson. p. 74
LEAPS AND BOUNDS If restriction breeds creativity, North Carolina’s Black Mountain College—a utopian experiment that operated from 1933-1957— proved that utter freedom breeds creativity as well. The institution is the subject of the Hammer Museum’s exhibition Leap Before You Look, which explores the influence the liberal-arts college— and its students and teachers, who included John Cage, Josef Albers and Cy Twombly—had on postwar culture, art and education through its philosophy of free inquiry and emphasis on both visual and applied arts. p. 81
OPENING MARCH 15, 20 DOUBLY PERFECT The Getty’s Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium (see below) debuts five days before LACMA’s companion show. p. 81, 82 MARCH 18 ALL THAT JAZZ The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s creative chair for jazz, the legendary Herbie Hancock, takes the stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. p. 76
Fielding Dawson, Cy Twombly at Black Mountain (1951)
FAIRS, FESTS AND MORE FUN EVENTS
PPLA FOOD FARE 2016 > MARCH 3 This renowned culinary fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles offers bites from more than 150 of the city’s best restaurants, breweries and more at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. p. 74
4 CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL > MARCH 12-13 Descanso Gardens welcomes spring—and Daylight Saving Time—with its annual fest featuring origami, food and more (see left). p. 76
HERE FOR THE WEEKEND? Go to SoCalPulse.com for the Weekend Roundup, where you can get the lowdown on the coolest festivals, performingarts events, dining promotions and more.
5 CASEY’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY STREET FESTIVAL > MARCH 17 Raise a glass of whiskey—or green beer—to Ireland’s patron saint amid corned beef, drink specials and games at this 43rd annual street festival, downtown. p. 74
2 CICLAVIA—THE VALLEY > MARCH 6 The popular car-free event returns to the San Fernando Valley, this time clearing a route between Pacoima and Panorama City for walkers, skaters and cyclists. p. 74
6 WESTWEEK 2016 > MARCH 23-24 Shop and learn about the latest trends in design at this year’s “Mad About Design”-themed showcase at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center. p. 74
3 PALEYFEST > MARCH 11-20 TV fans go wild for this yearly event, which boasts screenings of hot shows, plus interactive panels with the creators and stars, at the Dolby Theatre. p. 74
7 BIG BUNNY SPRING FLING > MARCH 25-27 Get ready for Easter at this “eggciting” fun fair at the L.A. Zoo, where little ones can pet rabbits, do crafts, get their faces painted and more. p. 78
MARCH 19-20 SOUL SENSATION Listen to buzzed-about newcomer Leon Bridges croon his retro R&B at the Wiltern. p. 76 ALL MONTH UNDER OUR SKIN Established and emerging artists tackle racial relations through art in Skin, at LAMAG at Barnsdall Art Park. p. 76
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OPENING MARCH 4 POP UP Marcel Duchamp’s indelible influence on pop art is the subject of the new Duchamp to Pop at the Norton Simon Museum. p. 83
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Home Style L.A. has long offered great resources to help you feather your nest, but new shops across the county are bringing fresh energy to the local design scene. Stop in to find interior inspiration and decor to bring home, and feel free to go big: Isn’t that why white-glove delivery was invented? —Suzanne Ennis
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2. RH MODERN GALLERY
They’re go-tos for A-listers like Jessica Alba and Jimmy Kimmel, and now the Consort interiordesign duo, Brandon Quattrone and MyDomaine’s Mat Sanders, are bringing their playful and chic style to you. With partner Marie Goble, they filled their new shop with Consort custom furniture (including the ‘80s-inspired bed on our cover) as well as vintage and new finds. Also look for souvenir-perfect items like locally made ceramics and a brass sculpture of a hand flipping the bird. 6918 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.930.5688, consort-design.com
In a move that speaks to L.A.’s design cred, juggernaut Restoration Hardware picked West Hollywood for the site of its first freestanding RH Modern Gallery, home to the brand’s new line of modern furniture. There you can see (and order) thousands of items to furnish every room of your home, all featuring clean lines and neutral tones that harmonize with the brand’s more traditional designs. 8772 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 424.281.1326, rhmodern.com 3. SERENA & LILY
A little bit preppy, a little bit Cali, Serena & Lily pieces are as fresh as an ocean breeze. The Sausalito-based lifestyle brand’s first L.A. design shop sports a textile-swatch wall that inspires you to mix and match colors and patterns, as well as original art, bedding, select furniture pieces and much more. All instock items ship within a week, so most finds can be waiting for you when you get home. 8422 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.852.3191, serenaandlily.com
4. HERMOSA DESIGN
6. LINDSTRÖM RUGS
This semihidden Hermosa Beach gem, owned by designerbuilders Steve and Farnaz Reneker, marries modern and Scandinavian-inspired design with contemporary beach living (think durable, clean-lined and cheerful). Picks include Sagaform picnic blankets, Louis Poulsen lighting and Skargaarden teak outdoor furniture. This month, also check out work by L.A.-based photographer Jill Paider. 618 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.374.4300, hermosa-design.com
They do make ‘em like they used to, evidenced by this boutique rug company founded by L.A.-based Erik Lindström. The Venice flagship is a kaleidoscope of handknotted and hand-tufted rugs made from fine natural materials in contemporary and transitional patterns. In addition to leading an in-house design team, Lindström collaborates with top artists to create special collections. For example, Karim Rashid developed Korgamy, an example of which is seen at left. 1733 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Suite A, Venice, 310.306.8700, lindstromrugs.com
5. HD BUTTERCUP
HD Buttercup’s new downtown Arts District location is a 30,000-square-foot former warehouse filled with furniture, carpets and accessories, with a salon-style installation of modern and contemporary art occupying the second floor. 2118 E. 7th Place, downtown, 213.223.9800, hdbuttercup.com
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angeles The grain bowl with seared albacore tuna at Superba Food + Bread
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Deep-fried shrimp toast at Tempura Endo
There’s a portal to Japan in Beverly Hills: Just look for the sign for Tempura Endo on Little Santa Monica Boulevard. Step inside this elegant 16-seat restaurant recently imported from the Gion district of Kyoto to discover tempura as delicate and crisp as it is succulent and flavorful. There’s a tiny dining room, but sit at the bar to watch as chefs slice,
dice and dip such delicacies as urchin, wagyu and abalone in a light, low-gluten batter then flash-fry them in premium cottonseed, sesame-seed and safflower oil, artfully presenting each alongside infused salts for sprinkling and sauces for dipping. (The scallop stuffed with truffle and topped with caviar may be the most decadent of the bites, but the
creamy sesame tofu alone is worth the visit.) Enjoy nonpareil service, whether you order à la carte (10 pm-midnight) or, better yet, opt for one of three tasting menus ($180-$280), which are followed by a traditional tea ceremony performed by a kimono-clad hostess. 9777 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.274.2201, beverlyhills-endo.com
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Pitfire Pizza founder Paul Hibler’s Superba Food + Bread has supplied Venice with great coffee, baked goods and upscale, approachable New American cuisine for nearly two years. Now, with executive chef James Trees at the helm, an outpost at the Point shopping and dining destination is bringing the love to the South Bay. Just a few miles from LAX, the new Superba shares the original’s uninterrupted breakfast-through-dinner service, fresh pastries, eminently Instagrammable interior design and select favorite dishes including truffle-ricotta gnudi, smoked bucatini carbonara and standout takes on avocado toast. You’ll also find a real-food kids’ menu, a cocktail program by Red Medicine alum Johan Stein and a well-priced nightly happy hour. Raise a glass to post-shopping oysters, cheese plates and house vino. The Point, 830 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 100, El Segundo, 310.906.4598, superbafoodandbread.com
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angeles You’ve made a playlist of Michael Bolton songs, so I’d say that’s confidence in the best way possible! [Laughs.] Well, I don’t profess to be this alpha male. I’m a bit goofy. People think they have to be cool all the time, but I think it’s much cooler to just be yourself. In the pilots of both Rush and Lucifer, you’re seen speeding down Hollywood streets in a convertible. Is this in your contract? If that’s going to be my career path, I’m not complaining! Anytime I’m doing scenes like that, I’m like, “Oh, my God, I’m driving a convertible down Hollywood Boulevard or the PCH!” It’s just ridiculous.
THE DEVIL IN DISGUISE Tom Ellis may have a family full of ministers, but the 37-yearold native of Wales says he never considered that path. “The preachings I grew up with were about love, understanding, acceptance. Still, whenever I was asked if I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps, I was like, ‘Nope!’” he laughs. Instead, Ellis earned roles on the BBC‘s EastEnders, the USA Network’s Rush and, now, Fox’s Lucifer, which he describes as equal parts procedural, supernatural, fantasy and comedy. While digging his teeth into the devilish title role—drawn from the comicbook series, he emphasizes—Ellis is getting to know the City of Angels, where the show is set. “My best friends from London live in L.A., so I stay with them,” he says. “It’s nice because I have a bit of normality and grounding.” —Jessica Radloff Charm and confidence help Lucifer get out of a lot of sticky situations. What qualities do you possess that have helped you succeed in Hollywood? A few years ago, I got to a point
where I stopped trying to impress people. I stopped worrying what people wanted from me and actually started to gain some confidence about what I might have to offer.
Several billboards around L.A. feature hit NBC shows, but, recently, someone has been writing “Watch Lucifer” in graffiti all over them. Do you want to confess anything? I genuinely don’t know! But someone sent me those photos, and I put them on Twitter. I have to say that I don’t publicly condone this behavior, but it’s kind of hilarious and very much in the spirit of what the show is! I genuinely don’t know who did it, but I had no problem reposting those photos sent to me! You’re a father to three daughters, ages 10, 7 and 3. What kind of dad are you? I’m really close to my girls. My kids are the least impressed of anyone of my career, but they’re also really proud of me. People ask me what it’s like having three daughters, and I say, “It’s great! But ask me again in five or 10 years.” [Laughs.] Growing up, was there a role or movie that inspired you? I watched Much Ado About Nothing and saw Kenneth Branagh
and Emma Thompson speak Shakespeare in a very brilliant and understandable way, and it connected with me completely. That was the film that made me go, “Oh, yeah, I kind of get it now.” Aside from the weather, what do you most appreciate about L.A.? The aesthetic. It’s very different from London. There are parts of it that are very pretty, particularly the nature around it being right by the ocean and the mountains. ... It’s been a very positive place for me, and that’s why I love it. What are your favorite restaurants? I love Osteria Mozza. It’s one of my favorite [places to eat] Italian meals, and they have amazing wine. I spend a lot of time at Soho House. It feels a bit like the British Embassy! [Laughs.] It’s the best view in L.A. The big difference between the U.K. and here is that people are fascinated by food in America. They talk about it a lot. We talk about the weather in the U.K. You guys don’t talk about that here! Where do you go to get an authentic British meal in L.A.? The Pikey on Sunset and The Village Idiot. That’s good grub! I do love me some fish ’n’ chips. But when I’m in L.A., I’m all about the burgers. They’re infinitely better here than back home. Any hotel that I’ve stayed in, the burger is amazing. (THE DEVIL IS IN) THE DETAILS The Pikey 7617 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.850.5400, thepikeyla.com Osteria Mozza 6602 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.0100, osteriamozza.com Soho House 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.432.9200, sohohousewh.com The Village Idiot 7383 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.655.3331, villageidiotla.com
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Iconic L.A. From Carroll Avenue’s 1880s Victorians to Frank Gehry’s shimmering 21st century masterpiece —Walt Disney Concert Hall—Los Angeles offers an array of architecture to surprise and delight. By BARBARA THORNBURG
A CASE STUDY
Renowned photographer Julius Shulman’s famous 1960 photo of two pretty girls sitting in a glass-enclosed living room cantilevered above L.A. has made Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House No. 22 the most celebrated midcentury home in L.A. Docents on afternoon and early-evening tours answer questions and allow visitors private time to soak in the iconic home and its breathtaking 270-degree view.
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What: Stahl House (Case Study House No. 22), built in 1959 by Pierre Koenig Where: 1635 Woods Drive, L.A. Why: Iconic L.A. midcentury-modern home When: W and Sa, plus March 11. See tour hours on website.
Cost: Day tour $60 each or $35 each for two or more; evening tour $90 each or $50 each for two or more Contact: See stahlhouse.com for tickets, schedule and restrictions, or call 208.429.1058.
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→ Built in 1908 as a winter residence for David and Mary Gamble, this three-story Pasadena home is often described as America’s Arts and Crafts masterpiece. The one-hour tour spotlights the work of architect brothers Greene and Greene, who designed every aspect of the home—including many of the furnishings—with the use of natural materials and with attention to detail and craftsmanship.
What: Gamble House, built in 1908 by Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene Where: 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena Why: Famous American Arts and Crafts home
When: Tu 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Th-Su noon-4 pm Cost: Adults $15, seniors and full-time students with ID $12.50, under 12 free Contact: See gamblehouse.org to
reserve tickets online, or call ACME Ticketing at 844.325.0812. (Tickets may be purchased at the bookstore the day of the tour. Advance tickets highly recommended.)
Opposite: Julius Shulman’s famous photo of the Stahl House. This page, clockwise from top: The Stahl House today; the Gamble House and a stairwell inside the home, both photos by Alex Vertikoff courtesy of the Gamble House
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→ Conceived as an experiment in social living, architect R.M. Schindler's Kings Road House was designed as a cooperative live/work space for two young families. The home's unique open floor plan and novel use of industrial materials, as well as its seamless integration of indoors and out, epitomize the California Modernism we celebrate today.
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What: Schindler House, designed by R.M. Schindler in 1922 Where: 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood Why: Birthplace of
California Modernism When: W-Su 11 am-6 pm Cost: Self-guided tours $7 adults, $6 for students and seniors,
under 12 free, free F 4-6 pm Contact: Confirm availability for a 30-minute, docent-led tour offered Sa-Su only, 323.651.1510.
→ Explore historic Angelino (Angeleno) Heights, one of the city’s early suburbs. The Los Angeles Conservancy’s 2.5-hour, six-block walking tour focuses on the history of this picturesque neighborhood, especially the 1300 block of Carroll Avenue, with its 19th-century restored Victorians. The location has been the backdrop of countless films and videos—be sure and check out 1345 Carroll Ave., which was used in the final scene of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
What: 1300 block of Carroll Avenue, developed in the mid-1880s by William Stilson and Everett E. Hall Where: Meeting and parking information provided in reservation confirmation Why: Highest concentration of Queen Anne and Eastlake Victorian residences in SoCal When: First Sa of every month at 10 am Cost: Adults $10, Conservancy members and under 13 $5 Contact: See laconservancy.org to reserve tickets, or call 213.623.2489.
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→ Downtown L.A. boasts an extraordinary collection of art deco buildings. Ooh and aah at the turquoise terra-cotta facade of the Eastern Columbia Building and the Oviatt Building’s exquisite Lalique glass elevator doors on the L.A. Conservancy's 2.5-hour tour—an in-depth look at the history, materials and style of art deco architecture and design popular in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s. What: Downtown’s art deco buildings, from the 1920s and 1930s Where: Start at Pershing Square, L.A. (see Getting There tab on L.A. Conservancy website). Why: Extraordinary collection of art deco buildings When: Sa at 10 am Cost: Adults $10, Conservancy members and under 13 $5 Contact: See laconservancy.org for tickets (walk-ins acceptable), or call 213.623.2489.
NOT FROM MARS: BUILDING-AS-SCULPTURE
→ Iconoclastic L.A. architect Frank Gehry, in an early proposal for Walt Disney Concert Hall, remarked that his buildings “weren’t from Mars”—even though his final iteration of the home of the L.A. Phil appears to some as an otherworldly vision. One-hour guided tours highlight the stainless-steel exterior and take you through the serpentine interior spaces and gardens.
From top: The Eastern Columbia Building; the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Opposite, from top: Schindler House; Carroll Avenue’s Victorians
What: Walt Disney Concert Hall, built in 2003 by Frank Gehry Where: 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Why: Internationally renowned concert hall When: Tours offered most days at noon and 1:15 pm Cost: Free (self-guided tours also available) Contact: See musiccenter.org (Plan Your Visit tab) for tour schedule; call 213.972.7483 to reserve.
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L.A.’s biggest engines for creating pop culture are still its movie and TV studios, many of which also let visitors peek behind the scenes. All that activity spells good news for diners: Studio-adjacent restaurants are plentiful and provide more than just fuel. Check out pages 78-80 to find studio tours and tapings, then read below to learn where to eat before or after exploring the backlots or becoming part of laugh tracks. You’re sure to encounter creative types, and who knows? You may even spot a celebrity. Regardless, you will eat well. by JOSHUA LURIE
3121 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, coffeecommissary.com
and fried before joining buttermilk biscuits. 4222 Vineland Ave.,
chop or perhaps a lovely pear pie. 11334 Moorpark St.,
North Hollywood, 818.255.7290, thefrontyardla.com
Studio City, 818.924.2323, girasolrestaurant.com
→ Tel Aviv native Joe Mattar
→ Hrag “Jonathan” Darakjian
does a beautiful job of channeling his Greek and Israeli heritage at Joe’s Falafel in Universal City. His signature dish is on the sign for good reason, with each ball fried to order and paired with nutty tahini sauce. Mattar also excels with kebabs, whether chicken-thigh or ground-beef skewers called kafta. No matter what you order, add laffa: supple house-baked flatbread. 3535
hails from Beirut and opened Mantee Café near the Ventura Boulevard bend in 2009. His menu features Lebanese and Armenian classics prepared with flair. Signature mantee involves beef dumplings blanketed in garlicky yogurt sauce. Other compelling dishes include basturma with quail egg and ground-beef kebabs topped with sour-cherry sauce.
Cahuenga Blvd. W., Universal City, 323.512.4447, joesfalafel.net
10962 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.761.6565, manteecafe.com
→ Towering two-time Top Chef
→ As we learned from Lilo & Stitch, ohana means family. At Ohana BBQ in Studio City, the Yoo family serves “Korean cuisine with a Hawaiian twist.” Mounds of white rice and macaroni salad help to complete plate lunches, which could include kalbi, chicken or pork. Dessert means Hawaiian-style shaved ice in colors that resem-
→ The Front Yard is the culmination of a rehabilitation project at the Garland hotel. The openair restaurant features outdoor lounge seating, a dining room with copper chandeliers and a full bar. Chef Chris Turano steers a seasonal comfort-food menu that may include green-garbanzo hummus, flat iron steak with adobo fries and Valley fried chicken that’s brined, smoked
competitor Chris “CJ” Jacobson now spends the bulk of his time in Chicago, but he still contributes mightily to Girasol in Toluca Lake. Whimsical floral design complements Jacobson’s modern plates, which host seasonal and foraged ingredients. Standout items might include a smoky grilled Peads & Barnetts pork
ble nuclear-reactor runoff. 11269 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.508.3192, ohanabbq.com
20TH CENTURY FOX STUDIOS CENTURY CITY → Westfield Century City is the neighborhood’s epicenter, a short walk from Fox Studios. Although you can’t tour the lots, you can enjoy the area’s many dining options. All About the Bread was spun off from a popular Melrose sandwich joint. Crunchy loaves help to cradle substantial hot or cold fillings like cold cuts, pastrami or meatballs. You can also build your own sandwich and add “the works.” 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.772.0790, allaboutthebread.com
→ Chef Annie Miler established one of the best market cafés by opening Clementine on a side street across from the mall back in 1999. Her American classics are best-in-class, whether it’s her grilled cheese, Cobb salad or chicken potpie. You can also raid the pastry case or grab
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WARNER BROS. STUDIOS BURBANK UNIVERSAL STUDIOS UNIVERSAL CITY → A massive rooster greets you at Coffee Commissary in Burbank, the northernmost link in Tyler King’s specialty coffee chain. The space features Instagram-friendly tiles, a pleasant patio and coffee beans from multiple roasters. Its food far exceeds standard coffeehouse fare, with housebaked pastries, breakfast burritos bursting with brisket or pork belly, and friedchicken sandwiches.
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Chicken curry at East Borough in Culver City, near Sony Studios. Opposite, from left: Celeriac fettucini at Baroo and beet tartare at Kali, near Paramount Studios
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Grilled calamari salad at Osteria La Buca; miso salmon at Hinoki & the Bird. Opposite, clockwise from top left: Beef tenderloin at Kali; chocolate crémeux at the Wallace; sharing Korean barbecue at Hanjip
Intelligentsia coffee. 1751 Ensley Ave., Century City, 310.552.1080, clementineonline.com
→ At the base of CAA’s headquarters, you’ll find Craft’s only L.A. location. New York-based chef Tom Colicchio starts by acknowledging farm suppliers on Craft’s menu, which chef de cuisine Andrew Gavalla oversees. Most items are à la carte, though you will find composed plates such as lingcod with piquillo peppers and desserts like Navajo fry bread with apple butter, vanilla ice cream and spiced-cider sorbet. 10100
Constellation Blvd., Century City, 310.279.4180, craftrestaurantsinc.com
→ Opening a restaurant at the base of a condo tower isn’t all that typical, but Culinary Lab makes it work with Hinoki & the Bird. The airy patio quickly became one of L.A.’s powerlunch spots. Chef Brandon Kida’s progressive Southeast Asian menu includes hinoki(Japanese cypress) scented black cod and butter-lobster ramen. 10 W. Century Drive, Century City, 310.552.1200, hinokiandthebird.com
→ Westfield Century City also houses Meizhou Dongpo, a contemporary Chinese restaurant with an industrial style and splashes of red color. The menu cranks up Sichuan-style spice on dishes like duck feet in mustard sauce, mapo tofu and dan dan noodles. Build ritual into your meal by ordering signature
Meizhou roast duck with pancakes. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.788.0120, meizhourestaurants.com
→ Silvio Ursini, the Naplesborn founder of Obicà Mozzarella Bar, first launched his restaurant in L.A. on Westfield Century City’s second floor (another recently opened in Santa Monica). Mozzarella di bufala made with Campania milk is the star. Smoked and black-truffle versions are also popular, as are accompaniments like prosciutto San Daniele and pesto. Supplement with pizza, pasta and salads. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.556.2452, obica.com
PARAMOUNT PICTURES STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD → The most exciting restaurant to open near Paramount is undoubtedly Baroo, a progressive Korean restaurant from
chef/owner Kwang Uh with a focus on fermentation, which it applies to vegetables, kimchi and kombucha. Uh’s genrebusting kimchi fried rice incorporates atypical ingredients like pineapple-jalapeño salsa and purple potato chips. Housemade pasta serves as a canvas to study celery in many forms, down to the root. 5706 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323.819.4344, baroola.strikingly.com
→ Chef Kevin Meehan teamed with wine director Drew Langley on Kali, a new restaurant that shares a name with Meehan’s popular underground supper club. They’re delivering finedining-caliber food and wine in an unpretentious setting sans tablecloths and tasting menus. Dishes may include squab with carrots, honey and lavender, or heritage-grain risotto with black garlic and San Joaquin cheese. Market cocktails and house kombucha play support-
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serrano dip also help the restaurant’s name ring true. 5101 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323.663.4211
→ Down the street, Tlayuda
ing roles. 5722 Melrose Ave., L.A.,
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→ Michael Bryant has settled in behind the stoves at The Larchmont, a former home with an olive-green awning, a wood-lined patio and an art-lined dining room. The chef casts a global net to produce dishes like steak frites, harissa-seared scallops and charred Spanish octopus. 5750 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.464.4277, thelarchmont.com
→ Osteria La Buca is one of the neighborhood’s culinary cornerstones. Seasoned GM Stephen Sakulsky and business partner John Moezzi took over and brought in chef Cameron Slaugh, previously sous chef at New York’s acclaimed Eleven Madison Park. He centers the menu on pasta and pizza but incorporates market-fresh ingredients and makes pasta, ricotta and sausage in-house. He further elevates matters by preparing premium cuts of beef like ribeye cap and a 70-day, dry-aged rib-eye. 5210 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.462.1900, osterialabuca.com
→ Spicy BBQ is a charming strip-mall spot from Chiang Mai, Thailand-born chef Nong Sriyana and niece Kay. Skip basics like pad Thai in favor of northern Thai specialties like khao soi, a curry noodle soup with coconut milk. Other flavor bombs include fried ground-pork salad: five spicy patties topped with fried garlic and crispy mint. Spicy jackfruit and ferocious grilled
L.A. showcases Oaxacan-style cuisine. Tlayuda is the Mexican state’s signature tostada, each the size of a pizza and built on a crispy house-made blue-corn tortilla. Options include chorizo, marinated and cured beef tasajo, and marinated and smoked pork cesina. They’re dressed with black-bean puree, iceberg lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado and salty strands of Oaxacan cheese. 5450 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 213.261.4667, tlayudala.com
SONY PICTURES STUDIOS CULVER CITY → Chef Chloe Tran and partner John Vu Cao draw on their heritage but take Vietnamese dishes for a modern spin at East Borough, their artistic restaurant next to Kirk Douglas Theatre. They’re particularly renowned for pho baguette: beef-brisket banh mi served with a bowl of pho broth, French-dip-style. Dinner brings more ambitious dishes such as grilled hanger steak with pungent crab-paste butter, and addictive fish-sauce wings. 9810 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.596.8266, east-borough.com
→ What’s been called America’s
→ Jackson Market and Deli, tucked on a side street, produces some of Culver City’s best sandwiches. This neighborhood favorite for over eight decades features umbrellas shading tables out front and a secret garden in back. In between, you’ll find stocked shelves and a deli counter. Italian subs, barbecue beef-brisket panini and Jamaican jerk turkey sandwiches are especially popular. 4065 Jackson
chandelier and sunburst wall pattern hint at the restaurant’s bright flavors. You’ll find streetfood classics, but Richmond and chef de cuisine Kirk Plummer really excel when imparting “new wave masala” to dishes like Chindian chicken soup and lamb burgers. 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.558.8800, sambarcc.com
Ave., Culver City, 310.425.8426, jacksonmarketanddeli.com
→ Chef Sang Yoon shows his culinary range at Lukshon, his modern Southeast Asian restaurant in the Helms Bakery complex near his hit gastropub, Father’s Office. In a stylish setting with a covered patio, Lukshon gives almost every Asian country some love, whether with Yoon’s lobster-roll bánh mì (Vietnam), deluxe beef and broccoli (China) or tea-leaf salad (Myanmar). Wine also holds a place of prominence. 3239 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.202.6808, lukshon.com
→ Akasha Richmond and husband Alan Schulman opened Sambar less than a block from their first restaurant, Akasha, but the Indian restaurant feels worlds away. A colorful glass
→ Chef Joel David Miller grabbed the culinary baton from The Wallace’s opening chef, and the restaurant continues to thrive on Main Street. The place screams transparency, between its exposed wood rafters, open kitchen and seasonal farmersmarket ingredients. “Jarred” items include smoked trout and duck rillettes. The remaining menu is of-the-moment and includes an array of vegetables and sustainable ingredients. 3833 Main St., Culver City, 310.202.6400, thewallacela.com
shortest Main Street manages to squeeze in more than one standout restaurant. Bombet Hospitality Group partners Stephane Bombet and Francois Renaud teamed with chef Chris Oh on Hanjip Korean BBQ, arguably L.A.’s best Korean restaurant outside Koreatown. Prime beef and Kurobuta pork is grilled on gold grates. “Bonus” items consist of luxurious takes on Korean classics, with uni and salmon roe gracing steamed egg, and bone marrow enriching corn cheese. 3829 Main St., Culver City, 323.720.8804, hanjip.com
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experience world-famous Hollywood Hollywood & Highland features the Dolby Theatre, home of the Academy Awards®, and is steps away from landmarks such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With world-class shopping and dining, red carpet movie premieres, and celebrated live theater, it’s the ultimate entertainment destination.
CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN DAVE & BUSTER'S | FOREVER 21 HARD ROCK CAFE | LOUIS VUITTON L’OCCITANE | LUCKY STRIKE LANES MAC | OHM NIGHTCLUB | SEPHORA S TARBUCKS | TCL CHINESE THEATRES VICTORIA’S SECRET
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where abouts 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 BEVERLY HILLS IS A LUXURY LOVER’S MECCA: DESIGNER SHOPPING, FINE DINING, MANSIONS. CENTURY CITY, WESTWOOD AND CULVER CITY ARE POCKETS WITH THEIR OWN DRAWS.
➺It’s only 5 square miles, but Beverly Hills looms large in pop culture as a posh locale that boasts some The Mansions
The launch of Beverly Hills’ glamorous reputation dates to the early 20th century, when the then-new Beverly Hills Hotel ushered in a frenzy of movie-star mansionbuilding in the hills north of Sunset Boulevard. Today, the population of 35,000 is more 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, 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 Revival-style Greystone Park & 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, Saint Laurent and Gucci each recently debuted new or renovated flagships on Rodeo, reminding retailers that 90210 is still the most prestigious ZIP code in the States. Ascend the Italian-esque side street to fine-art destination Galerie Michael and Tiffany & Co., perched atop Two Rodeo. Sip some wine at 208 Rodeo, then pause for the quintessential Beverly Hills snapshot before continuing on to the Beverly Wilshire hotel (of Pretty Woman fame) at the south end of Rodeo Drive. Continuing west, pass Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and recently revamped Barneys New York, the reigning luxury retail titans along this stretch of Wilshire. At Santa Monica Boulevard, you hit the Beverly Hilton hotel, which rolls out 30,000 square feet of red carpet annually to host the Golden Globe Awards.
The Industry + the Arts
Beverly Hills isn’t all shopping sprees and gated estates: Talent agencies William Morris Endeavor and United Talent Agency are just two of the entertainment businesses based
here. Rub shoulders with the power-lunchers at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon or Wolfgang Puck’s legendary Spago on Cañon, or grab dinner and hear live jazz at Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge 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.
Heading west from Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Boulevard, you enter the 0.7-squaremile modern acropolis of Century City. ICM Partners and Creative Artists Agency are located here, as are a Fox Studios lot and countless legal, financial, entertainment and hospitality firms. But those outside the biz won’t be excluded. Past Avenue of the Stars, you hit the upscale Westfield Century City shopping center, which is open for business as it undergoes a dramatic redevelopment.
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of the priciest mansions in L.A. County, not to mention the world’s most recognizable ZIP code. Rodeo Drive, perhaps the world’s most famous shopping street, offers virtually every luxury fashion brand.
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NEW IN TOWN Alo Yoga
The L.A.-based activewear label opens its first flagship store, complete with its highperformance designs, a juice bar and a fitness studio. 370 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 323.727.2005
The Swiss brand joins Rodeo Drive’s roster of luxury watchmakers with a flagship boutique celebrating its relationship with Hollywood. 329 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.734.0520
This high-end restaurant, straight from Japan, serves Kyotostyle tempura in a traditional setting with just 16 seats, plus space for a traditional tea ceremony. 9777 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.274.2201
Storefronts along North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Opposite, from left: Welcome to Beverly Hills; the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
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The pedestrian-friendly Westwood Village features independent shops and cafés among its Mediterranean Revival and art deco buildings.
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.
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.
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Just south of the campus, the pedestrianfriendly Westwood Village features independent shops and cafés among its Mediterranean Revival and art deco buildings, as well as two landmark movie theaters at the intersection of Broxton and Weyburn avenues: the 1936 marquee-wrapped Bruin theater and the Fox theater across the street. Built circa 1931, the Fox is a favorite for movie premieres and thus is prime starspotting 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.
Covering 5 square miles southeast of Westwood, Culver City boasts a thriving downtown with new restaurants including Koreanbarbecue spot Hanjip and Indian-inspired Sambar. The Kirk Douglas Theatre and the Ivy Substation, home to the Actors’ Gang,
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➺ It’s never been easier to get a good cup of joe in L.A. On the flip side, it’s increasingly difficult for a coffee company to stand out. But Zayde Naquib and Jereme Pitts, founders of Bar Nine in Culver City, opened shop in 2014 and proceeded to do just that. Roasting is the core of the business, but they call the retail side of their partially solar-powered, warehouselike space “the heart”: There you’ll find a few outstanding in-season coffees, treats from the likes of Hotcakes Bakes and Larder Baking Co., a cool Modbar espresso system (right), room to settle in (or glass jars for takeaway) and a genuine commitment to treating both guests and employees well. The result: a feel-good vibe served with every delicious pourover, cold brew and latte. 3515 Helms Ave., L.A., 310.837.7815, barnine.us —S.E.
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The Culver City station on the Metro Expo Line
bookend the downtown area and stage live productions throughout the year. Traveling east on Washington Boulevard, don’t miss the sprawling Helms Bakery complex, which contains dozens of high-end furniture showrooms. Moving along Washington, the scene-y Arts District has more than 30 art galleries and exhibition spaces clustered along Washington and La Cienega boulevards. At the intersection of Washington and National boulevards is one end of the Expo Line, a Metro light rail that goes from Culver City to Exposition Park and the University of Southern California to downtown. Hollywood gets all the attention, but it’s Culver City whose seal proclaims it “The Heart of Screenland.” In 1915, Ince/Triangle Studios, today Sony Pictures Studios, opened on Washington. In 1924, the site became Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Classics including 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, with 16 soundstages accommodating TV-show and feature-film shoots at Culver Studios and hits such as the Spider-Man franchise produced on the historic lots at Sony. Fully experience Culver City’s screen heritage by taking the Sony Pictures Studio Tour. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 92.
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Santa Monica SANTA MONICA HAS THE APPROACHABLE VIBE OF A BEACH TOWN WITH THE ATTRACTIONS OF A MAJOR CITY. MALIBU, VENICE AND MARINA DEL REY ARE APPEALING OPTIONS NEARBY.
➺In the 1800s, 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. Third Street Promenade, three pedestrianonly blocks on 3rd Street between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard, is perpetually teeming with people. Visitors can hit dozens of boutiques, watch movies at three cinemas or gawk at the myriad street artists. If they don’t refuel at the many eateries along the Promenade, visitors can venture to the surrounding blocks to Mercado 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 top-level Dining Deck with restaurants and great views. East on Broadway is the legendary Fred Segal, an emporium of high-end shops such as JET John Eshaya. 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., Dermalogica and new Malin + Goetz. Father’s Office is known for its burgers, Ox & Son is tops for “oystas,” 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 Victorian, adjacent to the museum, which features a cool downstairs speakeasy, Basement Tavern.
Visitors can take in plays at Main Street’s Edgemar Center for the Arts, housed in an angular concrete structure designed by Frank
Gehry. An even wider variety of entertainment is at the Broad Stage, Santa Monica College’s first-rate, 499-seat performingarts, film, dance and theater venue. As L.A. has emerged as a fine-arts capital, the campuslike Bergamot Station arts center on Michigan Avenue has become an important destination. It’s home to some 30 galleries and a café.
A few miles north of Santa Monica on Pacific Coast Highway is Malibu. Formerly known as Rancho Malibu, Malibu’s land was once so coveted that May K. Rindge, who took ownership of it in 1905 after the death of her scion husband, used armed guards to defend it from trespassers. In the 1920s, Rindge’s hefty legal bills, racked up from fighting developers, forced her to invite stars to live in Malibu Colony in the 1920s, and the legacy of Malibu as celebrity-home central continues today. 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
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NEW IN TOWN
The Butcher’s Daughter
Despite its carnivorous-sounding name, this N.Y. import is a cheery “vegetable slaughterhouse,” juice bar, café and marketplace. 1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.981.3004
This streamlined brand’s first L.A. boutique stocks “fewer, better things” and offers on-site monogramming. 1140 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.7239
Local Kitchen + Wine Bar
Expect dishes like Neapolitan-style pizzas crafted from locally sourced ingredients at this new neighborhood spot. 1736 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.396.9007
. The Getty Center in Brentwood. Opposite, from left: Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica; Santa Monica State Beach
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Malibu’s land was once so coveted that heiress May K. Rindge, who took ownership of it in 1905, used armed guards to defend it from trespassers.
up, thanks to the emergence of hot restaurants such as reborn Rose Café-Restaurant, plus a smattering of hip shops. Visitors strolling Ocean Front Walk get an eyeful, between the performers, the vendors and the Muscle Beach bodybuilders.
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
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Palisades, south of Topanga on PCH and accessed from Temescal Canyon Road. Hikers love the shady trails in Temescal Gateway Park, and cafés and upscale momand-pop shops can be found between Via de la Paz and Monument Street near Sunset Boulevard. The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine on Sunset is a 10-acre oasis with a lush garden and koi- and swan-filled lake. The crown jewel of the Palisades is the Getty Villa. Styled as a Julius Caesar-era villa, it’s filled with Greco-Roman antiquities.
Abbot Kinney won 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 multimillion-dollar bungalows. His namesake Abbot Kinney Boulevard is Venice’s coolest section, where Gjelina, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea and boutiques such as Heist and Huset are the main attractions. Rose Avenue is also coming
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➺ Mona Moore is a fashion accessories boutique that stocks deeply chic modern
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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 myriad ways to get out on the water. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 92.
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Marilyn Monroe once called this enclave northeast of Santa Monica home; it remains a favorite stamping ground of the affluent and famous. San Vicente Boulevard functions as the neighborhood’s main street, with copious independent shops, bakeries, cafés and restaurants. The petite Brentwood Country Mart, a unique open-air shopping center built in 1948, keeps retail offerings contemporary and upscale. The area’s biggest draw is the Getty Center, the hilltop museum that houses J. Paul Getty’s spectacular art collection.
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West Hollywood TRENDS IN FASHION, DESIGN AND FOOD OFTEN BEGIN IN L.A., AND MANY OF THOSE INNOVATIONS CAN BE TRACED TO THE PIONEERING COMMUNITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD.
➺For a municipality measuring less than 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. After dark, this iconic stretch of Sunset Boulevard between Doheny Drive and Crescent Heights Avenue becomes the hottest stretch of asphalt in L.A. County. The club scene 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. Other Sunset Strip nightclubs include Rock & Reilly’s and newer 1 OAK. The Comedy Store continues to showcase the leading names in stand-up, as well as emerging stars. During the day, boutiques such as beloved Book Soup draw traffic. Hotels are an integral part of the Sunset Strip scene. Chateau Marmont, a glorious and notorious celebrity hangout throughout the decades, remains a discreet local getaway. Skybar, at the style-conscious Mondrian, retains its aura of exclusivity. At the Sunset Tower Hotel, Bugsy Siegel’s former suite has been converted into the Tower Bar.
Sunset Plaza, between La Cienega and San Vicente boulevards on Sunset Boulevard, is a
collection of tony shops and bistros with an international flavor and free parking—a novelty in this neighborhood. This is the city’s Euro Zone, where you’re apt to hear more French and Italian than Valley Girl. For up-to-the-minute fashion, check out Wildfox, Zadig & Voltaire or either of the two H. Lorenzo shops. Pamper yourself with a facial at Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa, a mani-pedi at Jessica Nail Clinic, a blow-out at Drybar or a makeover at Blushington.
Melrose Avenue has become virtually synonymous with trendiness, and new expressions in fashion, art and food continue to percolate up and down this street that has multiple personalities. One stretch 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 Ron Herman, Rebecca Minkoff, Kelly Wearstler and Vivienne Westwood. Just off Melrose is the fashionable
three-block street of Melrose Place, where Bentleys line up for chic salons such as Nine Zero One and cutting-edge boutiques such as Irene Neuwirth, Isabel Marant, the Apartment by the Line and Violet Grey.
West Hollywood Design District
Melrose Avenue’s flourishing art, fashion and design district runs along the pedestrian-friendly retail corridors of Melrose and Beverly and Robertson boulevards. Among its newer 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 Pelli—which houses more than 130 showrooms catering to professional designers and luxury-home owners and is home to a satellite of downtown’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and a stylish Wolfgang Puck eatery, Red Seven.
Beverly + West 3rd
Beverly Boulevard and West 3rd Street, major east-west streets running through West Hollywood, are filled with trendy res-
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taurants, design showrooms and boutiques from some of the hottest up-and-coming clothing designers. The two streets bracket the landmark eight-level Beverly Center, whose design is reminiscent of Paris’ Centre Pompidou. Bloomingdale’s, Fendi, Gucci, Giuseppe Zanotti, Maje, Sandro and new Cos 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 Flight 001 for stylish travel supplies, OK for designminded 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 two Italian concepts, Gusto and Pistola. On Beverly Boulevard, you can shop for high-end home decor and accessories at Garde and fragrances at Eric Buterbaugh Florals, dine on French-inspired California dishes at Terrine and finish with a sweet treat from Cake Monkey.
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Beverly Hills may be the county’s toniest shopping district, but Robertson Boulevard is not far behind, with trendy shops appealing to the young and hot set. Hit Chaser for vintage-inspired streetwear for women and kids, and Lululemon for haute yoga duds. A cutting-edge Chanel concept store illustrates the difference between Robertson Boulevard and more staid Rodeo Drive. For a breather between boutique-hopping, consider a cocktail with crab cakes on the picket-fenced patio of Ivy restaurant, where famous faces practically outnumber those of civilians. Cecconi’s, just off Robertson, is also popular fopower lunches.
Fairfax and Mid-Wilshire
L.A.’s Fairfax District and neighboring MidWilshire 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
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facility with more than 100,000 works dating from the ancient period to today. Adjacent to LACMA is the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, where the Ice Age comes alive. Additional venues on this formidable Museum Row include the newly renovated Petersen Automotive Museum and the Craft & Folk Art Museum. South of the museums is a surprise for curious foodies: a neighborhood known as Little Ethiopia, where acclaimed 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 and A+R. One of the Fairfax District’s anchors is the historic Farmers Market, established in 1934, with more than 100 open-air produce stalls, shops and eateries. There are spots to satisfy virtually any craving, including a wine bar, a taqueria and stands with authentic Louisiana gumbo or gourmet Fritzi hot dogs. 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 stainedglass streetlamps and a central fountain. Nordstrom, a movie theater and stores such as Paige and Sephora are joined by myriad restaurants including Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see pages 92-93.
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Hollywood HOLLYWOOD IS IN THE MIDST OF A NEW GOLDEN AGE, AND ITS HIP, UP-AND-COMING NEIGHBORS LOS FELIZ, SILVER LAKE AND ECHO PARK SHARE IN THE LIMELIGHT.
➺“Hollywood is a state of mind” was a popular refrain when this part of Los Angeles was experiencing Hollywood & Highland
Hollywood & Highland has been a catalyst for the rebirth of Hollywood Boulevard. Its Dolby Theatre is the home of the 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.
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 has staged megahit musicals including The Book of Mormon and Wicked, 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 one, but Clint Eastwood doesn’t. Marilyn Monroe’s star is steps from Hollywood & Highland, and John Lennon’s is in front of the Capitol Records Building, the landmark structure designed to resemble a stack of records.
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. You can ponder some 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, a costume worn by Leonardo DiCaprio and the honeymoon dress worn by Marilyn Monroe after she married Joe DiMaggio.
The storied intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, the epicenter of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, boasted a large concentration of entertainment-industry companies in the 1920s. It’s a different Hollywood today, but the magic of this location endures in the soaring W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, which boasts Delphine brasserie. A Metro station is integrated into the hotel; Hollywood is particularly well served by mass transit. Across the street is boutique hotel the
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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, and waves of international visitors mingle with colorful locals.
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Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Opposite, from left: Eclectic gifts at Wacko/Soap Plant in Los Feliz; performers and onlookers on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Among the largest urban parks in America, sprawling Griffith Park is an ideal place to hike, picnic, golf, ride horses and more.
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.
The revival of Hollywood has only enhanced its nightlife opportunities, and a lively barand-club scene permeates the district. On Hollywood Boulevard, you can party under the guise of literary advancement at library-
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themed Hemingway’s, drink and dine at Houston Hospitality’s hot spots Butchers & Barbers and adjacent No Vacancy, and attempt to get past the velvet ropes at clubs like Playhouse. 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. 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
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home of its first community center—a veritable mindful mecca. Primarily a producer of lifestyle events, including international music festivals that combine music, yoga, wellness and adventure, the company maintained the same philosophy when it came to putting down roots. The resulting complex offers everything aspiring and seasoned yogis could need to find their “true north.” Wanderlust offers daily yoga classes, as well as experiences that include wine tastings and jewelry-making workshops. There’s also a gift shop and a café with a tasty organic menu created by Food Network vet Seamus Mullen. Once you arrive, you’ll want to namaste. 1357 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.967.8855, wanderlusthollywood.com —G.G.
Among the largest urban parks in America, Griffith Park is an ideal place to hike, take a train ride, picnic, golf and more. The Charlie Turner Trailhead begins at Griffith Observatory, one of the great planetariums in the world and a frequent film location. The hike up Mount Hollywood provides views of the Hollywood sign, and the Greek Theatre, a 5,700-seat amphitheater, is a legendary music venue. Also here are the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens and the Western-heritage-oriented Autry Museum of the American West, both accessible from the Ventura (SR 134) or Golden State (I-5) freeways. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see pages 93-94.
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Visitors ride a miniature train on the Griffith Park & Southern Railroad.
sophistication. Nearby, a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard houses cult-favorite gift shop/gallery Wacko and hip 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.
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Downtown L.A.’S URBAN CENTER REFLECTS THE CULTURAL DIVERSITY, WORLD-CLASS ARCHITECTURE AND DYNAMIC COMMERCE THAT MAKE THE CITY A SUPERSTAR ON THE GLOBAL STAGE.
➺Downtown Los Angeles could not be hotter, with new restaurants and shops opening daily. 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 image of L.A. as “laid-back” hardly applies. 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 station, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, has staged a comeback, thanks to a renovation and downtown’s new energy. From Union Station, the hub of the Metro system, you can board the Red Line to Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley or connect to the Blue Line to Long Beach or Expo Line to Culver City. 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 scenic coastal journeys.
Grand Avenue + Music Center
The heart of L.A.’s performing-arts scene and the site of its most dramatic architecture, Grand Avenue is beginning to live up to its name. On Bunker Hill, once filled with Victorian mansions, four venues make up a formidable collection of stages at the Music Center. The 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 and 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.
Descending 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, the magnificent new museum built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. Both house premier collections of contemporary art. The Omni Hotel and California Plaza are adjacent to MOCA; nearby Angels Knoll is a welcome patch of greenery amid the concrete jungle. Angels Flight, a vintage funicular (now dormant) that climbs to California Plaza from Hill Street below, is billed as “The Shortest
Railway in the World.” At the foot of the hill, the Bunker Hill Steps rise five stories at the U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Across the street is the art deco-style Central Library.
The origin of the city of Los Angeles, dating back to 1781, is El Pueblo de Los Angeles, a collection of 27 buildings along festive pedestrian concourse Olvera Street. The city’s oldest building, Avila Adobe (circa 1818), is located here, along with Mexican restaurants, mariachi bands and merchants offering arts and crafts. A few blocks away is the city’s oldest restaurant, Philippe the Original (1908), where a cup of joe is just 49 cents.
Undergoing a renaissance is the Broadway Theatre District, home to once-opulent movie palaces. Several, such as the United Artists theater (now the stylish Theatre at Ace Hotel), have been revived or restored to their original grandeur. Cool shops such as Acne Studios and Aesop lend cachet to the area. The Bradbury Building, built in 1893 in
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K.G. Louie Co.’s storefront in Chinatown. Opposite, from left: Grand Park and City Hall; sweets from Bottega Louie on South Grand Avenue
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Downtown’s heritage as a mercantile center can still be experienced in its historic shopping districts, popular with bargain hunters.
former St. Vibiana’s cathedral, now home to stylish Redbird restaurant. To Little Tokyo’s east is the rapidly gentrifying Arts District, which boasts buzzy shops and eateries including Bestia, one of the top restaurants (and hardest reservations to nab) in L.A.
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.
Downtown’s heritage as a mercantile center can still be experienced 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.
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And the Figat7th shopping center is home to trendy boutiques and eateries.
Chinatown is a great destination for sampling dim sum, dining at new foodie-favorite spots like Pok Pok LA or browsing for clothing, tea or home goods. Cultural highlights include Thien Hau Temple and the Chinese American Museum. Chung King Road and Gin Ling Way are home to galleries; Broadway is lined with boutiques. Dodger Stadium is a short drive away, as is San Antonio Winery, which offers tours, tastings and Maddalena restaurant.
Little Tokyo’s bar scene is popping, and you can nibble on traditional sushi prepared by veteran chefs at Japanese Village Plaza. Just a few steps down 1st Street is the sleek Japanese American National Museum. The Geffen Contemporary, a branch of MOCA, is next door. At 2nd and Main streets is the
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➺ Contributing to the magnetism of downtown’s Arts District is the arrival of The Voyager Shop at mixed-use development the Yards at One Santa Fe. Boasting an impressive range of merchandise in its 900 square feet, the boutique (whose first location is in San Francisco’s Mission District) is a collaboration between San Francisco clothing boutique Revolver and Austin home-decor shop Spartan. Journey to the Voyager Shop for internationally sourced items “from a California perspective,” such as apparel by abstract Scandinavian designer Henrik Vibskov, edgy knitwear by Lauren Manoogian, a vintage-inspired French sportswear line by Arpenteur, hand-thrown stoneware candles by Norden and elegant brass Futagami chopstick rests. 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown, 415.795.1748, thevoyagershop.com —R.G.
Just south of downtown is Exposition Park, whose grounds hold major museums and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The California African American Museum delves into African-American history, and the beaux arts-style Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County offers insight into prehistoric giants. The California Science Center has a 3-D Imax theater and exhibits the retired NASA space shuttle Endeavour. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of downtown, see page 93. FROM TOP: DANIEL ENNIS; COURTESY THE VOYAGER SHOP
A mural in downtown’s burgeoning Arts District—one of Los Angeles’ best places to see street art
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-of-the-art acoustics. The Grammy Museum honors myriad music genres with videos, artifacts and interactive exhibits. A dozen restaurants and nightlife venues—WP24, Rock’n Fish 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.
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Pasadena THE BLOOM OF PASADENA DOESN’T FADE AFTER NEW YEAR’S DAY, AS A BLEND OF SMALL-TOWN CHARM AND COSMOPOLITAN ENERGY MAKES THE CROWN CITY A YEAR-ROUND DESTINATION.
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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 Urban Outfitters, 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-theart 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, boutiques and bookstores, as well as the Le Cordon Bleu-affiliated College of Culinary Arts and 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 USC Pacific Asia Museum, featuring decorative arts from every corner of Asia. The Pasadena Museum of California Art celebrates Golden State painters and sculptors from 1850 to the present. East of the Playhouse District, South Lake Avenue provides a vibrant shopping environment. Inviting boutiques are set around European-style courtyards at 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 Chuan Spa.
San Marino + San Gabriel Valley
South of the Langham is San Marino and its primary attraction, The Huntington, whose library, art collections and botanical gardens 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, and 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 & Peter Bing Children’s Garden and a formal rose garden boasting more than 1,400 varieties of the flower. Sharing Pasadena’s eastern border are the communities of Sierra Madre and Arcadia,
FROM LEFT: DALE BERMAN; COURTESY THE NORTON SIMON ART FOUNDATION. OPPOSITE: LISA ROMEREIN
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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Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Shop the duo’s classic and modern home furnishings—including eco-friendly, U.S.made upholstery and luxe accessories—at their new signature store. 2227 Glendale Galleria, Glendale, 818.649.7120
The popular Japanese brand chose Old Town Pasadena for its first U.S. location. Expect bowls of pork-intensive tonkotsu ramen—the wait beforehand is worth it. 16 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626.432.1768
This back-to-basics bakery offers organic, whole-grain bread made from freshly milled flour. Coffee, pastries, breakfast and lunch are also available. 942 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, 626.486.2115
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Opposite, from left: Windowshoppers in Old Pasadena; a gallery at the Norton Simon Museum
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The Americana at Brand in Glendale
home to Santa Anita Park, a storied thoroughbred-horse-racing venue. Arcadia is also home to the 127-acre Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, whose natural Southern California habitat is famous for its wild peacocks. Farther east, scattered along the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10), are the communities of San Gabriel, Temple City, Monterey Park and Alhambra, which have attracted large numbers of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants, so the opportunity for enjoying Asian cuisine is virtually unrivaled in Southern California. Tourists passionate about history, architecture or faith explore the 1771 San Gabriel Mission, and the San Gabriel Mountains present hiking opportunities for nature lovers.
The Road to 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
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the former Wrigley Mansion (Tournament House) that 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 whose vintage soda fountain is straight from a Norman Rockwell painting.
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 ven-
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➺ L.A. is home to a plethora of artisanal sweets shops, but few have as storied a
history as Mignon Chocolate, a family business with roots stretching back to 1910 Ukraine. After enduring political imprisonment and migrating to Iran, the family began making chocolate, and eventually, in 2004, third-generation chocolatiers Joseph and Anoush Ter-Poghossian opened a shop in Glendale and, later, Pasadena. The eyecatching treats are handmade in L.A. with no chemicals or preservatives. Indulge in dark-chocolate-dipped strips of orange peel, hazelnut truffles or vibrant lavenderflavored morsels. What’s more, the self-proclaimed “chocolatier to the stars” is a go-to for A-list Hollywood parties. 315 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale, 818.549.9600; 6 E. Holly St., Pasadena, 626.796.7100, mignonchocolate.com —G.G.
erable 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 high-rises for happy hour at The Americana at Brand, an open-air shopping, residential and entertainment development. Style-savvy shoppers can browse at 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. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 94.
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The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s natural Southern California habitat is famous for its wild peacocks.
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The Valley HOLLYWOOD MIGHT BE THE SPIRITUAL CENTER OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, BUT THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, AKA “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HILL,” IS WHERE MOVIEMAKING MAGIC HAPPENS.
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 rollicking roller coasters and high-tech virtual-reality action rides. The grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction April 7 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, mechanical bull riding at Saddle Ranch Chop House and rock ‘n’ roll bowling at Jillian’s Hi Life Lanes. Restaurants include Karl Strauss Brewing Co., and stores such as Lush Cosmetics and Skechers will loosen your wallet.
Burbank calls itself “the town behind the tinsel”—and with good reason. This cosmopolitan 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. As vibrant as it is, 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 ever-popular Ikea, but surrounding streets, such as historic San Fernando Boulevard, have a more homegrown feel, with nightlife destinations, 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—one of the country’s top restaurants, according to Yelp—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 Burbank’s uncongested Bob Hope Airport. It offers nonstop flights to many cities across the country and is centrally located, with easy access to Hollywood, downtown L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley.
FROM LEFT: EDWIN SANTIAGO; DALE BERMAN. OPPOSITE: DAVE LAURIDSEN
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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The Federal Bar in North Hollywood. Opposite, from left: Universal CityWalk in Universal City; a dessert from renowned Porto’s Bakery in Burbank
NEW IN TOWN
The Fiscal Agent
The inventive cocktails are the stars at this classy bar tucked above barbecue joint Barrel & Ashes. 11801 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.623.8088
Hyperion Public The trendy Silver Lake pub opens a Valley location in the former King’s Head space. 12969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.464.3750
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
The Santa Barbarabased brand unveils a new scoop shop offering artisanal flavors and cookies baked in-house. 12073 Ventura Place, Studio City, 818.308.7789
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 with a full calendar of music and comedy, and Idle Hour, a hot newer bar in a barrel-shaped landmark building from the 1940s, the momentum continues for this transit-linked urban village. From NoHo’s Metro station, you can access central Hollywood and downtown via the Red Line subway or board the Orange Line, a sleek express bus that traverses the entire San Fernando Valley.
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, new favorite the Bellwether and a greater concentration of acclaimed sushi bars (such as Asanebo) than Little Tokyo claims. For shopping, there are charming boutiques, including Dari and Voyage et Cie, 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 familyoriented 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 openair 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 enthusiasts gather at Six Flags Magic Mountain for rides too wild for Disneyland. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 94.
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➺In the South Bay, the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach occupy an idyllic
coastal stretch renowned 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.
Nineteen miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach boasts 2 miles of beaches with sand so fine that developers from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu imported it in the 1920s. This laid-back city is home to many professional athletes: You may spot an L.A. Kings player as you walk along the Strand, the pedestrian promenade sandwiched between multimillion-dollar homes and the beachfront bike trail. At the end of the 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 The Arthur J, Love & Salt, Little Sister and The Strand House drawing gourmets from across L.A. The Metlox center is a popular gathering spot, with shops such as the Beehive and hot spots including Zinc at the Shade Hotel.
Heading south on Manhattan Avenue brings you to Pier Avenue, the heart of Hermosa Beach. Hermosa shares many characteristics with Manhattan Beach, including a 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 Pier Avenue west of Hermosa Avenue becomes a different kind of South Bay scene, thanks to spillover from packed bars and restaurants such as Hennessey’s and Killer Shrimp. Beyond Pier Plaza, on Hermosa Avenue, Jay Leno still draws crowds to the Comedy & Magic Club with Sunday-night shows. To the plaza’s east, café/boutique Gum Tree and Steak & Whisky are standouts among the specialty shops and eateries that line Pier Avenue. Farther east, Becker’s carries surfboards and beachwear.
The largest of L.A. County’s beach cities, Redondo Beach is home to the 1,457-seat
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and a recreational waterfront featuring 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 you find businesses such as Redondo Sportfishing offering 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-andcasual eateries, amusements and souvenir shops. South of the pier, the gentle waves and somewhat narrow strip of Redondo State Beach draw crowds during the summer, while the bike path meanders by on its way to its terminus at Torrance State Beach. One block east of the beach, the Riviera Village shopping district has a small-town feel, with restaurants and specialty boutiques such as Cami and the Catalina Cooking Store covering a six-block radius.
FROM LEFT: COURTESY HERMOSA BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND VISITORS BUREAU; COURTESY FISHING WITH DYNAMITE. OPPOSITE: EDWIN SANTIAGO
THE SOUTH BAY’S BEACHES AND HARBORS ARE ACTION-PACKED, BUT THE LIVING IS EASY. LOOK FOR OCEAN-VIEW DINING, MOM-AND-POP SHOPS AND SEASIDE ATTRACTIONS.
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The local craft-beer maker’s brewery and tasting room opens at the Port of Los Angeles. 110 E. 22nd St., Warehouse 9, San Pedro, 310.833.9330
L.A.-native chef Thomas Ortega’s new restaurant offers modern-Mexican seafood dishes. Marketplace, 6527 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, 562.430.2667
Smitten Ice Cream
This Bay Area brand serves made-to-order treats with the help of liquid nitrogen. The Point, 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, 424.220.7100
The Queen Mary in Long Beach. Opposite, from left: Hermosa Beach Pier; Fishing With Dynamite in Manhattan Beach
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Among Long Beach’s most popular draws is the 1,020-foot-long Queen Mary, a historic, supposedly haunted ship-turned-hotel.
The horseshoe-shaped pier in Redondo Beach
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 yearround 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 Mediterraneanstyle 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. The nearby 18-hole public course at Trump National Golf Club is top-ranked.
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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 battleship-turnedmuseum USS Iowa. The New England-style Ports O’ Call Village offers waterfront restaurants and 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.
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➺ Over the past 20 years, sports and lifestyle photographer Bo Bridges has traveled
to 35 countries, gone swimming with sharks and hung out of helicopters to get the perfect shot. Fortunately, you need only venture to Bo Bridges Gallery in downtown Manhattan Beach for a view of the thrill-seeker’s journeys. There you’ll find customizable open and limited-edition prints, as well as wearable art like socks, T-shirts and hats emblazoned with Bridges’ photography. Sports and music fans shouldn’t miss the wall of fame (if we name-dropped, you’d hear Beyoncé, Landon Donovan and Kobe Bryant). And visitors looking to bring home a piece of the South Bay will love Bridges’ signature shots of the pier just outside the gallery’s doors. 1108 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.937.3764, bobridgesgallery.com —L.C.
In the county’s southwest corner, Long Beach boasts a busy commercial port, an attraction-packed waterfront and more than 5 miles of beaches. A popular draw is the 1,020-foot-long Queen Mary, a historic, supposedly haunted ship-turned-hotel, dining and shopping attraction permanently moored in Long Beach Harbor. The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, The Pike Outlets, the Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village are nearby. From the village, you can follow the Shoreline pedestrian bike path 3.1 miles, past the Long Beach Museum of Art and into the Belmont Shore neighborhood. Here you’ll find shops and restaurants along 2nd Street, Bay Shore Beach, the Belmont Pier and windsurfing and kite-surfing lessons. Across a small channel is Naples, where you can take gondola rides through the canals and dine at restaurants such as Michael’s on Naples. Downtown, along 4th Street between Junipero and Cherry avenues, vintagefurniture 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. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 93.
FROM TOP: EDWIN SANTIAGO; COURTESY BO BRIDGES GALLERY
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New to downtown’s hip nightlife scene is Arts District Brewing Co., a venture from 213 Hospitality’s Cedd Moses that embraces the craft-beer craze. The 17,000-square-foot space consists of a brewery run by Devon Randall of cult favorite San Diego brewpub Pizza Port and Brian Lenzo of Hollywood’s Blue Palms Brewhouse; a tasting room and a patio for enjoying both original and guest beers; and a takeout window where patrons can order from Neal Fraser’s Fritzi, a follow-up to the chef’s popular Original Farmers Market stand, Fritzi Dog. Pair your brew with a gourmet burger, a jalapeño-chicken dog or potato waffles. An entertainment area with games like giant Jenga and Skee-Ball completes the feel-good atmosphere. 828 Traction Ave., downtown, 213.519.5887
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ABIGAILE A venture of Blackhouse Hospitality (Little Sister, Steak & Whisky, Día de Campo), this funky, graffiti-muraled American brasserie with rooftop bar is lots of fun. Executive chef Tin Vuong presents escargot “poppers,” lamb- belly poutine and a serious burger, washed down with house-brewed beer. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1301 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.798.8227 $$ Map L13
ANIMAL Bare-bones eatery, from the guys known to Food Network fans as the “Two Dudes,” is a carnivore’s dream. Delectable takes on offal (such as crispy pig’s ear) and a bacon-chocolate-crunch bar for dessert. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 435 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.782.9225 $$$ Map I13
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.
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Artful Eating The Broad is L.A.’s hottest cultural ticket, but sharing in the spotlight is adjacent restaurant Otium, the first solo project of chef Timothy Hollingsworth (the French Laundry, Barrel & Ashes). For his rustic, marketdriven menu (e.g., falafel with eggplant, cucumber, Meyer lemon and chickpea, pictured above; funnel cake with foie gras, strawberry, fennel and balsamic; and hazelnut-and-vanilla mille-feuille), the chef sources sustainable ingredients from Otium’s mezzanine garden. The restaurant’s design is as appealing as its cuisine: Inside the modern wood-and-glass structure, a rain chandelier decorates the dining room, while a mural by Damien Hirst—whose work also resides in the Broad— graces the exterior. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 222 S. Hope St., downtown, 213.935.8500 $$$ Map H16
BUTCHERS & BARBERS Local bar-masters the Houston brothers present this lively American bistro. A charcuterie board and roasted garlic-rosemary popcorn can be shared before moving on to an 18-ounce bone-in pork chop with plum-pine-nut gremolata. Creative artisanal cocktails and a vintage setting—Charlie Chaplin once lived in the building—enhance the experience. D (Tu-Su). 6531 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.1464 $$ Map H14 THE CHURCH KEY With off-menu items rolled table to table, this trendy spot has adopted the charm and spontaneity of dim sum. Signature dishes include the tapiocacrusted tai snapper. Mixologists dressed as Pan Am flight attendants steer airline food carts loaded with liquid-nitro cocktails. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8730 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.249.3700 $$ Map H12 CLAIM JUMPER Saloon-style eatery features grill fare and its own label of craft beer. L (varies by location), D (nightly), Br (varies by location). 3500 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.260.0505; 820 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia, 626.359.0463; 9429 Tampa Ave., Northridge, 818.718.2882; 25740 The Old Road, Valencia, 661.254.2628; 6501 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, 562.431.1321 $ Map T22, Q23, north of A1 (2), D4 CLIFTON’S This kitschy downtown cafeteria, which dates back to the 1930s, recently reopened after a multimilliondollar renovation. The huge, multiple-story eatery offers old-school cuisine like a roast-meat-carving station and Jell-O for dessert, as well as a craft-beer bar, all with woodland ambiance. Check website for new offerings and extended hours. L, D (daily). 648 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.627.1673, cliftonsla.com $$ Map I16 CRAFT New York chef Tom Colicchio of TV’s Top Chef brings his signature concept to L.A. The restaurant delivers an endless, contemporary-American à la carte menu, with fun, shareable dishes including roasted octopus and diver scallops with vermouth butter. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 10100 Constellation Blvd., L.A., 310.279.4180 $$$$ Map K11 FREDS AT BARNEYS Inside Beverly Hills retail destination Barneys New York, the first West Coast outpost of the retailer’s signature restaurant is a go-to for brunch, power lunches, shopping breaks and happy hour. Try the robiolawith-truffle-oil pizza. L (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 9570 Wilshire Blvd., fifth floor, Beverly Hills, 310.777.5877 $$$ Map J11 INDEPENDENCE This bright, friendly tavern in downtown Santa Monica pays homage to the Los Angeles & Independence Railroad, which connected downtown L.A.
with what is now the Santa Monica Pier back in 1875. The restaurant’s casual setting belies its refined New American cuisine that includes a kale chopped salad and orecchiette tuna confit. L, (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 205 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310.458.2500 $$$ Map L8 INK. Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio showcases daring molecular gastronomy at his first restaurant. Explore the constantly changing à la carte small plates such as smoked trout with radish and roe. D (nightly). 8360 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.651.5866 $$$ Map I12 JOAN’S ON THIRD Celebrity-frequented café on busy West 3rd Street, as well as a new location in the Valley, offers omelets, sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets, plus picnic baskets, 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 Chef Josef Centeno, who rules downtown’s Old Bank District (Bäco Mercat, Bar Amá, Orsa & Winston) has transformed Pete’s Café into Ledlow, a place with vintage good looks. The versatile chef offers twists on classic bistro dishes, American favorites and diverse cultural staples (e.g., brioche French toast and chicken schnitzel). B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 400 S. Main St., downtown, 213.687.7000 $$ Map I17 M.B. POST Chef David LeFevre serves small plates of seafood, fresh-baked breads, cured meats and more in the space of a former post office. The “Eat Your Vegetables” menu makes green beans and Brussels sprouts look tantalizing. L (F-Su), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5405 $$$ Map L13 ODYS + PENELOPE Churrasco and grill features a live-fire grill and wood-fired smoker. Eclectic, flavorful cuisine is accompanied by a menu of craft beer, wine and handcrafted cocktails. Vegan, vegetarian and glutenfree options also available. D (nightly). 127 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.939.1033 $$$ Map B2 OX & SON Farm-to-table restaurant and wine/cocktail bar is a fitting addition to charming Montana Avenue. Creative comfort-food menu includes items like mushroom parmesan cavatelli, plus gluten-free options. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1534 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310.829.3990 $$$ Map K8 PLAN CHECK KITCHEN + BAR A growing minichain from chef Ernesto Uchimura. Contemporary takes on American classics are complemented with craft beers and premium whiskeys. Try the acclaimed Plan Check Burger, topped with dashi cheese and ketchup leather. L, D (daily). 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A., 310.444.1411; 351 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.591.0094; 1111 Wilshire Blvd., downtown, 213.403.1616 $$ Map K9, I12, H16
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BIRCH Cahuenga Corridor spot from chef Brendan Collins (Waterloo & City) serves a seasonally driven menu (the rabbit baklava with dates, white beans, pistachio and carrots is a standout) in a whitewashed, clean-lined space. D (nightly), Sunday roast noon-5 pm. 1634 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.960.3369 $$$ Map H13
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REDBIRD Acclaimed chef Neal Fraser’s contemporary American cuisine is offered in the rectory of the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana, making Redbird both a cultural and culinary landmark. 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. L (Tu-F), D (nightly). 114 E. 2nd St., downtown, 213.788.1191 $$$ Map H17 SALT CREEK GRILLE Enjoy mesquite-grilled burgers, chops, steaks and seafood and an interesting selection of California beers and wines at these classic American restaurants, which boast outdoor patios and live music. El Segundo: L, D (daily). Valencia: L, D (daily); Br (Su). 2015 E. Park Place, El Segundo, 310.335.9288; 24415 Town Center Drive, Suite 115, Valencia, 661.222.9999 $$ Map L14, north of A2 THE STRAND HOUSE This beachside restaurant boasts awesome ocean and pier views and a breezy, stylish bar that draws a lively but sophisticated crowd. Executive chef Greg Hozinsky’s menu includes such starters as foie gras and charcuterie, which might be followed by branzino with black-truffle risotto. Don’t miss pastry chef Stephanie Franz’s doughnuts! L (Tu-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470 $$$ Map L13
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British/Irish O’BRIEN’S IRISH PUB Pub and restaurant with brews and spirits, Irish and American cuisine, outdoor patio and live entertainment. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 2941 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.396.4725 $ Map M8 YE OLDE KING’S HEAD Cozy pub/restaurant with traditional English fare, including acclaimed fish and chips. B, L, D (daily); high tea (M-Sa). 116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.451.1402 $ Map L8
California Cuisine 208 RODEO This gem of a café sits above Via Rodeo’s cobblestone street at luxe Two Rodeo, offering all-day California cuisine with pan-Asian and French influences. Dishes include kobe burgers, seafood salad and penne arrabbiata. B, L, D (daily). Two Rodeo, 208 Via Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.275.2428 $$ Map J11 CAVATINA Esteemed East Coast chef Michael Schlow’s first L.A. restaurant serves simple, local, delicious cuisine inside the rock 'n' roll-steeped Sunset
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PLANT FOOD AND WINE Restaurant from Matthew Kenney takes a raw, locally sourced and plant-based approach to dining. Indoor and outdoor seating, with a patio sheltered by olive trees and complete with a garden of fruits, herbs and edible flowers. 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 $$$ Map N9
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Marquis hotel. Don’t miss Schlow’s award-winning burger. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su). 1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, 310.358.3759 $$$ Map H12 COMMISSARY Buzzworthy poolside eatery from Roy Choi serves farm-to-table dishes in a greenhouselike setting. Emphasis on fruit- and vegetable-themed dishes and drinks makes it very vegetarian- and veganfriendly, but you’ll find a few meaty dishes on the menu as well. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). The Line Hotel, secondfloor greenhouse, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 213.368.3030 $$ Map J14 FIG RESTAURANT Dine on a seasonal menu of bistro fare at this restaurant inside the Fairmont Miramar; charcuterie and cheese bar open at dinnertime. Sunday brunch features the virtuous, as well as the decadent, plus creative cocktails. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.319.3111 $$ Map L8
PUMP Enchanted-garden-themed restaurant and bar from restaurateur and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump features a patio with 100-year-old olive trees and a menu created by Food Network Star finalist Penny Davidi. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8948 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.7867 $$ Map I12 RUSTIC CANYON Discover boutique wines while sampling small plates of market-driven, Mediterraneaninspired fare. Clam pozole is just one of the winners. Hide in a cozy booth or mingle at the communal table. D (nightly). 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.393.7050 $$$ 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 $$$$ Map I11 THE TASTING KITCHEN Foodies come for the daily changing menu of innovative yet unpretentious cuisine from culinary-darling chef Casey Lane: small or large plates of cured meats, artisan cheeses, vegetables, seafood and pastas. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.6644 $$$ Map M9
GIRASOL Chef CJ Jacobson, a former Top Chef contestant, forages for fresh, exotic ingredients in the Santa Monica Mountains to incorporate into an inventive California menu (e.g., hamachi with white fir and wild sorrel, whole crispy red snapper with chili-kumquat sauce). The restaurant, decorated like a giant sunflower (girasol, in Spanish), is part of a Studio City dining renaissance. D (nightly), Br (Su). 11334 Moorpark St., Studio City, 818.924.2323 $$$ Map U19
TAVERN Chef Suzanne Goin’s third L.A. restaurant explores rustic Cal-Med fare in chic environs, including a popular sunlit indoor patio. The frequently changing menu might include “devil’s chicken” with leeks and mustard breadcrumbs. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.806.6464 $$$ Map J9
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 $$$ Map J10
TERRINE Comfortable, elevated California brasserie fare (moules frites, pizza with truffle cheese and sage) from chef Kris Morningstar, restaurateur Stephane Bombet and managing partner/wine director Francois Renaud. The patio, which is dominated by a magnificent tree and dotted with sparkling lights, is as romantic as they come. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8265 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.746.5130 $$$ Map I12
LEONA Top Chef and Knife Fight alum chef Nyesha Arrington serves upscale, seasonally driven “progressive California cuisine” (bulgogi-braised short rib; coctel mixto) a few blocks east of the Venice pier. Don’t miss her burger—one of the city’s best—or freshly baked cookies served from a takeout window. L (M-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 123 W. Washington Blvd., Venice, 310.822.5379 $$$ Map N9 LOVE & SALT Dine on creative Cal-Italian fare (e.g., duck-egg pizza and whole roasted pig head) in this buzzy South Bay spot. Chef de cuisine/pastry chef Rebecca Merhej’s desserts are divine. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5252 $$$ Map L13 MAUDE Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, an Aussie with a strong classical background, helms this intimate, 25-seat Beverly Hills restaurant named after his grandmother. Every month a different seasonal ingredient is showcased and artfully presented in a nine-course menu. D (Tu-Sa). 212 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.3418 $$$$ Map J11
VIVIANE The Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills’ swanky new poolside restaurant features a menu by chef Michael Hung (Faith & Flower), 1950s-inspired cocktails and a midcentury-modern design by Kelly Wearstler. California takes on European and American dishes include a beautiful salad of young lettuces and handmade linguine with geoduck and Manila clams. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.407.7791 $$$ Map J11
Chinese HOUSE OF MACAU Modern Chinese-fusion restaurant in the heart of Hollywood from entrepreneur and music mogul Manny Halley. D (Tu-Su). 1600 Vine St., L.A., 323.745.5038 $$ Map H14 MEIZHOU DONGPO Sichuan fare in ultramodern surroundings at Westfield Century City mall. L, D (daily). 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.788.0120 $$ Map J11
MR CHOW The L.A. County editions of scene-y restaurants in New York and London 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 $$$ Map I11, K7
Eclectic/Fusion BÄCO MERCAT Chef Josef Centeno draws international praise for his inspired creations. The bäco, a flatbread sandwich, is his signature dish. Other selections include spicy hamachi crudo. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 408 S. Main St., downtown, 213.607.7000 $$ Map I16 CASSIA Part of restaurateurs Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan’s burgeoning dining empire, this bustling Southeast Asian-inspired brasserie finds chef Bryant Ng (Spice Table) serving dishes like jellyfish salad and escargots with lemongrass-infused butter in a 1930s art deco building. D (nightly). 1314 7th St., Santa Monica, 310.393.6699 $$$ Map L8 MAISON AKIRA Fine French cuisine with Japanese flair (such as a bento box with American wagyu beef, miso sea bass and chawan mushi) in Pasadena’s Playhouse District. Nine-course omakase available. L (F), D (Tu-Su); Br (Su). 713 E. Green St., Pasadena, 626.796.9501 $$$ Map Q20 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, $$$$ Map I16 TROIS MEC The holy foodie trinity of Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites), Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook (Animal, Son of a Gun) is behind this hot restaurant in a 24-seat former pizzeria. Diners must purchase advance tickets via the restaurant’s website to enjoy Lefebvre’s prix-fixe, five-course meal. Newer French-bar-style spinoff, Petit Trois, is next door. D (M-F). 716 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, troismec.com $$$$ Map H13
French BOUCHON The Bouchon bistros from chef Thomas Keller (the French Laundry, Per Se) have become popular for their authentic good looks and superbly executed cuisine. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 235 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.9910 $$$ Map J11 KENDALL’S BRASSERIE 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). L (M-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7322 $$ Map H16 THE LITTLE DOOR For a candlelit dinner in an elegant setting, this is the reservation ne plus ultra. At the West 3rd Street original, dine on rustic Mediterranean dishes under the stars or by a crackling fireplace. An additional location across from the Brentwood Country Mart is also charming, with several private rooms and intimate alcoves and a main dining room featuring a retractable roof. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su in Santa Monica only). 8164 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.1210; 246 26th St., Santa Monica, 310.310.8064 $$$ Map I12, K8 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 $$$$ Map M8
MILO & OLIVE The husband-and-wife team from Rustic Canyon is behind this casual pizzeria and bakery. Zoe Nathan’s desserts and pastries shouldn’t be missed. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.453.6776 $$ Map K9
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Dining 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 $$$$ Map H16 RÉPUBLIQUE In a landmark once occupied by Charlie Chaplin’s studio, fine-dining veteran Walter Manzke and pastry-chef wife Margarita turn out bistro classics (e.g., escargots, duck confit and steak frites) for a trendy clientele huddling at communal tables. Café B, L (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Bistro D (nightly). 624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 310.362.6115 $$$ Map I13
Italian ALIMENTO Zach Pollack, half of the talent behind acclaimed Sotto, is behind this tiny, hip space in Silver Lake, where a clever menu features addictive chickenliver mousse with plum mostarda, crudo and pastas. The chef’s contrarian take on tortellini en brodo features dumplings filled with a hot broth that explodes in your mouth. Desserts include chocolate budino and almond polenta cake. D (Tu-Su). 1710 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake, 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
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BOTTEGA LOUIE This palatial Italian restaurant, decked out in minimalist white marble, is a hip, noisy hall where young professionals convene over brick-ovencooked pizzas and share small plates of portobello fries and crab beignets. There’s a gourmet market and patisserie, too. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 700 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.802.1470 $$ Map I16 CECCONI’S This London-based restaurant caters to well-heeled clients who schmooze over bellinis and cicchetti (small plates). Pastas including a beautiful agnolotti del plin and seafood such as grilled octopus with capers are well-executed. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000 $$$ Map I12 CULINA A contemporary take on regional Italian cuisine is the theme at Culina, where ample coastal inspirations are evident on the menu. The modern design includes a sleek crudo bar and an impressive 25-foot chandelier. B, L (M-Sa); D (nightly); Br (Su). Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.860.4000 $$$ Map J12
British Fare, imported beers and world famous Fish & Chips. Open for breakfast weekends at 8am, Fabulous happy hour Mon–Fri 4-7pm. Traditional Afternoon Tea is served Mon-Sat 11:30am-4:30pm. Karaoke Sundays at 9pm. Heated patio. Quiz shows every Wednesday. Call for soccer schedule. Stop by the gift shoppe for food and collectibles from the British Isles, including bone china, teapots, souvenir items, tea, candy, wine, freshly baked goods and much more.
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DRAGO CENTRO Celestino Drago’s well-executed Italian fare—like l’anatra (duck breast, sweet-potato puree, cipollini onion, butternut squash and saba)—and extensive wine list in a contemporary and handsome space. L (M-F), D (nightly). 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.228.8998 $$$ Map H16 THE FACTORY KITCHEN Former Valentino chef Angelo Auriana turns his attention to a casual, industrialchic setting in the Arts District. Fresh-made pastas, beautiful cheeses and cured meats, complemented by an inventive cocktail program, contribute to a daily changing menu. L (M-F), D (nightly). 1300 Factory Place, downtown, 213.996.6000 $$$ Map J17 IL FORNAIO Trattoria-style favorite. Beverly Hills: B, L, D (daily). Manhattan Beach: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Pasadena: L, D (daily); Br (Su). 301 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.550.8330; 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.725.9555; 24 W. Union St., Pasadena, 626.683.9797 $$ Map J11, L13, Q19 GUSTO Victor Casanova’s intimate neighborhood ristorante has a look and feel reminiscent of his native
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Dining Bronx. Dishes such as polpette (pork meatballs) plated over chilled, whipped ricotta, charred baby octopus and fresh-made pastas deserve praise. L (M-F), D (nightly). 8432 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.1778 $$$ Map I13 JON & VINNY’S Family-friendly Italian diner from chefs/owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo has it all—pastries, pizza, pasta (made in-house) and meat entrées. Takeout and delivery are also available. B, L, D (daily). 412 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.334.3369 $$ Map B2
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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 $$ Map M8 LOCANDA DEL LAGO Rustic family-owned restaurant overlooking Third Street Promenade. Michelinstarred chef Gianfranco Minuz turns out traditional northern Italian cuisine made with sustainable proteins and locally sourced ingredients. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, 310.451.3525 $$ Map L8 MADDALENA Dining among the casks at San Antonio Winery; fresh pastas, seafood, paninis and more served with European hospitality. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 737 Lamar St., L.A., 323.223.1401 $$ Map G17 MATTEO’S An old favorite of the Rat Pack endures. Classic dishes include mussels in white wine and osso buco Milanese. D (Tu-Su). 2321 Westwood Blvd., L.A., 310.475.4521 $$ Map K10 OSTERIA MOZZA Famed L.A.-based bread maker Nancy Silverton teamed up with affable Mario Batali on Mozza’s duo of contemporary Italian restaurants. Osteria Mozza is a more sophisticated dining room in which to experience the repertoire of these great transcontinental talents. D (nightly). 6602 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.0100 $$$ Map H13 PIZZERIA MOZZA/MOZZA2GO The more relaxed sibling of Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali’s Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza features pizzas with Mediterranean ingredients, cheeses and salumi plates and rustic daily specials. Call ahead for delivery or takeout from Mozza2Go. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Pizzeria Mozza: 641 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.297.0101; Mozza2Go: 6610 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.1130 $$ Map H13 RISTORANTE AL MARE Enjoy tastes of Italy and stellar beach and pier views from the rooftop deck of this three-story restaurant. L, D (daily). 250 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.458.4448 $$ Map L8
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SOTTO Beautifully executed rustic trattoria specialties and soft, chewy Neapolitan pizzas cooked in an eightton wood-burning oven. Intriguing housemade pastas might include squid-ink mafaldine with burrata and breadcrumbs. D (nightly). 9575 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.277.0210 $$$ Map J11
SPAGHETTINI & THE DAVE KOZ LOUNGE Saxophone great Dave Koz teams with veteran restaurateurs to create a dining/jazz venue. After dinner, the likes of Bobby Caldwell, Michael Lington and surprise celebrity guests take the stage. D (M-Sa). 184 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.424.4600 $$$ Map J11
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TERRONI Southern Italian cooking including excellent thin-crust pizza. The downtown location inhabits a historic bank building. Downtown: L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). West Hollywood: L, D (daily); Br (SaSu). 802 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.221.7234; 7605 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.954.0300 $$ Map I16, J13 VALENTINO For more than 30 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
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Dining by a cellar containing more than 100,000 bottles. L (F), D (M-Sa). 3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.829.4313 $$$$ Map L9
Japanese ASANEBO Hidden in a strip mall but Michelin-rated, this cozy sushi bar and restaurant offers memorable sushi and inventive fare like seared toro in garlic cream and uni tempura in shiso leaf. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su). 11941 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.760.3348 $$ Map A1
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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 an alfresco terrace. B, L, D (daily). 21381 S. Western Ave., Torrance, 310.320.6700 $$ Map M14 KATANA Robata-style cuisine: open-flame-grilled meat, vegetables, seafood on skewers. Stylish rooms, patio. D (nightly). 8439 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8585 $$$ Map H12 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, 213.747.9797 $$$ Map K9, H14, northeast of T23, I15 MATSUHISA Superchef Nobu Matsuhisa’s more modest original flagship incorporates luxurious Western ingredients and Latin American spices. Monkfish liver pâté with caviar, and lamb chops with miso anticucho sauce are just a couple of his creations. L (M-F), D (nightly). 129 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.659.9639 $$$$ Map I12 MUSASHIYA New udon restaurant in Westwood Village serves housemade noodles, available hot or cold, with a choice of three dipping broths: rich miso sprinkled with sesame, simmered beef with thin-sliced meat, and spicy soy milk with ground pork. L, D (M-Sa). 1049 Gayley Ave., L.A., 310.208.5999 $ Map J9
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NOBU The flagship of chef Nobu Matsuhisa offers an extensive menu of traditional and avant-garde sushi, including many dishes with beguiling Peruvian accents. West Hollywood: D (nightly). Malibu: B (F-Su); L, D (daily). 903 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.5711; Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.9140 $$$$ Map H12, east of A1
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Q The omakase-only experience at this intimate sushi bar showcases the artistry and discipline of chef/owner Hiroyuki Naruke in items like miso-marinated uni and monkfish as rich as foie gras. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa). 521 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.225.6285 $$$$ Map I16 ROBATA BAR Japanese grilling from the Sushi Roku, Katana and Boa team. Striking design by Dodd Mitchell. D (nightly). 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771 $$$ Map L8 ROKU This new Sunset Strip hot spot from the team behind Sushi Roku presents elevated teppanyaki (e.g., A-5 Japanese wagyu and Santa Barbara spot prawns) 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 $$$ Map H12
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Dining SUSHI ROKU Nouvelle Japanese, sleek decor and a creative menu. For foodies 10 and under, Sushi Roku Pasadena offers a fun “okosama” kids’ menu with four bento-box options. L, D (daily). 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771; 33 Miller Alley, Pasadena, 626.683.3000 $$$ Map L8, Q19
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Mexican/Latin BROKEN SPANISH The upscale sister of B.S. Taqueria (below), 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 $$$ Map I15 B.S. TAQUERIA The casual, colorful setting at this Ray Garcia-helmed spot offers the right vibe for lemonpepper chicken chicharrones or clam-and-lardo tacos. L (M-F), D (nightly). 514 W. 7th St., L.A., 213.622.3744 $$ Map H15
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CORAZON Y MIEL Inspired by family recipes and the flavors of Latin America, chef Eduardo Ruiz (formerly of Animal) serves both small and shareable plates and an extensive cocktail menu and offers plenty of draft beer and wine. Dulce de Puerco (bacon, dates, whipped cotija) is a menu favorite. D (Tu-Su), Br (Su). 6626 Atlantic Ave., Bell, 323.560.1776 $$ Map C3 DÍA DE CAMPO Part of Blackhouse Hospitality (Little Sister, Abigaile, Steak & Whisky), this restaurant offers innovative Mexican dishes like chocolate-duck quesadillas, chorizo-stuffed dates and wood-grilled lobster with chili butter in a sexy surf-lodge setting. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1238 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.379.1829 $$ 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 or flautas de camote filled with sweet potatoes and cashew nacho cheese please vegans and omnivores alike. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.978.2170 $$ Map I12 MEXICANO Indoor-outdoor restaurant in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw shopping center is run by James Beard Award-nominated chefs Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, whose La Casita Mexicana restaurant in Bell is widely considered one of the best Mexican restaurants in L.A. County. Try the poblano mole, a house specialty. L, D (daily). 3650 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., L.A., 323.296.0798 $$$ Map northeast of M12 PETTY CASH TAQUERIA Mexican street food featuring local, seasonal ingredients and refined technique. Winning dishes include pig-ear nachos with crema poblana, and guacamole with Santa Barbara sea urchin and chicharrones. Buzzy new downtown Arts District location. Beverly: L (Su), D (nightly). Downtown: L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 7360 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.933.5300; 712 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown, 213.624.0210 $$ Map I13, J17
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RED O Rick Bayless, one of America’s leading authorities on Mexican cuisine, is consulting chef at these sexy eateries (the Santa Monica location opened last summer). Many of his thoughtful dishes are grounded in tradition, such as classic albacore ceviche and cochinita pibil. D (nightly). 8155 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.5009; 1541 Ocean Ave., Suite 120, Santa Monica, 310.458.1600 $$$ Map I12, L8 TORTILLA REPUBLIC This casual-chic WeHo restaurant serves up modern Mexican cuisine made with unique ingredients and rich in flavor. Sidle up to the
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Dining 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 $$$ Map N9
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white onyx bar or enjoy alfresco dining on the large patio. L (Tu-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 616 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.9888 $$ Map I12
Pan-Asian CRUSTACEAN A glass-covered koi-filled stream meanders under the bar at this Cal-Vietnamese eatery, and diners indulge in items from a “secret kitchen” in which only the owners’ family members and select longtime staff members are allowed. The garlic noodles are a signature. L (M-F), D (nightly). 9646 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.205.8990 $$$ Map I11 THE DISTRICT BY HANNAH AN One of the celebrated An sisters—her family introduced Crustacean (above)—celebrates her Vietnamese heritage with a cuisine that reflects authenticity while incorporating California sensibilities in a chic indoor-outdoor space. Dishes like turmeric-crusted sea bass, lobster with handmade noodles, and Vietnamese chicken curry are enjoyed with cocktails infused with Southeast Asian flavors. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Su). 8722 W. 3rd St., L.A., 310.278.2345 $$$ Map I12
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 $$$ Map M9 FISHING WITH DYNAMITE David LeFevre, a Water Grill alum, loads his menu with East Coast inspirations, as well as some innovative dishes. Among the old-school small plates in this tiny, charming restaurant are New England-style clam chowder with Nueske’s bacon and Maryland blue-crab cakes with housemade pickles and remoulade. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.893.6299 $$$ Map L13 GLADSTONE’S MALIBU One of SoCal’s biggest hits, with a million visitors each year. Dramatic ocean views. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.454.3474 $$ Map west of K7 THE HUNGRY CAT East Coast fare in hip little spots. Dine on dishes such as crab cakes or chilled crab legs and you-peel or they-peel shrimp by the halfpound. Hollywood: L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). Santa Monica: D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). Sunset + Vine, 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323.462.2155; 100 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, 310.459.3337 $$ Map H14, L7 PROVIDENCE Chef/owner Michael Cimarusti transforms seafood from the world’s most pristine waters into oft-changing dishes. Outstanding cocktails complement Michelin-recognized cuisine. L (F), D (nightly). 5955 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.460.4170 $$$$ Map I14
LITTLE SISTER At these trendy spots, young chef Tin Vuong brings sophisticated accents to pan-Asian cuisine with signatures like deep-fried Balinese meatballs with banana ketchup, Myanmar okra curry and saltand-pepper lobster. Downtown location opened in October. M.B.: L (F-Su), D (nightly). Downtown: B, L, D (daily). 1131 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.2096; 523 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.628.3146 $$ Map L13, I16
SON OF A GUN Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the meatloving 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 $$$ Map I12
LUKSHON Sang Yoon of Father’s Office is behind this Southeast Asian eatery with a selection of craft beers and Far East-inspired cocktail program. The crispy whole market fish is not to be missed. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa). 3239 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.202.6808 $$$ Map K12
BAR PINTXO Spanish tapas bar around the corner from the Santa Monica Pier offers authentic tortilla española, paella and croquetas de jamón and Spanish wines. L, D (daily). 109 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.458.2012 $$ Map M8
SIMBAL Chef Shawn Pham’s (the French Laundry, Craft, the Bazaar by José Andrés) first restaurant draws from his Vietnamese heritage. The tricky-to-find spot (it’s tucked into the side of Little Tokyo Mall) offers a cuisine that combines the best of Ho Chi Minh City’s food stalls with sophisticated technique and Pham’s playful attitude. Don’t miss mixologist Brandyn Tepper’s creative cocktails. D (Tu-Sa). 3319 E. 2nd St., Suite 202, downtown, 213.626.0244 $$$ Map H17 WP24 From its 24th-floor roost, WP24 proves that Wolfgang Puck, who pioneered Asian fusion, has still got the goods. Highlights include Singapore-style chili prawns and steamed bao filled with pork belly. Restaurant/lounge concept Nest at WP24 is adjacent. Dining room D (Tu-Sa). Nest D (nightly). Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.743.8824 $$$$ Map I15
THE BAZAAR BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS Star chef José Andrés brings a whimsical set of Spanish-style dining experiences to the eminently stylish SLS Hotel. Tasting room Saam offers an unforgettable 20-pluscourse prix-fixe menu. Dining room D (nightly). Saam D (Th-Sa). 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.5555 $$$ Map H16 SMOKE.OIL.SALT “Casual world cuisine” and an impressive list of Spanish wines served in a lively location on Melrose. D (nightly), Br (Su). 7274 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.930.7900 $$ Map I13
Steak ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE This ultra luxurious interpretation of the classic American steakhouse incorporates Asian influences. Certified Angus beef
and one of L.A.’s widest selections of domestic and imported wagyu star on the menu. D (nightly). 111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.486.1111 $$$ Map Q20 THE ARTHUR J This swanky Manhattan Beach steakhouse, helmed 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. Sit in the midcentury-inspired, spacious dining room or at the bar. D (nightly). 903 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.878.9620 $$$$ Map C2 BALTAIRE Helmed by executive chef Travis Strickland, this sophisticated Brentwood restaurant offers plenty of prime steaks, wines by the glass, old-school charm and sun-or-star dining on its 2,500-square-foot terrace—perhaps best enjoyed with the Baltaire Julep cocktail in hand. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 11647 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 424.273.1660 $$$$ Map J12 BOA Way hip, way fine steakhouse. Steak rubs and dips; out-there cocktails. Santa Monica: L, D (daily). West Hollywood: L (M-F), D (nightly). 101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.4466; 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2050 $$$ Map M8, H12 FOGO DE CHÃO Arguably the city’s best churrascaria—those Brazilian steakhouse-barbecue restaurants—is this restaurant with locations in Beverly Hills and downtown. 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 $$$ Map J12, I16 MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB At this on-the-waterfront eatery—the views are pure Malibu—starters like ahi tartare, lobster cocktail and caviar service are followed by fresh fish, whole Maine lobster or expertly prepared steaks. Sides like lobster mashed potatoes and Alaskan king crab/black-truffle gnocchi are legendary. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.454.4357 $$$$ Map west of K7 MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE Swanky “steakhouse with personality.” Bone-in filet reigns; warm butter cake melts in your mouth. Penthouse at Mastro’s is an upstairs lounge. D (nightly). 246 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8782 $$$ Map J11 MORTON’S Clubby ambiance, show-and-tell menu, huge portions. Beverly Hills, Woodland Hills: D (nightly). Downtown, Burbank: L (M-F), D (nightly). 435 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.1501; 6250 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills, 818.703.7272; 735 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.553.4566; the Pinnacle, 3400 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.238.0424 $$$ Map I11, west of A1, I16, T20 NICK + STEF’S A modern interpretation of the classic American steakhouse, Bunker Hill institution Nick + Stef’s recently underwent a complete overhaul of both its menu and its dining rooms, now a midcenturymodern vision in hues of coral, blue and caramel with brass touches. The menu from new executive chef Andreas Roller includes showstopping meat dishes as well as an expanded seafood menu. USDA Prime beef is aged on-site in a glass-encased aging chamber. L (M-F), D (nightly). Wells Fargo Building, 330 S. Hope St., downtown, 213.680.0330 $$$ Map H16 PISTOLA The sister restaurant to Victor Casanova’s Gusto opened last year, giving classic Italian steakhouse fare a modern twist. Enjoy classic dishes such as shrimp scampi, dry-aged Delmonico steak and bonein veal chop in an elegant space with a sleek, 1950s New York feel. D (nightly). 8022 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.9800 $$$ Map I13 STEAK & WHISKY Rustic meets modern at Steak & Whisky, which opened in downtown Hermosa Beach
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Dining last year. The fifth joint from chef/partner Tin Vuong and partner Jed Sanford of Blackhouse Hospitality Management (sister restaurants Abigaile and Día de Campo are steps away), it applies a blend of cultural influences to American classics like traditional porterhouse and dry-aged beef. D (nightly). 117 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.318.5555 $$$$ Map L13 THE STINKING ROSE True to its motto, “We season our garlic with food,” this Restaurant Row mainstay offers eclectic, garlicky menu options including 40-Clove Garlic Chicken, Silence of the Lamb Shank and even garlic ice cream. Premium steak options include Little Devil Petite Filet Mignon and Dracula’s Porterhouse. Pianist Gary Sherer performs Th-Sa evenings in the Gar Bar. L, D (daily). 55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.652.7673 $$ Map I12 STK The One Group’s renowned steakhouse has a sleek new L.A. home. Expect signature savory steaks, shellfish platters and jalapeño-cheddar grits, as well as new dishes such as seared foie gras with spiced rum and crispy lobster tails. D (nightly). W Los Angeles—West Beverly Hills, 930 Hilgard Ave., L.A., 310.659.3535 $$$ Map J10
Thai JITLADA THAI The wait for a table is long at this top-rated restaurant in East Hollywood’s Thai Town, but the Southern Thai specialties, such as moo mae chan (grilled pork Southern-style with papaya salad and sticky rice), are authentic and exceptional. L, D (Tu-Su). 5233 1/2 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.667.9809 $$ Map W22 NATALEE THAI Traditional Thai dishes are served amid edgy, modern decor. Among entrées are Nutty Chicken (a spicy combo of chicken, onion and dried chilies) and a sole filet in red curry sauce. Veggie lovers favor the spicy maha jumlong curry. L, D (daily). 10101 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.202.7003; 998 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.855.9380 $ Map L11, I11 NIGHT + MARKET For authentic Thai food, head to either the WeHo or Silver Lake location (the latter is Night + Market Song) of this hip spot from L.A.-born chef Kris Yenbamroong. Celebrity diners include Gwyneth Paltrow and Lena Dunham. WeHo: L (Tu-Th), D (Tu-Su). Silver Lake: L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 9043 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.275.9724; 3322 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.665.5899 $$ Map I12, south of W23
PALMS THAI This spot near the Pantages theater is known more for its entertainment than its cooking, but both are worth the trip. Kavee Thongprecha, “the Thai Elvis,” does campy interpretations of the King’s repertory. Unusual menu items include frog legs with chili and basil. L, D (daily). 5900 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.462.5073 $ Map H14
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POK POK LA This 200-seat Mandarin Plaza restaurant from award-winning chef Andy Ricker is just down the street from his Pok Pok Phat Thai in Chinatown. The menu’s five categories include drinking food, grilled things and sweet things. Standout items include Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings, sticky with umami. Ricker also works wonders with duck, ribs and vegetables. L, D (daily). 978 N. Broadway, downtown, 213.613.1831, $$ Map G17
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ODYS + PENELOPE (American).................. 60
SOUTH BAY/LONG BEACH
208 RODEO (California)...................................... 61
FATHER’S OFFICE (Brew/Pub)...................... 61
PLAN CHECK (American)................................ 60
ABIGAILE (American)................................................ 60
THE BAZAAR (Spanish).................................... 68
RÉPUBLIQUE (French)....................................... 63
THE BELVEDERE (Mediterranean)............... 66
MEXICANO (Mexican)............................................ 67
BOUCHON (French).............................................. 62
NATALEE THAI (Thai).........................................69
CRUSTACEAN (Pan-Asian)............................... 68 CULINA (Italian)..................................................... 63 FREDS AT BARNEYS (American)................... 60 IL FORNAIO (Italian).......................................... 63 MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE (Steak).......... 68 MAUDE (California)............................................... 62 MORTON’S (Steak).............................................. 68 MR CHOW (Chinese)............................................ 62 NATALEE THAI (Thai)...................................... 69 SPAGHETTINI (Italian)......................................64 SPAGO (California)................................................. 62 URASAWA (Japanese)......................................... 66 VIVIANE (California)............................................. 62
DOWNTOWN BÄCO MERCAT (Eclectic)................................... 62 BESTIA (Italian)..........................................................63 BOTTEGA LOUIE (Italian).............................. 63 BROKEN SPANISH (Mexican)......................... 67 B.S. TAQUERIA (Mexican)................................. 67 CLIFTON’S (American)......................................... 60
LA CIENEGA BOULEVARD
DÍA DE CAMPO (Mexican).................................... 67
FISHING WITH DYNAMITE (Seafood).... 68
FIG & OLIVE (Mediterranean)........................... 66
IL FORNAIO (Italian)..........................................64
FOGO DE CHAO (Steak).................................. 68
ISE-SHIMA (Japanese)......................................... 65
MATSUHISA (Japanese)..................................... 65
SALT CREEK GRILLE (American)..................... 61
MORTON’S (Steak).............................................. 68
LITTLE SISTER (Pan-Asian)............................. 68
NOBU (Japanese)..................................................... 65
LOVE & SALT (California).................................. 62
THE STINKING ROSE (Steak)...................... 69
COMMISSARY (California).................................. 62 CORAZON Y MIEL (Mexican).......................... 67
DRAGO CENTRO (Italian).................................63
GLADSTONE’S MALIBU (Seafood).......... 68
FACTORY KITCHEN (Italian)..........................63
MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB (Steak)........... 68
FOGO DE CHAO (Steak)....................................68
MR CHOW (Chinese)............................................ 62
NOBU MALIBU (Japanese)............................... 65
LEDLOW (American).............................................. 60
LITTLE SISTER (Pan-Asian)............................. 68
MADDALENA (Italian)......................................... 64
MARINA DEL REY CAFE DEL REY (Seafood)................................ 68
MORTON’S (Steak).................................................68 NICK + STEF’S (Steak)............................................ 68
THE DISTRICT (Pan-Asian).................................68
ORSA & WINSTON (Eclectic)........................ 62
ESTÉREL (Mediterranean)................................... 66
OTIUM (California)................................................. 60
GRACIAS MADRE (Mexican)......................... 67
GUSTO (Italian)....................................................... 63
PETTY CASH TAQUERIA (Mexican).......... 67
INK. (American)....................................................... 60
PLAN CHECK (American)................................... 60
JOAN’S ON THIRD (American)................... 60
POK POK LA (Thai)............................................ 69
THE LITTLE DOOR (French).......................... 62
BAR PINXTO (Spanish)...................................... 68
REDBIRD (American)............................................... 61
BOA (Steak)............................................................... 68
SIMBAL (Pan-Asian).............................................. 68
CASSIA (Eclectic)................................................... 62
PISTOLA (Steak).................................................... 68 PETTY CASH TAQUERIA (Mexican)........ 67 PIZZERIA MOZZA (Italian)............................64 PROVIDENCE (Seafood)................................... 68 RED O (Mexican)..................................................... 67 SMOKE.OIL.SALT (Spanish).......................... 68 SON OF A GUN (Seafood)............................... 67 TERRINE (California)............................................ 62 TERRONI (Italian)..................................................64
VALLEY CLAIM JUMPER (American)........................... 60 GIRASOL (California)........................................... 62
PASADENA ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE (Steak)... 68 IL FORNAIO (Italian)..........................................64
KATSUYA (Japanese)........................................... 65 MORTON’S (Steak).............................................. 68 SALT CREEK GRILLE (American)..................... 61 SIMMZY’S (Brew/Pub).......................................... 61
MAISON AKIRA (Eclectic)............................... 62 SUSHI ROKU (Japanese).................................... 66
VENICE GJELINA (Mediterranean)................................... 66 LEONA (California)................................................. 62 PLANT FOOD AND WINE (California)... 62 SIMMZY’S (Brew/Pub).......................................... 61 THE TASTING KITCHEN (California)........ 62
ENTERPRISE FISH CO. (Seafood)............. 68
FATHER’S OFFICE (Brew/Pub)..................... 61
FIG RESTAURANT (California)..................... 62
BOA (Steak)............................................................... 68
THE HUNGRY CAT (Seafood)........................ 68
CAVATINA (California)......................................... 61
INDEPENDENCE (American)........................ 60
CECCONI’S (Italian)............................................ 63
BIRCH (American)..................................................... 60 BOWERY BUNGALOW (Mediterranean)...66 BUTCHERS & BARBERS (American)......... 60 HOUSE OF MACAU (Chinese)......................... 62 THE HUNGRY CAT (Seafood)..........................68
BALTAIRE (Steak)........................................................ 68
NIGHT + MARKET SONG (Thai).................69
KATSUYA (Japanese)........................................... 65
PALMS THAI (Thai)................................................69
TAVERN (California).............................................. 62
THE STRAND HOUSE (American)............... 61
TERRONI (Italian).................................................... 64
JITLADA THAI (Thai)...........................................69
STEAK & WHISKY (Steak)................................... 68
JOAN’S ON THIRD (American)................... 60
A.O.C. (Mediterranean).......................................... 66
LUCQUES (Mediterranean)................................. 66
SIMMZY’S (Brew/Pub).......................................... 61
ASANEBO (Japanese).......................................... 65
CROSSROADS KITCHEN (Mediterranean).6 6
OSTERIA MOZZA (Italian).............................64
M.B. POST (American)........................................ 60 PETROS (Mediterranean)............................................66
KENDALL’S BRASSERIE (French).............. 62
THE ARTHUR J (Steak)........................................... 68 CLAIM JUMPER (American)........................... 60
LA VECCHIA CUCINA (Italian)...................64
THE CHURCH KEY (American).................... 60
THE LITTLE DOOR (French).......................... 62
KATANA (Japanese).............................................. 65
LOCANDA DEL LAGO (Italian)..................64
NIGHT + MARKET (Thai)................................ 69
MÉLISSE (French).................................................. 62
PUMP (California)..................................................... 62
MILO & OLIVE (California)............................... 62
ROKU (Japanese)..................................................... 65
O’BRIEN’S IRISH PUB (British)................... 61
TORTILLA REPUBLIC (Mexican)............... 67
OX & SON (American)......................................... 60 RED O (Mexican)..................................................... 67
PUBLIC KITCHEN + BAR (Brew/Pub)......... 61
RISTORANTE AL MARE (Italian)..............64
TROIS MEC (Eclectic)............................................. 62
ROBATA BAR (Japanese).................................. 65
MUSASHIYA (Japanese)..................................... 65
RUSTIC CANYON (California)........................ 62
CENTURY CITY CRAFT (American)................................................. 60
SUSHI ROKU (Japanese).................................... 66
PLAN CHECK (American)................................ 60
HINOKI & THE BIRD (California)................. 62
ANIMAL (American)............................................. 60
MEIZHOU DONGPO (Chinese)..................... 62
JON & VINNY’S (Italian)..................................64
YE OLDE KING’S HEAD (British)............... 61
STK (Steak)......................................................................... 69
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MENU HIGHLIGHTS Shared Plates Farro macaroni Oysters Tuna tartare Pan-seared scallops Cauliflower steak Zucchini beignets
ESTÉREL RESTAURANT Located in the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the recently redesigned Estérel Restaurant boasts a range of dining settings in which to enjoy executive chef Victor Boroda’s seasonally driven, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Guests can sip an aperitif in the French garden patio, Le Jardin, or host a private cocktail party in the Aviary. Two private dining rooms are available, as well; one serves as a chef’s table, where chef Borda blends French and California cuisines in custom tasting menus. In the open-plan main dining room, high-backed booths and deep blue walls create a sophisticated atmosphere, and an exhibition kitchen with a wood-burning oven provides a show. Additionally, guests can enjoy cocktails created by Ferrari Watts, Riviera 31 Lounge Bar’s resident mixologist. B,L,D (daily), Br (Su).
Plates Seared ahi tuna Grass-fed burger Squid-ink tagliatelle Grass-fed Angus skirt steak frites Poulet rôti Lamb shank Grilled Maine lobster Ancient grain bowl
Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 8555 Beverly Blvd., L.A.
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LAdining ENTERPRISE FISH CO. Serving fresh seafood since 1979, Enterprise Fish Co. is housed in a historic brick building that was renovated to resemble the quintessential wharfside eateries found along the Pacific Coast. Vintage photos of Venice Beach and other seaside locations on the walls set the beachy mood, as does the aquarium you pass by when entering. The restaurant’s open kitchen, set in the middle of the dining room, allows patrons to witness the catch of the day being cooked on a unique mesquite grill. Alternately, diners can eat alfresco on the cozy heated patio. The menu features favorites like wild-caught fish, Maine lobster and king crab legs, but don’t miss the steaks and decadent desserts. It’s no wonder Enterprise Fish Co. was voted locally as the No. 1 seafood restaurant in the area. Daily happy hour 4-7 pm. L, D (daily). 174 Kinney St., Santa Monica 310.392.8366 • enterprisefishcosantamonica.com
LOCANDA DEL LAGO Locando del Lago blends organic produce from the Santa Monica Farmers Market and many other local purveyors with Italian ingredients to create dishes from Northern Italy’s Lombardy region. This family-run restaurant attracts celebrities, foodies, locals and travelers with its authentic and traditional recipes. Dishes feature high-quality meats and pastas such as all-natural Niman ranch veal shank, Lake Superior whitefish and housemade ravioli and tortelloni. A full vegetarian menu is also available. Enjoy the breads, desserts and gelato, made in-house daily. The warm interior and sidewalk patio overlooking the bustling Third Street Promenade also offers a daily happy hour that features specialty cocktails and local and Italian wines. B (Su); L, D (daily).
231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica 310.451.3525 • lagosantamonica.com
Ristorante al mare Savor fresh and authentic handmade pastas, thin-crust pizzas and Italian seafood classics such as cioppino and branzino at Ristorante al Mare, a new Italian eatery from the team behind Trastevere and La Piazza at the Grove. Located on the Santa Monica Pier, the three-story restaurant features a rooftop dining deck and full bar with unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean and Malibu coastline (a perfect spot to enjoy happy hour, 4:30-7:30 pm daily). The restaurant also boasts secondfloor balcony terraces and a private dining room, as well as first-floor decks overlooking the bustling boardwalk and beautiful Santa Monica beaches. Find live music on the rooftop every weekend and some Fridays. L, D (daily).
250 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica 310.458.4448 • ristorantealmare.com
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LADINING IL FORNAIO Il Fornaio’s award-winning authentic Italian cuisine is a favorite in Los Angeles. Specialties include housemade pastas, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto and rotisserie meats. Fresh pastas are made daily. Each month a special menu from a different region of Italy is featured. With an event coordinator on-site to handle all of your needs, Il Fornaio is the perfect location for special events and business functions. Repeat recipient of The Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.”
301 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills • 310.550.8330 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach • 310.725.9555 24 West Union St., Pasadena • 626.683.9797 6320 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills • 818.297.1700 ilfornaio.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
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
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Entertainment PPLA FOOD FARE 2016 March 3 Thirty-seventh annual food event—it started as a cooking demonstration with Julia Child—features more than 150 of the city’s best restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries and more. Taste offerings from venues including Girasol, Jar, Lucques and Rose Café-Restaurant. Proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. Day session 11 am -2 pm; evening session 6:30-9:30 pm. $150-$250. Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 213.284.3300 Map L9 CICLAVIA—THE VALLEY March 6 Several miles of L.A.’s normally congested streets turn into a car-free park for a walk and bike tour of the city. For the first CicLAvia of 2016, the event ventures deeper into the San Fernando Valley, with a route that extends between Pacoima, Arleta and Panorama City, along Van Nuys Boulevard. See ciclavia.org for additional route details. 9 am-4 pm. Free. 213.355.8500 Map U19
The Boss Is Back He’s played 36 concerts in the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena or the neighboring coliseum and affectionally called the former “the dump that jumps.” Now, the Boss is set to bring down the house once more, this time in more ways than one: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s March 15, 17 and 19 shows at the sports arena are the last to rock the 57-yearold venue before it closes its doors for good. The concerts support the release of the box set The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (“Springsteen’s best archival release yet,” according to Rolling Stone), a comprehensive fleshing-out of the pivotal 1980 album The River. Audiences will hear an in-sequence, complete performance of the original album, which includes Springsteen’s first top-10 single, “Hungry Heart,” plus other Springsteen favorites. p. 76
PALEYFEST March 11-20 The Paley Center for Media hosts this annual event with screenings and interactive panels featuring creators and stars from top TV shows. This year’s lineup includes Empire, Better Call Saul, The Big Bang Theory, Fear the Walking Dead and American Horror Story: Hotel. Visit paleyfest.org for schedule and tickets. Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 310.786.1000 Map H13 CASEY’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY STREET FESTIVAL March 17 This 43rd annual all-day street festival enlivens downtown Los Angeles with Irish food, games, Irish drink specials (green beer, anyone?) and sets by a live DJ. Headquartered at Casey’s Irish Pub, the street festival takes place in front of the pub. 6-2 am. Free general admission until 3 pm, $10 after 3 pm. 613 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.629.2353, 213nightlife.com Map I16 WESTWEEK 2016 March 23-24 The West Coast’s definitive showcase for global design offers a schedule of informative presentations and events. The event also debuts the latest luxury furnishings and interior resources. This year’s theme is “Mad About Design.” Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.657.0800 Map I12
Theater SEX WITH STRANGERS Opening March 1 This compelling two-character drama follows a female novelist and a younger blogger known for his sexual prowess. Their real-life connection is complicated by questions of trust and literary identity, proving that, sometimes, “you can’t judge a book by its author.” Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454 Map J10 WOMEN LAUGHING ALONE WITH SALAD Opening March 6 Sheila Callaghan (award-winning playwright and writer for such TV shows as Shameless and United States of Tara) wrote this raw comedy, having its West Coast premiere here, as a response to the ubiquitous, ridiculous advertising image referenced in the title. Through three different female characters—all wrapped up in the same man’s life—Callaghan challenges gender roles and women-shaming. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772 Map L11 AN ACT OF GOD Through March 13 Emmy-winning funnyman Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) takes on his loftiest role yet: He plays God and answers some of humanity’s most burning questions in this irreverent, highly acclaimed comedy. Written by The Daily Show alum David Javerbaum, the play arrives in L.A. for the first time after a successful Broadway run. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16
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.
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BARCELONA Through March 13 This play by Bess Wohl—having its West Coast premiere here—follows an American woman’s one-night stand in Spain that turns into a complicated game of cat and mouse. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454 Map J10 THE ILLUSIONISTS: LIVE FROM BROADWAY Through March 13 Have your mind blown at this spectacular showcase, the best-selling magic show in Broadway history. A roster of incredible illusionists performs deathdefying stunts and jaw-dropping magic tricks. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Map H13 ONCE March 15-20 This Tony-winning musical is back by popular demand for a limited one-week engagement at the Pantages. A stage adaptation of the acclaimed film of the same name, Once tells the story of a street musician in Dublin buoyed by the encouragement of a beautiful young Czech woman. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Map H13 THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX Through March 20 Playwright Bathsheba Doran’s work explores sex and romance across generations, as protagonist Charlotte is in love with both her male and female friends—and doesn’t know how to explain this to her parents, who have their own secrets. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16 A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER Opening March 22 This acclaimed musical comedy—it earned the 2014 Tony for best musical—arrives at the Ahmanson straight from New York. The play tells the story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune, who opts to take matters into his own hands by killing the eight relatives (all played by the same man) who stand in his way. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16 THE REVISIONIST Opening March 29 Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) wrote this off-Broadway play—having its West Coast premiere here—about a writer who heads to Poland for solitude to aid his writer’s block but must deal with his 75-year-old second cousin who is eager to connect with her American relative. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000 Map I11
Music + Dance CENTER FOR THE ART OF PERFORMANCE AT UCLA March 4 Lucinda Williams, Sean Rowe. March 5 Noura Mint Seymali & Tal National: Desert Rock Revue. March 12 Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music: The 20th Century Abridged. March 18-19 Akram Khan & Israel Galván: Torobaka. March 20 Los Angeles
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Attractions + Museums With Classical KUSC’s Alan Chapman. March 31 From Bach to Schubert, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Nicholas McGegan. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000 Map H16 THE WILTERN March 2 An Evening with Matisyahu. March 3 Editors. March 4 Mutemath. March 5 Galantis. March 18 Bill Engvall. March 19-20 Leon Bridges. March 25 X Ambassadors. March 26 Umphrey’s McGee. 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 213.388.1400 Map B2
Chamber Orchestra: Wolfgang & Mozart. Royce Hall, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood, 310.825.2101, cap.ucla.edu Map J10 DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION March 2, 6 The Magic Flute, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, conductor James Conlon, director Barrie Kosky. March 12, 20, 23, 26, 31 Madame Butterfly, by Giacomo Puccini, conductor James Conlon, director Lee Blakeley, starring Ana Maria Martinez. March 18 Domingo/Fleming in Concert, featuring Plácido Domingo and Renée Fleming, conductor James Conlon. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.0711 Map H16 LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA March 15, 17, 19 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. 3939 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.747.7111 Map K15 REDCAT March 10 Eve Egoyan: Earwitness. March 12 Pat O’Neill: Where the Chocolate Mountains. March 14 Dark Chamber Disclosure: A Projection Performance by Sandra Gibson + Luis Recoder. March 17-18 Immigration: Art/Critique/Process. March 20-21 Studio: Winter 2016. March 22 Piano Spheres: Mark Robson. March 23-24 Companhia Urbana de Dança: ID: Entidades & Na Pista. March 31 TeatroCinema: Historia de Amor. 631 W. 2nd St., downtown, 213.237.2800 Map H16 STAPLES CENTER March 20-21, 23 Justin Bieber “Purpose” world tour. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100 Map I15 THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL March 4 Le Bal: A One Night Only Drag Extravaganza. March 5 Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love Screening + Live Score. March 11 Loreena McKinnett. March 18 Uneasy Listening: An Evening With Clint Mansell. March 25 Daughter. March 26-27 The Smashing Pumpkins—In Plainsong. 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233 Map I16 WALLIS ANNENBERG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS March 6 Colburn Orchestra, music director/ conductor Yehuda Gilad, basoonist Richard Beene. March 11 Steven Lin. March 12 Honoring Mike Nichols; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Graduate. March 13 Dan Zanes & Friends. March 24 David Orlowsky Trio. March 26 Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner. March 31 Patti LuPone Master Class. 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000 Map I11 WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL March 1 Static Ecstatic, featuring LA Phil New Music Group, conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla. March 3-6 Dudamel & Mahler 3, featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford. March 11 José González, yMusic. March 12 Todo Cambia: The Rebel Spirit of Mercedes Sosa, featuring León Gieco, Juana Molina, Gustavo Santaolalla. March 13 American Youth Symphony, conductor David Alan Miller. March 18 Herbie Hancock. March 26 La Santa Cecilia; Buika. March 30 Music 101
STAPLES CENTER March 1 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Brooklyn. March 2 Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City. March 3 Los Angeles Kings vs. Montreal. March 4 Lakers vs. Atlanta. March 5 Kings vs. Anaheim; Clippers vs. Atlanta. March 6 Lakers vs. Golden State. March 7 Kings vs. Vancouver. March 8 Lakers vs. Orlando. March 9 Kings vs. Washington. March 10 Lakers vs. Cleveland. March 11 Clippers vs. New York. March 12 Kings vs. New Jersey. March 13 Clippers vs. Cleveland; Lakers vs. New York. March 15 Lakers vs. Sacramento. March 17 Kings vs. N.Y. Rangers. March 18 Lakers vs. Phoenix. March 19 Kings vs. Boston. March 22 Lakers vs. Memphis. March 24 Clippers vs. Portland. March 25 Lakers vs. Denver. March 26 Kings vs. Edmonton. March 27 Clippers vs. Denver; Lakers vs. Washington. March 28 Clippers vs. Boston. March 30 Lakers vs. Miami. March 31 Kings vs. Calgary. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100 Map I15 STUBHUB CENTER March 6 Los Angeles Galaxy vs. D.C. United. March 18-19 2016 World Cycling League Premiere. March 19 L.A. Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes. 18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson, 310.630.2000 Map M15
Attractions ADAMSON HOUSE 1930s home filled with famed Malibu Potteries tile. Guided tours W-Sa 11 am-3 pm (last tour 2 pm). $2-$7, under 6 free. No credit cards. 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.456.8432 Map west of K7 AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC Focus is on Pacific Ocean sea life. Touch the ocean’s predators in Shark Lagoon and meet penguins, sea otters, sea lions and 11,000 other animals. Daily 9 am-6 pm. $17.95-$29.95, under 3 free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100 Map O16 ARTISTS & FLEAS Hip artist, designer and vintage market is an import from Brooklyn and Chelsea, New York. Food trucks, workshops, DJs and guest entertainers are also on hand. The market takes place on the third weekend of each month in a former truck-service station. 11 am-5 pm. Free. 647 Mateo St., downtown, 310.900.9987 Map J17 BARNSDALL ART PARK Eleven-acre park in the Los Feliz/Hollywood area that features Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, as well as the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Center, Junior Art Center and Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. Park: daily 5 am-10 pm; Municipal Art Gallery: Th-Su noon-5 pm; Hollyhock House tours: Th-Su 11 am-3 pm. Hollyhock House tours $3-$7 (credit card only). 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.913.4031, barnsdall.org Map W22
CHINATOWN Ornate architecture, dim sum and shops with Eastern wares centered around a central plaza. Art and antiques on Chung King Road. Between Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Bernard Street, Yale and Spring streets, downtown Map G17 DESCANSO GARDENS Collections include coast live oaks, roses and an award-winning camellia garden. Enjoy family-friendly festivals, performances, classes and activities for children. The Oak Woodland and the Ancient Forest are recent additions. Daily 9 am-5 pm. $4-$9, under 5 free. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200 Map Q19 DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK Soarin’ Over California, A Bug’s Land, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania!, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Cars Land and more. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $93-$99, under 3 free. 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map D6 DISNEYLAND Mickey Mouse’s theme park. Attractions include Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and updated Star Tours (including a new location from Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $93-$99, under 3 free. 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map D6 DOLBY THEATRE Tour the home of the Academy Awards, formerly named the Kodak Theatre. Daily 10:30 am-4 pm. $16-$20, under 3 free. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300 Map H13 EGYPTIAN THEATRE Restored 1922 Hollywood landmark screens classics, cult favorites, indie films. Excellent Forever Hollywood screenings are exclusive to the theater. Call for schedule and pricing. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.3456 Map H13 EL CAPITAN THEATRE 1926 Spanish-style movie palace screens Disney films new and old. Musical accompaniment to many shows. Tours available. Call or visit elcapitantheatre.disney.com for details, schedule and pricing. 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7674 Map H13 EL PUEBLO DE LOS ANGELES Birthplace of Los Angeles; the site of this historical monument dates to 1781. Historic buildings, 11 of which are open to the public, include 1818 Avila Adobe, L.A.’s oldest. 125 Paseo de la Plaza, downtown, 213.628.1274 Map H17 EXPOSITION ROSE GARDEN Grassy pathways bisect 20,000 rosebushes of nearly 200 varieties. Daily 9 am-sunset. Free. 701 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.0114 Map K15 GAMBLE HOUSE Landmark Arts and Crafts-style home. Advance tickets recommended for guided tours. See website for details. Th-Su noon-3 pm. $12.50-$15, under 12 free. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, 626.793.3334, gamblehouse.org Map Q19 GRAND PARK Pleasant urban park positioned between the Music Center and City Hall offers draws such as a farmers market, concerts and community entertainment. Splash pad for kids. Daily 5:30 am-10 pm. Free. Entrances at 200 N. Grand Ave., 221 N. Hill St., 221 N. Broadway and 227 N. Spring St., downtown, 213.972.8080 Map H17
CENTRAL LIBRARY Downtown beaux arts-style landmark is the nation’s third-largest public library in terms of book and periodical holdings. It also holds many archival collections. M-Th 10 am-8 pm; F-Sa 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Su 1-5 pm. Free. 630 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.228.7000 Map I16
GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY Iconic attraction with spectacular views of Los Angeles 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
CATHEDRAL OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS Stunning contemporary cathedral opposite Music Center. M-F 6:30 am-6 pm; Sa 9 am-6 pm; Su 7 am-6 pm. 555 W. Temple St., downtown, 213.680.5200 Map H17
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD MUSEUM Shrine to amazing achievements. Su-Th 10 am-midnight; F-Sa 10-1 am. $9.99-$16.99, under 5 free. 6764 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.463.6433 Map H13
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HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME Celebs’ names are enshrined in bronze-and-terrazzo stars. Free. Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue and Vine Street from Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, 323.469.8311 Map H13 L.A. LIVE Bustling entertainment center is home to the Grammy Museum, Microsoft Theater and Club Nokia; restaurants including WP24, Ford’s Filling Station and Tom’s Urban; high-tech bowling lanes; and nightspots such as the Conga Room. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.5483 Map I15 L.A. ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS Home to more than 250 animal species, many of them endangered, living among immersive habitats and lush garden. 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 Legoland California Resort features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Water Park and Legoland Hotel. See legoland.com for hours, ticket packages, hotel accommodations and discounts. Parking $15-$25. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346 LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM AND BOTANIC GARDEN Peafowl roam the grounds and roost overhead at 127-acre garden. Make your own idyllic route or take the tram tour. Daily 9 am-5 pm (last admission 4:30 pm); tram tour Sa-Su, $5. $4-$9, under 5 free, free third Tu of the month. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.821.3222 Map Q22 MADAME TUSSAUDS Step behind the scenes to recreate favorite film and musical moments at the worldfamous museum of wax figures. M-F 10 am-7 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-8 pm. $22.95-$29.95, under 3 free. 6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1670 Map H13 THE ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET Local landmark with 120 produce stalls, restaurants (including new Moruno) and gift shops in open-air setting. M-F 9 am-9 pm; Sa 9 am-8 pm; Su 10 am-7 pm. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211 Map I13 POINT VICENTE INTERPRETIVE CENTER Located on a bluff on the southwestern corner of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, this small park adjacent to the Point Vicente Lighthouse offers a whale-watching deck and an interpretive center featuring exhibits about local history and ecology. 31501 Palos Verdes Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.377.5370 Map O13 PACIFIC PARK Amusement park at the end of the famous Santa Monica Pier offers games, food and rides, including a Ferris wheel. See pacpark.com for hours. Individual rides $4-$8; wristbands $16.95-$28.95. 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.260.8744 Map M8
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem; and the Simpsons Ride and its immersive environment, Springfield. Tram studio tour includes King Kong 360 3-D, film and TV sets and the Fast & Furious—Supercharged hydraulic motion-based thrill ride. Call or check universalstudios hollywood.com for hours and prices. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377 Map U20
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! ODDITOREUM Three hundred displays feature curiosities gathered by traveler Robert Ripley in the 1930s. Daily 10 am-midnight. $13$17, under 5 free. 6780 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.6335 Map H13
USS IOWA Former battleship (the “Battleship of Presidents”) is permanently docked as a floating museum. The ongoing exhibit follows the ship’s history through World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War. Also 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
RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Visit the Air Force One Pavilion, which houses the flying White House, and a full-size replica of the White House Oval Office. Daily 10 am-5 pm. $6-$16, under 2 free. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800.410.8354 Map northwest of A1 SAN ANTONIO WINERY Complimentary tastings and tour of the only producing winery in L.A., which celebrates its 99th anniversary this year. Restaurant and wine shop on-site. Su-Th 9 am-7 pm; F-Sa 9 am-8:30 pm. 737 Lamar St., downtown, 323.223.1401 Map G17 SAN FERNANDO MISSION 1797 mission with museum, archives and gardens. Daily 9 am-4:30 pm. $3-$5, under 7 free. 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Mission Hills, 818.361.0186 Map north of A1 SAN GABRIEL MISSION Mission includes the oldest building (1771) in Southern California. M-Sa 9 am-4:30 pm; Su 10 am-4 pm. $3-$5, under 6 free. 427 S. Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel, 626.457.3035 Map B4 SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATIONAL AREA Hiking, horseback riding, climbing, camping, mountain biking, wildflower viewing, bird-watching and more on 150,000 acres. National Park Service Visitor Center open daily 9 am-5 pm (holidays exempt). 26876 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas, 805.370.2301 Map west of B1 SEAWORLD The 189-acre adventure park features thousands of marine animals including killer whales, fish, reptiles and birds. Open daily; call for hours, ticket packages and discounts. $83-$89, under 3 free. Parking $16$21. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, 800.25.SHAMU Map I8 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, and the world’s tallest vertical drop, Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom. Call or visit sixflags.com for hours. $47.99-$72.99, 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 TOURNAMENT HOUSE Tours of Rose Parade headquarters in Wrigley Mansion, Italian Renaissance-style home featuring Centennial Rose Garden and Wrigley Gardens. Th 2 and 3 pm. Free. 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.4100 Map R19 UNIVERSAL CITYWALK Eye-popping dining, shopping and entertainment promenade includes boutiques such as Fossil, Guess and Abercrombie & Fitch, novelty stores and state-of-the-art cinema and Imax theater. iFly Hollywood is a simulated skydiving wind tunnel. Call for hours. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4455 Map U20 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD Movie-based theme park. Rides include Transformers: The Ride 3-D;
VIRGINIA ROBINSON GARDENS One of Beverly Hills’ first homes, open to the public (by appointment). The historic estate’s idyllic grounds include a grand Italian terrace, rose garden and lush palm-tree forest. Advance reservations required for guided tours, Tu-Sa 9:30 am-4 pm. $4-$11, under 5 free. 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, 310.550.2087 Map I10 WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL Frank Gehrydesigned architectural landmark at the Music Center. Tour options include hourlong, self-guided audio tours and docent-led tours. Hours and days vary. Visit musiccenter.org for schedule and pricing. 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4399 Map H16
Studio Tours PARAMOUNT PICTURES STUDIO TOUR Two-hour group tour of Hollywood’s longest-operating and only remaining major studio. Reservation recommended. Tours daily (except some holidays) every half-hour 9:30 am-2 pm. $55; VIP tour $178, under 10 not admitted. 2.5-hour After Dark Tour every 15 minutes F 7:15-8 pm; 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. Reservation, photo ID required. M-F 9:30 am-2:30 pm. $40, 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 private tour of movie studio, prop warehouse, front-of-line privileges, gourmet lunch and other perks. Check universalstudioshollywood.com or call for hours and current prices. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.3801 Map U20 WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR HOLLYWOOD Three-hour tour of working TV and film studio includes backlots, soundstages, costume department and museum, plus observation of filming (when possible). Stage 48: Script to Screen soundstage gives guests behind-the-scenes access to the world of film and TV production. Deluxe tour available. Reservation recommended; photo ID required. Daily 8 am-4 pm. $62, under 8 not admitted. 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.972.8687 Map U20
Studio Tapings AUDIENCES UNLIMITED Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows produced in the L.A. area, such as The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls. Minimum age 10-18, varies by show. 818.260.0041, ext. 1, tvtickets.com THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW Free tickets to taping of comedian’s daytime talk show. Minimum age 14; minors must show photo ID and be accompanied
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QUEEN MARY Historic ocean liner—bigger than the Titanic!—permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, hotel, art deco lounge, a new 4-D theater and restaurants including Sir Winston’s. Daily 10 am-6 pm for self-guided and guided tours. Night tours available. Check queenmary.com for pricing. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738 Map O16
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JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! Free tickets to live tapings of late-night ABC show. Minimum age 18. El Capitan Entertainment Centre, 6840 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 1iota.com Map H13
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Museums A+D MUSEUM Progressive-architecture and design museum recently relocated from Miracle Mile to the Arts District. Tu-F 11 am-5 pm; Sa-Su noon-6 pm. $5-$7, under 12 free. 900 E. 4th St., downtown, 213.346.9734 Map I17 THE ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY Cultural venue dedicated solely to digital and print photography. Multimedia studio and retail gallery Skylight Studios is across the park. Through March 20 Life: A Journey Through Time; Pearls of the Planet. 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
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AUTRY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST Museum in Griffith Park explores the art, history and cultures of the American West and houses one of the top U.S. collections of Native American materials. Through March 20 Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale (2016). Continuing New Acquisitions Featuring the Kaufman Collection; California Impressionism: The Gardena High School Collection. (See theautry.org for ongoing exhibits.) Tu-F 10 am-4 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. $4-$10, under 3 free. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.667.2000 Map H14
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CALIFORNIA HERITAGE MUSEUM American decorative arts, folk art. Continuing Splash: Art by Kenton Nelson. W-Su 11 am-4 pm. $5-$10, under 12 free. 2612 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.392.8537 Map M8
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. 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 213.744.7432 Map M8
THE BROAD New art museum contains nearly 2,000 works of contemporary art. The inaugural installation features Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room (separate free timed tickets are required). Otium restaurant and a 24,000-square-foot public plaza are adjacent to the museum. Tu-W 11 am-5 pm; Th-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa 10 am-8 pm; Su 10 am-6 pm. Free. Advance online reservations encouraged. 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.232.6200 Map H16
CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER Interactive exhibits for budding scientists; Imax theater. Continuing Earth in Concert: Protecting the Planet Through Music. Ongoing Journey to Space: The Exhibition; Mission 26: The Big Endeavour. 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 CHINESE AMERICAN MUSEUM Housed in oldest structure of L.A.’s original Chinatown. Continuing Tales of the Distant Past: The Story of Hong Kong and the Chinese Diaspora (A Tribute From the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals of Hong Kong). Tu-Su 10 am-3 pm. $2-$3 donation. El Pueblo de Los Angeles, 425 N. Los Angeles St., downtown, 213.485.8567 Map H17
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Attractions + Museums CRAFT & FOLK ART MUSEUM International folk and contemporary craft art. Continuing Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to the Present; Made in China: New Ceramic Works by Keiko Fukazawa. Tu-F 11 am-5 pm; Sa-Su noon-6 pm. $5-$7; pay what you want Su, under 10 free. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.937.4230 Map J13 DISCOVERY CUBE L.A. 71,000-square-foot children’s science center offers traveling and permanent high-tech exhibits aimed at teaching science, technology, engineering, math, healthy living and environmental stewardship through hands-on activities. Daily 10 am-5 pm. $10, under 3 free. 11800 Foothill Blvd., L.A., 818.686.2823 discoverycube.org/la Map north of A2 FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AND MERCHANDISING (FIDM) Museum and galleries on fashion-school campus. Continuing 24th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design; A Graceful Gift. Tu–Sa 10 am–5 pm. Free. 919 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.623.5821 Map I16
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FOWLER MUSEUM Art and material culture from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Americas. Through March 13 Disguise: Masks & Global African Art. Continuing Celebrate/Demonstrate: Photographs of Global L.A. by Cindy Bendat; Fowler in Focus: Spirits in the Loom: Lao-Tai Textiles; José Montoya’s Abundant Harvest: Works on Paper/ Works on Life. Ongoing Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives. W, F-Su noon-5 pm; Th noon-8 pm. Free. Parking $3-$12. UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Drive N., L.A., 310.825.4361 Map I10 GETTY CENTER Travertine-clad hilltop facility houses collections of paintings, drawings, antiquities, photographs and decorative arts. Fabulous Central Garden and city views. Through March 13 The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals. Opening March 15 Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium; The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs. Through March 20 In Focus: Daguerreotypes. Continuing Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscripts; Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV; Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints. Tu-F, Su 10 am-5:30 pm; Sa 10 am-9 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 Sa after 4 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. Opening March 30 Roman Mosaics Across the Empire. Ongoing Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity. W-M 10 am-5 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 5 pm for evening programs. 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. Continuing Ravi Shankar: A Life in Music; Legends of Motown: Celebrating the Supremes; George Carlin: A Place for My Stuff; Respect! Otis Redding and the Revolution of Soul: Ki Ho’alu Honoring the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Tradition. (See grammymuseum.org for permanent exhibits.) M-F 10:30 am-6:30 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-6:30 pm. $10.95-$12.95, under 6 free. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800 Map I15
There’s always something new to see and learn at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Touch sharks. Feed lorikeet birds. Watch penguins play. over 11,000 animals await you. 562.590.3100 100 AquArium WAy, Long BeAch, cA 90802
HAMMER MUSEUM Traveling shows and installations and permanent collection. Continuing Sculpture From the Hammer Contemporary Collection; Hammer Projects: Kenny Scharf; Hammer Contemporary Collection: David Lamelas, The Desert People; Hammer Projects: Catherine Opie: Portraits; Hammer Projects: Oscar Tuazon; Still Life With Fish: Photography From the Collection; Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957. Tu-F 11 am-8 pm; SaSu 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
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Attractions + Museums industry. Don’t miss Max Factor’s makeup rooms, where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball a redhead, and Hannibal Lecter’s jail cell from Silence of the Lambs. 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 more than a dozen themed gardens. Gallery includes Pinkie and The Blue Boy. New education and visitor center. Through March 22 Y.C. Hong: Advocate for Chinese-American Inclusion. Through March 28 Friends and Family: British Artists Depict Their Circle. Continuing A World of Strangers: Crowds in American Art; Alex Israel at the Huntington; The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920. M, W-F noon-4:30 pm; Sa-Su 10:30 am-4:30 pm. $10-$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. Continuing Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920–1940; Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank. Tu-W, F-Su 11 am-5 pm; Th noon-8 pm. $5-$9, under 6 free, Th 5-8 pm and third Th 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. The Observation Pit was recently reopened after 20 years. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.934.7243 Map J13 LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART Craft and folk arts. Opening March 11 Beyond the Frame: New Media Arts From Taiwan. Th 11 am-8 pm; F-Su 11 am-5 pm. $6-$7, under 12 free, Th 3-8 pm and all day F free. 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 562.439.2119 Map O16 LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART Diverse, superb collections housed on 20-acre campus. Through March 20 Frank Gehry; Screens, Scrolls, and Prints: Japanese Art From LACMA’s Collection. Opening March 20 Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium; Physical: Sex and the Body in the 1980s. Continuing Rain Room; Catherine Opie: O. (See lacma.org for additional continuing and ongoing exhibits, programs and special events.) M-Tu, Th 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-7 pm. $10-$15, under 18 free. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000 Map J13 LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST The West Coast’s largest archive of Holocaust-era documents, relics and other primary source materials. Interactive and audiovisual exhibits include The World That Was touch-screen table and a scale model of the Sobibor death camp. Through March 1 Visas to Freedom: Aristides de Sousa Mendes and the Refugees of World War II. Continuing Portraits in Black and White: Survivors and What They Carry; The Children of Willesden Lane; The Recovery of the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I: The Republic of Austria v. Altmann. 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. Opening March 12 Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA (GC). Opening March 19 Storefront: Public Fiction (GA). See moca.org for continuing exhibitions. GA and GC: M, W, F 11 am-6 pm; Th 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. PDC: F 11 am-5 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-6 pm. $6-$12, under 12 free; free at PDC. MOCA Grand Avenue (GA), 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Geffen Contemporary (GC), 152 N. Central Ave., downtown; MOCA Gallery at Pacific Design Center (PDC), 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 213.626.6222 Map H16, H17, I12
Explore 113 lush acres with more than 1,100 animals, a kids’ play park, Safari Shuttle, gorgeous carousel and special shows and presentations daily. All conveniently located in Griffith Park, where the I-5 and 134 FWYs meet. Plan your adventure today at LAZoo.org/WhereLA
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Shopping issues and Anne Frank’s life and legacy. (See museumoftolerance.com for additional exhibits.) Su-W, F 10 am-5 pm; Th 10 am-9:30 pm (extended hours for Anne only). $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. (See nhm.org for exhibits and events.) Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free. 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.3466 Map K15 NORTON SIMON MUSEUM Stellar collection of Renaissance to 20th-century masterworks and sculpture garden. Opening March 4 Duchamp to Pop. M, W-Th noon-5 pm; F-Sa 11 am-8 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. $9-$12; students with photo ID, under 19 free. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.6840 Map Q19 PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART California art, architecture, design. Continuing Of Cottages and Castles: The Art of California Faience; The Nature of William S. Rice: Arts and Crafts Painter and Printmaker; Robert Cremean: The Beds of Procrustes and the Seven Deadly Sins. Ongoing Kosmic Krylon Garage. W-Su noon-5 pm. $5-$7, under 12 free, first Friday and third Thursday of the month free. 490 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.568.3665 Map Q20 PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Newly renovated museum displays some 135 vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles in permanent and rotating exhibits. Additions include 25 new galleries, Forza Motorsports Racing Experience and Disney/Pixar Cars Mechanical Institute. Take a private tour of the museum’s underground vault to see more than 120 of the most valuable and legendary vehicles in the collection. Daily 10 am-6 pm. $7-$15, under 3 free. Vault tours $20, under 13 not permitted. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.930.2277 Map J13 SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER The American Jewish experience. Ongoing Visions and Values; Noah’s Ark. Tu-F noon-5 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. $5-$10, under 2 free, free Th. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500 Map G9 USC PACIFIC ASIA MUSEUM Southeast Asian and Pacific Island art and culture. Continuing The View From a Scholar’s Studio: Japanese Literati Paintings From Tiezudingzhai Collection; Royal Taste: The Art of Princely Courts in 15th-Century China. W-Su 10 am-6 pm. $7-$10, under 12 free. 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.449.2742 Map R20
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BEVERLY CENTER Trendsetting mall near West Hollywood has more than 100 boutiques (Burberry, Fendi, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, a True Religion concept store, Uniqlo, new Cos) and several restaurants. Anchored by Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. 8500 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.854.0070 Map I12 CAMARILLO PREMIUM OUTLETS Find deep discounts on the best names in fashion and home at this luxury outlet center just north of L.A. County. More than 160 stores are represented, including Barneys New York, BCBG Max Azria, and St. John and Restoration Hardware. The Promenade is anchored by Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks OFF 5th. 740 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805.445.8520 Map northwest of A1 CITADEL OUTLETS Assyrian architecture south of downtown stands out along the Golden State (5)
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ONTARIO MILLS OUTLETS California’s largest outlet shopping destination. Among 200 stores are Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss Factory Store, DKNY, Saks OFF 5th, Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom Rack. Thirty-screen cineplex. 1 Mills Circle, Ontario, 909.484.8300 Map east of B6 THE PIKE OUTLETS Shopping and entertainment district links the Long Beach Convention Center to Rainbow Harbor’s waterfront and the Aquarium of the Pacific. Shops include Restoration Hardware Outlet. 95 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, 562.432.8325 Map N16
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Freeway; the center offers discounted clothes from Kate Spade, H&M, Banana Republic, Levi’s and Converse, to name just a few. 100 Citadel Drive, L.A., 323.888.1724 Map B4 DEL AMO FASHION CENTER Fresh from a glossy makeover, this luxury retail center boasts more than 200 stores including a new Nordstrom, Macy’s, Michael Kors, BOSS, Arhaus, Lululemon Athletica, Sephora, Zara, Uniqlo and Kiehl’s. 3525 Carson St., Torrance, 310.542.8525 Map D2 FIGAT7TH Center features hip eateries such as the Melt and City Tavern, plus shops including City Target, Zara and H&M. 735 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.955.7150 Map H16 GLENDALE GALLERIA Family-oriented mall with department stores and boutiques including Bloomingdale’s, Cotton On, Uniqlo and Vans. 100 W. Broadway, Glendale, 818.240.9481 Map U23 THE GROVE Popular outdoor center has some 40 shops including Apple, Nordstrom and new Sephora and Brandy Melville, plus restaurants including Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, all in a setting that suggests a grand old downtown. Movie theater, trolley and dancing fountain are draws. Adjacent to Farmers Market. 189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 888.315.8883 Map I13 HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND Home of the Academy Awards’ Dolby Theatre. Tinseltown-themed retail, dining and entertainment center features restaurants, a cinema, high-tech bowling lanes, stores such as Louis Vuitton and Lucky Brand Jeans and Ohm nightclub. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.6412 Map H13 JAPANESE VILLAGE PLAZA Popular plaza in Little Tokyo features some 40 shops selling Japanese books, art, gifts and sundries. Restaurants are Japanese, though one serves excellent Korean barbecue. Mikawaya sells mochi ice cream. 335 E. 2nd St., downtown Map H17 MALIBU COUNTRY MART Outdoor center with upscale boutiques such as new Bed/Stu and Wildfox, plus Cie Sparks salon, restaurants and other amenities and services. 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7300 Map northwest of K7 MALIBU LUMBER YARD Small collection of upscale retailers adjacent to Malibu Country Mart, including Alice + Olivia, Maxfield, Vilebrequin, Alexis Bittar and Tory Burch. 3939 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7395 Map northwest of K7 METLOX Pottery factory converted to upscale shopping destination; Trilogy Spa, the Beehive, Lulu’s Nouvelle and Waterleaf boutiques; and restaurants including Petros Greek Cuisine and Lemonade. 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 626.535.0317 Map L13
THE POINT New outdoor shopping center features trendy retailers including Planet Blue, Kit and Ace, Prana and Madewell; top L.A. eateries such as Mendocino Farms and Superba Food + Bread; and fitness destination SoulCycle. It’s all centered around an expansive outdoor plaza. 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, Burberry, Uniqlo and Barneys New York Co-op, plus a rooftop Dining Deck and new ArcLight Cinemas. 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, 310.394.1049 Map L8 SOUTH COAST PLAZA High-end center in Orange County boasts nearly 300 boutiques, 30 restaurants and several spas. Stores include Chanel, Gucci, Valentino, Chloé, Jimmy Choo, Christian Dior, Tadashi Shoji, new Balenciaga, Bally, Ralph Lauren and Samsonite Black Label. Concierge at four locations. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888 Map E6 SUNSET PLAZA Upscale row of boutiques and sidewalk cafés is L.A.’s Euro hang. Calypso, Calleen Cordero and H. Lorenzo stores; Ole Henriksen spa and Eden by Eden Sassoon salon. 8600-8700 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.2622 Map H12 THIRD STREET PROMENADE Pedestrian-only shopping zone includes Zara, Cotton On, Converse, Anthropologie, Nasty Gal, kiosks and an array of entertaining street performers. 1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 310.393.8355 Map L8 TWO RODEO Center with cobblestones in the heart of Beverly Hills features high-end boutiques including Jimmy Choo, Vilebrequin and Tiffany & Co., plus fine-art gallery Galerie Michael and restaurants such as 208 Rodeo. 9478 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.247.7040 Map J11 THE VILLAGE AT WESTFIELD TOPANGA New lifestyle destination across the street from Westfield Topanga shopping center (with trolley service connecting the two) offers trendy retailers (Jonathan Adler, Splendid), restaurants with alfresco dining, Burke Williams spa, a yoga studio and much more. 6250 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, 818.594.8732 Map north of A1 WESTFIELD AT LAX Travelers flying out of LAX can enjoy some of L.A.’s top retail and dining, curated by Westfield, in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, as well as in terminals 1, 2, 3 and 6. Shopping and dining options include Fred Segal, La Brea Bakery, MAC Cosmetics, Porsche Design, Rock & Brews, SeaLegs Wine Bar, Spanx, Tumi and Wolfgang Puck. 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, including Bloomingdale’s and Tiffany & Co. Luxe AMC multiplex with Imax screen, food-court atrium and terrace; restaurants include
Obica Mozzarella Bar and Toscanova. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.277.3898 Map J11 WESTFIELD FASHION SQUARE Sephora, Zara and Bloomingdale’s make this the go-to destination for those at the eastern end of the San Fernando Valley’s Ventura Boulevard. 14006 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks, 818.783.0550 Map west of T18 WESTFIELD SANTA ANITA Anchored by Nordstrom and Macy’s, this shopping center’s stores include Sephora, Urban Home and H&M, entertainment venues including AMC Theatres and a Jump ’n Jammin Children’s Family Entertainment Center. 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.445.3116 Map R23 WESTFIELD TOPANGA Upscale retail center boasts Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and more. 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 818.594.8740 Map west of A1 WESTSIDE PAVILION Center south of Westwood Village is anchored by Nordstrom and Macy’s. Landmark theater is the county’s most spectacular indie cineplex. 10800 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A., 310.474.6255 Map J11
Spas BLISS SPA Hotel spa goes hip. Full-service spa also includes nail stations, expansive boutique with Bliss products. Sauna, steam showers. W Los Angeles— West Beverly Hills, 930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood, 310.443.8228; W Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1386 Map J10, H14 CIEL SPA Heavenly modern retreat with Robert Vetica Salon at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills offers luxurious face, body, nail and hair treatments. Access to fitness center and Altitude pool deck. Herbal steam room, showers. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.246.5560 Map I12 DERMALOGICA The SoCal-based skin-care company’s flagship store/skin center is not a full-service spa but does offer a broad menu of “touch therapies,” targeted mini-treatments and customized facials (including the BioActive chemical peel and new IonActive Power Treatment), all of which feature the brand’s active-ingredientpacked products. 1022 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310.260.8682 Map L8 FACE PLACE Specialty studio offers a signature facial featuring an anti-aging formulation whose penetration is aided by the application of galvanic current. 8701 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.855.1150 Map H12 HOTEL BEL-AIR SPA BY LA PRAIRIE The skin-care products of the Swiss luxury brand La Prairie are spotlighted at the Hotel Bel-Air. Steam rooms, showers, relaxation room. 701 Stone Canyon Road, L.A., 310.909.1681 Map I10 KATE SOMERVILLE SKIN HEALTH EXPERTS Hollywood’s favorite facials (try the DermalQuench Oxygen Treatment) are offered in a feminine salon on superexclusive Melrose Place. 8428 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, 323.655.7546 Map I12 OLE HENRIKSEN FACE/BODY SPA Full-service spa to the stars specializes in face and body care and also offers nail services. Co-ed steam room. Sunset Plaza, 8622 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 310.854.7700 Map H12 SPA AT BEVERLY WILSHIRE The spa’s aromatherapy crystal steam room is as delightful to look at as it is to experience. The Nail Bar offers shellac manicures and pedicures while Pretty Woman plays on loop. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.385.7023 Map J11 SPA MONTAGE The last word in luxury spas, with deluxe services including caviar facials and facilities that include dry redwood saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, showers and a co-ed mineral pool. Also on-site
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Nightlife 1 OAK Strikingly seductive, art-filled club in from New York. 9039 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.274.2326 Map H12 THE ABBEY Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Boys Town fixture offers a new food and bar menu with flavored mules, mojitos and martinis galore. 692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.289.8410 Map H12 ARTS DISTRICT BREWING CO. 213 Nightlife’s new addition to the hip Arts District is a brewery and tasting room, with food from Neal Fraser’s Fritzi available via a takeout window. 828 Traction Ave., downtown, 213.519.5887 Map I17 AVALON 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 BAR JACKALOPE Intimate whiskey bar hidden in the back of downtown’s Seven Grand, featuring more than 120 premium whiskeys, including many of the au courant Japanese labels. 515 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.614.0736 Map I16 BAR MARMONT Dreamy bar just down the hill from the historic Chateau Marmont. 8171 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.650.0575 Map H12 BAR NINETEEN12 Superswanky spot at the Beverly Hills Hotel with indoor bar and terrace. Delish menu. 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.273.1912 Map I11 BAR NOIR Intimate, Kelly Wearstler-designed lounge in boutique hotel. Maison 140, 140 Lasky Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.281.4000 Map J11 BASEMENT TAVERN Underground speakeasy in a Victorian abode; live music. The Victorian, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.396.2469 Map M8 BEER BELLY Tiny craft-beer bar focusing on Southern California-brewed beers. 532 S. Western Ave., Koreatown, 213.387.2337 Map B2 BIGFOOT LODGE Kitschy log-cabin-themed watering hole. 3172 Los Feliz Blvd., Atwater Village,
THE NICE GUY H.wood Group’s reservation-only, Italian-inspired restaurant and mixology lounge. 401 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.360.9500 Map I12
BOOTSY BELLOWS Glam club with burlesque shows and other live entertainment. 9229 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.274.7500 Map H12
NO VACANCY Gin cocktails and live entertainment in a Victorian boutique hotel. 1727 N. Hudson Ave., Hollywood, 323.465.1902 Map H14
BREAK ROOM 86 ‘80s-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
ORPHEUM THEATRE Historic venue offers alt rock and special events. 842 S. Broadway, downtown, 877.677.4386 Map I16
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
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
COVELL Intimate neighborhood wine bar from Dustin Lancaster (L&E Oyster Bar). 4628 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz, 323.660.4400 Map W23 THE CULVER HOTEL Historic hotel in the heart of Culver City is home to the Grand Lobby Bar, with nightly live jazz, and upstairs, the Prohibition-inspired Velvet Lounge. 9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.558.9400 Map L11 EAGLE ROCK BREWERY Family-run microbrewery with tasting room. 3056 Roswell St., Eagle Rock, 323.257.7866 Map northeast of W23 THE ECHO Hip Echo Park dance club books local and indie bands. DJs, dancing; Echoplex is downstairs. 1822 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park, 213.413.8200; Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park, 213.413.8200 Map G16 THE EDISON Posh renovated power plant. Get there early. Dress code. 108 W. 2nd St., downtown, 213.613.0000 Map H17 FATHER’S OFFICE Casual bar with an impressive beer selection and food. Don’t miss the famed burger (no substitutions allowed). 1018 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310.393.2337; 3229 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.736.2224 Map L8, L11 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 GRANDPA JOHNSON’S Stylish art deco lounge. 1638 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A., 323.467.7300 Map H14 HARLOWE Spacious, vintage-glam restaurant and bar. 7321 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.876.5839 Map H13 HONEYCUT Inventive cocktails and a colorful, underlit glass dance floor await at this subterranean spot. 819 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.688.0888 Map I16 HYDE SBE lounge with offshoots around the country. Reservation recommended; open during arena concerts and games. Hyde at Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 323.330.8018 Map i15 LA DESCARGA Cuban-inspired rum bar. Live band and dance performances. Reservation recommended. Upscale dress code. 1159 N. Western Ave., L.A., 323.466.1324 Map east of H14 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. 7465 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.951.0709 Map I12 LUCKY STRIKE LANES High-tech bowling lounges. Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7776; L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 877.893.8259 Map H14, I15
THE PIKEY London meets Los Angeles at British gastropub and cocktail bar. 7617 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.850.5400 Map H13 POT LOBBY BAR The bar outside Roy Choi’s Pot serves inventive culinary-inspired libations with ingredients like celery, basil, kimchi and curry. The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 213.368.3030 Map J14 POUR VOUS Parisian-inspired Champagne and cocktail salon. Upscale dress code. 5574 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.871.8699 Map I14 THE ROGER ROOM Hidden speakeasy with creative cocktails. 370 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.854.1300 Map J12 THE ROXY THEATRE Historic rock ’n’ roll venue on the Strip. 9009 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.276.2222 Map H12 SASSAFRAS Lounge styled as a (stylishly) decaying Savannah town house specializes in barrel-aged cocktails. 1233 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323.467.2800 Map H14 SEVEN GRAND Whiskey bar with tongue-incheek hunt-club decor. 515 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.614.0737 Map I16 SEVENTY7 Culver City speakeasy with hidden alley entrance. Second location, Seventy7 North, is in Studio City. 3843 Main St., Culver City, 310.559.7707; 12514 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.985.9021 Map L11, U18 SKYBAR Chic open-air roost with a view at the Mondrian hotel. Reservations required. 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.6025 Map H12 THE SPARE ROOM Gaming parlor and cocktail lounge with bowling lanes and fancy drinks. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.769.7296 Map H13 THE STANDARD DOWNTOWN Rooftop bar with panoramic city views, pool, vibrating red water beds. 550 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.892.8080 Map I16 THE STANDARD HOLLYWOOD Lounge with swinging seats, glowing purple walls. 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.9090 Map H12 £10 Whiskey bar in the Montage Beverly Hills specializes in single-malt Scotch whisky from the Macallan. 225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7800 Map J11 TOWER BAR Tony bar at Sunset Tower Hotel; pianist in tails plays at the baby grand. 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.6677 Map H12 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
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ANOTHER SIDE OF LOS ANGELES TOURS Tours include coastal, food, wine, kayak, Segway and celebrity homes. 1102 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.289.8687, anothersideoflosangelestours.com Map K12 ART MUSE LOS ANGELES Illuminating art-museum tours. Call for rates. Museum admission included. 773.350.9094, artmusela.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/or hiking tours in customizable or preset itineraries. Tours include LA in a Day Bike Tour, Movie Star Homes and Tour Hollywood Hills Day/Sunset Hike. 8743 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.796.8555, bikeshikes.com Map I12 CATALINA EXPRESS Year-round boat service to Catalina Island. Daily departures from Long Beach, Dana Point, San Pedro; expanded departure schedule as of March 11. Reservation recommended. Ride free on your birthday. Call for hours and pricing. 800.481.3470, catalinaexpress.com DODGER STADIUM TOUR Behind-the-scenes tour of the legendary stadium. 1000 Elysian Park Ave., downtown, 866.363.4377 Map G17 DOWNTOWN L.A. WALKING TOURS Guided walking tours of downtown Los Angeles including the Downtown Architecture tour and the Hollywood in Downtown L.A. tour. 213.399.3820, dtlawalkingtours.com DOWNTOWN ART WALK Self-guided gallery tour/ party centered on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets. Second Th of every month, noon-10 pm; lounge open from 6-10 pm. Free. 213.617.4929, ext. 206, downtownartwalk.org Map I16 HORNBLOWER CRUISES & EVENTS Dine, dance, relax and take in beautiful harbor views aboard one of Hornblower’s cruises. Choose from dinner and Cham-
pagne brunch options. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, 888.467.6256, hornblower.com Map O9 KAY-CAR RENTALS Vehicle rental and chauffeur service; choose from an Audi, BMW, Lexus or MercedesBenz. 128 E. Prospect Ave., Burbank, 818.861.7512, kaycarrentals.com Map north of T23 LOS ANGELES CONSERVANCY More than a dozen walking tours, including Broadway’s Historic Theatre District, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Union Station and Angelino Heights, with a focus on architecture. Call for youth, family and other specialty tours. 213.623.2489, laconservancy.org LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM HISTORIC TOURS 90-minute tours of the historical venue and new home to the Los Angeles Rams (subject to availability). Self-guided Tu-Sa 10 am-4 pm, $10; guided Tu-Sa 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, $25. 3911 S. Figueroa St., L.A., 213.741.0410 Map K15 MELTING POT FOOD TOURS Tasting tours of foodie destinations such as Thai Town (hosted by celebrity chef Jet Tila), Farmers Market and a selection of restaurants. Private tours available. Reservation required. Call for pricing. 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 Pasadena and East L.A.; Blue Line from downtown to Long Beach; Green Line from Norwalk to Redondo Beach; Expo Line from Culver City 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 MOVIE LOCATIONS TOUR—L.A. See 50-plus movie locations while viewing 100-plus clips from films shot around L.A. Bus features stadium seating, 65-inch HDTV and panoramic windows. $50-$65. Tours begin at TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 800.959.3131, movielocationstour.com Map H13 STARLINE TOURS Hollywood’s largest celebrity-tour company offers Movie Stars’ Homes tour plus tours to movie locations, beaches, theme parks, San Diego and more. The CitySightseeing double-decker hop-on, hop-off tour has more than 70 stops around L.A. Prices vary. Tours begin at TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 800.959.3131, starlinetours.com Map H13 TMZ CELEBRITY TOUR, HOLLYWOOD Bus tour with state-of-the-art audio-video system explores celebrity haunts and sites of famous scandals. TMZ guides are at the ready to interview celebrities and send footage back to the newsroom. $49-$59. Tours begin at TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 855.486.9868, tmztour.com Map H13
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GO METRO Despite what you may have heard, you can get to many Los Angeles attractions without a car. Metro is the nation’s third-largest public transportation agency, operating 2,200 buses and six rail lines, including a subway that can take you from downtown to Hollywood in about 15 minutes. Whether you’re interested in seeing stars along the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame, catching rays at Santa Monica Beach or touring any number of L.A. landmarks, Metro can take you there.
Where to Start
Use the Trip Planner at metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO for customized travel itineraries. Note that some popular attractions served by Metro Rail are listed to the right.
Metro’s base fare is $1.75. It’s best to pay using a TAP card, a reloadable plastic card that can store Metro passes or individual rides. TAP cards cost $1 and are available from self-service vending machines at Metro Rail stations, or onboard buses with the purchase of a 1-Day Pass. For complete information, check metro.net/fares.
Metro Rail Destinations
Here’s a sampling of attractions that are within easy walking distance of Metro Rail stations: METRO RED/PURPLE LINE Union Station • Olvera Street
Civic Center/Grand Park • Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels • Museum of Contemporary Art • Music Center • Walt Disney Concert Hall • Grand Park 7th Street/Metro Center • Macy’s Plaza (dining, shops) • FIGat7th (dining, shops) Hollywood/Vine • Capitol Records Tower • Hollywood Walk of Fame • Pantages Theatre Hollywood/Highland • TCL Chinese Theatre • Hollywood & Highland (dining, shops) Universal City/Studio City • Universal CityWalk (dining, shops) • Universal Studios Hollywood
Two children under the age of 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult. Eating and drinking is not permitted on any Metro bus or train.
North Hollywood • El Portal Theatre • NoHo Arts District (dining, shops, theatres)
METRO BLUE LINE
Most bus and rail lines start around 4 a.m. and keep running past midnight. But they’re less frequent in the late evening, so check the timetables at metro.net regarding your return trip.
Pico • Los Angeles Convention Center • STAPLES Center/L.A. LIVE 103rd Street/Watts Tower • Watts Towers Downtown Long Beach • Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific • Pine Avenue (dining, shops) • Queen Mary
METRO GOLD LINE
Little Tokyo/Arts District • Japanese American National Museum • The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Memorial Park • Norton Simon Museum Lake • Pasadena Playhouse
METRO EXPO LINE
Expo Park/USC • California Science Center • Natural History Museum SEE THE METRO ROUTE MAP ON PAGE 95
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Contemporary Scandinavian housewares (like these Iittala cups) at Hermosa Design. p. 11
Pretty French housewares at Maison Midi on La Brea Avenue. 323.935.3157
The great gift selection at Moby’s Little Pine in Silver Lake. p. 41
City views and seafood at Ivory on Sunset at the Mondrian Los Angeles. 323.848.6088
Decadent carrot cake at Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills. 310.859.4818
Cheeky brass hand statues at Consort’s new design shop on Melrose Avenue. p. 11
Comfy Yogasmoga workout/hangout wear. 310.471.9642
Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson’s healthy-fast-food joint Locol in Watts. welocol.com
Everything for the bright modern home at A+R on La Brea Avenue. 800.913.0071
The Star Wars: Episode VII— The Force Awakens costumes at FIDM’s Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition. p. 81
Happy-hour avocado toast at Superba Food + Bread at the Point in El Segundo. p. 12
Secret-menu oyster bloody marys at Connie and Ted’s new brunch in West Hollywood. 323.848.2722
The gorgeous leather tote bags at Cuyana on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. p. 33
Beyond-breathtaking Wilfredo Rosado fine jewelry at Just One Eye. 888.563.6858 Eating mussels while gazing at a painting by Alex Katz at The Belvedere, recently revamped at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. p. 66 Salt & Straw’s new Abbot Kinney Boulevard scoop shop. 310.310.8429
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The “Nature Connects” Lego sculptures at South Coast Botanic Garden. 310.544.1948 Interiors by L.A.-based Commune Design. communedesign.com
Cashmere tees and silk slips at Kit and Ace at the Point. 844.548.6223 The tuna crudo at Kali in Hollywood. p. 22 Grabbing a bite at LAX’s new, improved Terminal 2. p. 84
Hinoki & the Bird’s tangerine cocktail. p. 22
The relaxing and silkifying Renewal Ritual at SoSpa in the Sofitel Hotel. 310.228.6777
Bruce Kalman’s fresh pastas at new Knead & Co. in Grand Central Market downtown. p. 45
Fried pickles and craft beer at Communal Food & Drink in South Pasadena. 626.345.5128
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Where Los Angeles Magazine gives visitors and locals a portal for essential, immediate and accurate information on the best things to do in...
Published on Feb 29, 2016
Where Los Angeles Magazine gives visitors and locals a portal for essential, immediate and accurate information on the best things to do in...