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LOS ANGELES May 2019 THE BEAUTY + WELLNESS ISSUE
6 Hot Dates
No Kid Hungry’s Taste of the Nation and the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl combine culinary curiosity and charitable causes. And four free fairs take art to the streets.
Notable restaurants by cuisine and neighborhood
80 30 Things We Love
Theme parks, activities, studio tours, museums and more
Special events, performing arts and sports 62 ATTRACTIONS
This May, we’re indulging with sophisticated treats and pairing sharp styles with pops of color.
The county’s major retail destinations
Havens for pampering and beauty
Hot bars and cool clubs 72 BEACHES
Sandy stops along L.A.’s coastline
Olive & June
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Getting out, getting around and getting to know Los Angeles
Kogi BBQ founder and L.A. culinary icon Roy Choi dishes on his new show, Broken Bread, and how food can change lives. MAY 2019 SOCALPULSE.COM
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Seaside yoga at Terranea Resort
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HOT DATES May 2019
LET’S DO THIS
Because we just want to have fun IN MAY Ariana Grande: Sweetener World Tour May 6-7, 10
The chart-topping “Thank U, Next” singer plays a pair of shows at Staples Center, followed by a night at the Forum. p. 62
Head to Mack Sennett Studios to shop one-of-a-kind Mother’s Day gifts at this homegrown indie marketplace, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. p. 61
Running Universal May 11-12
ALL MONTH CHOW DOWN FOR CHARITY L.A.’s 30th annual Taste of the Nation (above), benefiting No Kid Hungry, takes over Culver City’s Media Park on May 4. Chefs Dakota Weiss, Nick Shipp and Bruce Kalman host the family-friendly afternoon with food from some of the city’s top restaurants. And on May 1, the third annual Los Angeles Times Food Bowl begins a culinary marathon that traverses the county with almost 200 dining events, panel discussions, chef collaborations, volunteer projects, dinners, parties, tours, pop-ups and classes. Highlights include the Night Market in Grand Park from May 8-12, and proceeds help fight hunger and promote sustainability. p. 61
food trucks and live music. Also that weekend, the biannual Beverly Hills artSHOW fills Beverly Gardens Park with more than 245 artists and their paintings, photography, jewelry and more. For art with heart, Venice Family Clinic’s Art Walk & Auction, on May 19,
raises health-care funds with a silent auction at Google Los Angeles. And Fiesta Hermosa, which calls itself the “largest arts & crafts fair in Southern California,” fills downtown Hermosa Beach with art, music and carnival rides from May 25-27. p. 61
HERE FOR THE WEEKEND? Check out our Weekend Roundup at socalpulse.com for the up-to-the-minute lowdown on the coolest concerts, plays, sporting events, festivals, art exhibitions and restaurants.
Cinespia May 11, 18, 25-26
L.A.’s crazy-popular outdoor film series kicks off its season with a screening of Beetlejuice at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. p. 61
Happy Days Opening May 15
Alfresco Art D Art heads outdoors this month at these four free art fairs. ARTsea (pictured right) returns May 18-19, transforming Marina del Rey’s “Mother’s” Beach into a creative playground filled with curated art galleries, art installations, interactive activities, a marketplace,
Run with the Minions at Universal Studios Hollywood’s inaugural 5K run through the theme park, backlot and Universal CityWalk. p. 64
Oscar winner Dianne Wiest stars in this Samuel Beckett masterpiece at the Mark Taper Forum. p. 62
Topanga Days May 25-27
Expect music, a parade, games and old-fashioned fun at Topanga’s Memorial Day country fair. p. 61
Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna Through May 26 The Canadian circus troupe brings an acrobatic love story to the Big Top at the L.A. Waterfront. p. 61
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Echo Park Craft Fair May 11-12
WHERE NOW The best in beauty and dining
Where to go, head-to-toe Get primped and pampered at L.A.’s newest beauty destinations. by Suzanne Ennis
In 2013, Sarah Gibson Tuttle opened Olive & June Beverly Hills, and it quickly became the go-to mani-pedi spot for every “it” girl in town. Six years, two more L.A. salons and countless #oliveyourmani hashtags later, Tuttle is debuting a collection of tools and polishes designed to deliver impeccable DIY nails. One genius gizmo is the rubberized Poppy tool, which fits over the top of any polish-bottle cap and makes it easier to paint your own nails, even with your nondominant hand. Also new are six 7-free pastel shades (plus a topcoat) named for “O&J besties,” including Eva (right) for Eva Chen and Mandy for Mandy Moore, as well as the Olive U Studio Box, a kit that contains everything you need for an at-home manicure. Order your kit online or pick one up at any of the local salons (just be sure your nails are dry first). 430 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills; 146 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena; 1426 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; olivejune.com
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TRENDY TIPS Olive & June / ORLY Color Labs
Also in L.A. nail news is the opening of ORLY Color Labs, an experimental space from the L.A.-based creator of the French manicure. Here, pros can take classes, and, for $20, visitors can create their own custom polish. There are special events and pop-ups, too; this month, manicures are on offer May 3-4 and 10-11, and, from May 1-11, L.A.-based greeting-card gurus the Social Type are popping up to offer a “Mother’s Day special” package that includes a custom color, a Mother’s Day card, packaging and shipping. It’s a fun way to say “thank you” to the woman who taught you how to paint your nails in the first place. 7621 Beverly Blvd., L.A., orly.colorlabs.com
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: BRAD MITCHELL COHEN; COURTESY SQUEEZE; COURTESY MELANIE GRANT SKIN HEALTH
CUTTING-EDGE TRESSES Starring by Ted Gibson Stylist Ted Gibson and his husband and business partner, colorist Jason Backe, have worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest talents, including Angelina Jolie, Priyanka Chopra, Lupita Nyong’o and Jessica Chastain. At their new La Brea salon (pictured above), they’re not only creating celeb-worthy looks, but also incorporating cutting-edge technology to deliver a uniquely
MAIN SQUEEZE luxurious experience. At this “smart salon,” which is voiceactivated through Amazon Alexa, customers are welcomed in an entertainment lounge, then seated in individual, semiprivate “clouds” equipped with tablets and smart speakers. Within the clouds, changeable lighting options enable customers to see how their hair color and style will look in different settings. Even the retail experience is high-tech: Customers browse products curated by Gibson and Backe (including the duo’s expanding hair-product line), then use the Amazon app on their mobile device to make
purchases that are shipped to their doorsteps. Passersby on La Brea can do the same right through the salon window, giving new meaning to the phrase “window shopping.” 211 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.413.2244, starring.tedgibson.com GLOWING COMPLEXIONS Melanie Grant Los Angeles Australian skin care expert and “clinical beauty” pioneer Melanie Grant boasts a devoted clientele that includes ingenues, fashion insiders and multihyphenate powerhouses like Victoria Beckham, who said that Grant gave her the most amazing facial she’d ever had. Now, in addition to her Melbourne and Sydney studios and thriceyearly Paris residencies, Grant has a glamorous new Melrose Place skin health studio—her first North American outpost (pictured left). Here, visitors can choose from an extensive array of clinical and organic facials that are personalized for each client, plus exclusive treatments developed with Chanel (for whom Grant is the official “Skin Expert”), Sisley and Biologique Recherche. First-timers, consider a Custom Skin Health Facial for the ultimate bespoke beauty experience. 8438 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, 323.592.3336, melaniegrant.com
A new concept from the founders of Drybar streamlines the massage experience. Along with her Drybar co-founder Michael Landau and marketing guru Brittany Driscoll, savvy entrepreneur—and newly christened Shark on Shark Tank—Alli Webb recently opened Squeeze, “a way better massage experience.” Just as Drybar disrupted the blowout industry to make it chic and accessible, Squeeze makes getting a massage seamless and stress-free. Book via the spot’s app or online, and set your personalized preferences—deep tissue, aromatherapy and heat therapy are included in the very reasonable price. The tranquil space, which feels a world away from bustling Ventura Boulevard, abounds with style and thoughtful touches. Inside the rooms, the customization continues—select your choice of mood music, lighting and room temperature from an iPad. After your relaxing massage, simply float out the door—you can pay, tip and rate your therapist on the app at your leisure. 12338 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 855.858.6263, squeezemassage.com
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WHERE TO BREAK BREAD Check out Roy Choi’s L.A. restaurants and the businesses he visits in Broken Bread. A-Frame Choi’s take on Hawaiian soul food with an L.A. vibe. 12565 W. Washington Blvd., L.A., 310.398.7700, aframela.com Alibi Room Cocktail bar serving Kogi BBQ and Chego! rice bowls from a walk-up window. 12236 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.390.9300, alibiroomla.com
private catering. 323.813.5125, hankandbean.com Homegirl Café Zagat-rated diner at Homeboy Industries. 130 W. Bruno St., downtown, 213.617.0380, homegirlcafe.org Kogi BBQ Trucks Choi’s Korean short-rib-taco fleet. Check website for locations. kogibbq.com
Dough Girl Pizza A pizza shop changing lives one slice at a time. 16851 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys, 818.373.7300, doughgirl.pizza
Kogi Taqueria Choi’s OG tacos, burritos and kimchi hot dogs. 3500 Overland Ave., Suite 100, L.A., 424.326.3031, kogibbq.com
Earle’s South Central’s legendary hot dog grill that started as a street cart run by two can-do brothers. 3864 Crenshaw Blvd., L.A., 323.299.2867, earlesrestaurant.com
The Vegan Hooligans Greasy-spoon pop-up restaurant serving up a plant-based menu. 4862 Eagle Rock Blvd., L.A., 323.257.2229
Hank and Bean Organic, vegetarian and alternate food events, plus
Watts Coffee House Soul food in the heart of Watts. 1827 E. 103rd St., L.A., 323.249.4343
Hungry for Change
It’s difficult keeping up with all your projects. Restaurants, publishing, TV, community outreach … It may look like I do a lot of things, but it’s been a 10-year marathon. I’ve actually not done a lot of things because I put my heart and soul into every project. I put everything I had into Broken Bread. I treated it like a new restaurant opening. Broken Bread is a moving look at L.A.’s broken food chain, in a sense. What was your approach to the subject of food for this series? I don’t need to show you that I can eat a five-layer cheeseburger in under five minutes, or pit two 10 SOCALPULSE.COM
young chefs together to the final death. There’s enough frivolous television out there. This being for public television, I wanted to show what’s going on out there, and how many beautiful people are doing beautiful things every single day, being worker bees, making the honey. In the first episode, you introduce the people behind Homeboy Industries’ gang rehabilitation program and Dough Girl Pizza, which employs kids struggling with drugs and homelessness. You have a history of giving second chances to marginalized people, too. Why? Because I am a street cook, but before I was a street cook, I was
a street person. In my mid-20s, I was where a lot of the kids were from Dough Girl. I was at rock bottom, drunk every day, on drugs, gambling, burning bridges. I was couch surfing, just trying to survive. I entered the food world after seeing The Essence of Emeril. I had an out-of-body experience. I felt he was reaching out from the TV. ... I took that moment to heart, got up off the couch and started researching chefs and that whole world. Food completely changed my life. The name of your memoir is L.A. Son. From your vantage point, what is Los Angeles? It’s a multidimensional, multiracial, multicultural city
filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. It has quiet moments and private moments in the biggest, most hectic, most creative city in the world. L.A.’s a place that can be extremely tranquil, but there’s a geyser of hot water right under you, constantly bubbling and changing and bleeding new ideas. We can imagine our dreams a lot better than other cities. We have the space to do that, but it’s balanced with the intensity and complicated nature of our city. L.A. is not just one thing. It’s a compilation of all these things. Also, it’s a relatively new city, so we’re not tethered down by traditions, which allows the city to constantly change. That’s why a lot of world cultures are led by Los Angeles. We’re constantly creating. Broken Bread premieres on KCET and is available for streaming at brokenbread.tv on May 15. FOR THE FULL INTERVIEW, VISIT SOCALPULSE.COM
Eleven years ago, Roy Choi put his first Kogi BBQ truck on the streets of L.A. to sell drool-worthy $2 Korean tacos. It started a multiethnic comfort-food revolution on four wheels. Restaurants followed—A-Frame, Alibi Room, Chego!, LocoL and, now, Best Friend at Park MGM Las Vegas— along with a book, a movie, spots on food shows, and an avalanche of accolades: Food & Wine’s Best New Chef, Los Angeles Times Restaurant of the Year and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. But Choi’s never really left the streets, not even now that he’s the executive producer and host of Broken Bread, a documentary series for KCET and Tastemade that spotlights inspiring people making a difference in L.A. communities through food. —Vicki Arkoff
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Los Angeles is the well-toned wellness capital of America for good reason: The opportunities are endless for enjoying the great outdoors while obsessing over perfect abs and aligning our chakras. Since Southern California is blessed with the best weather in the country, we’re spoiled with a million creative ways to get off the couch 365 days a year. L.A. continues to set trends in wellness and fitness, and spring and summer are packed with many ways to break a sweat while getting to know the city.
Spin Your Wheels
»Few cities rival L.A. in fantastic beach running, biking and skating options. The Marvin Braude Bike Trail—better known as the Strand—is a paved, 22-mile beachfront trail that reaches from Will Rogers State Beach to Torrance Beach in the South Bay. Bring your own wheels, or rent from any number of local shops, then pick up the path anywhere you like. 12 SOCALPULSE.COM
The Strand runs through the Venice Beach Boardwalk (aka Ocean Front Walk), SoCal’s second-most-visited destination. The 2-mile stretch became known as the “Roller Skating Capital of the World” in the ’70s when it ushered in the rollerskating craze. Skateboards have since taken center stage, especially at the Venice Skate Park (1800 Ocean Front Walk), one of few beach skateboarding facilities in the world. Skate for free, or just watch the fun on the 16,000-square-foot dual bowls and a street section with rails, steps and platforms. West Hollywood has been called the “most walkable California city,” so it’s no wonder that Bikes and Hikes L.A. (8250 Santa
Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, bikesandhikesla.com) is leading a sightseeing revolution on foot and by bicycle. Its popular “L.A. in a Day” bike tour purportedly burns 2,000 calories in six hours; guests cycle 32 miles by 30 celebrity homes from BelAir to Culver City. Shorter rides include the 10- and 12-mile celebrity and Hollywood tours. Most popular of all is the Hollywood Sign Hike, offering morning or sunset views of the iconic sign, the Greek Theatre, Mount Hollywood, the Griffith Observatory and other classic film locations.
»Yearning for some learning while you exercise? Los Angeles Conservancy (laconservancy.org)
saves city landmarks from the wrecking ball and struts its stuff on docent-led walking tours. Warm nights are ideal for the Modern by Moonlight Tour, which explores the Bunker Hill neighborhood before stopping for a nightcap at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel’s 34th-floor revolving lounge. Other tours include: Downtown Renaissance, Art Deco, Broadway Historic Theatre and Commercial District, and Historic Downtown. Sunset Ranch Hollywood (3400 N. Beachwood Drive, L.A., sunsetranchhollywood.com; see left) is the closest horse ranch to the Hollywood sign, and it leads one- to four-hour trail rides in mountainous Griffith Park. The slow pace and 360-degree
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Stand-up paddleboarding at the Malibu Pier. Top right: Yoga at Terranea Resort
city views offer a rewarding way to reconnect with nature and enjoy a rhythmic meditative state while working core muscles. Believe us, you’ll feel it by the time of your bowlegged and saddle-sore dismount at the end of the Best View & BBQ ride.
break from the chaos of DTLA, stop by a yoga session at Grand Park (p. 64). Check the events calendar for Lunch a la Park Yoga reTREAT dates, bring your own mat, and meet up at the Performance Lawn between Grand Avenue and Hill Street. Also downtown—but 70 floors up atop the U.S. Bank Tower— OUE Skyspace LA (p. 64) holds sky-high Sunrise Yoga sessions on California’s tallest open-air observation terrace. The hourlong class features a live DJ; unequaled 360-degree views of L.A. landmarks, from Dodger Stadium to the Pacific Ocean; a reiki healer to help you relax post-class; and unlimited rides on the Skyslide for a noncaffeinated jolt. If heights give you vertigo, come down to sea level for morning or sunset yoga sessions at the shoreline with Beach Yoga SoCal (2600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, beachyogasocal.com). Feel the sand between your toes, and literally connect with the water element.
Escape the Gym
»The most famous outdoor gym in the world is just south of the Santa Monica Pier and public beach-volleyball courts. Original Muscle Beach began in the 1930s
trapeze, static trapeze, silks and trampoline are wonderful tools for upper-body strength, coordination, conditioning and conquering one’s fears.
as a place for people to watch acrobats, gymnasts, wrestlers and stuntmen practice their acts for the movies. It became known as the springboard of the physical-fitness movement of the 20th century and remains a popular public park for beachgoers and athletes, who hone their skills on the parallel bars, tumbling mats, rings, swings and ropes. Flex your own muscles with a $10 outdoor workout at California’s iconic Muscle Beach Gym (1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, musclebeachvenice.com), the outdoor weight pen that opened in 1951 and became the home gym of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. You can also learn to fly and perform aerial arts with the greatest of ease with the daring young men and women of the Trapeze School New York (Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, losangeles. trapezeschool.com). The flying
»California’s official sport is surfing, so there’s no better way to get a “super stoked” workout than to ride the waves. Santa Monica Surf School (2400 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, santamonicasurfschool.com) is the only surf school in L.A. certified by the International Surfing Association. Aqua Surf School (2801 Ocean Park Blvd., Suite 335, Santa Monica, aquasurfschool.com) offers allages instruction with year-round classes, private lessons and camps at seven Los Angeles and South Bay beach locations. Admirably, Aqua Surf also holds empowering female-only classes with female instructors. And at Zuma Beach, Malibu Makos (30600 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, malibumakos.com) specializes in fun kids-only surf camps, plus group lessons and private instruction.
»Stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, is the fastest-growing water
Malibu Makos’ kids surf camp
»L.A. is said to have the highest number of yoga practitioners per capita outside of India, so all yoga styles can be found all over the city in all sorts of outdoor spaces. Yoga Journal cover model/yoga instructor Lauren Peterson leads Friday-morning donation-based classes at Barnsdall Art Park (p. 62, yogacompanion.com) on the lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. For a mid-day WHERE LOS ANGELES 13
sport in the world and has its share of celebrity fans. It’s fun, easy to learn and provides a low-impact, full-body workout that’s a combo of balance, strength and endurance. “Standup paddleboard surfing combines a super peaceful activity with a full-core workout,” says Matt Rosas of Paddle Surf Malibu (paddlesurfmalibu.com), which provides lessons and equipment. “It’s like riding a bike on the ocean.” Even a gentle paddle in calm harbor waters can burn 400 calories per hour, making Marina del Rey’s Marina “Mother’s” Beach a smart SUP destination for first-timers. Pro SUP Shop (4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, prosupshop.com) rents SUPs and kayaks at Marina Beach, and ASI and WPA certified instructors will help guide you on special events such as full-moon group paddles. Marina del Rey Boat Rentals (13717 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, marinadelreyboatrentals. com) also offers hourly SUP, kayak and sailboat rentals, as does The UCLA Marina Aquatic Center (14001 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, marinaaquaticcenter. org). The center also offers rentals for surfing, windsurfing and rowing, as well as classes and guided excursions. And at YOGAqua, the ocean is your yoga mat (13977 Palawan 14 SOCALPULSE.COM
Way, Marina del Rey, yogaqua. com). L.A.’s first paddleboard yoga studio offers 90-minute group classes combining a peaceful half-hour paddle with a vinyasa yoga flow class conducted while balancing on SUP boards. “Getting out in nature on the paddleboard acts as a cardio warmup, making the water yoga session even more effective,” says founder Sarah Tiefenthaler. Classes are open to all levels, but SUP experience comes in handy for this challenging workout.
Take a Wellness Day-cation
»Beat the heat with an oceanfront retreat at Terranea, SoCal’s stunning resort on the Palos Verdes cliffs (p. 70). It boasts one of the finest destination spas in L.A. County and takes advantage of its 102-acre property with outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center activities like Full Moon Yoga under the stars, Seaside Cycle cardio workouts on the oceanfront terrace, Aqua Zumba in the spa pool, guided two-hour coastline hikes and Nature’s Gym boot-camp fitness classes (free for overnight guests, $20 each for the public). Highlights of its periodic Immersive Wellness Daycation series have included mindfulness/meditation workshops, ocean kayaking at Catalina
Channel’s underwater reserve and outdoor mandala painting with an experienced spiritualwellness coach. The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (p. 70) invites spa guests to rejuvenate poolside with a package including a massage, nail treatment and lunch on its elevated pool deck, plus use of its open-air fitness center.
Get in the Swim
»Several other luxury hotels stay in the swim by quietly offering pool-access day passes to nonguests. This includes The Standard’s downtown and Hollywood locations (standard hotels.com); The Beverly Hilton (9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, beverlyhilton.com) and Montage Beverly Hills (225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, montagehotels.com/beverlyhills)
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From top: Sunrise Yoga sessions at OUE Skyspace LA; the view from a Bikes and Hikes L.A. hike
if you rent a cabana; the Beverly Wilshire (9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, fourseasons.com/ beverlywilshire) if you book a spa appointment; and retro-chic Sportsmen’s Lodge (12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, sportsmenslodge.com), which boasts the largest pool in the San Fernando Valley. Dozens more are accessible via DayAxe (dayaxe.com) and ResortPass (resortpass.com), two online agencies that sell ticketed reservations for cabanas, daybeds, VIP chairs and other hotel services normally only offered to overnight guests. Day passes start at $20 at participating hotels including the Fairmont Miramar, Sunset Tower, InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, Renaissance Long Beach and W hotels in Westwood and Hollywood. The wildest way to get wet is on a kayak tour of the Los Angeles River with L.A. River Expeditions (lariverexpeditions. org). What was once a concrete run-off channel now has sections of natural greenery, wild birds and even a small rapid. And this boating organization is the only outfitter offering urban kayak tours in both Los Angeles River recreational zones: the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in the San Fernando Valley and the Glendale Narrows Recreation Zone in downtown L.A., near Dodger Stadium and Frogtown.
MARINA MOMENT Where living in the moment means paddleboarding to breakfast. Seizing the day can be a mid-morning sailing lesson, parasailing over the marina or cycling to Venice Beach. Embracing an evening is toasting the sunset and dancing under the star-kissed sky on a harbor cruise. Itâ€™s all here... what will your Marina adventure be? Check out visitmarinadelrey.com or call 310.305.9545 for information. Get connected with Marina del Rey
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Los Angeles is the most populous county in the nation and among the most culturally diverse. Its 4,000 square miles encompass dozens of cities and more than 200 neighborhoods, each with its own vibe. The pages that follow will guide you through the most visited among them, pointing out starring attractions and uncovering hidden gems along the way.
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Beverly Hills Santa Monica West Hollywood Hollywood Downtown Pasadena The Valley South Bay
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BEVERLY HILLS Vongerichten, and beside it, the Beverly Hilton hotel, which rolls out 30,000 square feet of red carpet annually to host the Golden Globe Awards.
THE MANSIONS The launch of Beverly Hills’ glamorous reputation dates to the early 20th century, when the opening of the Beverly Hills Hotel ushered in a frenzy of movie-star mansion-building in the hills north of Sunset Boulevard. Today, the population of 35,000 is more socioeconomically diverse than its depiction on TV and in movies might suggest. Nonetheless, the triumvirate of Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel-Air still attracts famous and fabulously wealthy residents. Hop on the Beverly Hills Trolley Tour, or book with Starline Tours to see notable homes in the area, 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 Mansion, whose graceful cityowned grounds are open for strolling. 18 SOCALPULSE.COM
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. Alexander McQueen and Stuart Weitzman recently debuted new or renovated flagships on Rodeo, reminding shoppers that 90210 is still the most prestigious ZIP code in the States. Ascend the
Italian-esque side street to fineart destination Galerie Michael and Tiffany & Co., perched atop Two Rodeo. Pause for the quintessential Beverly Hills snapshot before continuing on to the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel (of Pretty Woman fame) at the south end of Rodeo Drive. Continuing west, pass Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York, the reigning luxury retail titans along this stretch of Wilshire. At Santa Monica Boulevard, you hit the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, which boasts dining concepts by chef Jean-Georges
THE INDUSTRY + THE ARTS Beverly Hills isn’t all shopping sprees and gated estates: Talent agencies William Morris Endeavor and United Talent Agency are just two of the entertainment businesses based here. Rub shoulders with the powerlunchers at E. Baldi, La Scala or Wolfgang Puck’s legendary Spago on Cañon Drive. The city’s cultural treasure troves include the Paley Center for Media and the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, both of which hold screenings. Even more cultural programming can be found at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which transformed the historic Beverly Hills Post Office into an entertainment destination. CENTURY CITY Heading west from Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Boulevard, you enter the 0.7-square-mile modern acropolis of Century
IN YOUR DREAMS Journey from Westfield Century City mall into outer space, the deep sea or unknown worlds with Dreamscape: a new, interactive virtual-reality experience that’s part Hollywood blockbuster, part theme-park ride. Adventures depart around every 30 minutes, in groups of up to six travelers. Where will you go? 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 424.603.2948, dreamscapeimmersive.com
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It’s only 5 square miles, but Beverly Hills looms large in pop culture as a posh locale that’s home to some of the priciest mansions in L.A. County, not to mention the country’s most recognizable ZIP code. Rodeo Drive, perhaps the world’s most famous shopping street, offers virtually every luxury fashion brand.
NEW IN TOWN Pikoh
Chef Ricardo Zarate follows up RosalinĂŠ with this Westside spot offering a diverse selection of international flavors. 11940 Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.928.9344
The cafe and bar in the leafy courtyard of the hip Palihotel serves an all-day menu, weekend brunch and latenight eats. 3927 Van Buren Place, Culver City, 424.321.8000
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Shop stylish luxury basics for women and men at the fashionistaâ€™s outpost in Bel-Air. 2950 Beverly Glen Circle, L.A., 310.554.7999
Storefronts along North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Opposite, from left: Two Rodeo; a signpost at the intersection of luxury and commerce WHERE LOS ANGELES 19
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City. ICM Partners and Creative Artists Agency are located here, as are a Fox Studios lot and countless legal, financial, entertainment and hospitality firms. But those outside the biz won’t be excluded. Past Avenue of the Stars, you hit the upscale Westfield Century City shopping center, which recently unveiled dozens of new boutiques and eateries after a dramatic redevelopment. Nearby on Constellation Boulevard, epicures are drawn to Tom Colicchio’s Craft and Hinoki & the Bird, the latter of which is in the residential complex the Century. (Candy Spelling claims the top two floors.) The Annenberg Space for Photography displays cutting-edge exhibits of digital and print photography.
UCLA A few miles northeast of Century City is the University of California, Los Angeles, one of the top public universities in the country. Visitors are welcome at several university attractions, including the Fowler Museum at UCLA and the outdoor Franklin D.
Murphy Sculpture Garden on the north campus, the planetarium on the south campus and the 7-acre Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens. The free Hammer Museum is nearby and houses impressionist paintings, as well as cutting-edge contemporary exhibitions. Paid parking is available in UCLA lots and structures throughout the 419-acre campus.
WESTWOOD VILLAGE Just south of the campus, the pedestrian-friendly Westwood Village features independent shops and cafés among its Mediterranean Revival and art deco buildings, as well as two landmark movie theaters at Broxton and Weyburn avenues: the 1936 marquee-wrapped Bruin theater and the Fox theater across the street. Built circa 1931, the Fox is a favorite for movie premieres and thus is prime star-spotting territory. Another don’t-miss venue is the award-winning Geffen Playhouse, located on Le Conte Avenue in one of the oldest buildings in Westwood.
CULVER CITY Covering 5 square miles southeast of Westwood, Culver City boasts a thriving downtown with bars and restaurants including Italian spot AR Cucina and seasonal California restaurant the Wallace. The Kirk Douglas Theatre and the Ivy Substation, home to the Actors’ Gang, bookend the downtown area and stage live productions throughout the year. As you travel east on Washington Boulevard, don’t miss the Helms Bakery complex, which contains dozens of high-end furniture showrooms. Moving along Washington, the scene-y Arts District has more than 30 art galleries and exhibition spaces clustered along Washington and La Cienega boulevards. Near the intersection of Washington and National boulevards is the ultra-hip Platform lifestyle complex, plus a stop on the Expo Line, a Metro light rail that, thanks to a recent expansion, connects downtown L.A. and Santa Monica. Hollywood gets all the attention, but it’s Culver City whose city seal proclaims it “The Heart of Screenland.” In 1915, Ince/ Triangle Studios opened on Washington; in 1924, the site became Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Classics including Singin’ in the Rain and The Wizard of Oz would eventually be filmed on its movie lots. (News reports of the time indicate that the “Munchkins” partied hard during their stay at the Culver Hotel.) Today, Culver City’s screen culture is still going strong, and the site is home to Sony Pictures Studios, where such hits as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are taped. Experience Culver City’s screen heritage by taking the Sony Pictures Studio Tour.
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THE SWEET LIFE Beverly Hills boasts beaucoup European-style patisseries and cafes. Chaumont 143 S. Beverly Drive, 310.550.5510 Ladurée 311 N. Beverly Drive, 310.623.1100 La Provence Patisserie & Café 8950 W. Olympic Blvd., 310.888.8833 Le Pain Quotidien 9630 S. Santa Monica Blvd., 310.859.1100 Le Mervetty 319 N. Cañon Drive, 310.804.9409 ’Lette Macarons 9466 Charleville Blvd., 310.275.0023 Oro Caffé 9559 S. Santa Monica Blvd., 310.888.8714 Tarte Tatin Bakery & Cafe 200 S. Beverly Drive, 424.777.0033
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THIRD STREET + THE PIER
/ MAIN STREET + MONTANA AVENUE / THE ARTS / MALIBU
SANTA MONICA THE ARTS Visitors can take in plays at Main Street’s Edgemar Center for the Arts, housed in an angular concrete structure designed by Frank Gehry. An even wider variety of entertainment is at the Broad Stage, Santa Monica College’s firstrate, 499-seat performing-arts, film, dance and theater venue. On Michigan Avenue, the Bergamot Station arts center— now a stop on the Expo Line— has emerged as a hub for L.A.’s creative community. It’s home to about 30 galleries and a café. THIRD STREET + THE PIER Third Street Promenade, three pedestrian-only blocks on 3rd Street between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard, perpetually teems with people. Visitors can hit dozens of boutiques, watch movies at two cinemas and gawk at the myriad street artists. If they don’t refuel at the many eateries along the Promenade, visitors can venture to the surrounding blocks to the Independence or the Misfit and enjoy drinks at The Bungalow or the many pubs, such as Ye Olde King’s Head, that hint at Santa Monica’s large population of British expats. Anchoring the promenade at Broadway is Santa Monica Place, a beautiful open-air shopping center with Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, 80 boutiques, ArcLight Cinemas and the toplevel Dining Deck. Steps away is the new western terminus of the Metro Expo Line, which connects Santa Monica by light rail to downtown Los Angeles. 22 SOCALPULSE.COM
Santa Monica Pier, built in 1909, is at the end of Colorado Avenue and features Pacific Park, a mini amusement park with food stands and rides, including a solar-powered, LED-lit Ferris wheel.
MAIN STREET + MONTANA AVENUE Compared with the hustle and bustle of Third Street Promenade, Montana Avenue is downright tranquil. Between 6th and 17th streets are plenty of fashionable boutiques and beauty destinations, including Moondance, Clare V. and Malin+Goetz.
Father’s Office is known for its burgers, and Sweet Lady Jane is famous for its cakes. Just minutes south of downtown Santa Monica, Main Street exudes a beachy, upscale vibe. The long stretch between Pico Boulevard and Rose Avenue contains a number of galleries, pubs, coffeehouses and restaurants, plus shops such as Lost & Found and Planet Blue. The California Heritage Museum is in a transplanted Victorian-era home, as is the aptly named Victorian, adjacent to the museum, which features a cool downstairs speakeasy, Basement Tavern.
MALIBU A few miles north of Santa Monica on Pacific Coast Highway is Malibu. Formerly known as Rancho Malibu, Malibu’s land was once so coveted that May K. Rindge, who took ownership of it in 1905 after the death of her scion husband, used armed guards to defend it from trespassers. In the 1920s, Rindge’s hefty legal bills, racked up from fighting developers, forced her to invite stars to live in Malibu Colony, and the legacy of Malibu as celebrityhome central continues today.
DO-GOOD DECOR Vogue-approved, San Francisco-based luxury home-decor store St. Frank has a new L.A. outpost at Palisades Village, offering what it dubs “sustainably sourced and produced home goods for the conscious millennial”—e.g., Gary Linden surfboards sporting a vintage Miao textile print and Kuba cloth throw pillows (left). 15259 Palisades Village Lane, L.A., 424.268.7200, stfrank.com
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In the 1800s, orator Tom Fitch called Santa Monica “the Zenith City by the Sunset Sea.” The 21st-century version of Santa Monica fulfills its early promise, with a bustling downtown and beach that attract millions of visitors per year. Pacific Coast Highway connects SaMo with draws such as Malibu and Marina del Rey.
NEW IN TOWN Chulita
Serving a modern take on Mexican cuisine and cocktails, this cafe is perfect for peoplewatching in trendy Venice. 533 Rose Ave., L.A., 424.252.9886
Jon & Vinny’s
Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s popular all-day eatery brings its Italian fare to Brentwood—be sure to order the L.A. Woman pizza. 11938 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 310.442.2733
The stylish lifestyle brand behind the Dickey Jacket sets up shop in upscale celebrity hideaway Pacific Palisades. 15225 Palisades Village Lane, L.A., 323.525.1380
Santa Monica State Beach. Opposite, from left: Santa Monica Place’s Dining Deck; Abbot Kinney Boulevard WHERE LOS ANGELES 23
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The Getty Villa
Many of Malibu’s best destinations are visible from PCH, including renowned restaurants with ocean views, from the casual (Malibu Seafood) to the upscale (Nobu Malibu). Adjacent to the Malibu Lagoon and Bird Sanctuary, the Adamson House is filled with historic tile. The celebrity-frequented Malibu Country Mart serves as the area’s town square. Together with the adjacent Malibu Village and Malibu Lumber Yard, there are plenty of shops and restaurants for whiling away an afternoon. Inland, nearing Calabasas, is wine country, where you can sample the local vino at tasting rooms such as Malibu Wines.
TOPANGA + PACIFIC PALISADES In the 1960s, hippies and musicians such as Neil Young hid out in idyllic Topanga, accessible by Topanga Canyon Boulevard from Pacific Coast Highway. Removed from urban activity, it retains its bohemian vibe and independently owned businesses. Hiking
trails allow visitors to bask in Topanga’s woodsy beauty, and restaurants such as Inn of the Seventh Ray accommodate creekside dining. There’s more than initially meets the eye in seemingly sleepy, family-friendly Pacific Palisades, south of Topanga on PCH and accessed from Temescal Canyon Road. Hikers love the shady trails in Temescal Gateway Park, and cafés and upscale mom-and-pop shops can be found between Via de la Paz and Monument Street near Sunset Boulevard. The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine on Sunset is a 10-acre oasis with a lush garden and koi- and swan-filled lake. The crown jewel of the Palisades is the Getty Villa. Styled as a Julius Caesar-era villa, it’s filled with Greco-Roman antiquities.
VENICE Abbot Kinney won in a coin toss the land that would become Venice. He sought to develop it as an American version of the Italian city; the canals are still
there, lined with multimilliondollar bungalows. His namesake Abbot Kinney Boulevard is Venice’s coolest section, where Gjelina, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea and boutiques such as Bazar, Heist and Huset are the main attractions. Rose Avenue is also coming up, thanks to the emergence of hot restaurants such as reborn Rose CaféRestaurant and Café Gratitude, plus a smattering of hip shops including Parachute and Monrow. Visitors strolling Ocean Front Walk get an eyeful, what with performers, vendors and Muscle Beach bodybuilders.
BRENTWOOD Marilyn Monroe once called this affluent enclave northeast of Santa Monica home; it remains a favorite celebrity stomping ground. San Vicente Boulevard functions as the neighborhood’s main street, with copious independent shops, bakeries, cafés and restaurants. The petite Brentwood Country Mart, a charming open-air shopping center built in 1948, keeps retail offerings upscale. The area’s biggest draw is the Getty Center, the hilltop museum that boasts J. Paul Getty’s spectacular art collection and a beautiful Central Garden. MARINA DEL REY Marina del Rey’s main attraction is the marina, the largest man-made small-craft harbor in the world. Restaurants such as Cast & Plow and Cafe del Rey are positioned to take advantage of the views, and at the New England-style Fisherman’s Village, boat-rental and cruise companies such as Hornblower offer visitors assorted ways to get out on the water.
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FIT & FINE Sweat in style wearing the latest from these fitness-apparel shops. ALO Yoga 1422 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, 424.252.2660 and Palisades Village, 1060 Swarthmore Ave., L.A., 424.223.5707 Athleta 1318 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, 310.393.3040 Avocado 1348 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.452.1968 and 1239 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, 424.744.7747 Carbon38 Palisades Village, 15273 Palisades Village Lane, L.A., 310.300.3806 Sweaty Betty 1308 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310.260.4998 and 1112 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.3675 Vimmia 11677 San Vicente Blvd., Suite 116, Brentwood, 424.208.3532
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Time-tested for 85 years and counting. Since 1934, The Original Farmers Market has been L . A .’s favorite gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. This living time capsule of Los Angeles history and culture is home to over 100 artisan grocers, eclectic shops and world-class eateries. No wonder it endures as one of L.A.’s favorite places to grab a bite, find the perfect souvenir and make a memory. Open daily.
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/ SUNSET PLAZA / MELROSE AVENUE / WEST HOLLYWOOD DESIGN DISTRICT
SUNSET STRIP After dark, this iconic strip of Sunset Boulevard between Doheny Drive and Crescent Heights Boulevard becomes one of the hottest stretches of asphalt in L.A. County. The club scene here rocks with legendary establishments like the Roxy, the Whisky a Go Go and the Viper Room, which have a long history of hosting performances by rock ‘n’ roll’s finest. Newer nightclubs include Rock & Reilly’s and 1 OAK. The Comedy Store continues to showcase leading names and emerging stars in stand-up, and restaurants such as Estrella and Boa Steakhouse offer upscale fare. During the day, boutiques such as beloved Book Soup draw traffic. Hotels are an integral part of the Sunset Strip scene. Chateau Marmont, a glorious and notorious celebrity hangout throughout the decades, remains a discreet local getaway. At the Sunset Tower Hotel, Bugsy Siegel’s former suite has been converted 26 SOCALPULSE.COM
into the Tower Bar. And across the street, the property once known as “Riot Hyatt,” thanks to overzealous guests like Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Guns N’ Roses, is now the chic Andaz West Hollywood.
SUNSET PLAZA Sunset Plaza, between La Cienega and San Vicente boulevards on Sunset Boulevard, is a collection of tony shops and bistros with an international flavor and free parking—a novelty in this neighborhood. This is the city’s Euro Zone, where you’re apt to hear more French and Italian
than Valley girl. For up-tothe-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 blowout at Drybar or a makeover at Blushington. Then, refuel at Obicà Mozzarella Bar or Le Petit Four.
MELROSE AVENUE Melrose Avenue has become virtually synonymous with trendiness, and new expressions in fashion, art and food continue to percolate up and down this street that has mul-
tiple personalities. One part of Melrose, east of Fairfax Avenue, has a mix of indie boutiques, cafés, tattoo parlors and vintage shops. Stores such as Wasteland have wild facades and vibrant signage that add energy to the scene. Farther west, Melrose becomes très sophistiqué, showcasing upscale tastes at Assembly, Kelly Wearstler and Vivienne Westwood. Just off Melrose is the fashionable three-block stretch of Melrose Place, where Bentleys line up at chic Nine Zero One salon and cutting-edge boutiques such as Irene Neuwirth, Mansur Gavriel and the Apartment by the Line.
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 offerings are a new Acne Studios 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
SISTER ACT Gabriela Artigas’ sculptural jewelry has charmed style-setters, celebs and LACMA, which tapped the Mexico City-bred, L.A.-based designer for a collection. Now, she and sister/partner Tere have opened their first store, Gabriela Artigas & Company, featuring their jewelry (including signature Tusk designs) and home accessories. 7970 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.424.4345, gabrielaartigas.com
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: EDWIN SANTIAGO; COURTESY OLE HENRIKSEN; COURTESY GABRIELA ARTIGAS & CO. OPPOSITE: DALE BERMAN
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.
NEW IN TOWN Kass Wine Bar & Restaurant
Michelin-starred chef Christophe Émé’s latest venture serves fresh, seasonal California fare to pair with an extensive wine list. 320 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.413.2299
L.A.-based brand Skin Gym’s first facial bar offers on-the-go “workouts for your face” in a pretty pink space. 8240 Beverly Blvd., Suite 3, L.A., 323.452.9667
This cafe and bakery inside Fred Segal is adjacent to its acclaimed sister French restaurant. 8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.360.3866
The Grove. Opposite, from left: Robertson Boulevard; Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa WHERE LOS ANGELES 27
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The Petersen Automotive Museum
houses more than 130 showrooms catering to professional designers and luxury-home owners and contains a satellite of downtown’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and a stylish Wolfgang Puck eatery, Red Seven.
BEVERLY + WEST 3RD Beverly Boulevard and West 3rd Street, major east-west streets running through West Hollywood, are filled with restaurants, design showrooms and boutiques from some of the hottest up-and-coming clothing and accessories designers. The two streets bracket the landmark eight-level Beverly Center, which just underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation. Bloomingdale’s, Fendi, Gucci and Jimmy Choo boutiques are among the center’s more than 160 establishments. On West 3rd Street east of Beverly Center, you’ll find favorite boutiques such as OK for design-oriented gifts, Pyrrha for handcrafted jewelry and Wittmore for contemporary
menswear. Great dining options include Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s seafood spot, Son of a Gun, and modern Israeli restaurant Jaffa. On Beverly Boulevard, you can shop for high-end home decor and accessories at Garde and fragrances at Eric Buterbaugh Florals.
ROBERTSON BOULEVARD Robertson Boulevard is no longer a paparazzi magnet, but it’s still home to shops that appeal to the modish set. Hit Chaser for vintage-inspired T-shirts, Peri.A for trend-driven looks and Kitson and Kitson Kids for L.A.-inspired gifts. A Chanel concept store and edgy multibrand boutique Curve illustrate the difference between Robertson Boulevard and more staid Rodeo Drive. Between boutique-hopping, consider a cocktail at Bibo Ergo Sum or crab cakes on the picket-fenced patio of Ivy restaurant, legendary for its celebrity clientele. The District by Hannah An and Cecconi’s, popular for power lunches, are just off Robertson.
FAIRFAX + MID-WILSHIRE L.A.’s Fairfax District and neighboring Mid-Wilshire are among the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the Mid-City/ West Hollywood area. At Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), a renowned facility with more than 100,000 works dating from the ancient period to today. Adjacent to LACMA is the famous La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, where the ice age comes alive. Additional venues on this Museum Row include the renovated Petersen Automotive Museum and Craft Contemporary. South of the museums is a neighborhood known as Little Ethiopia, where traditional restaurants are located. To the museums’ east is the burgeoning District La Brea, a walkable stretch filled with dining spots like Odys + Penelope and La Brea Bakery and hip boutiques including American Rag Cie. One of the Fairfax District’s anchors is the Original Farmers Market, established in 1934, with more than 100 produce stalls, shops and eateries. There are spots to satisfy virtually any craving, including a wine bar, pizzerias and a stand with authentic Louisiana gumbo. Adjacent and connected by a vintage trolley is The Grove, an outdoor, pedestrianonly shopping center. The Grove has the character of an oldfashioned village square, with stained-glass streetlamps and a central fountain. Nordstrom, a movie theater and stores such as American Girl Place, Apple and Elizabeth and James are joined by myriad restaurants including 189 by Dominique Ansel (inventor of the Cronut).
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SELFIE SERVICE Strike a pose in front of the area’s oh-so’grammable backdrops. Alfred in the Alley 8509 Melrose Place, L.A. Chris Burden’s Urban Light at LACMA 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Colette Miller Angel Wings 8401 W. 3rd St., L.A. Hello mural at Carrera Cafe 8251 Melrose Ave., L.A. Made in L.A. mural 8025 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood Marisabel Bazan’s Dance of the Butterflies mural 621 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood (pictured above) Michael Turchin’s Dirty Pop mural at Mondrian 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood Paul Smith’s Pink Wall 8221 Melrose Ave., L.A. RETNA mural 8826 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
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BEVERLY + WEST 3RD
With over 75 destination shops, acclaimed restaurants and independent specialty stores West 3rd Street is the most walkable dining and shopping district in the center of Los Angeles.
Comprised of six connecting blocks between La Cienega Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, West 3rd Street is just moments from The Grove, The Original Farmers Market, The Beverly Center and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
A WALKABLE DINING & SHOPPING DISTRICT “Between La Cienega and Fairfax”
WOMEN Alexis Bittar . . . . . . . . . . . C August . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E Bead Boutique (+ Men) . E Bedhead Pajamas . . . . . Q Elaine Kim . . . . . . . . . . . . C KFK Jewelers . . . . . . . . . E M. Cohen Designs (+ Men) . . . . . . . . . . . Q Mom’s the Word . . . . . . U Monserat De Lucca . . . . .P 6 Nathalie Seaver Boutique . . . . . . . . . . Q NFP New Form Perspective . . . . . . . R noodle stories . . . . . . . . . E Parliament . . . . . . . . . . . . Q Polkadots & Moonbeams . . . . . . . C 2 Pyrrha . . . . . . . . . . . . . E Ragdoll LA . . . . . . . . . . . . .P Raquel Allegra . . . . . . . . Q Shopaholic Sample Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .T Wardrobe Department . Q
8048 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 433-4978 jaffa.la
8315 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 424-4807 pyrrha.com
8236 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 782-9791 shopwittmore.com
HOME & GIFTS Aero Shade Co Inc . . . . .P Allan Jeffries Framing . . E Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E Craft in America Center . . . . . . . . . . . . B Freehand Gallery . . . . . . B M. Cohen Designs. . . . . Q Michael Hittleman Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . B MUD Australia . . . . . . . . . R New Stone Age . . . . . . . B Portola Paints & Glazes . G Vintageweave Interiors. U MEN Douglas Fir . . . . . . . . . . . E Lot Stock and Barrel . . . C M. Cohen Designs. . . . . Q 1 Wittmore . . . . . . . . . . R KIDS Eggy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts . . . . . . J
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HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND
/ SHOWTIME / WALK OF FAME / MUSEUMS, HOLLYWOOD-STYLE / AROUND VINE
HOLLYWOOD “Hollywood is a state of mind” was a popular refrain when this legendary area of Los Angeles experienced a decline not long ago. But with hot new boutiques, restaurants, hotels and condos sprouting up, it has re-emerged as a bona fide destination, where throngs of international visitors mingle with colorful locals.
HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND Hollywood & Highland has been a catalyst for the rebirth of Hollywood Boulevard. Its Dolby Theatre is the home of the annual Academy Awards, and the central Babylon Court frames views of the iconic Hollywood sign (built in 1923 to advertise a housing development, the 45-foot-high letters originally read “Hollywoodland”). Other draws include Lucky Strike Live, dining spots and unique shops and boutiques. Next door to Hollywood & Highland is the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre), famous for its celebrity hand- and footprints embedded in the concrete out front. SHOWTIME Just across the street from Hollywood & Highland is the ornate, lavishly illuminated El Capitan Theatre. Masterfully restored by Disney, it offers special presentations of the 30 SOCALPULSE.COM
studio’s releases, combined with performances using an antique Wurlitzer pipe organ and children-pleasing stage shows. Jimmy Kimmel Live! tapes in an ABC studio next door. The Egyptian Theatre— built in 1922 around the time that King Tut’s tomb was discovered—screens eclectic artsy and classic fare. The landmark Pantages Theatre regularly stages megahit musicals (such as The Book of Mormon and Hamilton), and the Hollywood Palladium has a rich history of showcasing top-notch musicians.
WALK OF FAME The sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard (La Brea Avenue to Gower Street) and three blocks of Vine Street (Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard) are inlaid with the legendary brass-and-terrazzo stars honoring celebrities from the entertainment industry. More than 2,400 stars are enshrined beneath tourists’ feet, but the roster is not without its quirks— Pee-wee Herman has a star, but Clint Eastwood doesn’t. Marilyn Monroe’s star is steps from Hollywood & Highland, and John Lennon’s is in front of
MUSEUMS, HOLLYWOOD-STYLE Hollywood has museums, but don’t expect to encounter Picasso or Monet. Next to TCL Chinese Theatre is Madame Tussauds Hollywood, filled with more than 100 wax figures ranging from legends like Clark Gable to contemporary stars including Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo. You can ponder zany accomplishments at the Guinness World Record Museum, while the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium offers bizarre exhibitions. Movie buffs head to the Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building, which displays 10,000 artifacts showcasing 100 years of showbiz history, including Indiana Jones’ whip and the honeymoon dress worn by Marilyn Monroe after she married Joe DiMaggio. AROUND VINE The storied intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, the epicenter of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, boasted a large
FRAZZLED, NEVERMORE Weary of life in the fast lane? The Raven Spa is an off-ramp. Among the signature services at this Silver Lake retreat are infrared sauna treatments, acupuncture and the head-to-toe Rock Star treatment, which includes a salt scrub, traditional Thai massage and an all-natural facial mask. (Westsiders, there’s a Santa Monica location, too.) 2910 Rowena Ave., L.A., 323.644.0240, theravenspa.com
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the Capitol Records Building, the landmark structure designed to resemble a stack of records.
NEW IN TOWN Alter
The beloved Brooklyn boutique brings its well-curated collection of clothing and accessories for both men and women to trendy Silver Lake. 3333 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.486.7252
Inn Ann at Japan House
Tucked inside bustling Hollywood & Highland, Inn Ann (“hidden retreat”) serves seasonal Japanese dinner and drinks. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., fifth floor, L.A., 323.677.5557
Try the Hollywood Star, a tasty treat only found at this new branch of the L.A. icon famous for its giant rooftop doughnut. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.645.7149
Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Opposite, from left: Hollywood & Highland; an exhibit at the Hollywood Museum
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The Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park
concentration of entertainmentindustry companies in the 1920s. It’s a different Hollywood today, but the magic of this location endures in the soaring W Hollywood Hotel & Residences and its Delphine brasserie. A Metro station is integrated into the hotel; Hollywood is particularly well served by mass transit. Across Hollywood Boulevard is dance club Avalon Hollywood; across Vine Street is chic Japanese restaurant Katsuya. Sunset Boulevard and Vine is in transition, but dance clubs and eateries give this corner plenty of character. Serious cinephiles catch their flicks at ArcLight Cinemas, where it’s easy to spot a celeb. Close by is Amoeba Music, where music fans and collectors browse the aisles through 31,000 square feet of space packed with rare vinyl records, CDs and memorabilia. A couple of blocks west is Space 15 Twenty, an Urban Outfitters retail concept/minicomplex that caters to shoppers with an outsize UO store and space for art, events, performances and pop-up shops.
NIGHT CRAWLING The revival of Hollywood has only enhanced its nightlife, and a lively bar-and-club scene permeates the district. On and around Hollywood Boulevard, you can party under the guise of literary advancement at the librarythemed Study Hollywood, drink and dine at Houston Hospitality hot spot No Vacancy, and attempt to get past the velvet ropes at nightclubs like Playhouse. Cahuenga Boulevard also is home to clubs and eateries, including Tao Group’s Beauty & Essex at the new Dream hotel. Quintessentially L.A. but a galaxy removed from Hollywood Boulevard is the Hollywood Bowl, the largest outdoor amphitheater in the U.S., where the Los Angeles Philharmonic takes up residence from June to September. Picnicking under the stars here is among the most memorable experiences in L.A. LOS FELIZ + SILVER LAKE These neighborhoods are among the hippest in the county (and perhaps the country). Vermont Avenue, the main drag in Los
Feliz, presents a collection of shops and restaurants that range from bohemian to chic. Skylight Books and 24/7 diner Fred 62 are popular hangouts. Lounges such as Rockwell represent the neighborhood’s increasing sophistication. Nearby, a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard houses cult-favorite gift shop/gallery Soap Plant/Wacko and Bar Covell, and Barnsdall Art Park offers recreational opportunities including tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s recently restored Hollyhock House. At Sunset Junction, where Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards intersect, Los Feliz transitions into Silver Lake. Foodies hang at casual Forage or the Cheese Store of Silverlake, while aspiring screenwriters hammer at their laptops and sip lattes at Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea. Farther east on Sunset Boulevard, cool beach gear at Mollusk Surf Shop and chic handbags at the Clare V. flagship beckon.
GRIFFITH PARK Among the largest urban parks in America, Griffith Park is an ideal place to hike, take a train ride, picnic, golf and more. The Charlie Turner Trailhead begins at Griffith Observatory, one of the great planetariums in the world and a frequent film location. The hike up Mount Hollywood provides views of the Hollywood sign, and the Greek Theatre, a 5,700-seat amphitheater, is a legendary music venue. Also here are the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens and the Western-heritage-oriented Autry Museum of the American West, both accessible from the Ventura (SR 134) or Golden State (I-5) freeways.
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HOUSE HUNTERS The Eastside is full of architectural stars, but please check before stopping by—only a few offer public access. Bubeshko Apartments 2036-2046 Griffith Park Blvd., Silver Lake The Ennis House 2607 Glendower Ave., Los Feliz Neutra VDL House 2300 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake, neutra-vdl.org (tours offered) Hollyhock House 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.988.0516 (tours offered) The Paramour Estate 1923 Micheltorena St., Silver Lake, 213.999.0920 The Sowden House 5121 Franklin Ave., Los Feliz Stahl House 1635 Woods Drive, L.A., 208.429.1058 (prepaid tour reservations required) Silvertop 2138 Micheltorena St., Silver Lake
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DOWNTOWN With new restaurants and shops opening daily, downtown Los Angeles could not be hotter. Historic art deco structures share the streetscape with glass-clad towers, and even movie stars are snapping up lofts in century-old buildings. The arts scene roars to life here, where the laid-back image of L.A. hardly applies.
UNION STATION Union Station was the last of the grand railroad terminals built in the U.S. Its importance faded as the automobile began to dominate life in L.A., but the 79-yearold station has staged a comeback, thanks to a renovation and downtown’s new energy. From the station—the hub of the Metro system—you can board the Red Line to Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley or connect to the Blue Line to Long Beach or the Expo Line to Santa Monica. The Gold Line runs to Pasadena. Nonstop bus service to LAX is available 24/7. Metrolink commuter trains connect distant suburbs, and Amtrak trains offer coastal journeys. GRAND AVENUE The heart of L.A.’s performingarts scene and the site of its most dramatic architecture, Grand Avenue is beginning to live up to its name. On Bunker Hill, once filled with Victorian mansions, four venues make up a 34 SOCALPULSE.COM
formidable collection of stages at the Music Center. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is home to L.A. Opera, and the Ahmanson Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum host theatrical productions. The flashiest venue is architect Frank Gehry’s lauded Walt Disney Concert Hall, winter home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by its vivacious music director, Gustavo Dudamel. Also housed at Disney Hall is REDCAT, which offers visual, performing and multimedia arts programming. After a show, take a stroll through the 12-acre Grand Park,
between Grand Avenue and Hill Street and 1st and Temple streets.
BUNKER HILL Steps from the Ahmanson is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, designed by Spanish architect José Rafael Moneo. A short walk south on Grand is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and across from it is The Broad museum, built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. Both sites house premier collections of contemporary art. The Omni Hotel and California Plaza are adjacent to MOCA.
OLVERA STREET The origin of the city of Los Angeles, dating back to 1781, is El Pueblo de Los Angeles, a collection of 27 buildings along festive pedestrian concourse Olvera Street. The city’s oldest building, Avila Adobe (circa 1818), is here, along with Mexican restaurants, mariachi bands and merchants offering arts and crafts. A few blocks away is the city’s oldest restaurant, Philippe the Original (1908), where a cup of joe is just 49 cents. HISTORIC DISTRICTS Undergoing a renaissance is the Broadway Theatre District, home to once-opulent movie palaces. Several, such as the United Artists theater (now the stylish Theatre at Ace Hotel),
HAUS AND HEM Stockholm-based design brand Hem’s first permanent U.S. showroom, shared with wood-flooring company Madera, is a bright new spot downtown. Hem x Madera welcomes visitors with a coral facade and Clark Thenhaus’ Confetti Courtyard installation, then invites them to shop for modern furniture, lighting and accessories. By appointment. 810 Mateo St., L.A., 310.980.3029, us.hem.com
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Angels Flight, a vintage funicular (seen in La La Land) that climbs to California Plaza from Hill Street below, reopened recently after repairs. Farther down Grand, at 5th Street, the Bunker Hill Steps rise five stories at the U.S. Bank Tower, site of the OUE Skyspace LA attraction. Across the street is the art deco-style Central Library.
NEW IN TOWN Free Play
Chef Tim Hollingsworthâ€™s expansive sports bar/restaurant above the Fields food hall near USC features retro arcade and pinball games. 3939 S. Figueroa St., L.A., 213.419.9481
Uniqlo the Bloc
The Japanese apparel giant specializing in affordable everyday essentials anchors the reimagined open-air Bloc, which occupies a full downtown city block. 700 Flower St., Suite S100, L.A., 877.486.4756
Grab a grass-fed burger, made-to-order sandwiches, fries and an ice-cream float at this fast-casual eatery located at the Music Center. 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A., 213.972.8000
Grand Park. Opposite, from left: The Broad museum; Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center
/ CHINATOWN / LITTLE TOKYO / L.A. LIVE / EXPOSITION PARK American National Museum. The Geffen Contemporary, a branch of MOCA, is next door. At 2nd and Main streets is the former St. Vibiana cathedral, now home to stylish Redbird restaurant. To Little Tokyo’s east is the Arts District, which boasts buzzy shops and markets; galleries including Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles; a bevy of craft breweries; and such lauded restaurants as The Factory Kitchen, Brera Ristorante and Bestia.
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have been revived or restored to their original grandeur. Cool shops such as Acne Studios and BNKR lend cachet to the area. The Bradbury Building, constructed in 1893 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, was featured in the film Blade Runner. Spring Street from 4th to 7th streets is a rapidly awakening area once referred to as the “Wall Street of the West.” Steps from this historic district is a row of trendy bars on 6th Street (between Main and Los Angeles streets) that includes the Varnish.
SHOPPING DISTRICTS Downtown’s heritage as a mercantile center is still evident in its historic shopping districts. The Jewelry District draws shoppers looking for deals on diamonds; in the neighboring Fashion District, you can find designer clothing items. At Santee Alley, an open-air bargain bazaar, designer trends breed low-priced knockoffs. The Flower District offers blooms at wholesale prices. For an awesome mix of old-school produce vendors
and lunch counters and new, upscale specialty stalls, Grand Central Market, near the foot of Angels Flight, is the place to go. And the Figat7th shopping center is home to trendy boutiques and eateries.
CHINATOWN Chinatown is a great destination for sampling dim sum, dining at foodie-favorite spots like Howlin’ Ray’s and Baohaus or browsing for clothing, tea or home goods. Cultural highlights include the ornate Thien Hau Temple. Pedestrian-friendly Chung King Road and Gin Ling Way are home to hip galleries; Broadway is lined with boutiques. Dodger Stadium is a short drive away, as is San Antonio Winery, which offers tours and tastings. LITTLE TOKYO Little Tokyo’s bar scene is popping, and dining options range from traditional sushi at Japanese Village Plaza to seasonal small plates at Baldoria. Just a few steps down 1st Street is the sleek Japanese
L.A. LIVE The $2.5 billion L.A. Live project is home to Staples Center, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings, and it hosts top pop acts, as does Microsoft Theater, which boasts state-ofthe-art acoustics. The Grammy Museum honors myriad music genres with videos, artifacts and interactive exhibits. A dozen restaurants and nightlife venues— WP24, Katsuya and Lucky Strike Lanes, to name a few—face a massive urban plaza lined with LED screens. The Los Angeles Convention Center, encompassing 16-plus acres of exhibition space, is also here. EXPOSITION PARK Just south of downtown is Exposition Park, whose grounds hold major museums and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, temporary home of the L.A. Rams. The California African American Museum delves into black history, and the beauxarts-style Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County offers insight into prehistoric giants. The California Science Center has a 3-D Imax theater and exhibits the retired NASA space shuttle Endeavour.
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URBAN STYLE These fashionable menswear shops keep L.A.’s downtown crowd looking on point. 3.1 Phillip Lim 734 E. 3rd St., 213.246.2588 ACNE 855 S. Broadway, 213.243.0960 Apolis Alchemy Works, 826 E. 3rd St., 855.894.1559 Dover Street Market L.A. 606-608 Imperial St., 310.427.7610 Pocket Square Clothing 205 W. 7th St., 213.375.5111 ROW DTLA (Bodega, 13 Bonaparte, etc.) 777 Alameda St. SKINGRAFT 758 S. Spring St., 213.626.2662 Visvim Exposition 304 S. Broadway, Suite 218, 213.265.7901 Wittmore 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Suite X, 213.626.0780
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JEWELRY PAVILION The Bloc 750 W. 7th Street Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213) 627-4515
/ PLAYHOUSE DISTRICT + SOUTH LAKE AVENUE / SAN MARINO + SAN GABRIEL VALLEY
PASADENA Minutes from downtown L.A. via the Arroyo Seco Parkway (Pasadena Freeway) or the Metro Gold Line commuter train is Pasadena. Its architectural pedigree is world-class, and renowned institutions including the Tournament of Roses and Caltech lend it cachet. The city’s diverse neighbors are also worth discovering.
OLD PASADENA A tribute to foresighted urban planning is the 22-square-block shopping district known as Old Pasadena, roughly bounded by Walnut and Green streets, Arroyo Parkway and Pasadena Avenue. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s a collection of restored buildings filled with trendy boutiques, bistros and nightclubs. Merchants range from Tesla Motors to H&M, and eateries include Union, a top-rated Italian restaurant. Pedestrian-only alleys meander through the One Colorado project in the heart of Old Pasadena, where restaurants offer alfresco dining overlooking a sculpture-strewn square. Boutiques such as Vince and Gold Bug draw shoppers, while iPic Theaters reimagines the moviegoing experience with state-of-the-art technology, plush seats and a bar/café. Nearby is the Norton Simon Museum, home to one of the finest art collections in the 38 SOCALPULSE.COM
West. The galleries are filled with works dating from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and the museum’s repertoire of impressionist masters (e.g., Monet, Cézanne, Van Gogh) is formidable. A sculpture garden features a major tribute to Degas. East of Old Pasadena is Paseo Colorado, a shopping center with an ArcLight movie theater, restaurants and shops lining garden promenades. Its open-air design frames views of Pasadena City Hall, a majestic landmark restored to its original beaux-arts grandeur.
PLAYHOUSE DISTRICT + SOUTH LAKE AVENUE Anchored by the Mission-style Pasadena Playhouse, this district offers art house cinema, antique shops and bookstores, as well as the famed Ice House Comedy Club, whose stage has hosted George Carlin and Jerry Seinfeld. Other cultural attractions include the Boston Court Performing Arts Center and the USC Pacific Asia Museum. East of the Playhouse District, South Lake Avenue provides a vibrant shopping environment. Inviting boutiques are set around European-style courtyards at
SAN MARINO + SAN GABRIEL VALLEY South of the Langham is San Marino and its primary attraction, The Huntington, whose library, art collections, botanical gardens and education and visitor center occupy one of the most remarkable pieces of real estate in Southern California. Here, the Italianate mansion of railroad magnate Henry Huntington houses an extraordinary collection of 18th- and 19th-century art. A library with nearly 9 million rare books, photographs and manuscripts occupies another structure. Throughout the 200-acre property are more than a dozen distinct botanical environments, the Helen and Peter Bing Children’s Garden and a formal rose garden boasting more than 1,200 rose varieties.
RARE READS Bibliophiles have a new haven in Old Town Pasadena. Antiquarian dealer Dan Whitmore’s Whitmore Rare Books has opened a brickand-mortar shop—a treasure trove of books ranging from a first edition of The Catcher in the Rye to a 1632 original Shakespeare folio, as well as pop culture items like a signed photo of Jim Morrison. 121 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.714.7720, whitmorerarebooks.com
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the Commons and Burlington Arcade. A drive south on Lake Avenue through one of the city’s most opulent residential neighborhoods leads to the Langham Huntington. Consider this grand, historic hotel for high tea, Japanese Kobe beef at its Royce steakhouse or pampering at its award-winning Chuan Spa.
NEW IN TOWN Hinterhof
This vegan, Germanstyle beer hall with outdoor seating fits in perfectly in trendy, upand-coming Highland Park. 4939 York Blvd., L.A., 323.739.0209
This offshoot of the nearly century-old all-day breakfast spot may be new, but the made-from-scratch recipes remain the same. 1399 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, 626.486.2407
The eyewear brand brings its full selection of fashionable frames to the heart of Old Pasadena. 106 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.465.7911
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Sharing Pasadena’s eastern border are the communities of Sierra Madre and Arcadia, home to Santa Anita Park, a storied thoroughbred-horse-racing venue. Arcadia is also home to the 127-acre Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, whose natural Southern California habitat is famous for its wild peacocks. Farther east, scattered along the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10), are the communities of San Gabriel, Temple City, Monterey Park and Alhambra, which have attracted large numbers of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants. This means the opportunity for enjoying Asian cuisine is virtually unrivaled in Southern California. Tourists passionate about history, architecture or faith can explore the 1771 San Gabriel Mission, and the rugged San Gabriel Mountains present hiking opportunities for nature lovers.
SOUTH PASADENA The scenic route to South Pasadena on Orange Grove Boulevard passes through a stretch once known as Millionaire’s Row. Some splendid homes remain, including the former Wrigley Mansion (Tournament House), which now houses the Tournament of Roses Association. North of Old Pasadena, the boulevard leads to the Gamble House. This, the most famous achievement of architects Greene and Greene, is a classic representation of the Arts and Crafts movement that left its imprint on Pasadena. South Pasadena is a tranquil community whose Craftsman homes range from bungalows to mansions, and its Mission West Historic District is lined with antique shops, art galleries, casual cafés and kid-friendly spots like Fair Oaks Pharmacy, a restored drugstore from 1915.
EAGLE ROCK + GLENDALE West of Pasadena is Eagle Rock, a quiet college town reinventing itself as a trendy L.A. neighborhood. Its main drag of Colorado Boulevard is lined with a diverse collection of restaurants including Casa Bianca, a venerable old-school pizza joint. In Eagle Rock, students from highly ranked Occidental College— where a young Barack Obama once studied—mingle with young couples who are snapping up hillside real estate. On the far side of Eagle Rock is Glendale, the third-largest city in Los Angeles County. There, office workers pour out of highrises for happy hour at The Americana at Brand, an open-air shopping, residential and entertainment development. Stylesavvy shoppers can browse in boutiques, catch a movie or recharge at the Americana’s restaurants, which include the Philippe Starck-designed Katsuya and celebrity chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak. Home to a large Armenian community, Glendale offers a wealth of ethnic eateries specializing in kebabs, shawarma and belly dancing. Marked by a towering neon obelisk is the Alex Theatre, a restored art deco masterpiece that hosts concerts and musicals. Blocks from the Alex is the Museum of Neon Art, dedicated to showcasing a quintessentially L.A. craft. North of Glendale is Montrose, whose main street of Honolulu Avenue is more Mayberry than L.A. Close by, in La Cañada Flintridge, is sprawling Descanso Gardens, with North America’s largest camellia collection—an awesome sight when in full bloom during January and February.
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GARDEN PARTY Spring has sprung in local gardens. Arlington Garden 275 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, 626.578.5434 Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200 The Huntington 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, 626.405.2100 Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.821.3222 Norton Simon Museum 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.6840 Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden 270 Arlington Drive, Pasadena, 626.399.1721 Tournament House & Wrigley Gardens 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.4100 Whispering Pine Tea House 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale, 818.548.3782
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UNIVERSAL CITY A couple of Metro stops north of the heart of Hollywood is Universal City, a major entertainment-industry outpost. The highlight is Universal Studios Hollywood, which offers a behind-the-scenes peek into moviemaking, plus a theme park with high-tech virtual-reality action rides. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is all the buzz; also thrilling are the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attraction and the Simpsons Ride and its adjacent Springfield-themed “world.” Splurge for Universal’s VIP Experience, which pampers its guests with such perks as private tour guides, exclusive backlot access and unlimited front-of-line access in the theme park. Among the wide-ranging attractions next door at pedestrian-only Universal CityWalk are skydiving simulations at iFly Hollywood and the latest films at the state-of-the-art Universal Cinema. Restaurants include 42 SOCALPULSE.COM
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BURBANK Burbank calls itself the “media capital of the world”—and with good reason. The city is home to some of the most famous players in the entertainment business, including Walt Disney Studios, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Get a taste of the action on a Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood or as part of the studio audience at a taping of one of
your favorite programs, such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The media district, which encompasses most of these companies, also boasts some newer cafés and dining destinations, including Coffee Commissary and Simmzy’s, as well as the iconic Bob’s Big Boy, which hosts a classic-car show every Friday. Burbank’s entertainment industry is hardly the city’s only draw. More than 160 restaurants and shops cater to locals and visitors alike. The downtown district offers a major-mall shopping experience, movie theaters and the country’s largest Ikea,
but surrounding streets, such as historic San Fernando Boulevard, have a more homegrown feel, with shops and trendy bistros such as Granville. Another mustvisit 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 Slone Vintage are favorites). Always-packed Porto’s Bakery offers excellent pastries and sandwiches from Europe and the owners’ native Cuba. Do you like the outdoors? Burbank is a gateway to the Verdugo Mountains, which are crisscrossed with hiking trails. A workout here is rewarded with spectacular views of Burbank, the Hollywood Hills and downtown L.A. For golf enthusiasts, DeBell Golf Club features regulation 18-hole and par-3 courses. And during the summer, outdoor amphitheater the Starlight Bowl hosts a music series. If you’re jetting into or out of L.A., you can escape the hassles of LAX by opting for uncongested Hollywood Burbank Airport. It offers nonstop flights to many cities across the country and
VALLEY VINO Tucked into an unassuming stretch of Valley Village is intimate wine bar Mirabelle. Inside the candle-lit spot, find eclectic wines and old-school ’80s tunes played through the bar’s vintage cassette player. Stop by on Thursdays for chef-crafted grilled cheese and one of 60 wines by the glass—perfect for a low-key date night. 12518 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village, 818.927.4241, mirabellewinebarla.com
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The Valley is a sprawling collection of communities, each with its own attractions and charms. Immortalized in movies as diverse as Chinatown and Valley Girl, the area derives its name from Mission San Fernando Rey de España, the historic landmark on the Valley’s northernmost edge.
Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios Hollywood. Opposite, from left: Downtown Burbank; Idle Hour in North Hollywood
is centrally located, with easy access to Hollywood, downtown L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD North Hollywood wasn’t much of a tourist destination until the community transformed its commercial core into the NoHo Arts District, now filled with nearly two dozen professional theaters, including the landmark El Portal Theatre. These venues present some of the most innovative stage performances in L.A., and neighboring dance studios and art galleries contribute to the scene. With restaurants like the Federal Bar, a lively gastropub, and Idle Hour, a bar in a barrel-shaped, refurbished landmark building from the 1940s, the momentum continues for this transit-linked urban village. From NoHo’s Metro station, you can access central Holly-
wood and downtown via the Red Line subway or board the Orange Line, a sleek express bus that traverses the entire San Fernando Valley.
VENTURA BOULEVARD This iconic, palm-lined boulevard stretches 20 miles across the San Fernando Valley. Immortalized in music by Frank Zappa and Tom Petty, the boulevard is an integral part of L.A. culture and home to a burgeoning dining scene. In Studio City, it’s lined with eateries, including entertainment-industry-favored Art’s Deli, newer favorite the Bellwether and a greater concentration of acclaimed sushi bars (such as Asanebo) than Little Tokyo claims. For shopping, there are charming boutiques and beauty retreats such as Face Haus facial bar. Hip bars and restaurants including Firefly have helped to launch a nightlife scene.
Farther west, as the boulevard winds its way through Sherman Oaks, you’ll encounter laid-back trattorias and bistros, as well as shops such as Abundance, a boutique showcasing plus-size designer fashions. Sherman Oaks is also home to Westfield Fashion Square, anchored by Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s and featuring upscale boutiques. Sherman Oaks Galleria is near the junction of the 405 and 101 freeways; draws include ArcLight Cinemas, where there’s a chance you’ll see famous faces drawn to the Valley by its family-oriented lifestyle.
DEEP IN THE VALLEY Westfield Topanga shopping center is loaded with exclusive designer boutiques, including Louis Vuitton and David Yurman. The Village outdoor lifestyle destination expands the center’s retail and dining options. Farther west off the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) is Calabasas, where celebrities move for more elbow room. Upscale shopping and casual eateries live at the Commons at Calabasas, an elegant open-air destination. A few exits beyond that is Westlake Village, where locals hit the luxurious spa or do lunch at the Four Seasons. Visitors to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in neighboring Simi Valley can step aboard an actual Air Force One, visit a full-size replica of the White House Oval Office and learn all about America’s 40th president. North on the Golden State Freeway (I-5) in Valencia, coaster lovers gather at Six Flags Magic Mountain for rides too wild for Disneyland.
SHOWTIME Get in on the act at the Valley’s performing-arts venues. The Colony Theatre 555 N. Third St., Burbank, 818.558.7000 Crown City Theatre 11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood, 818.605.5685 El Portal Theatre 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, 818.508.4200 Garry Marshall Theatre 4252 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.955.8101 Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center 3050 E. Los Angeles Ave., 805.583.7900 The Soraya at CSUN 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, 818.677.3000 Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., 805.449.2787 Whitefire Theatre 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818.687.8559
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SOUTH BAY the Comedy & Magic Club Sunday nights. To the plaza’s east, café/boutique Gum Tree and the Hook & Plow are standouts among the specialty shops and eateries that line Pier Avenue. Farther east, Becker’s carries surfboards and beachwear.
MANHATTAN BEACH Less than 5 miles south of LAX, Manhattan Beach boasts 2 miles of beaches with sand so fine that developers exported it to Waikiki Beach in the 1920s. Laid-back Manhattan Beach is home to many professional athletes: You might spot an L.A. Kings player as you walk along the Strand, the pedestrian promenade sandwiched between multimillion-dollar homes and the beachfront bike trail. The city’s picturesque pier, with its newly modernized Roundhouse Aquarium, features plaques commemorating winners of the Manhattan Beach Open—the South Bay is diehard beach-volleyball country. It’s also a playground for watersports enthusiasts, including bodyboarders and surfers. East of the pier along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue are chic boutiques and a burgeoning dining scene, with restaurants such as Fishing With Dynamite, Love & Salt, 44 SOCALPULSE.COM
Little Sister and The Strand House drawing gourmets from across L.A. The Metlox center is a popular gathering place, with shops like the Beehive and hot spots including Zinc at Shade hotel. Between Manhattan Beach and LAX to the north is El Segundo, an industrial city with a quaint downtown and upscale shopping and dining centers including The Point.
HERMOSA BEACH Head south on Manhattan Avenue to Pier Avenue, the heart of Hermosa Beach. Hermosa
shares many characteristics with Manhattan Beach, including its own scenic stretch of beach punctuated by volleyball nets, fitness buffs weaving along the Strand (here merged with the bike path) and a pier studded with bronze plaques commemorating surfing legends. Come late afternoon, the pedestrian plaza at the foot of the pier becomes a different kind of South Bay scene, thanks to spillover from bars and restaurants such as Hennessey’s Tavern and Tower 12. Close to Pier Plaza, on Hermosa Avenue, Jay Leno still draws crowds to
REDONDO BEACH The largest of L.A. County’s beach cities, Redondo Beach is home to the 1,457-seat Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and a recreational waterfront featuring 2 miles of sandy beaches, the popular Redondo Beach Pier and King Harbor. Sepulveda Boulevard becomes Pacific Coast Highway as it enters town; signs point west to King Harbor’s Redondo Beach Marina, one of four marinas in the harbor. Here businesses such as Redondo Sportfishing offer fishing excursions and whalewatching tours, while other local outfitters rent out kayaks, paddleboats, bicycles and wave runners. South of the harbor, the historic Redondo Beach Pier attracts locals and visitors with quick-and-casual eateries, amusements and souvenir shops. South of the pier, the
PERFORMANCE REVIEW Whether you’re into yoga, surfing, running or just running around town, Vuori has you covered. Favorite styles at the Encinitas, CAbased activewear brand’s Manhattan Beach shop include men’s multisport Kore shorts and women’s performance joggers, made for“next-level comfort.” Lounging is a sport, right? 1100 Manhattan Ave., Suite 104, Manhattan Beach, 310.372.1518, vuoriclothing.com
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In the South Bay, the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach occupy an idyllic coastal stretch known for surfing and volleyball. To the north is El Segundo; to the south are the beautiful bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the bustling waterfronts of San Pedro and Long Beach.
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gentle waves and somewhat narrow strip of Redondo State Beach draw crowds during the summer, while the bike path meanders by on its way to its terminus at Torrance State Beach. One block east of the beach, the Riviera Village shopping district has a small-town feel, with restaurants and specialty boutiques such as Cami and the Catalina Cooking Store covering a six-block radius.
PALOS VERDES PENINSULA Beyond Redondo Beach rises the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a rugged 26-square-mile area known for majestic bluffs that afford sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Catalina Island. Head a few miles inland via Palos Verdes Drive North to the 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden, a year-round attraction featuring 200,000 plants. Or hug the coast on Palos Verdes Drive West to Rancho Palos Verdes’ Point Vicente Interpretive Center, a popular graywhale-watching site. Just past the adjacent Point Vicente Light-
house is the Mediterranean-style Terranea Resort, which offers fine dining, a 50,000-squarefoot oceanfront spa and a public nine-hole golf course. Farther along is the Wayfarers Chapel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son Lloyd Wright. The impressive Swedenborgian “glass church” is a popular wedding venue.
SAN PEDRO The multicultural community of San Pedro, on the southeastern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, was once the largest commercial fishing port in the nation. Today it’s home to the bustling 7,500-acre Port of Los Angeles, which features passenger and cargo terminals, as well as a crafts marketplace and brewery. Catalina Express operates from Berth 95, offering daily boat service to Catalina’s quaint city of Avalon and rustic village of Two Harbors. More than a million travelers pass through the World Cruise Center (Berths 91-93) annually; adjacent to the complex is the battleship-turned-museum Battleship USS Iowa. A few
LONG BEACH In the county’s southwestern corner, Long Beach is home to a busy commercial port, an attraction-packed waterfront and more than 5 miles of beaches. A popular draw is the 1,020-foot-long Queen Mary, a historic, supposedly haunted ship-turned-hotel, dining and shopping attraction permanently moored in Long Beach Harbor. The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, the Pike Outlets, the Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village are nearby. From the village, you can follow the Shoreline pedestrian bike path 3.1 miles, past the Long Beach Museum of Art and into the Belmont Shore neighborhood. Here you’ll find shops and restaurants along 2nd Street, Bay Shore Beach, the Belmont Pier and windsurfing and kitesurfing lessons. Across a small channel is Naples, where you can take gondola rides through the canals and dine at restaurants such as Michael’s on Naples. Downtown, along 4th Street between Junipero and Cherry avenues, vintage-furniture and clothing shops make up funky “Retro Row.” In the emergent East Village Arts District, hip galleries and boutiques are sprouting where Linden Avenue meets Broadway. Farther east, an impressive collection of modern and contemporary works decks the walls of the Museum of Latin American Art.
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/ DINING AMERICAN 71ABOVE In addition to skyline views, expect elevated modern American dishes (e.g., farm egg with crispy potato, chorizo, raclette, lime and cilantro) at this restaurant on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower. À la carte options are available at the bar, and prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus are offered in the main dining room and several private dining spaces. L (M-F), D (nightly). 633 W. 5th St., 71st Floor, downtown, 213.712.2683 $$$$ Map H16 ANIMAL This bare-bones eatery, from the guys known to Food Network fans as the “Two Dudes,” is a carnivore’s dream. Dishes include delectable takes on offal (such as crispy pig ear). D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 435 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.782.9225 $$$ Map I13 BARTON G. THE RESTAURANT The Los Angeles location of Barton G. Weiss’ Miami Beach restaurant offers fun, showstopping food presentations in a fine-dining setting, making each meal an experience. Favorites include the Laughing Bird Popcorn Shrimp and cotton-candy dessert Marie Antoinette’s Head. D (nightly). 861 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.388.1888 $$$ Map I12
A Slice of Italy Alongside its popular Italian eateries the Factory Kitchen (p. 50) and the newly renamed Brera Ristorante (p. 50, formerly Officine Brera), Factory Place Hospitality Group has opened a third spot—which shares Brera’s expansive warehouse space—in downtown’s thriving Arts District. Sixth+Mill Pizzeria and Bar’s signature dishes reflect culinary director Angelo Auriana’s Southern Italian heritage— small plates, fritters, durum wheat pastas and, of course, Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza, carefully baked to a flavorful crisp. The menu is complemented by an affordable wine list, draft beers and craft cocktails—including the spicy vodka Malafemmena (named for the famous Italian song). Buon appetito! 1335 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.629.3000, sixthandmill.com
CASTAWAY Burbank’s fine-dining restaurant boasts expansive views of the Valley, plus a new design and steak-forward menu from Cutthroat Kitchen winner Perry Pollaci. D (nightly), Br (Sa–Su). 1250 E. Harvard Road, Burbank, 818.848.6691 $$$ Map north of W21 CATTLE & CLAW Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills’ pop-up restaurant is a casual-cool spot where diners can enjoy two of the world’s favorite foods: lobsters and burgers (made with locally sourced, farm-fresh beef). Pair with cocktails like the lobster bloody mary, served in Mason jars. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 8555 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.770.1654 $$ Map I12 CRAFT New York chef Tom Colicchio of TV’s Top Chef brings his signature concept to L.A. The restaurant delivers a contemporary American à la carte menu, with fun, shareable dishes including roasted octopus and diver scallops with vermouth butter. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 10100 Constellation Blvd., L.A., 310.279.4180 $$$$ Map K11 GWEN Maude chef Curtis Stone and brother Luke’s restaurant—named after their maternal grandmother— features meat-centric tasting menus served in an art deco dining room, plus a European-style butcher shop in the front that offers sandwiches. L (M-F), D (nightly). 6600 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.946.7513 $$$ Map H14 JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN This rustic-yet-sophisticated restaurant offers creative takes on American regional classics. Try the Jimmy burger with jalapeño jam, pimento cheese and bacon. Santa Monica: L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). Woodland Hills: L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 424.292.5222; The Village at Westfield Topanga, 6250 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, 818.369.0005 $$ Map M8, northwest of A1 JOAN’S ON THIRD Celebrity-frequented café on busy West 3rd Street and a newer location in the Valley offer omelets, sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets, plus picnic baskets and gourmet items. B, L, D (daily). 8350 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.655.2285; 12059 Ventura Place, Studio City, 818.201.3900 $ Map I12, T18 M.B. POST Chef David LeFevre serves small plates of seafood, fresh-baked breads, delectable vegetables, cured meats and more in the space of a former post office. L (F-Su), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5405 $$$ Map L13 ODYS + PENELOPE Churrasco and grill from Karen and Quinn Hatfield features a live-fire grill and wood-
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INDEX American .......................48 Mediterranean ..............52 British/Irish ...................48 Mexican/Latin ...............52 California Cuisine .........48 Pan-Asian......................52 Chinese..........................49 Quick Bites ....................53 Eclectic/Fusion .............50 Seafood..........................53 French............................50 Spanish..........................54 Italian .............................50 Steak ..............................54 Japanese .......................51 Thai...........................................54
fired smoker. Eclectic, flavorful cuisine is accompanied by a menu of craft beer, wine and handcrafted cocktails. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 127 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.939.1033 $$$ Map B2 REDBIRD Chef Neal Fraser’s contemporary American cuisine is offered in the rectory of the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana. Rack of red wattle pork and chicken potpie are part of an intriguing menu. An updated Spanish Baroque decor and retro-inspired cocktails complete the scene. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 114 E. 2nd St., downtown, 213.788.1191 $$$ Map H17
BRITISH/IRISH YE OLDE KING’S HEAD Cozy pub/restaurant with traditional English fare, like the 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 1 PICO This upscale oceanfront dining venue recently relaunched with a new chef and menu focusing on California coastal cuisine. Pair with a handcrafted cocktail or selection from the extensive wine list. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). Shutters on the Beach, 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.587.1717 $$$ Map M8 DIALOGUE James Beard Award-winning chef Dave Beran, formerly of Chicago’s celebrated Alinea, is behind this 18-seat restaurant (eight seats at a kitchen counter, plus three tables). One market-driven 15- to 21-course tasting menu is offered; tickets must be prepurchased online. D (Tu-Su). Gallery Food Hall, 1315 3rd Street Promenade, Second Floor, Santa Monica, dialoguerestaurant.com $$$$ Map L8 GRATITUDE This upscale, plant-based restaurant from the team behind Café Gratitude and Gracias Madre offers a seasonally rotating menu and a curated cocktail program that both use 100 percent organic and sustainably sourced ingredients. Everything’s served in a lovely, lightfilled space that spills onto an inviting, shaded patio. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 419 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 424.389.1850 $$ Map I11 JEAN-GEORGES BEVERLY HILLS Michelin-rated French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s namesake restaurant at the new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is an opulent indoor/outdoor fine-dining destination, perfect for enjoying fresh, local cuisine. B, L, D (daily). 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.860.6566 $$$ Map J11 LOVE & SALT Dine on creative Cal-Italian fare (e.g., duck-egg pizza and whole roasted pig head) in this buzzy South Bay spot. Chef de cuisine/pastry chef
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Rebecca Merhej’s desserts are divine. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5252 $$$ Map L13 MAUDE Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, an Aussie with a strong classical background, helms this intimate, 24-seat Beverly Hills restaurant named after his paternal grandmother. Four times a year, Stone and his team offer a new tasting menu and optional wine pairings inspired by their travel to a great wine region of the world. D (TuSa). 212 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.3418 $$$$ Map J11 MICHAEL’S Michael McCarty’s influential farm-totable restaurant, opened in 1979, is refreshed and back in the spotlight. D (M-Sa). 1147 3rd St., Santa Monica, 310.451.0843 $$$ Map L8 MILO & OLIVE The team from Rustic Canyon is behind this casual pizzeria and bakery. Expect to make friends with your neighbors; seating is at communal tables and bar only. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.453.6776 $$ Map K9
British Fare, imported beers and world famous Fish & Chips. Heated patio. Call for soccer schedule. Stop by the gift shoppe for food and collectibles from the British Isles, including bone china, teapots, souvenir items, tea, candy, wine, freshly baked goods and much more. Open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner Weekdays 9 am | Weekends 8 am Happy Hour Afternoon Tea Karaoke Trivia Live Soccer
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PALEY This glamorous restaurant (named after former CBS CEO William S. Paley) pays homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Inside a midcentury-modern dining room, dine on classic dishes with a modern twist. L (M-F), D (M-Sa). 6115 Sunset Blvd., Suite 100, L.A., 323.544.9430 $$$ Map H14 PLANT FOOD + WINE Restaurant from Matthew Kenney takes a raw, locally sourced and plant-based approach to dining. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from an extensive organic and biodynamic selection. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1009 $$$ Map N9
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OTIUM French Laundry alum Timothy Hollingsworth helms this modern restaurant adjacent to the Broad museum, preparing rustic, market-driven cuisine such as hamachi with coriander, avocado, lemon and dill. L (TuF), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 222 S. Hope St., downtown, 213.935.8500 $$$ Map H16
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 $$$ Map L8 SPAGO An L.A. institution, Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant features a modern dining room and a daily changing menu that may include dishes like veal “Wiener schnitzel” and spicy tuna tartare. L (TuSa), D (nightly). 176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0880 $$$$ Map I11 THE STRAND HOUSE This beachside restaurant boasts awesome ocean and pier views and a breezy, stylish bar. Executive chef Austin Cobb’s menu highlights award-winning coastal California cuisine. The street-level bar is a great spot for a sunset cocktail. L (Tu-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470 $$$ Map L13 TAVERN James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin’s third L.A. restaurant explores rustic Cal-Med fare in chic environs, including a popular sunlit indoor patio. The frequently changing menu might include “devil’s chicken” with leeks and mustard breadcrumbs. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 11648 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 310.806.6464 $$$ Map J9
CHINESE BAO DIM SUM Enjoy delicious, authentic dim sum in a relaxing, lantern-lit atmosphere. Favorites include juicy pork dumplings and shrimp shumai, followed by bao milk buns for dessert. L, D (daily). 8256 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.655.6556 $$ Map I12
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DINING 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 $$$ Map I13 TESSE RESTAURANT Raphael Francois is in the kitchen at Bill Chait’s new restaurant, serving classic French delights—handcrafted charcuterie and foie gras, steak frites—updated for 21st-century L.A. Pioneering mixologists Julian Cox and Nick Meyer are behind the cocktail menu. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8500 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.360.3866 $$$ Map H12 TROIS MEC Ludo Lefebvre, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook are behind this hot restaurant in a 26-seat former pizzeria. Diners must purchase advance tickets via the restaurant’s website to enjoy Lefebvre’s prix-fixe, five-course meal. D (Tu-Sa). 716 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.484.8588, troismec.com $$$$ Map H13
DIN TAI FUNG Foodies line up at this dumpling house for soup dumplings with filling combinations such as pork and crab or truffle and pork. L, D (daily). Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 310.277.3898; The Americana at Brand, 177 Caruso Ave., Glendale, 818.551.5561; Westfield Santa Anita, 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.446.8588; 1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.574.7068; Del Amo Fashion Center, 21540 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 519, Torrance, 310.214.1175 $$ Map J10, U23, R23 (2), D2 MR CHOW The L.A. County editions of scene-y restaurants in New York, London, Miami, Las Vegas and Mexico City offer Imperial Beijing cuisine. Beverly Hills: 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 $$$ Map I11, K7 YANG CHOW Fine Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine and an elegant atmosphere have made this restaurant a Chinatown mainstay since 1977. Don’t miss the Slippery Shrimp, which have been featured on Food Network. L, D (daily). 819 N. Broadway, downtown, 213.625.0811; 6443 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 818.347.2610; 3777 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.432.6868 $$ Map G17, west of A1, Q22
ECLECTIC/FUSION CASSIA This bustling Southeast Asian-inspired brasserie, set inside a 1930s art deco building, finds chef Bryant Ng (the Spice Table) serving dishes like Vietnamese pot au feu, black cod with anchovy broth, and grilled pork-belly vermicelli. Sister concept Esters Wine Shop & Bar is adjacent. D (nightly). 1314 7th St., Santa Monica, 310.393.6699 $$$ Map L8 ORSA & WINSTON Chef/owner Josef Centeno draws on Japanese and Italian traditions at this acclaimed restaurant. Select a vegetable, fish or meat grain bowl for lunch; for dinner, enjoy a daily changing six-course tasting menu with nightly supplements and an optional wine pairing. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa), Br (Sa-Su). 122 W. 4th St., downtown, 213.687.0300 $$$$ Map I16 VESPERTINE Chef Jordan Kahn’s mysterious, pricey “gastronomical experiment” topped late L.A. Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold’s 2017 list of the city’s
101 best restaurants. Expect a space-age meal of 18-plus courses. Reservations must be made in advance online. D (Tu-Sa). 3599 Hayden Ave., Culver City, 323.320.4023, vespertine.la $$$$ Map L12
FRENCH CAFÉ PINOT This glass box of a restaurant adjacent to Central Library offers romantic outdoor dining, skyline views—from the bottom up—and contemporary Cal-French cuisine from the Patina Group. D (M-Sa). 700 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.239.6500 $$$ Map H16 KENDALL’S BRASSERIE AND BAR Located at the Music Center, Kendall’s is a convenient spot for before or after a performance. In addition to dishes with a contemporary flair, all the brasserie favorites are here (e.g., moules frites). L (M-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7322 $$ Map H16 LE PETIT PARIS The L.A. iteration of David and Fanny Rolland’s original Le Petit Paris in Cannes is housed in the historic El Dorado building. By day, the brasserie is bright and tranquil, and at night, it transforms into an upscale lounge. L (Tu-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 418 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.217.4445 $$$ Map I17 THE LITTLE DOOR For a candlelit dinner, this is the reservation ne plus ultra. Dine on rustic French-Mediterranean dishes under the stars or by a crackling fireplace. D (nightly). 8164 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.1210 $$$ Map I12 PATINA The Walt Disney Concert Hall pairs classicalmusic offerings with fine dining, thanks to its fine inhouse restaurant. Game dishes are a frequent presence on the menu. D (Tu-Sa). 141 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3331 $$$$ Map H16 PETIT TROIS Trois Mec’s neighboring, French-barstyle spinoff offers an à la carte menu of classic dishes such as a confit-fried chicken leg, croque monsieur and delectable omelet with Boursin cheese. A new outpost in the Valley opened last year. L.A.: L, D (daily). Sherman Oaks: B, L, D (daily). 718 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.468.8916; 13705 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818.989.2600 $$$ Map H13, G10
BESTIA Multiregional Italian restaurant in the hip Arts District serves up such “beast”-focused dishes as roasted marrow bone with spinach gnocchetti, breadcrumbs and aged balsamic. D (nightly). 2121 E. 7th Place, downtown, 213.514.5724 $$$ Map east of J17 BOTTEGA LOUIE This palatial Italian restaurant, decked out in white marble, is a hip, noisy hall where young professionals convene over brick-oven-cooked pizzas. There’s a gourmet market and patisserie, too. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). 700 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.802.1470 $$ Map I16 BRERA RISTORANTE From the team behind the Factory Kitchen around the corner, this stylish trattoria (formerly Officine Brera) serves a daily changing, Northern Italy-inspired menu in a rustic-meets-contemporary space. The rice dishes, spit-roasted meats and handmade pastas are superb. L (M-F), D (nightly). 1331 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.553.8006 $$$ Map J17 CULINA The Four Seasons’ acclaimed Italian restaurant boasts coastal influences and a sleek crudo bar. Adjacent is Vinoteca, an Italian-inspired wine- and espresso-bar concept. B, D (daily); L (M-Sa); Br (Su). Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.860.4000 $$$ Map J12 DAN TANA’S New York-style restaurant, an L.A. classic for nearly 50 years. Red-sauced pastas, huge steaks. Reservations required. D (nightly). 9071 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.275.9444 $$$ Map I11 DRAGO CENTRO Chef Celestino Drago’s well-executed Italian fare and extensive wine list are presented in a contemporary and handsome space. L (M-F), D (nightly). 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.228.8998 $$$ Map H16 THE FACTORY KITCHEN Former Valentino chef Angelo Auriana turns his attention to a casual, industrial-chic setting in the Arts District. Fresh-made pastas, beautiful cheeses and cured meats, complemented by an inventive cocktail program, contribute to a daily changing menu. L (M-F), D (nightly). 1300 Factory Place, downtown, 213.996.6000 $$$ Map J17 FELIX TRATTORIA Chef Evan Funke’s trattoria boasts an open kitchen, a wood-fired pizza oven, a Tuscan grill and a glass-enclosed pasta laboratorio where Funke’s masterpieces—pappardelle, tonnarelli, strascinati—take
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ALIMENTO Zach Pollack, who recently opened Cosa Buona in Echo Park, is behind this tiny, hip space, where a clever menu includes tortellini in brodo, featuring dumplings filled with a hot broth. D (Tu-Su). 1710 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A., 323.928.2888 $$$ Map east of W23
shape before diners’ eyes. D (nightly). 1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 424.387.8622 $$$ Map M9 JON & VINNY’S Popular, stylish yet family-friendly diner from chefs/owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, which just opened a Brentwood outpost, has it all—pastries, pizza, pasta (made in-house) and meat entrées. B, L, D (daily). 412 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.334.3369; 11938 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 310.442.2733 $$ Map B2, J12
LA VECCHIA CUCINA Rustic Northern Italian cuisine is served in a laid-back bistro. Find more than a dozen pastas for dinner, plus pizzas, osso buco alla Romana and other traditional favorites. L, D (daily). 2654 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.399.7979 $$ Map M8 LN2 PIZZA SHOPPE Just-opened “modern gastro lounge” from chef Chris Robbins serves an eclectic, upscale selection of sandwiches, salads and larger plates, as well as artisanal, wood-fired pizzas (e.g., duck confit or caramelized fig) and, for dessert, nitrogen ice cream. D (Tu-Su), Br (Su). 7212 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.917.5178 $$ Map H13 OSTERIA MOZZA Famed L.A.-based bread maker Nancy Silverton is a partner in Mozza’s group of contemporary Italian restaurants, which includes this sophisticated dining room. D (nightly). 6602 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.0100 $$$ Map H13 PIZZERIA MOZZA/MOZZA2GO The more relaxed sibling of Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza features pizzas with Mediterranean ingredients, cheeses and salumi plates and rustic daily specials. Call ahead for delivery or takeout from Mozza2Go. L, D (daily). Pizzeria Mozza: 641 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.297.0101. Mozza2Go: 6610 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.1130 $$ Map H13 ROSSOBLU Chef Steve Samson and wife Dina are behind this gorgeous Italian restaurant in City Market South, a new complex in the up-and-coming Fashion District, where Samson serves Bolognese family favorites. Pastas and salumi are made in workshops visible from the cellar wine room, which is available for private dining. D (nightly). 1124 San Julian St., downtown, 213.749.10990 $$$ Map J16
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SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills 435 S. La Cienega Blvd. 310-246-1501
Woodland Hills 6250 Canoga Ave. 818-703-7272
Burbank 3400 West Olive Ave. 818-238-0424
South Coast Plaza Village 1641 W. Sunflower Ave. 714-444-4834
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TERRONI Reliable Southern Italian cooking, including excellent thin-crust pizza, from a Toronto-based chain. Great happy-hour specials. The downtown location inhabits a historic bank building. Downtown: L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). L.A.: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 802 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.221.7234; 7605 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.954.0300 $$ Map I16, J13 TORELLI TRATTORIA Featuring a charming patio and dining room, this classic Tuscan trattoria serves authentic, made-to-order Italian dishes such as polpette al forno con mozzarella, tortellini di formaggio al pesto and lasagna Bolognese e besciamella. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Su). 7469 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.433.7065 $$ Map H13
SCOPA ITALIAN ROOTS Chef Antonia Lofaso’s popular Italian-American restaurant serves up oldschool dishes like rice balls, crispy squash blossoms and squid-ink calamari, plus traditional desserts (think cannoli, spumoni and Italian cookies). D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 2905 Washington Blvd., Venice, 310.821.1100 $$$ Map N10
ASANEBO Hidden in a strip mall but Michelin-rated, this cozy sushi bar and restaurant offers memorable sushi and inventive fare like seared toro and uni tempura in shiso leaf. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su). 11941 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.760.3348 $$ Map A1 ISE-SHIMA Located in the Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Old Town Torrance, Ise-Shima provides fresh sushi and other exciting Japanese dishes, recalling the array
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DINING CROSSROADS KITCHEN Chef/partner Tal Ronnen creates exclusively plant-based dishes, many based on nonvegan comfort-food classics. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8284 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.782.9245 $$$ Map H12 FIG & OLIVE Inspired by Provence, France, and Mediterranean culinary heritage, this restaurant’s cuisine is an ode to olive oil. Don’t miss the Moroccan free-range chicken. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, 310.360.9100 $$$ Map I12 GJELINA Under the direction of talented young chef Travis Lett (also behind Gjusta and MTN), Cal-Med small plates and pizzas are served to chic Westsiders. It’s one of Venice’s most popular restaurants and the neighborhood’s liveliest patio. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1429 $$ Map N9
of seafood and marine delicacies Japan’s Ise Shima region offers. B, L, D (daily). 21381 S. Western Ave., Torrance, 310.320.6700 $$ Map M14 KATANA Sunset Strip restaurant with a sushi bar and robata-style cuisine: open-flame-grilled meat, vegetables, seafood. Stylish rooms, patio. Upscale-casual dress code. L (M-F), D (nightly). 8439 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8585 $$$ Map H12 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., L.A., 310.207.8744; 6300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.871.8777; The Americana at Brand, 702 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.244.5900; L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 323.525.2400 $$$ Map K9, H14, northeast of T23, I15 MATSUHISA Superchef Nobu Matsuhisa’s relatively modest original flagship incorporates luxurious Western ingredients and Latin American spices. L (M-F), D (nightly). 129 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.659.9639 $$$$ Map I12 MTN Chef Travis Lett (Gjelina, Gjusta) is behind this California izakaya, pronounced “mountain,” where foodies perch on bar stools to dine on fare like charred Japanese sweet potato and slurp up bowls of housemade ramen. D (nightly). 1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 424.465.3313 $$ Map N9 NOBU The flagship of chef Nobu Matsuhisa offers an extensive menu of traditional and avant-garde sushi, including many dishes with beguiling Peruvian accents. West Hollywood: D (nightly). Malibu: B (Sa-Su); L, D (daily). 903 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.5711; Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.9140 $$$$ Map H12, east of A1 Q SUSHI The omakase-only experience at this intimate sushi bar showcases the artistry and discipline of chef Hiroyuki Naruke in items like seared toro and a parade of simply prepared sushi. These strictly traditional interpretations are never flashy but always rewarding. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa). 521 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.225.6285 $$$$ Map I16 ROKU Sunset Strip hot spot from the team behind Sushi Roku presents elevated teppanyaki prepared
at interactive grill tables, as well as sushi, omakase offerings and an extensive selection of Japanese whiskeys. L (M-F), D (nightly). 9201 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2060 $$$ Map H12
LUCQUES Chef/owner Suzanne Goin (A.O.C.) delivers the next generation of Cal-Med cuisine, which includes dishes such as grilled salmon wrapped in grape leaves and served with green rice, feta, labneh and caper salsa. L (Tu-Sa), D (nightly). 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.6277 $$$ Map I13
SUSHI ROKU Nouvelle Japanese, sleek decor and a creative menu that includes tuna tartare with yuzu guacamole and soy truffle. L, D (daily). 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771; 33 Miller Alley, Pasadena, 626.683.3000 $$$ Map L8, Q19
BROKEN SPANISH The upscale sister of B.S. Taqueria, this “modern Mexican” restaurant near L.A. Live serves classically trained chef Ray Garcia’s innovative twists on traditional dishes. D (nightly). 1050 S. Flower St., Suite 102, downtown, 213.749.1460 $$$ Map I15
TAKAMI SUSHI & ROBATA RESTAURANT Twentyone floors above downtown L.A.’s Financial District, you’ll find this restaurant serving elevated sushi, robata and Japanese-influenced entrées. L (M-F), D (nightly). 811 Wilshire Blvd., 21st Floor, downtown, 213.236.9600 $$$ Map H16
GRACIAS MADRE Organic, plant-based Mexican fare is served at this beautiful restaurant (the patio’s ambiance can’t be beat) from the team behind Café Gratitude. Inventive dishes like coconut-ceviche tostadas and flautas de papas please vegans and omnivores alike. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.978.2170 $$ Map I12
MEDITERRANEAN A.O.C. Explore a Mediterranean-inspired menu at the eatery that pioneered two L.A. culinary trends—the small-plates format and the wine bar—from James Beard Award-winning Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne. Try the addictive bacon-wrapped, Parmesan-stuffed dates. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8700 W. 3rd St., L.A., 310.859.9859 $$ Map I12 BAVEL Bestia chef Ori Menashe and wife/pastry chef Genevieve Gergis bring Middle Eastern cuisine into the mainstream at this lively, trendsetting Arts District restaurant. The menu features a wide-ranging selection of mezze including eggplant baba ghanoush with puffy fried pita, and larger plates such as herb-stuffed dorade with red chermoula. Gergis churns out licoriceice-cream bonbons and rose-clove chocolate doughnuts for dessert. D (nightly). 500 Mateo St., downtown, 213.232.4966 $$$ Map J17 THE BELVEDERE The Peninsula Beverly Hills’ elegant restaurant has a lovely terrace and a Mediterranean menu from executive chef David Codney. B, D (daily); L (M-Sa); Br (Su). 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.788.2306 $$$$ Map J11 CLEO Executive chef Danny Elmaleh’s Mediterranean small plates include kebabs of pork belly and lamb, and wood-burned flatbreads. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). The Orlando Hotel, 8384 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.658.6600 $$$ Map I12
GUERRILLA TACOS Chef Wes Avila’s lauded taco truck opened a brick-and-mortar space in the Arts District, complete with a bar and patio. L, D (daily). 2000 E. 7th St., downtown, 213.375.3300 $ Map J17 ROSALINÉ Acclaimed chef Ricardo Zarate’s sunny restaurant—named after his mother—introduces the “next phase of Peruvian dining” (e.g., lima-bean salad, kampachi ceviche, chicharrón de paiche). The cuisine is complemented by Peruvian cocktails from Jeremy Lake. D (nightly). 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.297.9500 $$$ Map I12 SALAZAR This trendy taco destination—a colorful desert oasis set in a reworked Frogtown auto-body shop—specializes in outdoor dining, grilled meats and fun drinks. Pair tasty tacos with aguas frescas and cocktails. L, D (Tu-Su); Br (Sa-Su). 2490 Fletcher Drive, L.A., salazarla.com $$ Map southeast of W23 SAUSAL This stylish El Segundo restaurant serves nuevo-rancho cuisine by chef Anne Conness (Jaffa), with an emphasis on wood fire, smoke and slow-roasting methods; Mexican and Spanish flavors; and locally sourced produce. L, D (daily). 219 Main St., El Segundo, 310.322.2721 $$ Map L13
PAN-ASIAN CRUSTACEAN A walk-on-water aquarium meanders throughout the length of this modern-Vietnamese Beverly
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JAFFA Chef Anne Conness’ modern take on Israeli cuisine emphasizes seasonal, local and sustainably raised ingredients and a blend of New and Old World flavors. Inventive cocktails complement such dishes as North African chickpea stew and lamb couscous with dried figs, cilantro and Moroccan spices. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8048 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.433.4978 $$ Map I12
DINING Hills landmark, which recently reopened its doors following a $10 million redesign. Enjoy reimagined Asian-fusion dishes, such as the Tuna Cigar, while still satisfying cravings with the An family’s legendary “Secret Kitchen” dishes. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su). 468 N. Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.205.8990, $$$ Map I11 THE DISTRICT BY HANNAH AN One of the celebrated An sisters—her family introduced Beverly Hills’ Crustacean—offers cuisine that reflects her Vietnamese heritage while incorporating California sensibilities. Dishes such as Wok Lobster with handmade noodles are enjoyed with Southeast Asia-inspired cocktails. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 8722 W. 3rd St., L.A., 310.278.2345 $$$ Map I12 LITTLE SISTER Signatures at chef Tin Vuong’s panAsian spots include Balinese fried meatballs and saltand-pepper lobster. M.B.: L (F-Su), D (nightly). Downtown: B, L, D (daily). R.B.: L, D (daily). 1131 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.2096; 523 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.628.3146; 247 Avenida del Norte, Redondo Beach, 424.398.0237 $$ Map L13, I16, M13 LUKSHON Sang Yoon of Father’s Office is behind this Southeast Asian eatery. The crispy whole fish is not to be missed. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa). 3239 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.202.6808 $$$ Map K12 WP24 From its 24th-floor roost, WP24 proves that Wolfgang Puck, who pioneered Asian fusion, has still got the goods. Highlights include XO seafood dumplings and steamed bao filled with pork belly. Restaurant/lounge concept Nest at WP24 is adjacent. Dining room: D (Tu-Sa). Nest: D (nightly). The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.743.8824 $$$$ Map I15
QUICK BITES THE APPLE PAN Move quickly to grab a seat at the counter of this tiny joint, open since 1927. Burger aficionados lovers wax on about the classic, drippy Steakburger and Hickoryburger. Cash only. Open late. L, D (Tu-Su). 10801 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A., 310.475.3585 $ Map K10 PHILIPPE THE ORIGINAL The purported birthplace of the French dip sandwich, this down-home cafeteria is an L.A. institution, established in 1908. Try the 45-cent coffee. Cash only. B, L, D (daily). 1001 N. Alameda St., downtown, 213.628.3781 $ Map G17 PINK’S HOT DOGS There’s a perpetual queue in front of this hot-dog stand, open since 1939, which serves 30 kinds of dogs and chili cheeseburgers, too. Open late. B, L, D (daily). 709 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.931.4223 $ Map I13
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WURSTKÜCHE Don’t even try to pronounce it—”the sausage place” will do. Bar/restaurant offers thick-cut Belgian fries and a repertory of exotic franks: rattlesnake and rabbit, alligator and pork andouille. Open late. L, D (daily). 800 E. 3rd St., downtown; 625 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 213.687.4444 $ Map I17, M9
SEAFOOD BLUE PLATE OYSTERETTE Putting a “California twist on East Hampton summer lobster bakes,” this restaurant near the Santa Monica Pier specializes in dishes such as oysters on the half shell, New England clam chowder and lobster rolls. L, D (daily). 355 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.576.3474 $$$ Map L8 CAFE DEL REY Ogle impressive pleasure boats in the marina at this waterfront restaurant with plentiful fresh catch, a raw bar and prime cuts of steak. Stop in for is great nightly happy hour, too. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.823.6395 $$$ Map N9 CAL MARE This sophisticated Cal-Italian seafood restaurant from chef Adam Sobel in collaboration with
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DINING THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY The Grill is a venerable industry hangout, where polished waiters deliver steaks, Cobb salads and other old-school fare. Beverly Hills: L (M-Sa), D (nightly). Westlake Village: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.276.0615; 120 E. Promenade Way, Westlake Village, 805.418.1760 $$$ Map I11, west of A1 L.A. PRIME Enjoy city views, wet-aged steaks and an award-winning wine list at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites’ 35th-floor restaurant. D (nightly). The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites, 404 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.612.4743 $$$$ Map I16 MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB At this on-the-waterfront eatery, starters like ahi tartare and caviar are followed by whole Maine lobster and expertly prepared steaks. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.454.4357 $$$$ Map west of K7 MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE Swanky “steakhouse with personality.” Bone-in filet reigns; warm butter cake melts in your mouth. Penthouse at Mastro’s is an upstairs lounge. D (nightly). 246 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8782 $$$ Map J11
superchef/restaurateur Michael Mina is on the ground floor of the Beverly Center. D (nightly). 131 La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 424.332.4595 $$$ Map I12 DUKE’S MALIBU Named after the father of international surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, this oceanfront restaurant captures the spirit of aloha. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 21150 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.0777 $$ Map west of K7 ENTERPRISE FISH CO. Established in 1979, this restaurant is a local favorite when it comes to seafood. Wild-caught fish, fresh seafood and steaks are cooked over a mesquite charcoal grill. L, D (daily). 174 Kinney St., Santa Monica, 310.392.8366 $$$ Map M9
a nautically themed space. L, D (daily). 8370 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.9033 $$$ Map I12
SPANISH THE BAZAAR BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS Star chef José Andrés brings a whimsical Spanish-style dining experience to the SLS Hotel. Cuisine ranges from rustic to cutting-edge. Newer concept Somni is billed as a “multisensory culinary experience” with a 20-plus-course tasting menu. Purchase tickets at exploretock.com. The Bazaar: D (nightly). Somni: D (Tu-Sa). 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.5555 $$$ Map H16
FISHING WITH DYNAMITE Chef David LeFevre (the Arthur J, M.B. Post) loads his menu with East Coast inspirations. Among the old-school small plates in this charming restaurant are Maryland blue-crab cakes. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.893.6299 $$$ Map L13
ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE This ultraluxurious interpretation of the classic American steakhouse incorporates Asian influences. Certified Angus beef and domestic and imported wagyu star on the menu. D (nightly). 111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.486.1111 $$$ Map Q20
THE LOBSTER Enjoy a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean while indulging in seafood from this Santa Monica Pier-adjacent restaurant. The patio is most coveted for sampling the eponymous crustacean in various iterations. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 1602 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.9294 $$$ Map L8
APL RESTAURANT At classically trained chef and barbecue expert Adam Perry Lang’s new steakhouse, starters include versions of old-school favorites (e.g., iceberg wedge, shrimp cocktail). The rib-eye, T-bone and porterhouse are all dry-aged on-site. D (nightly). 1680 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.416.1280 $$$$ Map H14
PROVIDENCE Michael Cimarusti (who’s also behind West Hollywood’s Connie and Ted’s) transforms sustainable seafood into oft-changing dishes at this refined restaurant. Outstanding cocktails complement Michelinrecognized cuisine. L (F), D (nightly). 5955 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.460.4170 $$$$ Map I14
BALTAIRE Helmed by executive chef Travis Strickland, this sophisticated Brentwood restaurant offers prime steaks, wines by the glass, old-school charm and sun-orstars dining on its 2,500-square-foot terrace. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 11647 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 424.273.1660 $$$$ Map J12
ROY’S James Beard Award-winning chef Roy Yamaguchi, who pioneered innovative Pacific Rim cuisine in L.A. more than 30 years ago, is behind this chain of contemporary Hawaiian-inspired restaurants. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 6363 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, 818.888.4801; 641 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.356.4066 $$$ Map west of A1, Q21
BOA STEAKHOUSE Way hip, way fine steakhouse. Steak rubs and dips; out-there cocktails on a revamped bar menu. Santa Monica: D (nightly). West Hollywood: L (M-F), D (nightly). 101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.4466; 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2050 $$$ Map M8, H12
SON OF A GUN Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the meat-loving chefs at Animal, turn to the sea for new inspiration. They cook up small shareable plates, such as miniature lobster rolls and shrimp-toast sandwiches, in
CUT A collaboration between Getty Center architect Richard Meier and Wolfgang Puck, Cut is the place to savor genuine wagyu beef steaks or dry-aged Nebraska beef. D (M-Sa). Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.276.8500 $$$ Map J11
THE MUSSO & FRANK GRILL Hollywood’s oldest restaurant (1919). Enjoy flannel cakes and lobster Thermidor with the martini; legend has it that this place invented the drink. B, L (Tu-Sa); D (Tu-Su). 6667 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7788 $$ Map H13 THE STINKING ROSE True to its motto, “We season our garlic with food,” this Restaurant Row mainstay offers eclectic, garlicky menu options and premium steaks. L, D (daily). 55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.652.7673 $$ Map I12 STK The One Group’s renowned steakhouse at the W hotel in Westwood offers starters like tuna tartare with Hass avocado, soy-honey emulsion and taro chips, followed by signature savory steaks and seafood platters for the table. D (nightly). W Los Angeles—West Beverly Hills, 930 Hilgard Ave., L.A., 310.659.3535 $$$ Map J10
THAI NATALEE THAI Traditional Thai dishes are served amid edgy, modern decor. Popular entrées include Nutty Chicken and a sole filet in red curry sauce. Veggie lovers favor the spicy maha jumlong curry. L, D (daily). 10101 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.202.7003; 998 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.855.9380 $ Map L11, J12 NIGHT + MARKET For acclaimed Thai food, head to the WeHo, Silver Lake (Night + Market Song) or Venice outpost (Night + Market Sahm) of this hip spot from L.A.born chef Kris Yenbamroong. WeHo: L (Tu-Th), D (Tu-Su). Silver Lake: L (M-F), D (M-Sa). Venice: D (W-M). 9043 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.275.9724; 3322 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.665.5899; 2533 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.301.0333 $$ Map I12, south of W23, M9
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MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE 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
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MENU HIGHLIGHTS Cattle 10-ounce burger Baby burger Grilled bone-in cowboy
CATTLE & CLAW New Cattle & Claw has a single purpose: to offer in-the-know omnivores a place to enjoy two of the world’s favorite foods—lobsters and burgers. For most, that means the signature creamy lobster roll and juicy 10-ounce burger but lobster tacos and pizza and a grilled bone-in cowboy steak are also signatures. Now, the sizzling eatery at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills celebrates spring. The beautiful days are back—not that they ever go far in SoCal—and with them seasonal specials ideal for a lunch with friends or a romantic dinner on the gorgeous garden patio. The Boozy Brunch, Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., brings its own menu featuring a lobster frittata, lobster benedict, lobster waffles and egg burgers; enjoy two hours of bottomless mimosas or lobster bloody Marys while grooving to a live deejay. Reservations recommended. L, D (daily).
Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 8555 Beverly Blvd., L.A.
Claw Lobster roll Lobster tacos Lobster pizza Combos Two lobster rolls, two 10-ounce burgers, whole lobster, fries, salad Drinks Lobster bloody mary Mason-jar cocktails Margarita
MENU HIGHLIGHTS Antipasti Polpette al Forno con Mozzarella Fiori di Zucca Fritti Arancini
TORELLI TRATTORIA Torelli is a classic, country-style Tuscan trattoria with authentic Italian cuisine and rustic decor. When you enter down the long hallway, accented by the “love locks” chain commonly found in Europe, you will be taken back in time to a traditional trattoria. Your senses will be tingled by the aroma of fresh food cooking in the cucina, accentuated by the cozy atmosphere of the alfresco patio garden. The menu is filled with traditional dishes that bring forth the true culinary spirit of Italy, such as Polpette al Forno con Mozzarella, Tortellini di Formaggio al Pesto and Lasagna Bolognese e Besciamella. Each dish is made to order from scratch with locally sourced ingredients, just like Nonna made and Mamma makes today. Visit the restaurant on Melrose in Hollywood to gather with friends over a delicious meal and immerse yourself in Florentine culture and history. For the Torelli team, bringing joy to guests through food, wine and warm hospitality is more than just rewarding—it’s truly heartwarming. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Su).
7469 Melrose Ave., L.A.
Zuppe Minestrone Tortellini al Brodo di Pollo Pescatore Pollo/Pesce/Carne Pollo Al Saltimbocca Capesante Grigliate Bistecca Di Maiale con Salsa Al Vino Rosso Paste Speciali Tortellini di Formaggio al Pesto Lasagna Bolognese e Besciamella Risotto con Aragosta Dessert Homemade Tiramisu Homemade Panna Cotta Tartufi del Gelato
LADINING SAUSAL Sausal, named for the vast farmstead that once encompassed most of the South Bay, presents a deep multicultural nuevorancho cuisine reaching back to a time before California was part of the United States. The impressive décor at the popular spot, filled with wood and tile, is open and warm. Chef Anne Conness blends traditional Hispanic ingredients, of both Mexico and Spain, with contemporary farmers’ market fare. Wood-fire, smoke and slow-roasting elements are reflected in tacos such as beef brisket barbacoa or spice-roasted butternut squash; “hearth” dishes including “angry” mussels or duck enchiladas with black mole sauce; and, from the oak-wood fire, grilled organic chinook salmon and hanger-steak carne asada. L, D (daily).
219 Main St., El Segundo 310.322.2721 • sausal.com
LN2 PIZZA SHOPPE Affectionately named after his love for science and all things modern, LN2 pizza shoppe is the newest creation from Chef Chris Robbins. Located on Melrose Avenue in the heart of Los Angeles, LN2 is where chef creates his own whimsical take on what he calls “the modern gastro lounge,” utilizing his fine dining background and passion for tastes that “make us happy.” Enjoy dishes like duck confit pizza, hamachi tartare and duck wings. The short rib pairs with arguably the best mashed potatoes ever. Choose from the contemporary romantic dining room, vibrant lounge or immerse in the bustling Melrose street scene from the patio. D (Tu-Su); Br (Su).
7212 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles 323.917.5178 • Ln2pizzashoppe.com
YARDBIRD SOUTHERN TABLE & BAR James Beard Award-nominated restaurant, Yardbird is a bastion of regional Southern fare. The look at the Beverly Center spot is clean-lined and contemporary—with fun exceptions: “Run, chicken, run,” for instance, is scrawled on a cleaver over the open kitchen. Start with biscuits—actually, start with blackberry bourbon lemonade—perhaps chicken biscuits with pepper jelly or smoked-brisket biscuits with house-made barbecue sauce; mention Where magazine and receive complimentary Famous Mama’s Biscuits. Among popular mains are Lewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken with honey hot sauce, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and sweettea-braised short ribs. Finish with Pie in a Jar served in a Mason jar. Happy hour M-F (3-7 pm). L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles 323.250.8034 • runchickenrun.com
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LADINING THE STINKING ROSE— A GARLIC RESTAURANT The Stinking Rose has been a mainstay on the dining scene since 1996. The restaurant’s latest addition is a supplemental Garlic Stake menu, which includes such premium beef specialties as the Little Devil petite filet mignon, Dracula’s Porterhouse (a carnivore’s dream of the perfectly prepared cut, with New York and filet mignon cooked separately), a bone-in filet mignon and the newest addition, a ribeye steak. The Gar Bar is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of standards and pop songs performed by piano man Gary Sherer, who tickles the ivories Thursday through Saturday nights. Settle into a cozy booth or find a seat at the bar and enjoy an evening of fine food and pure entertainment. L, D (daily). 55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills 310.652.7673 • thestinkingrose.com
THE LOBSTER Bluff-side overlooking the Santa Monica Pier, the iconic Lobster restaurant is a modern, glass-walled building marking a final stop on Route 66. The internationally recognized seafood and special-events destination is overseen by celebrity chef Govind Armstrong, contestant on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America and a guest judge on the Bravo series Top Chef. Known for his market-driven cuisine, Armstrong adds sophisticated seasonal dishes to the menu’s signature California spiny lobster and Maine lobster. Famous specialty cocktails include reiterations of classics, like Our Famous Mojito and The Lobster’s bloody Mary. L, D (daily).
1602 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica 310.458.9294 • thelobster.com
GRATITUDE KITCHEN AND BAR Love Serve Remember—parent company of Café Gratitude (which has locations in Larchmont Village, downtown L.A.’s Arts District and Venice) and Gracias Madre in West Hollywood— brings an upscale iteration of its plant-based concepts to Beverly Hills with Gratitude Kitchen and Bar. Just like its flagship location in Newport Beach, Gratitude offers a seasonally rotating menu crafted by executive chef Seizan Dreux Ellis that’s designed to support health and sustainability for the community and the planet. And just like the cuisine, the curated cocktail program uses organic and sustainably sourced ingredients. It’s all served in a light-filled, 3675-square-foot space that spills onto an inviting, shaded patio. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).
419 Canon Drive, Beverly Hills 424.389.1850 • gratitudekitchenandbar.com
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RESTAURANTS CITY INDEX OUR SUPERGUIDE BY AREA, WITH CROSS REFERENCE TO LISTINGS BY CUISINE
PINK’S HOT DOGS (Quick Bites) ...................... 53
THE BELVEDERE (Mediterranean) .............. 52
LUKSHON (Pan-Asian) ........................................ 53
SALAZAR (Mexican/Latin)................................... 52
MICHAEL’S (California) ...................................... 49
THE LOBSTER (Seafood)....................................54
CRUSTACEAN (Pan-Asian).............................. 52
NATALEE THAI (Thai)..................................... 54
TROIS MEC (French) ............................................. 50
MILO & OLIVE (California)............................... 49
CULINA (Italian) ................................................... 50
VESPERTINE (Eclectic/Fusion) ...................... 50
RUSTIC CANYON (California)....................... 49
CUT (Steak) .............................................................. 54
SUSHI ROKU (Japanese) ................................... 52
GRATITUDE (California) ................................... 48
71ABOVE (American) ............................................ 48
JON & VINNY’S (Italian) .................................. 51
YE OLDE KING’S HEAD (British/Irish)...48
THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY (Steak)...... 54
BAVEL (Mediterranean) ........................................ 52
ODYS + PENELOPE (American)..................48
SOUTH BAY/LONG BEACH
JEAN-GEORGES (California) .............................48
BESTIA (Italian)........................................................ 50
PINK’S HOT DOGS (Quick Bites) ................. 53
DIN TAI FUNG (Chinese) ................................. 50
MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE (Steak) ........ 54
BOTTEGA LOUIE (Italian) .............................50
FISHING WITH DYNAMITE (Seafood)... 54
MAUDE (California) .............................................. 49
BRERA RISTORANTE (Italian)...................50
LA CIENEGA BOULEVARD
ISE-SHIMA (Japanese) ......................................... 51
MR CHOW (Chinese) .......................................... 50
BROKEN SPANISH (Mexican/Latin)............. 52
LITTLE SISTER (Pan-Asian) ............................ 53
NATALEE THAI (Thai)..................................... 54
CAFÉ PINOT (French) ......................................... 50
BARTON G. (American)...........................................48
LOVE & SALT (California) .................................48
SPAGO (California) ............................................... 49
DRAGO CENTRO (Italian) ............................... 50
BAZAAR BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS (Spanish)..... 54
M.B. POST (American) ........................................48
THE FACTORY KITCHEN (Italian) ............ 50
CAL MARE (Seafood) .......................................... 53
SAUSAL (Mexican) ................................................ 52
GUERRILLA TACOS (Mexican) ..................... 52
CATTLE & CLAW (American) ........................48
THE STRAND HOUSE (California) ............. 49
KATSUYA (Japanese) ............................................. 52
A.O.C. (Mediterranean) ......................................... 52
KENDALL’S BRASSERIE (French) ............ 50
BAO DIM SUM (Chinese) ................................. 49
L.A. PRIME (Steak) ............................................ 54
CLEO (Mediterranean) ........................................... 52
LE PETIT PARIS (French).................................. 50
CROSSROADS KITCHEN (Mediterranean) .52
LITTLE SISTER (Pan-Asian) ............................ 53
DISTRICT BY HANNAH AN (Pan-Asian) ... 53
MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE (Steak) . 54
GRACIAS MADRE (Mexican/Latin) ............. 52
ORSA & WINSTON (Eclectic/Fusion) .........50
JAFFA (Mediterranean) .............................................. 52
OTIUM (California) ................................................. 49
JOAN’S ON THIRD (American)................... 48
PATINA (French) ...................................................... 50
THE LITTLE DOOR (French) ........................ 50
PHILIPPE THE ORIGINAL (Quick Bites)..... 53
LN2 PIZZA SHOPPE (Italian) ....................... 51
Q SUSHI (Japanese) ................................................. 52
LUCQUES (Mediterranean) ................................ 52
REDBIRD (American)............................................. 48
OSTERIA MOZZA (Italian).............................. 51
ROSSOBLU (Italian)................................................ 51
PIZZERIA MOZZA (Italian) ............................ 51
TAKAMI SUSHI & ROBATA (Japanese) ... 52
PROVIDENCE (Seafood).................................. 54
TERRONI (Italian) .................................................. 51
ROSALINÉ (Mexican/Latin)............................... 52
WP24 (Pan-Asian) ..................................................... 53
SON OF A GUN (Seafood).............................. 54
WURSTKÜCHE (Quick Bites) ................................ 53
TERRONI (Italian) .................................................. 51
YANG CHOW (Chinese) ...................................... 50
TORELLI TRATTORIA (Italian) ................... 51
ALIMENTO (Italian)............................................... 50
FIG & OLIVE (Mediterranean).......................... 52
MATSUHISA (Japanese)..................................... 52
ASANEBO (Japanese)........................................... 51
MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE (Steak) . 54
CASTAWAY (American) .....................................48
NOBU (Japanese) .................................................... 52
THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY (Steak) ...... 54
THE STINKING ROSE (Steak)..................... 54
JIMMY’S FAMOUS (American) ........................... 48
JOAN’S ON THIRD (American) ...................48
DUKE’S MALIBU (Seafood) ............................ 54
MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE (Steak) . 54
MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB (Steak) .......... 54
PETIT TROIS (French) .......................................50
MR CHOW (Chinese) ...........................................50
ROY’S (Seafood) ..................................................... 54
NOBU MALIBU (Japanese) .............................. 52
YANG CHOW (Chinese) ...................................... 50
MARINA DEL REY
CAFE DEL REY (Seafood) ............................... 53
FELIX TRATTORIA (Italian) .........................50
GJELINA (Mediterranean) .................................. 52
ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE (Steak) ..54
MTN (Japanese) ........................................................ 52
DIN TAI FUNG (Chinese)..................................50
NIGHT + MARKET SAHM (Thai) .............. 54
KATSUYA (Japanese)........................................... 52
PLANT FOOD + WINE (California) ........... 49
ROY’S (Seafood) ..................................................... 54
SCOPA ITALIAN ROOTS (Italian) ............. 51
SUSHI ROKU (Japanese) ................................... 52
WURSTKÜCHE (Quick Bites) ................................ 53
YANG CHOW (Chinese) ...................................... 50
BOA STEAKHOUSE (Steak) ......................... 54
1 PICO (California) ..................................................48
DAN TANA’S (Italian) ........................................50
BALTAIRE (Steak) ............................................... 54
APL RESTAURANT (Steak) .......................... 54
BLUE PLATE OYSTERETTE (Seafood) . 53
KATANA (Japanese) ............................................. 52
JON & VINNY’S (Italian) .................................. 51
GWEN (American) .................................................... 48
BOA STEAKHOUSE (Steak) ......................... 54
NIGHT + MARKET (Thai) ............................... 54
KATSUYA (Japanese)........................................... 52
KATSUYA (Japanese) ............................................. 52
CASSIA (Eclectic/Fusion) ....................................50
ROKU (Japanese) .................................................... 52
TAVERN (California) ............................................ 49
THE MUSSO & FRANK GRILL (Steak) . 54
TESSE RESTAURANT (French) ..................50
NIGHT + MARKET SONG (Thai) ................54
ENTERPRISE FISH CO. (Seafood) ............ 54
CRAFT (American) ................................................ 48
PALEY (California) ................................................... 49
JIMMY’S FAMOUS (American) .....................48
THE APPLE PAN (Quick Bites) ............................ 53
DIN TAI FUNG (Chinese) ................................. 50
PETIT TROIS (French) .......................................50
LA VECCHIA CUCINA (Italian) ................... 51
STK (Steak) ................................................................ 54
THE GUIDE SPECIAL EVENTS TASTE OF THE NATION May 4 At No Kid Hungry’s annual L.A. foodie event—celebrating its 30th anniversary this year—award-winning chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from the region come together to help end childhood hunger in America. Taste offerings from top restaurants including Jaffa, Maude, Ms Chi Cafe and Tesse. There’s also a silent auction, photo booth, kids corner and prizes. 1-4 pm (VIP admission 12:30 pm). $115; VIP $165; kids 6-13 $25, under 6 free. Media Park, 9091 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 800.969.4767, events.nokidhungry.org Map L11 EAT/SEE/HEAR May 4, 11, 18, 25 Traveling outdoor movie-event series, presented by Showtime, boasts the largest outdoor inflatable screen on the West Coast, as well as food trucks and live musical performances. Venues include the Autry Museum in Griffith Park and Los Angeles State Historic Park. See website for a full schedule. Doors 5:30 pm; band 7 pm; movie 8:30 pm. $8-$21, under 5 free. 213.267.4393, eatseehear.com STREET FOOD CINEMA May 4, 11, 18, 25 This outdoor film series hosts screenings on Saturday nights at various locations across L.A., including Exposition Park and Will Rogers State Historic Park. Features live music and food from the city’s top trucks. See website for a full schedule. Doors 5:30 pm; band 6:30 pm; movie 8:30 pm. $6-$22, under 6 free. 323.254.5068, streetfoodcinema.com
ILLUSTRATION OF CRYOLOPHOSAURUS ELLIOTI. © FIELD MUSEUM, ILLUSTRATION BY VELIZAR SIMEONOVSKI
ECHO PARK CRAFT FAIR May 11-12 This popular homegrown arts and design event, which showcases the wares of local artisans, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Shop jewelry, ceramics, perfume, clothes and more. The fair’s new family-friendly space, the Connection, is located across the street at 1110 Bates Ave. 10 am-6 pm. One day $15; weekend pass $24. Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave., L.A., echoparkcraftfair.com Map W23 CINESPIA May 11, 18, 25-26 Watch films projected on a mausoleum wall during this popular Amazon Studios-sponsored film series at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Also on hand are pre-movie DJs and themed photo booths. Beetlejuice kicks off this summer’s lineup. See website for full schedule. Doors 6:45 pm; movie 8:30 pm. $18. Parking $12-$20. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 877.435.9849, cinespia.org Map H14 ARTSEA May 18-19 This artsy party from the team behind CicLAvia brings art, shopping, dancing, music and food to the beach. Sa 11 am-10 pm; Su 11 am-6 pm. Free. Marina “Mother’s” Beach, 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 424.526.7900, visitmarinadelrey.com/ events/art-sea Map N9 BEVERLY HILLS ARTSHOW May 18-19 This long-running outdoor art showcase displays artwork by over 245 exhibitors twice a year. Browse paintings, sculptures, watercolors, photography, ceramics, jewelry, drawings and more. Wine and beer gardens and food trucks are also on-site. 10 am-6 pm. Free. Beverly Gardens Park, along Santa Monica Boulevard from Rodeo to Rexford drives, Beverly Hills, 310.285.6830, beverlyhills.org Map J11 VENICE FAMILY CLINIC’S ART WALK & AUCTION May 19 Google’s L.A. headquarters hosts the Venice Family Clinic’s annual fundraiser, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. A silent art auction, live music and a craft-beer and wine garden help raise funds to provide primary health care to people in need. See website for details. 11 am-6 pm. Google Los Angeles, 340 Main St., Venice, 310.664.7916, theveniceartwalk.org Map M8 FIESTA HERMOSA May 25-27 This semiannual festival features some 300 artists and crafters, as well as food, live music, a “kiddie carnival,” a charity beer and wine garden and more. 10 am-6 pm. Free. Pier Plaza, Hermosa Avenue and lower Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, 310.376.0951, fiestahermosa.net Map L13
GUIDELINES Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps in the back of this issue. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.
INDEX Special Events ...........61 Museums ...................64 Theater .......................61 Shopping ..................... 68 Music + Dance ...........62 Spas ...........................70 Sports.........................62 Nightlife...........................70 Attractions .................62 Beaches ...................... 72 Studio Tours ...............64 Tours + Transport ......73 Studio Tapings ...........64
TOPANGA DAYS May 25-27 Enjoy concerts, a parade (May 27, 8:30 am) and old-fashioned fun at this 46th annual fair. Spend Memorial Day weekend listening to live music and participating in games like sack races and horseshoes. 10 am-7 pm. $15-$35 per day; $40$70 three-day pass, under 6 free; Fun Zone passes $15-$40. 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, 310.455.1980, topangadays.com Map west of B1 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: AMALUNA Through May 26 The famous circus troupe heads to the L.A. Waterfront with a show about a mysterious island ruled by goddesses. The acrobatic tale of romance features aerial straps, uneven bars, a teeterboard and a water bowl. See website for showtimes. $45-$270. L.A. Waterfront, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna Map O15 LOS ANGELES TIMES FOOD BOWL All month The Los Angeles Times’ monthlong food festival celebrates the city’s dynamic food scene with almost 200 culinary events. L.A.’s most notable chefs and restaurants participate, as well as internationally renowned chefs. One highlight is the Night Market, featuring dozens of food vendors, popup experiences, chef collaborations, performances and art installations May 8-12 at Grand Park (p. 64). See website for full lineup of events and tickets. lafoodbowl.com MELROSE ROOFTOP THEATRE All month This film series screens a mix of new releases and classic movies Monday through Wednesday nights on the rooftop of hot spot E.P. & L.P. Relax on individual bean bags and enjoy a custom menu, specialty cocktails and views of the Hollywood Hills. The VIP seated experience + dinner package offers a three-course modern Asian meal at E.P. Rooftop opens 5 pm; movie 8:30 pm. $27.50-$65. E.P. & L.P., 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.855.9955, melroserooftoptheatre.com Map I12 ROOFTOP CINEMA CLUB All month The U.K.’s “Number One Outdoor Cinema Series” returns to the rooftops of Hollywood’s private NeueHouse and downtown‘s Level for its fifth season in L.A. Enjoy street food and drinks while you take in views and watch acclaimed films. This month spotlights the best films of the ‘80s with special events and themed screenings. See website for full lineup and schedule. Ages 18+. $17-$25. 6121 Sunset Blvd., L.A.; 888 S. Olive St., downtown, rooftopcinemaclub.com/ los-angeles Map W21, I16
THEATER FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Through May 5 This version of the beloved theatrical classic is directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher and features the Broadway hits “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset” and “Tradition.” Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Map H13 INVISIBLE TANGO Opening May 7 Magic sensation Helder Guimarães returns to the Geffen with the world
Is there a budding scientistadventurer in the family? Mount an expedition to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to see the West Coast debut of Antarctic Dinosaurs. Bundle up, because first you’ll follow modern-day paleontologists as they embark on a perilous journey to Antarctica’s Mount Kirkpatrick, where they discover a new species of dinosaur. Then, shed layers as you travel to the lush, temperate Antarctica of millions of years ago, where crocodile-sized amphibians and elephant-sized dinosaurs roamed. Hands-on excavation activities, touchable specimens, interactive displays and full-sized replicas of four species of dinosaurs, including two recently discovered species that are yet to be named, help to tell the story of this fascinating land—and the intrepid souls who explore it. See p. 66.
The Los Angeles Dodgers’ name dates back to 1895, during their Brooklyn days, when fans had to “dodge” trolleys to make it to games. p. 62
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ATTRACTIONS Sweetener World Tour. May 12 An Evening of Soul With Charlie Wilson & Patti LaBelle. May 16 Pentatonix: The World Tour. May 18 Pedro Fernandez. May 25 Wisin y Yandel: Como Antes Tour 2019. 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300 Map O12 GREEK THEATRE May 2 Juice Wrld With Ski Mask the Slump God, Lyrical Lemonade. May 9 Al Green. May 10 Yann Tiersen. May 11 Hollywood Vampires. May 14-15 Kali Uchis X Jorja Smith. May 16 The Chemical Brothers With the Black Madonna, Jason Bentley. May 21 Eros Ramazzotti: Vita Ce N’È World Tour. May 24 El Gran Festival de Musica Cubana, featuring Juan De Marcos, Eliades Ochoa y Cuarteto Patria, Barbarito Torres y su Piquete Cubano, Jesus Aguaje Ramos y su Orquesta Buena Vista y Los Van Van. May 25 War & KC and the Sunshine Band With Tierra, El Chicano. 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park, L.A., 323.665.5857 Map V22 ROSE BOWL STADIUM May 4-5 BTS World Tour. 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, 626.577.3100 Map P18 premiere of this one-man show, directed by film producer Frank Marshall (Jurassic World, The Goonies, Back to the Future) and featuring original music by Moby. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454 Map J10 LES MISÉRABLES Opening May 7 One of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history has been reborn with new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo—but the beloved score is still intact, featuring memorable songs like “I Dreamed a Dream” and “One Day More.” Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Map H13 THE NICETIES Through May 12 This play about a university professor and her brilliant student finds them engaged in an academic debate about race and grappling with who gets to determine American history. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454 Map J10 HAPPY DAYS Opening May 15 Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest stars as the buoyant and optimistic Winnie in Yale Repertory Theatre’s production of this funny and compassionate play by Samuel Beckett. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16 FALSETTOS Through May 19 The Lincoln Center Theater production of William Finn and James Lapine’s groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical about a gay man, his wife, his lover and his son was recently nominated for a Tony for best revival of a musical. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16 DANA H. Opening May 26 This play tells the story of Dana Higginbotham—a psych-ward chaplain who was held captive by an ex-convict for five months—in Dana’s own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son, award-winning playwright Lucas Hnath. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772 Map L11
MUSIC + DANCE CENTER FOR THE ART OF PERFORMANCE AT UCLA May 23 Love Heals All Wounds by Movement Art Is, featuring Jon Boogz & Lil Buck and special guests. Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Court, L.A., 310.825.2101 Map J10 DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION May 4-5, 8, 11, 16, 19 El Gato Montés: The Wildcat (in Spanish with projected English translations), L.A. Opera starring Plácido Domingo, conductor Jordi Bernàcer, chorus director Grant Gershon. May 11 Saturday Mornings at the Opera: German Opera Tales. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H16 THE FORUM May 4 An Evening With the Clintons. May 5 Nicky Jam: Intimo Tour. May 10 Ariana Grande: 62 SOCALPULSE.COM
STAPLES CENTER May 6-7 Ariana Grande: Sweetener World Tour. May 17-18 Eric Church. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100 Map I15 THE THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL May 4-5 Rise Against. May 8 Kevin Morby. May 10 CAP UCLA presents: Nico Muhly: Archives, Friends, Patterns. May 11 Amanda Palmer. May 12 Eels. May 16 The Dandy Warhols. May 18 Freakonomics Live! May 19 Total Forking Shirt Show. May 22 Mavis & Friends: Celebrating 80 Years of Mavis Staples. May 25 RuPaul’s DragCon: World of Queens. May 26 RuPaul’s DragCon: Battle on the Runway. May 30 Der Zwerg Opera—From Alexander von Zemlinsky. 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233 Map I16 WALLIS ANNENBERG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS May 3 Sarah Silverman and Seth Rudetsky. Through May 5 Red Bridge Arts & Traverse Theatre Company present Black Beauty. May 10-11 Jacob Jonas the Company 2019. May 11 Story Pirates Live. May 12 Inna Faliks, Piano. Opening May 24 Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story, featuring the music of Claude Debussy. May 30-31 Forward Music Project. 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000 Map I11 WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL May 2-5 Emanuel Ax Plays Mozart, featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, pianist Emanuel Ax, vocalist Nora Fischer. May 4-5 Great Opera & Film Choruses, featuring Los Angeles Master Chorale, artistic director Grant Gershon. May 10 Lila Downs, Helado Negro. May 10-12 Mozart With Dudamel, featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, violinist Michael Barenboim. May 12 Pierre-Laurent Aimard. May 17, 19 Lang Lang & Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, pianist Lang Lang. May 18 Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 3, featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, pianists Beatrice Rana and Conrad Tao. May 19 Iveta Apkalna. May 21 All-Beethoven, featuring members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. May 23-24 Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 & 5, featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, pianists Yulianna Avdeeva and Javier Perianes. May 25-26 Masses by Haydn & Beethoven, featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Master Chorale. May 26 Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra. May 30-31 Dudamel Conducts Mahler’s Eighth, featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, National Children’s Chorus. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000 Map H16
New York City FC. May 12 Galaxy II vs. Fresno FC. May 19 Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids. May 25 Galaxy II vs. Orange County SC. May 29 Galaxy II vs. Tacoma Defiance. 18400 Avalon Blvd., Carson, 310.630.2000 Map M15 DODGER STADIUM May 6-8 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves. May 9-12 Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals. May 14-15 Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres. May 27-30 Dodgers vs. New York Mets. May 31 Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies. 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507 Map G17 STAPLES CENTER May 31 Los Angeles Sparks vs. Connecticut Sun. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100 Map I15
ATTRACTIONS AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC Focus is on Pacific Ocean sea life. Touch the ocean’s predators in Shark Lagoon and jellies in the Wonders of the Deep gallery, and meet penguins, 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 BARNSDALL ART PARK Features Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Center, Junior Art Center and Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. Park: daily 6 am-10 pm; Municipal Art Gallery: Th-Su noon-5 pm; Hollyhock House tours: ThSu 11 am-4 pm. Hollyhock House tours $3-$7. 4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.913.4031 Map W22 BATTLESHIP USS IOWA Former battleship is permanently docked as a floating museum. 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 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 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 am5:30 pm; Su 1-5 pm. Free. 630 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.228.7000 Map I16 CHINATOWN Ornate architecture, dim sum, trendy eateries (Howlin’ Ray’s, Baohaus) and shops with Eastern wares surrounding 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, the Oak Woodland, the Ancient Forest and an award-winning camellia garden. M, F-Su 9 am-5 pm; Tu-Th 9 am-8 pm. $4-$9, under 5 free. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200 Map Q19 DISNEYLAND Mickey Mouse’s theme park. Attractions include Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain and updated Star Tours. Disney California Adventure is adjacent. Call for hours. $98-$149, under 3 free. 1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map D6 DOLBY THEATRE Tour the home of the Academy Awards, formerly named the Kodak Theatre. M-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 10 am-4 pm. $18-$23, under 3 free. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300 Map H13
BANC OF CALIFORNIA STADIUM May 4 Los Angeles Football Club vs. Chicago Fire. May 16 LAFC vs. FC Dallas. May 24 LAFC vs. Montreal Impact. 3939 S. Figueroa St., Exposition Park, L.A., 323.648.6060 Map K15
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
DIGNITY HEALTH SPORTS PARK May 4 Los Angeles Galaxy II vs. Austin Bold FC. May 11 Los Angeles Galaxy vs.
EL CAPITAN THEATRE 1926 Spanish-style movie palace screens Disney films new and old. Musical preludes
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Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna (p. 61)
ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET Local landmark with 120 produce stalls, restaurants and gift shops in open-air setting. Adjacent to the Grove shopping center. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211 Map I13 OUE SKYSPACE LA California’s tallest open-air observation deck, at nearly 1,000 feet above the city, boasts 360-degree views and a 45-foot-long glass “Skyslide” from the 70th to the 69th floor. 633 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.894.9000 Map I16
El Gato Montés: The Wildcat, which L.A. Opera is performing this month (p. 62) on Wurlitzer pipe organ before shows. Tours available. Call for schedule and pricing. 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7674 Map H13 EL PUEBLO DE LOS ANGELES Birthplace of Los Angeles; the site of this historical monument dates to 1781. Historic buildings, 11 of which are open to the public, include 1818 Avila Adobe, L.A.’s oldest. 125 Paseo de la Plaza, downtown, 213.628.1274 Map H17 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 Urban park positioned between the Music Center and City Hall offers draws such as a farmers market and community entertainment. 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 GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY Iconic attraction with spectacular views of L.A. and the Hollywood sign. Hourly shows at planetarium. Tu-F noon-10 pm; Sa-Su 10 am10 pm. Admission free; planetarium shows $3-$7, under 5 free. 2800 E. Observatory Road, Griffith Park, L.A., 213.473.0800 Map U23 JAPAN HOUSE LOS ANGELES This project from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs features an exhibition gallery and a Monozukuri Shop with a curated selection of Japanese products, plus a café, a fine-dining restaurant, a library, an event venue and views of L.A. Su 10 am-7 pm; M-Sa 10 am-8 pm. Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Levels 2 and 5, L.A., 800.516.0565, japanhouse.jp/losangeles Map H13 L.A. LIVE Entertainment center is home to the Grammy Museum, Microsoft Theater and the Novo by Microsoft (formerly Club Nokia), restaurants, high-tech bowling lanes and nightspots such as the Conga Room. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.5483 Map I15 LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM & BOTANIC GARDEN Peafowl roam the grounds and roost overhead at this 127-acre garden. Daily 9 am-5 pm (last admission 4:30 pm). $4-$9, under 5 free. Free third Tuesday of the month. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.821.3222 Map Q22
PORSCHE EXPERIENCE CENTER At the luxury vehicle brand’s 53-acre experience center, drivers 21 and over can pilot Porsche’s latest models for 90 minutes on a 4-mile driver-development track. 19800 S. Main St., Carson, 888.204.7474 Map M15 QUEEN MARY Historic ocean liner permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Tours, shops, hotel, art deco lounge, a 4-D theater and restaurants. Check queenmary.com for hours and prices. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738 Map O16 RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Visit the Air Force One Pavilion and see a full-size replica of the Oval Office. Daily 10 am-5 pm. $15-$25, under 2 free. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800.410.8354 Map northwest of A1 SEAWORLD The 189-acre adventure park features thousands of marine animals including fish, reptiles and birds. Open daily; call for hours, ticket packages and discounts. $89.99, under 3 free. Parking $17-$30. 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, 619.222.4732 TCL CHINESE THEATRE Historic, meticulously restored Hollywood movie palace with Imax screen and walkway of stars’ handprints and footprints in the forecourt. 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3331 Map H13 UNIVERSAL CITYWALK Dining, shopping and entertainment promenade includes eateries such as Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut; clothing boutiques and novelty stores; a state-of-the-art Universal Cinema and Imax theater; and simulated skydiving wind tunnel iFly Hollywood. Call for hours. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4455 Map U20 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD Movie-based theme park. Attractions include the multisensory DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Studio Tour includes Peter Jackson’s King Kong 360 3-D, film and TV sets. Call or check website for hours and prices. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377, universalstudioshollywood.com Map U20
STUDIO TOURS PARAMOUNT PICTURES STUDIO TOUR Group tours of Hollywood’s longest-operating and only remaining major studio. Reservations recommended. See paramountstudiotour.com for schedules. Studio Tour $58, under 10 not admitted; VIP Tour $178, under 10 not admitted; After Dark Tour $78, under 16 not admitted. 5515 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.1777 Map I14
LOS ANGELES ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDENS Home to more than 250 animal species, many of them endangered, living among immersive habitats and lush gardens. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Ticket sales cease one hour before closing. $16-$21, under 2 free. 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200 Map T23
SONY PICTURES STUDIO TOUR Two-hour walking tour of working motion-picture studio includes stages where TV shows and movies including The Wizard of Oz and Spider-Man were filmed. Reservations, photo ID required. M-W, F 9:30 am-2:30 pm; Th 9:30 am-6 pm. $50, under 12 not admitted. Parking free. 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.244.8687 Map L11
MADAME TUSSAUDS HOLLYWOOD Get closer to the stars at this world-famous, interactive attraction. Find over 125 figures including pop icons, actors and
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD Legendary studio tour (also see listing under “Attractions”). VIP
Experience includes front-of-line privileges, an expert tour guide, a gourmet lunch, visits to the Will & Grace set and other perks. For hours and prices, call or check universalstudioshollywood.com. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.3801 Map U20 WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR HOLLYWOOD Three-hour tour of working TV and film studio includes backlots, prop warehouse, the real Friends Central Perk set, original Batmobiles and observation of filming (when possible). Deluxe tour available. Reservations recommended; photo ID required. Daily 8:30 am-4 pm. $55-$68, under 8 not admitted. Parking $12. 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 877.492.8687 Map U20
STUDIO TAPINGS 1IOTA Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show With James Corden and The Voice. Minimum age 16-18, varies by show. 323.417.6550, 1iota.com AUDIENCES UNLIMITED Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows on CBS, Fox, NBC, Netflix and the CW, such as The Ranch and Man With a Plan. Minimum age 10-18, varies by show. 818.260.0041, ext. 1, tvtickets.com ON-CAMERA AUDIENCES Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including America’s Got Talent and The Price Is Right. Minimum age 12-18, varies by show. 818.295.2700, on-camera-audiences.com
MUSEUMS THE ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY Cultural venue dedicated to digital and print photography. W, F-Su 11 am-6 pm; Th 11 am-5 pm. Free. Parking $3.50, $1 after 4:30 pm and all day Sa-Su. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 213.403.3000 Map J11 AUTRY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST Museum explores the art, history and cultures of the West and houses one of the top U.S. collections of Native American materials. Tu-F 10 am-4 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. $6-$14, under 3 free. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.667.2000 Map H14 THE BROAD Museum built by philanthropists and art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad contains more than 2,000 works of contemporary art. Tu-W 11 am-5 pm; Th-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa 10 am-8 pm; Su 10 am-6 pm. Free. Online reservations encouraged. 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.232.6200 Map H16 CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM Exhibits showcasing the history, culture and art of African-Americans, with an emphasis on California and the western U.S. Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. Free. Parking $12, $15 after 5 pm. Cash only. 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 213.744.7432 Map M8 CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER Exhibits for budding scientists; Imax theater. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Permanent gallery, free. Parking $12, $15 after 5 pm. Cash only. 700 Exposition Park Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 323.724.3623 Map K15 GETTY CENTER Travertine-clad hilltop facility houses collections of paintings, drawings, antiquities, photographs and decorative arts. Fabulous Central Garden and city views. Tu-F, Su 10 am-5:30 pm; Sa 10 am-9 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 3 pm. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300 Map H9 GETTY VILLA Getty Center’s exquisite coastal counterpart features Etruscan, Roman and Greek antiquities. W-M 10 am-5 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 3 pm. Advance timed tickets required for entry. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300 Map K7 GRAMMY MUSEUM Museum on L.A. Live campus explores music, the creative and recording processes
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ATTRACTIONS and Grammy history. Su-M, W-Th 10:30 am-6:30 pm; F-Sa 10 am-8 pm. $10.95-$12.95, under 6 free. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800 Map I15 HAMMER MUSEUM UCLA-affiliated museum presents influential traveling shows and installations alongside its permanent collection. Tu-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. Free. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.443.7000 Map J10 HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM In the historic Max Factor Building, steps from the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum houses 10,000 authentic showbiz treasures that showcase 100 years of Hollywood’s entertainment industry. W-Su 10 am-5 pm. $5-$15. 1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776 Map H13 HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS Art, buildings and grounds, with more than a dozen themed gardens; several dining concepts; a beautiful gallery; and an education and visitor center. W-M 10 am-5 pm. $13-$29, under 4 free. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2141 Map R21 LA BREA TAR PITS AND MUSEUM Watch paleontologists at work uncovering ice age L.A. Among the main attractions are the ever-bubbling tar pits, which make up the world’s most famous fossil-excavation site. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $7-$15, under 3 free. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.934.7243 Map J13 LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART The largest art museum in the western U.S., with diverse, superb collections housed on a 20-acre campus. M-Tu, Th 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-7 pm. $16-$25, under 18 free. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000 Map J13 LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST The West Coast’s largest collection of Holocaust-era artifacts housed in an award-winning architectural building. Interactive exhibits, public tours and Holocaust survivor talks. Sa-Th 10 am-5 pm; F 10 am-2 pm. Free. Pan Pacific Park, 100 The Grove Drive, L.A., 323.651.3704 Map I13 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Premier contemporary-art museum housed in three facilities. GA, GC: M, W, F 11 am-6 pm; Th 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. PDC: Tu-F 11 am-5 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-6 pm. GA and GC: $8-$15, under 12 free; free at PDC. MOCA Grand Avenue (GA), 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown; The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (GC), 152 N. Central Ave., downtown; MOCA Pacific Design Center (PDC), 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 213.626.6222 Map H16, H17, I12 MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE Exhibits on prejudice and discrimination, legacy of the Holocaust, human-rights issues and Anne Frank’s life and legacy. Su-F 10 am-5 pm. $11.50-$15.50. Anne: $12.50-$15.50. Under 5 free. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.772.2506 Map J11 NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY Thirty-three million objects, from dinosaur fossils to fish. The 3.5-acre Nature Gardens and Tyrannosaurus rex growth series exhibit are highlights. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free. 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.3466 Map K15 NORTON SIMON MUSEUM Stellar collection of Renaissance to 20th-century masterworks and sculpture garden. M, W-Th noon-5 pm; F-Sa 11 am-8 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. $9-$12; students with photo ID, under 19 free. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.6840 Map Q19 PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Museum displays about 135 vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles in permanent and rotating exhibits. Daily 10 am-6 pm. $8-$16, under 3 free. Tours of newly expanded and renovated vault $20-$30, under 10 not admitted. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.930.2277 Map J13 66 SOCALPULSE.COM
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SHOPPING SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER Cultural venue highlights the American Jewish experience through engaging exhibitions and programs. The award-winning Noah’s Ark attraction is great for tots. Tu-F noon-5 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. $7-$12, under 2 free, free Thursdays. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500 Map G9
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SHOPPING THE AMERICANA AT BRAND Downtown Glendale hot spot from the creators of the Grove with 90 stores; a Main Street, U.S.A., atmosphere; and a trolley. Kate Spade, & Other Stories and Toms are among the 90 or so stores. Dining options include Din Tai Fung and Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina. 889 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.637.8900 Map U23 BEVERLY CENTER Trendsetting mall just completed a multimillion-dollar renovation. It has more than 100 boutiques (Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana) and is anchored by Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. New dining options include Cal Mare, Farmhouse and Easy’s diner. 8500 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.854.0070 Map I12
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CITADEL OUTLETS Assyrian architecture south of downtown stands out along the Golden State (5) Freeway; the center offers discounted clothes from Coach, Levi’s and Converse, to name just a few. 100 Citadel Drive, L.A., 323.888.1724 Map B4 THE GROVE Outdoor center is home to 40 shops including Apple, Nordstrom and Elizabeth and James and restaurants including 189 by Dominique Ansel (creator of the Cronut), all in a setting inspired by a grand old downtown. Adjacent to Original Farmers Market. 189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 888.315.8883 Map I13 MALIBU COUNTRY MART Outdoor center with upscale boutiques including Paige and Victoire, plus Cie Sparks salon and restaurants. Malibu Lumber Yard and Malibu Village are adjacent. 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7300 Map northwest of K7
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PLATFORM Collection of cult-favorite retailers (Magasin, The Edit by Freda Salvador + Janessa Leoné, Velvet, Aesop, Tenoverten, Bird). 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, platformla.com Map M11 THE POINT Small, upscale outdoor shopping center features trendy retailers including Planet Blue, Lucky Brand and Madewell; top eateries (True Food Kitchen, Umi by Hamasaku, Superba Food + Bread); and fitness destination SoulCycle. 850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, 310.414.5280, thepointsb.com Map L13 SANTA MONICA PLACE Sleek outdoor mall at the south end of Third Street Promenade anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. More than 80 boutiques, including Lorna Jane and Rimowa, plus a rooftop Dining Deck and 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 (Bottega Veneta, Céline, Chanel, Chloé, Gucci, plus new Alexander McQueen and Givenchy) and 40 restaurants, including Water Grill. Concierge at four locations. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888 Map E6 THIRD STREET PROMENADE Pedestrian-only shopping zone includes shops (Anthropologie, Converse, Cotton On, Zara), kiosks and an array of entertaining street performers. 1351 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 310.393.8355 Map L8 TWO RODEO Center with cobblestones in the heart of Beverly Hills features luxury boutiques including Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co., plus fine-art gallery Galerie Michael and restaurant 208 Rodeo. 9478 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.247.7040 Map J11 WESTFIELD AT LAX Travelers flying out of LAX can enjoy some of L.A.’s top retail and dining options 68 SOCALPULSE.COM
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SPAS curated by Westfield (Fred Segal, MAC Cosmetics, Petrossian, Porsche Design, SeaLegs Wine Bar, Spanx) in LAX’s Tom Bradley International Terminal, as well as terminals 1, 2, 3 and 6. 380 World Way, L.A., 310.646.1770, westfieldairports.com/lax Map O10 WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY Open-air shopping center fresh from a $1 billion revitalization has more than 175 stores including Compartés Chocolatier and Equipment; a luxe AMC multiplex with Imax screen; a food-court atrium and terrace; and the West Coast’s first Eataly. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 310.277.3898 Map J11
SPAS CHUAN SPA Elegant spa at the Langham Huntington, Pasadena offers treatments inspired by traditional Chinese medicine; high-tech facials; an herbal steam room, sauna and whirlpool; a fitness center; and a full-service salon. 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626.585.6414 Map R20 CIEL SPA Philippe Starck-designed modern retreat by Pearl Recovery Retreat and Wellness at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills offers luxurious services and product lines, plus a full-service salon. Access to fitness center and Altitude pool deck. Herbal steam room, showers. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.246.5560 Map I12 HOTEL BEL-AIR SPA Valmont’s signature high-performance anti-aging products are spotlighted at the Hotel Bel-Air’s spa. Nestled in the hotel’s tropical gardens, the spa features a couple’s enclave, steam rooms, marble showers and a relaxation room. 701 Stone Canyon Road, L.A., 310.909.1681 Map I10 LA PRAIRIE SPA The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills’ opulent, 5,000-square-foot spa offers luxurious facial, nail and body treatments using products from the renowned La Prairie skin care line. 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.860.6740 Map J11 THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, LOS ANGELES The Hollywood-inspired spa at the Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live offers a glamorous coed lounge, separate lounges with eucalyptus steam rooms and cold-plunge showers, a couple’s suite, a hair salon and a boutique. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.4400 Map I15 SPA AT BEVERLY WILSHIRE The spa features an aromatherapy crystal steam room; Natura Bissé, Évolué and Elemis products and services. The Nail Bar offers shellac manicures and pedicures. 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.385.7023 Map J11 THE SPA AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL LOS ANGELES AT BEVERLY HILLS Petite luxury spa with Easternand Western-style body treatments, an adjacent Nail Suite and facials. 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.273.4444 Map J11 SPA MONTAGE The last word in luxury spas, with deluxe services including L.Raphael facials and facilities including saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, showers and a coed mineral pool. Also on-site are Kim Vo Salon and Gornik & Drucker barbershop. 225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7840 Map J11 THE SPA AT TERRANEA Terranea resort’s indoor-outdoor spa offers 25 treatment rooms; a fitness and wellness center; an outdoor spa pool; a café; a full-service salon; and spa lounges with saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, cold plunges and fire pits. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.265.2740 Map O13
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NIGHTLIFE ARTS DISTRICT BREWING CO. 213 Hospitality Arts District brewery and tasting room with classic bar games. 828 Traction Ave., downtown, 213.519.5887 Map I17 AVALON HOLLYWOOD Concert venue with a storied past: It hosted the Beatles’ first West Coast performance. Intimate club Bardot is upstairs. 1735 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.462.8900 Map H14 BASEMENT TAVERN Underground speakeasy in a Victorian abode; live music. The Victorian, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.396.2469 Map M8 BIGFOOT LODGE Kitschy log-cabin-themed watering hole. 3172 Los Feliz Blvd., L.A., 323.662.9227; Bigfoot West, 10939 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.287.2200 Map northeast of V23, M11 BREAK ROOM 86 1980s-style bar inside the Line Hotel with karaoke suites and live entertainment. 630 S. Ardmore Ave., L.A., 213.368.3056 Map west of H15 THE BUNGALOW Seaside cottage-style nightspot with gourmet bites by Fig Restaurant. The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.8530 Map L8 COVELL Intimate Los Feliz neighborhood wine bar from restaurateur Dustin Lancaster of L&E Oyster Bar. 4628 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.660.4400 Map W23 DOHENY ROOM Stylish art deco-style bar and lounge from the SBE Group. 9077 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.777.0266 Map H12 HARLOWE Spacious, vintage-glam restaurant and bar from the 1933 Group. 721 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.876.5839 Map H13
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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 THE NICE GUY H.Wood Group’s reservations-only, Italian-inspired restaurant and mixology lounge. 401 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.360.9500 Map I12
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PERCH Open-air roost in a historic building; indoor cabaret lounge Bar Thirteen is underneath. 448 S. Hill St., downtown, 213.802.1770 Map I16 SEVEN GRAND Whiskey bar with tongue-in-cheek hunt-club decor. Intimate Bar Jackalope is hidden in the back and features more than 120 premium whiskeys. 515 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.614.0737 Map I16 UPSTAIRS Bar with stunning city views atop Ace Hotel, in the historic United Artists Building. 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233 Map I16
BEACHES BELMONT SHORE Wide and sandy; on-site dog beach. Along Ocean Boulevard, from 54th Place to Belmont Pier, Long Beach Map O17 CABRILLO BEACH Inside the breakwater it’s a stillwater beach, and on the ocean it’s a surf beach. Public boat-launching ramp on harbor side. 40th Street and Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro Map O15 72 SOCALPULSE.COM
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TOURS + TRANSPORT DOCKWEILER STATE BEACH 3.7 miles of ocean frontage and 255 acres of beach near LAX. Bonfires permitted. 12501 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey Map C1 EL MATADOR STATE BEACH One of the prettiest beaches in L.A. County. Steep stairs lead to 18 acres of narrow, sandy beach with scenic rock formations. 32350 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu Map northwest of K9 EL PESCADOR STATE BEACH Stairs lead to 10 acres of narrow, sandy beach. 32900 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu Map northwest of K9 HERMOSA BEACH 2-mile stretch of beach along Santa Monica Bay with combination bike path/boardwalk and pier. Metered street parking. Hermosa Avenue and 33rd Street, Hermosa Beach Map L13 LA PIEDRA STATE BEACH Stairs lead to 9 acres of narrow, sandy beach. 32700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu Map northwest of K9
LEO CARRILLO STATE BEACH 1.5 miles of beach for swimming, surfing, windsurfing, surf fishing, plus tide pools, coastal caves and reefs for exploring. 36000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu Map northwest of K9 MALIBU LAGOON STATE BEACH 167-acre beach includes Malibu Pier, Malibu Lagoon, Surfrider Beach, the Adamson House and a museum that highlights the area’s history. 23050 and 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu Map northwest of K9 MALIBU SURFRIDER BEACH World-renowned surfing area between Malibu’s pier and lagoon. Swimming areas are limited. 23050 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu Map northwest of K9 MANHATTAN BEACH Beach is dotted with beachvolleyball nets and bisected by a 900-foot pier featuring the recently renovated Roundhouse Aquarium. Metered street and lot parking. 400-4500 The Strand, Manhattan Beach Map L13 MARINA “MOTHER’S” BEACH Non-ocean-facing beach best suited for children and windsurfers. 4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey Map N9 NICHOLAS CANYON BEACH 23-acre beach is less crowded than many others in Malibu and is one of the few perfect point breaks left in L.A. County. 33850 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu Map northwest of K9 PENINSULA BEACH Moderate width, sandy. Along Ocean Boulevard, 54th Place to 72nd Place, Long Beach Map O17 POINT DUME BEACH Cliffs border the beach, one of the most beautiful along the L.A. coastline. 7103 Westward Beach Road, Malibu Map northwest of K9
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REDONDO BEACH A 1.5-mile beach that runs south of the pier to Torrance Beach. 400-1700 Esplanade, Redondo Beach Map M13 SANTA MONICA STATE BEACH 3.5-mile-long beach features wide, sandy expanses divided by the iconic Santa Monica Pier. 100-2900 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica Map M8 TOPANGA BEACH Rocky and narrow Malibu beach is a popular surfing spot but unsafe for swimming. 18700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Topanga Map northwest of K9 VENICE BEACH Famous boardwalk with street performers and shops is one of SoCal’s biggest attractions. The north end is home to “Muscle Beach.” 2700-3100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Map N9 WHITE POINT BEACH/ROYAL PALMS Rugged, rocky shoreline is popular with divers, shell collectors and surf casters. Tide pools. 1799 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro Map O14
WILL ROGERS STATE BEACH Sandy 3-mile beach is starting point for the Marvin Braude Bike Trail. Popular for swimming and skin diving; volleyball courts. 17700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades Map K7 ZUMA BEACH The ultimate SoCal beach. Food stands at each end of its 4-mile expanse along PCH. Beach wheelchairs available. 30000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu Map northwest of K7
TOURS + TRANSPORT AMTRAK Train and bus service within the county, along the coast and to major California locations, with nationwide connections. 800.872.7245, amtrak.com BEVERLY HILLS RENT-A-CAR Luxury and exotic rentals. 9732 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.274.6969; 6085 Venice Blvd., Hollywood, 310.659.5555; LAX, 9220 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.670.2020, bhrentacar.com Map K12, J11, O10 CATALINA EXPRESS Year-round boat service to Catalina Island. Up to 30 daily departures from Long Beach, Dana Point, San Pedro. Reservations recommended. Call or check website for hours and prices. 800.481.3470, catalinaexpress.com DODGER STADIUM TOUR Behind-the-scenes tour of the legendary stadium, which recently hosted the World Series, allows guests to visit the field, dugout and more. $15-$20, under 4 free. 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 866.363.4377 Map G17 HORNBLOWER CRUISES & EVENTS Dine, dance and take in harbor views aboard one of Hornblower’s cruises. Choose from dinner and Champagne brunch options. Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, 855.290.0383, hornblower.com Map O9 METRO City bus, light rail and subway. Rail lines connect downtown, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena, Long Beach; underground Red Line from Union Station through Hollywood to San Fernando Valley; Gold Line from Union Station to East L.A. and through Pasadena to Azusa; Blue Line from downtown to Long Beach; Green Line from Norwalk to Redondo Beach; Expo Line from Santa Monica to downtown. 323.466.3876, metro.net METROLINK Regional train system connects L.A. 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 L.A. 800.371.5465, metrolinktrains.com STARLINE TOURS Celebrity-tour company offers Movie Stars’ Homes tours throughout the day, as well as tours to beaches, theme parks and more. The CitySightseeing double-decker hop-on, hop-off tour makes 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 Two-hour bus tour highlights celebrity hot spots in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and on the Sunset Strip, brought to life with videos from TMZ’s on-air stories and the occasional star sighting. See website for pickup locations, hours and prices. 844.TMZ.TOUR (869.8687), tmztour.com
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20 Pretty-in-pastel macarons from Ladurée. p. 20
Gourmet grilled cheese nights at Mirabelle Wine Bar. p. 42
Suiting accessories for dapper dudes at Pocket Square Clothing, downtown. p. 36
Japanese-style sandwiches and French pastries at Konbi, in Echo Park. 213.278.0007
The Wiltern’s free premiere screening of Roy Choi’s Broken Bread on May 5. p. 10
The airy-yet-decadent Nocciolino dessert at Beverly Hills’ Nerano. 310.405.0155
Minimalist Infinite Tusk earrings at Gabriela Artigas’ Melrose boutique. p. 26
Rocking tunes played on vinyl at DJ Peanut Butter Wolf’s Gold Line. 323.274.4496
Shopping fair trade goods at The Little Market in Palisades Village. 424.266.4660
California-centric wines at Chinatown’s LA Wine. lawineforever.com
Tuna melts and milkshakes at classic diner Cassell’s Hamburgers. 213.387.5502
The start of Cinespia’s season of outdoor film screenings. p. 61
Innovative Asian fare and cocktails at Nightshade, in the Arts District. 213.626.8888
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Closing out the month at the Rose Bowl’s Final Fridays foodtruck festival, May 31. p. 62
The yuzu meringue tart at new Japanese-influenced restaurant Pacifique. 310.359.0788
Celebrating Cole’s French Dip’s 110th anniversary with special “Year of the Dip” collabs with local chefs. 213.622.4090
Sailing through your massage experience with ease at Alli Webb’s new Squeeze. p. 9 The Natural History Museum’s Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit, where you can see this Cryolophosaurus skeleton. p. 61 Globally inspired home decor at St. Frank, in Palisades Village. p. 22 Chef Kuniko Yagi’s hot new karaage spot, Pikunico. 213.278.0407 Tasting the best of the Valley’s dining scene May 19 at Flavor of L.A.—part of the monthlong Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. p. 6
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WhereTraveler Los Angeles is the premier travel magazine for discovering the best things to do and see in Los Angeles, California. Check out...
Published on May 14, 2019
WhereTraveler Los Angeles is the premier travel magazine for discovering the best things to do and see in Los Angeles, California. Check out...