Café StellaBreakfast / Brunch
This eccentric French bistro located in the hipster-friendly neighbourhood of SIlverlake has a beautiful outdoor patio on which perfectly executed French classics can be enjoyed. The lemon ricotta pancakes come highly recommended.
3932 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (Silver Lake) / +1 (323) 666 0265 / Open Tuesday - Sunday 9:00am-3:00pm and 6:00pm-11:00pm. Open Monday for dinner only
The 101 Coffee ShopBreakfast / Brunch
This retro diner-style coffee shop is a 'must try' Los Angeles institution. The food isn’t necessarily the best in town, but it’s the vibe that is pretty special. People from all walks of life come in and out of this quirky diner, so it makes for fantastic people watching. Try one of their milkshakes, they are seriously good!
6145 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028 / +1 (323) 467 1175 / Open daily from 7:00am-3:00am
Chateau MarmontBreakfast / Brunch
Grab a table in the garden terrace and begin the task of surreptitious people watching behind your dark sunglasses. Every A-lister on the planet has walked through the doors of Chateau Marmont, and if they are not stars, the clientele tend to work with the stars. We’ve overheard countless script discussions - just fascinating! Chateau Marmont is a full on experience - a Hollywood institution with countless incredible stories to tell. Sidestepping back to the food, if you have the appetite for it, try a LA favourite such as huevos rancheros, or a breakfast burrito.
8221 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90046 / +1 (323) 656 1010 / Open daily 8:00am-2:00am
Sidewalk tables beneath a blue awning announce the presence of this charming, unexpected little café. Enter the shopfront and into Maison Midi - one of LA’s most intriguing home furnishing stores. At the back of the store lies a row of tightly packed tables with colourfully cushioned banquettes, marking the inside part of the café. The menu is mostly French, and seemingly endless, with over 80 items to choose from. Most are well executed - but to be honest you probably wouldn’t notice the quality here, as you’ll be far too distracted by the all the shopping!
148 S La Brea Ave, LA, CA / +1 (323( 939 9860 / Open Monday to Fridays 11:00am-7:00pm; Saturdays 10:00-7:00pm; Sundays 12:00pm-7:00pm
Guerilla Tacos started out life in 2012 as a food cart turned truck, by Chef and owner Wes Avila. Wes had worked at some of the world’s top restaurants but struggled to find his place, until it hit him one day that he could best express himself and his passion for food through the humble taco. Now a fully functioning and seriously popular restaurant, Chef Wes continues to serve some spell-binding creations in his tacos.
2000 E. 7th Street, LA, CA 90021 / +1 (213) 375 3300 / Open Monday to Thursday 11:00am-10:00pm; Friday to Saturday 11:00am-2:00am; Sundays 11:00am-3:00pm and 4:00pm-10:00pm
Father's OfficeLunch / Dinner
The burgers at this iconic Los Angeles joint are sensational. The restaurant’s no-substitutions, no ketchup, no reservations policy isn’t for everyone however. For those who dare be different, try the famed Office Burger, oozing with top quality beef, caramelised onion, bacon, Gruyere, Maytag blue cheese, and rocket. With that combination, who needs ketchup! The list of craft beer is extensive. Restaurants in three locations. *Please note that this restaurant serves over 21s only.
Culver City: 3229 Helms Ave, LA, CA 90034 / +1 (310) 736 2224 / Open Mon to Thu 5:00pm-11:00pm; Fri & Sat 12:00pm-12:00am; Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm
Santa Monica: 1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, Ca 90403 / +1 (310) 736 2224 / Open Mon to Wed 5:00pm-10:00pm; Thu 5:00pm-11:00pm; Fri 4:00pm-11:00pm; Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm; Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm
Downtown LA: 905 E. 2nd Street, LA, CA / +1 (310) 736 2224
Hip and trendy, book well in advance and expect a slightly unfriendly welcome at the door. Once you are in however, the service improves significantly, and the people watching opportunities are fabulous. The menu focuses on seasonal food with a Mediterranean influence. There are lots of mouthwatering dishes to try, but the Mushroom Toast comes particularly recommended.
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA, 90291 / +1 (310) 450 1429 / Open Monday-Saturday 8:00am-midnight. Sunday 8:00-11:00pm
Little Dom’s is Los Feliz’s signature neighbourhood restaurant. Serving up Italian-American homestyle cuisine in a wood-panelled room, giving off a rat-pack vibe. This is a real local find, very much off the tourist radar. Try the Rice Balls, and make sure to save room for dessert - all of which are divine!
2128 Hillhurst Avenue, LA, CA 90027 / +1 (323) 661 0055 / Open Monday-Tuesday & Sunday 8:00am-3:00pm and 5:30pm-11:00pm. Friday & Saturday 8:00am-3:00pm and 5:30pm-12:00am
Soaring ceilings, high-arched windows, and a huge bar at the front of the restaurant welcomes all who walk through the doors to this spectacular Fashion District space. Terroni Downtown is a loud, hip restaurant, serving Italian favourites under a seriously loud din of fun disco music and excited voices.
802 South Spring Street, LA / +1 (213) 221 7234 / Open Mondays 11:00am-10:00pm; Tuesday - Thursday 11:00am-10:30pm; Friday 11:00am-11:00pm; Saturday 10:30am-11:00pm; Sunday 10:30am-10:00pm
Dim lighting and cozy seating make this sultry, French-inspired cocktail bar the perfect setting for a date night. The cocktails are divine, and it’s a great place to settle in for the night on one of the soft leather couches. If you find yourself a little peckish, Cafe Stella is right next door, and they serve a great steak frites at dinner time (see the listing in Restaurants section for further info).
3932 W Sunset Blvd (Sanborn), LA, CA 90029 / +1 (323) 666 0265
A favourite amongst LA’s rich and famous, Cecconi’s is a true LA institution, owned by the Soho House group. This Italian restaurant is always busy and has a fun, buzzy vibe. As would be expected with the Soho House brand, Cecconi’s is expensive, and in order to avoid the high priced meals, we recommend stopping by between 4-7pm when the Aperitivo menu is in effect, with food and drinks a relative steal from $4 up. You won’t miss out on any of the action at the bar, it’s huge and always packed!
8764 Melrose Avenue, LA, CA 90069 / +1 (310) 432 2000 / Open Monday to Thursday 8am-12:00am; Friday 8:00am-01:00am; Saturday 09:00am-01:00am
Giannini Bar at the Nomad HotelBar
Stepping into the Nomad Hotel feels like going back in time, you are transported to a bygone era signalling glitz and glam, and all things 1940s. Situated just off the main lobby, the Giannini Bar is named after Amadeo Giannini - founder of the Bank of Italy, who originally commissioned the architecturally striking building for his headquarters. This award winning bar is the perfect antidote to a long day of sightseeing, order one of the curated cocktails off the menu and allow yourself to be swept away into another world.
Giannini Place, 649 South Olive & 7th Street, LA, CA 90014 / +1 (213) 358 0000 / Open Sunday to Wednesday 12:00pm-10:45pm and Thursday - Saturday 12:00pm-12:45am
This small museum-like design store specialises in one-of-a kind art, furniture and decorative objects. This is a fascinating and unique store, that absolutely must be on the agenda for any design aficionados.
11270 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90230 / +1 (310) 399 0024 / email@example.com / Open Monday to Thursday 10:00am-6:00pm and Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm
Blackman Cruz is one of Los Angeles’ most fascinating furniture and art showrooms, as well as being one of the city’s foremost design houses.
836 North Highland Avenue, LA, CA 90038 / +1 (323) 466 8600 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Located in a beautiful château-style building, Leclaireur stocks a stunning selection of furniture and objects by Piero Fornasetti, Ado Chale, Philippe Hiquily, amongst others.
450 N Robertson Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90048 / +1 (310) 260 0262 / email@example.com / Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00-6:00pm
The Grove LAKids
The Grove is a fashion and lifestyle destination, suitable for all the family. There is a great mix of shops and restaurants, many of them aimed at children. There is also a cinema in case you want to soak up the latest Hollywood blockbuster.
189 The Grove Drive, LA, CA 90036 / +1 (323) 900 8080 / Open daily from 10:00am-9:00pm
Fred Segal is a Los Angeles shopping institution. This 21,000 sq ft lifestyle shop epitomises Californian chic, and most of the brands housed here can’t be found outside of the US. Great for women, men, and kids - definitely one worth checking out!
8500 Sunset Bvld, LA, CA 90069 / +1 (310) 432 0560 / Open Monday -Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm and Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm
Mohawk General StoreLifestyle
This fabulous shopping destination is a treasure trove of beautiful things, perfect for gift sourcing as well as for picking up little luxuries for you and your home.
4011 W SunseT Blvd, LA, CA 90029 / +1 (323) 669 1601 / Open Monday to Saturday 11:00am-7:00pm and Sundays 11:00-6:00pm
The downtown Arts District has in recent years been transformed from a warehouse wasteland into the city’s most trendy area. Sprinkled amidst the perimeters of 2nd & 7th St, Alameda St, and the LA River are stylish galleries, fabulous boutiques, hip coffee shops, restaurants and bars. These newly created establishments lie amidst warehouses and ex-factories, which have been converted into funky loft apartments and creative spaces.
American RagWomen's and Men's Clothing
The go-to shop for denim and vintage clothing. There is a huge selection of brands and styles to choose from, so give yourself ample time to discover this treasure trove.
150 S La Brea Ave., LA, CA 90036 / +1 (323) 935 3154 / Open Monday to Thursday 11:00am-7:00pm; Friday & Saturday 12:00pm-7:00pm and Sundays 12:00pm-7:00pm
Stag ProvisionsMen's Clothing and Accessories
This Austin based apparel and lifestyle boutique features a precisely edited yet eclectic blend of apparel, accessories, grooming essentials, home goods, unique gifts, and one-of-a-kind vintage finds.
1338 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291. Open Monday to Thursday 11:00am - 7:00pm; Frday & Saturday 11:00-8:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm
Giant market and food hall specialising in all things Italian. Come when hungry and with plenty of room in your shopping bags, as the temptation to buy here is ridiculously overpowering!
10250 Santa Monica Blvd. LA, CA / +1 (213) 310 8000 / Open Monday to Thursday 10:00am-10:00pm; Friday 10:00am-11:00pm; Saturday 9:00am-11:00pm; Sunday 9:00am-10:00pm
Israeli-born baker Ran Zimon uses natural & wild yeast to bake his delicious loaves, giving them extra tang, and a slightly longer shelf life than bread made with commercial yeast. His baguettes are to die for.
700 S. Santa Fe Ave., LA, CA 90021 / +1 (213) 327 0782 / Open Monday to Saturday 7:00am-5:30pm and Sunday 8:00am-5:30pm
The Last Bookstore is California’s largest new and used book and record store. The name is subtly symbolic - the store’s colourful owner is actively fighting against the obliteration of physical bookstores by the likes of Amazon. The store also happens to be a magical labyrinth, which you’ll find yourself wanting to get lost in for hours, if not days. We highly recommend a visit here, and do hope you will support the cause to keep book shops going!
453 Spring Street, La, CA 90013 / Open Sunday to Thursday 10:00am-10:00pm; Friday to Saturday 10:00am-11:00pm
Hollywood Farmers Market
This Los Angeles institution has been going since 1991, and hosts 160 farmers, producers, and food artisans from across the state, who gather each Sunday morning to sell their incredible seasonal produce. Everyone from local families to some of California’s most respected chefs use the market as their weekly food source. It’s a happening destination - with live music, activities for children, and occasional book signings by celebrated food authors adding to the vibrant atmosphere.
Ivar Avenue & Selma Avenue, Hollywood / Sunday from 8:00am-1:00pm
The Broad Museum
Designed by the team behind New York’s High Line, The Broad stands out in downtown LA with its honeycomb exterior cladding, through which natural light filters through on to notable works by major modern and contemporary artists. All works have been donated by LA philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, and there are some exceptional works on display by Jeff Coons, Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, and Cindy Sherman amongst others.
221 S. Grand Avenue, LA, CA 90012 / Open Tues & Weds 11:00am-5:00pm; Thurs & Fri 11:00am-8:00pm; Sat 10:00am-8:00pm; Sun 10:00am-6:00pm. General admission is free of charge. Some special exhibitions carry a special charge.
Huntington Botanical Gardens
The Huntington Gardens are located on a 207 acre site in San Marino, of which 120 acres are accessible to the public. A paradise for botanists, the gardens are also a haven for children of all ages. The Conservatory offers interactive exhibits, including a steamy rainforest and a carnivorous plant bog. Then there’s the Children’s Garden, which is as much a playground as it is a garden. The space offers kids the chance to discover the four elements, all in the form of fun interactive displays. The Desert Garden will no doubt intrigue curious minds (and fingers) with its stunning display of cacti. To round off a morning of exploration, the three child-friendly dining venues on the property are sure to capture the interest of any hungry child. The Rose Garden Tea Room with its special kids tea set is a particular favourite.
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 / +1 (626) 405 2100 / Open daily from 10:00am-5:00pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Griffith Park & Southern Railroad
At Griffith Park’s south entrance, kids can board one of two miniature train reproductions and embark on a mile long journey over bridges, past meadows and grazing ponies, and through an Old Western town. For an equally interesting experience, Travel Town Railroad is located in the northwest corner of Griffith Park. Travel Town is a transport museum focusing on the history of the Western railroad. There are dozens of vintage trains on display, and for $3, guests can ride a miniature train twice around the museum’s mostly outdoor perimeter. Be sure to look for the observation window during your visit, where you will find rail hobbyists deep in concentration, skilfully assembling a tiny model railroad.
Griffith Park & Southern Railroad: 4400 Crystal Springs Drive, LA, CA 90027 / Open daily from 10:00am-4:15pm in winter, and 10:00am-4:45pm in summer. Closed for lunch on weekdays between 12:15pm-1:00pm
Travel Town Railroad: 5200 Zoo Drive, LA, CA 90027 / Open Mon to Fri 10:00am-3:15pm. Open Sat-Sun 10:00am-4:15pm in winter, and 10:00am-4:45pm in summer. Closed for lunch between 12:15pm-1:00pm.
Warner Brothers Studio Tour
Suitable for children aged 8 and above, The Warner Brothers Studio Tour is extremely well-produced, and offers a relatively intimate behind the scenes experience of a real Hollywood production studio. Highlights include a soundstage visit, where visitors can experience an actual working set. Check the website to see what shows are likely to be in production during your visit. Another fantastic part of the experience is the backlot tour, which offers visitors the opportunity to visit a series of residential streets and backdrops, used for filming past and current productions. Do let your guide know if there is anything in particular you would like to see. The entire tour will last 2-3 hours, and ends with a visit to the Central Perk set and green-screen experience, where you can ride a Harry Potter broom! All in all a really fun day out, that is a touch more authentic than the Universal Studios tour. Please visit the website below for full tour details.
3400 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, CA 90515 / Tours operate from 8:30am-3:30pm / Tickets cost $69 per adult and $59 per child aged 8-12. It is best to buy your tickets in advance online.
This casual farm to table restaurant on Malibu pier is a charming joint, far removed from the celebrity-infested expensive restaurants elsewhere in the area. The food is homely and nourishing (most of the ingredients are grown on their very own farm), and the views of the ocean and coastline are divine. Kids and parents will have a ball here.
23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265 / +1 (310) 456 1112 / Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-9:00pm; Sat 9:00am-10:00pm; Sun 9:00am-9:00pm / Reservations accepted for dinner only.
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