LOS ANGELES

Incredibly beautiful light, outdoor activities, dining and partying, L.A. has a lot to offer! So get in your car and start cruising.

Iconic hotels

For glamour and rubbing shoulders with the celebs, treat yourself to the legendary Chateau Marmont, even if it is for a drink. The Beverly Hills Hotel is very comfortable and its famous swimming pool lives up to its reputation.

 

But for the location and style, I like to stay at the Palihouse West Hollywood. It has hipster design and crowd and is great for partying but expect cold service. 

West 3rd Street

It is one of the few streets that are pleasant to walk. Park your car and walk to the farmers market. Also, some of the best foodie spots are there. Joan’s on 3rd is perfect for breakfast or brunch. Izaka-Ya by Katsuya offers excellent and affordable japanese cuisine in relaxed ambiance with hip crowds. Little Next Door is a French deli & brasserie boasting a nice colourful terrace for lunch. 

My favourite restaurant

The hipster Laurel Hardware in West Hollywood combines everything I could wish for: tasty creative food, various seatings for different experiences, cool clientele and a great playlist. 
Don’t miss either Gjelina in Venice on Abbott Kinney, the best spot for a weekend lunch. 

 

More dining spots…
Alma, only for dinner – Downtown / In and Out and Fathers Office for burgers / Moon Juice in Venice or Silver Lake / Earth Cafe for outdoor healthy breakfast – Melrose / Pink hot dogs, get ready to queue / Comissary

Art & Architecture

Walt Disney Concert Hall
LA Downtown

Don’t expect the levels of New York but you can still enjoy some cultural experiences.

If you are into architecture, get in your car and cruise from Silver Lake to Griffith Park. On the way, you will be able to see several houses designed by Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright. The Bailey House and the Stahl House visits must be booked online. 

You can also book an architecture tour Downtown with LA Conservancy.

For Contemporary art, LACMA is your best option. Check the current exhibitions.

 

Paul Getthy's museum on the hills of Malibu is also worth a visit. The cactuses, the view, the private train tour, ...

Embrace nature

Manhattan Beach

L.A. is ideally located to enjoy nature. The beaches of Santa Monica and Malibu are the most famous. I like Malibu as it is more quite and preserved. Manhattan Beach, south of L.A. is perfect for a day or two. It is a typical Californian beach town with lifeguards in their huts and driving yellow pick-ups. You can skate or ride a bike along the promenade and enjoy good food in town with joints like Fishing With Dynamite and even another Izaka-Ya by Katsu-Ya.

If you are into outdoor exercise, Runyon Canyon is a great hike and offers splendid views of the city.

 

Tip: LA is huge so avoid spending extra hours driving: pick your neighbourhood for the day and stick to it.  

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