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Los Angeles City Guide

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The city of Angels...LOS ANGELES...home to movie stars, endless sunshine, rocky beaches and skyscraper palm trees. Whether driving Mulholland Drive or escaping to Malibu, L.A. is a chic, bohemian paradise worth exploring.

For design enthusiasts, there’s Blackman Cruz, Bourgeois Boheme, Downtown, Garde Shop, Hollywood At Home, JF ChenLa Cienega Design Quarter, Nathan Turner and 2nd Sunday browsing at Rose Bowl Flea Market. Fashionistas should shop Fred SegalHeist, Jenni Kayne, Kendall ConradMaxfield, Mohawk General StoreAbbott Kinney Boulevard (in Venice), Ten over Six, Wasteland and beauty emporium Violet Grey.

MUSEUMS + ATTRACTIONS

Culver City Arts District
www.culvercityartsdistrict.com

37 different galleries where you can view the work of talented rising artists.

Getty Center
www.getty.edu

Richard Meier architecture and stunning hilltop views.

Griffith Observatory
www.griffithobs.org

Take in some of the best views of L.A. including the Hollywood sign.

Hollywood Bowl
www.hollywoodbowl.com

For music under the stars.

Los Angeles Museum of Art
www.lacma.org

More than 100,000 Asian, Latin American and Islamic objects.

Museum of Contemporary Art
www.moca.org

One of the country’s finest collections of post-1940 art.

Santa Monica Pier
www.santamonicapier.org

The ocean, roller coasters…pure Americana.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
www.laphil.com

Incredible architecture. Great tour for rainy afternoons.

RESTAURANTS

AOC
www.aocwinebar.com

Suzanne Goin’s wine bar is a favorite for a night out with friends.

Bestia
www.bestiala.com

A tough reservation, but high octane energy and cooking if you get in.

Cafe Gratitude
www.cafegratitude.com

It’s hard not to eat clean + organic in L.A., CG is one of the best.

ChoSun Galbee
www.chosungalbee.com

The Korean French Laundry.

Crustacean
www.houseofan.com

Old school, go for the garlic noodles.

Gjelina
www.gjelina.com

Open all day, this Venice hot spot is a good choice for lunch.

Gracias Madre
www.graciasmadreweho.com

Mexican vegan that you have to experience to believe.

Hinoki + The Bird
www.hinokiandthebird.com

Cali cuisine with global flair. Great for a night out with friends.

The Jar
www.thejar.com

One of those special gems with consistently flavor-forward cooking.

Katsuya
www.katsuya.com

One of L.A.’s best sushi spots.

Lucques
www.lucques.com

I’m a fan of Suzanne Goin’s farm-to-table cooking and you will be too.

Maude
www.mauderestaurant.com

Who says TV chefs can’t cook? Curtis Stone’s menu is seasonal and on point.

N/naka
www.n-naka.com

Love, love, love. Read my review here.

Night + Market
www.nightmarketsong.com

Authentic Thai street food.

Osteria Mozza
www.osteriamozza.com

Nancy Silverton rocks Italian deliciousness night-after-night.

Petit Trois
www.petittrois.com

If you don’t get into Trois Mec, try Ludo Lefebvre’s take on homestyle French.

Providence
www.providencela.com

THE special occasion spot in L.A. Masterful seafood.

Salt Air
www.saltairvenice.com

In Venice, simply prepared delicious seafood.

Shibucho
www.shibucho.com

Old school + authentic Japanese cuisine. No set menu.

Son of a Gun
www.sonofagunrestaurant.com

Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo serve simple seafood at this hot spot.

Tavern
www.tavernla.com

Another Suzanne Goin resto with outstanding weekend brunch.

The Little Door

www.thelittledoor.com

One of L.A.’s romantic hideaways for special occasions.

Trois Mec
www.troismec.com

The HOT spot for foodies. Register online to “get ticketed” for entry.

Umami Burger
www.umami.com

Decadent All-American burgers for meat eaters and vegans alike.

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HOTELS

Chateau Marmont
www.chateaumarmont.com

Funky + hip luxury with a lobby and garden perfect for spotting Hollywood’s coolest.

Four Seasons
www.fourseasons.com

When top notch service, privacy and exclusivity are the order of the day.

The London
www.thelondonwesthollywood.com

All-suite hotel with a rooftop pool that’s one of the best-kept secrets in town.

L’Ermitage
www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Sophisticated and discreet with spacious rooms.

Montage Beverly Hills
www.montagehotels.com

This Spanish Revival’s a stone’s throw from Rodeo Drive.

Mr. C Beverly Hills
www.mrchotels.com

Modern. Sleek. Glamorous. It’s L.A. why not?

Shutters on the Beach
www.shuttersonthebeach.com

Low-key luxury right on Santa Monica beach. Designed by Michael S. Smith.

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