LOS ANGELES CITY GUIDE
Los Angeles, LaLaLand, is the epicenter of everything fabulous. From the iconic Hollywood sign, swanky hotels, sceney bars, behind-the-scenes tours around Universal Studios, and eating at restaurants with celebrities. Let’s not forget the amazing tan you will get after relaxing on the infamous Santa Monica beach. Los Angeles has everything you need for a perfect Instagram influencer experience.
WHERE TO STAY
The London West Hollywood: This glamorous all-suite accomodations hotel is just off the Sunset Strip. The hotel is a tranquil urban oasis with awe-inspiring views, and a signature sense of California cool.
1 Hotel West Hollywood: With an emphasis on eco-friendly finishes, 1 Hotel draws inspiration from the land, sea, and abundant sunshine of Southern California. In the heart of West Hollywood, nature takes center stage.
The Viceroy: The ultimate Santa Monica hotel where the coastal allure is undeniable. Viceroy Santa Monica, is where classic sophistication gets a modern awakening. You’ll see it in their stylish accommodations, and with the expansive menu of luxury hotel amenities & services.
Freehand Hotel: For the urban travelers, Freehand L.A. brings the laid-back cool California vibe to Downtown LA. Freehand L.A. is truly one-of-a-kind, featuring suites, premium hotel rooms with stunning interiors designs. Be sure to check out the Broken Shaker bar for some delicious cocktails.
The Beverly Hills Gated Mansion: Modern resort-like estate with explosive city views and lots of privacy. The house is located in the best area of Beverly Hills and is close to numerous shops and restaurants. This house can sleep up to 16 guests.
Entire House in Hollywood: Newly built house in Hollywood with a private rooftop deck, open floor plan, modern furniture and super comfortable bedding. This house can sleep up to 13 guests.
WHERE TO EAT
Elephante: The Tulum inspired buzzing rooftop bar and restaurant transport guests from Los Angeles to the Southern Mediterranean all whilst staying in the heart of Santa Monica. Élephante is a place to come and relax, where a tranquil afternoon can turn into a lively late night scene, with an ever changing DJ line-up.
The Rose Venice: A boho-chic and iconic restaurant in the heart of Venice. Rose Café has a bustling atmosphere with beautiful indoor and outdoor dining. Let’s not forget to mention, a 40-foot cocktail bar nobody’s afraid to use at any time of day.
The Ivy: The celeb-loved Ivy, in West Hollywood or Santa Monica, is an ideal breakfast, lunch, or dinner option with a star-studded crowd and incredible cocktails. Make a reservation the moment you know you are heading to LA!
Gracias Madre: Meatless Mexican fare, all vegan & organic, plus a big tequila & drink menu with a chic indoor and outdoor space. Try their flavorful bowls and you can even try and make their happy hour from 3-5pm and 9–10pm.
Delilah: Delilah has lured celebs like Drake and the Kardashians with its modern approach to the vibes of the roaring ‘20s with American cuisine and Art Deco characteristics. Eating, drinking, and dancing converge in this luxury space and are tastefully crafted so you can repeat all three without ever skipping a beat. Make reservations for a late dinner that transitions into a lounge-style bottle service following dinner hours.
The Henry: The Gatsby-style restaurant has a timeless vibe, ideal for a bachelorette brunch. The cocktail list is pure fun and has more than a dozen choices and for weekend brunch, they have a Bloody Mary and Mimosa cart.
Catch LA: Wear your best outfit for the always busy LA-scene extraordinaire in West Hollywood. An enviable rooftop with a picture-perfect atmosphere, plenty of eye-candy eligibles, and almost always guaranteed celebrity sightings.
Escuela Taqueria: La Otra Escuela Taqueria is full of character and has shoes hanging from the ceiling. Don’t expect two-dollar tacos; however, Escuela Taqueria prides itself on their food which is 100% natural, responsibly sourced with no artificial ingredients. Not only do they offer vegetarian options but most of their menu is gluten-free. Also, the alcohol situation is BYOB. The corkage fee here is $4 per person drinking.
WHERE TO DRINK
The Waterfront: A California beer garden in Venice and is a local food and drink destination dedicated to quality offerings and relaxed community hangs.
The Bungalow: This beach-bar-style converted bungalow house is a day-drinking bar that remains unparalleled. The bungalow is known to be the place where you can spot A-list celebs, multiple indoor and outdoor spaces, with a ping pong table and pool table. Let’s not forget to point out the ridicuously attractive clientele and mouth-watering yet potent margaritas.
E.P & L.P.: For good vibes and spectacular views of the Hollywood hills and the Sunset Strip, L.P. is the place to be. Enjoy a sunset, a pre- dinner drink or have a late night snack and glass of wine around their firepit. We suggest going here for drinks only and making a reservation at another nearby restaurant.
Sur: Sur, “Sexy Unique Restaurant” featuring Ecclectic cuisine brings a taste of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and in the docuseries Vanderpump Rules.
Mama Shelter: An international hotel brand with a unique and Set in the lively Hollywood neighborhood, this funky boutique hotel has one of the best rooftop bars in Los Angeles perched six-stories over the sputtering neon of Hollywood Blvd. Mama’s rooftop allows you to take in all the sights of Los Angeles with a near 360 degree view.
No Vacancy: How often do you get to enter a bar through a door that disguises itself as a bedroom? After stepping into one of LA’s best kept secret speakeasies, you’ll find yourself in an alternate reality with surprises around every corner.
Perch: Experience a glamour French-inspired rooftop setting overlooking Downtown LA. Perch offers handcrafted specialty drinks that focus on simple, fresh Parisian inspired cocktails, a wine list that boasts over 25 wines by the glass and a crafted beer selection.
Warwick: A stunning cocktail lounge with a lavish ambience, amazing crafted cocktails and an definitely a place to go where you feel exclusive. If your group wants a night out on the town without having to go to a full-on club, Warwick is a great option for a fabulous evening.
WHAT TO DO
Hike the Hills: Did you even visit LA if you didn’t hike? Be the ultimate LA cliché and hike Runyon Canyon for some celebrity sightings or Los Liones for Malibu views. Head to the trails early as they get crowded!
Let your Inner-Child Play: At the iconic Santa Monica Pier go for a ride on the Ferris wheel, play arcade games, ride the carousel and chow down at Big Dean’s Ocean Front Cafe, a kitschy beach-view sports bar with a long history, providing pub grub, draft beers & outdoor patios.
Get a Golden Tan: California is all about the weather, beaches, celebrity sightings and more. Go to the beach to get a golden bronze tan at the start of your vacation so you can look like a million-dollars for all the pictures. Santa Monica beach is an iconic example of the famed Southern California beaches.
Enjoy the Views: Rooftop vantage points and bars with ocean views are rare on the Westside, which makes the elevated ocean views from the Bungalow, Shangrila, Hotel Erwin, Élephante, and Venice boardwalk’s newest hotspot, The Waterfront Café, all more special. Enjoy the sunsets, have a few drinks, and breath in the ocean air at the trendy outdoor bars.
A Day in Malibu: Head on over to the Malibu Pier for brunch at The Malibu Farm Restaurant, a full-service restaurant with a full bar & specialty cocktails, or The Malibu Farm Cafe, a counter-service cafe, located at the END of the pier. Afterwards, get your wine on at The Malibu Cafe or Malibu Wine Safari nestled right in the middle of the Malibu wine country. If Malibu Farm is too far, Rosenthal Tasting Room on the PCH is a great alternative. End the afternoon by splurging on drinks and appetizers at Nobu Malibu for the perfect golden happy hour.
Melrose Avenue: Grab a coffee at Alfred’s on Melrose Avenue and then stroll down the streets to shop at quaint high-end boutiques. Glossier recently opened up a store on Melrose Place so definitely check it out!
WHERE TO SHOP
A mile long strip of the latest fashion, art, and food just minutes from Venice Beach. You can expect sophistication and trend setting with a laid back Venice vibe.
This trend-setting neighborhood begins at Santa Monica Blvd. where Beverly Hills and West Hollywood meet. From Glossier, to Alice and Olivia, to thrift stores like Wasteland, you can’t go wrong shopping here.
One of the most reputable outdoor shopping destinations in LA. With tons of restaurant, retail stores, as well as the Los Angeles Farmer’s Market were you can grab delicious food.