Must-Sees Of Los Angeles
Whether you are there for a quick stop or full week of fun - and maybe some wild nights- the city of angels definitely has more than its share of hot spots to offer.
By Marie-Ève Venne
929 S BROADWAY
Located downtown in the Broadway Historic Theatre District, the Ace Hotel belongs to the new generation of design boutique hotels. This one is run by the group that’s opened proper-ties in New York, Portland, Seattle and Palm Springs. The rooms are trendy but minimalist, with a retro feel, and most of them include a kitchenette and a record player with a great selection of vinyls. If you visit, you must stop by the amazing rooftop, offering one of the best views of the city and killer drinks.
328 NORTH BEVERLY DR
Famous for their quality leather jackets and monochrome palette,the British brand AllSaints has many locations under the WestCoast sun. It’s the place to go to find the best outfit to make you look like a rock star without trying too hard. Their name is synonymous with cutting-edge style and distress glamour for the man out there seeking a uniform he can wear every day, no matter where his crazy life takes him.
727 N BROADWAY, SUITE 127
This coffee shop looks more like the lab of a mad scientist than a regular hipster hang-out joint. The owner of the place, Jack Benchaku, is a former biochemist who takes his craft very seriously and aims to deliver each customer the best coffee of his or her life. They’ve got your regular variations of the brewed beverage, as well as some interesting twists: Thai spices in a vanilla pandan latte or an iced latte with palm-sugar whiskey.
Everson Royce Bar
1936 E 7TH ST
Most of the regulars who frequent it would be mad to know that their secret is out. It is the place where locals and members of the restoration industry go to hang out and drink great beers,and you'll want to go there, too, to have a day or evening of fun on the stunning patio.
2520 GLENDALE BLVD
This vegan restaurant is the second location to open under the same name, after the one in New York in early 2015. It’s a fast, casual vegan spot launched by celebrity chef Chloe Coscarelli and made famous by the Food Network. You have to forget everything you think vegan dishes are about, because this place is about to become your go-to spot for uber-creative meals on the healthy side.
8221 SUNSET BOULEVARD
Los Angeles doesn't get more iconic than this place, which has been featured in many movies through the years. It seems like this hotel has been there forever, and it would be almost passé composé to hang out within its walls if it wasn’t for its iconic aspect. According to rumours, Led Zeppelin's John Bonham drove a motorcycle through the lobby. This is also where the crazy billionaire Howard Hughes hid for three years.
222 S HOPE ST
Downtown LA might be cool again,thanks to places like this very trendy contemporary restaurant. With its open kitchen, on-point design and eclectic menu, Otium ("leisure" in Latin) is LA's most ambitious restaurant in years. Adjacent to The Broad – one of the city's most important museums – this new-comer delivers homey dishes in an ambiance that wants to be both refined and laid -back.
221 S GRAND AVE
This contemporary art museum, located downtown, is a major stop for every modern art lover. You got here to admire the work of Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman or even Andy Warhol, and you make sure to take a peek at their vault, which stores The Broad’s collection of more than 2,000 paintings, photos and sculptures. Admission is totally free but we suggest you reserve your place in advance since the museum's popularity is growing quickly.
The Polo Lounge
9641 SUNSET BOULEVARD
The Polo Lounge, located inside the Beverly Hills Hotel, is a Holly-wood hotspot where you’re likely to catch sight of the hottest names in the business. If you choose to go for lunch or dinner, prepare to be swayed by the jazz music that accompanies your meal. Sunday brunchers will also be privy to this musical treat. After a long day, it’s also the perfect place to unwind -drink in hand, of course.
300 S SANTE FE AVE
It’s the new bar to discover – and be seen at –in the Arts District. Modelled after the interior of an old-school train car, you can fully appreciate the retro vibe once you step inside.Think dark brown leather boots and brass light fixtures in a dark and cozy ambiance. While the design is interesting, you mostly got here to enjoy one or many of their craft cock-tails, which are twists on the classics, made with unusual ingredients.