LA Haute Spots 2017 Edition: Where to Eat, Play, and Stay

by Kristen Heinzinger

The city of Angels is consistently abuzz with new destinations, but which are really worth your while? Consider this a definitive guide to where to post up, please your palate, and let loose.

STAY

THE LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD
1020 N. San Vincente Blvd.
A successor to The London in New York, this Hollywood Hills hotel is a bastion of luxury on the Sunset Strip with a rooftop pool, fitness center, Boxwood eatery, bespoke cocktail bar, and fairly epic suite options.

SUNSET TOWER
8358 Sunset Blvd.
The historic Sunset Tower received a major facelift by owner Jeff Klein in 2005. It’s hosted legends like Clark Gable, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Bugsy Seigel, and more recently, the Vanity Fair Oscars party and A-listers like Lady Gaga, Gigi Hadid, and Tom Cruise. It’s beloved for its old Hollywood charm and top-tier amenities, including a pool, salon and spa, fitness centers, and The Tower Bar and Restaurant. Give Dimitri our love!

EAT

CATCH WEHO
8715 Melrose
The West Coast iteration of one of Manhattan’s best offers a sweeping rooftop view of L.A., a lush indoor-outdoor vibe, and a menu with an abundance of seafood and specialty cocktail options. The prime spot for dinner, drinks, or late night shenanigans reels in everyone from Mariah Carey to Cindy Crawford to Taylor Hill.

LADY DELILAH
7969 SANTA MONICA BLVD.
This swanky restaurant-lounge transports you to Hollywood’s golden era with its 1920 art deco touches, like the plush pink seating. Devour American classics (listed on a watercolor-illustrated menu) cooked up by The Nice Guy’s chef Rudy P. Lopez. Bottle service picks up after dinner hours, with live music on the regular. Drake, Kendall Jenner, and Jay Gatsby-approved.

KISMET
4648 Hollywood Blvd.
This new Los Feliz restaurant with Mediterranean fare just opened its doors in January and is already attracting packs of foodies. The dishes incorporate Middle Eastern specialties like tahdig (crispy rice), lamb, and rosewater.

SHOPPING

L’ECLAIREUR
450 N Robertson Blvd.
Nestled inside the former house of famous florist David Jones, this French retailer is now home to a coterie of contemporary art, furniture, and ceramics from the likes of Fornasetti and Aldo Londi.

MONA MOORE
222 Main Street
Get your fill of Vetements, Maison Margiela, Rodarte, The Row, and more at Lisa Bush’s Venice boutique, housed in a former industrial space on the Abbot Kinney strip.

OPENING CEREMONY
451 N La Cienega Blvd.

This Carol Lim and Humberto Leon-fueled outpost is located in Charlie Chaplin’s former dance studio. Find everything you’d expect from the design duo, like Acne, Jacquemus, Alexander Wang, FENTY Puma, and their own line, plus fun pop-ups like the one-time inflatable art installation by Spike Jonze.

WESTFIELD
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
A $1 billion makeover is underway at Westfield Century City, which will transform into a walkable, open-air garden with over 200 additions like Zadig & Voltaire, Equinox, the West Coast’s first Eataly, Bloomingdale’s, and Shake Shack.

CULTURE

LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
The largest museum in the western US houses works by James Turrell, John Dwyer McLaughlin, as well as the current exhibit “Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time.” Insider tip: Posing under Michael Heizer’s mega hovering rock sculpture “Levitated Mass” makes for an epic Insta post.

MARCIANO ART FOUNDATION
4357 Wilshire Blvd.
Guess co-founders Paul and Maurice Marciano are opening a contemporary art museum on May 25 inside the renovated Scottish Rite Masonic Temple. Peruse approximately 1,500 objects by artists like Mark Grotjahn, Paul McCarthy, Takashi Murakami, and Oscar Tuazon.

Fitness

EQUINOX
1550 N. Vine Street
A three-lane indoor saltwater pool, a stadium-style cycling studio, and a permanent art installation by Brendan Monroe are only a few reasons to be a regular at Equinox’s sparkling new 38,000-square-foot Hollywood outpost. Make sure to try the brand’s signature classes like The Cut, Precision Running, and Best Abs Ever. Remember: in L.A., it’s always swimsuit season!

PLAYLIST YOGA
624-A North La Cienega Blvd.
Vinyasa yoga classes are choreographed to a playlist by L.A. DJ Nikki Pennie. You can reserve a spot for your mat and stash your clothes in lockers named after pop-stars like Britney, Kanye, and Bey.

THE CLASS BY TARYN TOOMEY
Taryntoomey.com
A “cathartic mind-body experience” that combines elements of calisthenics, plyometrics, meditation, and yoga, this addictive fitness concept originated in New York and is now servicing its West Coast devotees (Jennifer Aniston, cough cough). Toomey hasn’t yet opened her own L.A. studio, but for now, The Class is offered at both MNR Dance Factory, Wanderlust, and Yogis Anonymous.

 

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