Venture cross-country to Lalaland and scope out these must-sees—and we’re not just talking about celebs.
PACKING LIST By mixing high end pieces with a bohemian, effortless twist you’ll be sure to bring out your inner celebrity. Whether you’re walking down Rodeo Drive or the Santa Monica Pier here are the essentials to pack:
- Leather motorcycle jacket to throw over a little floral dress with ankle booties - Bomber or varsity jacket to wear with high wasted denim and a cotton tee - Chambray shirt to wear with a pair of blue well-loved boyfriend jeans - Pair of neutral snakeskin flats - Sunglasses, the bigger the better
STAY Beverly Hills Hotel The iconic Beverly Hills Hotel and its private bungalows are—as its name would suggest—right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The hotel’s prime real estate on Sunset Boulevard means easy access to the chic shops of Rodeo Drive, inspiring art galleries, fine restaurants, and exciting nightlife. Or, why go off-campus? The Beverly Hills Hotel is home to the legendary Polo Lounge restaurant—a local breakfast favorite with Hollywood’s brightest stars.
Shutters on the Beach Located on the sands of Santa Monica, Shutters on the Beach is the perfect mix of laid-back beach house and sumptuous five star luxury hotel quality. This tranquil resort will have you feeling immediately relaxed and rejuvenated. To explore the Santa Monica pier, simply step outside Shutters and take a ride on the Ocean Avenue Ferris wheel.
DINE The Ivy Opened in 1983, The Ivy is an LA landmark. The surrounding designer boutiques and Hollywood buzz on Robertson Boulevard makes the Ivy a perfect brunch spot for celebrity sightings. Be sure to grab a seat on the quaint outdoor patio, and sip on one of their famous refreshing mint iced tea. Don’t forget to have your iPhone poised and ready because the chic passersby are an Instagram opportunity you won’t want to miss!
Cafe Stella Located in the Silver Lakes Sunset Junction, Café Stella is an eclectic French Bistro. Being one of the trendiest French restaurants in Los Angeles, Café Stella is always crowded with locals who come to dine on steak-frites followed by a shaken cocktail or draft beer at the newly added Bar Stella.
Sugar Fish Los Angeles is known for having some of the world’s best sushi and Sugar Fish by Sushi Nozawa proudly upholds the city’s reputation. This fresh take on a sushi dining experience offers traditional sushi of the highest quality. With locations all along the shore from Beverly Hills to Studio City, Sugar Fish is easily accessible.
DRINK Shorebar Shorebar is cool and casual spot for locals to gather for a unique blend of cocktails. With rustic wood and brass accents this beach-y interior was inspired by the Shutters on the Beach hotel décor. There is no red rope, no line, and no bottle service, just a relaxed spot to enjoy good drinks and great company.
Laurel Hardware Located on Santa Monica Boulevard, this neighborhood eatery and bar is inspired by wine, cocktails and the local culture. With the upscale décor and good looking crowd you will want to be dressed to impress!
Chateau Marmont If you want to sip on cocktails among the young and fashionable celebrity set, Chateau Marmont is the place to be. This exclusive hot spot has an intimate vibe that never disappoints. To add a little spice to your night, try the La Fume de Jalisco, made with Mezcal, Aperol, lime and habanero-infused agave.
DO Griffith Park Observatory One of southern California’s most popular attractions, the Griffith Park Observatory is a national leader in public astronomy and an awe-inspiring gathering place. Located 1,134 feet above sea level, the Observatory offers amazing views of the city. Admission is free so take a hike up to the top of the park and bask in a beautiful sunset with an unrivaled landscape.
Venice Beach Home to an eclectic group of locals, Venice Beach draws crowds from all over to come and people watch! Although there is a three mile beach, Venice Beach is best known for its unique shops and entertainment, namely the street performers and arts and crafts tables. This is a perfect place to grab a quirky or unique souvenir.
Santa Monica Pier Home of the first solar powered Ferris wheel in the world, the Santa Monica Pier is the perfect spot for excitement and fun in your day: take a thrilling ride on the roller coaster; hang out in the arcade; or sign up for trapeze school! From mini golf to bike riding along the boardwalk to the Santa Monica Aquarium there is no shortage of mini-adventures to be had.
Malibu Lumber Yard The Malibu Lumber Yard is a redeveloped shopping center of the historic lumber yard located in the heart of the Malibu shopping district. With its beautiful ocean view and outdoor aquarium, however, it is far more than just a place to shop.