Travel Guide: Los Angeles
Los Angeles, the city of film and celebrities, is mostly associated with Walk of Fame, Beverly Hills and the Hollywood sign. However, this city has so much more to offer than these tourist magnets. Let us guide you to the best hidden gems.
EAMES HOUSE: The Eames House was build by the architect couple Ray and Charles Eames, as their home. With a panoramic view to Santa Monica, hidden behind trees and plants this modernist Case Study house is absolutely worth a visit. The iconic structure of the building is so clever and a true inspiration. Beware that you have to book the visit in advance.
Address: 203 Chautauqua Blvd., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272http://eamesfoundation.org
NEUTRA VDL HOUSE: This house is also a modernist Case study house, yet quite different from Eames House. A beautiful harmony of wood, concrete, steel and glass. Rather impressive as it was build around the 30´s and looks brand new and modern. Visits are based on a first-come first-served basis.
Address: 2300 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039 http://www.neutra-vdl.org/site/default.asp
ARTS DISTRICT: Strolling around this area is like walking in an architectural bonanza. On one corner you will find concrete modernist buildings, on the next corner a quirky steel tower, then a tiny wooden building around the next block. Absolutely nuts, but brilliant – well worth a stop.
Address: Arts District, Los Angeles, CA
WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL:Outstanding building by architect Frank Gehry where you can experience concerts. Just a two minutes walk from the building you also find the contemporary art museum The Broad, as well as small independent cafés and restaurants.
Address: 111 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012http://www.laphil.com/philpedia/about-walt-disney-concert-hall
VENICE BEACH: Needless to say that this is a must see when in LA, despite lots of tourists. The beach is beautiful and the area is full of creative shops, restaurants and bars.
Address: Venice, Los Angeles, CA
LACMA: Contemporary art and architecture at its greatest. Make sure you have a few hours to spend as this area is huge and there are lots of things to see.
Address: 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036http://www.lacma.org
GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY:Major tip – don’t take the bus to the top of this observatory, walk instead. A 10-15 minutes walk with a fantastic view will take you to the top of the hill where the conservatory is located. Unfortunately it tends to be rather packed with tourists, but it is defitnitely worth it.
Address: Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027http://griffithobservatory.org
THE BATES MOTEL: One of LA´s creepiest landmarks has been turned into an all white public art installation by French artist Vincent Lamouroux. Bring your camera, take some pictures and then leave as the area is more or less abandoned.
Address: 4301 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
GJELINA:Relaxed restaurant placed in the high street of Abbot Kinney with waiters serving Italian pizza. Great beer, cocktails and a big patio where you can enjoy the food. Big plus for intriguing interior.
Address: 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291http://www.gjelina.com
BLUE STAR DONUTS:If you would like to try the best donuts in Los Angeles the true American way, you should stop by Blue Star Donuts for a out of the world experience. The taste cannot even be explained, it is simply heavenly. You can also see the donuts being made.
Address: 1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 http://www.bluestardonuts.com
CAFÈ GRATITUDE: Indulge in vegetarian wraps, green smoothies and healthy food in general surrounded by stunning interior. Perfect if you wish to eat a green breakfast or brunch in-between all the burgers and donuts.
Address: 639 N Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90004http://cafegratitude.com
LITTLE PINE: The newly opened vegan restaurant started by the one and only Moby is a hidden little pearl located in Silver Lake. Huge portions, relaxed vibe and super tasty food. The avocado toast, french toast and coconut yoghurt is highly recommended. Thumbs up for friendly staff.
Address: 2870 Rowena Avenue, Silver Lake, California 90039http://www.littlepinerestaurant.com
ACE HOTEL: The famous Ace Hotel is never disappointing whether you are in UK or USA, and the one in Los Angeles is no exception. We recommend you to have lunch at their restaurant L.A. Chapter and then finish off with a cocktail at their rooftop bar Mezzanine Bar.
Address: 929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015 http://www.acehotel.com/losangeles
FIG AND OLIVE:Restaurant serving fusion food (a mix of Italian, French and Spanish cuisine). Mouthwatering dishes beautifully presented, charming venue – located in the middle of charming Melrose Place.
Address: 8490 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069http://www.figandolive.com
GUISADOS:Proper tacos served the real Mexican way. The restaurant is really relaxed and has a friendly staff.
Address: 2100 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033 http://www.guisados.co
BURGER LOUNGE: Real American burgers, fries and milkshakes to die for, made of organic quality ingredients. Offers something for all diets: classic burgers, vegetarian burgers, gluten free or the extra chunky ones. Address: 8539 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069 http://www.burgerlounge.com
PRIMOPASSO COFFEE:Great coffee and interior, close to Santa Monica beach. Perfect for a small breakfast or a coffee break in the sun.
Address: 702 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403, United Stateshttp://primopassocoffee.com
A.O.C. LOS ANGELES:Spanish wine bar with marvellous tapas and a charming indoor patio.
Address: 8700 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, California 90048 http://www.aocwinebar.com
THE APARTMENT BY THE LINE:The second flat launched by The Line (the online brand and shop run by Vanessa Traina Snow) where you can buy everything - the clothes in the wardrobe, the furniture, the art, even the toothpaste. Situated in Melrose Place. Pay a visit to get inspired or to spoil yourself rotten!
Address: 8463 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90069 https://www.theline.com
TORTOISE GENERAL STORE:Beautiful, Asian handmade kitchen utilities, ceramics and decoration objects located in the heart of Abbot Kinney, close to Venice Beach.
Address: 1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291http://tortoisegeneralstore.com
ACNE: The Swedish brand which you can find almost everywhere around the world now. Nevertheless all of their shops are unique (interior wise) and worth a visit.
Address: 855 S Broadway, Los Angeles 90014, USA https://www.acnestudios.com
WHOLE FOODS: Yes indeed, you can find Whole foods in London too but the ones they have in Los Angeles are ten times bigger and better. They offer all sorts of healthy food and drinks you can imagine. Fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, special foods (like gluten free, diary free, rawfood, superfood etc.), pastries, juices, teas, seeds, fish and meat – you name it. Go mad in this food haven!
Address: 5269 River Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Text and photos by Thea Caroline Sneve Løvstad