You, our lovely reader, know by now that we’re a New York based site that blogs about the intersection between fashion and food. We love to guide you to restaurants and shops, introduce you to wine trends, and even talk menswear from time to time. But what you might not know is that this site started off as a personal style blog where I (the founder) would write the occasional travel guide sprinkled in with some style inspiration. Well, my friends, I’m not ready to let that go. Not when I just came back from a trip I could not wait to share with all of you. I know Los Angeles isn’t a foreign land and I’m sure many of you have been several times. Hell, I might even have some readers from there. But that’s not going to stop me from telling you what to do even outside our city.
Anyway, let me humor you and tell you a thing or two about LA because you know what, this cynical New Yorker really enjoyed it. It is now a personal goal of mine to become bi-coastal one day. Some say the food scene is horrible– I’m here to back you Angelenos up and say I thoroughly dig your restaurants. The bar scene on the other hand still has a long way to go but it wasn’t all that bad. And shopping, well you have us beat with charming home goods. That much is for sure.
So for the sake of not overwhelming you with every single detail of my 6 day trip (I went to A LOT of places) I’m going to give you a breakdown of some of my favorites and shortlist some other local haunts according to neighborhoods.
If you’re from New York, you’ll fit right in at this beautifully designed restaurant & bar in West Hollywood. We made it our first dining spot and were impressed with everything we ordered. Some musts: the fresh burrata, roasted brussel sprouts, and tagliatelle with razor clams. But actually, you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu.
Though seriously lacking in the decor department, the food and service at Animal was outstanding. For the “foodie” New Yorker that will eat just about any animal part, this is just another restaurant that uses carnivore favorites such as pig ears, sweetbreads, etc etc. But for Angelenos, this is the place to go buck wild and consume animal parts you’ve never dreamt of. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Great for groups, strong margaritas and uni guacamole. It was love at first menu sight.
It’d be a sin to not grab a beer and wings here. Also, have fun being a tourist and ask your waitress where regular bar-patron Janis Joplin carved her initials (for those of you who don’t know, this is where Janis was last spotted before her overdose.) It’s pretty chilling!
Brunch it up in the garden. It’s relaxed with just the right amount of “cool kid” vibe.
Whether you hit up their WeHo or Silver Lake location, you can’t go wrong with Night + Market, a low brow Thai spot that is not afraid to go heavy on the spice– beware! Make sure you order sticky rice, it’ll be your saving grace if you’re not good with heat.
Even though this place has been around for a while now, I actually really loved it. The music was the perfect mix of hip-hop and oldies. The drinks were by far the best I had in Los Angeles and it definitely doesn’t hurt they have a door to keep the Roosevelt Hotel tourists out. Big fan. Plus, bowling!
Though my cocktail experience wasn’t the best (my boyfriend enjoyed his though) I instantly fell in love with Library Bar’s vibe. It has that Rose Bar swank with Death & Co’s black on black on black decor.
Salt Air is the kind of place I would eat every day if I lived in Venice and had that movie star paper. Though it’s not ridiculously overpriced, the menu consist of mostly light, seafood dishes that are perfect for that LA diet. Some standouts: the butter poached cod and the bok choy. Beyond delicious.
This restaurant embodies what I love about Abbot Kinney– I call it “beach swank.” It’s not your typical beach town restaurant but a refined one. The food (& prices) reflect that.
We unfortunately did not get to make it here but it was everyone’s number one place to eat in Venice. Just expect long waits if you don’t make a reservation.
I’m a fan of this bar group (they also have “rooms” in Miami, West Village, Tribeca, Soho.) Their Venice location is just as charming– good music, craft beers and local wines.
Though I didn’t get to explore Silver Lake as much as I would have liked, I have to say I’m glad we stopped in Cafe Stella– a quaint cafe and bar conveniently located next to the always busy Intelligentsia. It has charm up the wazoo and their cocktails were spot on.
I’m still daydreaming about Duke’s green curry steamed clams and their stunning views. It was our first stop of the trip and I’d do it over and over again (sorry In-n-Out.)
Where to Shop
Venice: Satine is an amazingly curated store with brands such as Kenzo, Wren, and Lanvin. Also make sure to check out Will Leather Goods (opening in Nolita soon) and The Piece Collective for amazing home decor. Better yet, just make sure you walk up and down Abbot Kinney a few times, which was named the coolest block in America by GQ. Taste The Style agrees.
Silver Lake: There was definitely some good shopping to be done in Silver Lake but sadly I was there on Easter Sunday so many stores were closed. However, I did manage to check out a couple of adorable shops– Reform School and Bucks and Does are must gos.
And now, the photo journal of my LA trip with the beau. (All taken with my handy and always reliable iPhone 5.) Special thank you to our amazing friends out there who told us where to go and showed us a good time. You are all the bees knees.