First-Timer’s Guide to West Hollywood
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Don’t let LA’s sprawling suburbs, lack of public transport and bewildering network of boulevards put you off. Base yourself in the hip neighbourhood of West Hollywood, where historic hotels, quirky bars, gourmet cafés, restaurants and fantastic boutique shopping are all within walking distance (or a short Uber drive) of one another. Yes, it’s LA but not as you know it.
Stay at Mondrian
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A guestroom key at Mondrian, located on LA’s famed Sunset Boulevard, gives you dibs on some of the city’s swankiest parties held in the hotel’s poolside area. Upstairs, the rooms are just as attractive, with statement beds and couches, Art Deco chandeliers and mirrors that turn into flat-screen TVs at the push of a button.
Brunch at Connie & Ted’s
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Chef Michael Cimarusti’s Providence is undoubtedly one of LA’s most sought-after dining spots but if you’re after exceptional seafood, make a beeline for his WeHo eatery, Connie & Ted’s. We love the brunch menu brimming with hot lobster rolls and shellfish marinara. If seafood isn’t your thing, the fried chicken sandwich with dill aïoli and spicy pickle relish is just as enticing.
Sweat it out at SoulCycle
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The SoulCycle craze is sweeping the United States, with First Lady Michelle Obama swearing by it. At LA’s West Hollywood outpost, catch a piece of the glammed-up spinning-class action, complete with votive lights, blaring music and a ripped instructor who often breaks into vigorous dance moves.
Rooftop cocktails at The London
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The beautifully designed guestrooms and suites (one of them by Vivienne Westwood) and the elegant dining rooms and lobby make The London one of LA’s most stylish hotels. Our favourite spot is the hotel’s 10th-floor rooftop with glorious city views. Enjoy a swim here or make your way to the Boxwood on the Roof lounge for Sunday brunch.
Explore the Design District
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No trip to LA is complete without at least one celebrity sighting and your best bet in West Hollywood is the Design District. It’s the epicentre of high-end art, design and fashion stores, from 3.1 Phillip Lim and Alberta Ferretti to Christian Louboutin and Stella McCartney. Make sure you visit legendary interior design showroom Phyllis Morris, whose clients include Tyra Banks, Queen Latifah, Avril Lavigne, Christina Aguilera and Sylvester Stallone.
Lunch at Gracias Madre
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Gracias Madre is one of the most talked-about eateries in West Hollywood right now – thanks, in no small part, to its vegan menu with a delicious Mexican slant. Dig into the crab cake torta with lemon aïoli or enjoy the quesadilla with chorizo tempeh and pumpkin seed salsa.
Shop on Sunset Boulevard
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With stores like H. Lorenzo, Hugo Boss, Nicole Miller and Calypso St Barth on Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood’s shopping scene is not to be missed – and it’s not far from Mondrian hotel. Head to Armani Exchange for designerwear often on sale; or make your way to Kin Los Angeles for clothing and accessories for men and women from more than 20 labels.
Get red-carpet-ready at Kinara
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Enjoy a deep detox facial at Reese Witherspoon’s favourite LA skincare clinic, Kinara. The Hollywood hot shot is a regular here. One look at the menu and it’s easy to see why. In addition to a range of anti-ageing and skin-replenishing therapies, the clinic offers a number of body treatments, from the milk-and-honey scrub to relaxing massages – just what you need to get you in the mood for a glamorous night out.
Dinner and drinks at E.P. & L.P.
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Enjoy a specialty cocktail – our pick is the WeHo Welcome with vodka, curaçao, tangerine, bubbles and Angostura bitters – at the top-floor L.P. Rooftop Bar (pictured). Then make your way to the first-floor E.P. Asian Eating House at this multi-storey venue on Melrose Avenue for robustly flavoured Asian dishes such as pan-fried snapper with white soy and cilantro.