Amoeba Records in Hollywood is a must for music fans. Escape the heat and explore a fountain of musical greatness, but be careful as it might just be dark when you decide to leave.
6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, United States -
You’re thinking, ‘I know that film’ and yes, you are right. It’s the opening scene from Reservoir Dogs and Pat & Lorraines Coffee Shop is where that took place. It’s a simple, inviting place serving up hearty portions of American breakfasts & Mexican dishes with friendly service and endless coffee refills. Want a proper greasy-spoon all-day breakfast joint? This is the place….just don’t tell us you don’t believe in tipping. Throw a buck!
4720 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, United States -
California’s first drive through burger joint opened back in 1948…quickly following that is the two way speaker box allowing customers to order their meal without leaving their car. Now, in 2015 they have opened their 300th branch and is a staple of the LA food vocabulary. Their menu is small, with just three burgers, fries and drinks….but hold the phone, there’s a secret menu which is a not so secret menu…where they prepare their burgers based on how customers like ’em which ranges from animal style, grilled cheese, 4 x 4 (thats FOUR patties in one burger) or protein style…it’s ALL in how you drop that order. How does it rate? Pretty damn good!
7009 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, United States -
The talking point of C & O Cucina is there ‘Killer Garlic Rolls’. Baked fresh, these bad boys are delivered to your table until you say stop. You will also receive a arming from your waiter to ‘pace yourself’ and that is probably the best advice you could ever get. It’s impossible to eat just one however the portions here are HUGE (it’s LA baby!) so leave room for what you actually order. C & O Cucina sold school, you’ll notice the countless photos on the walls of Italian immigrants and famous Italian American personalities and beside Italian dishes there is a grill menu and a full bar too…we recommend the seafood linguine!
3016 Washington Boulevard, Marina del Rey, California 90292, United States -
It’s all about those American classics; hand-crafted cocktails, fine wines, craft beers, artisan baked goods, hand-roasted coffee, hand-crafted teas and even their own chocolate at Alcove Cafe. Housed in two historic bungalows, Alcove is surrounded by a huge garden patio offering sun and shade. We have it on good authority that those LA A-listers MIGHT just frequent here from time to time. The breakfast menu has endless options that are both damn right naughty as well as helping to kick your body into shape…and the Warriors Breakfast totally grabbed us. Give your order at the counter inside and check out the board for smoothies, juices and other beverage and in the evening they even screen movies…it’s a BEAUT.
1929 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States -
Even on a weekday the queues for this joint are LONG! It’s hotter than August and be it the name that intrigues you or your love for eggs, Egg Slut have taken the breakfast staple and made it accessible at any time of day. It’s a master craft in co-ordination as the queue moves up, the orders drop in and the food rocks out…it must be CHAOS in there. The menu is short but varied with some interesting concepts and creations, the bacon egg and cheese keeps it simple and won’t disappoint. If you’re feeling more adventurous then go for their special ‘Slut’, a coddled egg on top of a smooth potato purée which is then poached in a glass jar and served with a demi baguette. No wonder the queues are so big…Egg Slut has ’em lining up around the block.
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, United States -
A replica of a palace in the Yamashiro mountains near Kyoto, here you will not only find sushi and Cal-Asian food but the most amazing views of Los Angeles from it’s viewpoint, set on the eastern edge of the Hollywood Hills. The food keeps inline with the expectations a place like this would bring, both being pretty and spectacular, the spicy tuna and crab rolls wholeheartedly won us over.
1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068, United States -
Housed in the Marina Del Rey Hotel, SALT, serves up fresh, seasonally inspired and locally sourced food from breakfast through to dinner. The place is dapper and service top notch, which falls inline with the cool contemporary spacious restaurant. The breakfast sandwich made of organic egg over easy, avocado, applewood smoked bacon, hooks cheddar, house-made tomato jam & buttered onion on pain de mie was a bite and we rather liked. SALT also offers amazing views over the harbour, a picturesque sea side wonder which has the world’s largest man-made small craft harbour where 6,500 boats are docked.
13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, United States -
One of the coolest joints we’ve visited, this Asian Eating House sits in West Hollywood right off Melrose Avenue. The restaurant decor is as intoxicating as the menu with food designed to share, good job too as you’ll want to try it all. With roots in Thai cooking infused with Chinese, Fijian and Vietnamese overtones you will be taken on a journey through sweet, sour, salty and spicy. Once you’ve taken in the food, head upstairs to the rooftop terrace and take in the views of the city as the sun heads down. LA is beautiful baby and life is good.
603 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, United States -
Honouring the mothers who work tirelessly in the kitchens of Mexico, Gracias Madre is a fully organ, plant based vegan Mexican restaurant set in beautiful surrounds both in and outdoors. This place screams health and good living, they serve clean food good for the body and mind with bold flavours and seasonally-conscious ingredients. Their juices will get things flowing with all sorts of concoctions raking up your 5 a day count. Menus cover brunch through to dinner and we found choosing a few bits from the ‘small bites’ was a good way of getting a bit of everything, the Quesadilla a la Carta of butternut squash and caramelized onion was pretty spesh.
8905 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069, United States -
We love bao buns and we love a good pun, so Take A Bao has us sold. As you would expect from a restaurant with bao in the name, the buns are great...they even do a banana and Nutella dessert version. The rest of the pan-Asian menu lives up to the buns, with the Chinese Chicken Salad, Pad Thai, and Korean BBQ Short Rib all going down very well. In typical American fashion, the portions are massive and with really reasonable prices, it's a total steal too.
11838 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, United States -
Pitfire Pizza slings out artisan, wood-fired pizzas that are affordable as well as pretty damn tasty. They've got your classic margheritas and pepperonis, as well as more inventive pizzas like burrata, hazelnut & caramelised onion, and shrimp, garlic & chilli. Plus they were doing a Sausage Party pie before it ever became a movie. There's a few Pitfires scattered around LA, but the NoHo site has a great outdoor area, complete with a fire/table hybrid right in the middle of it all.
5211 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601, United States -
With just a wall of plants and a door on the outside...no signs here...a bar that looks like a library, and Moroccan-inspired courtyard full of candles and trailing ivy, Firefly is a real beaut, and is a great spot if you score yourself a date. With a focus on local and organic ingredients, the menu more than matches the surroundings. It changes seasonally, but the shrimp bucatini with bottarga, tomato, lemon, capers and breadcrumbs is bangin'.
11720 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, United States -
Nestled in between the NoHo Arts District, Griffith Park and the studios, The Garland is away from the madness of Hollywood but still central enough to make travelling around the city easy. With tons of outdoor space and plenty of tree cover, it definitely has that 'urban oasis' vibe. The retro-inspired rooms are spacious and super comfy; the Front Yard restaurant serves up grub that showcases LA's diverse food scene; the pool has a large sun deck and bar; and they even sell locally-sourced Cali products in their on-site store...all in all, it's a mellow and relaxing environment. And with hotel activities happening every day of the week, from complimentary wine tastings to poolside movies to tai chi yoga, The Garland is a place to hang out as well as sleep.
4222 Vineland Avenue, North Hollywood, California 91602, United States -
EAT is one of the best places in NoHo for breakfast but you better come hungry because the portions are big. Seriously big. You can go healthy-ish with omelettes and egg scrambles...although most of these contain three eggs, fillings, toast, plus a side of potatoes, veg or fruit...or you can go all-out with stacked pancakes and french toast. Whatever you go for, it's gonna taste good and it's most certainly gonna fill you up.
11108 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, California 91601, United States -
L.A. Chapter sits just off the lobby in the Ace Hotel in downtown LA and will see you through from brekkie to dinner. Like many of LAs restaurants, there's an emphasis on locally-sourced and organic ingredients, so you know whatever you order, it's gonna be fresh. It's a modern, predominantly European menu, but they do serve up a grilled cheese and a hamburger, for those days when nothing else'll do. Once you're done dining, head on up to the rooftop for a bev or two...it's not the biggest terrace in the world but you do get some damn good views of DTLA. Do it for the 'gram.
929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015, United States -
The Standard in Downtown LA, is the second property in The Standard Hotels family, it was originally used as the corporate headquarters of Superior Oil when it was built in 1956. Today it's an uber cool, chic M.F that embodies everything about the sunshine state of California that you could imagine...yes this is innovative hospitality.
The 207 room hotel has a variety spaces, including two penthouses and the aptly named 'Wow Rooms' which is where we laid our heads. The rooms are Instagram heaven, from the giant black foot plonked on the bathroom floor to the in-room tub which could qualify as a swimming pool. There's even a whole other room just for the shower. Decor wise it's inspired by the 60's and 70's with a huge platform bed that sits next to a bright orange corner sofa - big enough to sit the entire LA Lakers. Rooms are pet friendly and have everything you could need from sweets to reading material.
Outside of the rooms the hotel has plenty to boast about too with a rooftop pool, waterbed cabanas, 24/7 restaurant, shop, photo booth, Rudy’s Barbershop and even a Ping-Pong club. The Standard, is anything but standard, so raise your game and enjoy the panoramic views of LA in one of their cool hotel rooms.
550 South Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071, United States -