West Hollywood is a haven for California’s A-List. Creative and diverse with that whiff of laid-back glamour it is the epitome of the Los Angeles lifestyle.
From the rock ‘n’ roll edge of Sunset Strip to the refined Design District, the city can adapt to many moods. You could just as easily spot a star shopping at one of Melrose Avenue’s boutiques as picking up their dry cleaning.
Go boho at Petit Ermitage
Petit Ermitage is a boho paradise. From the moment you step through the door and soak up the scent of this decadent and whimsical base there is a true sense of escapism. The friendly team go out of their way to make you feel at home. The attention to detail extends to the design that is eclectic and fanciful. Cosy fireplaces and sumptuous sofas make the bedrooms inviting. Handcrafted furniture and vintage accessories are complemented by a private art collection that includes original works by Miro, DeKooning, Erte, Rauschenberg and Dali.
Then there is the private rooftop with a swimming pool, fire deck and garden overlooking the Hollywood Hills. Watching the sunrise under the festoon lights over a leisurely breakfast is a rather special experience. The boutique hotel that dreams are made of.
Star spot at Delilah
From Kylie Jenner to Drake, this is the supper club that the celebrities cannot resist. Themed around the Roaring 20s, it is unashamedly opulent and provocative. Head there for live jazz and surprise guests. The cocktails are divine. Splash out on the Champagne Papi.
Taste Teppanyaki at Roku
This is a slick operation on Sunset Boulevard. The menu challenges traditional Teppanyaki with high quality ingredients and excellent sushi. Teppan chefs prepare A-5 Japanese Wagyu, Matsuzaka beef and Santa Barbara spot prawns at interactive grill tables. Hibachi shrimp and baked lobster are other highlights. The drinks list includes handpicked sakes, crafted cocktails and the largest selection of Japanese whiskey in the LA culinary scene.
Explore the Design District
Whether you are looking for home makeover inspiration or want to spot the latest interiors trend, West Hollywood’s Design District is anchored around the Pacific Design Center and is where the famous go to stock up on furniture. From Minotti and Roche Bobois to designer fashion and vintage boutiques, spend the day exploring showrooms and shops.
Soak up the ambience at Lucques
A stalwart of the WeHo dining scene, Lucques opened in 1998 and has been hailed as one of the district’s best restaurants ever since. James Beard award winning Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styn are the masterminds behind the menu and ambience. Originally the rustic carriage house of the Harold Lloyd Estate, Lucques’ decor of brick, wood beams, garden setting and wood-burning fireplace makes for a warm and charming space. From the grilled harissa chicken to black cod and diver scallops, dishes are carefully curated and beautifully presented.
Hike the Hollywood Hills
No visit to LA is complete without a hike. It is worth venturing slightly out of WeHo for the Bikes and Hikes Hollywood Hills Hike. Through Griffith Park, famous for its La La Land scenes, you will take in views of celebrity neighbourhoods and trendy movie star homes including Los Feliz, Hollywood and Silver Lake. Plus, pay a visit to the Griffith Observatory.
Check out Pacifique
Under the helm of chef Danielle Sobel, Pacifique is one of the new kids on the block and is quickly gaining a loyal following. Flavours are fused from Japan and the Pacific Rim. Drinks are the vision of Feisser Stone and Zachariah Parks from Barlingual. The setting is stylish, blending Japanese minimalism and Hollywood glamour.
Bag a booth at The Roger Room
This is a grittier take on the usually polished West Hollywood bar scene and that is just why we love it. Dark, moody and saloon-like, you can prop up the bar or find an intimate booth. Service is friendly and the cocktails are on point. Try the Tequila based El Gordo or Whisky infused Japanese Maple. Intoxicating.
Do brunch at Tesse
A great spot for brunch or dinner, Tesse is a chic addition to Sunset Boulevard. French cuisine is headed up by chef Raphael Francois and pastry connoisseur Sally Camacho Mueller. Salmon ceviche or the lobster roll are excellent brunch options. Dinner treats include the Frenchy truffle pizza or caviar toast.
The food pairs with a generous, interactive wine list designed by Jordan Ogron. For those who prefer something a bit stronger, the craft cocktails are by much acclaimed duo Nick Meyer and Julian Cox.
Sweat it out at Shape House
Balance out the food and indulgence with the latest LA wellness trend in the form of Shape House. The urban sweat lodge counts the Kardashians amongst fans. The concept is to sweat out your bad toxins with FAR infrared therapy by lying snugly in heated beds, sipping alkaline water and catching up on TV. The claim is that it helps with deeper sleep, stress relief, a faster metabolism and more youthful looking skin. One thing is for sure…it is an experience.
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