+ The Bazaar
The Bazaar also features vitrines curated by Murray Moss of Manhattan’s (and West Hollywood’s) hyper-design shop Moss, and if you see something you’ve just got to have — a fabulously expensive Nymphemburg porcelain tchotchke, a gilded piglet piggy bank, a vintage model powerboat, a fetching pair of gentleman’s shoes or, my favorite, a set of finger puppets depicting five or six notables (including Maharishi Mahesh Yogi) — why, by all means break out that platinum credit card. The rest of us will just goggle.
The Bazaar has some of the same theatricality, but it’s more accessible. And more fun. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a serious restaurant (serious in the sense that each dish is a revelation) that was as engaging and playful. Yet each dish has a kind of laser precision, especially the more contemporary ones from the Blanca side of the menu.
+ The Grill
On January 31, 1984, The Grill on the Alley, located steps from Rodeo Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills, opened its doors and became an instant hit. Its continued success has earned The Grill an international reputation for quality and consistency. The three founders developed a concept that still draws fans worldwide. The Grill today continues its legendary traditions in major United States cities by offering an extensive selection of superior quality classic American food served by dedicated professionals in a sophisticated, yet warm and unpretentious atmosphere.
The Grill (as it is sometimes known) was modeled after the great grills of New York and San Francisco; the founders seeking to maintain the tradition of those fine, old establishments by offering first-rate fare, attentive service, and a familiar, dignified atmosphere. The response was tremendous, as The Grill evolved into one of the Los Angeles area’s best known, “must-do” places.
The Grill’s second location was opened in May, 1998, at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California, in the heart of the Silicon Valley.
The Grill on the Alley in Chicago opened on downtown Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” in June 2000, and is just steps from Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Marshall Field’s, Water Tower Place, and
The fourth The Grill – known as The Grill on Hollywood – opened in Hollywood’s Hollywood and Highland Entertainment Complex in November 2001. This bustling center is home to the Kodak Theater which hosts The Academy Awards year after year, and attracts locals and tourists alike.
The Grill on the Alley in Dallas, Texas opened in July 2006, and is part of the Galleria Dallas, the busiest upscale shopping destination in the city. The sixth The Grill on the Alley is located at The Promenade at Westlake, a Mediterranean-styled outdoor shopping and entertainment center featuring some of the most well respected merchants in the world. And the most recent addition is The Grill on the Alley Aventura. Located in the Aventura Mall, which is ranked as the number one shopping destination among international visitors.
+ Osteria La Buca
Osteria la Buca is located on Melrose Ave, two blocks East of Paramount Studios on the outskirts of Hollywood. We celebrate the gift that is Southern California produce and grass roots Italian cooking. We have a focused list of Italian and California wines and offer a full bar specializing in boutique spirits from around the world. We represent handmade, whole beast, long braise, and farm fresh traditions. We welcome all to gather around our tables.
+ Red O
A collaborative effort between Mike Dobson and Rick Teasta of Ma’Kai Lounge and Mexican maestro chef Rick Bayless. From top dishes representative of classic Mexican flavors, Pollo en Mole Poblano – grilled chicken, mole poblano, black beans, watercress salad — to the Carne Asada Brava – green chile-marinated Creekstone Natural ribeye, roasty salsa huevona, sweet corn tamales and grilled knob onions, the food here is amazing. The atmosphere is outstanding. Elegant, and modern, not over the top but enough to make you notice. Nothing is sparred here at Red O.
+ Hard Rock LA
Hard Rock is a haven for fans of music, food, and great times. Whether you are down for a Legendary Burger, live music, a Classic Tee, a Rock Star Suite, or the latest collectible pin, there’s something for everyone. Every Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel & Casino, or Live around the world serves up authentic experiences that rock. Since its establishment in 1971, Hard Rock has also been committed to a wide variety of philanthropic causes and activities. Love All – Serve All.
+ Ted Baker
From the beginning Ted has had a very clear, unswerving, focus on quality, attention to detail and a quirky sense of humour, so much so in fact that the first stores used to provide a laundry service for every shirt purchased – something that gained the quickly growing brand the title of ‘No Ordinary Designer Label’. Everything produced under the Ted Baker name has his personality woven into its very heart.
As you would expect from Ted, the approach to marketing the brand remains the same as it was from day one … primarily by word of mouth and out of the ordinary marketing. What other brand would give away Paxo stuffing at Christmas, a can of chocolate bunny hotpot for Easter, or even special world-cup 2006 football cards, Roy of the Rovers style? Ted remains one of the only brands to be built into an international designer label without an advertising campaign.
+ Roseark’s Red & Violets are Bedazzled
With hundreds of jewelry stores in Los Angeles, it takes a truly unique store to stand out amongst the rest. Roseark, located in West Hollywood, is filled with designer one of a kind pieces and elegant jewelry that is every L.A. fashionista’s secret gem. Designers such as Kathy Rose (Bravo’s Launch My Line) and Jennifer Meyer (Tobey Maguire’s wife) showcase pieces like wrap around snake cuffs and over the top emerald cocktail rings.
Some of the best jewelry from Roseark are the small and intricate pieces, such as the simple gold peace sign bracelet and horizontal cross necklace. Roseark’s true mainstream claim to fame came when Taylor Jacobson, star of The Rachel Zoe Project, sported a gold cross necklace each episode and twittered about her Roseark purchase. With beautiful jewelry, accessories and famous shoppers, Roseark is an absolute must for the jewelry aficionado.
+ If You’re Looking for Classy, Go To Trashy Lingerie
When the Playmates are on the prowl for Halloween costumes and the celebs are in the market for some serious lingerie, the only way to go is to go Trashy. The classy vibe is seen in the expensive price tags and even more extravagant party costumes worn by Hef’s ladies.
Trashy Lingerie, located on the corner of La Cienega, looks just as cute on the inside as it does on the outside. The bright pink exterior is home to the most amazing costumes and priceless lingerie. Anything from $300 dollar sailor outfits to mix-and-match bras and undergarments can be found.
The “members only” feature requires flashing a pink card at the door to gain access to all the goods. Once inside, the walls feature anything from lingerie sets to hooker heels by the dozen. The personal shopping experience with a lingerie expert makes the visit to Trashy feel ever so classy. If you are looking to go trashy but need a serious deal, check the website for Holiday deals offering anywhere from 40-50% off Trashy sets.
+ A Whole New Way to Soak In The Sun: Santa Monica Place
Looking to spend your day shopping? What about a nice glass of wine with an ocean view? Well, if you think you have to pick one or the other, you clearly haven’t visited Santa Monica Place yet.
This new shopping and dining compound is the newest addition to the Santa Monica area, offering everything under the sun, and more.
And just when you made the rounds and worked up an appetite, don’t expect your average mall food court (even though they do have that). You can also head right to the top and visit a number of fabulous restaurants, including Sonoma Wine Garden, a restaurant that has quickly become popular for their cheese plates, pizza and selection of wine.
So drop those bags, grab a glass of wine and put your feet up as you soak in the sun – Sonoma’s patio has a breathtaking view of the water.
Welcome to paradise – we mean Santa Monica.
395 Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica, CA 90401
+ No Need to Shop Elsewhere: Noni Boutique
Located in the Larchmont shopping district, Noni Boutique definitely stands out when it comes to high-end women’s fashion and designs. Whether it is that perfect cocktail dress you are looking for or a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, Noni only carries the best and can offer some styling guidance and advice for the girl who can’t seem to make up her mind.
The racks at Noni are filled with big names such as Vivienne Westwood, Anna Sui and anyone else who is major in the fashion industry. Though Noni is considered to be one of the trendiest stores on the block, it also combines art and fashion to create a one-stop-shop for the fashion and art enthusiast. Many gallery viewings and art openings have occurred in the store so patrons can enjoy art and fashion in one viewing.
Even though some of the items at Noni are on the pricier side, be sure to attend their famous Semi-annual Sidewalk Sale that happens as a part of their “spring cleaning.”
+ La Brea Tar Pits
The La Brea Tar Pits (or Rancho La Brea Tar Pits) are a cluster of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed, in the urban heart of Los Angeles. Asphaltum or tar (brea in Spanish) has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years. The tar is often covered with water. Over many centuries, animals that came to drink the water fell in, sank in the tar, and were preserved as bones. The George C. Page Museum is dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there. The La Brea Tar Pits are now a registered National Natural Landmark.
Tar pits form when crude oil seeps to the surface through fissures in the Earth’s crust; the light fraction of the oil evaporates, leaving behind the heavy tar, or asphalt, in sticky pools. Tar from the La Brea tar pits was used for thousands of years by local native Americans, as a glue and as waterproof caulking for baskets and canoes. After the arrival of Westerners, the tar from these pits was mined and used for roofing by the inhabitants of the nearby town of Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles.
+ Jon Lovitz Comedy Club
The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club features live stand-up comedy by some of the hottest national headlining comedians. The club’s 3 floors open to a perfect view of the stage and the casual tropical décor makes visitors feel as if they’re on an island vacation. In addition, the club also boasts a state-of-the-art sound and video system, as well as a full bar and gourmet menu.
+ Singing the Blues: House of Blues Hollywood
Though they may call it the House of Blues, you most likely won’t be singing them once you head on over. Since the House of Blues can be found in pretty much any large U.S. city, the 1994 opening of the Sunset Boulevard location had to be special.
Even from the outside, the House of Blues on Sunset is covered in tin and looks like an old rock ‘n’ roll house situated on the boulevard. Filled with different works of art and elements of architecture, the House of Blues has become a great place to throw events in Los Angeles as well as listen to lives music from some of the greatest bands and performers.
With multiple bars, levels and rooms to roam, the House of Blues is pretty impressive, until you snag yourself a membership to the Foundation Room, where all bets are off. With prayer rooms, city views and fireplaces, the Foundation Room brings drinking, dining and listening to live music up a notch.
+ A Dash of Moxie With Your Roxy: The Roxy Theatre
Since most famous music institutions in Los Angeles are located on Sunset Boulevard, it’s no wonder that the Roxy Theatre has become apart of that family. Ever since the days of live shows from Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, the Roxy has become a must for up-and-coming musicians and those who feel like giving a little love back to the fans.
The Roxy itself is an intimate space with open dance floor and bar. Though most of the music performed at the Roxy is loud enough to blow out an eardrum, the Theatre has also become a place where comedy shows and performance art can take place.
Though the Roxy makes for the perfect night out in L.A., many visitors boast about ‘On The Rox’, an after-hours bar upstairs with DJ and all night debauchery. If you wish to make it out alive without getting bombarded by crowds, park across the street in the open lot, especially if you are visiting on the weekend.
+ New Director, New Sound at LA Philharmonic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic has a new director, 28 year-old Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who is already wowing A-list Californian crowds and reaching the top of the classical Billboard charts. Dudamel began his tenure in October and in his first concert, he received a standing ovation before he had even begun. He has an incredible energy and artistry that has made him one of the most sought-after conductors around the world. His work is so incredible that TIME magazine named him one of the most influential people of 2009.
Make sure to check out Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic. There are always a many different types of concerts performed year-round, from holiday themed performances to jazz bands to beautiful classical music, for every musical taste.
+ Full Hollywood Experience at the Andaz Hotel
In the land of expensive hotels and luxurious condominiums, it truly takes an amazing hotel to make any kind of impression. With views of the Hollywood Hills and Sunset Strip, it is no wonder that the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood is making such a splash.
With modern rooms featuring panoramic views and flat screen televisions, the Andaz is the perfect place to stay when you are looking for that Hollywood experience. Along with amazing room accommodations and amenities, the Andaz also features a rooftop deck for late night cocktails and RH Restaurant & Bar for all your drinking and dining needs.
Though beautiful and elegant, the Andaz Hotel is receiving popular reviews ultimately due to its location. Snuggled up in the hustle and bustle of Sunset Boulevard, the location is ideal for hitting the nightclub scene or daytime shopping. Unlike massive hotels like the Beverly Hills Hotel and Four Seasons, the Andaz delivers a more personal experience that makes visitors feel as though they are staying in a boutique hotel.
With exceptional views and a perfect location, the Andaz is the place to stay if you are looking for an A-list experience along with the A-listers.
+ Hollywood Royalty Slumber Party: Sunset Marquis
If you are from Los Angeles or simply have been here before, you probably think you know all the best places to stay on Sunset Strip. But if you head off Sunset, you’ll find Sunset Marquis, where Hollywood royalty come to “get away from it all.”
This hotel, hidden by trees and fences, is definitely one of those places you either know about or have been before. With gorgeous rooms and five-star service, even if your last name doesn’t end in Lohan or Spears, you’ll still be treated like a star.
But Sunset Marquis is also just as fun as a watering hole one Saturday night or a quick place to grab a meal at Restaurant, the hotel’s eating establishment.
And for those wild Hollywood nights you have with your friends, Bar 1200 is the perfect night cap – just make sure your makeup and hair are still in tact. The likelihood of a celeb spotting is almost too high.
So whenever you want a quick getaway or a night out with the girls, follow the Sunset.
1200 Alta Loma Road
West Hollywood, California 90069
+ Maya Kind of Hotel: Hotel Maya
If you are headed to Long Beach or are interested in taking a tour of the Queen Mary, make sure you snag a room at Hotel Maya, a boutique hotel located in Long Beach along the water. This newly renovated hotel has all the basic hotel amenities such as dining options and pool but with an added element of luxury and sophistication.
With 199 guest rooms to choose from, Hotel Maya has accommodations for everyone, from those looking for rooms with a basic gardenview or those looking to unwind in the Grande Vista Jr. Suite. In-room amenities can include anything from pillow-top mattresses, flat screen TVs and private balcony.
The ever popular Fuego restaurant, featured on Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, is the perfect dining experience that combines Latin flavors with authentic Mexican cuisine. Other popular amenities at Hotel Maya are the outdoor heated pool, indoor fitness center and limousine transportation available upon request.
Once you stay at Hotel Maya, you may never want to utter another name.
+ The Ultimate Staycation: Roosevelt Hotel
If you are looking for the ultimate staycation, pack your bags to the brim.
The Roosevelt Hotel is one of the only hotels in Los Angeles where you can enjoy the best burger, best pool and best bar the city has to offer. Dining at the Roosevelt means trying a burger at 25 Degrees, a restaurant inside the hotel that is open seven days a week where burger lovers can unite.
Once you finish the last crumb of your burger, a drink at the Tropicana Bar is essential. The poolside bar has become a popular hangout for young Hollywood royalty and a plethora of celebrities and their followers. For those looking to get out of their bathing suits and into nighttime attire, a visit to Teddy’s located directly off the lobby is perfect for sipping and star-spotting ,if the lines aren’t long and guest lists aren’t strict.
After you have wined, dined and laid by the pool, trust us, you’ll never want to leave.
Hey, we told you to over pack.
+ Chipper at The Charlie
You’ve seen hotel rooms with private kitchenettes, blackout shades and even a personal butler. If you think you have seen it all when it comes to living in the lap of luxury, you haven’t seen anything yet. Welcome to The Charlie Hotel.
It may sound like an ordinary hotel but it is anything but. Located in West Hollywood, The Charlie is made out of 14 bungalows all named after famous faces such as Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and of course, Charlie Chaplin himself. The 14 bungalows all located on the street N. Sweetzer are the most luxurious and elegant bungalows, if you can even call them that, that anyone would be lucky enough to stay in. Whether you choose a two bedroom bungalow or a two bedroom apartment, each guest is meant to feel as though they are in someone’s home rather than a guest at a hotel.
Each bungalow features typical hotel services such as room cleaning and internet, but what separates The Charlie from others is its commitment to personal assistance, with amenities such as dog walking, weekly fresh flower deliveries and a gardener.
If a month or even a day at The Charlie sounds ideal, join the club. Celebrities such as Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were once spotted checking in to one of the bungalows. Apparently Chaplin is trying to keep the tradition alive, from one celebrity to another.