Renegade Craft Fair

Los Angeles
Field Guide

We think of The Infatuation as our friends who always know where to eat. From guides to help you figure out where to take your Westside friends who never come to the Eastside, to reviews of the best new restaurants, The Infatuation is your most trusted restaurant resource. Check out their Los Angeles picks below, and visit theinfatuation.com for more on where to eat and drink in LA.

EAT by The Infatuation

Bavel

Infatuation Approved ✔️

Eating at Bavel, a modern Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District, isn’t about checking it off your list. You eat here because this is one of the most exciting restaurants in Los Angeles, and it feels like it’s going to stay that way.

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All Time

Infatuation Approved ✔️

All Time is California fine dining on the concrete front patio of a Los Feliz coffee shop. The dinner menu changes daily, but know that whatever is written on their glass placard menu will be incredible. Just be sure to save room for the cobbler at the end.

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If you’ve ever wanted to eat lunch at a church in France, but don’t have the funds, know that you can do it at Republique. The space alone is incredible, but it’s the food that puts this French spot among our favorite LA restaurants.

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Republique

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In a city with the best Thai food in the country, Night + Market is top of the class. Aside from the food, which is Thai classics with modern twists, the original location in Weho is always a party.

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Night + Market Weho

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Drive 10 miles east of DTLA and you’ll hit the San Gabriel Valley – a sprawling collection of suburbs where you’ll find some of the best Asian food in the country. If you’re looking for the best, head immediately to Chengdu Taste.

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Chengdu Taste

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Ask 20 people what the best taco is in LA and you’ll get 20 different answers. So let us help you – it’s Mariscos Jalisco. Their tacos dorado de cameron is one of the most essential single bites of food in the city.

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Mariscos Jaliscos

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DRINK by The Infatuation

Imperial Western Beer Company

Infatuation Approved ✔️

One of the most impressive bars in town based on sheer size, Imperial Western Beer Company is a brewery/bar inside of an old train terminal at Union Station. There are huge tables and tons of games to keep everybody entertained, and if you get sick of beer, there’s also a much smaller bar called Streamliner that serves excellent cocktails.

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Everson Royce Bar

Infatuation Approved ✔️

This somewhat-hidden Arts District spot is one of those places that makes getting everything right look easy – great cocktails, excellent bar food, a fun atmosphere, and the kind of back patio we could spend every Saturday night on for the rest of our lives.

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For whatever queer nightlife in LA represents to you, Akbar is the antithesis. This Los Feliz bar is the kind of place Weho could never have: Zero lines, cheap drinks, and a dance floor that you actually want to be seen on.

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Akbar

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The old-school German beer garden in Silver Lake doesn’t look like much from the outside, but go up that dark staircase in the piano lounge and you’ll find yourself outside on one of the best patios in town.

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Red Lion Tavern

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There’s no part of town that knows karaoke better than Koreatown, and Brass Monkey is its epicenter. This classic spot is a crowded, one-room tavern where things get rowdy fast and whole bar sing-alongs are commonplace.

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Cafe Brass Monkey

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Come to this Hollywood piano bar here almost any night of the week and you’ll be treated to Wicked sing-alongs, drag queen cabarets, and waitresses belting Celine Dion all while pouring the tequila shots you just ordered.

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Tramp Stamp Granny’s

Infatuation Approved ✔️

Snack

Konbi

Can we say an egg salad sandwich is iconic? Or a chocolate croissant? Order at Konbi’s window and take your beautifully packaged goodies to Echo Park Lake for the most perfect picnic.

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All Time

From the people who brought us Handsome (the shuttered Arts District café we still love and miss) comes Hillhurst’s newest toast-slinging resident, All Time. Grab a coffee and stay for a while, the patio is always inviting.

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Fluffy, decadent doughnuts are served alongside signature Sidecar coffee blends, created in collaboration with Portland’s Stumptown.

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Sidecar

What started as a DIY mobile coffee bar in Chinatown is now a bright and airy brick and mortar in Highland Park equipped with a full food and drink menu.

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Civil Coffee

Tucked in the back of our favorite Thai Town strip mall, Bhan Kanom has the best freshly-made Thai desserts like kanom krok, boba, and mango sticky rice.

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Bhan Kanom Thai

Soft serve ice cream served in a fish-shaped waffle caked with custard or Nutella. It’s SO good.

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Somi Somi

Shop

Cactus Store

All your cactus needs–that you didn’t know you had–can be fulfilled at Echo Park’s Cactus Store.

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Midland

Midland welcomes all to enjoy their assortment of well-chosen goods at their Culver and newly-opened Silverlake locations. Ceramics from Ojai, dresses from California, cookbooks from around the globe–all featured to showcase the art of slow fashion and ethically made wares.

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If we could live in any shop, it’d be Individual Medley. Find beautiful trinkets, useful homewares, and giftable goods at their Atwater location.

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Individual Medley

Big Bud Press developed their line of inspired-by-rainbows threads and accessories at Renegade Fairs and their brick and mortar in Echo Park.

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Big Bud Press

From Poketo to the Tartine Manufactory, The Row is ushering in a new kind of shopping experience that coalesces art, retail, and food and drink.

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The Row

Cozied up in a small space on Hyperion, County Ltd. offers mens clothing, homewares, and vintage furniture.

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County Ltd.

Do

Hauser & Wirth

From Mike Kelley’s ‘Kandors’ to Larry Bell’s illuminated cubes, we’ve started to really love Hauser & Wirth. The museum curates weird, wonderful exhibitions that are often immersive and extensive at their spacious Arts District home. Grab a bite or drink at Manuela while you’re there – it’s tucked in the museum’s open-air courtyard.

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Joshua Tree

Drive two hours east of LA to find Joshua Tree National Park: an otherworldly desert populated with rock formations and twisting Joshua Trees. Whether you camp inside the park or book a room, be sure to catch the sunrise and sunset–both stunning with pastel hues coloring the desolate landscape.

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The best views of both LA and the cosmos. Head to Griffith Observatory for astronomical inspiration, events, and exploration.

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Griffith Observatory

Perhaps the most beautiful bowling alley with an equally perfect food and drink menu.

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Highland Park Bowl

Enjoy an afternoon of biking along the LA River, which is now teeming with rare birds from herons to hawks.

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LA River Bike Path

Sit under Skylight’s indoor tree and find your next book – the well-curated staff picks make it easy.

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Skylight Books