Order by weight and measure-by-hand, James Beard award recipient Nancy Silverton’s Highland Park eatery serves very, very good Roman-style pizza.
A vegetable-centric cookery from the minds of editors and writers, Botanica is a culinary magazine in real life, with artfully plated colors on every dish. The light and open space echoes the healthy and satisfying fare, with a promise of an inspired, balanced and fulfilling meal.
Fresh ingredients meet international flavors at Silverlake’s aesthetic and always-bustling Sqirl. Go during off-hours or brave the line – it’s always worth it for Chef Jessica Kaslow’s food.
Gone are the days of chasing the Guerrilla food truck. Our favorite sweet potato and corn nut taco is now readily available in the Arts District.
Classic Italian dishes served small-plate style with quality ingredients. Jon & Vinny’s is comfort food at its best, served at wooden booths and friendly digs.
Jon & Vinny’s
Easy to miss but hard to forget, Dune serves the freshest falafel on house made pita with tahini and hummus at their unassuming Atwater, Venice and Downtown locations.
Tenants of the Trees
If you’re going out on the East Side, your night either starts or ends at Tenants. It’s pretty, has a patio, and drinks are well made.
Punk, neon and hidden behind Downtown’s Bar Calcson, The Slipper Clutch is good for a game of pinball and a housemade rum and coke or vodka cranberry.
The Varish serves meticulously crafted cocktails at their speakeasy hidden in the storage room of Los Angeles’ oldest public house.
Perennially sunny with a delicious list of creative cocktails, Sawyer is perfect any night of the week for oysters and a drink.
Order the “Ooga Booga” at Tiki Ti’s 57-year-old-bar. You won’t regret it.
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.
Minimalist yet inviting, Maru Coffee is a Los Feliz treasure with a new Arts District location serving quality pourover coffee with a focus on beans sourced from high elevation. Artful pourovers are presented in wabi-sabi style mugs by Portland’s Notary Ceramics.
Fluffy, decadent doughnuts are served alongside signature Sidecar coffee blends, created in collaboration with Portland’s Stumptown.
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.
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.
Bhan Kanom Thai
Soft serve ice cream served in a fish-shaped waffle caked with custard or Nutella. It’s SO good.
Venice’s newest resident Older Brother is bringing ethical, “farm-to-body” clothing to Rose Ave. Bring home mushroom-dyed pants or an indigo sweatshirt, you’ll wear it forever.
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.
If we could live in any shop, it’d be Individual Medley. Find beautiful trinkets, useful homewares, and giftable goods at their Atwater location.
Big Bud Press developed their line of inspired-by-rainbows threads and accessories at Renegade Fairs and their brick and mortar in Echo Park.
Big Bud Press
From Smorgasburg Sundays to Poketo Pop-Ups, The Row is ushering in a new kind of shopping experience that coalesces art, retail, and food and drink.
Cozied up in a small space on Hyperion, County Ltd. offers mens clothing, homewares, and vintage furniture.
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.
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.
The best views of both LA and the cosmos. Head to Griffith Observatory for astronomical inspiration, events, and exploration.
Perhaps the most beautiful bowling alley with an equally perfect food and drink menu.
Highland Park Bowl
Enjoy an afternoon of biking along the LA River, which is now teeming with rare birds from herons to hawks.
LA River Bike Path
Sit under Skylight’s indoor tree and find your next book – the well-curated staff picks make it easy.