Grand Central Market
Sip on a G&B drip coffee as you wait for Eggslut’s famous breakfast sandwich at LA’s reinvigorated Grand Central Market. The historic 1917 culinary hub is home to an emporium of eats and treats from wood fired pizza to oysters, as well as a lively events calendar featuring jazz, Drag Queen Bingo, and Trivia Tuesdays.
From the lauded minds of Gjelina pizza comes Gjusta, a simply perfect artisanal bakery in the heart of Venice. Serving an expansive menu of in-house baked breads, pastries, salads and sandwiches, Gjusta’s counter has something for everyone to take to their quaint patio furnished with milk crate seating.
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.
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
Enjoy French-meets-California classics like oysters, crudités, and seasonal salads in Melody’s indoor-outdoor Virgil Village home.
The ambitious Atwater bistro Journeymen hopes to usher in a new era of dining to LA–one that focuses on a seamless experience, small bites, and local ingredients.
Fresh ingredients meet international flavors at Silverlake’s aesthetic and always-bustling Sqirl.
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.
Part beer garden, part brewery, Block Party celebrates community and inclusivity at their Highland Park picnic-tabled patio. Guests are welcome to bring their own food to enjoy alongside the select menu of craft beers, small batch wines and food truck bites.
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.
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, an assortment of quality roasted beans and the best espresso.
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.
Embracing the ideology of quality over quantity, Good Liver offers an assortment of well-made goods built to last. The shop is meticulously curated with objects from homewares to outdoor tools, each with its own history and story.
From the minds of event planners, Midland welcomes all to enjoy their assortment of well-chosen goods. Ceramics from Ojai, dresses from California, cookbooks from around the globe–all featured to showcase the art of slow fashion and ethically made wares.
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. The reimagined Terminal Market also hosts events like rooftop yoga, al fresco concerts, and movie nights.
Curate your desk with Shorthand’s beautiful selection of office supplies from erasers to notebooks. Tucked in the heart of Highland Park, the shop is also home to Iron Curtain Press, which handmakes greeting cards onsite that are sold in store.
Curatorially displayed trinkets, ceramics, clothes and accessories live at Atwater’s friendly and plant-clad mainstay.
Walking into Broome Street General feels like entering a traveler’s home that is decorated with everything from artful stationary to hand-whittles utensils. The general store also serves coffee at their quiet patio.
Big Bud Press developed their line of inspired-by-rainbows threads and accessories at RCF Fairs and recently opened their brick and mortar in Echo Park.
BIG BUD PRESS
CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM
Along the historic Museum row, across from LACMA and tucked in a French Provincial mansion, LA’s little-known Craft and Folk Art Museum is the place to find emerging artists, craft objects and folk art. CAFAM also hosts workshops from natural dyeing to DIY huarache sandals.
Pack a blanket, a charcuterie platter and a bottle of wine for Cinespia’s film screenings hosted in parks, meadows, and even cemeteries. From Wizard of Oz to Superbad, movies range from cult to classic, all to be enjoyed under the stars on warm LA nights.
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.
Boasting pieces by Jean- Michel Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama, Alexander Calder and Chuck Close, philanthropist Eli Broad’s collection comes to life at the honeycomb-inspired museum. The Broad also hosts events from poetry readings to music nights. Grab a drink and stay for dinner at the museum’s relaxed but sophisticated restaurant, Otium.
The best views of both LA and the cosmos. Head to Griffith Observatory for astronomical inspiration, events, and exploration.
A failed 1905 experiment to replicate Italy in Southern California, a walk along the Venice Canals still makes for a pleasant afternoon of house sighting and people watching.
The magnum opus of artist, architect, and construction worker Simon Rodia’s career, Watts Towers is a 100-foot love letter to the people of Los Angeles.
Enjoy an afternoon of biking along the LA River, which is now teeming with rare birds from herons to hawks.