LA is huge, so we wanted to highlight some of our favorite neighborhoods … i.e. the ones closest to our communities – yes we’re biased! Let’s start with a local tour of Hollywood, possibly the most famous LA neighborhood, where you can hobnob with stars and also visit our newest community: Edenhaus.
Beauty & Essex
This restaurant turns into a nightclub, and is known for delicious multi-ethnic dishes and a great place for larger parties. Paying homage to the health-consciousness of LA, they even have separate gluten-free and vegan menus, so there’s options for all. Spanning 10,000 square feet and even including a vintage pawn-inspired retail shop, you’ll almost feel like you’re in Vegas (where they actually have another location, as well as NYC), so expect a full-sensory experience. But the interior is stunning, the food delicious, the speciality cocktails abundant, and the wait staff on-point. The location is also excellent, with plenty of shopping, bars, restaurants and cafes close together on this part of Cahuenga Boulevard.
Menu recommendation: Mexican Street Corn Ravioli, the elevated version of the street food favorite
Address: 1615 Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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You’ll find this restaurant on a random little off-street in between a few nightclubs, but it’s an oasis in the hustle and bustle of Hollywood life. Enter into their back patio to experience California comfort food in Brazilian tapas style, as well as beer, wine, and sangria. Running Goose truly offers delicious food and great service in an intimate, feels-like-home environment with family-style dining, so whether you go with your partner or your whole friend group, it’s a blast. They also offer a great happy hour for drinks every day before 6pm, and a brunch menu on the weekends (with an option for all-you-can-drink mimosas – go wild, you’re in Hollywood!).
Menu recommendation: order every single one of the tostadas for the table, you won’t regret it
Address: 1620 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Photo source: Michelin Guide
This super cute French elevated hostel-style hotel in the heart of Hollywood also boasts one of the best rooftops in the city. The food is basic Californian but fresh, delicious, and healthy (with Vegan and Gluten-free dishes denoted specifically on the menu). They also offer an assortment of gelato for dessert (um, hello chocolate brownie gelato, get in my belly!). The perfect spot for a rooftop summer brunch with a stunning view the LA hills, and you can even book a room for a stay if you’re visiting from out of town.
Menu recommendation: grab the Spicy Pickle Brined Chicken Sandwich for the perfect spicy and sweet combo
Address: 6500 Selma Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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The Hollywood location of this popular LA coffee shop is beautifully designed with natural tones and pops of hot pink that are signature to the brand. With outdoor patio seating available, this is a popular spot for industry professionals and coffee nerds who love pour-overs and cold brews from roasters like Sightglass Coffee, Coava Coffee and Victrola Coffee Roasters. They also offer non-coffee goodies like homemade chai tea and house-baked treats like salted caramel rice crispy bars and homemade granola.
Address: 6087 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts
You might’ve heard of the action-movie actor Danny Trejo who often plays the villain, but you may not have known that he has his own (very pink) coffee + donuts shop in Hollywood. Here you can enjoy daily-rotating flavors of classic and Latin-inspired donuts (such as horchata, margarita, and Quinceanera, which is covered in fruity pebbles cereal), and some even shaped like his famous machete (yes, the knife). They also offer vegan donuts for the health-conscious, and lots of unique coffee options, like a Tattoo Latte (Chagaccino with Horchata) and Machete Matcha (with Matcha, ginger, cayenne, honey, vanilla).
Address: 6785 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles 90038
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Rubies + Diamonds
This cafe gives off VERY Hollywood vibes, with a sleek interior and unique drink offerings like croissant-infused lattes, sea salt cold brew, and an array of nitro teas. With a hotel lounge atmosphere and gold-plated beer tap, they feature rotating local artists on the walls among the stunning chandeliers. Plus, with a hashtag like #notajewelrystore, who wouldn’t fall in love.
Address: 6115 W Sunset Blvd, Ste 150, Los Angeles 90028
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This stunning architectural Hollywood hotel full of concrete and wood accents also houses a beautiful airy indoor bar. You can sit at the bar or choose one of the comfy couch/armchair setups in the lounge area, surrounded by curated modern art that gives any museum a run for its money. The mixed drinks are top-notch, with grown-up versions of favorites like Sex on the Beach with peach jam and honey vinegar, as well as local wines and beers. You can also grab small bites like a brisket burger or Buffalo cauliflower.
Address: 1800 Argyle Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Good Times at Davey Wayne’s
Los Angeles is famous for its secret bars and speakeasies, and Hollywood has a few, including Good Times at Davey Wayne’s. This chill 70s-kitch backyard bar transports you to a time in the past, far away from the modern fast pace of Hollywood. And the most fun part? To get into Davey Wayne’s you have to walk in to a garage, and then through the only door available, which happens to be a refrigerator. You’re then met with signature cocktails and DJs spinning good time oldies.
Address: 1611 North El Centro Avenue, Central LA, Los Angeles, California, 90028
Photo source: TimeOut LA
Black Rabbit Rose
This bar is everything you could want: magic (with real-life magicians coming to your table to do tricks), a sexy dimly lit interior with comfortable booths and delicious cocktails, AND late night Thai Food for when you’re done drinking and get those hunger pangs. Situated right on Hollywood Boulevard (with all the wilderness that comes with it), Black Rabbit Rose transports you back to the Prohibition 20s when men wore suits and bars were secret. Expect lots of red velvet and decadent wallpaper, the signature cocktails are also fresh and inventive, with the likes of Dark Arts (that looks black due to activated charcoal) and Siamese Twins (with tumeric and condensed almond milk).
Address: 1719 N Hudson Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90028
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Cinespia Cemetery Screenings
The famous cemetery movie screenings have been put on hold with COVID, and have been transformed into a drive-in movie outdoor theater near the Greek! Expect some familiar Cinespia fixtures at each screening, including DJs, a concession stand and meals that you can pre-order. Find screening dates and times (and buy tickets) at http://cinespia.org/.
Address: 2700 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles 90027
Photo source: Cinespia
Hiking in Runyon Canyon Park
This 160-acre park features the most famous hiking trails in Los Angeles, so don’t be surprised if you run into a slew of celebrities. Once you get to the top, you’ll have a stunning view of all of LA – from downtown to Malibu to the Hollywood sign. You can choose your own adventure, with multiple trails ranging from fire road (easy) to steep rock climbs (advanced). Just make sure you put on your best matching athleisure set and bring your friend’s cutest dog, because people go all out here – this is Hollywood after all.
Address: 2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Photo source: hikespeak.com
Universal Studios Hollywood
Part of the quintessential Hollywood experience, visiting the newly-reopened Universal Studios is fun for all ages. With rides, restaurants, and attractions themed to your favorite movies and shows (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Simpsons Ride + Duff Brewery Beer Garden, and Jurassic Park, to name a few), as well as actual studio tours, you’ll be exhausted from all the excitement. You can even download an app that’ll give you wait times for rides, show times, and maps.
Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
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Did we miss your favorite spot? Comment below. Visiting soon? Tell us in the comments which place you want to try first!