LA: Where to Eat, Drink, Stay, and Play

LA: Where to Eat, Drink, Stay, and Play

Going to the Golden State for a little R&R? We’ve got you covered.

Going to the Golden State for a little R&R? We’ve got you covered.

Text: Cara Hessels

When planning a trip to LA, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed simply by the sheer size of the city. Fun fact: Los Angeles can fit San Francisco, Boston, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Cleveland and the island of Manhattan within its border. *clutches pearls* Therefore, it’s important to thoughtfully map out your day-to-day plans so as not to spend your entire visit gridlocked on the 405. To help, we’ve highlighted the best places to drink, eat, play, stay, and even grab that coveted IG pic while visiting the City of Angels.

To stay: Hotel Roosevelt

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Having opened its doors in 1927, the Hollywood Hotel Roosevelt is the oldest continually operating hotel in Los Angeles and has been home to some of the biggest names in entertainment history, including Marilyn Monroe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Prince. Sitting along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the hotel has been made famous for its views of the Hollywood Hills, the 24-hour burger joint in the lobby, and Beacher’s Madhouse, a raucous, vaudeville-themed discotech that has since closed. Rumor has it the glamorous space is also the most haunted in all of LA.

To drink: Doheny Room

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Located on an iconic strip of West Hollywood, Doheny Room is best known for its delicious cocktails, decadent menu, late-night dance parties and celebrity sightings. Floor to ceiling windows make for great people-watching, and the upside down palm trees hanging from the ceiling will have you feeling more like you made a trip to Morocco, and less like an Uber East of the 405.

To eat: Bestia, @bestiadtla

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Patience is a virtue when attempting to managiare at this sought-after spot. Located in the Art District, LA locals have been known to wait a month for a coveted reservation at the Italian eatery. With chef Ori Menashe at the helm, pizza and pasta is what’s for dinner, while Italian pastries handmade by Genevieve Gergis (Menashe’s wife) are for dessert. Second and third helpings encouraged.

To dance: Highlight Room, @thehighlightroom

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Perched atop the Dream Hollywood, the Highlight Room has quickly become LA’s hottest spot to see, be seen, and get your groove on. With stunning, sprawling 360 degree views of the surrounding hills and vistas, including the famed Hollywood sign, the ultra luxe 11,000-square foot indoor/outdoor rooftop contains both a pool, a dance floor and a full-service restaurant for your mingling and dining pleasures.

To shop: Melrose Trading Post

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Ever wonder where your roommate’s best friend got that impossible-to-find vintage, oversized Levi’s denim? Look no further. Every Sunday, the best and the bespoke swarm to Melrose Avenue for the flea market to end all flea markets. With a rotating roster of vendors, you’re sure to come across everything from furniture, antiques, jewelry, vinyl, and healing crystals (because, LA), to denim, suede, and other obscure vintage finds. To sweeten the deal, the market is surrounded by a fleet of food trucks to fuel you throughout the day (lest we shop until we actually drop).

To play + to selfie: Runyon Canyon

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You’ve seen it before, and you’ll see it again—the coveted selfie on top of Runyon Canyon. A popular destination for tourists and locals alike, Runyon Canyon is great for exercise as well as your most Instagrammable moments. The 130-acre park is both celebrity and pet-friendly, and offers the most breathtaking view of Los Angeles you can find. Atop the canyon and above the clouds, the ‘City of Angels’ is given a whole new meaning.

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