In the six years I’ve lived in Los Angeles, this city is everything I dreamed it would be and more. Whether you only know L.A. through the movie screen or you yourself have packed a bag and moved here like me, this is a city of constant discovery. It’s not all palm tree-lined streets and Hollywood stars, folks! I constantly find myself stumbling upon new, exciting neighborhoods, which is why this updated L.A. guide (find the original one here) is sort of a daunting task. There’s so much I have yet to see and do here, but I also want to share all of the places I’m loving love with tourists and locals alike. I’ve kept some recommendations from the original guide, but this one is filled with tons of newer favorites as well. I hope this guide inspires you to get out of your familiar neighborhood and explore the City of Angels!
El Matador Beach: If you’re looking to escape the crowds and find some serenity, venture up the coast to the more mellow El Matador Beach in Malibu. It’s about 10 miles northwest of Malibu; blink and you’ll miss the entrance. It’s not really a lounge-y beach, but this is precisely why I prefer it. The gorgeous, rugged rocks and crevices make for great photo-ops and the sunsets here are spectacular. You can opt for paid parking close to the trail or find someplace along the PCH. Make sure to stop by Vintage Grocers just down the road for picnic items before you make your way down the steep beach path.
Gene Autry Museum of the American West: Whether you’re an American history buff or a Westworld fanatic, you’ll love this neat museum. Located in Griffith Park across from the zoo, the Autry Museum focuses primarily on the histories of the Native Americans and cowboys. The first floor houses special exhibits, as well as an entire hall dedicated to famous art of the West, while the lower level is where the majority of the museum’s collection lies. You’ll see a chuckwagon, a stage coach, an entire gallery of Colt Revolvers, and a collection of movie props and costumes from some of the most iconic silver screen cowboys and cowgirls. There’s plenty of fun photo opportunities, too, so you can experience what it’s like to ride a horse or be an outlaw behind bars.
Hollywood Bowl: This outdoor amphitheater is an L.A. institution that hosts the best musical performances and movie screenings. I especially recommend going during their summer season when the calendar is chocked full of amazing events. You can watch classics like Jaws and Star Wars while the movie scores are performed live-to-picture, join in on a Grease sing-a-long, or listen to classical music by the L.A. Philharmonic. Make sure to pack a picnic and stop by The Wine Bar by a.o.c.
The Huntington Gardens: If you’re looking to escape the city, these Pasadena gardens are 120 acres of gorgeous flowers and plants worth exploring. They have everything from Japanese gardens and desert landscape, to roses and jungle foliage. Being an English major, I’m partial to the Shakespeare garden and the Monet-esque lily pond. It’s easily one of my favorite places to get some peace of mind and you’ll quickly forget you’re technically still in L.A.
Restoration Hardware Rooftop: I’m always surprised more people don’t know about this spacious, secret gem in West Hollywood. This rooftop boasts gorgeous views (hi, Griffith Observatory!) and is essentially a “public park,” so there’s no shame in chilling out all day long if you feel like it. While the first and second floors serve as a furniture and home store, the spacious 10,000-square-foot third floor rooftop boasts fire pits, olive trees, granite walkways, and tons of outdoor seating. Grab a coffee at nearby Alfred’s or something sweet from Urth Caffe and bring it up the rooftop for a picnic unlike any other.
Griffith Observatory: This is without-a-doubt my favorite touristy spot in Los Angeles, which you can drive or hike to. The views are spectacular day and night, making it the perfect place to picnic or catch the sunset, and admission is free. One Saturday a month, the Observatory hosts a public star party where telescopes are free to use and volunteers from various astronomy/planetary societies offer up answers to any sky-related questions.
Norton Simon Museum: This Pasadena museum houses an impressive collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Some of my favorite artists have their works in this more relaxed museum setting, including Degas, Van Gogh, Fragonard, and Botticelli. Don’t forget to venture out into the Sculpture Garden for a glass of wine and a leisurely walk around the lily pond. I also love that their calendar is always brimming with fun events, whether it be a French film series, classical music performances (Debussy, anyone?), games of chess in the garden, or adult art classes that will have you channeling your inner Picasso.
Warner Bros. Studio: While it’s not the biggest studio in town, the Warner Brothers studio tour is not to be missed. It’s home to backlots and sound stages from some of my favorite shows and movies, and the photo opportunities in the Stage 48 building are a fun end to the tour; you can ride the Nimbus 2000 around Hogwarts or the Bat-pod through Gotham, moonlight as a hobbit for the day, hang out on the Central Perk couch, and hold a real Oscar in your hands. Another perk is the personalized nature of their tours in comparison to others like Universal Studios. I’ve never been on the same tour twice!
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County: Although it may be targeted towards kids, this is a museum people of any age can appreciate. You can easily spend an afternoon exploring its three levels, which boast a spectacular dinosaur exhibit, several halls with startlingly-real-looking habitats of Northern American and African mammals, and an impressive gem and mineral vault. Don’t miss the “Becoming Los Angeles” exhibit, which is frequently updated and a special treat for Angelenos, and the Nature Lab on the bottom floor. After you’ve combed through all of the exhibits, stop and smell the roses in the Exposition Park Rose Garden adjacent to the museum.
Paddle Boats in Echo Park: If you’re looking for a fun spring/summer day date or leg workout, you’ll enjoy these paddle boats. Boats for two are around $20 for an hour and now they offer swan boats if you want to be super extra. Make sure to slather on the SPF; it’s easy to get a lot of sun out there even in just an hour!
Playlist Yoga: Get your flow on at this West Hollywood studio, which is all about a modern, music-based approach to yoga. Classes are set to carefully-curated playlists that help get you through the toughest, sweatiest poses and also inspire your savasana. If you’re new to yoga, keep in mind these classes move at a quicker pace than others, so you’ll have to learn quickly to keep up. You’ll leave the 60 minute class feeling accomplished and invigorated, and probably have some new favorite songs you’ll want to add to your Spotify.
Fryman Canyon in Wilacre Park: While it’s not the most challenging trail, you can definitely feel the burn on this Studio City-located three mile loop. There is a gradual elevation gain in the first half mile followed by a much easier gain as you make your way above the valley basin. Parking is free, the trails aren’t overrun like Runyon, and it’s dog-friendly, making it an ideal trail to connect with nature and also get some cardio in. Interestingly enough, I’ve seen so many celebrities frequent this lesser-known trail.
Wundabar Pilates: This engaging 45-minute class works your entire body with their patented reformer machine; it combines the Reformer, Wunda Chair, Ballet Bar and Jump Board all into one. Your muscles will be shaking (embrace the shake!) and you’ll easily break a sweat. There are a number of locations in Los Angeles including Los Feliz, Pasadena, and Studio City. The latter location has only 10 reformer machines, so you’ll get more of the instructor’s permission, which is a bonus if you’re new to Wundabar. Bring a towel, your water bottle, and a pair of Pilates socks. Even better: your first class is only $10, 100% of which they donate to Children’s Hospital LA!
Lake Hollywood Reservoir: Lake Hollywood provides one of the best walking/running locations in the city. The paved walkway circles a chain-linked reservoir and offers great views of the Hollywood sign. You can’t bring dogs, but bikes are encouraged. If you’re looking for an incline and some even better views of Hollywood, gorgeous homes, and the reservoir, take the uphill dirt trail off the Weidlake Drive gate.
The Bar Method: Any barre workout is perfect if you’re looking to get in a great workout without necessarily breaking a sweat, and I especially like this studio. Expect plenty of lifting and tucking your “seat” and lots of tiny movements that are deceptively hard. You will definitely feel the burn as you tone key areas of the body like abs, arms, booty, and legs. This hour-long class is perfect if you prefer to workout with other women and is very welcoming to first-timers; they even memorize names and personally talk you through the workout. Make sure to bring pilates socks or purchase some at the front desk, and definitely stay until the end for the cool-down stretches.
Bluestone Lane: Serving up Aussie-style coffee, Bluestone Lane is a cute spot to grab a flat white or golden latte. I went to my first Bluestone Lane in New York, where they have a dozen or so locations, and was thrilled to learn they’ve expand to Los Angeles and San Francisco. While you’re at it, order one of their specialty toasts or one of their pretty baked goods from Mr. Holmes Bakeshop.
Go Get ‘Em Tiger: Like most speciality coffee in L.A., the price point of GGET’s Almond Macadamia Iced Latte is steep, but so worth it. The New York Times even went so far to call it the “Best Iced Latte in America”! Seriously, it’s so creamy and delicious and definitely a step above your usual latte. There are three locations: Larchmont Village, Los Feliz and one inside Downtown’s Grand Central Market.
The Butcher The Baker The Cappuccino Maker: Located on the Sunset Strip amongst cute boutiques and eateries, BBCM serves up coffee in a gorgeous, Mediterranean setting; think olive trees, white and blue tile, and white marble tables. They’re known for their Insta-worthy Colorburst Latte, which tastes as good as it looks, but really everything is good. They even serve some great brunch bites to accompany your coffee. Free parking is conveniently located behind the restaurant.
Alfred Tea Room: I actually prefer this spot tucked off of Melrose Place over it’s more well-known sister cafe, Alfred’s Coffee. The tea room is totally Insta-worthy, so much so that people crowd its intimate, millennial pink interior to take photos of the neon signage and cute boba teas. Plus, celeb sightings are to be expected. I’m partial to their iced Earl Grey milk tea, but you really can’t go wrong with anything here.
Republic of Pie: If you’re looking to spend some time at a coffee shop, this NoHo spot located in the heart of the Arts District is the place. It’s interior is cozy, eclectic, and artsy, complete with live music (total acoustic coffee house vibes), interesting people, and plenty of tables and couches to settle in to. Their coffee is Stumptown and their teas are Art of Tea brand, so you can expect everything to be good. You can’t stop in without ordering a slice of pie, either; personal favorites include their Earl Grey Cream, Marion Berry, and Banana Cream.
Cascabel: This hidden Valley gem serves “coastal comfort Mexican cuisine” in a 1920s bungalow that’s been converted into a gorgeous Spanish style restaurant that feels like home. Wedged between a dentist’s office’s driveway and parking lot, it’s easy to miss Cascabel, but venture into the alley and you’ll find its arched entrance flanked by banana leaf plants. Keep in mind that while the menu is Mexican-inspired, the food isn’t what you’d find at your traditional taqueria and neither are the prices (unless you come for Happy Hour). Order margaritas, some tacos for the table (the lobster and duck confit ones are good) or mole fries and ceviche if you’re looking for a lighter bite.
Masa of Echo Park: Even if you’re not a fan of Chicago deep dish-style pizza like me, this family-run spot will make you a total convert. Come with a big appetite and a bottle of your favorite wine (there’s no corkage fee). Order the manchego salad to start and the traditional deep-dish pizza for the main event.
Gjelina: If you haven’t been to this rustic Abbot Kinney restaurant, you’ve probably seen its cookbook floating around various boutiques in L.A. It’s a hot spot for locals and tourists alike, making it a tough place to get in for brunch if you don’t have a reservation. Everything on their menu is good, especially the Moroccan baked eggs, lemon ricotta buckwheat pancakes, and any of their pizzas. While you’re at it, surrender to the butterscotch pot de creme; it’s truly life-changing.
Kismet: Inside this casual, minimalistic restaurant in Los Feliz, you’ll find delicious Mediterranean-Middle Eastern plates that are meant to share. Think shakshuska, lemony chicken and pine nut pies, seasoned Persian cucumbers, and rabbit with flaky bread. They also have a great cocktail/wine menu, as well as non-alcoholic beverages like rosewater lemonade and Turkish iced coffee. If you come for breakfast, make sure to get the Turkish-ish Breakfast with “all the things.” For dinner, start with the fried cauliflower and definitely get jeweled crispy rice for the table. Other popular dishes include their spiced carrots and the lamb belly. Seating is limited, so make a reservation if you can!
Osteria Mozza: Owned by Nancy Silverton (founder of La Brea Bakery) and Joe Bastianich, this semi-fancy restaurant has an impressive wine list and a menu filled with unforgettable bites. Their 1,150-selection wine list pays homage to Piedmont and Tuscany in particular, and wines comes in 250 ml carafes so you can easily share a few different ones over the course of the meal. I’m fond of their pasta dishes, particularly the ricotta and egg raviolo with brown butter sage sauce and the cacio e pepe. Around the corner is their more casual restaurant, Pizzeria Mozza, which has some of the best pizza in the city. Parking is tough, but this place is worth it!
Proof Bakery: Inside this intimate Atwater Village bakery, you’ll find the best versions of your favorite pastries and treats. Everything is incredible from their sea salt chocolate chip cookies and buttery croissants, to their warm blueberry scones and morning buns. If you get anything, get the croissants; they’re the best I’ve come across in L.A. Come early, especially on weekends, to avoid a line and your favorites from selling out!
Tar & Roses: This moodily-lit Santa Monica restaurant offers a nice wine selection (they even pour half glasses if you can’t decide) and the menu is not so huge that you’re overwhelmed. All of the dishes are so well-thought out and special, even if they’re menu items you’ve seen elsewhere. I especially love that a different wood burns each night. My favorite dishes include the wood roasted baby carrots with cermoula crème fraîche, their signature oxtail dumplings, whole branzino, and the warm strawberry ricotta crostada with honeycomb ice cream.
Sweetsalt Food Shop: This easily-missable cafe/bakery in Toluca Lake makes some of my favorite salads. It’s a great spot for a lunch meeting, but you’ll want to either come early to beat the lunch crowd or arrive past the noon rush. Personal favorites include the Champagne Chicken salad, Salmon and Haricot Vert salad, and the Fig and Bleu salad. Also, make sure to grab something from their pastry case on your way out!
Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits, and Cheese: Although I love their carefully curated wine selection here, their sandwiches are the main event and you will be happy to have waited in line for them once you’ve taken your first bite. Served only from 11-5 PM, their gourmet soppressata sandwich is one of the most simple, best bites. The combination of Manchego cheese, soppressata salami, mixed greens, sundried tomato spread, and a little extra virgin olive oil/balsamic vinegar, all combined into a rustic baguette is easily one of my favorite lunches in the city.
Sugarfish: If you’re into sushi, Sugarfish is a trendy spot to check out that never seizes to impress. Their menu offers a la carte sashimi, sushi, and rolls, but most people tend to go the omasake route and order the “Trust Me”; it includes a little bit of everything from their menu. The best part is that they slightly warm all of their rice; it sounds rather simple, but it’s a total game changer and it makes the sushi melt in your mouth. There are eleven locations in the city, making it extremely accessible for any Angeleno, but they don’t take reservations so it’s first-come-first-serve!
Pace Restaurant: Though it’s only a few miles from the fast-paced Sunset Strip, this cozy Italian restaurant feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere. It’s tucked in Laurel Canyon, just below a sweet neighborhood grocery store and serves up beloved classic dishes. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, which is perfect for a romantic date, but it also makes for a lively gathering place with friends. Order their homemade pasta (I recommend the lasagna and spaghetti bolognese), and the chocolate soufflé for dessert.
Brooklyn Water Bagel: Los Angeles doesn’t quite measure up to New York’s bagels, but this place is almost as good as a trip to the Big Apple. Their “Williamsburg” and egg and cheese bagel sandwiches are my top picks. Don’t leave without getting their iced coffee, complete with their signature coffee cubes.
Yang Chow: If you’re going to get takeout, get Yang Chow’s Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine. With three locations – Chinatown, Pasadena, and Canoga Park – anyone in the Los Angeles area can enjoy their slippery shrimp and house chicken. Don’t expect your usual takeout prices; this place is a little more expensive, but the quality is top-notch. If you do decide to eat out at their Chinatown location, valet parking is available through the restaurant’s side alley.
Apotheke: Located off the beaten path in Chinatown, this famed NYC cocktail bar boasts an apothecary-inspired menu, live music, and an outdoor patio that overlooks the L.A. River. The vibe is sexy, swanky, and trendy without being overcrowded. The steep $16 drinks are categorized into prescription-like sections: “Painkillers,” “Stimulants,” “Aphrodisiacs,” “Stress Relievers,” etc. While on the pricey side, they’re incredible and made in house with organic produce, herbs, and botanicals. Bring a date here and you’ll score major points.
Good Times At Davey Wayne’s: I featured this funky, ’70s-themed bar in my first L.A. guide and couldn’t resist including it again. If you haven’t been, you’re missing out; it’s a bar that I personally think lives up to the hype. I took my parents, who grew up in the seventies, and they gave it their nod of approval! The bar’s entrance is through a refrigerator door in an eclectic garage and its interior transports back you in time with shag carpeting, wood paneling, and moody lanterns. The best part is without-a-doubt the music, which stays faithful to the era. Expect a line on weekends, a crowded dance floor, and boozy snow cones out on the back patio.
Melrose Umbrella Co.: This neat bar has some of the best craft cocktails I’ve had in the entire city. They aren’t cheap, but you’ll be impressed with the complexity of their drinks. Plus, the ambience of this place is on point. I’m partial to the ‘Mezcali Me Banana’ which has just the right amount of sweet and smoke and is garnished with habanero salt and charred rosemary.
Seven Grand: This sophisticated (yet sometimes rowdy) DTLA bar is the perfect place for whiskey lovers. The interior feels like a gentleman’s hunting lodge with mounted deer heads hanging above pool tables and leather ball stools that cozy up to an impressive whiskey selection. Grab an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan and enjoy drinking in good downtown company. If you’re looking to do a more private tasting, head down the hall to the speakeasy-like Bar Jackalope, which is an intimate Japanese whiskey bar that boasts over 120 varieties of whiskeys, including rare international and domestic varieties.
Bar Covell: Owned by the gentlemen who graced the Valley with Augustine Wine Bar (also worth visiting), this Los Feliz spot makes ordering wine less of a daunting task. There’s no wine list for you to peruse here. You simply tell the wine staff what interests you and they’ll bring out a few wines for you to taste. If you’re not impressed, they’ll bring more to sample until you’re satisfied. The bar is moodily-lit and always brimming with interesting people who are cozying up to cheeseboards on the couch.
Tonga Hut: If you’re looking for the tiki bar experience, this is your place. It’s actually the oldest tiki bar in L.A. (est. 1958) so the vibe is mid-century-meets-kitschy. There’s even a slight old house smell when you first step inside that’s indicative of its age (don’t worry, you get used to it). Enter around the back of the building through the empty parking lot and secure a booth or seats by the retro fireplace immediately; the intimate nature of this bar makes for minimal seating on weekends. If you’re with a group, definitely order one of their bowls, which comes in a clamshell and on fire! Otherwise, the menu includes classics like mai tais and zombies, the majority being $10 or under.
The Wellsbourne: If you’re looking for a sophisticated night out, grab an Old Fashioned at this Westside bar, which has an interior reminiscent of Hogwarts and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride combined. Situated on Pico near the Sawtelle District, The Wellesbourne has that old school English charm perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail or a date nightcap. Saddle up to the bar where handsome bartenders in tailored waistcoats serve you a Boulevardier, then find a spot on the leather couches near the roaring fireplace.
Ace Hotel Rooftop Lounge: Ride the elevator up to this hip spot for drinks and views of the Eastern Columbia Building, all of Broadway, and the rest of Downtown L.A. It’s the perfect place to bring out-of-towners or people looking for a more lively drinking atmosphere. You can kick it by the outdoor fireplace or in a lounge chair facing the outdoor dipping pool and instantly feel like one of the cool kids.
Idle Hour: It takes me a matter of minutes to walk to this cozy bar from my apartment, so you could say it’s easily my favorite neighborhood spot. The vibe is relaxed, the cocktails and beer selection are on point, and the outdoor patio/firepit is the perfect place to retreat to after ordering. They’ve recently switched up their cocktail menu and I’m personally loving the “The Heist,” which has the perfect mix of tequila, mezcal, and floral elements. But perhaps their biggest draws are their rotating lineup of live music, the always-friendly bar staff, and the bar’s unique barrel shape.
The Now Massage Boutique: This place is the ultimate oasis. The Tulum-inspired spaces are airy and gorgeous, complete with natural wood accents, sheepskin rugs, and plenty of cactus plants to satisfy an interior designer’s dream aesthetic. Their signature jasmine-coconut candle burns throughout the lobby and cucumber lemon water is poured upon arrival. For the massage, you are led through a door to a moodily-lit hallway of individual massage rooms, which are sectioned off by dreamy linens. The sound of softly crashing waves plays in the background so you’re instantly transported out of L.A. for the entire massage. Massages begin at $50 for 25 minutes and you can select add-ons if you’d like, which include crystal healing and aromatherapy to name a few.
Wax LA: This trendy spot on Melrose is open six days a week, so you can get in just in time for that weekend trip to the beach. While most of us probably don’t look forward to a wax, I prefer this salon’s stylish and inviting atmosphere over some of the more stark, clinic-like ones I’ve been to in the past. They have a little store in the lobby, too, so I don’t mind arriving a little early to check out all of their goodies. If you live closer to Santa Monica or Silverlake, Wax LA also has locations in those areas.
Aveda Salon: I’ve been a religious Aveda salon-goer for years. The entire experience feels spa-like, from the complimentary tea (arrive a few minutes early!) to the signature “sensory experience.” Every salon does their service a little differently, but a proper Aveda does some sort of massage, whether it be a scalp, hand, or back massage. My current salon gives a scalp massage with essentials oil before shampooing and sometimes an arm/hand massage during conditioning. I also love the smell of Aveda products they use on my hair and the fact that they’re naturally derived and cruelty-free.
Dry Bar: Nothing beats a perfect blowout (which I can never come close to replicating at home) and Dry Bar is the ultimate. For $45, you can get your hair washed and blown out, all while watching a classic chick-flick. Let them pour you a beverage of your choosing, double-wash your hair, and then select a hairstyle from their menu of blow-dry options. It’s the perfect treat if you’re getting photos taken or going to a special event, as it takes some of the stress away and feels indulgent.
If you’re looking for antique furniture/decor: Whizin Market Square in Agoura Hills has several antique stores and boutiques, namely the Agoura Antique Mart and Mixt Fine Things, all in one shopping center. It’s out of the way from central Los Angeles, but you can easily head through the nearby canyon to Malibu after a morning of antique shopping.
If you’re looking for boutiques/misc. shops: Abbot Kinney in Venice (Burro is my favorite place to pick up gifts); Larchmont Boulevard in Hancock Park (Pickett Fences, Chevalier Books, Diptyque); Ventura Boulevard (Soto Lifestyle is one of my favorite clothing boutiques); Brentwood Country Mart (Goop, Sugar Paper, Turpan, Edleweiss Chocolates); Beverly Boulevard (Scent Bar, Rolling Hills Nursery); Tujunga Avenue in Studio City (Serendipity, Clementine Floral Works).
If you’re looking for consignment/vintage clothing: Wasteland is great for consignment, especially if you’re looking for higher end pieces at decent prices. I absolutely love their band tees and shoe selection. They have locations in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Studio City. Also, Playclothes in Burbank has the best retro dresses, costume jewelry, and vintage slips; they specialize in styles from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. It’s the perfect place to shop for a costume or a special, everyday piece no one else will have.
If you’re looking for everything in one place: The Century City Westfield Mall got a billion makeover just last year and added Eataly to its long list of fabulous stores. This super sleek mall has a nice blend of high-end and affordable stores and a ton of places to fill your sweet tooth desires or health kick needs. You can work out at Orangetheory, grab ice cream at Halo Top’s scoop shop, see a movie, and plan an Italian dinner all in one place! The Grove is another outdoor oasis that has some of my favorite stores (Madewell, Nordstrom, Anthropologie) in the most charming setting. The music of Sinatra can often be heard amidst the sounds of the gorgeous fountain, which I especially adore. Don’t miss the chocolate macaroons at the newly-opened Laduree, the Cabernet Sauvignon ice cream at Bennet’s inside the Original Farmers Market, or a cupcake at Sprinkles on your way out.
Farmers Market: Mine is the Studio City one, but there are many throughout Los Angeles. The Studio City Farmers Market is located on Ventura Place, which is only slightly off of the busy Ventura Boulevard, and happens every Sunday until about 2 PM. I go for the fresh flowers, organic strawberries, avocados, and the Greek food. Afterwards, you can peruse the nearby boutiques or even come early and get a workout in at Cycle House before you hit up the market.
Wine Shop: K&L Wine Merchant on Vine has a great selection of wine and spirits ranging from value to luxury labels. The wine staff here are super knowledgable and always have the best recommendations. Don’t miss their sparkling wine section, which boasts affordable bubbly that tastes anything but cheap! Also, the aforementioned Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese has a great selection that is less overwhelming than K&L. They carefully choose a Wine of the Month, which makes for a nice jumping off point if you’re a little unsure where to begin.
Flea Market: While I don’t go every single month, I do enjoy the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena which happens on the 2nd Sunday of every month. They offer a large selection of antique furniture (lots of midcentury) and tons of vintage clothing. Even if you don’t walk away with any treasures, it’s a great place to get some design inspiration. Bring cash, a hat, your best friend, and prepare to barter your butt off! Parking is free, but be prepare to walk to the venue depending on how fast lots fill up.
Dry Cleaner/Alterations: Milt & Edie’s in Burbank is my go-to for dry cleaning and tailoring needs because they’re fast and available 24/7/365. I tend to wait until the eleventh hour to bring something in, but they’ve always been so accommodating. They’re known for their 2-hour dry cleaning and shirt laundry, which makes this place ideal if you’re an on-the-go type of person. Plus, if you’re new, they give you a cute welcome package!