Los Angeles: What to see, where to eat and stay


Farmer’s Daughter, 115 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles 90036; (800) 334-1658 or (323) 937-3930, 66 rooms. Doubles, $189-$269, more for the three suites. Adjoins Tart restaurant.

London West Hollywood 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd.; West Hollywood90069; (310) 854-1111, Just below the Sunset Strip. 200 rooms (the hotel calls them all “suites”), each at least 750 square feet. (There’s a guy on staff whose job is brushing smooth the suede walls in the public areas. Pool and lounge on roof. Gordon Ramsay restaurant. Doubles, $339-$409 nightly, with specials as low as $249.

Ramada Plaza Hotel, 8585 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood 90069; (800) 845-8585, An affordable chain hotel in the middle of the action. The 176 rooms include 22 loft suites with domed ceilings. Doubles, $149-$199. Pool, free Wi-Fi.

Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90046; (323) 656-1010, Show-biz insouciance and 63 rooms in a faux French castle that dates to 1929. Just above the Sunset Strip. Doubles from $415.


Soot Bull Jeep, 3136 W. 8th St., Los Angeles 90005; (213) 387-3865. A neighborhood stalwart since 1983. Lunch, dinner. Korean barbecue, cooked on a charcoal grill at your table in a plain, busy dining room. Main dishes, $18-$23. 

Hatfield’s, 6703 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles 90038; (323) 935-2977, French cuisine (with global influences) that’s been winning raves since opening in 2010. Main dishes, $29-$36, prix fixe and tasting menus $49, $59 and $98. Dinner only.

Pink’s, 709 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles 90038; (323) 931-4223; Hot dogs of many kinds since 1939. Burgers too. Often a long line. Dogs, $3.45-$7.95. Opens 9:30 a.m. daily, closes at 2 a.m. most days, 3 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. No credit cards.

Canter’s Deli, 419 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles 90036; (323) 651-2030; Open 24-7 (except Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur). Main dishes, $12.50-$18.50. The neighboring Kibitz Room cocktail lounge and music venue is open 10:30 a.m.-1:40 a.m. Nice bonus: 90 minutes of free off-street parking with validation.

Messob Ethiopian Restaurant, 1041 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles 90019; (323) 938-8827 or 8806; Lunch and dinner. Main dishes, $9.25-$26.50, most less than $15, with many vegetarian options.

Hugo’s Restaurant, 8401 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood 90069; (323) 654-3993, Breakfast, lunch and dinner, but best known for creative breakfasts (served until 4 p.m.). Breakfasts up to $12.50, dinner main dishes, $12.50-$22.75.

Kings Road Cafe, 8361 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles 90048; (323) 655-9044; Many sidewalk tables. Breakfast and lunch, dinner until 8 p.m. weekdays. Main dishes, $7.50-$16.50.

Chateau Marmont restaurant, 8221 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90046; (323) 656-1010; Breakfast lunch and dinner. Dinner main dishes, $18-$45. Bar Marmont (8171 Sunset Blvd.) serves dinner only.

HMS Bounty, 3357 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 90010; (213) 385-7275, Bar and grill. Main dishes, $9.95-$19.95.

Village Idiot, 7383 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles 90046; (323) 655-3331, A mod-pub retreat, with brick walls, high ceiling, black ducts. Popular for watching soccer. Lunch and dinner daily, with breakfast on weekends. Most dinner main dishes, $11-$17.

Crazy Hook, 3250 Wilshire Blvd., No. 102, Los Angeles 90010; (213) 389-3424. A pirate bar in Koreatown. Beer served and drunk in large quantities. Main dishes around $10.


Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90036; (323) 857-6000, Biggest encyclopedic art museum west of the Mississippi. Admission, $15 for adults, free for children 17 and younger. Special exhibitions sometimes pricier. Closed Wednesdays.

Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90036; (323) 934-7243 (PAGE), Goop, bones and natural history. Open daily. Admission, $11 adults, $5 children 5-12.

Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90036; (323) 930-2277 (CARS), Admission, $10 for adults, $3 for children 5-12. Closed Mondays.

Architecture and Design Museum, 6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90036; (323) 932-9393, A tiny but smart institution. Adult admission usually $5, but $10 for the Eames show through Jan. 16. Closed Mondays.

Wi Spa, 2700 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90057; (213) 487-2700; A big, clean Korean-style spa, with separate floors for men and women, and a co-ed floor with a kids’ zone and restaurant. Access to sauna and tubs costs $15-$25 a person.

Japan L.A. Pop Culture Shop, 73201/2 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles 90046; (323) 934-5201), Hello Kitty and beyond. Open daily.

Necromance, 7220 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles 90046; (323) 934-8684, Bones, bugs and other natural history curios. Open daily.

MAK Center for Art and Architecture (Schindler House), 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood 90069; (323) 651-1510, Adult admission, $7. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.