Red Maps is just back from a long weekend in Los Angeles. With only 2 1/2 days to enjoy one of our favorite cities, here are our recommendations of what to do, where to eat, and attractions to see in LA.
- Where to Stay: West Hollywood is a centrally located neighborhood with a lot of hotels, including The Standard, Petit Ermitage, and the Sunset Marquis.
- Have Drinks in the afternoon, poolside at the The Standard, it's very relaxed scene with a great city view.
- What to See: The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena has an incredible Impressionist art collection and a lush inner-garden.
- Where to Eat Dinner: Pace in Laurel Canyon is a bustling roadside Italian restaurant, 5 minutes from Sunset Blvd.
- Breakfast: Try Sycamore Kitchen on La Brea, a favorite with its on-site bakery turning-out fresh confections.
- Things to Do: Go horseback-riding under the famous Hollywood Sign in Beachwood Canyon.
- See: Mulholland Drive, drive it from the Hollywood Freeway west to the mountain-top Getty Center in Brentwood.
- Lunch: Ivy at the Shore in Santa Monica is great with some of the best food. Try also Joe's Crab Shack on the Santa Monica Pier.
- Shopping: Back in West Hollywood, stroll along leafy Melrose Place to find a unique creation from Isabel Marant, Marc Jacobs, Diesel, Bottega Veneta and Equipment.
- Dinner: There's always Animal on Fairfax for game-cuisine, and we also like sitting in the garden of AOC on Third Street.
- Late Night: Georgio's at Standard West Hollywood - think 70s disco and a fun crowd.
- Breakfast: Joan's on Third - a beautiful fresh goods market with table service - it's a classic for brunch.
- Lunch: Mauro's Cafe at Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue, then we'd do some shopping upstairs.
- Afternoon workout: Try Equinox or Crunch Gym, both are located on Sunset Blvd.
- Dinner: The many dining options of Line Hotel in LA's very hot and artsy Koreatown.