Los Angeles Travel Ideas for a Long Weekend

Los Angeles

photos of Sunset Blvd and Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is our favorite second home.  Is it the weather, the food or the lifestyle?  Most likely it's all three.  As this is awards' season, LA is on everyone's mind, so here's a look at our earlier suggestions for a weekend in LA, plus four film-industry dinner spots that'll have you elbow-to-elbow with your fellow nominees:

8221 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood

8897 Beverly Blvd.
West Hollywood

Mastro's Steakhouse
246 n. Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills 

8358 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood

At 13.5 inches tall and 8.5 pounds heavy, learn more about about Oscar, the most recognizable award in the world: OSCARStatuette

photos of Capitol Records Building and famous Pink Wall in Los Angeles

With only a few days to enjoy LA, here are our recommendations of what to do, where to eat, and attractions to see:

Day 1

  • 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. 

Day 2

  • 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 peruse the fashions at Isabel Marant, Marc Jacobs and Bottega Veneta.
  • 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.

Day 3:

  • 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:  Openaire is a popular rooftop restaurant at the Line Hotel in centrally located Koreatown.

    image of a map showing Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles

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