TravelKojo Abudu

Los Angeles City Guide

TravelKojo Abudu
Los Angeles City Guide

Light is Los Angeles’ true soul. It is the paradoxically tangible yet intangible thing that lends all experiences on this part of the West Coast a unique perception of time, and of space. Whether one spends hours driving along the vast highways that connects the city’s distant neighbourhoods, from Downtown and Silverlake to Santa Monica and West Hollywood, or breezing past the Palm tree-lined streets of Beverly Hills, or strolling along the surfer populated beaches of Venice and Malibu, everyone can agree on one thing: that all people and things seem to appear a little warmer and move a bit slower. This slowness and informality, the Californian way of life if you will, popularised by vernacular formulations such as “chilling out”, has become a vital cultural component of the institutions that are built here and the ones that migrate here. The list composed below is a selection of such institutions - art spaces, restaurants, concept stores and architectural monuments - that animate the light-filled Californian spirit. They are the places that highlight the city’s knack for both playful inventiveness and relaxed sophistication.

ART

MARCIANO FOUNDATION / Contemporary Art Museum / Windsor Square

REGEN PROJECTS / Contemporary Art Gallery / Hollywood

BROAD MUSEUM / Contemporary Art Museum / Downtown LA

ART + PRACTICE / Exhibition Space / Leimert Park

LACMA / Art Museum / Mid-Wilshire

UNDERGROUND MUSEUM / Art Museum / Arlington Heights

LAXART / Cultural Centre / Hollywood

GETTY CENTER / Art Museum / Brentwood

HAUSER & WIRTH / Contemporary Art Gallery / Arts District

STYLE & DESIGN 

NEUTRA VDL HOUSE / Architectural Monument / Silverlake

THE ROW / Fashion Store / West Hollywood

THE APARTMENT BY THE LINE / Concept Store / West Hollywood

MOHAWK MAN / Men’s Fashion Store / Silverlake

CASA PERFECT / Design Concept Space / Beverly Hills

GALERIE HALF / Design Store / Fairfax

RESTAURANTS

BESTIA / Italian Restaurant / Arts District

GJELINA / Cal-Italian Restaurant / Venice

OTIUM / New American Restaurant / Downtown LA

A.O.C / Restaurant & Wine Bar / West Hollywood

JON & VINNY’S / Italian Restaurant / Fairfax

NIGHT + MARKET SONG / Thai Restaurant / Silverlake

CAFES

MARU COFFEE / Cafe / Los Feliz

INTELLIGENTSIA COFFEE / Cafe / Venice

GJUSTA BAKERY / Cafe & Restaurant / Venice

CAFE BIRDIE / Cafe & Restaurant / Highland Park

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

WEISMAN ART FOUNDATION / Residential Art Gallery / Holmby Hills

SPAGO / American Restaurant / Beverly Hills

TROIS MEC / French Restaurant / Hollywood

PIZZANA / Pizza Restaurant / Brentwood

MOCA BOOKSTORE / Bookstore / Downtown LA

GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY / Observatory / Griffith Park