By popular demand, my favorite places and spaces in LA.
Tenoversix. A super chic boutique with an interesting selection of clothing (3.1 Phillip Lim, Rodebjer, Jonathan Simkhai, Band of Outsiders), mixed with shoes and handbags and just the right amount of jewelry, home goods, magazines and beauty. It really truly feels like walking into someone’s private selection of cool stuff. 8425 Melrose Ave, Beverly Grove.
Mohawk General Store. Nicely curated selection of brands and artisanal candles. Acne Studios, A.P.C., Dries van Noten, Comme des Garçons (wallets and pouches), Mansur Gavriel, Equipment, Repetto, need I say more? 4011 W Sunset Boulevard, Silver Lake.
Jenni Kayne. Such a pretty store! I came for the d’Orsay flats, but since they didn’t have them in my size I ended up wanting all the home stuff they carried. 225 26th Street, Santa Monica.
Abbot Kinney. Hands down my favorite street in LA. It is the one street that allows shopping without having to use a car and have lunch in between (without having to use a car, score!). It kind of reminds me of the Nine Streets in Amsterdam, probably due to its boutique style stores. Especially loving Firefly (brilliant stationary and the cutest gifts), Guild (where I bought my bespoke beanie), Heist (Isabel Marant, Newbark, etc.), Le Labo (yum) and Aesop (more yum). Abbot Kinney, Venice.
Book Marc. Yes, I know, pretty unoriginal. But it is my go to stop for coffee table books and gifts in every price range. 8407 Melrose Place, Beverly Grove.
Sushi Gen. Best. Sushi. Ever. Their sashimi special lunch menu is delicious and for only 15 dollars they serve a LOT of food. There is a waiting line every single day and it usually takes around 45 minutes to get a table (don’t take a seat at the bar, as they won’t serve the lunch special and you will probably end up spending 100+ dollars), but it is absolutely worth the wait. 422 E 2nd Street, Little Tokyo.
Bestia. An Italian oriented place that is perfect for sharing while sipping on a cocktail. Parking is a b*tch – I got dropped off, but still – and a reservation is quite necessary unless you are good at stealing tables (like me, whoops). Food baby guaranteed. 2121 7th Place, Arts District.
Wurstküche. For German sausages and special beers. As the wurst-line can get pretty intimidating and as I am not a patient person when it comes to food, I ended up going there for a strawberry beer (ok, 2). Great atmosphere and I kind of liked the hipster vibe…I kid you not. 800 E 3rd Street, Arts District.
Perch. Drinks are quite pricy, the food’s good (not súper special), but the view. The view! 448 S Hill Street, Downtown.
Daily Dose Cafe. During my 3 month stay in LA, of which 2 were in the Arts District, I came here over a gazillion times. I would highly recommend The Farmer (as a salad instead of a sandwich, yes to eating less bread) and their green juice. If there was one place in LA I could take back to Amsterdam, I would pick this. Quite expensive, but worth the treat every now and then. 1820 Industrial Street, Arts District.
Runyon Canyon Park. I never thought I would say this as I am not exactly Sporty Spice, but I already miss hiking. Julie introduced me to Runyon Canyon and to hiking in general (as we don’t have any mountains nor steep hills in Amsterdam) and I absolutely loved it. With the smog being a regular decoration to LA skies, it is good to get out for some fresh air higher up at least once a week. 2001 N Fuller Avenue, Hollywood Hills.
El Matador State Beach. The prettiest beach I got to enjoy during my stay. The rock formations are a true gem and it is the perfect place to just relax and read a book. 32100 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu.
Silver Lake Wine Tasting. Another one thanks to Julie. She took Lesley and me to this Sunday wine tasting right before Thanksgiving and for only a couple of dollars we did not only get to enjoy 5 full glasses of wine, but the perfect food (by Heirloom LA, but it’s different every week) to go with it as well. 2395 Glendale Boulevard, Silver Lake.
Gagosian Gallery. I like art in almost every form, but I am yet to learn to wander around a museum for hours and hours (and hours) without getting a little bored. The Gagosian is small enough for a quick pitstop in between whatever else you have to do, but big enough to amaze. 456 N Camden Drive, Beverly Hills.
Venice Beach. There’s a lot of good other options to go to for a good surf (Huntington, El Porto), but I like the easy vibe here. They say if you are a surf rookie – like me – you better watch out for all the pro’s wanting to slam you off your board if you catch one of their waves, but I didn’t notice a single bit of that aggression. Plus, I saw dolphins while I was waiting for a wave, woah.