While the clear blue skies, sun-kissed people and star power make Los Angeles a visual feast, it is also a city blessed with a wealth of inventive food, innovative fashion and great design. Elizabeth Clarke loves an la pop-in. Here gives us her favourite pitstops to make next time you find yourself there.
Nestled in the heart of West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip, The Standard stands out for its cool mid-century modern façade, glittering pool, blue AstroTurf pool deck and floor-to-ceiling shagged lobby. Abounding with curious, unexpected touches at every turn the laid-back public spaces include 24/7 restaurant, top-top-secret nightclub, and super-cool desert backdrop Cactus Lounge.
8300 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood.
The Apartment by The Line
Masquerading as the apartment of your dreams, everything is for sale in this perfect sun-filled concept shop, from the vintage Moroccan rug and Acqua e Vino glassware to the Emilia Wickstead dress swinging in the walk-in.
8463 Melrose Place, 2nd floor, Los Angeles.
Diller Scofidio and Renfro’s building for billionaire philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad’s massive art collection sits smack-dab in the center of booming downtown Los Angeles. Its façade is a porous white shell, while the interiors are bathed in meticulously controlled natural light. The art collection including works by Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama and Cindy Sherman is impressive too.
221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles.
Known for their perfectly brewed and healthy organic coffee, Urth also makes a mean bowl of granola, complete with oven roasted oats, almonds, seeds, sundried berries and topped with honey and spices.
8565 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood.
This insider-only beauty haven is packed with cult must-have products personally tested and chosen by a team of professional makeup artists, hairstylists and aestheticians. Be sure to test drive Koh Gen Do foundation, Glow Drops by Dr. Barbara Strum and the full range of Tata Harper skincare.
8452 Melrose Pl, Los Angeles.
Melrose Trading Post
Head to the corner of Melrose and Fairfax any Sunday and you will discover nirvana. Over 100 vendors specialising in vintage fashion comprise the Melrose Trading Post. Check out a vast assortment of artisan goods, vintage silver jewellery, Levi's cutoffs, and silk blouses harking back to the 1980s.
Cnr Melrose and Fairfax, West Hollywood.