-Get creative. The Culver City Art District () has 37 different galleries where you can view the work of talented rising artists. Nearby, La Cienega Design Quarter () is the city’s hub for the decorative arts, with showrooms and boutiques open to the public as well as to the trade.
-Go west. Cruising the full length of Sunset Boulevard’s 22 miles will show you the variety of ways Angelenos live. Pass through the arty, multicultural Eastside (Echo Park, Silver Lake) before hitting
the tonier Westside (West Hollywood, Beverly Hills) and, finally, the Pacific.
-Head to the beaches. The most beautiful are in Malibu, including the quiet Point Dume. But the Venice Beach boardwalk, with its tattoo parlors, body builders, and street performers, offers
a singular seaside experience. Don’t miss Venice’s quaint canals, designed by Abbot Kinney in 1904 to resemble the famous waterways of Venice, Italy.
-The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., 310-440-7300; : This museum is perhaps best known for its Richard Meier architecture and its stunning hilltop views. A short drive away, the Getty Villa, modeled after a firstcentury Roman country house, is home to an impressive array of antiquities.
-Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., 323-857-6000; : The largest art museum in the western U.S. has more than 100,000 objects, with significant Asian, Latin American, and Islamic collections.
-Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., 213-626-6222; : Director Jeffrey Deitch’s controversial reign hasn’t changed the fact that MOCA houses one of the country’s finest collections of post-1940 art.
-Museum of Jurassic Technology, 9341 Venice Blvd., 310-836-6131; : A quirky museum with a cult following. Founder David Wilson has curated artifacts both real and fictional.
-Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Rd., 323-651-1510; : Architect Rudolph M. Schindler’s pioneering home and workplace is open to the public. Completed in 1922, the house was among the first to fuse indoor and outdoor spaces.
-The London West Hollywood, 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., 866-282-4560; : An all-suite hotel with a rooftop pool that’s one of the best-kept secrets in town.
-Maison 140, 140 Lasky Dr., 310-281-4000; : The tiny boutique hotel that put interior designer Kelly Wearstler on the map.
-Shutters on the Beach, 1 Pico Blvd., 310-458-0030; : Low-key but luxurious, a casually elegant hotel that sits right on the Santa Monica beach. Heaven.
-Sunset Tower Hotel, 8358 Sunset Blvd., 323-654-7100; : This Art Deco hotel in West Hollywood was once home to Frank Sinatra, Howard Hughes, and John Wayne.
-Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Rd., 310-472-1211; : Set on 12 lush acres, the fabled hideaway reopened last year after a redesign by Alexandra Champalimaud.
-Chateau Marmont, 8221 Sunset Blvd., 323-656-1010; : The definition of funky luxury; its
lobby and garden have become a kind of clubhouse for the Hollywood set.
-Four Seasons Hotel, 300 S. Doheny Dr., 310-273-2222; : This sumptuous, five-star hotel is a
favorite of industry types for its quiet, residential location.
-Fig, 101 Wilshire Blvd., in the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 310-319-3111; : At this Santa Monica bistro, rising star Ray Garcia builds simple dishes around fresh, local ingredients.
-The Bazaar, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., in the SLS Hotel, 310-246-5555; : James Beard award winner José Andrés has crafted an eclectic Spanish-influenced menu.
-Gjelina, 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., 310-450-1429; : Chef Travis Lett’s vegetable plates and pizzas are the stars of this wildly popular Mediterranean restaurant in Venice.
-Guelaguetza, 3014 W. Olympic Blvd., 213-427-0608; : The food is so good at this authentic Oaxacan restaurant that the governor of Oaxaca eats here when-ever he’s in town.
-Ink, 8360 Melrose Ave., 323-651-5866; : Michael Voltaggio’s experimental cooking is a counterpoint to California rustic. Try the pork belly with charcoal oil and corn.
-Jitlada, 5233 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-663-3104; : Widely considered to serve the best—and spiciest—southern Thai food in the city.
-Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village, 250 W. Valley Blvd., San Gabriel, 626-282-1777: This upscale Chinese restaurant is the fourth location of a Shanghai chain; the drive to the San Gabriel Valley is worth it for the pan-fried pork buns.
-Sugarfish, 11288 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818-762-2322, and other locations; : Sushi master Kazunori Nozawa is a legend; fans opt for his “Trust Me” menus—i.e., chef’s choice.
-Maxfield, 8825 Melrose Ave., 310-274-8800; : This edgy-chic shop juxtaposes kooky objets d’art and furniture with avant-garde clothes.
-Grey, 35111⁄2 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-913-9330; : An impeccably curated mix of vintage designer clothing and artisanal jewelry. Like the closet of the coolest girl in town.
-Mohawk General Store, 4011 W. Sunset Blvd., 323-669-1601; : Fashionable Eastsiders love this boutique for its hard-to-find clothing labels.
-Blackman Cruz, 836 N. Highland Ave., 323-466-8600; : Adam Blackman and David Cruz’s collection of antique furniture, tapestries, mirrors, and more, housed in a gorgeous Gothic showroom.
-NK Shop, 7221 Beverly Blvd., 323-954-9300; : A home decor store whose aesthetic might be described as grown-up bohemian.
-Richard Shapiro Antiques & Works of Art, 8905 Melrose Ave., 310-275-6700; studiolo.com: Shapiro’s assortment of furniture and objects dates from antiquity and the Renaissance to today.
-Downtown, 719 N. La Cienega Blvd., 310-652-7461; : 20th-century pieces by Italian, French, and American designers.
-JF Chen, 941 N. Highland Ave., 310-559-2436; : A hodgepodge of antique and modern furniture, as well as fine art and vintage lighting. Shopping here is always an adventure.