The Classic Travel Guide: Los Angeles

We've rounded up a quick list of cool Los Angeles spots recommended to us by LA natives, LA residents, LA transplants, and satisfied LA tourists.


The Intercontinental Downtown L.A. 

Photo: Intercontinental

The Intercontinental opened in DTLA in 2017 and features a great views from the hotel rooms, 70th floor sky lobby, or swanky rooftop bar.

AirBnB in Santa Monica/Venice

Photo: AirBnB

With AirBnB Plus you can find cool California chic homes with proximity to the beach in the Santa Monica or Venice Beach area.

The Nomad


The Nomad Hotel is consistently as hip as the New York hotel, has great restaurants and one ups NYC with a rooftop pool



Photo: Eater

Sqrl is a contemporary health-conscious breakfast food spot that often attracts around-the-block lines. The famed ricotta toast with the rainbow jam spread is a must.

Gracias Madre

Photo: Gracias Madre

Gracias Madre is a delicious vegan and organic Mexican restaurant set within chic West Hollywood environment. Everyone will enjoy the food and drinks menu, even if they aren't following a plant based diet.

Jon + Vinny’s

Photo: Bon Appetit

Jon + Vinny's is a modern and casual Italian joint with exceptional pizza and delicious pasta dishes


Photo: Eater

The industrial-chic restaurant offers unique American-asian cuisine. The unique LA menu is one of David Chang's best ventures in a while and the shared short-rib with melted raclette is extraordinary.


Dominique Ansel LA 

The new Dominique Ansel LA bakery brings the cronut inventor's genius to The Grove. The bakery offers classic patisserie items and unique treats such as the chocolate cookie shot, sugar cookie soft serve, avocado toast ice cream sandwich.

Salt & Straw 

Photo: LA Mag

Salt and Straw is a Portland import of homemade ice cream, vegan optionsm and unique flavors such as: Avocado & Oaxacan Chocolate Fudge, Coffee & Bourbon, and Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese


Photo: Kippy's Ice Cream

The Venice Beach ice cream shop promises delicious organic non-dairy treats. The menu includes superfood flavors including Kosmic Matcha, Goldenmilk (Tumeric), and Cinnamon Date.



Alfred's was made famous for serving caffeine in the infamous "But first, coffee" cups amidst glam cafe settings

Alfred's Tea Room

Photo: C'est Classique
Alfred's Team Room is the sister shop to Alfred's coffee and specializes in tea based drinks such as matcha latte's and bubble tea.

Urth Cafe

Urth Cafe is great spot to pick up organic bite to eat, coffee, tea, or boba. If you have time, stay a while for people watching on Melrose.