You are coming to LA but don't want to do the tourist thing. You want to live, shop, eat drink and be entertained like a local. These are favorites that might not be recommended in guide books or by a concierge.
A romantic Italian restaurant on Sunset. Delicious and nice staff.
One of the best beaches in Malibu. To the north, the lagoon and to the south, the pier. Take a tour of the Adamson house or check out the surfers.
Love the Eggplant Parmesan and imported foods. Always busy at lunch and on weekends. Angelinos become pushy New Yorkers here.
Shows are hilarious and classes are incredible. Even if you're not an actor, classes help you break out of your shell and deal with stage fright. Always a good time!
Best vintage store for women in LA!!!!
The same type of concept as Dry Bar but for makeup...and conveniently located next door. Pick from a few makeup looks and they'll customize it a bit for you. This makes getting your makeup done for events and head shots so much easier.
Sweet and savory pies in the arts district downtown. A real hidden gem of LA. Love the Early grey pie.
The full Prohibition experience, with a secret door to enter. Live music and dim lighting set the mood. Drinks here are superb! Be daring and go with Bartender's Choice. You won't be disappointed.
Hopefully Bottega Louie is a good sign for the future of DTLA. It's always busy and the food is great. Pastries are reminiscent of Laduree in Paris, which is no small compliment.
They specialize in sausages and even cater to veggies. Their fries with several dipping sauces and strawberry beer are the best.
A hidden gem of a vintage store in LA. Love that it isn't on the typical stretches full of vintage shops. The owners go through a lot of work to find the goodies in store. Well organized and easy to navigate.