Los Angeles, California
We asked Chef Concierge Joyce Louie at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills to gather the savviest sightseeing suggestions she could find—not just her own but also those of other local connoisseurs, including some she works with every day at the Hotel. Los Angeles is a haven for those seeking sunshine, shopping, entertainment, beaches and even fine arts.
Shopping Los Angeles-style
Angelenos have perfected the art of comfortable chic. Here’s where to get the look. For everything from couture to boutiques, shop Rodeo Drive (Tom Ford is a modern mecca for luxury men’s dressing), Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard. If you’re in Venice, don’t miss Pamela Barish. A stylist and designer for rock bands back in the day, Barish has a store on boutique-laden Abbott Kinney where you pick the fabric and style and she customises a garment for you. For sexy yet elegant shoes, head to Christian Louboutin’s elegant store on Robertson. Shopping for men is especially good in Los Angeles; titans of the entertainment industry head to H. Lorenzo on Sunset for avant-garde fashion. Ted Baker on Robertson Boulevard is a favourite stop for its stylishly colourful Brittish menswear line. And while you’re on Robertson, swing by Barker Black, the refined English shoemaker.
Hot Spots for Nightlife
Evoking the feeling of a private estate, supperclub Greystone Manor on La Cienega features mansion-inspired woodwork, rich fabrics and LED-infused chandeliers. If you’re hungry, pair their specialty cocktails with the pear salad or short-rib grilled-cheese sandwich. My House, a nightspot fabricated to look like a stylish and modern Hollywood home—complete with a front lawn, Jacuzzi in the back and a plush master bedroom—offers the exclusivity of a house party in a carefree nightclub setting. And don’t forget Drai’s Hollywood, a rooftop pool with wraparound views. Finally, for a Hamptons feel in the heart of Hollywood, check out The Colony’s perfectly landscaped garden, open-air dance floor and cozy beach-house ambiance.
Off-the-Beaten-Path, Top-Flight Museums
Some great off-the-beaten-path cultural attractions include Bergamot Station arts centre for its contemporary art, Southern California’s largest gallery complex and cultural centre; The Huntington’s library, art collection and botanical gardens; and the impressive private collection at the Norton Simon Museum, home to works by Raphael, Rembrandt, van Gogh and more. If you’re looking for an in-depth art experience, Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts daily gallery talks, except Wednesday when the museum is closed, focusing on works in their permanent collection that range from Chinese art to European sculpture to costumes and textiles.
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles’ Culina, Modern Italian is the home of Los Angeles’ only crudo bar, where local foodies love to watch the chefs prep inventive raw seafood. For one-of-a-kind sushi, visit Urasawa, Hiro Urasawa’s temple to “food as art.” Other trendy favourites include Ink on Melrose Avenue; the Spice Table, featuring traditional cuisines of Singapore and Vietnam; Son of a Gun; Red O; and Waterloo & City.
Performing Arts Bounty
Known for entertainment worldwide, Los Angeles has no shortage of impressive performing arts venues. Catch upcoming performances at Hollywood Bowl, one of the best places to see live music, theatre, dance and more. Pantages Theatre is one of Hollywood’s premier spots for live theatre. If it’s sports you crave, the Staples Center is home to basketball’s Lakers, Clippers and Sparks, and to the NHL’s LA Kings. This versatile arena also hosts a number of concerts and events for the whole family, in addition to the big games.
Family Travel Adventures
Family activities abound in Los Angeles. Try studio tours at Warner Bros. and Universal Studios. Be sure to hit the world-class amusement parks—Disneyland and Universal Studios. Surf the same breaks as the Beach Boys with a surf lesson or just explore the top beaches of Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo.
Movies and More at Night
During the summer, the best thing to do after dark is see a movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the final resting place for many of Hollywood’s greats. Bring a picnic basket and a blanket and watch the movie stars. Or gaze at celestial stars year-round at Griffith Observatory.
Get Inspired at the Spa
Manipura—the third Hindu chakra associated with dynamism, energy and willpower—is the inspiration for the Spa’s Manipura experience at Four Seasons. A Himalayan crystal scrub purifies and detoxifies, stimulating the lymphatic system and releasing toxins in the body. The full-body Manipura massage follows—creating a positive flow of energy and restoring balance to leave you refreshed and revitalised.
West Hollywood Restaurants
West Hollywood has one of the greatest concentrations of excellent restaurants in Los Angeles. For laid-back celeb watching on a leafy patio, there’s The Ivy. For small plates of seasonal, local fare and a range of wines by the glass, visit local chef-hero Suzanne Goin’s A.O.C. BOA Steakhouse has excellent Kobe beef and tableside-prepped Caesar salad; Ago has skillfully crafted Italian fare; and Koi is the go-to spot for good sushi.