Things to do in Brentwood
Running is practically a religion in Brentwood, where the coral-tree-lined center divider of San Vicente Boulevard doubles as a running path. The fleet-footed will find all manner of on-trend, performance running shoes here and über-knowledgeable staff to help them make the perfect selection.
This vibrant museum and cultural center uses the history of the Jewish experience as a starting point to tell larger stories about multiculturalism in America and the progress of democratic ideals throughout the world.
A recent, next-door edition to Toscana (a celeb-beloved trattoria and neighborhood institution), Bar Toscana is a sleek, Milan-inspired lounge specializing in Italian cocktails and stuzzichini (small plates).
This casual, organic cafe is the de facto community kitchen of Brentwood. Locals turn out in droves—especially at weekend brunch—for morning goodies like the egg dishes and stuffed French toast or afternoon fare like the enormous salads and Paninis.
It’s difficult to miss Beard Papa's Sawtelle location with its bright lights and constant line of customers. This Japanese chain, which started as a small cream puff shop in Osaka, has an almost cult-like following.
Giant Robot was first launched in the mid-90’s as a hand-published, pop culture magazine. A decade ago, its founders, two UCLA grads, decided to expand the brand and spawned a tiny shop selling all things Asian and ephemera.
Since L.A. lacks the piazzas and promenades of other major cities, the Getty Center is more than just a museum. Occupying an isolated, hillside perch, the giant multi-terraced art complex has become one of L.A.’s great urban spaces, where visitors can stroll and admire views over the city.
Special booking: Cadar recently sent two couples to Rwanda for gorilla tracking at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge; then to the Serengeti in Tanzania to ride horses with zebras, followed by a hot-air-balloon ride at Singita Sasakwa; and ended the trip with a stay at the Palms Zanzibar.