West Hollywood Travel Guide
This hulking campus of interior design showrooms cuts a striking figure in the neighborhood—it’s been nicknamed the “Blue Whale” for the outsized scale of its main blue-tinted building relative to surrounding structures.
Since opening in 1957, this renowned live music club has helped launched the careers of some of rock’s most famous names, from Elton John and James Taylor to Guns N’ Roses and Metallica.
British transplant Peter Dunham is the go-to expert for celebrities who gravitate toward his clubby English spin on Old Hollywood style.
A favorite of both Oscar-night celebrities and everyday fashionistas, this airy, bi-level boutique specializes in fabulous vintage womenswear.
Sun-seeking hotel guests can dip into the plunge pool while waiting for their drinks, or take in the panoramic views, which stretch from the Hollywood Hills to downtown L.A. and out to the Pacific. Specialty “Limoncello sparkle.”
Don’t be surprised if you can’t find the entry to this wood-paneled hotel bar—it’s 150 feet from the entrance of the exclusive, hillside Chateau Marmont and hidden behind a pointed, plant-covered roof
This West Hollywood antique shop earned its claim-to-fame after salvaging and selling ruined celebrity items (a cracked coffee mug from Barbara Streisand; Michael Manson’s sunglasses) from the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
Frequented by the AG-jeans-and-tank-top-wearing men of West Hollywood and Melrose, this antique-wallpapered, two-room shop is a gift-givers’ dream.
This tiny cocktail lounge in the Fairfax District is owned by impresario Andy Fiscella and producer Beau Flynn (What’s Your Number?). Mirrors hang on the scarlet-red walls, and black leather booths lit by candles are frequently reserved in advance.
L.A.’s young and fab make regular pilgrimages to this warren of shops housed beneath a vine-covered roof.
Reclaimed wood floors and walls covered in bright white subway tiles set the tone at this barber shop from men's skin-care brand Baxter of California. Take a seat in a circa-1900 porcelain-and-leather Koken chair for a no-frills cut and shave.
A small bungalow off Melrose Avenue is the just-right setting for this uncommon stationery boutique which houses tidy displays of colorful scented ink bottles and vertical rows of vibrant fabric paper.
Sprawling coffeehouse-nightclub. This sprawling club (there are four bars in all) hosts an annual Academy Awards party whose total proceeds are donated to AIDS Project L.A.
L.A.’s modern-design movement has finally reached the masses, and this SoCal store (besides this original location, there’s a branch in Palm Desert) caters to the converted.
The unique and the beautiful are openly celebrated at this Melrose Avenue retailer that makes quality dining at home its central focus.