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Guide to the Real Los Angeles

Lisa Eisner

Photo: Lisa Eisner

In a groundswell of appreciation for historic buildings, revitalized neighborhoods, and seasoned practitioners of modest arts, the city of forever young is flouting the old clichés.

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Inspired by: The Real Los Angeles — by M. G. Lord, Published Sep. 2008

Hotels (3)

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    Mondrian

    This fashionable property from the Morgans Hotel Group has endured on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip since 1996. Designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz equ

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    London West Hollywood

    Plant-lined arches line the outside of this British-themed hotel, which is located just south of the Sunset Strip. The interior has gilded accents

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    The Standard, Downtown L.A.

    Hip digs, reasonable prices, and a too-cool night scene are the draws at this André Balazs outpost. The trendy, whimsical interiors here are fun an... More

Restaurants (3)

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    Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria

    For more than half a century, this old-school cafeteria has been serving hearty comfort foods inside a space with redwood forest décor. Clifford Cl

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    R23

    The exceptional Japanese food has drawn locals and adventurous West Siders since 1991.

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    Axe

    Located on Venice’s chic Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Axe (pronounced ah-shay) is a simple, no-frills restaurant named after an old Yoruban saying that

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Activities (22)

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    Bar at The Standard, L.A.

    Hip digs, reasonable prices, and a too-cool night scene are the draws at this André Balazs outpost. The trendy, whimsical interiors here are fun an... More
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    Museum of Contemporary Art, LA

    The marquee cultural institution in downtown’s sunken California Plaza, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) dates to 1979 and specializes in work

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    Lovecraft Bio-Fuels

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    Helios House

    This eco-friendly gas station from BP at the high-traffic Beverly Hills intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard looks like the ki

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    Downtown Art Walk

    On the second Thursday each month, downtown galleries and museums that span from the Historic Core to the Fashion District stay open into the night

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    The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

    Part of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Geffen Contemporary was first founded as the Temporary Contemporary in 1983 before becomin

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    Hollywood Forever Cemetery

    This historic cemetery is the final resting place of many Hollywood founders, Golden Age movie stars, and even punk musicians. Established in 1899,

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    Orpheum Theatre, L.A.

    One of the most renowned landmarks on downtown’s row of Broadway theatres, the Orpheum dates to 1926 and originally hosted vaudeville shows, legend

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    ArcLight

    Built around the 1960’s Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, the legendary ArcLight cinemas returns the glitz and glamour to the movie-going experience with

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    Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

    One of four theatres comprising the downtown Music Center, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion opened in 1964 thanks to a $20 million fundraising effort

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    Eqyptian Theatre

    Four 20-foot-tall columns, Sphinx heads, and hieroglyphics stand at the main entrance of the landmark Hollywood movie theater where Sid Grauman sta

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    Bob Baker Marionette Theater

    Bob Baker carves marionettes and trains apprentices to animate them. With its houselights on, the theater is nothing: squirming kids and cheesy, du

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    dosa818

    On the top floor of the Wurlitzer Building in downtown, the shop’s loft-like space features the ever-evolving works of Korean-American clothing des

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    Echo Park Time Travel Mart

    Designed to resemble a 1970's 7-Eleven, the store sells dinosaur eggs, robot milk, and "leeches - nature's tiny doctors." It may take a minute, but

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    Family

    David Kramer, co-owner of Family, bills it as "a curated bookstore." This means that the emphasis, at least where the book selection is concerned,

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  • One-of-a-Kind Venice, CA

    Los Angeles, Venice

    Once home to artists and bohemians, Abbot Kinney Boulevard is experiencing its most upscale renaissance to date, with one-of-a-kind boutiques, galleries, and sidewalk cafés.

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    Los Angeles, Downtown

    As more Mexican natives move north for good, the restaurant scene in L.A. is opening restaurants that satisfy their regionally-specific tastes.

  • The Best New Restaurants in Los Angeles

    Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Downtown

    Sampling the latest (some say greatest) Wolfgang Puck outpost; a French-Japanese-Spanish fusion restaurant; and authentic Chinese cuisine.

  • Trip Guide to Hollywood Highlights

    Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Downtown

    The latest L.A. after-hours trend: intimate spaces that mix Tony Bennett cool with Tony Duquette-inspired design.

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