How to Eat Your Way Through Los Angeles Like a Local
Marissa Hermer's insider guide to making every meal in LA an adventure.
Three years ago, my husband and I moved from London to Los Angeles on a whim with plans for a sunny sabbatical. Now, having opened The Draycott in Pacific Palisades and Olivetta in West Hollywood, we have fallen in love with this Los Angeles lifestyle.
But even now that we are Angelenos, we still love playing tourist and adventuring around this city, sprinkling in local adventures with our favorite food spots. Here are some of our favorite ways to spend a few hours soaking up the best this city has to offer both in culture and cuisine.
Korean Barbecue and Spa Pampering
Huevos and Hiking
Morning hike to Inspiration Point at Will Roger’s in Pacific Palisades to take in the scenic views, and then enjoy Huevos Rancheros and the best Bloody Mary in town at The Draycott in Palisades Village.
Brunch and Home Decor Browsing
Pasta and a Bike Ride
Middle Eastern Bites and Contemporary Art
Enjoy an afternoon visit to MOCA — don’t miss the gift shop — before tucking into an early dinner at Bavel (don’t miss the malawach, Yemin fried bread, served with zhoug, a spicy condiment made from California’s famed Harry’s Berries strawberries).
Chicken Sandwiches and Culture
A Coastal Mediterranean Meal and Shopping
Spend an afternoon shopping on Melrose Avenue; my favorites are Ganni, Union, and Maxfield. Follow this with dinner at Olivetta: Don’t miss Mel’s tequila cocktail and chef Michael Fiorelli’s lobster spaghetti.
Eggs and Exploring
Doughnuts and Scooters
Tacos and Stroll
Take a stroll along the LA River, stopping for a taco at Tacos y Birria La Unica.
Veggies and Kicks
Marissa Hermer is the owner of The Draycott in Pacific Palisades and Olivetta in West Hollywood and author of An American Girl in London: 120 Nourishing Recipes for Your Family From a Californian Expat. thedraycott.com / olivetta.la