West Hollywood is at the cultural and geographical heart of the Los Angeles region, surrounded by must-see hotspots in every direction. See our top picks for a 48 hour stay in the city of dreams.
Pendry West Hollywood
The long-awaited Pendry West Hollywood opened back in May 2021 on one of Los Angeles’ most famed streets, The Sunset Strip, and it is now one of the hottest LA hangouts. Built on the former site of the House of Blues – a hugely famous live music concert hall – the hotel’s California-cool aesthetic features calming pastel tones and sleek furnishings throughout its 112 guest rooms and 37 suites. It also has two world-class restaurants by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, a multi-purpose live entertainment venue, a spa and rooftop bar and pool with incredible LA skyline views. Perfect for lazing in the sunshine with a cocktail in hand.
The Butcher, Baker, Cappuccino Maker, also known as BBCM, is the perfect spot for those who love to people-watch. Located in the Sunset Plaza shopping area of the Sunset Strip. Here visitors can sit outside and enjoy modern California cuisine with European influences, tempting fresh baked goods, specialty coffee beverages, craft cocktails and a comprehensive wine list. What’s not to like? For the vegans among us Gracias Madre is a cool and vibrant vegan eatery that cannot be recommended enough. Enjoy kombucha cocktails and tasty bites from french toast to enchiladas.
Employees Only is an elevated neighborhood cocktail bar and restaurant based in West Hollywood only from the outside it looks like a shop. The fake storefront leads to a quirky drinking den. Enter through the shop front and find yourself in a deco-inspired, wood-panelled dining room with a large curving bar. Listed as one of the World’s 50 Best Bars enjoy delicious cocktails filled with-house-made syrups, hand-squeezed juices, freshly-puréed seasonal fruits and full pours of rare liquors.
West Hollywood is renowned for having some of the best shopping around and it doesn’t disappoint. Head to the Design District, an upscale shopping district hosting over 200 global boutiques, furniture stores, galleries and restaurants. Enjoy browsing a number of the luxury boutiques such as Christian Louboutin, Rag & Bone and Maxfield to name a few. Another must visit is the car-free complex Row DTLA.
Spread across 32 acres and six buildings it is home to well-known shops including; COAST by COAST, Brooklyn born swimwear boutique, Jean-Pascal Florist, Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen, an LA-based men’s and women’s wear label and more. Look out for Bodega, Boston-based streetwear brand, which can be found hiding in a produce market. Step through an unassuming warehouse door and you’ll find a fruit-filled market, which leads to Bodega’s real entrance.