The V&T Guide to West Hollywood

Los Angeles is famed for being a leader in the style stakes and West Hollywood’s ‘Design District’ is home to California’s high-calibre design, art, fashion – all things cultured and cool. Tucked into an irregular five square kilometre enclave bordered by Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Fairfax, West Hollywood is known as LA’s Most Walkable Neighbourhood, so it would be sacrilege not to go out and explore.  

Hundreds of interior design and clothing outlets and plenty of plant-based, open-air eateries will keep you occupied. WeHo encapsulates everything great about the City of Angels – the glamour, fashion, design, and endless entertainment venues. Here’s our guide to making the most of life in WeHo’s fast lane.

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Where to stay in West Hollywood

La Peer is the first hotel to open in the Design District with a blend of classic Art Deco and modern interiors inspired by the Californian architecture of the 1920s and 1930s. The four-story property is part of the Kimpton chain, spread over 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, perfectly positioned between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. The bold communal spaces and warehouse-style rooms instantly lure you in – think leather walls, white oak herringbone floors, art installations, and Juliette balconies with views over West Hollywood. 

The London West Hollywood is ideal for all types of travellers, especially families looking for a luxe city retreat with multi-room suites. Beyond the rooms, sample refined dining at Boxwood Restaurant, with seasonal menus created by Executive Chef Anthony Keene. Or have a pre- or post-meal drink at The London Bar, with interiors inspired by English country house conservatories.

Pendry West Hollywood is undoubtedly a media darling, and it’s easy to see why. Beautiful modern glass and aluminium sculpture artwork by local artist Anthony James and restaurants by Wolfgang Puck mark his triumphant return to West Hollywood since Spago opened in 1982.

1 Hotel West Hollywood is a chic, sustainable property filled with light, spacious rooms, great restaurants, and a rooftop brought by West Hollywood impresario John Terzian.

Created by magnate Ian Schrager, The EDITION West Hollywood captures the best of the LA climate with bright rooms with Hollywood Hill views and a hotel guests-only rooftop pool perched above Sunset Boulevard, perfectly positioned to catch the sunrise, sunset and every light in between.

La Peer blends classic Art Deco and modern interior style

Where to eat and drink in West Hollywood

West Hollywood has one of the most exciting culinary scenes in the United States, with a slew of innovative restaurants helmed by world-class chefs putting it firmly on the map as a foodie destination. Add location, a touch of glamour and some of the freshest produce on the West Coast, and you’ll soon understand why even locals choose to dine out for every meal.

A very WeHo experience at Gracias Madre

Vegan Mexican food and craft cocktails beckon at Gracias Madre. The restaurant’s patio is perfect for lounging around on Sunday afternoons, while its airy indoor area is great for celeb spotting while downing crisp tequila and mezcal cocktails. In summer, the bar also serves mezcal-infused popsicle cocktails. 

Italian fine dining at Olivetta

A stylish bungalow on WeHo’s Restaurant Row with the kitchen led by Chef Laurie Hudson, Olivetta offers a coastal European menu of classics from Italy, Greece, France and Spain. Think house-made pasta, grilled meats, and local vegetables. Keep some room for the chocolate olive oil cake. 

Italian fine dining at Olivetta
Plant-forward plates at The Butcher’s Daughter

The decor is light and airy, with dishes of stone-fired pizzas, Baja ‘fish’ tacos and Tamari Pad Thai. The Butcher’s Daughter is steps from the La Peer Hotel and a great launching point for all things in the Design District.

Aussies in LA at Eveleigh

A team of ex-pat Aussies spearhead Eveleigh, a rustic indoor/outdoor restaurant serving organic, locally sourced farm-to-table produce on Sunset Boulevard. Prime real estate is the back deck, which is resplendent with cosy banquettes and a retractable roof.

Lebanese roots at Ladyhawk

Top Chef Middle East-winner Charbel Hayek draws on his heritage at Ladyhawk with sharing plates of mezze dishes like spicy hummus, garlic labneh, and seared halloumi. To meats from the wood-grill (dry-aged Rohan duck with honey and rose; olive-crusted rack of lamb are two favourites). Matched to a small production list of Mediterranean and California organic and biodynamic wines.

Charbel Hayek draws on his Lebanese roots at Ladyhawk

Where to shop in West Hollywood

West Hollywood’s Design District, bordering Melrose Avenue, Beverly Boulevard, and Robertson Boulevard, is the heart of design and fashion in Los Angeles. It is an exciting hub of more than 300 galleries, boutiques, and showrooms. High-end designers such as Christian Louboutin, Phillip Lim and Stella McCartney have flagship stores here, while cutting-edge newcomers and vintage collectors are well represented.

L’Eclaireur is a legendary Parisian boutique and opened its first US store in a French revival mansion in WeHo, shifting its focus to home furnishings. The gallery space is filled with covetable one-of-a-kind and collectable masterpieces from luminaries such as architect Zaha Hadid, sculptor John Paul Philippe and the Italian designer Fornasetti.

Lose yourself in the fabulous independent Book Soup bookshop on Sunset Strip, where over 60,000 titles focusing on the arts and entertainment are stacked on floor-to-ceiling shelves. Author readings are common and are a great place to spot intellectual celebrities.

Lovers of vintage and retro fashions will be beside themselves wandering through Resurrection, which specialises in designer pieces from the ’60s and ’70s. 

West Hollywood’s Design District is the heart of fashion in Los Angeles

Where to Spa in West Hollywood

In West Hollywood, celebrities come during awards season (January to March) to get red carpet ready and for the ultimate spa experiences. Barbara Sturm, the famed skincare doctor, LA spa and boutique is her largest location worldwide, featuring three treatment rooms, two express facial rooms and two infrared saunas with a wide-ranging spa facial menu. Hotel spas at The West Hollywood EDITION (which just received a Forbes 5-star accolade) and the 1 Hotel Bamford Spa offer red carpet-ready facials. 

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