A GUIDE TO MY HOME TOWN

3rd generation Angeleno πŸ‘ΌπŸ»
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    Visit in the "winter" time. It will be in the 60s-70s, sunny and perfectly crisp.
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    Go somewhere high up so you can get a nice vista and a feel for the city.
    I'd suggest the Stahl House (for architecture lovers), Soho House (if you know a member who can get you in), the Getty Center or the Griffith Observatory. While you're at it, take a drive through the canyons with the windows down and the music up.
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    Have some breakfast (or drunk brunch!)
    At Rose & Vine, Lincoln, La Poubelle, the Griddle or Snug Harbor.
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    Hang around Sunset Plaza so you can see Sunset Boulevard Jesus, our beloved local messiah.
    This is a real thing! You can read about him here: http://bit.ly/1hEAHQM
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    Go for a swim.
    The pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel is iconic, but you can also take a dip at the DTLA Standard or the Montage.
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    Do some shopping.
    3rd Street in West Hollywood is a great place to start - hit up Polka Dots & Moonbeams (for pretty vintage frocks and adorable modern pieces too), the Traveler's Bookcase, Plastica (great for kids and home decor) and Alexis Bittar.
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    And some more shopping...
    The Brentwood Country Mart is another favorite shopping spot. Diesel has wonderful array of books, you will drool over the stationery at Sugar Paper and also over the tee shirts at James Perse. While you're there, grab lunch at Reddi Chick or the Farmshop deli and dessert at Sweet Rose!
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    And even more shopping!
    Robertson Blvd is another must-shop place, although I might be biased because I live around there! Here you can find the Kooples, Kitson, Splendid, Alice + Olivia, Nanette Lepore, Les Habitudes, Kartell and Alessi.
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    Do lunch.
    Where to even start?! The Apple Pan for burgers. Tsujita for ramen. Milo & Olive for pizza. Sycamore Kitchen. Dolce Isola. Fala Bar. Nate n Al's. Il Tramezzino (get the #1). Cafe Figaro.
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    See some art.
    There is a cluster of great galleries on La Cienega south of the 10 - Cherry and Martin, Luis de Jesus, Roberts And Tilton, etc. The Getty Villa in Malibu is absolutely necessary (while you're up there, you should also visit the Adamson House and the cafe on the Malibu Pier). The Norton Simon is terrific and LACMA is worth a trip, even if it's just to see Mulholland Drive in person.
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    Get your caffeine fix.
    Try Caffe Vita, Paper or Plastik, Bread Lounge, Profeta, Caffe Luxxe or Blacktop. The cafe au lait at the Gumbo Pot is also a non-fussy favorite.
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    Get sweaty.
    Part of the LA experience is working out (sorry). The good news is, there are tons of fun workouts! Personal favorites are dance class (at Your Neighborhood Studio I do Strip Hop (for real) and anything taught by Tor Campbell), hiking (Will Rodgers, Tree People or Franklin Canyon), tennis, yoga and the Bar Method.
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    Go to an SC football game.
    The crosstown rivalry is an essential part of LA life. Be sure to tailgate heartily on campus, then walk down Trousdale and through the Rose Garden to the Coliseum. Do it right and make friends who are members of the Jonathan Club, so your drunk ass can catch the shuttle there and enjoy the post game feast. They even have a cake decorated to look like a football field!
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    Be an architecture nerd.
    LA has some of the greatest architecture experiences ever. I already mentioned the Stahl House (mid century heaven) and the Adamson House (home to some spectacular tiles) but you should also visit the Hollyhock House, the Gamble House and the Schindler House. And the LA conservancy Art Deco tour downtown is a treat.
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    El Coyote
    A restaurant that has been around since 1931 is a big deal in LA! Though it's not the most authentic Mexican food you can get, it's a classic. The cheesy decor and the waitresses in fiesta dresses really make it. Drown yourself in margaritas at the bar while you wait for a table, then get the shredded beef tacos, guacamole and sweet corn tamales.
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    Have a leisurely dinner.
    If you're not down for divey Mexican, consider Il Piccolino, Pacific Dining Car, Mozza, Kendall's Brasserie, Katana, Bazaar, Baco Mercat, the Little Door or the Hart and the Hunter.
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    Treat yourself.
    Dessert is why you worked out earlier. Go for macarons at Bottega Louie, the obvious at Al Gelato, butterscotch squares and marzipan at See's Candies, or froyo at Yogurtland.
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    The Hollywood Bowl
    It's a cliche for a reason. Classical night is a must - what could be better than hearing Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream under the stars?
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    Top it all off by sneaking some amaretto spiked hot chocolate onto the beach and enjoying it with some people you love under the moonlight πŸ’›