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The Top 15 Essential NYC Restaurants

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Experience NYC Dining

New York City is filled to the brim with quality places to wine and dine. With a diversity of cultures bringing unique flavors to the restaurant landscape, there are a number of options for where to indulge in a satisfying meal during your time in the city. Your cravings will be satisfied as you experience some of the best NYC restaurants.




Olmsted

The fun and fresh menu at Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant Olmsted will make your visit worthwhile with whimsical dishes to enjoy in their back garden for a touch of greenery.




Alta

The airy ambiance of Atla comes from the bright and trendy Noho environment filled with healthy Mexican dishes for a casual yet refined dining experience.




Llama Inn

Head to Llama Inn to take in their quirky design elements fit for the Williamsburg neighborhood as you dine from the Peruvian-inspired menu of delicious and adventurous bites.

I Sodi

For pasta and lasagna that will make your mouth water, I Sodi’s minimalist approach to Italian dining makes the delicious food stand out in this cozy West Village destination.

Oxomoco

The wood-fired oven at Oxomoco adds to the vibrant flavors of their Mexican cuisine served up in the rustic yet modern dining room or the pleasantly intimate front patio.

The Grill

The landmark Seagram Building has gotten an upgrade with The Grill’s menu of chophouse classics drawing in guests for a lively meal amongst the eye-catching interior.

Lilia

A pasta lover’s dream, Lilia is a shining star in Williamsburg for the innovative menu of Italian cuisine in a sophisticated industrial-inspired setting.

Wildair

Don’t be fooled by the unassuming wine bar concept—Wildair delivers a small plates dining menu that will surpass expectations from the memorable tartare to the mouth-watering desserts.

La Vara

Cobble Hill’s La Vara boasts a Michelin-star rating for its Spanish and Jewish influenced cuisine fit for both traditional palates and adventurous tastes.

Flora Bar

After visiting the Met Breuer in the Upper East Side, you’ll have to stop by Flora Bar—a restaurant that oozes cool serving up seafood small plates in an upscale, casual environment.

Win Son

With a selection of Taiwanese dishes with an American twist, Win Son is a lively choice for a restaurant that mixes tradition with innovation in its trendy Brooklyn locale.

Le Coucou

A restaurant inspired by classic elements of French dining, the warmth of Le Coucou can be felt through its stylish yet comforting décor paired with an extravagant selection of tastes.

Aldea

This Michelin-starred destination remains approachable and enjoyable as its Portuguese fare and modern setting impresses guests to return again and again.

Uncle Boons

Head to Uncle Boons for a creative menu of flavorful (and often spicy) Northern Thai cuisine with an eclectic environment inspired by vintage Thai artistry.

The Pool

The former Four Seasons’ iconic pool dining room has been re-imagined through The Pool—a contemporary spot for lavish seafood plates and an impressive wine list.

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8 of LA’s Best Women-Owned Hospitality Businesses

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Women-Owned Hospitality Businesses

Women’s contribution to the hospitality industry has skyrocketed through the years with numerous bars, restaurants and hotels being run by impressive female owners who bring their expertise to the business. With International Women’s Day being celebrated each year, we’re highlighting some of the best women-owned hospitality businesses bringing diversity and promoting gender equality in the city of Los Angeles.




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Coolhaus

Locals of the Los Angeles area will recognize the name Coolhaus as some of the best ice cream you can get in the city. Started in 2008 by Natasha Case and Freya Estreller, the creamery quickly gained popularity prompting the owners to expand to another building and several ice cream trucks.




Vinovore

This East Hollywood wine shop features wines made by female winemakers and caters to a female clientele. Founder Coly Den Haan is a certified Sommelier that started Vinovore in hopes to further women’s role in the wine community. She has played a large part in starting multiple wine loving women’s groups that regularly connect to learn more about the industry.




Genever

Genever, started by Red Capiz Partners, is one of the only bars owned by a group of women in Los Angeles. Located in Filipinotown, Genever is an intimate escape that highlights gin-related cocktails, but also serves wine and beer as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Genever prides itself on the use of local produce, syrups and shrubs made in the Los Angeles area.

Kismet

Kismet is an inviting Mediterranean restaurant that does more than just make food. Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer are dedicated to creating opportunities and positive influences within the East Hollywood community. Their wine list of small producers and ingredients sourced from local farmers helps to support other small businesses in the LA area.

Sqirl

Head chef Jessica Koslow is an inventive and well-rounded chef whose food has become a staple among Los Angeles’ trendy crowds. You’ll always find a line stretching out the door of Sqirl in East Hollywood as people crave their well-known breakfasts and brunches.

Lucques

Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, the head chefs and owners of Lucques, dish out taste and sophistication with their Mediterranean-focused cuisine. Great wine, a warm atmosphere, and wonderful food are always on the menu at this West Hollywood locale.

Bar Franca

Bar Franca has made waves as a refined and elegant cocktail bar located on Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles. The drinks are world-class with an atmosphere that transports you to a charming, French hideaway. Owner Rachel Thomas’ vision for a laid back but sophisticated cocktail bar that would fit right in with the historic core of Downtown came to life in this dimly lit escape.

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Eden Rock St Barths: Experience A Modern Island Oasis

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Eden Rock St Barths

Enter into an island paradise at Eden Rock St Barths, a newly-reinvented property filled with luxurious amenities and relaxing island culture. Known for drawing Hollywood glamour to the island in the 1950s and ‘60s, Eden Rock played host to Howard Hughes and Greta Garbo, and was originally owned by Rémy de Haenen–the first pilot to land on St Barths. After completing a two-year renovation in recovery from Hurricane Irma in 2017, the property is now welcoming reservations for guests to experience the new and improved retreat in the Caribbean.




Welcome

Arriving to the village of St Jean, whether it be by ferry, private boat charter or private air charter to the Rémy de Haenen Airport, you’ll be swept away by ocean views from the quaint island town. After a short drive you’ll enter Eden Rock, greeted by the award-winning Eden Rock Guestcare team who are ready to assist you in embarking on a world-class, luxury Caribbean getaway.




Design

The newly-reimagined design of Eden Rock has brought forth a beautifully-renovated style fit for a St Barths escape. View the variety of artwork and decor throughout the property featuring local artisans, European-sourced antiques and curated pieces in collaboration with various international galleries, including the New York Academy of Art’s Graduate School of Art. The collection of over 400 pieces contribute to an unexpected yet elegant atmosphere filled with vibrance as you peruse the lobby on the way to your suite.




Luxury Rooms

The range of luxury experiences at Eden Rock St Barths is endless, and when you walk through the doors of your private, oceanfront domain, you’ll be swept away by comfort and sophistication. The 37 Eden Rock hotel room suites cover four different layouts, each with their own benefits and all providing a sumptuous stay. The Eden Rooms offer a private terrace above the Sand Bar Restaurant, the Plantation Rooms are ground-floor suites with beachside gardens, the Beach Rooms give you an unparalleled shoreline view, and the Rock Rooms sit right above the glimmering sea. Each space is furnished with fine art, libraries and luxury amenities to revitalize your mind, body and soul. Embrace earthy sophistication in your luxury room dotted with natural textures and fabrics to complement the relaxed spirit of St Barths.

Luxury Villas

Your St Barths experience can also rise to the next level with a Villa Rental, providing luxury, privacy and exceptional service from the Eden Rock St Barths team. Over 125 properties are available for an elite getaway providing the pampering of a hotel with the seclusion of a private home. Wake up each day to an airy, ocean escape in spaces filled with contemporary decor and cutting edge amenities. As a guest of the Deluxe, Prestige or Ultraluxe Villas, you’ll receive attentive service including a dedicated butler, chef or private driver as needed.

Surroundings

Situated on a point overlooking the white sand beaches of St Jean Bay, Eden Rock offers a dazzling, panoramic view of the clear ocean below. Eden Rock Beach is an easy place to relax, with the Eden Rock Beach Team at your service to deliver anything from sunscreen to cocktails while you lounge along the water, or in your own private cabana. Stunning coral reefs are teeming with sea life and are a delight to explore during any clear, sunny day in the Caribbean.

Dining

Lovers of food and drink will have plenty of reasons to indulge as Eden Rock St Barths boasts a selection of remarkable restaurants and bars. Remodeled to be even larger than its previous size, the new Sand Bar Restaurant serves up beachy cuisine made from locally-sourced ingredients. You’ll be in for a treat as dishes created by Master Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, known for his work in Michelin-starred restaurants around the world, will please your palate with flavorful tastes and savory spices. From truffle pizza to caramelized foie-gras, you’ll be dazzled with each bite at the oceanside eatery located in the convenience of your own hotel. The brand new Rémy Bar will welcome you to a world of delicious spirits, signature cocktail creations and appetizing bites in a British-colonial-inspired space. Named as a tribute to Eden Rock’s original owner, the beachy, sophisticated outpost will sweep you away with a treat for your senses. The island ambiance will continue to flow through you as you step out into the Eden Rock Beach Bar, located on the exemplary St Jean Beach. The bar’s new redesign encompasses a shaded sundeck with a view of the sparkling blue water. Swim out to the Eden Rock inflatable raft to float on your own buoyant island, or stay on land to enjoy an expertly-prepared cocktail while lounging in the sand.

Experiences

In between relaxing on the beach and tasting culinary classics, Eden Rock St Barths offers an array of amenities and experiences to enhance your stay. Dive into an underwater adventure with snorkeling, paddleboards, kayaks and even sea toys available for use at Eden Rock Beach. Ask the Eden Rock Guestcare team to arrange for day and night dives along with scuba courses and deep-sea fishing expeditions. You’ll also get in touch with the ocean with a sailing trip to nearby islands of Shell, Anguilla or Colombier. On land, there are plenty of ways to experience Eden Rock with solo, group and family-friendly activities offered during your getaway. Stay active in mind and body with a yoga or meditation class, or get your heart pumping with an expert personal trainer to guide you through dance, aquatic and fitness courses. After an active morning, the brand new Eden Spa will whisk you away into the lap of luxury with treatments and massages using the local Ligne St Barths natural products, produced exclusively on the island. The yacht theme will complement your lavish experience as knowledgeable experts spoil you with soothing techniques. Request to have your massage beachside and take in the sounds of the ocean waves in the distance.

Neighborhood

In your time away from Eden Rock, you’ll be able to discover all that St Barths has to offer. Get to know the 13 miles of land and 14 different beaches, along with with beautiful architecture and French-influenced culture. Explore the town of Gustavia for designer shopping, museums and the popular nightlife locale Le Ti St Barths. Visit the hidden away Colombier Beach for swimming and a picnic. Taste a world-famous burger from historical, charming eatery Paradise Select–a favorite of former St Barths resident Jimmy Buffet. Cool off at the sealife-filled lagoon at Grand-Cul-de-Sac, a natural reserve that’s the perfect spot for an afternoon of paddleboarding or kite surfing. Plan your vacation during the St Barths Music Festival, Mardi Gras or Bastille Day to celebrate alongside the locals during your tropical getaway.

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The Best Vegan Restaurants in Los Angeles

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Best Vegan Restaurants in LA

Los Angeles’ restaurant scene is one that readily caters to the variety of its citizens’ eating plans. Vegan dining options offer up plant-based dishes that are sure to make your mouth water. Whether you’re sticking to the diet plan wholeheartedly, or just looking to cut down on meat, there are plenty of spots throughout the city serving up tasty vegan selections at the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles.




Crossroads Kitchen

This meat-free spot in West Hollywood is one of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, having offered quality Mediterranean-inspired dishes for years. Guests stay satisfied by the unassuming plant-based menu alongside a noteworthy cocktail program.




Shojin

Head to Shojin for a welcoming restaurant with a focus on sharing organic, natural ingredients with the community. With locations in Culver City and Downtown LA, this vegan and gluten-free restaurant embraces alternatives to create soulful, Japanese cuisine.




Nics On Beverly

Nic’s on Beverly lets guests escape the busy city to enjoy a plant-based meal in an inviting setting. The fusion of Californian dishes offers something for everyone whether you’re searching for brunch, happy hour or dinner at one of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles.

Double Zero

This delicious vegan outpost began in NYC but spread to Venice Beach bringing meatless dishes to the Westside. Mouth-watering pizzas and classic pastas give guests a delectable dining experience no matter their diet plan.

Plant Food + Wine

One of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, the local ingredients at Venice’s Plant Food + Wine make for a satisfying meal with thoughtful steps taken to ensure eco-friendly sourcing. Just as much attention is paid to the wine, with a curated list that embraces bottles produced through biodynamic farming.

Pura Vita

Boasting the title of the first plant-based Italian restaurant and wine bar in the country, Pura Vita has much to be proud of with a menu of enticing dishes adapted from known classics. Sustainable ingredients will bring flavor to your palate at this West Hollywood go-to.

SunCafe Organic

With a menu of dishes all made from scratch, SunCafe’s worldly cuisine of plant-based, dairy-free meals will impress any diner. Ingredients like cheese, mayo and butter are all made in-house to add freshness to your plate in this Studio City eatery.

Burgerlords

While this burger join accommodates both plant-eaters and meat-eaters alike, their meatless patties are unforgettable with delicious flavors taking your tastebuds on an adventure. They also offer vegan milkshakes to give guests the full American diner experience in a dairy-free way with locations in Chinatown and Highland Park.

Montys Good Burger

The meat-free comfort food at Monty’s Good Burger uses an Impossible patty coupled with homemade sauces for an artisanal burger at one of the best vegan restaurants in LA. Head to their locations in Echo Park and Koreatown to get a taste of their appetizing, plant-based options.  

Sage Vegan Bistro

You’ll only find locally-sourced produce in the ingredients for dishes at Sage Vegan Bistro, a restaurant with farm-grown, organic eats in Echo Park, West LA and Pasadena. Taste the freshness from their healthy menu of items like Loaded Nachos, Orange Chicken and Pizza–all completely plant-based.

Café Gratitude

A Southern California favorite, their locations each serve up gourmet plant-based dishes with a mission statement of sustainability, fresh ingredients and celebrating life.

Real Food Daily

This spot for creative vegan dishes brings organic ingredients to the table for a fresh and healthy dining experience. Their multiple LA area locations aim to educate guests on the value of quality meals.

The Butcher’s Daughter

The self-proclaimed “vegetable slaughterhouse” operates as a restaurants, café and juice bar for vegan dining. The menu change daily as chefs carve up fresh veggies into healthy and satisfying plates.

Gracias Madre

One of LA’s most popular vegan restaurants, this bright and airy destination in West Hollywood serves up a quality plant-based menu. Their outdoor dining and delicious drinks are the cherry on top as you bite into the fresh fare.

Kitchen Mouse

The bustling cafe Kitchen Mouse offers thoughtful plates of vegetarian and vegan dishes made to serve a diversity of diets without the need to add dairy and meat products. The eye-catching space is the perfect place for a vegan brunch in Highland Park.

Doomie’s Home Cookin

Visit Doomie’s in Culver City to experience a casual meal made with fresh, appetizing ingredients. The vegan chicken and waffles, burgers and desserts are all dairy-free and meatless making guests do a double take when chowing down in their delicious bites.

Bluebird Brasserie

This Sherman Oaks restaurant will have you in awe of the renaissance style architecture and vegan-friendly menu. Pair their delicious bites with a beer from their on-site brewery.

Wild Living Foods

Tasty eats and cold press juices are the specialty at this restaurant and shop Downtown. Their variety of bowls, salads and flavorful juice drinks are sure to make your mouth water.

The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse

With an onsite brewery and British pub-style atmosphere, this Culver City locale unites vegan dining options with classic European recipes. Take a seat in the bar or reserve a table to enjoy the selection of plant-based eats.

Beelmans

Bar food doesn’t have to be unhealthy as Beelman’s incorporates plant-based options into pub-style dining. Grab a beer and watch the big game alongside chowing down on their quality vegan eats.

Mohawk Bend

This modern, Echo Park hot spot offers up vegan pizzas and pub food for any time of day. Their seasonal menu keeps things interesting with organic and locally sourced ingredients.

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20 of the Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

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Best Event Venues in Los Angeles

Choosing a party venue for your event involves plenty of planning and preparation to create the ideal atmosphere for a memorable experience. Whether it’s a holiday party with friends, a wrap party with colleagues or a company-wide corporate event, Los Angeles offers a variety of beautiful hospitality spaces to set the scene for a special day. The space you select will make all the difference when you choose any of these event venues in Los Angeles to be the site of your good time.




Warwick

Large scale parties work great in Warwick’s lavish setting complete with a wrap-around bar and upstairs enclosed glass balcony. The upscale decor makes an impact as your guests will have free-range to mix and mingle in the attractive environment.




La Descarga

La Descarga is one of Los Angeles’ favorite speakeasies with an impressive hidden entrance and seductive burlesque performers dancing to the sounds of talented live salsa music. The one-of-a-kind bar has a main room with plenty of space for dancing, a cigar room for smoking and an additional private room perfect for your next lively event.




Beauty & Essex

Whether you’re aiming for a full buyout or a semi-private space, Beauty & Essex offers up a sleek, contemporary atmosphere sure to impress your guests. Their variety of spaces for dining, lounging and mingling means the sky’s the limit for your night of revelry.

Avenue

This Hollywood nightclub plays host to numerous events throughout the year due to its diversity of spaces including an indoor bar, main room and atrium garden. The seamless space with state-of-the-art equipment will make your event a night to remember.

Cannabis Cafe

Those who enjoy relaxing in a cannabis-fueled haze will love an event at Cannabis Cafe, the country’s first cannabis cafe. The rustic decor with an open-air, vintage feel creates a welcoming environment for any type of gathering.

Delilah

The vintage style of h. Wood Group’s Delilah makes for a perfectly elegant celebration in the dimly lit space where you can toast to the good life. The venue boasts burlesque shows with talented dancers that are sure to keep your guests entertained.

Mr. C. Beverly Hills

Timeless glamour is the main attraction at this elegant hotel perfect for tying the knot with a luxurious backdrop. The 360-degree views of Beverly Hills will put the right touch on your special day.

Bootsy Bellows

The recently remodeled Bootsy Bellows is a great place for a full buyout in their Palm-Springs inspired environment. The spacious floor and plush seating is perfect for large group celebrations or smaller bottle service splurges with friends during an exciting night out.

Katsuya Hollywood

Katsuya’s intimate dining room makes for a great place to celebrate in privacy, while also being suitable for large-scale events for as many as 400 guests. Their event team and award-winning catering takes your special event to the next level.

Perch

This sky-high destination is the perfect backdrop for baby showers, engagement parties and everything in between with their unmatched views of Downtown Los Angeles. The multiple floors available in the building that can accommodate up to 250 guests allow for events of any size.

Lono

Embrace the tiki spirit when you host your event at tropical hot spot Lono—an expansive and detailed space with a surprising size given its Hollywood Boulevard location. The sky’s the limit when you choose their quality cocktails and welcoming environment.

The Highlight Room

Take the elevator to the top of the Dream Hotel for an event at The Highlight Room, where their outdoor space and indoor lounge both offer up a picturesque view of Hollywood. Their swimming pool makes for a great touch on summer events and can be covered to provide a dancefloor.

Catch

Let your guests experience Catch’s garden-inspired atmosphere for seated dinners, cocktail events and everything in between. The trendy West Hollywood rooftop spot makes for the perfect backdrop to your celebration.

Harriets Rooftop

A view of West Hollywood can be seen for miles from Harriet’s Rooftop—a great place for a celebration in a chic and stylish lounge. The sophisticated indoor-outdoor setting with makes for California cool festivities at the very top of LA’s 1 Hotel.

Goya Studios

If creativity and attention to detail are needed, Goya Studios is the place for your event to succeed offering up all the necessary lighting, sound and visual technology you’ll need to impress your guests.

The Bungalow Santa Monica

Watching the sun set over the ocean is the perfect way to celebrate by booking one of The Bungalow’s many indoor and outdoor options for private spaces.

Rosaline

Make a reservation for delicious Peruvian-inspired cuisine at West Hollywood’s Rosaline. Their beautiful garden atrium is the perfect place for a dinner party with family or mingling with colleagues for a company event.

Elephante

Host an event at Elephante to treat your guests to breezy, coastal surroundings. The rooftop restaurant overlooks the Pacific Ocean making for dazzling sunset soirees and starry-sky dinner parties. Whether its a full buyout or intimate birthday gathering, you’ll enjoy the best of the Westside at this airy hotspot.

Redbird

This modern restaurant in Downtown LA has an eclectic variety of private dining spaces for your group to enjoy. Their outdoor garden space brings you in touch with nature while their East and West rooms are ideal for an intimate dinner party.

Doheny Room

Doheny Room makes for a great event destination with an upstairs escape perfect for mixing and mingling and a downstairs level to toast drinks over dinner.

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Embrace Elegance at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

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Experience Santa Monica at The Fairmont

Santa Monica is a picturesque city with palm tree-lined streets, flawless weather, and an ocean shoreline perfect for a beach vacation. When it comes time to choose your stay for business or pleasure, Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows lets you take advantage of the city’s offerings along with its own quality amenities that will make you feel right at home.




Experience the Rooms

Step into a space built for relaxation as the casually elegant atmosphere of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel provides you a warm welcome to Southern California. The 302-room hotel features luxurious suites, traditional rooms, and 32 garden bungalows for you to choose the perfect accommodations fit for your trip. The contemporary design elements mixed with a touch of tropical refinement are just a few of the reasons guests continue to retreat to this beachfront paradise.




Experience FIG

A sophisticated dining experience is guaranteed at the hotel’s renowned FIG restaurant. Guests are treated to a menu of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine made with a wood burning oven and grill. Organic, seasonal ingredients are a part of the prep as the local Santa Monica Farmer’s Market provides fresh options to be incorporated into flavorful dishes.




Experience Exhale Mind Body Spa

The on-site Exhale Spa helps you reach the pinnacle of relaxation through mind body programs to elevate your senses. Unwind through therapeutic massages, energy therapies, and more in this sanctuary for positive transformation. Book an appointment to escape your everyday travel stresses through their variety of elegant spa services.

Lloyds Barbershop

Searching for a quality haircut in a new city can often be a challenge. The Fairmont Miramar has a simple solution with Lloyd’s—their premiere men’s barbershop on the ground floor of the hotel. Stop in to be pampered with a complimentary Bourbon, Cognac, or Scotch as your grooming experience rises above expectations, leaving you prepared to tackle any meeting or gathering with a fresh cut.

Glam&Go

The ladies also have their own on-site hair solution with the Glam&Go blow dry bar. Hotel guests and locals drop in for their signature 30-minute blowouts and trendy styling options for both business and vacation looks. One of ten locations across the US, you’ll get a glamorous, luxury experience without ever having to leave your hotel.

The Bungalow

A local hot spot for drinks and lounging, The Bungalow Santa Monica bar is connected to the Fairmont Miramar with just a short walk away. No need to hunt for a place to grab a cocktail when one of the best bars in Santa Monica is right in your own backyard. The Bungalow boasts a kitschy, cabin feel with an outdoor patio that overlooks the Santa Monica shoreline. Live performances and DJs stop in to help the trendy crowd mix and mingle at this bustling locale. With ping pong, billiards, and TV screens during big sports games, The Bungalow offers something for everyone, satisfying all your entertainment needs.

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Finest Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Los Angeles

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Outdoor Dining in LA

Los Angeles is well known for its sunny skies and breezy afternoons that create the perfect atmosphere for being out and about. If you’re on the hunt for a destination fit for taking advantage of LA’s unparalleled weather, look no further than the many al fresco dining options scattered throughout the city. Whether you’re toasting to Sunday brunch, or enjoying a romantic night under the stars, these outdoor dining restaurants in Los Angeles each have an outdoor space perfect for an unforgettable dining experience.




Avra

With a thriving NYC location, Avra is expected to be a go-to for Greek cuisine in Beverly Hills. Their plentiful outdoor seating is sure to be a favorite as guests dine from their fresh seafood menu.




Perch

Take in unobstructed views of Downtown LA’s skyline at this rooftop favorite. Their French-inspired menu makes use of seasonal ingredients that will satisfy your senses as their fireplaces and landscaping help set the mood.




Viviane

Cozy up by the pool at this intimate, West Hollywood outdoor space. This eatery inside the Avalon Hotel offers up European and American cuisine with a California twist.

Gracias Madre

Enjoy a refreshing plant-based meal on Gracias Madre’s outdoor terrace. Umbrellas and greenery provide shade while you feast on delicious plates made with organic ingredients.

The Rose Café

This iconic Venice destination poses a refreshing escape into their garden-style, open-air dining. The artsy setting pairs with a menu of Southern California cuisine to complement the atmosphere.

The Henry

Stop by this West Hollywood eatery for a meal that’s sure to satisfy. Sit on the outdoor terrace while you enjoy an American-inspired menu and people watch in the Robertson Boulevard neighborhood.

Salazar

The minimalist patio seating in this artsy, Southwest-inspired taco spot makes it easy to enjoy the little things. Their mouth-watering menu will keep you satisfied as you take in the Silver Lake sun.

The Malibu Café

An ideal Sunday funday destination, The Malibu Café at Calamigos Ranch surrounds you with nature as you enjoy their “noveau barbeque” dining and take a relaxing walk on the lake.

Rays and Stark Bar

Stop by to dine at this Mid-Wilshire lounge space on the LACMA property. Their delectable pizzas and pastas are sure to keep you coming back for more than just the art.

Sunny Spot

Pop in to this colorful Venice eatery for a bite on the open-air patio. This lively, neighborhood hot spot will revitalize your mood as you choose from their diverse American menu.

The Highlight Room

With unmatched landscape views of the Hollywood Hills, The Highlight Room is the perfect escape for Californian cuisine atop the rooftop of The Dream Hotel.

Alcove

The garden patio setting makes for a delicious, breezy brunch at this Los Feliz favorite. Their menu of quality, American classics will have you feeling right at home.

Idle Hour

This North Hollywood historical building is one-of-a-kind in its architecture, and a go-to for an outdoor meal. The vintage feel will put you in the mood to chow down on the variety of classic, American dishes.

Barbrix

Head to this cozy Silver Lake hideaway for an intimate spot to take in a sunny LA day. The outdoor patio is great for catching up with friends with mimosas and Mediterranean-inspired plates.

Electric Owl

Duck into this Hollywood neighborhood spot for a nostalgic setting that serves up Californian cuisine with global flavors. The vintage, train station décor will take your palate on a journey in their outdoor space.

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L’Horizon Hotel & Spa: A Palm Springs Desert Oasis

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Experience L Horizon

Palm Springs has classically been known as a desert haven where Los Angeles elite escape for mini vacations filled with fine dining, shopping and most importantly, relaxation. The L’Horizon Hotel and Spa has maintained the city’s prestige through hosting guests for a private, luxury experience with their intimate bungalows and indulgent spa treatments. Guests step into a world of exemplary accommodations at this lavish boutique hotel.




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The Horizon

Built as “The Horizon” in 1952 by William F. Cody, an architect that helped shape the iconic mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs, the hotel quickly became a celebrity hot spot. During the 1950s and ‘60s, it drew Hollywood elite like Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, producer Jack Wrather and a number of US Presidents to come experience the sprawling, three-acre desert sanctuary.




In the Heart of the Desert

Los Angeles designer Steve Hermann was brought in to revitalize the property in 2015 while still keeping its mid-century character intact. The original style of the hotel is now combined with modern and vintage furniture to create a nostalgic yet contemporary space for a whole new generation of trendsetters. Hermann’s addition of an open-air spa and alfresco restaurant SoPa added even more to the attractive vacation spot. The welcoming interior creates an air of residential luxury leaving guests to feel right at home in the heart of the desert.




The Bungalows

The 25 bungalows throughout the property are designed with handpicked decor and custom finishes to create an intimate space filled with comfort. Entering into their bungalow guests will never have to remember a room number, as each domain is personalized with a gold, etched name plate. Exposed wood, marble accents, and stone walls bring natural touches to the room against its mountainous desert backdrop. The indoor-outdoor feel is enhanced by glass doors that provide plenty of natural light for a tranquil stay. Guests can also lounge on their own private outdoor patio or reach the ultimate relaxation with an outdoor shower using lush Le Labo bath products.

The Residence

One of the most impressive aspects of L’Horizon is its signature presidential suite The Residence–a secluded oasis formerly home to Hollywood entrepreneur Jack Wrather. The more than 3000-square-foot habitat comes with a private, full-sized pool and yard. Unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape deliver eye-catching views of the natural, mountain terrain. The Residence can be booked as a one-bedroom accommodation or upgraded to the full two-bedroom home, both options leaving guests to enjoy a wood-burning fireplace, wet bar and luxury amenities.

Peaceful Ambiance

Outside of lounging in the spacious bungalow rooms, the hotel boasts an inviting indoor-outdoor Spa for pampering guests in a peaceful setting. From massages to facials to aromatherapy, relaxation is guaranteed with services customized to fit each guest’s desires. Other activities like private personal training, yoga classes and guided hikes add an element of fitness perfect for any guest wishing to stay active during their getaway. The onsite restaurant SoPa is also a welcoming draw, with a refined dining experience in an intimate atmosphere. The garden-esque outdoor seating creates an enchanting setting where a flavorful, local menu of European and Californian dishes please the palate thanks to Michelin-star Chef Giacomo Pettinari.

The Location

Aside from the number of amenities throughout the property, L’Horizon is also located within minutes of Palm Springs’ bustling downtown. Restaurants, nightlife and shopping are some of the main attractions for visitors taking advantage of the city’s offerings. The area is also home to multiple casinos, museums and design studios creating a unique landscape for exploring the classic destination.

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The Most Stylish Coffee Shops in Los Angeles

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Drink your Coffee in Style

Grabbing coffee is an essential part of the morning routine for many LA residents aiming to make the most of their busy day. Why not take the time to indulge in a quality coffee experience? Los Angeles is filled with coffee novices and experts alike, with the city offering up great selections to start your morning right. It’s impossible to visit them all, but consider taking a trip to these stylish coffee shops in Los Angeles where you can drink your brew in style.




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Coffee Dose Cafe

This coffee shop on Melrose Avenue has a bright and airy atmosphere for you to sip on their “serums” of delicious brew. Modern art deco furnishings with neon signs and cheeky wallpaper make this trendy locale worth visiting. Specialty lattes and vegan pastries keep health-conscious customers coming back in the heart of West Hollywood.

Verve Coffee

Verve Coffee’s three locations each offer great brews along with a welcoming work area for the community to enjoy. With in-house roasted beans and lots of interior foliage and industrial vibes, it’s easy to spend hours in this fantastical coffee bar. If you’re on a cleanse, don’t worry–they have an awesome selection of organic juices as well.




Alfred Coffee

With a classic neon sign saying “But First, Coffee,” as well as wonderfully tasty concoctions, this popular local chain is an Instagram-addict’s dream. Whether you get a cold brew or a double shot of espresso in a waffle cone cup, you’re guaranteed to be satisfied at Alfred Coffee.




Intelligentsia Venice Coffeebar

One of Los Angeles’ favorite coffee chains, Intelligentsia offers up a unique style in its Venice location on the famed Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The spacious layout is filled with plenty of seating, outlets and of course delicious coffee concoctions for a morning pick-me-up. The beachfront location gives a quintessential California feel to go along with the modern design.

The Cafe at Conservatory

Take a seat at this open-air cafe that’s a part of the larger Conservatory restaurant space. Enjoy West Hollywood people-watching while enjoying their menu of offerings supplied by Verve Coffee. Sip your favorite brew in bistro-style seats while taking a bite from their food menu for a unique, al fresco coffee experience.

The Assembly

The Assembly’s interior of coastal modernity ushers in a bright and airy atmosphere to go along with your morning cup of Joe. Sleek lines built into the wooden furnishings make for an eye-catching ambiance to match the equally attractive beverages and pastries. Enjoy minimalism at its best at this refined, West Hollywood coffee outpost.

Coffee Commissary

Coffee Commissary brings an industrial chic style to their Burbank locale. Bright and dark walls, low lighting, and lots of funky lines create an atmosphere of originality perfect for getting work done while you sip. The indoor plants also bring in a fresh element that goes great with their quirky wall art and quality coffee.

Carrera Cafe

This picturesque European-style cafe serves great coffee as well as sandwiches and salads. With a cute, black and white interior and plenty of natural light, it’s the perfect place to bring a book and escape for a couple hours. You can also stop in and grab your drink to-go and bring their delicious tastes along with you.

Eightfold Coffee

This light and airy coffee house is a sophisticated destination to try for a cup of coffee or tea. Their delicate but delicious pastries are also sure to make even the worst days better. The European bistro-style seating and and friendly service make for an inviting space to spend your morning.

Dinosaur Coffee

If you need a spot to work on your laptop, or just to hang out with friends, Dinosaur Coffee in Silver Lake is a definite must-try coffee shop. A welcoming staff, warm interior, and delicious coffee make it the perfect place to spend a few hours. Their dinosaur skeleton wooden sculpture that hangs from the ceiling also helps to make for a unique environment for your coffee needs.

Copa Vida

Copa Vida in Pasadena is a wonderful community coffee shop that aims to help bring value to the surrounding community. Getting their beans from a farm in Costa Rica, the shop seeks to be completely transparent in the coffee-making process. Weekdays are great for bringing in work to get done, but on weekends Copa Vida turns their Wifi off for part of the day vowing to bring customers closer together.

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15 of the Best Brunch Spots in Los Angeles

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Best Brunch in Los Angeles

The people of Los Angeles have a reputation for laid back work schedules and a weakness for a midday brunch outing. If you’re in town and looking for a spot to quiet your half-breakfast half-lunch craving, the range of options in LA are sure to satisfy. Some of the best brunch spots in Los Angeles are known to turn your average meal into a necessary social event.




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A.O.C.

One of the best brunches in Beverly Grove, A.O.C. boasts a delicious food menu along with a quality wine list filled with selections to complement your meal. The spacious, airy dining room with vines covering the walls adds a touch of Spanish inspiration to the environment.




Rossoblu

This Italian eatery is a great destination for brunch when you’re in Downtown LA. The breakfast plates and mouth-watering burgers supply you with everything you need to recover from the previous night’s adventures.




Fia

Fia has quickly become one of Santa Monica’s best options for a weekend brunch, with an alluring outdoor space perfect for taking in the California sunshine. The Italian and globally-influenced menu means there’s something for everyone at this attractive locale.

Gjusta

This sprawling Venice bakery and restaurant offers up a mouth-watering brunch menu of savory bites. Their fresh ingredients sourced from Southern Californian farms ensure a fresh-tasting dining experience to put a quality touch on your day out.

Yours Truly

Venice’s beautiful space Yours Truly lures in brunch-goers with unique dishes like Nashville Hot Shrimp and Avocado Hummus, making it a solid choice for a memorable weekend meal.

Margot

You’ll get a rooftop view to go with your dining experience at this Culver City spot perfect for brunching. The modern decor with wooden accents lets you nibble and sip in style at their outdoor seating, ideal for taking in the Los Angeles breeze.

Republique

This innovative brunch destination will put you in a food coma with their filling dishes of sandwiches, chicken and waffles, pastries and anything else you can think of that’s required for tasty afternoon eats.

Elephante

This Santa Monica hot spot is a go-to due to its indoor-outdoor space with an unparalleled view of the Pacific Ocean. Modern, eccentric decor pairs perfectly with signature cocktails and a menu of thoughtful dishes in this trendy space.

Little Doms

Head to the Eastside to get a taste of everything that’s best about brunch—the in-house deli at Little Dom’s provides all the best meats along with breakfast pizza that will fulfill your Italian brunch dreams.

Kismet

For a Middle Eastern twist on your brunch outing, Kismet in Los Feliz provides a delicious spot for filling up on homemade breads and satisfying egg dishes. Their Turkish-ish breakfast is a signature choice for starting off your day right.

Sqirl

This Silver Lake hot spot is known for putting together a tasty selection of unique dishes. The long line will be worth the wait as their signature seasonal spreads are sure to bring something sweet to your afternoon.

Neighbor

This hidden Abbott Kinney resraurant boasts a bright outdoor patio for you to take in the breeze as you dine. Their granola is a popular treat to get your day started after recovering from a busy weekend.

Salts Cure

The mouth-watering eats at Salt’s Cure come from a collection of ingredients locally sourced from California. Their in-house butchering gives dishes fresh cuts that will make your mouth water.

Heres Looking at You

Head to Koreatown to experience the inventive dishes at Here’s Looking at You, a menu filled with seasonal ingredients and soul food-inspired plates. Cocktails are equally innovative making it a great destination to sip and savor.

Huckleberry

Waiting in line at Huckleberry is just a part of the experience, but sitting down to dine on their delicious eats makes it all worth it. Their freshly baked pastries are a must-try as the fresh, local ingredients make it easy to indulge.

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