I’ve always disliked LA. Sorry if that's not a popular opinion. Out of my list of complaints, a minimum drive of 30 minutes between destinations is at the top.
My perspective changed after this trip, though. I was able to explore more of Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Downtown, and the Arts District—which I loved. West Hollywood had some cool spots too. The city has changed and grown so much over the years, I’ve decided to approach it with a more open mind. Dare I say, I’m even excited to go back to these neighborhoods!??? Can’t believe I put that in writing.
I have much left to try, but so far I’ve enjoyed…
Drinks: Figaro Bistrot (a small, but heavenly, slice of Paris in LA); Covell (a wine bar with servers that actually know what they’re talking about); Break Room 86 (inside the Line Hotel); Soho House (for views that can’t be beat).
Restaurants: Pace (Italian food with the perfect ambience for a low-key date spot); POT (Korean food inside the Line Hotel); Sugarfish (it was my first time trying it, and I completely understand its cult-like following now); Eveleigh (brunch); Little Next Door (brunch/lunch); Wurstküche (sausage, sausage, sausage…need I say more?); The Pie-Hole (not usually into pies, but wowza).
Museums/Galleries: The Broad; Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (specifically for the Doug Aitken exhibit currently on display); Hauser Wirth & Schimmel; random little spots around the Arts District (not unlike Wynwood in Miami!).