Los Angeles is Southern California's most vibrant metropolis, known for its cutting-edge art scene, iconic entertainment industry landmarks, and celebrity chef-heavy experimental culinary scene. This summer, city visitors can catch comedy and music performances at the Dynasty Typewriter, the newest venue within the city's historic Hayworth Theatre, or catch award-winning performances at the acclaimed Fountain Theatre, recognized as one of the nation's top small theater venues. Vintage finds and vinyl records are on display at the Silverlake Flea Market, held each Saturday afternoon. Delicious dining and nightlife options abound, ranging from renowned counter-service taquerias and fried chicken joints to intimate speakeasies and cocktail bars offering late-night dining and drinks.
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Proof Bakery is a classic French-style bakery in Los Angeles' Atwater Village neighborhood, housed within an historic bakery space that once housed the 1960s-era Rollin' Pin Bake Shop. The bakery, which opened in 2010, is owned and operated by pastry chef Na Young Ma and is well-known throughout Los Angeles for its delicious croissants, which are sold traditional butter-style or in several seasonal savory flavors. Excellent biscuits, tarts, financiers, and seasonal scones are also sold, along with a plethora of creative cake, cheesecake, and cookie flavors. All pastries are crafted from organic, locally-sourced ingredients, prepared in small batches to ensure high quality. The bakery's coffee program features a rotating roster of beans from local coffee favorites like Cognoscenti Coffee, Heart Coffee Roasters, and Four Barrel Coffee. A light menu of cafe fare served up throughout the day includes sandwiches, salads, and quiches.
3156 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039, website, Phone: 323-664-8633
Otoño is a modern Spanish-inspired dining destination serving up unique tapas and paella offerings with urban twists. The restaurant, which is helmed by executive chef Teresa Montano, crafts all of its delicious entrees with locally-sourced California ingredients and highlights unique global twists on Spanish favorites. Diners can enjoy an inventive tapas menu throughout the day, featuring selections like churro-style patatas bravas, English pea gazpacho, and wild mushroom and sweet corn croquetas prepared with goat milk. At brunch, favorites like huevos revueltos and tortillas Española are accompanied by sweet cinnamon and chocolate churros or the restaurant's signature walnut and golden raisin bread. An impressive draft list features Spanish imports, while a European-focused wine list features both well-known and boutique selections.
5715 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042, website, Phone: 323-474-6624
© Little Prince
Little Prince is a hip new restaurant in Santa Monica that was opened in 2018 by a team of five restaurateurs, including executive chef Ari Taymor, known for his work at popular restaurant Alma. The restaurant serves up brunch, dinner, and bar service throughout the week, featuring delicious entree offerings like dry-aged steak tartare with hazelnuts, hollandaise and fennel mussels, and wood-oven-roasted selections like octopus or pork ribs. At brunch, diners can enjoy signature green pea pancakes, patty melts, or a variety of egg-focused dishes, accompanied by unique breakfast cocktails like oat milk and rum-infused horchata. Sunday Pizza Night events highlight traditional selections alongside creative pies like the Tropical, which features pineapple, coppa, and pickled chiles.
2424 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405, website, Phone: 310-356-0725
Manuela is a vibrant restaurant in Los Angeles' Arts District, opened in 2016 by executive chef Kris Tominaga. The restaurant, which is housed within the Hauser and Wirth arts complex, showcases works by Los Angeles-area artists in its dining room, including special commissions by artists like Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon, Mary Heilmann, and Mark Bradford. Delicious meat and vegetarian options are served up throughout the day, ranging from venison burgers and wood-grilled deer loin to blistered snap peas with feta cheese and sesame date butter. Family-style dining is available for large groups, highlighting shareable small plates like baked chorizo eggs and cream biscuits as part of three-course meals. Classic cocktails infuse housemade bitters and tonics, while a draft list highlights local brews.
907 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, website, Phone: 323-849-0480
© Howlin' Rays
Howlin' Rays was opened in 2015 by chef Johnny Ray Zone, known for his work with top international chefs like Gordon Ramsay, and his wife Amanda. The restaurant, which began its life as a food truck, is now operated as a takeout counter serving up astounding Nashville-style fried chicken entrees, available in spice levels ranging from mild to signature Howlin' hot. All chicken is hormone and antibiotic free, ensuring a healthy dining experience. Diners can select from quarter or half birds, chicken wings or tenders, or the restaurant's sandos, which are prepared with coleslaw, pickles, and comeback sauce. Chicken and waffles plates are sold on weekend mornings, served with butter and maple syrup. Diners should note that wait times can queue for several hours during peak times and should check the restaurant's Twitter for current line waits.
727 N Broadway #128, Los Angeles, CA 90012, website, Phone: 213-935-8399
6.Odys and Penelope
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Odys + Penelope is the vision of chefs and owners Karen and Quinn Hatfield, known for their work at popular Los Angeles spots The Mighty and The Sycamore Kitchen. The Brazilian-style churrasco joint opened in 2015 and is known for its hearty, traditional wood-fired selections, along with grilled small and large plates. Comforting entree choices include grilled branzino, dry-rubbed rotisserie pork, and oak-grilled salmon with maitake mushrooms and sauce ravigote. Brasero selections are also offered, including bacon-wrapped chicken thighs and maple rosemary-glazed pork ribs. An impressive drink menu highlights craft cocktails, bottled beers, and a large international wine list.
127 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, website, Phone: 323-939-1033
Barcito is a hip Argentinian-influenced bar and restaurant in Los Angeles' downtown district, opened in 2015 by Andrea Borgen. The lively bar features a rustic atmosphere flanked by landscape murals showcasing the streetscapes of Buenos Aires, offering two outdoor patio spaces for al fresco dining and drinking. Laid-back dining selections are served up throughout the day, including excellent asado braised short rib sandwiches, Brazilian-style lime-marinated chicken wings, and jamon serrano and burrata plates. Bar snacks range from Peruvian-style corn nuts to dulce de leche churros, accompanied by a menu of traditional empanadas stuffed with fillings like braised pork, chicken and rice, and artichokes. Draft cocktail selections include rosé and stone fruit sangrias, paired with rotating craft brewery selections on draft.
403 W 12th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, website, Phone: 213-415-1821
© Chicas Tacos
Chicas Tacos is a trendy taco shack in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, helmed by executive chef Eduardo Ruiz. The restaurant, which was opened in 2016, is housed within an Airstream trailer offering outdoor picnic table seating in a retro-styled courtyard space. High-quality tacos aim for healthier versions of classic Southern California street fare, using all organic ingredients. Diners can choose from a wide variety of meat and vegetarian taco options, ranging from classic steak, chicken, and fish options to sauteed jackfruit or cauliflower and mushroom chorizo options. Shareable deep-dish tacos are also served up, along with classics like quesadillas, chips with guacamole, and Mexican-style street corn.
728 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014, website, Phone: 213-896-0373
9.The Fountain Theatre
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The Fountain Theatre is one of Los Angeles' most acclaimed small theaters, founded in 1990 as a venue for live theatrical and dance performances. Since then, it has received more than 220 awards for its productions, including more Ovation Awards than any other intimate-sized theater, and has been named as one of the nation's best theatrical venues by LA Weekly, Broadway World, and the Wall Street Journal. A full season of performances are offered each year, including regionally-renowned flamenco dance performances. More than three dozen world-premiere theatrical performances have been mounted by the theater, including projects that have been later been presented in New York City, London, and Edinburgh. Visitors can also enjoy a new works developmental series and performances of national and international touring shows.
5060 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029, website, Phone: 323-663-1525
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Milk Farm is an artisanal cheese shop in Los Angeles' Eagle Rock neighborhood, known for its impressive selection of fine international and domestic cheeses, including award-winning cheeses recognized by the World Cheese Competition and the American Cheese Society. All cheeses are sold cut-to-order and are rotated according to season and availability. An excellent selection of gourmet foods and pantry goods are also sold, with a focus on products from independent Los Angeles-based producers. Visitors can enjoy a selection of daily-rotating deli sandwiches, pastries, and charcuterie plates from the shop's lunch counter. Local craft beers and boutique wines are available for drink-in or take-out service.
2106 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041, website, Phone: 323-892-1068
© Katana LA
Katana LA is a hip nightlife and dining destination offering locations in Los Angeles, Dubai, and Chicago, including a West Hollywood location opened in 2016. The restaurant is named for the samurai sword of the same name and specializes in playful, imaginative Japanese cuisine. An elevated outdoor terrace overlooks the city's famed Sunset Strip, featuring some of the city's most sought-after dining tables.Robatayaki-style cuisine options are served up throughout the day, with a focus on charcoal grill offerings like yaki niku short ribs, king crab legs, and filet mignon-wrapped foie gras. Diners can also select from full sushi bar offerings, which can be enjoyed a la carte or as part of omakase tasting menus.
8439 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, website, Phone: 323-650-8585
© Lao Tao
Lao Tao is a delightful counter-service restaurant on the second floor of Chinatown's Far East Plaza, opened in 2016 by executive chef David Wang. The restaurant is known for its high-quality Taiwanese-style street food fare, including delicacies such as beef ban mian, which can be prepared with hot dry noodles or soup-style in bone marrow broth. Rice bowls feature diners' choice of pork belly, sweet Taiwanese sausage, twice-fried popcorn chicken, or vegetarian tofu, served with sunny side-up eggs, sweet corn, and pickled cucumber salad. Street-style popcorn chicken is also served, along with chao shou-style pork wontons, Taiwanese-style omelettes, and plum powder sweet potato fries.
727 N Broadway #207, Los Angeles, CA 90012, website, Phone: 213-372-5318
13.Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana
© Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana
Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana is a staple on the Los Angeles dining scene, originally opened as a roasting company in 1967 by Gaviña family patriarch Don Francisco. The cafe opened a modern storefront location in 2017, which serves up delicious signature Cuban-style coffee drinks alongside authentic sandwiches and fresh-baked pastries. All single-origin coffee is roasted in house daily, prepared in classic beverages like cafe con leches and Cubanos or modern delicacies like cold brew and flavored lattes. Diners can enjoy a limited menu of cafe fare throughout the day, ranging from traditional sandwiches like Cubans and Elena Ruzes to breakfast platters with options like slow-roasted pork and plantain hash.
541 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, website, Phone: 213-537-0323
14.Uncle Paulie's Deli
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Uncle Paulie's Deli is a low-key deli in Los Angeles' Beverly Grove neighborhood, opened in 2016 by Paul James. Italian-American-style sandwiches are served up throughout the day, including conventional favorites like capreses, meatball parms, and roast beef sandwiches with spicy giardiniera and dijon mustard. Signature sandwiches feature names like The Joey and Aunt Karen, stuffed with fillings like Genoa salami, soppressata, pecorino romano, and sun-dried tomato spread. Egg, meat, and cheese breakfast sandwiches are served up throughout the morning hours, paired with coffee, tea, and soda options. Diners can place their orders at the deli's display case counter and enjoy selections at limited indoor and outdoor seating areas.
8369 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, website, Phone: 323-746-5545
15.Silverlake Flea Market
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Silverlake Flea Market is one of Los Angeles' hippest regular shopping events, held once each month at the playground of the city's Micheltorena Street Elementary School. The market, which is open Saturday afternoons between noon and 5:00pm, is free to enter, with free parking offered for customers on site. Some of Los Angeles' best independent artisans and vendors sell at the market each week, offering up a variety of handmade and vintage apparel, home furnishings and decor, art pieces, antiques, and collectibles. Rare vinyl records are also sold, along with health, wellness, and beauty products from independent makers. Revolving food trucks showcase the best of Los Angeles' traveling culinary scene.
1511 Micheltorena St, Los Angeles, CA 90026, website, Phone: 323-467-0623
16.Blackwood Coffee Bar
Blackwood Coffee Bar is an inventive independent coffee bar serving up non-alcoholic coffee cocktails out of its hip Sunset Boulevard cafe space. Signature house drinks include sparkling espressos prepared with orange zest and maple, Latin-style cold brews with Aztec chocolate bitters and cashew milk horchata, and golden milk lattes with tumeric, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Seasonal lattes feature unique flavors like rose, cardamom, and Japanese kabocha squash. Non-coffee beverage options include matcha tea lattes, Arnold Palmers, and lavender rosemary lemonade. Breakfast and lunch menus feature clever breakfast sandwich options, seasonal yogurt and protein bowls, and Instagrammable avocado toasts.
7509 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046, website, Phone: 323-848-4217
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Orris is a boutique perfumery in Los Angeles' Melrose Heights district, specializing in high-end, locally-produced niche fragrances. As Los Angeles' premiere local perfumery, the shop specializes in scents that balance masculine and feminine influences, showcasing a curated selection of luxury fragrances with nuanced, sensual notes. In-house brand Capsule Parfumerie, which was founded by married duo Linda and Mike Sivrican, supplies the store with scents from lines such as Litoralle Aromatica, Viajero Perfumes, Fiele Fragrances, and Musc et Madame. Perfumes are displayed in a beautiful space designed by OPEN for Humans, evoking an art gallery feeling. Raw materials for crafting perfumes are also sold, along with espresso-based cafe beverages. Visitors can also watch perfumers at work at the store's onsite perfume lab, which invites guest artists to create limited-edition perfume launches.
7970 1/2 Melrose Ave Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90048, website, Phone: 323-556-6026
© Mohawk Bend
Mohawk Bend is a delightful restaurant and bar in Los Angeles' Echo Park neighborhood, housed within a restored century-old vaudeville theater. The restaurant was opened in 2011 by Tony Yanow, best known as the co-founder of Golden Road Brewing and owner of popular brewpub Tony's Darts Away. 72 taps of beer highlight the best selections of California and the West Coast's craft breweries, paired with six wine taps and artisanal house cocktails. A vegan-friendly menu is available at brunch, lunch, dinner, showcasing excellent elevated pub fare like buffalo cauliflower, coconut mock calamari, and artichoke, avocado, and spinach tacos. Clever meat and vegetarian sandwiches and pizzas are also offered, along with a late-night bar bites menu.
2141 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, website, Phone: 213-483-2337
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19.Petty Cash Taqueria and Bar
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Petty Cash Taqueria and Bar is a hip taqueria opened in 2013 by executive chef Walter Manzke, in collaboration with some of Southern California and the Baja's brightest street food talents. The bar, which is named for a play on words of the names of musicians Tom Petty and Johnny Cash, crafts delicious street fare from locally-sourced, sustainable ingredients, specializing in a lively roster of meat and vegetarian tacos. Taco options range from organic chicken and charcoal-grilled octopus to interesting vegetarian selections like yam, butternut squash, or maitake mushroom tacos. Shareable munchies include Mexican favorites like queso fundido, chicken nachos, and a variety of artisanal quesadilla options. Craft cocktails are served up on draft, along with a selection of Mexican spirits and a cellar full of craft beer options.
7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, website, Phone: 323-933-5300
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© El Dorado
El Dorado is a hip downtown Los Angeles bar owned by Rio Del Valle Hackford, the proprietor of popular nightlife spot Monty Bar. The modern-style speakeasy is housed within the basement of the 1914 Stowell Hotel building, which once attracted Hollywood celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin. The reimagined space emphasizes the space's original Art Deco design elements, featuring a rich walnut bar and lush leather booths, with hand-painted murals and Baroque-style paintings adorning its walls. Contemporary cocktails are served up throughout the evening, paired with a carefully-curated menu of bar fare crafted by Penny Ante Provisions. Semi-private partying space is offered at the bar's Stowaway room, which overlooks the main bar space and features nautical design elements.
416 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, website, Phone: 213-621-7710
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© Dynasty Typewriter
Dynasty Typewriter is one of Los Angeles' hippest new live entertainment venues, opened within the famed Hayworth Theatre in 2017. The theater was the vision of producers and comedians Jamie Flam and Vanessa Ragland, who began producing events at the iconic 1927 theater in 2014. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the venue opened to immense acclaim on the Los Angeles comedy and entertainment scene, regularly attracting some of the entertainment industry's biggest names. Past performers at the venue have included Margaret Cho, Ilana Glazer, Adam Sandler, John C. Reilly, and Cameron Esposito. Immersive live show formats create a lively dynamic between performers and audiences, allowing for more theatricality and production value than standard venues. Live podcasts are also frequently recorded on site at the venue, giving audience members a chance to peek behind the scenes at the creation process.
2511 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057, website, Phone: 657-222-6147
22.Alameda Supper Club
Alameda Supper Club is one of Los Angeles' newest elevated dining experiences, opened in the summer of 2019 within the Tartine Manufactory complex at the Row. The unique collaborative dining project is helmed by chefs Chris Bianco, Chad Robertson, Elisabeth Prueitt, and Lee Foden-Clarke, combining the quartet's Italian, English, Mediterranean, and Californian culinary styles. Classic, hearty dinner fare veers simple and traditional, emphasizing comforting but bold flavors in entrees like lamb belly with salsa verde or strozzapreti prepared with sheep's milk cheese and Meyer lemon preserves. For dessert, diners can choose from elegant Italian-influenced selections like buckwheat cannoli or lemon verbena panna cotta, paired with a selection of tea and coffee beverages.
757 S Alameda St Suite 160, Los Angeles, CA 90021, website, Phone: 213-375-3315
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23.Here's Looking at You
© Here's Looking at You
Here's Looking at You is an eclectic neighborhood restaurant opened in 2016 by executive chef Johnathan Whitener, known for its globally-influenced menus and laid-back dining setting. The modern draws a diverse crowd to its intimate dining space, serving up a full menu of globally-influenced fare throughout the day. Diners can enjoy unique entree options like smoked beef tongue with garam mustard, tandoori-style sea bream in yellow curry, blood cakes with duck eggs and dried plums, and locally-caught shark with orange sabayon. Small plates include chicken livers with basque peppers or the restaurant's homemade Bub and Grandma's Bread, which is served with shiitake butter. A seasonal cocktail list serves up interesting tiki-inspired concoctions like the Life Changer, infused with honeydew gin, or the Copyright Rickey, which pairs Akvavit with pandan syrup and fennel.
4202, 3901 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, website, Phone: 213-568-3573
© Mrs. Fish
Mrs. Fish is a Tokyo-inspired sushi joint in downtown Los Angeles, serving up modern Japanese cuisine in a colorful space decked out with vibrant contemporary artwork. The restaurant, which opened in 2014, is operated by the owners of popular rooftop bar Perch, which is located 15 floors up from the restaurant's dining space. Clever Japanese-inspired plates served up throughout the evening include kurobuta pork with bitter melon, lobster uni pasta, vegetable curry udon, and beef short ribs prepared with Tokyo turnips and sunchoke puree. Japanese-style fried chicken is also served, along with a full roster of sushi, sashimi, nigiri, and maki rolls. In addition to a la carte options, diners can enjoy a full omakase tasting experience at the restaurant's five-seat traditional sushi bar.
448 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, website, Phone: 213-873-4444
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© Little Fatty
Little Fatty is a laid-back Taiwanese dining spot located adjacent to popular cocktail bar Accomplice, which offers combined dining and drink service for all diners. The restaurant was opened in 2016 by executive chef David Kuo, named in honor of his childhood nickname "xiao pang." Classic Taiwanese-American classics are served up throughout the week, infused with unexpected modern twist and ingredients. Favorites include Taiwanese Sunday gravy, fried hainan chicken, and vegan fatty noodles, served up with classic accompaniments like egg rolls and scallion pancakes. Diners can also select from a menu of rice bowls, featuring ingredients like orange chicken, stewed pork, or General Tso-style cauliflower.
3809 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066, website, Phone: 310-574-7610
25 Unique Things To Do in LA This Fall
- Proof Bakery, Photo: Proof Bakery
- Otono, Photo: Otoño
- Little Prince, Photo: Little Prince
- Manuela, Photo: Manuela
- Howlin' Rays, Photo: Howlin' Rays
- Odys and Penelope, Photo: Odys + Penelope
- Barcito, Photo: Barcito
- Chicas Tacos, Photo: Chicas Tacos
- The Fountain Theatre, Photo: The Fountain Theatre
- Milk Farm, Photo: Milk Farm
- Katana LA, Photo: Katana LA
- Lao Tao, Photo: Lao Tao
- Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana, Photo: Don Francisco's Coffee Casa Cubana
- Uncle Paulie's Deli, Photo: Uncle Paulie's Deli
- Silverlake Flea Market, Photo: Silverlake Flea Market
- Blackwood Coffee Bar, Photo: dzevoniia/stock.adobe.com
- Orris, Photo: Orris
- Mohawk Bend, Photo: Mohawk Bend
- Petty Cash Taqueria and Bar, Photo: Petty Cash Taqueria and Bar
- El Dorado, Photo: El Dorado
- Dynasty Typewriter, Photo: Dynasty Typewriter
- Alameda Supper Club, Photo: shaiith/stock.adobe.com
- Here's Looking at You, Photo: Here's Looking at You
- Mrs. Fish, Photo: Mrs. Fish
- Little Fatty, Photo: Little Fatty
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