From vegan restaurants to hair salons and everything in between, here are our best recommendations of 2021 in Los Angeles.
Celebrating 20 years in L.A., Angelini Osteria is best known for their authentic Italian cuisine with a side of honorable hospitality. With staples such as Sea Urchin Spaghetti and Lasagna Verde, there’s a reason Angelini Osteria has been awarded for being a top Italian restaurant in the world. Check out L.A.'s other best authentic Italian spots here.
Ben Sidell hails from a family steeped in food and entertainment. An actor by trade, Sidell strived to find his purpose in L.A. After finding himself turning to baking as a form of therapy, the actor-turned-professional baker took a leap of faith and finally found the best of both worlds with the opening of SweetBoy in December 2019. Here are the other sweet contenders.
The effortlessly luxurious Polo Lounge will transport you back in time to Old Hollywood with its candy-striped ceiling and light pink patio. A staple of Beverly Hills, locals have long visited the restaurant to bask in its glamour, but the real reason people keep coming back for more are the lemon blueberry ricotta pancakes. Here are some other stellar brunch options.
Spread over 16 lush acres, The Huntington offers guests the chance to roam its 16 gardens—each cultivated under a different theme. Step into one of the oldest collections of succulents and cacti in the world in the Desert Garden, or be transported under the towering forest canopy in the Jungle Garden. Here are the other favorite Earth Day locales.
Bloom & Plume Coffee
Taking pride in not being just a coffee shop, but a community space, Bloom & Plume is a must-visit Black-owned coffee shop that started out as a floral shop by founder and artist Maurice Harris. Pick up one of the shops specialties—chai or a matcha latte—with a bountiful bouquet on the side. Here's where else to get a great cup of Joe.
The Picnic Collective
Indulge in an intimate outdoor experience complete with gorgeous scenery, gourmet cuisine and carefully curated decor. The Picnic Collective suits a wide range of celebrations from a dinner for two to a group gathering. Picnic on a boat, by the beach or in your backyard with locally sourced food, custom floral arrangements and of course, good company. Here are the other services to enlist for a prime picnic.
Gelateria Uli puts a twist on an Italian classic. With the intention of creating flavors that everyone can enjoy, Gelateria Uli offers flavors like stracciatella (chocolate chip) as well as more quirky flavors like banana white chocolate chip or black sesame. Here are the other ice cream standouts.
Angeles National Golf Club
This hidden gem in Sunland-Tujunga, Angeles National Golf Club, is an impressive course for players of every skill level. The par-72 championship golf course has a desert style layout designed by the Nicklaus Design group. There are four sets of tees to accommodate all preferences and highlight features of the course include Tifway Bermuda fairways, Bentgrass greens, two lakes, one creek and 54 bunkers. Here are the other best golf course contenders.
With a focus on colorful and creative food, incorporating both plant-based and sustainable omnivorous options, dining at Botanica is guaranteed to be a nourishing experience. Local ingredients make dishes like the heirloom melon salad stand out. Here are the other best vegan eateries.
Chefs Walter and Margarita Manzke’s newest Parisian-inspired eatery provides an exemplary balance between Paris’ emblematic bistro culture and California’s fresh ingredients. The space features two main dining areas: Bicyclette Bistro and the upstairs Bicyclette Restaurant–which will debut later this year. Here are the other places sure to impress a date.
Andy Lecompte Salon
Founded by Andy Lecompte in 2008, this West Hollywood hair salon is anything but basic. Each service is personalized and representative of each client’s personality and styles. With exclusive clientele, this salon has been on L.A. natives’ radar since its opening. Here's where else to get a fab 'do.