Los Angeles seems to be the place to be at the moment, and it’s really no surprise. With amazing food, stunning beaches, and incredible shopping, the lifestyle here is so chilled and relaxed that it is easy to fall in love with the city. LA is a huge place though, and there are so many intricate and unique neighbourhoods within it that it is impossible to see everything within a short visit. One of the most popular neighbourhoods though would definitely have to be West Hollywood, commonly referred to as WeHo. Situated, unsurprisingly, in the west of LA, it is bordered by Beverly Hills and Hollywood, two of the most popular areas for playing tourist. But there is enough to see and do within this small area to keep you busy for a couple of days, exploring the side streets, sipping coffee, and spending some money. West Hollywood is definitely one of my favourite neighbourhoods in LA and hopefully on your next visit you can experience how great it is for yourself.
Melrose Ave is the place to go for shopping in West Hollywood. High end stores line both sides of the street, but you will also find some really charming boutiques if you aren’t prepared to stretch your wallet in the luxury stores. If you need to reboot in between shops there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to refresh at.
LA is known for having some truly Instagram worthy street art, and luckily a lot of that is located close together in and around West Hollywood. Just along Melrose Avenue you will find the Paul Smith Limited ‘Pink Wall’, the Made in LA wall, the Double Rainbow, and the Mural by Renta. On the outskirts of WeHo there is also the Angel Wings, and the Just in Case ‘Majestic Flowers.’
You cannot come to West Hollywood, or even LA, and not go to Gracias Madre. It is seriously some of the best Mexican food you will ever eat, and the prices are pretty reasonable as well. Their jackfruit tacos and vegan nachos are out of this world amazing and pairing them with one of their signature cocktails will make your tastebuds dance. Come early, or book in advance, if you don’t want to wait for a long time, these guys are always busy. (Check out where else to eat in LA here.)
Drinks at the Ivory on Sunset
If you want to feel fancy for an evening, the Ivory on Sunset is the perfect place to dress up and experience what the old Hollywood would have been like in its golden age. With a killer view of LA, you’ll be guaranteed an amazing sunset and a chance to see the city light up for the night, which is always a magical experience.
Exercise is a massive craze in LA at the moment, nearly everyone will be out in workout gear, with yoga studios and gyms popping up all over the city. But if nature is more your style, Runyon Canyon is the perfect outing to get your heart rate up in a beautiful setting. This is an extremely popular hike that isn’t too difficult and offers a rewarding view of the city when you reach the top, you might even be able to spot the ocean on a clear day.
A favourite of locals and tourists alike, Alfred Coffee is a must in West Hollywood. Their ‘gram worthy interior and delicious drinks make it the perfect first stop of the day for a quick caffeine hit. Though, if your preference is tea rather than coffee, Alfred Tea Room is just around the corner and is extremely delightful with a pastel pink colour scheme.
Walk the back streets
West Hollywood is one of those great neighbourhoods that is easy to get around on foot, and this gives you a chance to explore the back streets. Off the main roads of Melrose Ave and Santa Monica Blvd, there are charming side streets that are home to unique and eccentric bars, homes and boutiques that are all worth a visit. One of my favourite streets to wander is N Robertson Blvd.
The Sunset Strip
There are so many landmark establishments along the Sunset Strip where big names made their mark, nowadays people are still coming to this famous stretch to try to make it big in La La Land. If you want to see some of the up-and-coming names check out a live music performance, a stand-up show, or just grab a drink at one of the many bars and maybe in a few years you’ll recognise the young singer that you watched as they become a star.
A free museum is hard to come by in LA, but luckily West Hollywood has one. Although the main Museum of Contemporary Art is in Downtown LA, WeHo has its very own smaller branch that celebrates modern art in a very contemporary space. Wander around for a few hours and enjoy some of the best art LA has to offer.
Santa Monica Boulevard
Want a crazy night out? Then you must head to Santa Monica Blvd. This street gets wild any night of the week, and has one of the greatest numbers of gay bars in one area, so there’s no way you won’t have a good time. During the day, stop into one of many, many yoga studios for a light workout, or a cafe for a tasty brunch.
Melrose & Fairfax Flea Market
If you’re in LA on a Sunday the place to be is wandering around the Melrose & Fairfax Flea Market. Vintage clothes, antique furniture, eclectic trinkets are all available at the unique stalls, and all for a steal too. So, put on your walking shoes and spend a few hours bargain hunting and eating delicious food truck food.
You’ve come all the way to Los Angeles, you want to see some celebrities, right?! Well thankfully West Hollywood has become a massive celebrity hang out area. Shopping along Melrose, exploring the Sunday Flea Markets, or dining at their favourite restaurants, always make sure to keep your eyes open when walking around WeHo because you never know who you might bump into. Though, if you’re really determined, try to make a reservation at Craig’s or The Nice Guy on a weekend night, both restaurants are always crawling with the rich and famous.