LA the City of Angels and home to Hollywood’s film industry, the playground to the Rich and Famous boast some of the most amazing beaches, buzzing night life and the most fabulous shopping. I share with you some of my favourite Stylish hotspots, Trendy neighbourhoods and places to visit. The first time I encountered LA I was so fascinated by the cult fashion movie Clueless I just had to come to America and fell in love with Beverley Hills 90210. If you’re also an O.C. fan Laguna Beach The Real Orange County is on the itinerary for a long weekend break as I gain access to one of the most pristine private beaches is paradise.
THE BEST HOTELS IN LOS ANGELES
THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL
It’s one the oldest Hotels in Hollywood which lots of history so I’m told but it’s a great place to hang out in the evenings and star gaze if you can spot them. As a guest you have access to the pool area and its strictly by guest list only. The cast members of THE HILLs once hung out here and other trendy night spots in town Le Deux, Area, the Hyde club may have moved on since then.
THINGS TO TRY AND EXPERIENCE
TTHE POOL PARTIES
Great spots for hanging out by the Pool include The Mondrian Hotel and The Standard Dowtown LA is very chic with the Young Hollywood and Jet Set Crowd.
MELROSE WEST HOLLYWOOD
My favourite neighbourhood in West Hollywood Melrose a trendy location infamous for its notorious zip code made famous by Darren Star’s TV Show Melrose Place where aspiring 20 something’s move into an apartment block with a pool and host parties every week. Sounds like my kind of party. Not only that the shopping is great and I really love coming to this part of town to visit stores Opening Ceremony, Fred Segal and Kitson for unique designer and one of kind items of clothing.
THE FARMERS MARKET
A tourist hotspot for visitors especially if you’re new to LA it’s such a great place to hang out and meet friends. Also, the Grove Fountain within the market is a great place for a date it’s so romantic in the evenings when it’s all lit up. Things to do while you’re there include shopping at the retail stores such as Abercrombie and Victoria’s Secret to independent market stall vendors and excellent restaurants and bars.
DESIGNER SHOPPING ON RODEO DRIVE
If you’re familiar with Pretty Woman this would be the street where Julia Roberts stared in the Hollywood Movie spending Uncle Edwards Money without a care in the world. Lucky Girl if you can do it. The best part I just had to visit those famous Spanish Steps where Cher in Clueless walks down to the bottom of the fountain then shops at Dior. The famous line ‘I wonder if they have that in my size’ that sums up my shopping trip to Rodeo Drive and it was fabulous.
THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME
The walk of fame is situated on Hollywood Boulevard and you can pay homage to your favourite Celebrities past and present. It can get very busy at times but mainly tourist attraction for first time visitors to Los Angeles and don’t forget The Manns Chinese Theatre its very grand.
Los Angeles has a coast line stretch full of beaches but this is LA’s local beach, a bit too touristy for me but you can hang out here go for a jog, rolla blade, skate or visit the amusement park on the pier for fun fair attractions and food vendors.
A WEEKEND TRIP TO LAGUNA BEACH
Laguna Beach Orange County is a one hour drive from Los Angeles which boast long stretches of pristine sandy beaches and clear blue water. Although it’s a very small town it’s paradise and it’s great if you can have access to a private beach depending on the location and was very lucky in this instance. Hotels in town the best place you can stay is at The Montage Hotel in Laguna CA. For designer shopping head to the South Coast Plaza Mall you can spend all day here it’s heaven for shoppaholics trust me I know.
DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE
A take out restaurant serving the most delicious hotdogs named by Celebrities is worth stopping buy for a bite to eat if your up for experiencing some real Authentic American food while on vacation.
WOLF GANG PUCK
The Wolfgang Puck is a fine dinning group with Worldwide franchises including my favourite The Cut Beverley Hills and in London Park Lane. The renowned acclaimed Austrian Chef has worked in the finest restuarants in France and quickly garnered the attention of Hollywood’s elite with his dynamic personality, culinary skills and passion for Californian Cuisine.
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