Los Angeles is often associated with three things: traffic, celebrities and people out to become celebrities. This sprawling metropolis, though, has much more to offer.
Hollywood’s restyling is bringing the neighborhood back into the spotlight in a major way. There’s plenty to keep you occupied in the area, and it’s also a convenient home base for travelers that affords easy access to other pockets of L.A.
For a trendy but comfortable stay, check into the W Hotel Hollywood where an expansive lobby acts as a cozy retreat during the day and a swanky watering hole at night. At the on-site Delphine Eatery & Bar, the menu’s highlight is a cheeseburger piled high with aged cheddar and a cracked egg.
Many of Hollywood’s dining highlights are independently owned mom and pop-like shops. John Kelly Chocolates and its truffle fudge pieces count among its fans celebrities like Leonardo Dicaprio and Colin Farrell.
At the nearby Original Farmers Market, family food stands passed down through generations sell everything from fresh produce to sweet treats. Stop by Short Cake for an iced coffee and artisanal pastries, then make your way to Shine Gallery to shop for vintage collectibles.
One of the most popular attractions in this area of L.A. is the Hollywood Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater where you can bring your own picnic for concerts from Norah Jones, Yo-Yo Ma and the like.