“I feel like I get my LA fix because of the people coming,” says the store manager—or as she likes to put it “shopkeeper”—Mariana Lopez of Goorin Bros Hat Shop. This hidden hat oasis is having happy hour Thursday evening as it usually does between 5pm and 7pm with fifteen percent off until closing and free drinks. Walking in is like walking into the 1920′s or a store with dignity and class. Leather seats, a fancy large rug, does it take that much to make a store look nice? And so many hats.
“I want to go to the beach,” a visiting friend asks. “I want to see the ocean,” they say. You, the local, thinks that it’s cold and that it’s too far and that it really isn’t something “to do”while in Los Angeles. So how can you balance both aspects of going beachy without doing the work of getting beachy? Go to Palisades Park. It’s basically going to the waterfront without meeting the water.
You’ve made the mistake of trying to go to Sycamore Kitchen late on a Sunday. You’ve found yourself in District La Brea on a weekday night and realize that Sugarfish is packed and nowhere else is really open. What is there to do? You don’t have to head home: you can siddle South on La Brea to a discrete, mysterious little restaurant called Cafe Verona.
Whenever Kattie Kotok, EVP, US Production at the British Film Commission, moves to a new neighborhood, she likes to locate the essentials first. For some people that might be a grocery store or a used bookshop. Kattie loves very elegant stationery, so her first stop when moving to Venice was Urbanic Paper Boutique.
In this town there’s the car that you (actually) drive and the (fantasy) car that you drive in your head. Perhaps your dream vehicle is the 1956 Jaguar XKSS, a sleek built for speed racer? Then you’ll love the Petersen Automobile Museum because Hollywood legend, Steve McQueen’s glorious Jaguar is currently on display.