La La Land

As the gateway to the Pacific Ocean and the Mojave Desert, the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles has a mythical quality. From Beverly Hills and West Hollywood to Venice Beach and Silver Lake, here are the star attractions of this dazzling city’s neighbourhoods.

GRAND CENTRAL MARKET

The oldest covered market in the city, which once housed the offices of Frank Lloyd Wright, is where Angelenos have enjoyed global delicacies, especially from Central and South America, since 1917. grandcentralmarket.com

VERVE COFFEE

Originally from Santa Cruz, independent coffee roaster Verve Coffee now has three locations in Los Angeles, including an outlet downtown with a lush Amazonian jungle terrace. Stop in for an excellent espresso, cappuccino or latte. vervecoffee.com

GHEBALY GALLERY

In 2013, François Ghebaly set up a new gallery on the margins of Downtown L.A. The gallery exhibits established contemporary artists, as well as emerging talents. ghebaly.com HAUSER WIRTH & SCHIMMEL
In 2016, this giant of Swiss contemporary art opened a complex in an old flour mill in the Arts District. There are two exhibition spaces, a bookshop, a courtyard (hosting the Rose III sculpture by Isa Genzken) and a hugely popular restaurant.

CASA PERFECT

Gallery owner David Alhadeff has established Casa Perfect in the heights of the Hollywood hills. The concept? A house, designed by architect David Hyun and built in 1957, decorated by some of the top names in contemporary American design (Eric Roinestad, Steven Haulenbeek, Lindsey Adelman, Katherine Gray and others). Don’t hesitate to take your swimming costume and have a dip in the pool! thefutureperfect.com

MAMA SHELTER

Mama Shelter is ideally located in the heart of Hollywood. This festively decorated hotel has comfortable rooms and a kitchen serving American and Asian dishes, all for an unbeatable price. The view of the city from the rooftop is panoramic, encompassing the famous Hollywood sign, Malibu and the skyscrapers of downtown L.A. mamashelter.com

BLACKMAN CRUZ

Located in a cavernous space, formerly a ‘70s nightclub, Blackman Cruz displays antique dealers Adam Blackman and David Cruz’s eclectic mix of antiques, crafts and Mexican and Seventies objets d’art. blackmancruz.com

HEATH CERAMICS

The famous ceramics made in Sausalito in the extreme north of California, and decorated by Pamela Shamshiri of Commune Design, have a home in Los Angeles. heathceramics.com

VIVIANE RESTAURANT

The Avalon Hotel’s restaurant, Viviane, commissioned Kelly Wearstler to render its cabanas in a style inspired by the Gio Ponti’s graphic frescoes. Relax and enjoy the excellent cocktails. vivianerestaurant.com

M+B GALLERY

Founder Benjamin Trigano shares his passion for contemporary photography and new talent at M+B. Go for lunch at nearby Gracias Madre, a vegan Mexican restaurant (it’s reported to be Beyoncé’s favourite). mbart.com

CHATEAU MARMONT

This legendary 63-room hotel was built in 1929 and although recently restored, it has retained its fantastic original decor and star appeal. If you’re not a resident, it’s still possible to have lunch here. chateaumarmont.com

SAWYER

Full marks go to this hip restaurant in Silver Lake where young chef Sydney C. Hunter III, trained at Trois Mec alongside Ludo Lefebvre, revisits classic American cuisine. sawyerlosangeles.com

Text: Emmanuelle Javelle; Photographs: Nicolas Tosi