Everyone says you oughta be in pictures. Just wait until they see your L.A. vacay snaps.
Life’s a beach at the beach. Check into design haven and local hangout Viceroy Santa Monica (1819 Ocean Ave.; 310-260-7500). Stroll Abbot Kinney Boulevard for clothes (Heist, #1104; 310-450-6531), Japanese skater sneaks (Waraku, #1225; 310-452-5300), and snacks (Three Square Cafe and Bakery, #1121; 310-399-6504). Grab a bottle of wine at Wine Expo (2933 Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-828-4428) and make dinner the catch of the day at Malibu Seafood (25653 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 310-456-3430) overlooking the Pacific.
If the stars aren’t pretending to eat chopped salad at The Ivy (113 N. Robertson Blvd.; 310-274-8303), they’re shopping at legendary Fred Segal (8100 Melrose Ave.; 323-655-3734) or West Third Street greats Satine (#8117; 323-655-2142), Milk (#8209; 323-951-0330), and Hillary Rush (#8222; 323-852-0088). To see celebs in their natural habitat, catch what’s playing at the amenity-rich ArcLight (6360 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-464-1478) or grab a garden table at Chateau Marmont (8221 Sunset Blvd.; 323-656-1010).
Hooray for Old Hollywood. Have breakfast at The Fountain at The Beverly Hills Hotel (9641 Sunset Blvd.) before climbing the Hollywood Heights stairs and heading to Barnsdall Art Park (4800 Hollywood Blvd.) for city views from Olive Hill. Refuel with steaks at Musso & Frank Grill (6667 Hollywood Blvd.; 323-467-7788). They’ve been shaking martinis since 1919: If they were good enough for F. Scott, they’re good enough for you. Sleep in glamour at the Sunset Tower (8358 Sunset Blvd.; 323-654-7100).
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Join the culture club. Make The Crescent (403 N. Crescent Dr.; 310-247-0505) home base. Pick up a lunch from Little Next Door (8142 W. Third St.; 323-951-1010), then visit The Huntington Botanical Gardens (1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino; 626-405-2100). On your way back, join an L.A. Conservancy walking tour or check out fresh Chinatown galleries like Ooga Booga (943 N. Broadway, ste. 203; 213-617-1105) and China Art Objects (933 Chung King Rd.; 213-613-0384).
Indie California dreaming? Creative types flock to the Roosevelt (7000 Hollywood Blvd.; 323-466-7000), stock up on music at Amoeba Music (6400 Sunset Blvd.; 323-245-6400) and lightning bolt earrings at WhiteTrashCharms (1951 Hillhurst Ave.; 323-666-9585). Refuel with an avocado sandwich from Trails (323-871-2102), inside revamped Griffith Park; unwind with cheap Thai massage at Pho-Siam (1525 Pizarro St.; 213-484-8484); and check who’s playing at Troubadour (9081 Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-276-6168) and Spaceland (1717 Silver Lake Blvd.; 323-661-4380), where Beck got his start.
There’s so much more to Lalaland. And DailyCandy L.A. has it all.