West Hollywood is widely considered to be the heart of Los Angeles—literally and figuratively. Sunset Boulevard cuts straight across this diverse neighborhood, linking East Side edge with West Side posh.
She’s sexy. She’s vibrant. And she’s just a little bit naughty.
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West Hollywood Packing List
- Sunglasses and sunscreen. It’s sunny 99.99999—ok, you get it. Most of the days are sunny and you’re going spend a lot of time outside.
- CBD. Anti-anxiety, without the where are my feet? side effects of THC. We love traveling with CBD because it keeps you feeling fresh, which means covering more ground when it counts.
- Essential oils. We recommend traveling with some oils to keep you calm, centered, and healthy. There are a lot of people and cars. Stay balanced.
- City shoes. Shoes that are good for walking, but still fashionably apropos. We suggest anything that says LA, like a pair of Converse.
- A versatile bag for daily outings.
- Workout clothes. WeHo is home to a handful of beautiful hikes and dozens of truly unique fitness boutiques (yoga under the stars, anyone?)
- Wardrobe is hip-casual. Anything flies in LA, literally anything. You’ll see most people in Converse and jeans.
Real Talk: West Hollywood is eclectic. You could spend days roaming this storied neighborhood and still manage to fly home without checking all the boxes. We recommend tasting a little bit of everything.
Coffee & Tea
Alfred Tea is as much of an experience as it is a caffeine break. It is nestled in Melrose Place, neighboring Alfred Coffee. Everything about Alfred Tea is photogenic. As a result, it is a great place to people watch. Influencers, content creators, and Youtube stars waltz in and out, grabbing post worthy shots. The loose-leaf tea menu is extensive, and they offer matcha and nitro chai on tap. You can also find vegan snack options if you’re feeling hungry. The cacao shell tea tastes like a warm hug. Grab a cup, sit outside, and people watch away. [Map it]
Alfred Coffee at Melrose Place is the first born of the Alfred group. Its design is as cool as the people that pass through it. This is the coffee shop to see and be seen, in a very Melrose sort of way. You will see meetings on meetings on meetings happening—and of course, snaps for the Gram. Alfred offers coffee, loose-leaf tea, kombucha, juices, and vegan snacks. The coconut green tea is a must. [Map it]
Black Bicycle Cafe
Black Bicycle is a cozy, intimate coffee shop in West Hollywood. It is slightly hidden and a little less known than Alfred. It is a great spot to post up and work. BBC has a lunch menu with wonderful vegan options. Try the zucchini noodles. Grab extra napkins to wipe the drool. [Map it]
Food & Dining
Lunch at Tocaya Organica
Tocaya is a modern Mexican restaurant on Sunset Boulevard. It makes casual, counter service feel slightly swanky. Tocaya has extensive vegan and gluten free options on their menu, with the option to make bowls, salads, and tacos. The menu is seasonal, organic, and regionally sourced. Tocaya Organic is very dog friendly, with a beautiful outdoor seating area. Dog or not, that area is the preferred place to dine. Try the guacamole with plantain chips. We dream about it. [Map it]
Lunch/Dinner at Gracias Madre
Most likely, you’ve noticed a theme. We love Mexican food, and Los Angeles does it right. Gracias Madre is a cool, upscale casual spot nestled in the heart of West Hollywood. The ambiance is that of a Southwestern feel, with high ceilings and indoor/outdoor seating.
It is always bustle with the hip, conscious crowd of WeHo. The plant-based menu is best enjoyed outside, at a table under the holiday lights. [Map it]
Dinner and Drinks at Crossroads Kitchen
Crossroads Kitchen is upscale, plant-based dining in the heart of West Hollywood. It is not a typical vegan restaurant. In fact, a lot of guests do not even know it’s vegan. It’s the perfect place to take your omnivore friends. The menu has a Mediterranean focus, with mouthwatering dishes such as kale spanakopita, artichoke oysters, and fettucine carbonara. In the spirit of Mediterranean dining, order several plates to share. The whole menu will blow your mind. After dinner, take a walk down Melrose. You’ll need it. [Map it]
The ambiance is as sexy as the name. Pour Vous is a Parisian themed lounge that screams 1920s with its elegant décor, velvet banquettes, and stunning burlesque dancers. Take your craft cocktail outside where you will find an old train car and a crepe maker. [Map it]
Catch a rock show at The Viper Room. It has been a resident of Sunset Boulevard since 1993, and Johnny Depp was once part owner. The dark sex appeal made it a hangout for young Hollywood stars in the 90s and has since remained a home for underground legends. [Map it]
This iconic amphitheater has showcased artists and performers since the 1920s. Technically, it is in Hollywood but it’s valid reason to venture into the heart of the madness. It’s the prime spot to experience live music. The Bowl offers gourmet food, snacks, and beverages, with the option to bring your own picnic on select nights. Sit under the stars and take in that Los Angeles energy. [Map it]
Cinespia is an outdoor movie event held at Hollywood Cemetery. It’s a little spooky and a lot of fun. No, you don’t sit on tomb stones. There is a park in the cemetery with a wall where a movie is projected. Bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic. Some food and refreshments are provided. Halloween and anniversary events at Cinespia are a blast. Live DJs, special guests, and props add to the experience. [Map it]
Some of the best comedic actors have studied at the Groundlings improv school and theatre. Laugh your ass off at one of their shows. They’re high energy, spontaneous, and one of a kind. [Map it]
Sunset Tower Hotel
Sunset Tower Hotel is landmark of West Hollywood. It is something to see, regardless of dietary choices. It has been around since the 1920s and seen the likes of the most iconic figures in Old Hollywood. Pop in during the day for a peek or grab a drink at night. Make sure to check out the original bar. You will see pictures of their infamous guests. This hotel has a way of transporting you to the past. Happy travels. [Map it]
Los Angeles would not be Los Angeles without Sunset Boulevard. Sunset has appeared or mentioned in endless movies, tv shows, music videos, and songs. Sunset Boulevard starts at the coast and runs east through Bel Air, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Silverlake, and on. The most memorable part of Sunset is the portion that lives in West Hollywood. Start at Chateau Marmont and take it west. The drive at night is something out of a feature, and the walk is an unforgettable experience. [Map it]
Runyon is the place to hike in West Hollywood. It also is a great place to people watch. Runyon is filled with a mix of ripped bodies, tourists, and industry talk. It has three trail options: Easy, medium, and hard. If you’re looking for an intense workout, take the trail to the Hard (far left). The middle route is the easiest and the far right is medium intensity. Take some pictures at the top where there is a sweeping view of the city. On clear days, you’ll get a majestic view of Santa Monica and the ocean. [Map it]
Melrose Trading Post
Local artists and designers showcase their work at Sunday’s Melrose Trading Post. You will find vintage clothing, refurbished furniture, art, custom jewelry, and vegan treats. It’s located in the funkier part of Melrose Ave, just up from the Grove. [Map it]
The Grove is a West Hollywood staple. It is an outdoor shopping mall that feels like the holidays 24/7, all year long. It is home to the Farmer’s Market, established in the 1920s, where you will find a variety of dining options. We love the vegan options at Banana Leaf and Loteria Grill. [Map it]
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