The good life in West Hollywood
The city is nestled between Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and the Hollywood Hills. For more information, contact the West Hollywood Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/368-6020, or 310/289-2525).
For information on the Avenues of Art & Design, visit www.avenuesartdesign.com or call (310) 289-2534.
MAK Center for Art & Architecture L.A. at the Schindler House. Closed Mon–Tue; $5, free tours with admission Sat–Sun. 835 N. Kings Rd.; (323) 651-1510.
MOCA at the Pacific Design Center. Closed Tue–Wed (and closed Jan 13–Feb 7); $3, free Thu. 8687 Melrose Ave.; (310) 289-5223.
Elixir Mini Spa. Indulge in a massage or reflexology while sipping a restorative tea from Elixir Tonics & Teas, which opened this studio in its back garden late last spring. 8612 Melrose; (310) 657-9310 or (310) 657-9300 (tea shop).
Kinara. Spa and cafe closed Mon. 656 N. Robertson Blvd.; (310) 657-9188.
Armani Casa. Closed Sun. 157 N. Robertson; (310) 248-2440.
Chrome Hearts. Leather and silver clothing and accessories, even dog beds fit for Ozzy Osbourne’s pooches ($1,485 for one with leather crosses). Closed Sun. 600 N. Robertson; (310) 854-9800.
Du Vin Wine & Spirits. This tiny store was named best liquor shop in the world by Harper’s Bazaar. Closed Sun. 540 N. San Vicente Blvd.; (310) 855-1161.
Hamilton-Selway Fine Art. Museum-quality pop art, including works by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Closed Sun. 8678 Melrose; (310) 657-1711.
James Perse Los Angeles. Closed Sun. 8914 Melrose; (310) 276-7277.
Maxfield. Closed Sun. 8825 Melrose; (310) 274-8800.
Maxfield Bleu. Closed Sun. 151 N. Robertson; (310) 275-7007.
Pacific Design Center. Closed Sat–Sun. 8687 Melrose; (310) 657-0800.
Stella McCartney. Closed Sun. 8823 Beverly Blvd.; (310) 273-7051.
Thomas Schoos Design. Both stores closed Sun. Thomas Schoos Design showroom: 8618 Melrose; (310) 854-6252. Thomas Schoos Lifestyle Haus: 607 N. Huntley Dr.; (310) 854-1141.
Chi. Contemporary dim sum in a candlelit lounge. Dinner daily. In the Hyatt West Hollywood, 8401 W. Sunset Blvd.; (323) 848-3884.
Fenix. Suitably art deco, the Argyle Hotel’s restaurant features jazz Wednesday nights. Breakfast and lunch daily, dinner Mon–Sat. 8358 W. Sunset; (323) 848-6677.
Katana. Dinner daily; reservations recommended for patio seating. 8439 W. Sunset; (323) 650-8585.
Le Dôme. Closed Sun; reservations recommended. 8720 W. Sunset; (310) 659-6919.
Le Pain Quotidien. A Belgian farmhouse-style cafe serving organic wine, food. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. 8607 Melrose; (310) 854-3700.
Mortons. Renowned for its Oscar-night parties, this Californian-American restaurant (no relation to the steakhouse chain) is so acclaimed that it doesn’t need a sign out front. Lunch Mon–Fri, dinner Mon–Sat. 8764 Melrose; (310) 276-5205.
The Palm. A classic steakhouse that’s as famous for its wall-to-wall caricatures as its succulent surf and turf. Lunch Mon–Fri, dinner daily. 9001 Santa Monica Blvd.; (310) 550-8811.
Tangerine. Halle Berry is among the celebs who frequent this continental supper club run by the former executive chef of nearby Mortons. Dinner daily. 8788 W. Sunset; (310) 360-0274.
The Argyle Hotel. An art deco hotel that’s such a piece of industry history, it’s on the National Register of Historic Places. 64 rooms and suites from $265. 8358 W. Sunset; (800) 225-2637.
The Grafton on Sunset. Intimate hotel with feng shui- inspired design. 108 rooms and suites from $109. 8462 W. Sunset; (800) 821-3660.
The Standard Hollywood. This hotel is favored by hipsters looking for a place to crash after a night at the Lounge at the Standard. The ultramodern lobby features living art―svelte, scantily clad “box girls” recline in a glass tank behind the front desk. 137 rooms and 2 suites from $99. 8300 W. Sunset; (323) 650-9090.