Los Angeles

Traveler’s Picks

Traveler’s Picks

by Emily Nathan

We aren’t always after the sunniest, bluest sky or the perfectly sculpted still life. Rarely do I get to join forces with my colleagues with the sole purpose of capturing something else, something less than perfect, but, perhaps, more beautiful…

LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES

by Avi Brosh

Avi is the founder, leader and creative force behind the Paligroup brands, established with the conviction that neighborhoods, unique experiences and inspiring places are integral to a life well-traveled. Avi has been actively involved in the real estate development and hospitality industry for over 20 years, He is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Business Management.

Palihouse

Palihouse

Santa Monica, USA

An extraordinary example of “beach chic destination”: a “lobby lounge” where to enjoy breakfast, original fresco ceilings, Malibu tile floors, a grand wood-burning fireplace and blown glass doors that open onto a private outdoor patio. With 36 rooms featuring a pied-à-terre layout and reminiscent of European style urban apartments, this hotel is located in a quiet residential neighbourhood of Santa Monica with immediate access to the beach. Keywords: beach house, vanity rooms, bespoke wallpaper (Abnormals Anonymous), Dean & DeLuca minibar treats, space, style, sophistication, individuality.

Shima

Shima

Los Angeles, USA

Summer nights in Venice beach’s main street are crowded, cheerful, loud and lively. Shima is an amazing small sushi bar in a modern glass cube. Once you’ve crossed the gate, you feel like you’ve walked into the intimacy of someone’s apartment. The space is magically quiet and the service delicate and attentive. Seats and crockery feature pastel colors that are vibrant light and sophisticated. In the open kitchen, ingredients are tidily split into portions. The chefs master their culinary art with irony and cook superb dishes. Try the sauté spinach, any of the rolls with brown rice and fish tartare and the slightly spicy lobster with avocado.

Venice Beach House

Venice Beach House

Los Angeles, USA

If it’s your first time in Venice Beach, once your tom-tom says you’ve reached your destination, you will be reminded of why you love America and why this couldn’t be Europe. Streets are perfectly arranged in a grid, Pacific Ave is crossed by small streets that give access to the back of pastel colour low seaside houses and their garage. Count to the 30th street and you are at Venice Beach House, an historic house totally covered in ivy. Ask for the Olympic Suite, the first big room on the ground floor. The old wood creaks; the window is a veranda opening onto the garden while the romantic and floral patterns of the curtains and the décor brings the garden inside. The beach and the pier are behind the first row of cottages that protects you from the Ocean wind.

The Ivy

The Ivy

Los Angeles, USA

The City of Angels is also this: a gathering place for VIPs and VIP watchers where everyone is greeted with the same courtesy. In the courtyard, everything is covered in roses, real or printed, while inside the rooms reveal hints of Provence mixed with the local vintage style. Mediterranean food and excellent cocktails.

Gjelina

Gjelina

Los Angeles, USA

Gjelina is definitely a hip spot. It’s sociable, young and vibrant. At night, it’s more like a club where they serve food and have a long waiting list for the tables. Low lights, music and voices blend in. The rear courtyard is ideal for lunch or a Sunday brunch. The recipes are typical American but the extensive use of herbs and vegetables reveal a Californian influence. Pizzas are prepared with unusual toppings. They are thin, light, full of flavor and Italian-inspired. Expect to be charged a bit more though. The take-away area is similar to an Italian bio rosticceria. The space is simple but still very much elegant.

Intelligentsia Coffee

Intelligentsia Coffee

Los Angeles, USA

In Silver Lake there’s a coffee shop where the waiters wear hat and gilet, blend teas and coffees as they were cocktails and the queue for cappuccino, brioche and newspaper is long, tidy and quiet. It’s 7am on a Sunday morning and the nearby Griffith Park is the perfect place where to spend the next few hours.

Creatures of the Sea

Creatures of the Sea

Los Angeles, USA

It’s almost 6 o’clock in the morning and the jet lag has just kicked in. In California it’s summer all year around. Not this winter, in a cottage opposite Venice beach, where the cold ocean comes straight into the room. You look at the Havaianas beside your bed and think that’s a silly choice of clothing you packed…

Axe

Axe

Los Angeles, USA

When you enter Axe you feel like the Ocean has moved one street closer. The waitresses have wide fit surfer’s shoulders, they wear blond plaits uncombed by the sea salt, jeans and summer shoes. The food is fresh and includes a wide vegetarian selection; portions are generous. The backyard is equipped with a barbecue and a long wooden table to share shaded by olive trees and fig plants. Inside, the room is clear, relaxing and never noisy. They serve mint, orange and ginger flavored water. Young families with blond kids sit on the long modern benches.

Bissel House

Bissel House

Los Angeles, USA

It’s a businessman who left the East Coast for the milder South California that built this Victorian mansion in 1887. Converted into a b&b in the ‘90s, Bissel House retains all the charm of a family house. Mornings here have the taste of a ritual where all guests sit together around the oval table while the owner serves a delicious and perfect breakfast. The 7 rooms have flowery tapestries and you might find a vintage laced long dress hanging in your wardrobe, a reminder of the dinner parties often hosted by Anna Bissel at the beginning of the 19th century. Bissel House is located in South Pasadena, an elegant small town close to Los Angeles that every second Sunday of the month hosts the famous Rose Bowl Flea vintage market.

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