A 5-day itinerary to Los Angeles

Capital of the American film and entertainment industry, Los Angeles is a city where eccentricities abound. It’s big and glittery, with tremendous cultural impact and making for one of the largest economies in the world. Many call it the Eldorado of the American dream, tirelessly effervescent and forever basking in the warm California sun. We invite you to discover this unique destination with a 5-day itinerary.

Day 1 in Los Angeles: Discover the bohemian lifestyle of Venice

Day 2 in Los Angeles: Dive into the collections of billionaire Jean Paul Getty

Day 3 in Los Angeles: Deep dive in California’s art, fashion and glamour!

Day 4 in Los Angeles: The pursuit of the American dream

Day 5 in Los Angeles: A behind-the-scenes look at the seventh art.

Stay at The Maybourne Beverly Hills

Day 1 in Los Angeles: Discover the bohemian lifestyle of Venice

For your first day in Los Angeles, head west, to the neigborhood of Venice. It’s the cradle of the city’s bohemian spirit and its love for surfing and skateboarding. Venice is the very definition of America at its most extravagant. It has endless beaches, cultural diversity and an atypical architecture, that immerses in a very special atmosphere from the moment you arrive.

Venice Canals

Venice owes its name to its famous canals, built in the early 20th century by developer Abbot Kinney. Kinney fell in love with Venice during a trip to Europe, and had a replica of its canals built, where visitors could wander aboard gondolas imported from Italy.

Although the district fell into disuse in the 1920s and was then abandoned, it underwent a revival in 1990, when a policy of restoring the canals was implemented. Today, it’s a pleasant place to stroll and admire the colorful, heterogeneous residences lining the four remaining canals, ranging from Spanish neo-colonial to post-modern architecture. Tree-lined and peaceful, the area offers a unique sense of tranquility, different from the lively streets and seaside promenade of the rest of the neighborhood.

Address: Venice, CA 90292, United States

Shopping on Abbot Kinney Boulevard

While Venice has long been on the fringe of Hollywood magic, these days it embodies California cool in its raw state. It’s home to an unusual melting pot of artists and designers, attracting in their wake free spirits and the development of trendy addresses.

One such example is shopping along Abbot Kinney Boulevard, which has become something of a must-see neighborhood attraction with its trendy little stalls ranging from Scandinavian designers to brands like Iro, Farm Rio, Suit Supply, by way of street terraces of veggie restaurants and healthy smoothie bars.

Take advantage of your time here to expect the unexpected around every corner. The district’s walls, especially those of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, are famous for their colorful street art. One of them is a huge tribute to Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors – a legendary band born in the neighborhood. Among the most famous graffiti artists to have left their mark here, you’ll find Rip Cronk, James Goldcrown and Jonas Never.

Address: Abbot Kinney Blvd, CA 90291, United States

Lunch at Great White

Walking the streets of Venice will certainly whet your appetite in no time. We recommend a stop at the sunny café, Great White, which is something of a canteen for the locals. With its seaside-inspired decor of straw lampposts and marble furnishings, it serves some of the best best avocado toast, yellowfin tuna poke bowls and smoked salmon pizza, along with fresh fruit juices and smoothies. From the “immunity shot” to the “strawberry probiotic”, you’ll enjoy a deluge of flavors.

Address: 1604 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291, United States
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday – 08:00 to 22:00.

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Venice Beach

Once you’re out of Great White, Venice Beach is just a block away. Imagine music, street singers and dancers, craft vendors, souvenir stalls, smokers of all kinds against a backdrop of palm groves, skate parks, sandy beaches and the Pacific. You’ve arrived at the legendary Venice Beach. Along its 4-kilometer promenade, you’ll witness a veritable court of miracles populated by eccentrics and bohemians.

One of the must-see stops is Muscle Beach. This open-air weight room – where Schwarzenegger himself used to hang out in his youth – is a symbol of bodybuilding. A little further on, stop to admire the artists at work on the Public Arts Walls: Directly on the beach, these walls were allocated by the city to graffiti artists, and are synonymous with art in constant renewal. Right next door, the skatepark is well worth a visit. Every day, a large audience gathers behind its famous bowls to watch the prowess of the skaters who come here to try their hand.

Now choose between a rental bike or rollerblades to reach the Santa Monica pier. The end point of the legendary Route 66, as indicated by a sign at the entrance to the pier, is also home to Pacific Park and its attractions. Don’t leave without a ride on the Pacific Wheel: its views of the region and the ocean are second to none.

To round off your day, make yourself comfortable on the sand and let yourself be carried away by the magic of the moment. California sunsets are some of the most beautiful in the world, adorned with golden white colors you won’t find anywhere else. Many call is a foretaste of paradise.

Address: Beach pavillion in, CA, United States

Dinner at Gjelina

Gjelina is one of the most popular restaurants in town, and with good reason! Its pizzas, gnocchi with brown butter and truffle honey, charcuterie and cheese platters and ricotta pancakes leave a lasting impression. This is a place of fine, delicious cuisine that makes this address an icon of Venice Beach. Our recommendation? Book a table on the lovely brick and wood terrace, adorned with creeping vines, and keep an eye out for Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Address: 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, United States

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday – 09:00 to 23:00.

Day 2 in Los Angeles: Dive into the collections of billionaire Jean Paul Getty

A change of scenery and atmosphere, today we’re off to the Getty Center, high above Brentwood, for a day immersed in culture.

The Getty Center

Born of billionaire Jean Paul Getty’s wish to share his immense art collection with the world, this museum was first established in Getty Villa in 1974 (which we invite you to discover later today) before being moved to a new site in 1997: the Getty Center campus. It’s perched on one of the Santa Monica Mountains, and it was designed by architect Richard Meier to be reminiscent of an Italian village in the hills. The avant-garde architecture is as much an attraction as the art collection inside.

After parking in the lot, take the center’s quirky white train up the hill to the top of the Getty Center with its panoramic view of Los Angeles. You see Beverly Hills in the foreground, the skyscrapers of Downtown LA on the horizon and the Pacific Ocean in the background. Stroll through the beautiful gardens, which abound with flora: various species of cactus, an azalea maze, dymondias, thyme, lavender, geraniums and a host of succulents populate the estate.

Once you’ve completed your tour of the gardens, set off to discover the art collections. These are organized into several sections. The Getty Center’s permanent collection includes paintings and drawings, manuscripts, sculptures and photographs, as well as masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s Les Iris, Auguste Renoir’s La Promenade and Édouard Manet’s Le Printemps. You will also find paintings by Paul Gauguin, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Rembrandt and Eugène Delacroix.

Photography enthusiasts will also find plenty to feed their passion at the Getty. The collection, which is among the richest in the world from an artistic point of view, brings together prints ranging from the beginnings of photography to the present day. Altogether, the museum houses almost 25,000 prints, 1,500 daguerreotypes, 30,000 stereographs and 40,000 laminated photographs in 475 albums.

Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049, United States
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 10:00 to 17:00.

A stroll through Bel Air

Before settling down for lunch at one of our two recommended Santa Monica addresses, take a detour into Bel Air to soak up the exclusive atmosphere of this famous neighborhood.

Behind its imposing gates, it’s organized into winding roads leading to villas and mansions hidden behind lush vegetation. And with good reason: this residential neighborhood is one of the most exclusive in all of Los Angeles. Many celebrities and statesmen have made it their home, from Jennifer Aniston and Ronald Reagan to Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey.

A stroll here also offers magnificent views of Santa Catalina Island in the distance and the Los Angeles basin.

Address: Los Angeles, CA, United States

Lunch at The Lobster

This restaurant’s promise is embodied in its name: The Lobster. Straight from Maine, and grilled or steamed with dexterity to make their flesh incredibly tender, these lobsters deserve their reputation. They’re accompanied by an array of other seafood, such as octopus and shrimp ceviche, yellowfin tuna tartare, and to top it all off, they’re served facing a choice panorama of the ocean and the Santa Monica pier. A delight in every way!

Address: 1602 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401, United States
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, from noon to 21:00.

Or lunch at Lunetta

At Lunetta, a warm and elegant atmosphere awaits. This is the place for a lunch of grilled pork chop with bacon and wild rice, crispy duck with quince, barbecued salmon and so much more. The contemporary cuisine draws on chef Raphael Lunetta’s experience at Santa Monica stalwart JiRaffe. Conclude your meal on a note of sweetness or coffee – served all day.

Address: 2420 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405, United States
Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday – 11:00 to 21:00.
Friday – 11:00 to 21:30.
Saturday – 10:00 to 21:30.
Sunday – 10:00 to 15:00.

The Getty Villa

After lunch, head to Malibu for an afternoon with a change of scenery. Your first stop is the Getty Villa in the residential district of Pacific Palisades.

Built during his lifetime to house part of Jean Paul Getty’s collection, this building is a reconstruction of the Papyrus villa at Herculaneum. The museum officially opened in 1974, but sadly, the financial and oil magnate, who died two years later, would not have the opportunity to visit the fruit of his ambitious project.

While the bulk of his collection is now centralized at the Getty Center, the Getty Villa houses another part of the illustrious collector’s treasures: his antiquities. More than 44,000 Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiquities, dating back to 6,500 BC, are housed here. Of these, 1,200 works are on permanent display in 23 galleries.

Beyond this impressive collection, the Getty Villa itself is worth a visit for its unusual Roman-inspired architecture. Its four gardens are home to sculptures and fountains, and over 300 species of plant life, offering an environment far from the hustle of the city.

Address: 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272, United States
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday (except Tuesdays) – 10:00 to 17:00.

A stroll in Malibu

After the day’s cultural immersions, we invite you to some downtime. For that. head to one of the most coveted seaside towns on the U.S. West Coast: Malibu. Renowned for its fine sandy beaches and waves that attract many surfers, Malibu is also a haven for celebrities in search of tranquillity.

After all, along with its beaches, Malibu is also known for its lush greenery and hiking trails with constant ocean views. In particular, Los Leones Canyon Trailhead offers superb views of Santa Monica Bay.

As the day draws to a close, make your way to Point Dume beach. Don’t be put off by its steep staircase: once you’re on the beach, you’ll be in the best spot imaginable to admire the sunset over the ocean. The return trip on Pacific Coast Highway 1 also offers a wealth of breathtaking views, making for a perfect end to your Malibu excursion.

Address: Malibu, CA, United States

Dining at Horses

Horses is quite simply one of the city’s most popular addresses. You need a reservation, but once you’re there, soak in the charm of the place. This former pub is a time capsule with its rustic, authentic decor. But more than its charm, it’s the food that really earns Horses its reputation. Like a brasserie with know-how handed down from generation to generation, each dish is skilfully crafted to marry flavors and surprise the palate. It’s an absolute must-try.

Address: 7617 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046, United States
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday – 17:30 to 01:00.

Day 3 in Los Angeles: Deep dive in California’s art, fashion and glamour!

From a detour to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to Hollywood Boulevard, this third day in Los Angeles immerses in the vibrant heart of California.

Visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The first stop of the day is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, better known by its acronym LACMA. While it would be near impossible to visit all its galleries and exhibitions in half a day, given the sheer size with over 250,000 works, we nevertheless recommend that you set off to discover the works that make it a must-see museum, or the categories that arouse your interest.
Even before you enter one of the museum’s pavilions, LACMA offers a warm welcome with Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass, with its 340 tonnes of granite overhanging a trench, and Chris Burden’s Urban Light installation, with its 202 illuminated ancient lampposts, both near the museum buildings.

Then, of course, the museum invites on an artistic and cultural world tour with a wide variety of collections: works of African, Korean and Egyptian origin, Greek ceramics, paintings from the four corners of Europe and sculptures… The museum is organized into different pavilions, each dedicated to a particular region or period: the Japanese pavilion has a collection of Buddhist and Chinese sculptures, armor and ceramics; the Islamic art pavilion features contemporary works of art; the modern art pavilion features 20 works by Picasso, as well as paintings by Paul Klee and sculptures by Alberto Giacometti. There is also a colonial art pavilion and one dedicated to Latin American art.

Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States
Opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday – 11:00 to 18:00
Friday – 11:00 to 20:00.
Saturday and Sunday – 10:00 to 19:00.

Lunch at République Café Bakery

A historic past and a gourmet menu: this is the signature of République, a refined address in the heart of Los Angeles. Nestled in a building built in 1929 by none other than Charlie Chaplin, this restaurant is steeped in history and grandeur, and impresses with its style. Behind the café, you will also find a dining room with a lot of character: the large glass roof, the cathedral ceiling, the exposed brickwork and the long wooden tables transport to another time. Then, of course, the menu, with its southern European accents, offers generous, fine cuisine: crab risotto, broken wagyu beef cheek, duck with beet… Expect a feast for the senses.

Address: 624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday – 08:00 to 14:00.

Shopping on Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive needs no introduction. It was made famous the world over with films like Pretty Woman. This Beverly Hills thoroughfare is considered the temple of shopping, and it’s lined with some of the biggest names in fashion – Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Loewe, Saint Laurent, and for jewelry, you will find Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston and so much more. It frequented by an elite clientele but also onlookers hoping to catch a glimpse of a celebrity. Shopping here is particularly interesting: some houses offer exclusive items in addition to their regular collections.

But Rodeo Drive offers many other sights to punctuate your stroll. Don’t miss, for example, the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style, a tribute to fashion personalities in the style of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Giorgio Armani, Donatella Versace, Mario Testino and Tom Ford have all been honored for their contribution to the fashion industry with a plaque embedded in the sidewalk.

Architectural enthusiasts will also find much to enjoy on this avenue. Between Dayton Way and Brighton Way, the Anderton Court building is an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, it can be recognized by its bell tower and V-shaped facade.

Another highlight of Rodeo Drive is the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé, customized in the colors of the House of Bijan. The flashy yellow car is parked in front of the boutique, as if integrated into the décor. It is one of the shopping street’s favorite attractions.

Address: Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, United States

Hollywood Boulevard and the Walk of Fame

Stretching from Sunset Boulevard to Vermont Avenue, Hollywood Boulevard sits at the heart of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Its cinemas, tributes to stars, past and present, museums and events make it a place apart, where legend meets reality. The Walk of Fame contributes to the boulevard’s mythical character. Spanning some fifteen blocks between Gower Street and La Brea Avenue, this stretch of road celebrates stars – living and fictional – with names inscribed on stars on the sidewalk. Among the 2,700 stars are the names of Fred Astaire, Marlon Brando, the Beatles, Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny. Can you find your favorite stars?

The Dolby Theater and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre are also two Hollywood Boulevard institutions. The former hosts the annual Academy Awards. All year, you can also enjoy some fine shows, made all the more impressive by the theater’s technology, reputed to be the most advanced in the world. The second, opened in 1922, is legendary for its history. In addition to hosting the premieres of most major Hollywood films, Grauman’s offers its visitors a most curious sight: its forecourt is covered with the hand and foot prints of celebrities! From Marilyn Monroe to Tom Cruise, not forgetting Robert de Niro, Carrie Fisher and Johnny Depp, dozens of stars have taken part in the game to immortalize their visit.

Hollywood Boulevard also has its share of attractions to entertain the young and old alike: Madame Tussauds Hollywood and its wax statues, El Capitan Theatre owned by the Walt Disney Company, and the Hollywood Museum with its 10,000 film props and objects… each a must-see for film buffs.

Address: Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, United States

Dining at Providence

A recognized ambassador of sustainable gastronomy, chef Michael Cimarusti enjoys playing with flavors to create menus that feel halfway between Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, while putting a focus on local and sustainably-sourced products.

Opt for his restaurant’s tasting menu so you don’t miss out on his dexterity. Or opt for one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, like the delicately cooked Pacific oysters served in their shells, accompanied by champagne butter sauce and Kaluga golden caviar. Combining modern sensibility with honed technique, his dishes make Providence one of the most highly-rated seafood restaurants in the City of Angels.

Address: 5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, United States
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday – 18:00 to 21:00.

Day 4 in Los Angeles: The pursuit of the American dream

For your fourth day in Los Angeles, we take you to the north of the city, to discover more of America’s cultural treasures.

Autry Museum of the American West

Opened in 1988, this museum is an ode to the history of the American West. It documents the major stages in the conquest of the West: the gold rush, the bloody conflicts between settlers and Indian tribes, and life in the great West.

Not only does it boast a collection of 500,000 items on the theme (firearms, paintings, Native American objects… and even Hollywood costumes from Westerns!), it also offers reconstructions, such as a period saloon, lectures, screenings and themed events to give visitors a better understanding of this part of America’s history. In particular, the weekend gold panning sessions invites adventurous spirits to try their luck with artisanal gold panning and mining!

Address: Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 10:00 to 16:00 (17:00 on the weekends).

Lunch at Saffy’s

Nostalgic yet modern, a lot has been said about Saffy’s, whose 2022 opening has breathed new life into the Los Angeles culinary scene.

The restaurant is welcoming, with its wide terrazzo counter and pink ceramic tiles. It also features an open kitchen so diners can enjoy the preparation of its Mediterranean-inspired dishes: the wood-fired shawarmas, the braised kebabs, the grilled lobster with green harissa and so much more. At the crossroads of Middle Eastern traditions, Californian brilliance and Mexican warmth, the cuisine here crackles and radiates, from the creamy hummus to the rich banana and spice cake.

Address: 4845 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029, United States
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday – 17:00 to 23:00.

Or lunch at Found Oyster

If you’re more in the mood for seafood, head to the intimate Found Oyster for an on-the-go lunch you won’t forget anytime soon. This charming oyster bar-style restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood. The lobster roll and meaty scallops are legendary, flown in from Maine. There is also its minimalist setting, with two seating options: the bar or the counter. The atmosphere is warm and cozy atmosphere, and as the restaurant doesn’t take reservations, we recommend arriving early.

Address: 4880 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029, United States
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday – 16:00 to 22:00.

Griffith Observatory

After lunch, we recommend a trip to Griffith Observatory to take in the sights. Dominating the city at an altitude of 300 meters, this cultural site is one of the most attractive in Los Angeles for the views it offers over the city.

This imposing Art Deco and Egyptian-style building was inaugurated in 1935. It was built at the request of industrialist Griffith J. Griffith, who donated the Griffith Park estate to the City of Los Angeles during his lifetime, then bequeathed part of his fortune upon his death to build a planetarium and observatory to make astronomy accessible to the public.

The Griffith Observatory has also been immortalized in many film – most notably in a legendary waltz in the musical La La Land – and has many highlights to captivate nature and science lovers, and dreamers who love the stars.

The planetarium is quite simply synonymous with life-size escapism. Reconstructing the constellations of the Milky Way, the aluminum dome features multimedia exhibits on the mysteries of the cosmos. At its summit, the Zeiss telescope invites visitors to explore the surface of the Moon, the planets of the solar system and the stars of the galaxy by night.

When planning your stay in Los Angeles, check whether any special celestial events will be taking place during your stay: observing them through a telescope promises an unforgettable experience.

Another of the Griffith Observatory’s star attractions is the Gottlieb Transit Corridor. With its glass walls, this passageway offers immersion in the movements of the sun, moon and stars.

Address: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday – noon to 22:00 (from 10:00 on the weekends).

Enjoy views of the Hollywood Sign

After the Griffith Observatory, return to the buzz of the city with time in the Griffith Park. It offers a great vantage point for observing Los Angeles from above, and the Pacific Ocean on the horizon. In particular, turn your attention to the southern flank of Mount Lee, where you’ll discover the unmistakable symbol of Los Angeles: the Hollywood sign. Did you know that, in the 1920s, it was originally intended to promote a real estate project that never saw the light of day?

Since then, it has gradually become an integral part of the landscape and the mentality of Angelenos, stirring hearts and passions. After being declared a historic and cultural monument of Los Angeles in 1973, it underwent its first renovation in 1978 for its 75th anniversary, financed by a consortium of celebrities. In 2008, it was threatened by the development of a housing project in the area, but upon receiving support worth $12.5 million to acquire the land surrounding the panels, it was saved. Funding was provided by the State of California, thanks to its governor at the time, Arnold Schwarzenegger, local authorities and private donors.

Enjoy a stroll along Mulholland Drive

34 kilometers long and winding through the hills, Mulholland Drive is a legendary road in the City of Angels. It offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding region, and makes for the setting of David Lynch’s eponymous work and other cult films.

The drive was built in 1924, and its original purpose was to link the rest of the region to the beaches of the coast to facilitate tourism. Today, its aura makes it one of the most traveled roads in the country.

As you drive along it, make sure you stop off at the lookouts to take in the views. You’ll find familiar vistas: the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park, Warner Bros. and Universal Studios…

Mulholland Drive is also the place to see iconic homes such as Castillo del Lago, Madonna’s former home (at number 6432), and John Lennon’s at number 12721.

Address: Mulholland Drive, CA, United States

Dining at Gwen

In this bright and glamorous Art Deco-inspired restaurant, brothers Luke and Curtis Stone pay homage to their beloved grandmother and her savoir-faire. On the menu: fresh produce from a handpicked network of local partners. The menu is concise, but perfectly mastered. Between charcuterie and wood-grilled steaks, carnivores will find more than enough to eat. But don’t forget to save room for dessert: it would be a shame not to try their mouth-watering cheesecake with mango and lime sorbet!

Address: 6600 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, United States
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Thursday – 17:00 to 21:00.
Friday and Saturday – 17:00 to 21:30.
Sunday – 16:30 to 20:30.

Day 5 in Los Angeles: A behind-the-scenes look at the seventh art.

A trip to Los Angeles would be incomplete without a visit to Universal Studios in Universal City. Dedicate the last day of your itinerary to this exciting and adrenalin-filled experience!

Universal Studios

With blockbusters such as Jaws, King Kong, Jurassic Park, The Mummy, Mamma Mia! and, more recently, Oppenheimer, Universal Pictures is one of the most important and mythical production companies in the film industry. A visit to its studios and theme park is a must to understand the entertainment industry that is so typically American.

Covering an area of 160 hectares, the park has a number of attractions: Harry Potter and his magical world, Transformers, Jurassic Park, WaterWorld and its fireworks show… But the best attraction is, without a doubt, the visit to Universal Studios, which takes you deep into the history of Hollywood and the film factory. Aboard a small train, you’ll wander through the sets of legendary films and series such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Desperate Housewives, Jaws and War of the Worlds. This is an immersion in the magic of cinema!

Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, United States
Opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday – 10:00-18:00.
Thursday – 10:00 to 19:00.
Friday – 09:00 to 19:00.
Saturday – 09:00 to 22:00.
Sunday – 09:00 to 21:00.

Drinks at Melrose Umbrella Co.

In the heart of the popular Melrose district, this cocktail bar is a portal to another time. It recalls the nostalgic Prohibition era, with a historic decor that includes a vaulted ceiling covered with tiles salvaged from the New York subway, a 1920s apothecary cabinet and a 19th-century fireplace. The bar is an invitation to forget the hustle of the city for a drink.

Among the house specialties, we recommend the striking Melrose Mule (with vodka, lemon, blood orange, cinnamon brown sugar and ginger) and the Romance Without Pressure (with Fords gin, passion fruit, cucumber, grapefruit and a dose of love, according to the menu).

Address: 7465 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, United States
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 12:00 to 22:00 ((01:00 on Fridays and Saturdays).

Dining at Jitlada

Don’t be fooled by Jitlada’s gaudy, somewhat old-fashioned façade: this address absolutely deserves its reputation. A veritable institution, this Thai restaurant – certainly one of the best in the country – offers a range of specialties, such as a spicy salad of crispy catfish and green papaya, as well as current inspirations, like a Taepo chicken curry with coconut milk and spices. The atmosphere is also ultra-friendly. To make the most of your dinner at Jitlada, order several dishes to share.

Address: 5233 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, United States
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday (closed Tuesdays).
Lunch: 11:00 to 15:00.
Dinner: 16:30 to 22:00.

Enjoy a screening at New Beverly Cinema

To wrap your stay in Los Angeles, head to the retro New Beverly Cinema.

A historic symbol of the film industry, this venue was inaugurated in 1929. After having been a candy store, a theater, a pornographic cinema, a nightclub and then a concert hall, the New Beverly returned to its original vocation when, in 2007, it was bought by Quentin Tarantino, who set out to revive its activity… but in his own way.

Fifteen years later, his mission would be accomplished. New Beverly Cinema is now a hip spot frequented by the whole of Los Angeles, and it’s riding a retro wave to transform every screening into a new experience. Ushers sell popcorn and burgers in the cinema aisles, and the selection of 35 mm screenings juggles classics – Last Tango in Paris, A Streetcar Named Desire, E.T., Pretty Woman, and the best of cinema in recent years.

Address: 7165 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States

Stay at The Maybourne Beverly Hills

Like a tribute to the heyday of Hollywood, The Maybourne Beverly Hills is the epitome of classic luxury. It’s part of the Maybourne Hotel Group, and with this comes an innate sense of prestige but also high standards of service and a beautiful art of storytelling. Like Beverly Hills, the hotel has a cool spirit and exceptional flair, making it one of the most finest addresses to check into in Los Angeles.

Then, of course, there is the location, a stone’s throw from Rodeo Drive and its stores, and Hollywood. The hotel is also equidistant from the Getty Center and LACMA, in a straight line to Santa Monica beach. To make the most of your time in Los Angeles, there is no address more central.

Inside, a singular sense of style also permeates every room. You will find collectors’ works of art punctuate the living spaces, and its 203 rooms, almost all of which have their own terrace, are decorated with contemporary furnishings with mid-century accents.

As for the suites, they are imbued with a glamorous, resolutely Hollywood feel. They are furnished in a Spanish Colonial Revival style (which dominated the city in the 1920s), offering large floor-to-ceiling windows and magnificent views of Los Angeles.

Once you’re settled in, may we suggest a trip to the hotel’s rooftop for dinner at Dante Beverly Hills. This branch of the New York institution offers creative cocktails and a Mediterranean-inspired menu, all the while enjoying a privileged panorama of the Hollywood Hills. To round off the evening, immerse yourself in the woodsy ambience of the Cigar & Whiskey Bar. Sourcing its cigars from the Caribbean and Central America, and its spirits from the Scottish Highlands and the finest Japanese distilleries, this is the place to be for an exceptional evening and tastings.

During the day, choose between The Terrace, with its Mediterranean piazza feel and seasonal cuisine; the Maybourne Café, with its light dishes to be enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere; or the Rooftop Pool, for a relaxing lunch by the pool, overlooking Hollywood. On a sun lounger or in the shade of a private cabana, choose between a glass of fresh rosé and a squeezed fruit juice, and order a light salad and aperitifs to share. While the sun shines, the Rooftop Pool redefines the very idea of poolside idleness.

In between sightseeing expeditions, The Maybourne Beverly Hills also invites you to pamper yourself with a state-of-the-art gym or take Isaac Boots’ exclusive Torchd classes to strengthen and sculpt your body.

The wellness area has a mineral pool, hammams, rejuvenating therapies and a range of soothing treatments, from serenity rituals to state-of-the-art massages and treatments, including Dr. Barbara Sturm’s revolutionary aesthetic medicine. Take advantage of your stay at The Maybourne Beverly Hills Hotel to reset and rejuvenate. You can also treat yourself to a new look at Kim Vo Salon. You could meet the fashionable hairstylist in person, and be a new, better version of yourself in no time.

The Maybourne Beverly Hills is one of the city’s most prestigious addresses. Stay at the best hotel of Los Angeles… before setting out to conquer it.

The Maybourne Beverly Hills
Address: 225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, United States
Transfer: 25 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport.
Opening period: All year.

Frequently asked questions about traveling to Los Angeles

When is the best time to visit Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is a pleasant destination to visit year-round. July and August are the peak summer months, perfect to enjoy the beaches and the sun.

However, spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) are better if you wish to avoid the crowds at the main tourist sites. The milder temperatures also make for more pleasant travel. From June to October, whales can be seen in the Pacific during their migration; They come to feed in the waters of the bay.

Or why not take advantage of winter to discover Los Angeles in peace and quiet. Temperatures remain mild, between 15 and 20°C, and it rarely rains.

What’s the best way to get around Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is renowned for being a sprawling city. Unlike European capitals, where walking is generally the easiest way to get around, here you have to rely on motorized vehicles to explore the different areas of the city.

The best way to get around is by car. You can either rent your own car (in which case, you’ll need to keep an eye on traffic information to avoid traffic jams, which are particularly dense in Los Angeles at certain times of the day!) Alternatively, you can opt for options like Lyft or Uber. It’s the preferred means of transport for Angelenos.

Public transport is also quite reliable, though slower. The bus network, with its 200 routes, criss-crosses the city.

Last but not least, cycling is a pleasant way to get around if you want to stick to one area for the day: Venice Beach, Santa Monica or Downtown. In some areas, self-service bike terminals are available at an hourly rate.

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