August and September are the coolest months of the summer in much of the Northern Hemisphere. Not in Los Angeles—we’re likely to spend the next six weeks baking.
Think this weekend will offer a break? Sorry, everyone, a heat wave has arrived. While you may be tempted to huddle with your A.C., I say take advantage of the bright, hot sunshine. This is summer in Los Angeles, after all!
Here are nine cool places to soak it in. Bring some sun block and get ready to eat the heat!
This alternative hang is home to various mixed-use spaces and a nice courtyard where you can chill in or out of the shade. Feast on Mediterranean food from Momed and enjoy bursts of breeze when the Metrolink train speeds by every so often.
Lake Hollywood Park
It may not be so cool as to have shade balls, but Lake Hollywood does boast a nearby park with views of the Hollywood Sign and the sea. Best of all, its elevation provides mild relief from high temps.
Of all the beaches you could go to, this is the best place to camp for an extended period thanks to some of the best food in the city. Day trip!
Zinque in West Hollywood
Want to stay in the heart of the city? Let Zinque be your outdoor patio of choice. It has great food and wine and, if you feel like roaming around, the Pacific Design Center and West Hollywood Park offer green spaces (and a pool and fountains) within walking distance.
The big, sunny spot is AC-central: stop into the California Museum Of African American Art, the California Science Center, or the Natural History Museum in between enjoying the greenery outside.
The Hollywood retail center is great for shopping, sure, but it also has an open-air courtyard where you can hang before or after stopping in to Amoeba Records or Urban Outfitters. The Hollywood Farmers Market that takes place on the block is a sun-loving Sunday bonus.
Everyone knows about the bodies of water atop the W in Hollywood and the Standard Hotel on the Sunset Strip, but the petite dipping pool at the Hotel Wilshire is a secret treat. A restaurant and bar only sweeten the hotel’s 360º views.
Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple
The Pacific Palisades spot is an idyllic place for enjoying the outdoors—and embracing L.A.’s natural New Age highs. If you want peace and quiet to commune with the sun gods, this is your spot.
The “park for everyone” is a DO even on hot days thanks to its many shady areas, ample seating, and interactive (read: refreshing!) fountains.