Discover L.A. In A Day

From serene temples to under-the-radar shops to crafty cocktail lessons, there’s simply too much in our February cover story (mapped here) to discover it all at once. To help you get going, we’ve designed four day-long itineraries organized by area. Let the adventures begin.


Start Your Day:

The Malibu Café at Calamigos Ranch
Weave along Mulholland to the Calamigos Ranch turnoff. Go past the grapevines and the Biggest Loser Resort. That’s when you’ll see it: a slim opening to a wood walkway that leads to an almost impossibly bucolic restaurant. Chandeliers hang from the trees, and cabanas stand sentry on the meadowlike lawn that surrounds a picturesque pond. The menu ranges from sweet corn-lobster ravioli to burgers, but a meal isn’t complete here without strolling the grounds. » 327 S. Latigo Canyon Rd., Malibu, 818-540-2400.

Keep Moving:

Corral Canyon
Jim Morrison hung out here. You can, too. From the dirt parking lot at the end of  Malibu’s Corral Canyon Road, walk a quarter mile down the asphalt to the fire road. After a ten-minute walk, look for a giant wave-shaped boulder. A set of tracks leads to the cave’s narrow entry. Inside, groove on the psychedelic graffiti and the view of the Agoura hills.

A Peaceful Ending:

Malibu Hindu Temple
Seen from Las Virgenes Road, the ornate steeples are out of someplace far beyond. To peek inside, doff your shoes and wash your feet outside the upper temple, dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. You can also visit the lower complex, where Lord Shiva presides. Admire the banana and coconut offerings that grace the altars. » 1600 Las Virgenes Canyon Rd.

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