This place is right next to the Grove and everything here is organic. The market is crowded with fanatic health people, which will make most people want to kill themselves. You really wonder why you went there in the first place, but then you remember, it’s your health! Growing up, I used to go to so many different health food places with my mom, but Erewhon’s kale chips and juices are amazing.
I like hiking a lot, and this spot right by Beachwood Drive is way better than Runyon Canyon’s overexposed celebrity hike. I go most days of the week. It’s a lot less crowded and you can see the beautiful city landscape—and it has a bat cave! I think it’s important to be outside when you’re exercising.
I’m not vegan, but I really like healthy food, and this place in West Hollywood has been a favorite of mine since I’ve been in college. It’s normal-people friendly, meaning their recipes won’t make you nauseous. I’m a big fan of their blackened tempeh special vegetables, their stir-fry, and their burritos. They make these little desserts called “Petites,” like peanut butter cups and marzipan truffles. It’s right next to a trashy lingerie store, but I forgive them because of their great food.
This is a rad restaurant in Kenyon Canyon. My mom used to live near it, so I would usually go after I spent some time with her. Their menu is full of old-fashioned meats, fish, grilled vegetable salads, and buckwheat pancakes. It looks like it’s out of a Western film, and it really hasn’t changed in all these years.
I like supporting small stores, and this one is in my neighborhood. It’s your typical art store with a selection of canvases, pencils, drawing books, etc. It’s small and limited, but I go there all the time.
I mainly buy vintage when I go shopping, and Squaresville has a good selection. And it’s very cheap! They curate their store so well. It’s not just a bunch of random things. I’ve gotten all kinds of things, from overalls to wedding dresses.
This juice bar is on Hyperion and Sunset Junction, right next to Café Flore. I love their “Face Melter” shot. It’s really good for your immune system. It has ginger, oregano oil, and cayenne pepper. You can’t breathe after you drink it, and that’s how you know it’s working wonders. They have all sorts of things in there: sea vegetable salads, dried food, beet juice, their popular coconut date smoothie, and kale chips. I bet you can tell how much I love kale chips now.
This place is relatively new. It’s like Intelligentsia but without all the people waiting in line. Their iced coffee is so dangerous, because it’s so addictive! I like black coffee so I usually get an Americano.
Griffith is a good hiking spot, but it’s a little bit crowded. After a hike, I’ll stop by Trails Café. They have amazing coffee, homemade goods, and relatively healthy options. It’s a really cute place and when it gets dark at night, they put twinkle lights on. I love sitting on their benches with my friends.
Stella Bar is off on Sunset Junction and it’s connected to Cafe Stella, its restaurant. It’s such a nice bar. They have great cocktails, and I don’t even know how they do it, but it always smells good inside. When I go there, I feel like a real adult. They have really comfortable seating, and it’s only open until midnight. I’m so over partying, This is the perfect place to chill.
Photographs courtesy (in order): (1) and (9) flickr.com/Clinton Seeds, (4) www.oldplacecornell.com, (7) www.naturewell.me, (8) www.caffevita.com. All other photographs courtesy facebook.com.