October 12, 2022
PASSPORT: LOS ANGELES
Photo: GETTY IMAGES/SLIM AARONS
In the early 1920s, movie stars and studio moguls began
building mansions in the former bean fields of Los
Angeles, and it’s been synonymous with glamour ever
since. It’s a company town, to be sure, but if you hit the
right places you’d never know it.
People unfamiliar with the real LA tend to dismiss it as
the land of Bentleys and Botox, but as Mark Twain put it,
“all generalizations are false — including this one.” To really
experience the city, you need to explore LA’s outer regions, each
one heaving with collectible antiques, vibrant music scenes,
ethnic cuisines, contemporary art, and true California style.
LA might look like a monoculture, but it isn’t. From the gated
boulevards of Beverly Hills to the resurgent streets of Echo
Park, to the mayhem of West Hollywood, it holds something
for everyone. It’s a magnet for optimists of every persuasion,
hungry for all that life has to offer.
6825 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038 — Photo courtesy of THE WINDOW.
Originally a Ford dealership, this charming shop is a must-visit for furniture collectors.
7974 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046 — Photo courtesy of NEW MONARCHY.
This spacious showroom offers a wide selection of pieces by top Danish
designers, and on-site restoration services.
6819 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038 — Photo courtesy of MARCO ANNUNZIATA.
Owner Gerard O’Brien specializes in impeccably restored mid-century
West Coast classics and handcrafted furnishings.
6911 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038 — Photo courtesy of GALERIE HALF.
Offering a mix of 20th century design, European antiques, and artifacts,
it’s a favorite among afficianados.
6912 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038 — Photo courtesy of LON HAMAEKERS.
Hamaeker’s tightly edited stock of antiques and fine art objects changes
often, and is always worth seeing.
6910 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038 — Photo courtesy of DAN ARNOLD.
German ceramics, mid-century serving trays and objects by master metalsmith Carl Aubock.
Thanks for the Memories
8319 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069 — Photo courtesy of THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.
One of the most incredible 20th century furniture and design galleries in the country, offering pristine examples of mid-century American furniture and
collectibles, from sofas to bar tools.
7221 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 — Photo courtesy of TIMOTHY RAGAN.
This homey retail store stocks vintage finds, private-label products, and a selection of handpicked goods from around the globe.
8111 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048 — Photo courtesy of ORANGE.
The meticulously curated Orange showcases a striking and diverse array of vintage light fixtures, gaming tables, and mirrors.
8312 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048 — Photo courtesy of BIRDIE.
An eclectic mix of art and objects, wall decor, seating, tables, and lighting.
7418 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 — Photo courtesy of GARDE.
The latest addition to Beverly Blvd’s thriving design scene. Owner Scotti Sitz, who’s worked with fashion brands like Calvin Klein and Armani, opened
Garde to showcase works that weren’t available in LA.
8111 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048 — Photo courtesy of EMMERSON TROOP.
Offering an impressive range of mid-century furniture, fixtures, and one-of-a-kind pieces for the discerning collector.
769 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 — Photo courtesy of LEE STANTON and JONATHAN BECKERMAN.
Owner Lee Stanton is L.A.’s top purveyor of stylish 17th, 18th and 19th
century British and European antiques.
Off the Wall Antiques
737 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 — Photo courtesy of OTW ANTIQUES.
A gallery filled with rare collectibles, fixtures, and furniture that looks like it just
came off a movie set. Because it did.
719 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 — Photo courtesy of DOWNTOWN.
Opened in 1996 by Robert Willson and David Serrano, it’s known for its
high energy and imaginative mix of designs and finishes.
665 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069 — Photo courtesy of GALERIE XX.
One of the best selections of mid-century furniture and decorative arts in LA.
N. HIGHLAND AVE
941 N Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038 — Photo courtesy of JF CHEN.
This 34,000-square foot gallery and showroom houses numerous museum-quality collections. Chen’s furniture, lighting, accessories, and art are always
ahead of trends.
836 N Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038 — Photo courtesy of LENDON FLANAGAN.
A haven for collectors and designers seeking offbeat curiosities; anything from a 1940s NYC subway sign to 18th century patio furniture.
Hinoki & The Bird
10 Century Drive Los Angeles, CA 90067.
Photo courtesy of DYLAN + JENI
Hinoki & The Bird, the latest restaurant from Chef David Myers, has an Asian-inspired menu
featuring small plates and creative cocktails. The space itself is accented with exposed wooden
beams, gray slate and mid-century furniture.
RARE by Drai’s
8720 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069.
Photo courtesy of RARE BY DRAI’S
Movie producer and nightlife developer Victor Drai’s French-inspired steakhouse is perfectly situated on Sunset. Word has it they’ll soon be opening a speak-easy themed lounge in the basement.
Son of a Gun
8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Photo courtesy of SON OF GUN
The rotating seafood menu at Son of a Gun is the polar opposite of Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s
other restaurant, Animal. The small, nautical-themed space does a great job of conducting the raw
energy of LA’s sizzling dining scene.
Petty Cash Taqueria
7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
Photo courtesy of PETTY CASH & RYAN TANAKA
The attentive employees at this authentic Mexican taqueria serve up expertly-prepared tacos and quesadillas, refreshing ceviches, and an impressive take on nachos. Give shuffleboard a shot after downing a few
9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035.
Photo courtesy of CATHY DANH
Chef Ricardo Zarate’s Picca presents an exciting new take on Peruvian food. The atmostphere is constantly abuzz, and the churros are unforgettable.
Joan’s on Third
8350 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Photo courtesy of JOAN’S ON THIRD
Joan’s On Third is an LA institution, plain and simple. This brightly-lit culinary emporium includes a
staggering array of fresh salads and pastas, a gourmet bakery, and a cheese counter. Take a load off in the
outdoor seating area and people-watch while you eat.
720 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029.
Photo courtesy of SQIRL
The line might be long, but Jessica Koslow’s Sqirl is worth the wait. Satisfy your sweet tooth with fresh-
made organic jam on toasted brioche, or keep things light with a bowl of brown rice mixed with pesto,
feta, San Marzano tomatoes, and a poached egg.
The Sycamore Kitchen
143 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
Photo courtesy of HOWARD WISE
Using almost exclusively homemade ingredients, this casual bakery and cafe caters to the breakfast and
lunch crowd with pastries, sandwiches, and Stumptown coffee. Order at the register inside, then take a
seat on the outdoor patio.
1725 N Hudson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Photo courtesy of FRANK ISHMAN
The Houston brothers take LA’s sexiest bar underground. A dimly lit debaucherie, you better
know the password if you want to get down.
1727 N Hudson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Photo courtesy of FRANK ISHMAN
Passing the red ropes outside No Vacancy is actually your ticket back in time to the early 1900s.
Located in a restored Victorian home and outfitted with dark wood paneling, sexy burlesque
acts and pre-Prohibition era cocktails emit an old Hollywood vibe. Café seating spills out onto
a patio-style courtyard lit by fireplaces and old postal lamps.
The Spare Room
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel,
7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Photo courtesy of JIMMY COHRSSEN
Bowling alleys are typically the opposite of chic, but The Spare Room, created by nightlife
ambassadors Med Abrous and Marc Rose, is changing the game. This stylish venue on the
mezzanine of the Hollywood Roosevelt feels like a neighborhood hangout. Custom-designed
oxford bowling shoes, a gaming parlor and vintage-inspired lanes seal the deal.
1645 Wilcox Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Photo courtesy of SAYERS CLUB
Tucked away on Wilcox, the only evidence of an ultra-hip lounge are the scenesters and music
guru’s lined up outside. Once cleared by the doorman, Sayers is a throwback speakeasy with
exposed brick, lush drapes and an illuminated bar. Leather couches border the room and face
the main stage where unannounced musical acts perform nightly.
153 S La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
Photo courtesy of JULIAN ROCA
General Quarters is an all-inclusive store offering carefully selected pieces that cater to the urban
outdoorsman’s lifestyle. Brands include Shades of Grey, Gant Rugger and Filson. Once you are fully
stocked, head to the back and get a haircut in their full-service barbershop.
138 S La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036 — Photo courtesy of UNIS.
For the perfect chino or plaid button-down, come to Unis. Designer
Eunice Lee has a talent for crafting basic wardrobe essentials for everyday
wear, focusing on fabric and fit.
110 S La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036 — Photo courtesy of UNION.
Union offers a selection of premium goods, carrying brands that are hard
to find in other LA stores. Their concept is simple; walk the line of fashion
and function and offer clothing with subtle fashion sensibilities.>
Just One Eye
7000 Romaine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038.
Photo courtesy of JUST ONE EYE
This boutique, showroom, gallery and shop is housed in Howard Hughes’s former Hollywood headquarters. Just One Eye is known for displaying world-class art, with works from Damien Hirst and
Takashi Murakami. The store offers an array of luxury brands, like Rodarte and Proenza Schouler, and many of the lines carried here are exclusive to Just One Eye.
8236 W 3rd Street,Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Photo courtesy of DAVID ROSS and WITTMORE brand release
In Wittmore, Paul Witt has created a modern and approachable culture-current store for men.
Offering clean, smartly-edited clothing and accessories from brands with a global perspective,
the store aims to cater to the professional man who doesn’t wear a suit to work everyday, and who
appreciates quality design with a unique twist.
4011 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029.
Photo courtesy of ANDREW LEE
From the masterminds who brought you Mohawk General Store comes Mohawk Man, an exclusive
men’s boutique and art gallery two doors down from their original Silver Lake store. This new shop
carries a globally-sourced selection of men’s apparel and accessories, showcasing brands such as Our
Legacy, Engineered Garments, Aspei, and Gitman Brothers Vintage.
8825 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
Photo courtesy of MAXFIELD
This iconic LA shop, with its concrete exterior, ultra-luxe clothing and rare vintage pieces, is a work of
art in itself and cannot be missed.
Craig Evans Watch
731 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 — Photo courtesy of MAN OF THE WORLD.
Specializing in magnificent period pieces, estate jewelry and watches, this
is a special place for antique collectors and people who enjoy and watch
Wanna Buy a Watch
8465 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90069 — Photo courtesy of WANNA BUY A WATCH
Thanks to its vast and diverse collection of beautifully-restored watches,
WBAW? has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the most popular
vintage watch stores in America.
7405 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 — Photo courtesy of LUCKY SCENT.
Scent Bar has the intimacy of a wine bar without the formality, making it the perfect space to sample and enjoy rare fragrances. Sit for a while and
discover your soulmate scent.
Baxter Finley Barber Shop
515 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048 — Photo courtesy of BAXTER FINLEY & PAUL and WILLIAMS.
When Baxter of California opened their impressively retro barbershop in Los Angeles, they created the perfect way to experience the lifestyle of
the brand and its products. It’s like going on a grooming journey. Try an old-fashioned hot-towel shave as you lay back in one of their beautifully
restored vintage chairs.
8272 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046 — Photo courtesy of WEIDMAN GALLERIES.
The Weidman Gallery is LA’s premier source for quality custom framing, original vintage movie and advertising posters. In 1990, the gallery
expanded its inventory to house one of LA’s largest collections.
8303 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90048 — Photo courtesy of OK
The perfect gift-finding store, OK features an eclectic collection of beautifully-crafted home goods that includes glassware, tableware and barware,
jewelry, ceramics, frames, noguchi paper lamps, and an impressive collection of books on art, architecture and fashion.
1201 S La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90019.
Photo courtesy of LEE MANNIN and ROBERT WEDEMEYER
The Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery integrates major permanent elements conceived by acclaimed
artist James Turrell, including a Skyspace (a breathtaking illumination of skylights) and the courtyard
environment. The 1940s vine-covered property is comprised of an existing 10,000 ft2 space and a
5,000 ft2 exterior courtyard.
The Sunset Marquis
1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069.
Photo courtesy of THE SUNSET MARQUIS
The Sunset Marquis has been a home away from home to many of Hollywood’s elite—mainly rock star
legends — since 1963. Today, the hotel remains exquisitely private, with a recording studio that has produced Grammy Award-winning records.
2013 marked the hotel’s 50th anniversary and, to celebrate, they
launched the highly-anticipated restaurant Cavatina. Maintaining an atmosphere of exclusivity is the
key to the Sunset Marquis appeal — a quintessential discreet oasis, close to the city’s raucous scene.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
Photo courtesy of THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL
Also known as “The Pink Palace”, The Berverly Hills Hotel is a world-renowned landmark building.
Lavish rooms and secluded bungalows combine modern amenities with Hollywood-classic decor to
make it a home away from home for celebrity guests, including politicians, actors, and members of the
world’s royal families.
Four Seasons Hotel
300 S Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Photo courtesy of THE FOUR SEASONS
Located in the center of LA, this world-class, luxury hotel has calculated every detail to ensure
guest are thoroughly spoiled. Take a limo service to Rodeo Drive, indulge and revive at the hotel’s
spa, eat at the two critically-acclaimed restaurants, swim in the pool, or enjoy the bar scene that
thrives until the early morning hours. The choice is entirely yours.
Private Beverly Hills
www.privatebeverlyhills.com – 310.2733311.
Photo courtesy of PRIVATE BEVERLY HILLS.
Private Beverly Hills is a discreet luxury real estate rental and acquisition service. Focusing on location,
lifestyle and provenance, PBH sources and secures private and off-market estates in Southern California
on behalf of their clientele. Comprehensive due diligence takes care of the property details, while a
concierge ensures a warm welcome to everyone you need to know in Beverly Hills.