The food options are as diverse as the sprawling city itself witheverything from street food through to five-star celebrity dining. Heavily influenced by the Hispanic and Asian cultures that dominate the demographic, modern Californian cuisine is based on fresh, local and organic produce.
Classic LA dishes include unique takes on sushi (think Californian roll), curries, tacos and Korean hot pot. But you will still find an abundance of American fare including classic hamburgers, chilli dogs, sweet pies and doughnuts.
Nightclubs in LA remain the best in the country with the pick in Downtown LA, which has seen a lively renaissance in the past decade, and West Hollywood. You’ll find the best bars in hotels, such as The Mixing Room in Downtown’s JW Marriott and the Polo Lounge in The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Our top picks
2121 E. 7TH Place
This Downtown LA eatery, which means ‘best’ in Italian, really lives up to its name. Husband-andwife chef team, Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, have created a stunning menu including their signature house-cured meats, grilled nonna-style meatballs and chocolate budino tart.
929 S. Broadway
Around 90 years ago the stars of old Hollywood gathered in the United Artists Building, a breakaway studio started by Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks. Today, the rooftop bar of this building, now the Ace Hotel, attracts a hip crowd who like to sip cocktails poolside.
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Sites across LA
The food truck scene is big all over America. And in LA, you’ll find them dotted in several locations for the lunchrush between 11am and 3pm. TIP: For some of the best, head to the Santa Monica Truck Stop at 2612 Main Street on Tuesday nights from 5.30pm to 10pm.
8905 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
In Spanish it simply means ‘thanks mum’ and it’s that sentiment that is at the heart of Gracias Madre. The owners aim to recreate the classic tastes of a Mexican family's home using locally grown organic ingredients.
8752 Sunset Boulevard
Opened by a pair of Aussies, The Eveleigh on Sunset Boulevard is named after the Sydney inner-west suburb. Their menu, which includes crowd pleasers such as meatballs, pasta and burgers, combines honest home cooking with a sophisticated edge.