What to Do
Despite its name, the Hammer Museum is not an institution dedicated to the evolution of history’s oldest tool, but a cultural center of historical and contemporary art—sorry, hammer enthusiasts. With its 20 exhibitions, many of which are critically acclaimed, the museum has become internationally known for its efforts to introduce emerging artists and reintroduce artists and movements that have been historically over-looked. It’s been quoted that the Hammer Museum is “the hippest and most culturally relevant institution in town.” If that’s not enough to get you there, this might: admission is free.
In a city obsessed and riddled with farmer’s markets, the Orignal LA Farmer’s Market is the farmer’s market. It’s fun landmark destination for all (even locals) filled with food stands and eateries of your favorite specialty food from all over the world, trendy gift shops, produce grocers and a lot of history. While it’s not hard to get there, deciding on what to eat after a quick walk around will be. Tip: bring cash.
The pillar of Museum Row, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art holds over 150,000 works of art from the ancient to the modern. Stand underneath 340 tons of Levitated Mass and traipse around Chris Burden’s oft-Instagrammed Urban Light. Across the street is the Petersen Automotive Museum, an ode to vehicle design and is itself an architectural landmark. Nearby, a natural asphalt site preserving the remains of prehistoric animals is undergoing excavation at the La Brea Tar Pits museum.
In a town full of theaters and well-loved revival houses, the New Beverly Cinema is notable for being owned and programmed by filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. All films are screened in “glorious 35mm (unless noted in 16mm).”
What To Eat
This family-owned, neighborhood bakery & café is your go-to spot for fresh baked pastries, seasonal salads, and hot and cold sandwiches. We recommend going for breakfast or lunch or scones or juice or gluten-free treats, if that’s your thing. At both the Beverly Hills and Century City locations, you can satisfy your cravings with great tasting bites that you won’t regret eating later.
Hinoki & The Bird
A restaurant as hip as its name with eats as WOW as the atmosphere is WHOA! (Can you tell we really love this place?). This upscale dining experience offers California cuisine with Japanese-inspired flare that uniquely and deliciously blends both familiar and unfamiliar tastes in each dish. In other words, it’s very good, like we’re-only-open-a-few-hours-a-day-because-we-can-be good. Advice: make a reservation.
Home of the must-eat burger on the Westside, the office burger: a burger so perfectly crafted and simple, they won’t let you make modifications to it. Pretentious? Maybe. But order one and you’ll quickly understand. Then, pair it with some shoestring fries and wash it down with one of the many craft beers they have on tap. This gastropub has locations in both Culver City and Santa Monica, but head to the former for a more local vibe.
This restaurant is famous for three things: burgers, apple pie and being the inspiration behind Johnny Rockets. True story. So if you’re looking for a classic juicy burger, timeless pie a la mode, and to step back in time a few decades, take a seat and the Apple Pan’s U-shaped counter.
Where To Stay
Did you know that this years [a]list summit venue also happens to be a 4-star hotel and iconic Hollywood landmark? How convenient! So if you want to stay in the lap of luxury and be just a short elevator ride away from the event, the InterContinental is your place.
The Hotel Wilshire
Just an Uber down the Wilshire corridor is the stylish The Hotel Wilshire for a home-away-from-home experience, but situated right on Los Angeles’ Museum Row.
Located on the famous Sunset Blvd, the Andaz is a boutique hotel right in the center of all the culture, art, music, shopping, and excitement of one of LA’s most vibrant neighborhoods. It’s a mix of both Hollywood glamour and home-style comfort where you can relax and unwind in your stylish room or at LA’s highest roof top pool.