The Health-Conscious Los Angeles Guide
People may laugh at LA’s juice-cleansing, namasté-ing, ways, but the thrilling reality of sunny, 75-degree days is no joke. Here, vegan food, daybreak hikes, and artisan-made goods—which can pretty much all be enjoyed al fresco.
Sweat NSK11731 Barrington Ct., Brentwood | 310.476.4636
Just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Country Mart, this gorgeously turned out boutique specializes in luxury athletic wear. Their brand assortment includes all our favorites, including Alala, Electric Rose, Ultracor, Alternative Apparel, and more. Many of their pieces can double as street clothes, so you could easily pick up something (comfortable) to wear to dinner among the sports bras and leggings.
Heist1100 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice | 310.450.6531
While many stores on Abbot Kinney quickly come and go, Heist has become a long-standing staple, evolving and expanding with the ever-changing Venice. The large, modern boutique brims with labels both well-loved and still-unknown: You’ll find a huge range of Isabel Marant and Raquel Allegra, along with Newbark, Golden Goose, and Crippen.
The General Store1801 Lincoln Blvd., Venice | 310.751.6393
While its unlikely location on a grungy strip of Lincoln Boulevard keep this spot slightly under-the-radar, The General Store always justifies the trip. While it’s set in a big lofty space that could theoretically hold hundreds of items, the impeccably-curated store is an exercise in restraint: You’ll find hand-done ceramics, brass trivets, thread wrapped bows and arrows, and rare, vintage books. The original is actually in San Francisco.
Bassike1918 Lincoln Blvd., Venice | 424.228.1102
If you're looking for the perfect (and organic) t-shirt, look no further. Australian brand Bassike (pronounced “basic”) has been on our radar (and in the goop shop) for a while now—in no small part, because they do great soft cotton jersey t-shirts that hang perfectly. Everything is made from organic and sustainable cotton, yet every piece is luxurious, modern, and structured. Their first brick-and-mortar in the states is in Venice—the heart of LA’s surf and skate culture, which is a nice match for the brand as it has its roots in the Australian surf town of Avalon. Light-filled and spacious, the interior echoes the line itself—sleek and modern, with neutral tones and architectural shapes. Do not leave without rifling through the kids section.
Credo8327 W 3rd St., West Hollywood | 323.272.3195
We've been fans of this impeccably curated, natural beauty boutique since its original opening in San Francisco in 2015. It stocks a wide range (more than 100) of non-toxic brands from around the globe, including top skincare and makeup products from de Mamiel, Ilia, Kjaer Weis, Kypris, RMS, Tammy Fender, and our very own goop by Juice Beauty. Each of its locations (which also include Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Chicago) boast a friendly and knowledgeable staff that will help you find healthy beauty essentials that fit your lifestyle and needs. Extra bonus: LA is one of the locations that has an exclusive Tata Harper spa in its space.
The Detox Market8380 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood | 323.782.0421
Situated next to the Beverly Hills Juice Club, this simple and well-organized shop is a veritable mecca for safe cosmetics and skincare. Founded to combat the fact that some of the most toxic elements in a woman's life come straight from her beauty products, they sell lines such as RMS, Ila, Rahua, and Odacité.
Lake1618 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake | 323.664.6522
Founder Melissa Lovoy opened Lake in February 2007 in the heart of Silver Lake and filled this quietly low-key space with pieces that are modern, beautiful, and well-made. You'll find simple leather pouches from Clare Vivier, Isabel Marant blouses, and delicate scents from Il Profumi di Firenze.
House of Intuition2237 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park | 213.413.8300
This kooky shop is filled with the types of gems, crystals, candles, incense, and other knick-knacks that make perfect metaphysical souvenirs to bring back from LA. If you have time, opt for one of their amazing readings or a treatment with one of the healers they have on staff, offering modalities like reiki, crystal healing, and shamanic energy medicine.
Formerly Yes954 S. Broadway, Downtown | 213.332.4254
Founded on the design principle that less is often more, Formerly Yes (which formerly used to just be online-only), now occupies an airy boutique Downtown—just a stone's throw from the Ace. Much likes its site, the offerings are extremely winnowed down and edited, i.e., you'll find only design classics, like Braun alarm clocks, Japanese platters, and Iittala tumblers.
Love Adorned2923 Main St., Santa Monica | 310.450.2227
We were pretty thrilled when Love Adorned finally landed on the West Coast last year—after all, its flagship in Nolita (the jewelry companion to the legendary New York City tattoo parlor, NY Adorned) is stunningly cool. It's also one of the few stores around that can embody an entire aesthetic, one that is subtly bohemian, gothic, and yet gloriously feminine, too. You'll find stunning, slightly asymmetrical diamond rings from Polly Wales, cool, Natural Park-themed bandanas for kids, and the resin champagne buckets by Tina Frey. The location in Santa Monica is fittingly airy and light, and lined with all the jewelry treasures you’d expect along with a smattering of kitchen goods, throw pillows, and beautifully-scented candles. There is also a location in Amagansett.
Lost & Found2000 Main St. & 2230 Main St., Santa Monica | 310.450.9782
Lost & Found in Hollywood occupies a stretch of adjacent buildings on Yucca Street, which is tucked away above Hollywood Boulevard. It’s there that you'll find one of L.A.'s best shopping destinations. While there are spaces for women and homes, we particularly love the kids edit, which revolves around feathered headbands, papier-mâché masks, and t-shirts emblazoned with everything from motorcycles to birds. The new outposts in Santa Monica are huge, offering more floor space to men's and women's clothing, along with even more delights for little ones. (Plus, a great edit of home.)
Broome Street General Store2912 Rowena Ave., Silver Lake | 323.570.0405
In addition to the delicious lattes, homemade sandwiches, and old-fashioned candies and trinkets, this general store stocks an equally excellent selection of home wares, including perfectly minimal white ceramic bowls, gardening tools, kitchen supplies, and more.
Dream Collective1404 Micheltorena St., Silver Lake | 323.660.2000
This jewelry line has garnered a bit of a cult following in LA. And we get why: The subtly organic pieces—inset with semi-precious stones—feel hand-done and slightly imperfect.
Bazar1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice | 310.314.2101
In addition to being one of the longest standing shops on Abbot Kinney, Bazar is also one of the most special. Owner Tina Wakino keeps the smallish space packed with antique furniture, textiles, and racks of hard-to-find international brands and vintage pieces for both men and women, then she rounds out the assortment with imported apothecary favorites from Santa Maria Novella and Astier de Villatte. Though small, the children’s section holds incredibly adorable options of giftables and accessories that are unlike anything you might find at a traditional toy store.
Shroom Room1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice | 855.400.8584
Four Sigmatic founder and former forager Tero Isokauppila (who grew up in Finland on his family's farm) is all about bringing mushrooms and their incredible health benefits to the mainstream. (See our latest Q&A with him here.) Shroom Room on Abbot Kinney sells dozens of inventive, adaptogen-spiked products like lions mane matcha, reishi hot chocolate, and even mushroom coffee pods suitable for your morning coffee-machine fix. If consuming mushrooms in their natural or powdered form is new to you, don't stress—the (very) knowledgeable staff will happily whip you up a shroom-spiked elixir, or offer a nibble of chocolate to try, and point you in the right direction.