The Health-Conscious Los Angeles Guide
It can be easy to scoff at LA’s devotion to sweat lodges, juice cleanses, and cryotherapy, but there’s something about living in a sunny metropolis that makes us want to look and feel our best—all the time. Luckily, the metropolis makes it easy. Not only are there miles of hiking trails and countless waves to surf, virtually every zip code in the city has an incredible farmer’s market (or two), restaurants that cater to every quirky dietary restriction, and more yoga and Pilates studios than you could possibly try in a year. Welcome to the world capital of wellness.
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 it does 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. The 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.
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 for giftables and accessories that are unlike anything you might find at a traditional toy store.
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 homewares, including perfectly minimal white ceramic bowls, gardening tools, kitchen supplies, and more.
CAP Beauty8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood | 310.432.0560
New York wellness mecca CAP Beauty finally has a home on the West Coast at Fred Segal on Sunset. The tightly curated, quality-obsessed company—CAP stands for clean and natural—is one of our most-trusted resources for natural (and we actually mean natural—no synthetics, parabens, or other nasties) beauty. You’ll find all the wellness industry’s best players, like Moon Juice and Sun Potion, alongside beauty mavens Tata Harper, May Lindstrom, and Shiva Rose on the shelves. In the clean beauty space, it doesn't get much better than this one-stop shop.
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 of nontoxic brands from around the globe (more than a hundred), including top skin-care 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) boasts a friendly and knowledgeable staff who 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.
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 semiprecious stones—feel unique and slightly imperfect.
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.
goop Lab225 26th St., Ste. 37, Santa Monica | 310.260.4072
Every pop-up, goop MRKT, and goop GIFT brought us closer to fulfilling our ultimate dream: a brick-and-mortar shop to call our own. Home to a Clean Beauty apothecary, a curated fashion boutique, and a fully stocked kitchen, the online world of goop is fully realized in a 100 percent shoppable bungalow at the Brentwood Country Mart, one of our favorite LA institutions. Designed by the brilliant Roman and Williams to feel like home, the space is made for relaxing (lounge on the supremely comfortable Espalda daybed in the living room), and trying new things (our vanity tables are stocked with clean beauty products handpicked by GP).
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 knickknacks that make perfect metaphysical souvenirs to bring back from LA. If you have time, opt for one of the amazing readings or a treatment with one of the healers on staff, who offer modalities like Reiki, crystal healing, and shamanic energy medicine.
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.
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 LA'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.)
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 bandannas 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.
Oficine2912 Rowena Ave., Silver Lake | 323.570.0405
True to its name, Broome Street General Store is as much a place to get goods as it is a place to get goodies (coffee, flaky pastry, sweets). But back to the goods: perfumes, Tata Harper skin-care products, leather-bound journals, made-in-LA ceramics, olive oil from Spain, Italian Arborio rice. It was only a matter of time before the café began to overflow. And this overflow has encouraged the opening of Broome Street’s extension, Oficine. It’s a treasure trove of waxy Barbour jackets (for looking chic the three days a year it rains in LA), Staub kitchenware, exquisitely scented Fornasetti candles—the things you didn’t realize you wanted and won’t want to leave without. Next time you find yourself on this somewhat random stretch of Rowena Avenue, go in; you can’t miss the distinct emerald storefront.
Outdoor Voices8425 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood | 323.591.0284
For its first LA location, Austin-based lifestyle brand Outdoor Voices put down roots on Melrose in West Hollywood—a kind of health-conscious hub that counts the likes of Playlist Yoga, Alfred Tea, and Beaming as its neighbors. Inspired by California's wellness-minded lifestyle, the design team at McGuire Moorman took its inspiration from the kind of palette you'd find at, say, a crystal shop: Fitting rooms are wrapped in bright, vintage Knoll fabrics, materials like plywood and plaster add to the light-filled minimal space, and the assortment of gear—everything from pale pinks to yellows and blues—feels totally on point. Bonus: There's lots of exclusive-to-LA merchandise, including hot-pink retro-logoed hats, cropped tees, and long-sleeved shirts—all the better to be #doingthings in. Photos: Josh Cho
Parachute542 Rose Ave., Venice | 310.314.0119
Inspired by the Italian linens she encountered on a trip to Amalfi several years ago, Parachute founder Ariel Kaye wanted to bring the same luxurious bedding experience to the American market, without compromising on quality. While the line started with bedding (the linen sheets are the only thing you'll want to sleep in—trust), Parachute has rounded out its offerings to include waffle bathrobes, Turkish towels, table linens, and throws. Recent collaborations have included bedding with Jenni Kayne, decorative throw pillows with Caroline Cecil, and, most recently, ceramics with Kat & Roger. The storefront boutique is chock-full of design inspiration, too (a rose gold-colored mirror, potted cacti, and leather-and-copper chairs from Eric Trine). Bonus: Upstairs, Parachute Hotel, which is available for overnight stays, regularly hosts special events, like a seasonal wreath-making workshop, throughout the year.
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. (Read our Q&A with him here.) Shroom Room on Abbot Kinney sells dozens of inventive, adaptogen-spiked products like lion's 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.
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 athleticwear. The brand assortment includes all our favorites, including Alala, Electric Rose, Ultracor, Alternative Apparel, and more. Many of the pieces can double as street clothes, so you could easily pick up something (comfortable) to wear to dinner among the sports bras and leggings.
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 skin care. Founded to combat the fact that some of the most toxic elements in a woman's life come straight from her beauty products, the Detox Market sells lines like RMS, Ila, Rahua, and Odacité.
The General Store4035 Judah St., Sunset District | 415.682.0600
There are two locations of this beloved shop, and the original is here. 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-made ceramics, brass trivets, thread-wrapped bows and arrows, and rare, vintage books. The second location is in Venice.