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Vinovore
616 N Hoover St., Silver Lake
There’s something seriously appealing about a store with a point of view. Vinovore focuses its lens on female winemakers, a rare breed in an industry heavily dominated by men. Curbside pickup and delivery to several Los Angeles zip codes are available from the location on Hoover, in that patch of East LA that’s not quite Silver Lake but not East Hollywood proper. When stores reopen, we strongly recommend stopping by for wine, as well as quality tinned fish, charcuterie, and artisanal chocolate. In the interim, we’re deep in the thrall of Vinovore’s wine club, the Wolfpack. Owner and sommelier Coly Den Haan selects two to four female-made natural wines monthly, and tasting notes and pairing suggestions are included in the box.
Domaine LA
6801 Melrose Ave., Hollywood
With a heavy focus on natural and low-intervention bottles, Domaine LA is one of the city’s most revered wine shops—and now it’s delivering. We like to pick up the phone, roughly describe our preferences and budget, and savor the selection pulled together for us. You can, of course, specify specific bottles or stick to that drinkable Montepulciano you’ve been pouring since 2008, but trusting the selection to the more-than-capable Domaine staffers feels like having your own personal sommelier.
Spring Place
9800 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
You grew up enamored with Eloise’s life at the Plaza. Your dream interior design brief includes a washroom inspired by the Peninsula Hotel. Office lighting offends you. Sounds like you’re a candidate for Spring Place, a coworking space disguised as a 5-star hotel (including a concierge). Different working areas come with their own ambience: the executive boardrooms are all light wood and sepia-tinted glass, while the shared workspaces feature custom-designed communal desks. But the overall design shares a midcentury-meets-eclectic luxury energy that suits its upbeat, on-the-move clientele. Along with desks and meeting rooms, options for getting the job done at Spring Place include a conservatory, library, and outdoor terrace—a layout that sounds more like a mansion in Clue than a coworking space. Spring Place is members only—but if you’re looking for a nontraditional (and bicoastal!) office environment (all membership tiers include access to their NYC location) with five-star dining, like B12 shots, massages, and complimentary Pilates classes, then look no further.
Stumptown Coffee
120 E 8th St., Downtown
There was once a time you could get Stumptown only in Portland, Oregon. Thank goodness things have changed. We keep the bold roast on tap at goop HQ and happily visit the shops when we're in the Pacific Northwest, New York, New Orleans, and downtown Los Angeles. Stumptown’s latest location, in the fashion district along bustling Los Angeles Street, offers a good amount of seating for the smallish space. We like to come here for downtown meetings or lazy Sunday pour-overs.
Hey Hey
1555 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
We love our almond milk lattes as much as the next person, but when we’re looking for a break—and not for coffee—Hey Hey is where we go for milk teas and boba. And the experience is more like one you’d have at a cocktail bar: The drinks are handcrafted by a barista who layers chewy tapioca balls with loose-leaf tea and other ingredients that are all made in-house, like almond pudding and sea salt cream. The space, which is meant to be like a modern tea room, is more like a lounge for locals, often serving drinks late into the evening.
Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea
1256 W. 7th St., Downtown
A brilliant idea for the coffee lover: serve multisourced coffees, kombuchas, and teas at one place. That's what Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea, the coffee shop in the recently redone Mayfair Hotel, does. Come here and you can get a Blue Bottle latte and your friend can get a Stumptown pour-over. The same goes for its bagged teas and coffee beans. We suggest trying something from the elixir menu, like the Flower Power Milk Tea: bright-blue Thai butterfly pea tea blended with matcha, jasmine syrup, and coconut milk. Slightly sweet, it's perfect paired with the vegan breakfast sandwich and enjoyed in one of the comfy chairs next to all the leafy plants.
Erin McKenna’s Bakery
236 North Larchmont Blvd., Larchmont
You want cake—one that happens to be gluten-free. Not a frostingless, bready, lavender-flavored mound with a sprig of rosemary on top. A real cake, with scalloped frosting in two flavors, and Happy Birthday piped on the top in cursive. You also want it to be wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar-free, egg-free, vegan…oh, and make it kosher. Head directly to Erin McKenna’s Bakery in Larchmont Village or Santa Monica (or order online—you’ll have to self-frost, but good living comes at a cost) for cakes in all sizes, plus doughnuts, soft-serve, cookies, crumbly delights, brownies, and whatever else they’ve figured out how to make without the aforementioned ingredients since this writing. Erin McKenna and team are do-gooders in cute uniforms (the cute uniforms are number two of the bakery’s two core rules), making the city a better place for the dietarily restricted.
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