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.
Compartès Hollywood Chocolate Factory & Store
516 North La Brea Ave.
Before there were disruptors and influencers, there was: chocolate. Compartès has been at the forefront of the chocolate scene—yes, there is a chocolate scene—since Elvis, Sinatra, and the Kennedys were fans. And now the Los Angeles brand offers people who love chocolate and food and chocolate with food a peek behind the cocoa.
Lifehouse Tonics + Elixirs
7515 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Lifehouse makes custom tonics that are specialized to your specific ailment (fatigue, pain, congestion, etc.); there is even one for pregnancy. There are excellent meal-replacement smoothies that are perfect for breakfast, but it’s also nice to stop by on a Sunday afternoon and stock up for the week ahead.
Juice Served Here (Closed)
6464 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
In addition to being incredibly convenient for satiating juice cravings (there are locations sprouting up all over the city) this the perfect juice gateway drug for cleanse newbies: Beyond their most popular drink, Green Milk, which is like having dessert for dinner, the Charcoal Lemonade is delicious, despite the suspiciousness of drinking montmorillonite clay and activated charcoal (in contrast, the jalapeño-laced beet juice is tough to swallow). You can also add in extras to ease the process: We opted for the raw soup (a carrot-based gazpacho) and the coconut superfood bar (nice when you miss the sensation of chewing). Bonus points for the DO ME (FIRST, 02, 03, 04, 05, LAST) directions on the caps and the recent addition of lifestyle-y giftables at most outposts. There are additional locations in Studio City, Pasadena, Venice, Downtown, Silver Lake, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood.
1300 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
Because of its proximity to UCLA, this East Coast-style sandwich shack caters predominantly to the college crowd, and it shows. Everything is unapologetically glutinous, and stuffed with fries, mozzarella sticks, or onion rings; for tri-state area transplants, the sausage and pepper hero is an authentic taste of home. There's also something called the Big Fat Fatty (chicken fingers, marinara sauce, fries, mozzarella sticks, burger patties, bacon…) on the menu—if you finish it in 40 minutes, the fatty is free and you get a sandwich named after you. Many have tried but none have succeeded. The original location is in Westwood.
5931 Franklin Ave., Hollywood
Comfy sofas you could linger on for hours, a pool table, free WiFi, a jungle-themed room in the back, plus great coffee and an awesome chai tea (which can be made with regular, soy, rice, or almond milk) make this a go-to in Hollywood. Photo: Steven Damron.
Hollywood Farmers Market
1600 Ivar Ave., Hollywood
COVID-19 update: Open every Sunday from 8am. See and taste the best of organic California produce here. There are coffee carts and tamales, in addition to great people-watching. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
John Kelly Chocolates
1508 N. Sierra Bonita Ave., Hollywood
COVID-19 Update: Open for pickup and delivery. From the traditional (chocolate and sea salt) to the exotic (dark chocolate with Habanero and Jalapeno chile), everything here is handmade and delicious. There is also a John Kelly boutique on Montana in Santa Monica. COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
712 N. Heliotrope Dr., Hollywood
Owner Tai Kim creates delicious and imaginative flavors every day, always accommodating for four vegan options—our faves are maple Oreo and lychee grapefruit sorbet. One flavor that's always on the menu is brown bread, made from Grape-Nuts and caramel; it's creamy and amazing.
6087 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
With four LA locations, you can count on this reliable coffee shop to be nearby no matter where you are. It's a very popular spot for work and study, which means it's used to having laptops—it also plays a work-friendly soundtrack. Some locations have larger food menus than others, so make sure to check the website if you're hoping to stick around for lunch. In the coffee department, Coffee Commissary brings in a different guest roaster every few weeks, which mixes things up a bit. There are also locations in Burbank, West Hollywood, and Culver City.