West Hollywood Specialty
8463-3 Melrose Pl., West Hollywood
Moon Juice is a New Age pharmacy—look no further than the fifty-pound jade crystal that’s affixed to the shop’s exterior on Alfred Street. There are tonics for every malady or desire (we love turmeric cup, with cayenne pepper, black pepper oil, and oil of oregano to help us through a cold). At the raw copper Alchemy Bar, one of the alchemists will happily help you customize the Vittoria coffee or gynostemma tea with a Moon Juice dust of your choice. The cabinet of cold-pressed goodness is almost too pretty to drink, but it’s delicious and effective. At the register, the snacks (dried chili and mango slices, activated maca mesquite walnuts) are absolutely addictive.
Breakfast by Salt’s Cure
7494 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
This is a no-fuss iteration of the original Salt’s Cure (now located a few miles east on Highland), where you’ll find the same oatmeal griddle cakes that were once the reason behind horribly long wait times for brunch. It's now set up counter-style and à la carte, which makes engineering your perfect breakfast blissfully simple—it’s all the classic options, done better than anywhere else. Plus, you can now get a gluten-free version of the griddle cakes, and they’re somehow equally good. Just don’t ask for syrup: They come topped with decadent sea-salt butter and powdered sugar, and the staff will proudly tell you that nothing else is required.
Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 The Grove Dr., West Hollywood
Much-lauded chef Dominique Ansel—who earned his chops as the executive pastry chef at NYC's Daniel—is still probably most famous as the father of the cronut, which he launched at his Spring St. bakery in 2013. West Coasters can now partake in the frenzy at his new location at the Grove, where you can find cronuts, plus Ansel's signature frozen s'mores, the DKA (a caramelized croissant), cookie shots, and dozens of other pastries. In addition to the signature sweets, the menu also has a solid lunch selection, including grilled cheese, avo toast (seasoned with a touch of tarragon for a French twist), and porchetta sandwiches. The bakery itself is all-white counters and fixtures (brightened up by the colorful, fruit-laden tarts, cakes and pies), blush walls, and hardwood floors with bar seating running the length of the space (which includes a full espresso bar). Upstairs will see the opening of 189, Ansel's first ever full-service restaurant and bar, a French-inspired menu featuring fresh California produce. Expect classics like duck confit and rotisserie chicken, as well as lighter, more West-Coast-inflected plates like razor clams and vermicelli noodles, or roasted rainbow carrots with…
Cape Seafood and Provisions
801 N Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood
Los Angeles is home to an incredible new fish shop. Conveniently located on Fairfax, just north of Melrose, Cape Seafood & Provisions offers a prime variety of wild caught, fresh, and sustainable fish both to home chefs and some of the city's best restaurants. Chef and owner Michael Cimarusti—of Connie and Ted’s and Providence—founded LA's first dock-to-dish seafood program out of the space, agreeing to a CSA-style arrangement with local fishermen that guarantees a minimum annual order, giving him access to the freshest local fish while guaranteeing much-needed job security to the fishermen. Out of the actual storefront, Cimarusti has an amazing selection of prepared foods, like cured fish, fish tacos and lobster rolls, and holds regular cooking classes.
Alfred Tea Room
705 N Alfred St., West Hollywood
Regulars have always loved Alfred’s coffee shops for their design-conscious interiors, but the tea room (around the corner from Moon Juice on Melrose Place) is downright indulgent, aesthetically speaking. The teensy space is tiled floor-to-ceiling in a soothing, feminine millennial pink, with gold finishes and one of Alfred’s signature cheeky neon signs, explaining “tea, yes! you, maybe!” The menu here specializes in tea; in addition to matcha (which you get at any Alfred location), there’s a lengthy list of loose-leaf and several flavors of boba, which are made from scratch. P.S. Coffee junkies, don’t panic, the original location with a full coffee menu is just across the street.
8365 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
With more than a dozen outposts in Southern California (and several hundred worldwide)—plus convenient placement in most of Equinox’s Southern California locations—Earthbar is one of LA’s original, nutrition-focused juice bars. In addition to smoothies, organic cold-pressed juices, salads, and wraps, the shop stocks a wide variety of plant-based vitamins and supplements the company is known for.
8565 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Urth Caffé is something of an LA casual staple. While they have an extensive menu of salads, sandwiches and pizza—plus a full breakfast menu with pretty much anything you could think of—it’s really Urth’s coffee, tea and pastries that make the spot so popular. A slice of their pumpkin pie, if you can snag one, goes great with any of their organically grown heirloom coffees, which are roasted every day in small batches Downtown. Also of note: their matcha latte. You can expect all of their LA locations (Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Downtown, Pasadena) to be pretty crowded, but you can almost always grab a table in one of their signature outdoor patios within a few minutes.
Sweet Rose Creamery
7565 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood
As far as we’re concerned, Josh and Zoe Loeb can do no wrong—their adorable ice cream shop, which is a partnership with Shiho Yoshikawa (she used to work with Zoe at Tartine), only strengthens their case. Shiho picks up ingredients for her fun, inventive flavors at the Santa Monica farmers market, and her milk and eggs are from local purveyors as well. Favorites include matcha, fig and goat cheese, and the old-fashioned strawberry, which tastes fresh off the vine. This is LA, so there are also some dairy-free options: If that’s your vibe, definitely try the horchata. The original is at the Brentwood Country Mart, but now they have locations all over the city: Studio City, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and the Palisades.
7475 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood
The first thing you’ll notice about Stir Market is the free parking lot in the front, which is a rarity for anything in this part of town. Inside, the light, airy space is divided into two sections—a market with counters for grab-and-go service, and a sit-down area for seated service. The menu is vegetable-heavy, with a focus on light salads and flavorful proteins; the roast chicken, in particular, is excellent, as is anything that involves their green goddess dressing. Order online for super-fast pickup (they also deliver).
Belcampo Meat Co.
8053 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood
Anya Fernald is a bit of a badass: Not only is she the co-founder and CEO of Belcampo Meat Co., which has quickly become the go-to purveyor of humanely-raised, sustainable meats, and poultry in California, she’s also a mom, cookbook author, and a master of open flame grilling. Go to her shops for whole-animal butchering (and the interesting, rare cuts of meat associated with it), seriously good hamburgers, and the best bone broth. There are other locations in Santa Monica and Downtown.
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