926 N. Sycamore Ave., West Hollywood
We’re stoked that this Canadian facial studio has finally landed stateside. Their first US location is on Sycamore, where you can book a facial or injectables and be out in under 30 minutes. You can also get vitamin shots here, if you’re so inclined, and they have an on-site shop with some of our favorite clean skin-care brands.
8305 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Falling somewhere between spa and social club, Remedy Place is where you go to get a vitamin drip with a friend or show a date the magic of a cold plunge. They have a clinical practice, too—see a chiropractor, acupuncturist, or functional medicine practitioner in-house.
866 Huntley Dr., West Hollywood
Walk up to Awan’s takeout window—if you have trouble finding it, it’s tucked behind Dayglow—and walk away with an Indonesian-style scoop made from rich coconut cream. (It’s all dairy-free.) Maybe the vibe today is saffron ice cream with pistachios and dates. Or maybe it’s fresh Valencia orange. The menu changes regularly, and it’s always special.
866 Huntley Dr., West Hollywood
The coffee is excellent here and the baristas know their stuff. It’s also a great place to buy coffee beans; they source from some of the best indie roasteries worldwide.
8764 Holloway Dr., West Hollywood
Sugaring, which at this studio is performed by trained specialists in a welcoming, light-filled space, calls on a paste made from organic sugar, lemon, and water to pull hair out in the natural direction of its growth. It's a process that translates to less pain, irritation, and ingrown hairs, especially when you do it routinely. SugaringLA does the best sugaring in town.
8615 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
This is the west coast outpost of one of our Boston favorites. The menu is huge; your best bets are lobster rolls, clam chowder, and whatever else feels stereotypically New England. They have an impressive collection of tinned fish. But perhaps the biggest highlight comes at the end of the meal: Founder Kathy Sidell’s son, pastry chef Ben Sidell, runs the dessert operation and makes one of the best chocolate chip cookies we’ve ever had.
Otus Thai Kitchen & Coffee
1253 N. La Brea Ave., West Hollywood
This all-day Thai spot serves an excellent rice porridge breakfast, Intelligensia coffee, and has solid list of natural wines.
Palihouse West Hollywood
8384 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles
This reimagining of Palisociety’s first hotel (originally located on nearby Holloway Drive) offers the same quirky charm and warm hospitality as its predecessor. The rooms are cozy and luxurious, a blend of California ease and old-world opulence. And although the views aren’t necessarily memorable, the location is hard to beat, with Joan’s on Third two doors down and LACMA a short drive away. Enjoy the peaceful outdoor pool and accompanying lemonade bar on a sunny afternoon; for late-night bites, try Mezzanine Sushi, the in-house restaurant that serves a trendy take on Japanese bar food.
Fellow Traveler Wine Bar (Closed)
631 N La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
This busy stretch of La Cienega craved a spot like Fellow Traveler—a natural wine bar helmed by former Auburn sommelier Nick Arlene. Fellow Traveler is all about fostering an atmosphere of kinship and community over glasses of biodynamic Sangiovese and a plate of deliciously salty Serrano ham. Arlene has curated interesting wine boxes for his new subscription service, homing in on Spanish bottles and a small selection from California producers. While indoor dining is currently off the table, the blue banquettes and checkerboard tiles inside Fellow Traveler exude a cozy bistro vibe, and the cheeseburger is one of the best in town.
West Hollywood Edition
9040 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Ian Schrager is a maestro when it comes to opening hotels in major city hotspots that meet the mark. Sexy, effortlessly glamorous, and scene-y describe Schrager’s properties, and the Edition is no different. But don’t assume that this new property has all of the chic and none of the comfort; this hotel has coziness down to a science. Rooms are spacious and soothing in a neutral white, taupe, and sandstone palette—many with incredible views of the hills. Amenities-wise, each room is equipped with workstations for afternoon of emails, plus beautiful bathrooms with Le Labo products, rainfall showers, and the softest robes. The gym is first-rate and open twenty-four hours a day with a full suite of Peloton bikes while all four food and beverage spots hum with atmosphere. Edition restaurant Ardor skews vegetarian and the outdoor setting is packed with greenery, moody lighting, and Moroccan warmth.