West LA

Establishment neighborhood
Prosper LA
2001 S. Barrington Ave., Suite 112, West LA
Whatever you go to acupuncturist Claudia Baettig for—maybe it’s everyday stress, something about your cycle, or a bigger health issue—she’ll lay out a bespoke treatment plan that’ll guide you toward your wellness goals. In addition to acupuncture, sessions might involve fire cupping (which feels so good), tuina, LED light therapy, and herbalism consultation. Baettig also offers cosmetic acupuncture and gua sha. But what keeps us coming back is Baettig herself: She explains every treatment so clearly. And she can even assuage fears of needles. (If you're interested in chiropractice, Baettig's partner, chiropractor Kevin So, works out of the same space.)
Kevin So Chiropractic
2001 S. Barrington Ave., Suite 112, West LA
Chiropractor Kevin So is talented at finding the root cause of what's going on with your body—strains, sprains, chronic aches, whatever—and guiding you through a complete treatment path, which usually involves hands-on soft tissue treatment in the office and physical therapy exercises you complete at home. We walk out of his office feeling so much better. And if you commit to the at-home stuff, his treatment plans really work. So is also a delight to chat with—an hour-long appointment flies by. (If you're interested in acupuncture, So's partner, acupuncturist Claudia Baettig, works out of the same space.)
Carla Cafe
11419 Santa Monica Blvd., West LA
The pandemic completely upended the traditional restaurant industry, and yet there is something so optimistic and heartwarming about the entrepreneurial pivots we saw coming out of this period. Carla Cafe is one such example. Initially, former tech worker Avi Ahdoot assembled his now-famous chicken aioli sandwiches at home and took orders via Instagram DM. Then, suddenly, LA’s appetite for chicken aioli exploded. Ahdoot hired a small team that now operates Carla Cafe. In the early days, they operated out of the Bootsy Bellows kitchen in West Hollywood and made just one type of sandwich a day. Now, they have a handful of sandwich options and some good chopped salads, which you can grab from the Colony ghost kitchen in West LA.
Wallis Annenberg PetSpace
12005 Bluff Creek Dr., Playa Vista
Is your family part of the 2020 class of new pet owners? If you have a new furry family member, are begged daily to adopt one by a persistent child, or simply have an animal-loving kid, PetSpace Kids Camp Online is the perfect combination of education and cuteness. A mix of games, activities, and demonstrations teach campers about grooming, animal behavior, nutrition, and more. There are plenty of virtual animal encounters, too. If a full week isn’t your jam, PetSpace also has a weekly Paws and Pages virtual story time and animal encounter, along with other online programming.
12217 Santa Monica Blvd., West LA
If you’re looking for deep relaxation on every level, this spot incorporates energy work, essential oils, crystals, and aromatherapy. As the name suggests, they also offer colon hydrotherapy, but if that’s not up your alley, they provide other healing modalities. A craniosacral therapy treatment releases any built-up tension--further enhancing the body’s natural healing powers—indulge in a stress-busting Reiki treatment, or rid your system of toxins with a lymphatic drainage session.
Sur la Table
6333 W. Third St., Suite P-10, West LA
Reliably good and an American classic, Sur La Table host a series of excellent cooking classes in hundreds of their stores throughout the country (Catch the full list of national classes here The LA iteration takes place on centrally located Third Street, around the beautifully outfitted cooking stations in the store itself. Expect totally practical, but still aspirational themed culinary evenings that make for the perfect date (friendly or romantic), irrespective of whether you’re a complete novice or experienced cook. Classes happen weekly and range from the helpful cooking under pressure and knife skills 101, to winter in Paris, a taste of Tuscany or the absolutely necessary fried chicken night.