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 https://www.surlatable.com/category/cat2211278/In+Store+Classes?cleanSession=true&pCat=CAT-259413). 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.
The Bigg Chill
10850 W. Olympic Blvd., West LA
With the original '80s logo intact more than 20 years later (there are even old-school pleather chairs and a matching neon sign), walking into The Bigg Chill sort of feels like a time warp. The frozen yogurt stacks up, too, with a wide assortment of flavors and endless toppings. The location is admittedly random, but as anyone who grew up here will gladly tell you, this is the kind of place that's worthy of a drive.
2208 Sawtelle Blvd., West LA
There's something so comforting about a hot bowl of ramen on a cold day, and anytime there's even a hint of rain in Los Angeles, the lines at Little Tokyo's Daikokuya are out the door. What makes the ramen here stand out is the broth, which is cooked with pork bones for hours to achieve its thick, flavorful consistency. The portions are huge, so be prepared to take home leftovers. This location, on Sawtelle, has the same ramen with shorter lines.
Dan the Man’s Superkids
2347 Pontius Ave., West LA
This kid gym offers gymnastics classes for a range of age groups—beginning with their Jump Starters class for just 12-month-old littles, and expanding into more advanced classes for children through 12 years old. In addition to the classes, the gym runs camps in the spring, summer, and winter. And not surprisingly, you can also host your kid's birthday party at the Dan the Man's Superkids.
Childrens’ Book World
10580 W. Pico Blvd., West LA
Boasting 80,000+ children's books, this is a local siren song for any kiddo who likes to read—from board books for the under 2 set, to more involved chapter books for pre-teens.
2057 Sawtelle Blvd., West LA
This L.A. outpost of a popular Japanese restaurant is somewhat of a mecca for noodle snobs: Made all the more elusive because Tsujita only serves their artisanal ramens at lunch (come dinner, it’s traditional Japanese fare). Fortunately, they just opened an Annex on the opposite side of Sawtelle, where you can get bowls of Tsukemen-style ramen all day long.
The Apple Pan
10801 W. Pico Blvd., West LA
This Los Angeles classic is still staffed by many of the same people who worked the U-shaped counter when we were kids: It's a stand-by for great reason. The menu is edited, the paper-wrapped burgers are no-frills and excellent, and the pie always comes à la mode. Cash only.
11043 Santa Monica Blvd., West LA
Where East meets West. And by that we mean that its central location—right off the 405—makes it an excellent meeting point for friends from opposite sides of town. It’s also where sushi purists and California Roll enthusiasts can dine at the same table. There’s an extensive menu of cooked dishes, along with the whimsically-named rolls like Green Dragon, Asylum, and Sixteen Plus.
Flores + Sons (Closed)
2024 Sawtelle Blvd., West LA
The space here is soaring and clean-lined, from the garden-like outdoor patio in the front to the oversized booths in the back to the arched counter that overlooks the kitchen (our favorite spot). The varied interior provides a nice backdrop to the quilt-like array of small plates, sourced from every far-flung corner of the globe. You could be trying Middle Eastern style roasted baby carrots with mint and yogurt alongside Southern collard greens with ham, and then finish in Italy with an eggplant parm. The parm, by the way, is great here, as is the tender, perfectly dressed kale Caesar.
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