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The Well Refill
120 S Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga Canyon
COVID-19 Update: Open daily. Not only is this the prettiest low-waste refill store we’ve ever seen; it’s decidedly low-key. Tucked in Pine Tree Circle in Topanga, the Well is an easy trip from Malibu, the Westside, or the Valley. You’re bound to be one of just a couple (if that) of patrons in the store, making it an incredible place to pick up goods for keeping a clean home. The shop carries natural brands in bulk, so you can bring your own containers (it sells gorgeous options to get you started as well) and refill your body care, laundry soap, and household cleaners. To minimize points of contact during the pandemic, staff does the refilling rather than customers. Also on offer are a collection of vintage housewares and clothing, carefully selected and beautifully curated, plus plenty of storage options and home goods for transitioning to a low-waste lifestyle. Pro tip: Have random glass jars hanging around? Drop them off and rest easy knowing they’ll be repurposed. 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…
OWL Venice
1613 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup and delivery. Given that the first half of the pandemic was marked by our consumption of copious amounts of comfort foods (nightly cheeseburgers from Win~Dow anyone? And no, we’re not sorry), the second half merits a reset. OWL Venice is our go-to when we need to show the gut a little extra love. The Reset cleanse is built around nourishing bone broths (vegan alternatives are available) and mylkshakes that taste pure and flavorsome yet feel light on the digestive system. But OWL isn’t all about cleansing; pick up a jar of the bone broth to have on hand to hydrate a risotto, boil veggies for a last-minute minestrone, or simply sip on while answering emails. 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.
West Hollywood Edition
9040 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
COVID-19 update: Open—though some amenities may be limited in keeping with restrictions. 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. 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…
Silver Lake Pool & Inn
4141 Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake
COVID-19 update: Open—though some amenities may be limited in keeping with restrictions. A stay at an independently owned, intentionally small hotel in a cool, locals-only neighborhood is the opposite of tick-the-box travel. Instead of rushing madly through every zip code of a sprawling city, why not cozy up into one especially pretty corner, live like one of those locals, and actually, relax? The Silver Lake Pool & Inn hits all the right style notes when it comes to an intimate hotel oasis far from Hollywood’s tourist trail. Palisociety has renovated all fifty-four former motel rooms and communal spaces to reflect the mid-century modern (with bright accents) vibe of the neighborhood. The al fresco bar and restaurant sit adjacent to the rooftop pool (afternoon Aperol spritzes are encouraged) while the menu is all oysters, tasty pasta, and perfectly grilled steaks. Silver Lake’s little secret is its walkability. Skip dinner in the hotel and hit the streets—a cocktail at Bar Stella, the best Thai outside Thailand at Night + Market Song, stellar shopping at Mohawk, and of course, a lap around the reservoir. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings…
Great White Rotisseria
80 Windward Ave., Venice
COVID-19 Update: Open for takeout and delivery—download their personalizd app for easy ordering. Great White has long been a goop lunchtime staple (their pizzas are the hidden gem of the West Side), but their latest venture Great White Rotisseria knocks it out of the park. Slow roasted chicken smothered in a secret blend of herbs, spices, and plenty of lemon so tender, it falls of the bone. And then come the sauces and sides: smoky baba ghanoush, whipped beetroot flecked with zesty sumac, chunky tzatziki, and all manner of roasted veggies. Order for pickup via the Great White app or through a delivery app for one of the tastiest lunches West of the 405. 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.
Wild Child Gym
9715 Washington Blvd., Culver City
COVID-19 update: Open for small group socially distant classes outdoors and virtual sessions. This open environment gives kids ample space to do what kids do best: romp around. Wild Child is an environment where both kids and parents can enjoy spending time. Filled with ropes, ladders, rockers, and balance beams, the space is well lit, full of light wood and natural elements—a set of hanging bars made from tree limbs, for example. But the game changer here is the way the incredible staff engages the kids in play. Wild Child is currently offering private and small group classes (ten kids, max) at the gym, plus a stellar selection of virtual courses to help them get the zoomies out at home. If you do choose to enroll your child in a class, note that only one parent is permitted in the space per child and all adults must wear face coverings. All CDC guidelines are strictly adhered to. 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…
Pantry LA
8336 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup and delivery. A hidden gem when it comes to quality groceries—and significantly less busy than the average store—Pantry LA curates tasty boxes of local-to-the-area and international artisanal ingredients. The risotto and pasta sachets with dried herbs, spices, and zests already mixed in are heaven-sent for an easy one-pot supper, while the fresh veggie boxes are just waiting to be seasoned with French salt, tough-to-find-in-LA spices like Urfa pepper, and olive oils straight from Italy. Pantry LA’s curater Brandie Rossi is super knowledgeable about her stock and goes above and beyond to find the best-ofs (keto bread, OWL Venice broths, healthy tonics) from local kitchens and bakers. 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.
WOW Bakes
Online Only
COVID-19 update: Open (order online) for delivery throughout Los Angeles. The best businesses are born of personal frustration, and WOW Bakes is one such. Founder and mama Sharon Overfield struggled to find quality gluten-free bread for her daughter with celiac disease and turned to her own kitchen instead. After years of careful study and adventures in fermentation, she came up with the tastiest free-of-unnecessary-additives natural bread, crackers, and sweet treats. To order, contact Sharon via Instagram or email. Delivery is free throughout the Westside of LA, but be sure to get your requests in early—WOW Bakes is a one-woman show. 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.
Valle Venice
1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
COVID-19 Update: Open for pickup and delivery. Effectively an Oaxaca-Venice mashup when it comes to flavors, Valle Venice—from the guys behind Gjusta and Gjelina—churns out the food you crave come Friday night. The plates, bowls, salads, and sides explode with taste. A hearty shellfish pozole verde, a couple of barbacoa tacos, kanpachi ceviche, and a squash blossom quesadilla on a blue corn tortilla—all washed down with a spicy marg or aqua fresca—is heaven after a long week of lunches al desko. Images courtesy of Kate Berry. 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.
Kismet Rotisserie
4666 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup and delivery. We came for the blistered rotisserie chicken, but it’s Kismet’s vegetables that converted us into regulars. The shredded carrots, cabbage doused in tangy yogurt dressing, turmeric-and-barberry-roasted cauliflower are standouts, and no order is complete without a dollop of fennel tzatziki and extra pita. If you’re all out of ideas for lunch for the kiddos in your life, the children’s plate of chicken, pita, veggies, and hummus is a solid option that’s as tasty as it is healthy. Place your order online an hour before you plan to pickup. 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.
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