75 Things We Love Los Angeles

75 Things We Love Los Angeles (large)

In Los Angeles We Love:

1. Imbibing under the stars on the patio of Big Bar in Los Feliz. 323.644.0100

2. The museum-quality art on display at Galerie Michael in Beverly Hills. 310.273.3377

3. Biking the trails along the Palos Verdes bluffs.

4. The speakeasy-style Basement Tavern bar at the Victorian in Santa Monica. 310.392.4956

5. Jewelry cast from antique vintage seals at Pyrrha on West 3rd Street. 323.424.4807

6. Shakespeare plays and contemporary dance at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. 310.434.3200

7. Making, baking and eating confections at Wonderland Bakery. 323.933.5200

8. Cheerful housewares and clothes for tots from Yolk in Silver Lake. 323.660.4315

9. Loeffler Randall sandals from Elyse Walker in Pacific Palisades. 310.230.8882

10. Crystal-encrusted accessories from the new Swarovski boutique at The Grove. 323.900.8080

11. A red-carpet-worthy makeup application from Makeup & GO! in Brentwood. 310.451.6253

12. Romantic gondola rides from Gondola Getaways in the canals of Naples Island in Long Beach. 562.433.9595

13. Badgley Mischka’s glam new outpost on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. 310.248.3750

14. A taste of Italia courtesy of Cecconi’s in West Hollywood. 310.432.2000

15. Sipping at the outdoor tasting “room” at Malibu Wines. 818.865.0605

16. Cakes that look (almost) too good to eat from Hotcakes Bakes in Culver City. 310.397.2324

17. The studio tour, capped off by the virtual-reality King Kong 360 3-D attraction, at Universal Studios Hollywood. 800.864.8377

18. Expert hairstyling amid pop art décor at Essensuals London on Melrose Avenue. 323.933.5200

19. Chunky necklaces from Hardware on Larchmont on Larchmont Boulevard. 323.461.3132

20. The elegant whirlpool and piping-hot steam room at Spa Montage in Beverly Hills. 310.860.7800

21. Ballet-infused fitness classes from The Bar Method in Hermosa Beach. 310.376.3444

22. Vietnamese comfort food from Tiato Market Garden Café in Santa Monica. 310.866.5228

23. Tide-pool touch tanks at the Roundhouse Aquarium at Manhattan Beach Pier. 310.379.8117

24. Cocktailing with a marina view at Vu in Marina del Rey. 310.823.5333

25. The genius electronic parking system at Westfield Century City. 310.556.1611

26. Bags and belts galore at Rough Roses in West L.A. 424.248.3026

27. Chef-owner Zoe Nathan’s heavenly pastries at Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica. 310.451.2311

28. The state-of-the-art facilities (above Whole Foods!) at Yogaworks in Tarzana. 818.457.6900

29. The picturesque Avenue of the Palms at Elysian Park. 213.485.5054

30. Taking in a flick at film premiere central, old-school Mann Village Theatre, in Westwood. 310.208.5576

31. Climbing or hiking on Mount Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains. 909.981.3344

32. Checking out the work of up-and-coming artists at Blum & Poe in Culver City. 310.836.2062

33. The return of the Angels Flight railway to Bunker Hill. 213.626.1901

34. The sunset as viewed from the end of Universal CityWalk. 818.622.4455

35. Lunching on the sun-soaked patio at the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades. 310.440.7300

36. Renting bicycles and riding through the hills of Griffith Park. 323.653.4099

37. Jogging on the Strand in Hermosa Beach. Hermosa Avenue and 33rd Street, Hermosa Beach

38. The massive steam room at the Ritz-Carlton Spa downtown. 213.763.4400

39. The well-curated designer shoe selection at Elyse Walker in Pacific Palisades. 310.230.8882

40. Window shopping at Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo. 335 E. 2nd St., downtown

41. Hanging out with “celebrities” at Madame Tussauds Hollywood wax museum. 323.798.1670

42. Screenings in the cozy Living Room at Landmark Theatres in West L.A. 310.473.6701

43. Ice cream cookie sandwiches at Diddy Riese Cookies in Westwood. 310.208.0448

44. The library of old TV shows at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. 310.786.1000

45. The ornate art deco interior of the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. 323.468.1772

46. The used-vinyl selection and right-on staff picks section at Amoeba Music in Hollywood. 323.245.6400

47. The old-timey English high tea at Paddington’s Tea Room in Beverly Hills. 310.652.0624

48. Killer cocktails and craft beers at Villains Tavern downtown. 213.613.0766

49. Day trips to Santa Catalina Island on the Catalina Express. 800.995.4386

50. Sunday afternoon shopping at breezy Plaza El Segundo. 310.647.3431

51. Rocking out at the Wiltern theater in the Miracle Mile District. 213.388.1400

52. Checking out contemporary paintings—and the obscure Japanese toys in the gift shop—at Royal/T in Culver City. 310.559.6300

53. The shark-filled touch tanks at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. 562.590.3100

54. Finding odd fruits at Grand Central Market downtown. 213.624.2378

55. Heart-stopping roller-coaster rides at Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in Valencia. 661.255.4111

56. Boutique hopping, followed by lunch at the upscale food court, at Westfield Century City. 310.277.3898

57. Kayaking through Marina del Rey courtesy of rentals from UCLA Marina Aquatic Center. 310.823.0048

58. Dance and classical music performances at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica. 310.434.3200

59. People watching while pretending to hike the 2-mile loop of Runyon Canyon. 213.485.5572

60. The supercool touch-screen displays on the fourth floor of the Grammy Museum downtown. 213.765.6800

61. Having a laugh at The Improv comedy club in Hollywood. 323.651.2583

62. Wine-tasting tours of the Malibu Wine Trail with Malibu Grapes. 310.393.6555

63. Design-your-own jewelry with trendy beads and semiprecious gems at Bead Boutique on West 3rd Street. 323.966.5880

64. Way kooky exhibits at The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City. 310.836.6131

65. Free pilates classes and cool fitness gear at the Lululemon Athletica store at the Americana at Brand in Glendale. 818.241.3251

66. Emerging fresh-faced after an appointment at Calidora Skin Clinic in Marina del Rey. 310.591.1060

67. Camellias for miles at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada-Flintridge. 818.949.4200

68. Taking in a screening of Forever Hollywood at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. 323.461.2020

69. The hustle and bustle of downtown’s Santee Alley shopping district. Between Olympic Boulevard and 12th Street, Maple and Santee streets

70. The stomach-flipping, virtual-reality Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. 800.864.8377

71. Chris Burden’s iconic installation, Urban Light, in front of LACMA’s Broad Contemporary Art Museum. 323.857.6000

72. Discovering a new favorite band at Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. 323.461.2040

73. Watching organ recitals at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels downtown. 213.680.5200

74. Getting a blowout and corkscrew curls at the supersize Drybar in West Hollywood. 310.442.6084

75. Getting gussied up for a concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall downtown. 323.850.2000