In my first Los Angeles post you may remember me mentioning I went there briefly for a work trip.
And now you’re probably thinking, ‘this isn’t the first work trip you’ve taken this year to the states, how and why do you keep getting the chance to visit such amazing places?!’. So I thought I would explain a little for you…
For those of you who don’t know, I work for an amazing luxury fashion company called Farfetch and as their US Outreach Exec my job is to work with American influencers and bloggers.
Being based in London means it’s extremely hard to create real relationships with influencers so we’ve started hosting some events to help aid this. Having visited New York in March, it was a no brainer to make LA our next event location as it’s where some of the most famous US bloggers live.
My trip was only 5 days long with an extremely busy schedule so I didn’t have much time to explore the city myself. However because the event was all about our favourite Farfetch summer hotspots, I thought I would share with you all the amazing places we visited.
If you love luxury fashion, food and champagne keep on reading as I present to you the fashion bloggers instagram guide to Los Angeles.
As I mentioned in my 10 things I learnt in LA post, fashion in Los Angeles is amazing. The first place you need to visit if you love high fashion is Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Here is where you can find the most gorgeous designer stores from Gucci to Dior to Prada to Saint Laurent; Rodeo Drive is the crème de la crème of shopping in America.
The first stop on our event extravaganza was three of Farfetch’s most gorgeous boutiques: Maxfield, Just One Eye and the newly opened Loit store in downtown LA. These stores are the types of shops the Kardashians and Bieber shop in- they’re breathtaking. Every item and collection in these stores have been curated by hand by the boutique owners with the upmost thought and level of fashion knowledge. With handfuls of one off pieces and rare vintage designer finds these places are amazing to just look in let alone shop!
Although I personally didn’t have any time to explore Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, we drove up and down it a number of times and it’s the most gorgeous high end high street boutiques ever. Home to brands such as Reformation, Urban Outfitters and A.P.C, it’s great if you’re looking for a little luxury but can’t afford the shops on Rodeo. It’s also the location of the Instagram famous Paul Smith wall!
Where to Chill
The second stop on our Farfetch summer tour was a super instagrammable hotel where we could chill, chat and drink champagne after the boutique dressing up fun.
Hollywood Rosevelt Rosy Oyster
The Hollywood Rosevelt is probably one of Hollywood’s most well-known hotels so it made a great place for the Rosy Oyster to open a pop up restaurant. This pop up is the most gorgeous pop up restaurant I’ve ever seen. It’s so quirky and cool, and the rose and oysters are to die for you can spend hours there. I know we did!
Beverly Hills Hotel
If its celeb hangouts you’re looking for then head over to the Beverly Hills hotel. This place is super exclusive but the pink and green colour scheme of the pool is so iconic in LA it’s worth making a brunch reservation at the Polo Lounge restaurant just to go down and take a photo of it.
Hidden away in the streets of West Hollywood is the Petit Ermitage hotel. The roof of this place is so whimsically gorgeous it makes the perfect place for a summer afternoon tea. The only downside is you have to be a guest of the hotel to have access to their beautiful rooftop so try and make friends with someone who’s staying there!
Still haven’t seen the Hollywood sign? Head on up to the Mama Shelter rooftop for the most amazing views across LA and Hollywood. Dusk in this place is pretty special as it’s so incredibly stunning with all the flowers and fairy lights. With the cutest day beds and yummiest food there’s a 90% change your cocktail hour will last all night as this place is just way too pretty to leave.
Sixty Hotel Beverly Hills
Aka, Farfetch base camp! This is where the team stayed whilst we were in Los Angeles and its rooftop pool and cabanas are the perfect place to catch a bit of sun or even work from! After a long day of buzzing around the city the roof at Sixty is so chilled I even hung out there a few times on my own. Oh and I forgot to mention it has incredible 360 views of the city. If you have really good eyesight you can even see the Hollywood sign.
Marciano Art Foundation
If the hotel scene is not your thing and you’re looking for some culture, art and air conditioning you have to visit the brand new Marciano Art Foundation. Originally a Masonic Temple, the Marciano has some of the best masionary artifacts and contemporary art in California. If you love art, you can’t miss this one, everyone is talking about it right now!
There are so many must visit restaurants in Los Angles but unless you drive or are prepared to pay for an Uber every time you want to eat it’s hard to get to everywhere.
In & Out Burger
You may be thinking ‘Why is a fast food burger joint on this list?’ but the fact is, In & Out Burger in LA is a must. Whether you have 4 million followers or 400, In & Out Burger is one of the celebs and bloggers favourite places to eat in LA. As a Californian institution everyone who’s anyone makes a stop here at some point on their visit to the West Coast.
Want to hit up a super cool juice bar after your morning boot camp? Kreation is a juice bar where they have the most amazing assortment of juices made from all sorts of weird and wonderful ingredients and vitamins.
Soho House West Hollywood
Looking for somewhere a little more upmarket and exclusive? If you or a friend has a Soho House membership definitely make the most of it as their Club and Garden restaurant is so gorgeous. It’s also a pretty great place for celeb spotting but remembers it’s a private members club so don’t start shoving cameras in their faces.
The Farm of Beverly Hills
All that walking up and down taking photos on Rodeo Drive can really take it out of you but finding somewhere to eat around there that doesn’t cost a fortune can be hard. The Farm of Beverly Hills is really cool spot on N Beverly Drive a few streets across from Rodeo Drive that does food all day long and if you sit out the front it’s a great place to sit and watch the rich and famous shop.
Known for its world teas, Urth is the perfect breakfast location for a Brit. Super cute terrace? Check! Yummy eggs? Check! Celebs reading paper and sipping a morning cup of coffee? You can’t guarantee it but it’s one of the most chilled places to brunch in Beverly Hills so it’s very likely.
Obviously there are so many more places you simply must check out whilst in Los Angeles like the up and coming Culver City, Downtown LA and of course Venice Beach but I hope you find this *slightly more western LA* guide helpful.