HOLLYWOOD TRAVEL DESTINATIONS
HOLLYWOOD TRAVEL DESTINATIONS:
Los Angeles Guide
The favorite spots of Hollywood celebrities and insiders, whether it's drinking at WeHo's new seafood scene, hiking a favorite Malibu trail or gorging on oysters along PCH.
The Hot Spots
Explore the map above to see all of The Hollywood Reporter's recommended LA hot spots. See a full-screen version here.
8 AM - Join Hollywood's Liquid Craze at Moon Juice
Gwyneth Paltrow drinks a smoothie featuring Moon Dust (powdered blends of adaptogenic herbs, $55-$65) every morning: "Power Dust to soothe overworked muscles, Beauty Dust for a glowy complexion and healthy hair, Brain Dust to combat mental fogginess, Dream Dust when sleep has been evasive, Sex Dust, for, you know, and Spirit Dust to get that extrasensory perception going." The juicery, which originated in Venice Beach five years ago, is now serving in Beverly Hills and also counts as fans A-listers Rachel McAdams, Kristen Wiig and Rooney Mara. With its rainbow of chilled juices (they come in literally every color), cleanses, tonics and milks, and Alchemy Bar, there's an abundance of ways to stimulate the day. (8463-3 Melrose Place)
10 AM - Hike Solstice Canyon Trail in Malibu
With waterfalls, swimming holes and panoramic Pacific views, the two-mile trail in the Santa Monica Mountains draws hikers like Taylor Swift and restaurateur Michael Chow. For a more strenuous route, try the Backbone Trail, and for 360-degree views out to Catalina and the Channel Islands, hang a left onto Zuma Ridge Trail to Buzzard’s Roost. (Corral Canyon Road & Solstice Canyon Road)
12 PM - Order Fish and Chips at Neptune's Net
Continue along PCH to grab lunch at this classic Malibu outpost, which sits just east of the Ventura County line. The beloved seafood shack serves lobster and beer with a great view of the coast, making the long drive worth it for many locals wishing to give their visitors an adventurous afternoon. "Out-of-towners always want to go to the beach," says the longtime 20th Century Fox studio exec. "Neptune's Net is a great collision of biker and surfer culture. You pick out your lobster, sit down and eat it with a plastic fork with a bunch of bikers." Also on the menu: Clam chowder and shrimp baskets. (42505 Pacific Coast Highway)
"Neptune's Net is a great collision of biker and surfer culture."
2:30 PM - Hit Up Hungry Cat (It's 5 O'Clock in New York)
Once you drive inland, head to the Hollywood version of the original (and now-shuttered) PCH location. This seafood-centric spot was a Santa Monica neighborhood hangout for Michael Keaton, Reese Witherspoon and Kate Hudson and continues to lure fish lovers with its clams with chorizo, oysters on the half shell and sea urchin so fresh you scoop it out of the shell yourself. Get whatever ceviche is available. Plus, seasonally fresh cocktails are still the best here. (1535 Vine St.)
4:30 PM - Pop By Donna Karan's L.A. Boutique
The legendary New York fashion designer, who has outfitted Hillary Clinton as far back as 1993, has taken up residence in West Hollywood with the opening of her 2,000-square-foot lifestyle shop Urban Zen (9045 Nemo St.). The Hollywood bungalow has an indoor/outdoor space, plus plenty of ready-to-wear essentials, statement jewelry, handcrafted leather pieces and artisan-made home decor from Bali, Haiti and other places Karan has traveled. For men: John Varvatos (8800 Melrose Ave.) for suits, from $1,698; Moods of Norway (7964 Melrose Ave.) for sport coats, from $399; Theory (8428 Melrose Ave.) for pants, from $225; Rag & Bone (8533 Melrose Ave.) for sweaters, from $195; Rif (332 E. Second St.) for sneakers, from $70 to $6,750; and for T-shirts starting at $75 and blazers from $620, Topman (189 The Grove Dr.).
5:30 PM - Sample the Goods at Barneys Beverly Hills
The hip retailer has recently transformed its best-selling floors while launching Freds, the restaurant replacement for Barney Greengrass — making Barneys the next stop for a retail therapy-happy hour combo. Headed by chef Mark Strausman, the eatery has been spruced up by TriBeCa architect Steven Harris, also responsible for the makeover of Barneys on Madison Avenue. The 3 to 7 p.m. Sunset Menu features an infused-tea program, juices and Cote d'Azur with crudites. And breathtaking terrace views. As for the retail, Jennifer Meyer, who launched her delicate jewelry collection in 2006, says, "It didn't change my business — it made my business." A.L.C.'s Andrea Lieberman — a former stylist for Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani whose wearable separates start at $185 — and jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth also found a retail partner in L.A.'s Barneys. (9570 Wilshire Blvd.)
8 PM - Score a Rooftop Dinner Reservation at Catch
The Catch restaurant brand, headquartered in New York's Meatpacking District, now has a just-opened L.A. address in West Hollywood. The 12,000-square-foot rooftop space — welcome to A-listers (Kim Kardashian left seclusion to attend sister Kendall Jenner's 21st birthday there), sports stars (David Beckham, anyone?) and a parade of event planners who have set industry bashes — is a splashy success. The Hollywood seafood super-scene trafficks in truffle sashimi ($24) and an in-your-face exclusivity underscored by the doorman out front, a rarity for the L.A. restaurant world. Given its overwhelming popularity, Catch's owners say they've temporarily suspended its OpenTable account, meaning you have to know somebody who knows somebody if you want to make your way in. (8715 Melrose Ave.)
Michael B. Jordan
10 PM - Flock to Hotspot Nightingale for Drinks
Tech meets nightclub at the the newest addition to Hollywood nightlife, a hotspot joining West Hollywood’s ever-growing arsenal. Michael B. Jordan, Ryan Lochte and Alessandra Ambrosio are some of the recent names hitting up the photo booth (which can easily fit eight people) and capturing the revolving mirrored panels and LED walls on Instagram. Order: Tequila Mockingbird (Avion, lime juice, honey), Kentucky Mule (Jameson, ginger syrup, lime juice, soda, bitters), or the Smart Blonde (Absolut Citron, St. Germain, Limoncello, lemon juice, simple syrup). (643 N. La Cienega Blvd.)