Sanamluang Café

This small restaurant is open until 3am as its neon sign lights up Hollywood Boulevard. The spices are hot and the herbs are fresh. With 99 items on its menu, Sanamluang Café will always have something you’re craving whether that is the duck curry with pineapple, which is truly something special, or a tour through the noodles starting with the pad see ewe or pad kee mow. It is the perfect spot for starting or ending any night.

  • +1 323 660 8006
  • 5176 Hollywood Boulevard
    Los Angeles
    90027

Botanica Restaurant and Market

Vegetables are the stars of the show. The menu at this Silverlake restaurant and market features the freshest ingredients from slow roasted eggplant with onion jam to the lushest tomatoes atop grilled garlic toast and whipped ricotta to a whole roasted chicken served with grilled stone fruit. The food is simple and colorful yet packed full of flavor that you’ll be dreaming about long after the meal has ended.

Edendale

Edendale began its life as a fire-station in 1924 serving the communities of Silver Lake, Los Feliz, and Echo Park. It now serves these communities as a bar and restaurant. The front and back patios are ideal for large groups or soaking up the sunshine, while the bar and main dining room are cosy and intimate. All day happy hour on Mondays is a must. The menu changes frequently but always features the best comfort food.

Auburn

You wouldn’t necessarily appoint Melrose Avenue as the city’s culinary capital, but with its food and meditative-design, Auburn sets out to break all the rules. Diners choose four, six or nine courses from a menu of 12 seasonal items, which effectively eradicates receiving a dud-dish and caters to the table’s taste. Chef Eric Bost is at the helm, having cut his teeth at République, bringing with him an ambitious menu that includes indulgent wagyu, oxtail broth, razor clams placed in a bed of fava beans and just-baked boule smeared in avocado butter, essentially elevated avo-on-toast. Japanese and Nordic tones (lots of white oak, limestone and a sizeable skylights) create a space as satisfying as the plates.

Go Get Em Tiger

LA is no stranger to artisanal coffee shops but few places live and breathe coffee in the same way as Go Get Em Tiger, opened by Charles Babinski and Kyle Glanville in 2012 (both hold a US Barista Championship title). GGET aims for its coffee to tell a story and to help you start the day off right. In addition to coffee and tea, the Los Feliz location features a seasonal menu that is vegetarian/ vegan friendly.

  • +1 213 298 3300
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  • 4630 Hollywood Boulevard
    Los Angeles
    90027

Sawyer

This bright and airy restaurant is located at the heart of Silver Lake’s Sunset Junction where it offers local California flair. Grab a seat at the bar for happy hour with an order of ice-cold margaritas and crispy fries, or enjoy the summer breeze on its secluded tree lined patio. The menu changes based on the seasons so the food is always fresh and light. Sawyer is open for brunch and dinner.

  • +1 323 641 3709
  • 3709 Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, 90026

Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Café

WeHo continues to trail blaze new highs with the opening of America’s first ever cannabis café. There are no lava lamps, peeling posters or inflatable chairs as found in college campuses across the country reminiscent of the stoner-scene, instead walls and ceilings are adorned with vines, white tiles and enchanting lanterns litter an outdoor roof terrace – less Snoop Dog and more Snow White. Budtenders (think of them as sommeliers but for weed) are on hand to roll joints, light bongs and pair the farm-to-table food menu (none of the food contains THC and CBD, yet) with different strands on the marijuana menu. LA’s about to get lit.

  • +1 323 975 7676
  • Go to Website
  • 1201 North La Brea Avenue
    West Hollywood
    90038

Kensho

Teeny, tiny and with just 25-covers, Kensho is a lesson in Japanese minimalism. Sharing the grounds with Yamashiro, it has no boundaries between kitchen and diners in a completely open space bedecked in blonde wood, with the only splash of colour coming from a mural inspired by The Great Wave. Experts in natural wine, artisan sake and matcha, its small dinner menu is delivered with precision, flair and exceptional skill – especially the lightly glazed black cod, which is hands down the best in the city, and the perfectly seared Scottish salmon with dashi rice.

  • +1 213 822 2103
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  • 1999 North Sycamore Avenue
    Los Angeles
    90068

Catch LA

With numerous Kardashian cameos under its belt, it may come as a surprise that this place is actually pretty good. Crispy snapper comes whole, deboned but with the head on, and falls straight from the fork, while the fillet skewers are covered in soy and offset by a tart truffle. Finish with the millennial, Insta-viral “Hit Me” chocolate cake. A rooftop entrance is filled with fairy lights and faux foliage creating an enchanting atmosphere heightened by circular tables framed with giant birdcages. Plants climb the walls and vines are wrapped round exposed beams in the new see and be seen New York outpost of the same name.

  • +1 323 347 6060
  • Go to Website
  • 8715 Melrose Avenue
    West Hollywood
    90069

Rosaline

Famed chef Ricardo Zarate gives his take on Peruvian classics drawing influence from both his mother’s home cooking and classic street-food fare. Unwind in this WeHo neighbourhood hangout, which emulates an expansive greenhouse complete with overflowing hanging baskets. The family-style paella is a must no matter how small your party.

  • +1 323 297 9500
  • Go to Website
  • 8479 Melrose Avenue
    West Hollywood
    90069

Delilah

The latest endeavour from the notorious The Nice Guy creators, this time it’s more about the dishes and less about the velvet rope. Plush rouge-red sofas and opulent chandeliers create an elegant homage to the 1920s, while dining highlights include crab cakes and carrot soufflé. Wash down with a Dirty Dame if you’re feeling adventurous – the blue cheese aftertaste isn’t for everyone.

  • +1 323 745 0600
  • Go to Website
  • 7969 Santa Monica Boulevard
    West Hollywood
    90046

Gracias Madre

Everywhere you look in California you’ll see influences of Mexican cuisine whether it’s in breakfast burritos, the side of guacamole that comes with pretty much everything or happy hour margaritas. Gracias Madre tastefully does all the above using vegan-friendly ingredients that will fool even the fussiest of sceptics. Pulled pork is replaced by barbecue jackfruit while cashew nacho cheese covers wheat tortillas, replicating both the taste and texture of the original dish.

  • +1 323 978 2170
  • Go to Website
  • 8905 Melrose Avenue> West Hollywood
    90069

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