Atticus’ City Guides Legend:
SF = Stroller Friendly
BC = Baby Carrier recommended because its either tight quarters, too many stairs, too many cobblestones, no elevator or in-appropriate to barge in and take up space with a “small vehicle”
CS = We recommend bringing/using a car seat at this establishment as it is more of a discreet mode of baby transportation and baby can be left asleep while you enjoy the scene.
Our TO-DO List for a family visiting LA with a babe-in-arms:
1) Stay: Palihouse West Hollywood as the rooms are all suites (in-room laundry) perfect for a little family. Avalon, in Beverly Hills. Good size rooms and cribs available. We loved the retro vibe - interiors designed by Kelly Wearstler.
2) For longer stays we recommend renting a place on Airbnb - its nice to have a home away from home when staying somewhere for an extended visit and there is lots of “inventory” in LA to choose from. We found an awesome spot in the hills above Beverly Hills and loved escaping up to our hideaway after a day or night of socializing.
3) Commissary Coffee and Eggslut foodtruck - a perfect pairing. You can order your breaky from the truck and sit on the patio of Commissary to people watch with your coffee.
4) Jones on Third - sort of like a glorified Dean & Deluca if they had seating. The coffee is AMAZING and the desserts are to die for (coconut cupcakes)! Beautiful salads and sandwiches for lunch.
5) Ink Sack - for amazing sandwich’s on the go, this little hole in the wall is run by one of the food network chef’s - Michael Voltagio
6) Son of a Gun - we’ve seen this genre of restaurant before, but they do deliver some exceptional comfort seafood in a cozy environment. Do yourself a favor and order the lobster rolls, shrimp toast and broadbent’s country ham. You won’t be disappointed.
7) Gjelina’s - An old stand-by, and always worth the drive out to Venice. Some snaps from our last visit.
8) Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel - Old school institution, total scene and fun for people watching. Be sure to order their wedge salad.
9) The Eveleigh - amazing views of the city - right on Sunset. Feels more like a nyc haunt. Shabby-chic/reclaimed-wood type decor. Like being in an old wooden cottage but for the magnificent views of the city. Known for their cocktails, brunch and Friday lunches.
10) Dominick’s - in the 40’s the original Dominick’s was a rat pack haunt. Now updated with a modern twist, sitting in the garden still feels like old Hollywood.
11) Sushi Time for cheap and cheerful sushi - great rolls! (SF) (CS)
12) Mr. Chow for the best Pecking duck you’ve ever had in your life! Funny people watching too - very old-school Beverly Hills. (CS)
13) Check out the Modernist exhibit at the LACMA and while you’re there visit the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM). More snapshots from our visit.
14) The Getty Center for European and American art and/or The Getty Villa in Malibu are both great outings. Be sure to make a reservation if you head to the Getty Villa as they require a time-entry ticket to be booked in advance.
15) For hikes we love Malibu’s Solstice Canyon or Topanga Canyon. Both are hard to beat for their amazing views and quiet(ish) trails. Runyon Canyon is a Hollywood staple and always fun for people watching.
16) After you work up a good sweat on the trails, be sure to hit The Lumberyard for some retail therapy and a snack. Our go-to for food on the move is a cute little Mexican joint for amazing fish tacos in the center. If you have more time then grab a table at Randy Gerber’s Malibu outpost of Cafe Habana (SF)
17) Another great hike is from the Griffith Park Observatory. Great views of the Hollywood sign and potential for wildlife sightings.
18) Venice - Walk around Abbot Kinney - grab coffee at Intelligentsia Coffee, lots of great little boutiques to wander in and out of or walk along the boardwalk and watch the skateboarders in the huge skate park.
19) Tower Bar (the piano bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel) If you fancy a fancy cocktail amidst hushed conversations, tinkling crystal bar ware and a piano man - then this is the place for you. Just make sure your baby is out for the count. Very old Hollywood and good potential celeb spotting (Jude Law was sitting next to us last visit). (CS)
20) Refresh and rehydrate with a health juice from The Pressed Juicery. (CS) (BC) (SF)