5 L.A. Spots That Are Worth The Hype

In the spirit of soaking up inspiration wherever you are, we've teamed up with ALDO to bring you the best of the best of neighborhoods all over the country. And better yet, we've enlisted writer and expert Carole Sabas of The Fashion Guides to curate these lists of restaurants, museums, boutiques, and everything else worth exploring. Consider this a quickie cheat sheet that every out-of-towner (and local!) should have. Read on, then get moving.

Fall in Los Angeles is bliss. All heat advisories are lifted and the sun glistens upon the Hollywood Hills and Malibu Creek. But as a magnet for East Coast migrants and nearby weekend explorers alike, it isn’t just the gorgeous Cali setting that’s worth scoping out. The niche places that attract the locals — a.k.a. It Girls, celebs, and Instagram stars you love to follow — deserve a spot on your itinerary, too.

When you think about it, they of all people know a thing or two about doing L.A. like a pro, be it hiking with a side of star spotting, dining alfresco with their girl gang, or hitting up the coolest off-the-radar boutiques and galleries. Since the options can feel endless in the City Of Angels — especially when you're in a time crunch of a two-day getaway — we’re focusing on five cool-girl-approved spots that are worth the hype. In sum, wherever she goes, we're sneaking along, too.
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Photo: Courtesy of Malibu Farm.
Malibu Farm
There's a new romantic hot spot by the beach, and let’s just say that long-term couples and Tinder users are paying attention. Hit the PCH, stop at the Malibu Pier, and don't be disheartened by the crowds of fishers and tourists. At the end of the boardwalk, towering the Pacific Ocean, is the bohemian Malibu Farm.

Featuring a delicious organic menu and splendid views, it's a local favorite for all-natural brunches, with fresh eggs provided by owner/rancher Helene Henderson. Be sure to check out the upstairs terrace, often packed with the gorgeous post-spin-class crowd and celeb neighbors. For a chic dinner, Henderson's team offers the same kind of fresh-off-the-farm fare but with an extensive wine and cocktails menu.

Malibu Farm, 23000 Pacific Coast Highway; Malibu Pier; 310-456-1112.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Broad Museum.
The Broad Museum
Almost six years in the making, the new contemporary art museum of Los Angeles is the darling project of philanthropists and art activists Eli and Edythe Broad. Opened this past September, it's set across the street from the Wall Disney Concert Hall, on top of Bunker Hill, in the Downtown area.

The fashion-lovers marvel at the collection of blue-chip paintings and sculptures of their fave artists, from Takashi Murakami (of Louis Vuitton fame) to H&M one-time collaborator Jeff Koons. The thrill starts in the cavernous lobby and continues throughout the 120,000 square feet of galleries. Plus, the exterior honeycomb facade, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, has become an instant Instagram sensation. The only downside: The free tickets are going fast, so you'll have to plan ahead.

The Broad Museum, 221 South Grand Avenue (near West 2nd Street); 213-232-6200.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Evil Rock N Roll Cat.
The Evil Rock N Roll Cat
Fashion editors raved when movie director Juliana Sorelli (a.k.a. Juju) branched out and opened her little store, the Evil Rock N Roll Cat. First set in Hollywood and now in Los Feliz, this must-go is an art gallery, clothing store, and cozy hangout in one.

In less than two years, the Parisian expat has quietly organized historic exhibitions on The Runaways and rock photographer Brad Elterman's vintage prints. Plus, Sorelli’s launched her very own collection of raw denim and silky jackets under the Hollywood Savage Society brand. Friends Abbey Lee and Jaime King have modeled for the launch, and BFF Riley Keough regularly stops by to shop or party with the occasional local garage band.

The Evil Rock N Roll Cat, 4679 Hollywood Boulevard (between North Vermont Avenue and Rodney Drive); 323-378-5735.
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Photo: Courtesy of Moon Juice.
Moon Juice
It was love at first sight sip for Angelenos when Amanda Chantal Bacon settled her first juicery and superfood store in Venice Beach. The neighborhood’s tech moguls and surfers got immediately in line to cleanse with daily packs of Moon Juice nut milks and juices. All are certified organic, cold-pressed, and pretty punchy (cucumber, pineapple, and jalapeño is a personal favorite).

Other feel-good rituals include the aloe tonics, coconut kefirs, and shots of live probiotics. The final boost comes with supplements like "The Dusts," a collection of mood, brain, and physical enhancers. In 2013, Moon Juice expanded to Silver Lake, bringing to the hills its magic harvests of raw veggies, fruits, healing herbs, medicinal roots, exotic nuts, seaweeds, mushrooms, and petals.

Moon Juice, 507 Rose Avenue (between 5th and Rennie avenues); 310-399-2929. 2839 Sunset Boulevard (near Silver Lake Boulevard); 213-908-5407.
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Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images.
Runyon Canyon Hike With Cobra Fitness Club
Runyon Canyon is to L.A. what cafés are elsewhere: a place to network, gossip, and socialize. Only here, you will rev up your heart rate with sweeping vistas from the downtown skyline to the glimmering Pacific Ocean, the Hollywood Sign to the Sunset Strip.

The approximately three-mile-round-trip hike culminates at the Clouds Rest summit where selfies are mandatory rewards. Even more fun are the armloads of celebrities in disguise — wide-brimmed hats, huge dark shades, unleashed golden retrievers — who wander here.

If you'd like to spice up this trek, join the Cobra Fitness Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m., lead by fashion photographer Mark Hunter, a.k.a. The Cobra Snake. It's free, exhilarating, packed with models, and you'll get your sweats drenched with grueling sprints.

Runyon Canyon, 1865 North Fuller Avenue (near Hillside Avenue); 323-666-5046.

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