From the hotels to the food to the art, and everything in between, Los Angeles is a city of endless possibilities. Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway, in need of a vacation spot that doesn’t require a passport, or a local who’s wanting to rediscover the city you call home, L.A. is a design lover’s dream destination. We asked a few of our favorite locals, who also happen to be top interior designers, to share their favorite places to stay, eat, shop, and get inspired, plus the one thing you shouldn’t leave town without doing! Consider your ideal itinerary tackled thanks to our Design Insider’s Guide to Los Angeles.


Pink lounge chairs by the pool at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.
The Beverly Hills Hotel via @beverlyhillshotel

Where to Stay

Hotel Bel-Air. I love that this hotel is slightly secluded with a great bar and restaurant.  With chic amenities, Hotel Bel-Air truly feels like a special escape.” —Jeff Andrews

Beverly Hills Hotel. Timeless, classic, and they play classical music underwater in the pool.” —Kate Driver

“Actually – I recommend that friends rent an Airbnb! There’s so much to choose from, in any part of the city, and to fit any budget.” —Taylor Jacobson

Petit Ermitage. It’s an intimate boutique hotel located in West Hollywood that is not only stunning and centrally located to all the hot spots in WEHO, but it also features a gorgeous rooftop restaurant and pool.” —Barclay Butera

“Since LA is so vast this answer changes based on what neighborhood you’re in, but for a classic L.A. experience I love Chateau Marmont. It’s beautiful, kooky and the rooms are just the right amount of kitschy and classy.” —Martha Mulholland


Fried egg dish served on ceramic plate at Superba Food + Bread with wood-paneled dining room.
Superba Food + Bread via @superbafoodandbread

Where to Eat & Drink

Angelini Osteria on Beverly Blvd, which is near my office and home. My go-to dish is the tuna tartare – it’s insane!  One of those great appetizers that you can eat as a meal.” —Jeff Andrews

Superba Food + Bread in Venice. Turmeric latte and the marbled eggs.” —Kate Driver

Casa Bianca Pizza Pie in Eagle Rock. My husband and I split an eggplant and sausage pizza, green salad, and a carafe of Chianti!” —Taylor Jacobson

Sunset Tower Bar is iconic in style and history and is the perfect place to end an evening in Los Angeles.  Former residents include Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra and you’ll probably see a celebrity dining nearby.” —Barclay Butera

“I have favorites in every neighborhood but I’m almost always in the mood for the Chinese chicken salad from Joan’s on Third if I’m on the West Side at lunchtime, and the dill pesto quinoa salad from Kitchen Mouse if I’m back east. I’ll rarely turn down moules frites and a glass of Sancerre at Cafe Stella or any pasta dish on the menu at Osteria La Buca in the evening.” —Martha Mulholland


Pop art-style painting and metallic Jeff Koons style sculpture at the Broad Museum.
The Broad Museum via @thebroadmuseum

Where to Get Your Culture Fix

The Hollywood Bowl.” —Betsy Burnham

The Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center. This new center is a perfect blend of contemporary architecture mixed with classic Beverly Hills style.” —Jeff Andrews

The Broad Museum located in Downtown Los Angeles.  The museum holds over 2,000 works of postwar and contemporary art worldwide. I loved walking through all the Andy Warhol pieces and Infinity mirrored room.” —Barclay Butera

“Every time I’m in The Arts District I feel like I’m in the center of cultural production in LA. New shops, galleries and restaurants seem to open almost daily.” —Martha Mulholland

Large table lamps and glass topped coffee table for sale at The Pasadena Antique Center.
The Pasadena Antique Center via @pacanex

Where to Go For Vintage Goodies

Santa Monica Flea Market.  It’s less intimidating than the Rose Bowl and great for accessories hunting.” Betsy Burnham

The Melrose Trading Post at Fairfax High School is fun and has a great mix.  It’s easier than the Rose Bowl, and close to central LA.  Every once in awhile, you’ll score a great find.” —Jeff Andrews

Santa Monica flea market for home accessories and A Current Affair vintage clothing show that comes to town a couple times a year.” —Kate Driver

I’m at the Pasadena Antique Center about once a week. Make sure to visit Jeremie Adkins Antiques and Bonita Interiors.” —Taylor Jacobson

The Long Beach Flea Market is where I go to find one-of-a-kind pieces.  It’s not as busy as the Pasadena Flea Market and much more manageable.  The Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles has also become a huge hub for extraordinary pieces, and really memorable items.” —Barclay Butera


Time lapse photo of Downtown's Central Market in Los Angeles.
Downtown’s Central Market via @iamprojectnw

Where to People Watch

Larchmont Boulevard.” —Betsy Burnham

The Grove. It’s a beautiful outdoor mall that feels like a Hollywood backlot. There’s a great mix of locals and tourists, which makes for the best people watching. Plus it’s practically in my backyard.” —Jeff Andrews

Grnad Central Market is always bustling and a great people watching spot.” —Taylor Jacobson

The BLVD Lounge at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire has the best people watching in L.A.” —Barclay Butera

Erewhon on Beverly Blvd.” —Martha Mulholland

Raw edge wood dining table and mid-century leather dining chairs for sale at Galerie Half.
Galerie Half via @galerie_half

Where to Get Inspired

RTH on La Cienega Boulevard. Best styled shop in the city.” —Betsy Burnham

“Honestly, I’m so inspired when I get out of the office and shop. The La Cienega Design Quarter is a walkable neighborhood with tons of expertise and the best variety.” —Jeff Andrews

“A walk into Galerie Half is always a downright pleasure.” —Kate Driver

“The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena for the art collection and for the beautiful garden and cafe.” —Taylor Jacobson

“I love walking up and down Abbot Kinney in Venice.  You can get inspired by the fashion, décor, food, art and you are surrounded by forward thinking individuals, entrepreneurs and companies.” —Barclay Butera

Evening concert for packed audience at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
The Hollywood Bowl via @hollywoodbowl

Don’t Leave Town Without…

“Driving from the city up to Malibu. The first time I did (probably 25 years ago now), and came through that tunnel where the 10 meets PCH and saw the ocean, it knocked me out.  Real LA magic.” —Betsy Burnham

“Taking in a concert at the Hollywood Bowl.  They have everything from the top pop acts to the LA Philharmonic.  Bring some snacks and your favorite wine to enjoy!” —Jeff Andrews

“Hiking in Los Leones Canyon.” —Kate Driver

“Taking a trip to the Getty Center followed by lunch at In-N-Out.” —Taylor Jacobson

“Seeing the Hollywood Sign.  Depending on your taste, you can do a hike up to see it or get a nice view from the Griffith Observatory.” —Barclay Butera

Driving through the Santa Monica Mountains and down the PCH on a sunny day.” —Martha Mulholland


Huge thanks to our L.A. experts and be sure to check out their amazing work!

Jeff Andrews
Betsy Burnham
Barclay Butera
Kate Driver
Taylor Jacobson
Martha Mulholland

November 1, 2017

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