One-Day Tour: West Hollywood

imageWelcome to the gayborhood. Known as one of the most notable gay villages in the country, WeHo is also home to some of the best bars, restaurants, and shopping in all of Los Angeles. The vibe is friendly and the streets are walkable — this is one spot in LA where you can get all you need within a few blocks. The 90069 is filled with hot young things walking their dogs — due in part to the tight rent control in this area (cheap rent!) and the extremely dog-friendly landlords. For the first-time visitor, here’s your primer.

Stay: Chateau Marmont This beautiful, strange, matchless castle on the hill pulls stars for private bungalow overnights and rock-star debauchery. This is the spot to work your kinks out: relax, get wild, hide out, get noticed, anything goes. With all this rock n’ roll wrapped neatly in luxury linens, you may never leave the grounds. You should. But you might not.

10 a.m. Breakfast at Hugo’s. There’s a good chance you’ll sip coffee next to the latest hip producer/director/actor/creative in Hollywood. One of the top spots for power breakfasting in LA. Try the pasta Mama, it’s award-winningly delicious. Tea-lovers: You’ll be delighted to browse the several pages of offerings.

11:30 a.m. Head over to the Pacific Design Center. Browse the 130 design showrooms and the latest offerings from MOCA. Admire the oversized art surrounding the way-modern building.

1:30 p.m. Stop by Ariya and fill up on sushi. Sit in the covered back patio, and definitely order the OMG roll — it lives up to the name.

3 p.m. Put your chucks on and get ready to shop. First stop, Book Soup. This funky labyrinth of books is littered with staff recommendations and rocks an authentic creaky wooden floor. Once you’ve had your fill of the written word, pop over to Fred Segal. Trendsetters rule the roost here. The shopgirls are likely too cool for you, but admire the goods anyway. Next up, Resurrection: Vintage gowns, swoon. In case vintage isn’t your thing, check out A Bathing Ape down the street — hip hop sneakers on a conveyor belt. Then stroll over to Kidrobot and pick up the latest in limited-edition art-tastic “toys.” Whatever happens, make sure you end up at Wasteland, a Melrose institution, filled with the best vintage clothes in the city.

7 p.m. Go see the latest film at The Arclight (you are in LA for fck’s sake). See our list of the top theaters in Los Angeles.

9:30 p.m. Dinner at Comme Ca. Unpretentious French bistro. Try the steak frites and the risotto.

11:30 p.m. Roll out. Have a beer at Barney’s — and don’t be skerred if someone gets loud; the Bean has a penchant for lite bar fights. Wanna chill? Head to Bar Lubitsch, the red Russian lounge with top-shelf vodkas. Wanna people-watch? Head to The Abbey — the hottest cruising spot in town, boys who like boys who like girls who like girls, it’s all here. Wanna dance? Head to Area, of The Hills fame. Bottles, tables, dancing, preferably all three at the same time.

Bonus Round: • In town on a Sunday? Check out the Fairfax Flea Market, it’s a sure bet for funky jewelry, boho dresses, and other awesomeness. • Up late night, err, early morning? Irv’s Burgers opens at 8 a.m.

LA Lesbian-Friendly Wining & Dining

imageWe covered the parties, now here’s the pads (so to speak). Ladies, meet the Los Angeles lesbian contingent. Prada mixed with trucker hats, cowboy boots and mini-skirts — there’s a veritable smorgasbord of women seeking same.

Ariya, known around town and referenced on The L Word as “Lesbian Sushi,” is a sure bet for running into the fairer sex. Any night of the week you can find the patio filled with girls. Don’t leave without ordering one or five of the OMG rolls.


Move from surf to turf at Jar, a 194’s American chop-house. Lesbian chef and owner Suzanne Tracht has a rep for some of the best steaks in Los Angeles. The bar and restaurant are packed every night of the week with the non-vegetarian varietal of lesbian. Try the burger — it’s not on the menu but is available at the bar.

Ciudad, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger’s downtown Los Angeles restaurant, has the east-side scene covered. Don’t miss the ceviches or the Latin-influenced desserts.

Club promoters Sandy Sachs and Robin Gans of Girl Bar fame teamed up with Jeffery Sanker of White Party (though Sanker’s since moved on) to create Murano, conveniently located within stumbling distance of the best gay clubs in the area. Show up between 8 and 10 p.m. to call shotgun on the brunette with the sleeve tattoo before heading out.

Saint Felix, née Bin 8945, in West Hollywood is also a prime gathering spot for Sapphic beauties fueling up before dancing it off. Tapas, sangria, and hot waitstaff make an irresistible combination.