24 Hours in West Hollywood
I’d visited LA before but always stayed in Santa Monica, the beach-side area popular with Aussies wanting to be by the water before flying home from their American adventures. This time round I wanted to try another area and decided on West Hollywood for a more local LA feel, recommended to me by friends who had lived here. In short, it didn’t disappoint, and I definitely plan on returning. I stayed at the Montrose West Hollywood in a beautiful Deluxe Suite which had a separate lounge area and balcony overlooking the hills. They host a wine and records hour in the evenings which was a fun start to a night out. The rooftop pool looked like the perfect place to be in summertime. From the hotel I walked through the leafy streets and along Santa Monica Boulevard to Gracias Madre, an organic vegan restaurant that’s oh so LA. The dishes were divine, and you could see it was a local favourite with a great bar and range of tequila. You might have to wait for a table but it’s worth it. The Young Coconut Ceviche and Bowl Dos were delicious. I continued walking to The Nice Guy, a fabulous bar to meet up with friends. Its discreet from the outside so a little hard to spot, and has a no photo policy which was a really nice touch in LA. The following day I had to visit a few of my favourite shops that aren’t in Australia, Free People and Anthropologie, then finished my shopping spree visiting Din Tai Fung for their famous dumplings. Overall my perfect 24 hours in LA.