LOS ANGELES reinvents luxury lifestyle
Few cities in the world have the ability to appeal beyond the usual clichés. Los Angeles exceeds our expectations of sun, body worship and super-stars to position itself as the new global alternative for the good life.
Here are 20 reasons to get to know the city and a few more to make you fall in love with it.
- GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY. Located in the mountains south of Hollywood, it is much more than a building from which you can admire the city. It is also a research centre on the cosmos and its constant evolution.
- HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD. Plus its Chinese Theatre, the Walk of Fame, the Roosevelt Hotel and its wonderful swimming pool. By the way, the first Oscars were presented at this hotel in 1929.
- MALIBU. Enjoy a delightful stroll along the beach, the pier and the lake and sit at the Malibu Pier Café, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The most popular beach is probably Topanga Beach.
- LACMA MUSEUM. As well as being an iconic building, it houses one of the most important Latin American art collections in the world, which has recently been expanded with donations by Eli and Edythe Broad, art collectors and museum patrons.
- CENTRAL LIBRARY. The city centre institution was created in 1926. Currently it contains more than ten million works. In 1986 it was destroyed by fire, the work of an arsonist. For an interesting discussion of the event, see Susan Orlean’s recently published study “The Library Book”. A visit to the library is a must. Stop at La Rotunda and admire its works of art and the book collection.
- RUNYON CANYON. A mandatory hike if you want a close-up view of the famous HOLLYWOOD sign.
- WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL. An imposing auditorium built by architect Frank Ghery.
- THE GETTY CENTER. A delightful spot to visit, especially for its museum and gardens. Thanks to L.A.’s good climate, it is like an oasis in the middle of the city.
- WARNER BROS STUDIOS. It’s impossible to list all the films and series that have been filmed in the studios. They include Blade Runner, Batman, Friends and many more.
- RODEO DRIVE. The most expensive avenue in the world, with the possible exception of the Place Vendôme in Paris. A mandatory visit for everyone, especially lovers of fashion and uninhibited luxury.
- CHATEAU MARMONT. Surely the most famous hotel in L.A. It has more stories to tell than the Bible and many are scandalous. Its swimming pool and restaurant remain a social epicentre for locals and international visitors.
- SANTA MONICA. The amusement park, the Ferris wheel, the pier. Spend time outdoors with bathers and sun worshippers and enjoy signature burgers.
- VENICE BEACH AND THE CANALS. A new meeting place for the trendiest young people. Surfers, skaters, children of famous parents and millions of unknown people bring the spectacular sunsets to life between the beach and the palm trees.
- CANTER’S. The most famous diner in the city. Inaugurated in 1931, it was the favourite of Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller.
- ANGELS FLIGHT. The world’s shortest cable car, built in 1901, consists of only two coaches. Some scenes from the film LA LA LAND were shot here.
- AMOEBA MUSIC. The largest and most complete record store in L.A. and a favourite of Tarantino, who can often be found there.
- HOLLYHOCK HOUSE. Located in the East Hollywood neighbourhood, this iconic house was designed by visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
- THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART MUSEUM AND BOTANICAL GARDENS. The name is long, and so is the list of attractions. Our favourite is its immense themed gardens.
- MULHOLLAND DRIVE. Most definitely the best place from which to view a city that will leave you breathless when you see it lit up at night.
- OLVERA STREET AND EL PUEBLO. This is the original old town, founded in 1781. It is full of Mexican architecture and typical shops, restaurants and bars.
Los Angeles and ists passion for healthy living
Since Gwyneth Paltrow created her GOOP website, everything seems to be moving towards a new concept of the good life in this sexy, powerful city. We especially like:
- The Kreation Café
- Sun Café Organic
- True Food Kitchen (and its spectacular courtyard)
- Urth Caffé (Melrose’s best)
- Inn Of The Seventh Ray (for dinner in a wonderful place … at a price)
Los Angeles and its passion for hotels, heights and convertibles
- Chateau Marmont. An exclusive hotel with a swimming pool where you can see “more stars than there are in the sky” (and in swimsuits).
- Located in the heart of L.A., this restaurant offers a French bistro menu and possibly the most spectacular rooftop in the city, with a bar from which you can see glorious sunsets.
- ACE HOTEL. This downtown hotel is well worth a visit and its theatre is a kitsch marvel.
- MONDRIAN HOTEL. Its swimming pool has been the venue for some of the city’s wildest parties.
- Hire a MUSTANG and drive to Santa Monica village to eat a burger at In-N-Out.
- Head down Sunset Boulevard towards the Pacific Ocean in a convertible.
- Go up into the Hollywood hills and enjoy a meal at the Yamashiro restaurant.
Living the american dream
- Residential projects combining luxury, fine building and avant-garde design.
- Family houses at Redondo Beach designed by Kashi Organization with materials from the different brands in the Porcelanosa Group.
- Residential Shoreham Drive, in West Hollywood, with a design by Alexander Purcell Rodrigues Design and materials by the Porcelanosa Group.
- Porcelanosa Group Store in L.A. 8900 Beverly Blvd 101, West Hollywood, CA 90048.