6 Excellent Things to Do in L.A. Pre-Coachella

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Coachella is upon us and there’s much to be done. You’ve got to get the outfits in order, RSVP to the pool parties, brush up on your K-pop and Danish punk. If you’re breezing through Los Angeles on your way to the desert, there’s plenty of local distractions to take advantage of before the festival begins. Herewith, SIXTY selects a few things to check off your L.A. bucket list pre-Coachella.

Shop Sunset Junction

At first it seemed Intelligentsia was the only place holding it down in the Sunset Junction section of Silver Lake. Now, the east side strip is one of the most popular places to walk and shop in all of Los Angeles. Here, you’ll find outposts for cherished international brands like Clare V., APC, and Aesop. But you’ll also have access to only-in-L.A. stores like Mohawk General Store (for clothes) and Gilly Flowers (for bouquets), both of which we highly recommend checking out. And don’t miss Smock, Mohawk’s recently opened sister store, seen above.

3922 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90029

Check out ‘West of Modernism’ at LACMA

The exhibition West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975-1995, on view at LACMA until April 21, explores a specific time period during which this state became a nexus for innovation. Far away from the rules and preconceived notions of “serious” art cities like New York, West Coast creatives were allowed to experiment with a new perspective and an increasingly large arsenal of tools and technology. The show embodies an aesthetic sense that feels quintessentially California. A must if you’re in town.

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Hike Malibu State Park

The Woolsey fire, which took place in November 2018, devastated a portion of Malibu State Park, but the land has already begun to show signs of a triumphant return. While the trunks of many trees remain blackened and charred, an explosion of green grass and wildflowers has made for a rightly beautiful springtime scene. There are, of course, parts of Malibu State Park that were left unscathed. We recommend checking out both.

1925 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

Grab a Bite in Downtown Los Angeles

It could be argued that there’s more happening in Downtown L.A. right now than there is anywhere else. The area, once an industrial wasteland you never hoped to even drive through, is now home to some of the city’s best restaurants—not to mention art galleries. We recommend starting off at The Manufactory and taking it from there. For a more thorough guide on where to eat in Downtown L.A. click this link here for our handy dandy list.

757 Alameda St, Ste 160, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Visit the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Alright, so this is technically not in L.A. proper and will require a bit of a proverbial hike but it’ll be worth it, trust us. After a record-breaking amount of rainfall this winter, California’s wild flowers have been going gangbusters. The natural event has been branded a “Super Bloom,” and super it is. Antelope Valley is one of the most popular places to see poppies in their orange-petaled majesty. Definitely go, but please be mindful of the flowers.

15101 Lancaster Rd, Lancaster, CA 93536

Hit the Pool at SIXTY Beverly Hills

If you’re staying with us at SIXTY Beverly Hills, well, you probably already know about our rooftop pool. Situated high above Wilshire Boulevard, it affords sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills all the way to Downtown L.A. It’s the ideal place to have a drink, grab a bite, and work on that Coachella base tan.

9360 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Header photo courtesy of Andrew Ruiz



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