When it comes to knowing where to go once you’ve landed in a city less familiar, the traveler’s adage often goes something to the effect of “ask a local.” But there are always exceptions to the rule. Some out-of-towners are so savvy and well-traveled they know more about what’s going on in town than someone who lives right down the block. Case in point: Eric Christian. The Chicago-based creative director and film composer spends an absolutely insane amount of time on the road. He recently camped out at SIXTY Beverly Hills, where he got right to exploring his surroundings. That meant many coffee runs, plenty of beach trips, and an eclair or five. Herewith, Christian’s guide to eating and drinking your way through the City of Angels–from LA bites to cold brews.
Venice is always a favorite of mine. If you have a short amount of time Abbot Kinney is a great spot to visit. Lots of shopping and food, not to mention you’re right next to the beach. Gjelina is always a favorite for a quick bite, and a cold brew at Intelligentsia is a must.
Republique is always a crowd pleaser. Modern French plates served in a striking atmosphere, with an amazing pastry and cafe as well. I’ll recommend a lemon meringue eclair and a cappuccino.
LA has a well-respected coffee scene and far too many cafes for me to name them all, so here are a few of my favorites: Go Get Em Tiger, Blue Bottle (Venice, downtown, and Beverly Hills locations), Intelligentsia, The Assembly, and Blacktop.
I’m currently obsessed with Blue Bottle’s New Orleans cold brew.
I always judge a hotel by how long I feel I could stay there without going insane, and I honestly could spend an entire summer at SIXTY Beverly Hills in complete comfort. The rooms are a modern design, clean and elegant, without being too overwhelming. And the location couldn’t be better, especially if you’re looking for food and shopping.
My favorite part of town, time and time again, is still Santa Monica. Food, nightlife, a beautiful beach and pier–it has everything you need. The Third Street Promenade is great for shopping and a bite and just a few blocks from the beach.