Once, cars were the only way to get around LA. These days the Metro subway system makes it easy to get from A to B. Every Metro station sells pre-paid and rechargeable TAP cards. You can use TAP cards on buses, though they tend to be slower than the Metro. From LAX, you can link up with the Metro Green Line via shuttle bus.
A room with a view
In transplanting one of New York’s hottest hotels to LA, the NoMad team have stuck with the formula that worked so well first time around. Opulent interiors are once again courtesy of Jacques Garcia, while the restaurant is helmed by culinary dream team Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. What the LA outpost has over the original is the ornate former bank building in which it is housed.
The Palihouse West Hollywood’s loft style spaces are equipped with kitchens and washer-dryers. The convenient West Hollywood location is also great for shoppers (Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard are nearby) and hikers (lace up your walking shoes and head for Runyon Canyon).
Sunset Tower Hotel mixes plenty of business traveller essentials with a serious side serve of glamour and has won itself a position as one of LA’s most-loved hotels. Housed in an art deco landmark overlooking the Sunset Strip and fitted out with retro elegance, the hotel offers plenty of little luxuries from deep soaking tubs to lobster tacos served by the pool.
Drink and dine
There is an irresistible vibe to Cassia. Although it is billed as a Southeast Asian brasserie, chef Bryan Ng blends east and west to create dishes such as escargot in lemongrass-garlic butter served on Indian-style flatbread. Other highlights on the extensive menu include grilled pork belly with vermicelli and a green papaya salad.
Nothing says the U-S-of A like burger and apple pie and some of the best can be found at The Apple Pan. For traditional American fare, there's nowhere better than this local haunt on Pico Boulevard which has been running for more than 70 years.
The Melrose Umbrella Co takes you on a trip back in time with immaculately attired staff, candlelit tables and seriously good cocktails. Dishes are created with ingredients such as Meyer lemons, lavender and mint harvested directly from potted plants which double as decoration.
Got some spare time?
As one of the USA's cultural capitals, LA's art scene has so much to offer. There's plenty of staples like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Venice Beach Boardwalk but if you want to get under the glitzy surface, LA's thriving art scene is the path to travel.
For masterpieces by big names, visit MOCA LA, with its magnificent Rothko paintings, or The Broad, where the highlight of the permanent collection is Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room. Prefer something a bit more cutting edge? La Luz De Jesus on Hollywood Boulevard is a pioneer in showcasing the Lowbrow art genre that originated in LA and is one of the most popular places in the city to pick up a great piece for your wall.
Take a night out to the famous Hollywood Improv on Melrose. The most popular comedians in the world have walked the boards at the Improv and it continues to be one of the most celebrated comedy clubs in the world. The biggest names in comedy regularly check in for a set and there's a range of different shows on offer each night in a few different rooms.
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