A global design capital that covers around 500 square miles, Los Angeles is the second-largest city in the United States. Beyond the bright lights of Hollywood you’ll find a patchwork of neighborhoods inhabited by 18-million people and thousands of cultures. One-half city mixed with suburbia, a splash of beach, and a pop of desert make LA one of most diverse and interesting places on the planet. Planning a trip? Check out these hot spots.


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The Line Hotel

Based in Koreatown, The Line was built inside a 1960s relic, stripped down to concrete walls and furnished with perfectly modern touches. The hotel restaurants—Pot and Commissary—are Korean-American inspired. Experience LA’s “24/7” neighborhood and have quick access to downtown LA, Paramount Studios, Griffith Park, and LACMA. thelinehotel.com Sources: www.nytimes.com

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The Broad Museum

The Broad contemporary art museum offers free general admission and is home to 2,000 works from the prominent Broad collection. The 120,000-square-foot building is designed as a “veil-and-vault” concept—the exhibition and storage spaces are uniquely merged, creating a one-of-a-kind visitor experience. The building was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler. thebroad.org
Cafe - City Design Tour: Los Angeles

République Cafe LA

This well-reviewed French locale is housed inside a Spanish-influenced brick building built in 1929. Grab a coffee and pastry as you take in this old-Hollywood haunt, filled with custom woodwork and metal creations that offer a contemporary aesthetic. Before you go: Read the interesting design story behind République. republiquela.com

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Venice Beach

Founded in 1905 as a resort town, the iconic Venice Beach promenade is packed with performers, vendors, and interesting characters alike. A creative haven, artists, musicians, and poets have flocked to the region for decades. Indulge in a rich cultural history, see the bodybuilders at Muscle Beach, and explore the world-famous canals. venicebeach.com

Dining - City Design Tour: Los Angeles


Leona’s chef is none other than SoCal native Nyesha Arrington, winner of the television show “Knife Fight” and former “Top Chef” competitor. Serving progressive California cuisine, the menu is seasonal and food is ethically harvested. The décor remains true to its environment—white walls mixed with dark woods and soft leathers, all of which evoke “luxurious beach-house” vibe. leonavenice.com Sources: la.eater.com

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The Roof on Wilshire

See sprawling views of the Hollywood Hills as you sip a poolside cocktail at this roof-top bar. The modern décor and retro soundtrack are no accident—Chef and Owner Eric Greenspan is channeling 1960s James Bond films. Keep your eyes open for possible celebrity sightings, but just like Bond: play it cool. theroofonwilshire.com  
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