Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Los Angeles

Knuckle & Claw
Knuckle & Claw offers delicious lobster rolls, oysters, and chowders from its chic seafood “shack” in Santa Monica, with another location in Silverlake.
Blue Plate Oysterette
Blue Plate Oysterette pretty much does what it says on the tin. Ocean-fresh oysters and seafood with a blue and white decor - need we say much more...
Surfrider Beach
Serious surfers are drawn to the good swells around Surfrider Beach just off Malibu Pier, with its picturesque location and legendary right break...
Zankou Chicken
At Zankou Chicken the spit-roasted chickens are unbelievably tender and flavourful, with an otherworldly crispy skin. Trying it is a must...
The Otheroom
Eclectic Venice scene of young professionals, arty types and beach bums...
Grand Central Market
For international culinary diversity collect your change and bag a bargain at LA’s oldest and largest open-air food hall.
The Dresden Room
Retro-kitsch trappings host LA's most famous lounge singing duo...
Boardner’s
A Tinseltown tipplers Mecca that has hosted many of Hollywood's finest...
Santa Monica Beach
Like something straight out of Baywatch this is LA's signature stretch of sand; expect bronzed bodies lifeguard posts and more sexy scenery than you can shake a very large stick at.
The Stairs
Petit Ermitage
Achingly hip and artisan spot in West Hollywood that’ll bring out the bohemian in any traveler.  
Black’s Beach
Most of us prefer to cover up on the beach but some prefer to sprawl on the sand and frolic in the surf without so much as a stitch. And for those there's Black Beach.
Thompson Beverly Hills
Luscious dark 60s décor is re-imagined to LA simplicity in Thompson Hotel’s Beverly Hills offering.
The Original Pantry Cafe
24-hour restaurant with a menu as large as the portions...
The Standard Downtown
Funky, kitsch and oh so retro-cool downtown hotel with to die for rooftop bar.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Recreating that authentic safari vibe San Diego Wild Animal Park is an ideal way to see exotic animals without having to traipse to Africa. All are well cared f
Zuma Beach
A surfer's paradise Zuma Beach's pristine water sands and regular swells make for a great day out indeed.
Venice Beach
Steroid-pumped hunk trunks and silicon-filled beach babes flock to Venice Beach where thin is in and fitness is everything.
Barrington Recreation Center
A great place to come and play Barrington Park Recreation Center offerings everything from competitive sports right through to picnic tables. Personally we pref
Buffalo Exchange
Bored of your old clothes? Want some new ones? Easy! Shop the LA thrift way by trading them here at Buffalo Exchange.
Museum of Contemporary Art
The only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art, MOCA has one of the nation's most renowned and comprehensive permanent collections. A mu
Griffith Park
Griffith park is not only home to that ultra-famous Hollywood sign, but also holds the title of the largest municipal park in the United States. Come here to escape the traffic and enjoy a little green space.
Little Joy
Frequent travellers, upon arrival to a new city, often find themselves asking, 'Where are the locals?' In the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, the answer is Little Joy.
Tito’s Tacos
Serious authentic Mexican street fare that commands a huge following...
Sycamore Kitchen
Featuring a coffee programme by primo roasters Stumptown and famous pastries like the salted caramel pecan babka, Sycamore also slings a range of breakfast and lunch specials.
Sqirl
Opened by the combined forces of Squirl’s pro jam-maker Jessica Koslow and coffee aficionados Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski, this hybrid spot is at
Santouka Ramen
This could very well be the best café in LA for casual, no-fuss Japanese fare, and locals know that the best time to pay this ever-popular stalwart a visit is during off-hours.
Plan Check
A spare and industrial restaurant inspired by architectural firms’ aesthetics, Plan Check blends Americana classics with Japanese elements that are a nod to its Little Osaka neighbourhood locale. 
Philippe the Original
Landmark diner with unbelievable French-dipped sandwiches...
King Taco
A 24-hour tribute to the glory of the best tacos in LA...
Farmers Market
Each day, the market hosts over 100 vendors who capture what LA does best: Multi-ethnic eats. Artisanal goods. Top-notch shopping.
800 Degrees
When it comes to good-quality fast food Los Angeles is changing the game, and 800 Degrees is at the forefront of that culinary shift.
Snake Pit Ale House
No-frills, unapologetic dive bar in the heart of Hollywood...
NoBar
Part dive bar, part hipster hangout...
Monty Bar
Old-school Western saloon meets sumptuous bordello: Monty Bar’s got undeniable style. In lieu of a complex mixology program, drinks here are served straight-up and with little pretence.
Liquid Kitty
Unassuming martini bar where the Westside's pretty young things mix...
La Cuevita
With a menu filled to bursting with an array of tequilas and smokily potent mescals, La Cuevita is a celebration of Mexican food and spirits seen through a mixological lens.
Jones
Laid-back, low-key cool in this always-busy but rarely sceney WeHo bar...
Golden Road Brewing
The brewery is turning out a solid selection of brews that are fast becoming city denizens’ favourites. Golden Road Hefeweizen, Point the Way IPA, and Get Up Off that Brown are only some of the brewery’s popular styles (it boasts 20 revol
The Hart and the Hunter
Former pop-up finds hot new home at Mid-City’s Palihotel to continue their southern comfort vibe.

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