It’s safe to say that Eva Goicochea has got her eye firmly on the ball when it comes to the best that Los Angeles has to offer. Her beautiful blog Mister Boffin is jam-packed with everything you could ever want to know about Los Angeles’ stylish side. As well as being inquisitive and incredibly well informed, Eva is also a sharer. She’s put together some of her top finds to give us a flavour of her favorite LA hangouts…
“Los Angeles is a city that has many interpretations and facets. Even as a resident, much less a tourist, it can be an overwhelming endeavour to find the best of the best. Five years after moving here, I can comfortably call these Los Angeles must-visits and admittedly, places I haunt frequently.
Best Hidden Picnic Spot (with a View): The top of Kenneth Hahn State Recreation area in Culver City
A former reservoir (that broke in the 1963), this grass-covered hill gives you a view of the Hollywood sign, Downtown’s skyline and the whole city from a unique southern view.
A Try Anything Restaurant (Because It’s All Good): Bäco Mercat in Downtown L.A.
Small plate restaurants come and go in this city, but this year-old eatery is here to stay. If you have to choose, try the El Pollo Bäco, the Caramel Upside Down Cake and any of their homemade vinegar sodas and cocktails.
Bäco Mercat | Los Angeles
The Only Vintage Store to Visit: Shop Class
This new store is so well curated and priced that it makes most other vintage shops in Los Angeles look like highway robbery. And, there’s such a selection, you can peruse like a local, but go home like a traveler with a purse-sized treasure.
Best Must-Stop Clothing Shops: Individual Medley in Atwater Village
Call me biased as this is owned by some friends, but this clothing-meets-housewares stop is perfectly edited and plays host regularly to events with local artists/artisans.
Milkmade in Venice
This Abbott Kinney clothing shop is the epitome of California cool with a modern-yet-relaxed spin.
The Best Tacos in Los Angeles—Hands Down: Guisados
With locations in East LA, Echo Park and soon in Downtown LA, this is the only place you’ll need to visit to eat tacos. Fresh guisados (stew in Spanish) like Chicken Mole Poblano and Calabacitas (squash) are tucked into handmade corn tortillas.
Step into Los Angeles’ Past: The Los Angeles Athletic Club
This club has been around for over 130 years and is one of the few places in the city to see its turn-of-the-century past. Part hotel, part athletic club, part (unofficial) museum, you can come here to spend the night and take advantage of the third floor library, The Plunge – the olympic-size pool on the 6th floor – and soon, Invention Restaurant and Famous Players Bar opening in April.
Best Sunny Weather Treat: Scoops (Silverlake, Westside or Highland Park)
This no-frills creamery puts all of their creativity into their ice cream with flavors like Pistachio Apricot, Salted Chocolate, and their signature Brown Bread.
If You’ve Only One Afternoon: Go to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the morning and get some coffee and pastries at C+M (Coffee and Milk) while walking the grounds and viewing Levitated Mass, then gander at the latest art exhibits (currently Stanley Kubrick and Robert Mapplethorpe among others), and end the day with a Swizzle at Stark Bar or a full dinner at Ray’s – both named after film producer Ray Stark.”