Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Los Angeles

Gjusta
A bakery, deli and cafe in Venice, Gjusta has a huge menu of sweet and savoury delights that have won over Angelenos, some driving across town for a fix.
Sun Nong Dan
A 24/7 Korean restaurant in LA, Sun Nong Dan serves a menu of soul-soothing comfort food dishes from its bijou location in Koreatown.
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...
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...
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 Stairs
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.
Farmer’s Daughter Hotel
Slightly off the wall, definitely not banal, this West Hollywood boutique intrigues and titivates...
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.
The Original Pantry Cafe
24-hour restaurant with a menu as large as the portions...
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
Santa Monica Pier
If the rides and cotton candy put you off visiting the pier in the day, head down after dark and participate in their programme of events including a series of dances and concerts.
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
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
An important site in the city's cultural map, LACMA has housed some impressive collections over the years and is a great place to visit if one has had enough of
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.
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...
Joan’s on Third
A family-run, upscale-casual eatery and marketplace with sun-drenched sidewalk seating and a destination cheese counter, Joan’s has an expansive menu with
In-N-Out Burger
Ask any Angeleno: In-N-Out is the best fast-food burger joint around, hands down. With a secret menu and utterly delicious burgers, fries and shakes, don't leave L.A. without coming here at least once.
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...
The Hart and the Hunter
Former pop-up finds hot new home at Mid-City’s Palihotel to continue their southern comfort vibe.
Mercado
A modern gem with a contemporary, sophisticated take on finger-licking Mexican cuisine. 
Maison 140
Dramatic design flair with a sumptuous union of Far Eastern and French influences...
El Rey
The El Rey Theater is an original art deco theater in the heart of the Miracle Mile, one of Los Angeles' preserved art deco districts. Converted into a live music venue in 1994, it now houses all manner of entertainment.
Sam’s Hofbrau
No-frills, no-cover, no-drink-minimum, no-pressure juggy joint, Sam's Hofbrau definitely channels a retro-quirky-cool vibe.

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